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Another Rig Explodes in Gulf

GoldknyghtGoldknyght Member UncommonPosts: 1,516

200 miles west of Deepwater Horizon. link

 

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  • Scubie67Scubie67 Member UncommonPosts: 462

    You forgot sabotage in your selection choices

  • GTwanderGTwander Member UncommonPosts: 6,035

    These things must be insured for billions or something...

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  • Thankfully there were no serious injuries. I've read conflicting stories on whether oil actually escaped the rig, some claiming a Coast Guard officer reported a mile long leak on the surface, others claiming that was not the case. Since I know nothing of offshore drilling I assume this rig was much smaller than the Deepwater Horizon considering there were only 13 people aboard.

  • MadimorgaMadimorga Member UncommonPosts: 1,920

    Ah, the US and their kooky habit of letting corporations decide what safety and environmental features to put in place and what ones to leave out.

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  • SgtFrogSgtFrog Member Posts: 5,001

    I am guessing the demand for oil is so much they overlook some minor safety precautions in order to pump out as much oil as possible.

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  • EnigmaEnigma Member UncommonPosts: 11,384

    Originally posted by Scubie67

    You forgot sabotage in your selection choices

    Scubie, I think thats what he means by "conspiracy"

    People who have to create conspiracy and hate threads to further a cause lacks in intellectual comprehension of diversity.

  • MadimorgaMadimorga Member UncommonPosts: 1,920

    Originally posted by SgtFrog


    I am guessing the demand for oil is so much they overlook some minor safety precautions in order to pump out as much oil as possible.

    No, Sgt Frog, they lose oil into the ocean and production time when some jacked up, couldn't pass a real inspection if it tried rig blows.  It's pure, shortsighted, greedy stupidity that drives both deregulation and the companies who take advantage of it.  They're gambling that the cost cutting won't harm their bottom line, and when they lose that bet, no one is more slack-jawed shocked than they are.

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  • CleffyCleffy Member RarePosts: 6,047

    The oil drilling referendum was foolish.  Considering the depth these things drill at, the lack of use may have damaged the idle drilling equipment.  No matter what depth you are going at you are looking at microbials and shellfish attaching themselves to the components potentially cause corrosion similiar to modern era wrecks.

    Its not lack of regulation, its lack of oversight.  Only fools clamor for more regulations when a mishap happens and the very regulations are already in place.  For instance the lending industry collapse was a failure of congress to allow enforcement of breaches in banking regulation.  Similarly Deep Water Horizon incident was a failure for the regulatory committee to enforce regulation on TransOcean.

  • baffbaff Member Posts: 9,457

    Originally posted by Madimorga

    Originally posted by SgtFrog


    I am guessing the demand for oil is so much they overlook some minor safety precautions in order to pump out as much oil as possible.

    No, Sgt Frog, they lose oil into the ocean and production time when some jacked up, couldn't pass a real inspection if it tried rig blows.  It's pure, shortsighted, greedy stupidity that drives both deregulation and the companies who take advantage of it.  They're gambling that the cost cutting won't harm their bottom line, and when they lose that bet, no one is more slack-jawed shocked than they are.

     More likely is complacency.

    "It will be ok for one more night, I'll fix it tomorrow, I have a hot date to prepare for tonight".

    It's human nature to drop your guard sooner or later.

  • HYPERI0NHYPERI0N Member Posts: 3,515

    Its a conspiracy just like the BP one. Obama needs to destract the public and promote  his green agenda like Bush JR did with the iraq war destracting from his ineptitude and his big buisness oil interests.

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  • MadimorgaMadimorga Member UncommonPosts: 1,920

    Originally posted by baff

    Originally posted by Madimorga


    Originally posted by SgtFrog



    I am guessing the demand for oil is so much they overlook some minor safety precautions in order to pump out as much oil as possible.

    No, Sgt Frog, they lose oil into the ocean and production time when some jacked up, couldn't pass a real inspection if it tried rig blows.  It's pure, shortsighted, greedy stupidity that drives both deregulation and the companies who take advantage of it.  They're gambling that the cost cutting won't harm their bottom line, and when they lose that bet, no one is more slack-jawed shocked than they are.

     More likely is complacency.

    "It will be ok for one more night, I'll fix it tomorrow, I have a hot date to prepare for tonight".

    It's human nature to drop your guard sooner or later.

    I forgot about that human form of stupidity.  Which is sad, because it's one of my favorites to perpetrate.  I've learned over the years not to assume conspiracy where stupidity will fit the bill, but the sheer number of ways we can all be stupid just overwhelms me some days.  image

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  • pussaykatpussaykat Member Posts: 791

    Now i wonder. Who would take pleasure from some kind of disaster?

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  • ChangYou2ChangYou2 Member Posts: 6

    The craziest thing about these oil rig disasters is that the safety measures used to fix the situation are 30 years old. You would think that they'd shell out a little money on updating safety measures, but nope.

  • I've always imagined oil rigs are similar to power plants (had many friends who worked in power plants) in that a disruption of even a few minutes can mean gigantic losses. A friend once told me that at the plant where he worked, if a turbine went down it cost the company about $500,000 a minute.

  • EkibiogamiEkibiogami Member UncommonPosts: 2,154

    Originally posted by Sawtooth

    I've always imagined oil rigs are similar to power plants (had many friends who worked in power plants) in that a disruption of even a few minutes can mean gigantic losses. A friend once told me that at the plant where he worked, if I turbine went down it cost the company about $500,000 a minute.

    This. In one plant if the tank goes down to the unit, it will take 2 days to restart, costing the company 15 Million, thats before all the costs that will occure due to any maintnance and the Fines they will incoure.

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