Has there been any speculation about sabotage/bombing yet?
I mean, besides by me?
This thought crossed my mind but I would find this really hard to believe. From what I gather about the people that work these platforms I would say that they are generally a pretty tough, hard working, hard partying bunch. With 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off they work their butts off for 2 weeks and have 2 weeks to relax and do whatever. I would more likely suspect a gas leak and someone lighting up a cigarette as the cause but we will likely never know for sure.
It is kind of ironic that some of these platforms have survived (albeit slightly damaged) hurricanes and this one explodes in seemingly average weather.
Release date: 26 April 2010
BP is accelerating offshore oil recovery and continuing well control efforts in Mississippi Canyon Block 252 (MC252) following improvements in weather conditions in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday.
"The safety of the people working offshore is our top priority and the improved weather has created better conditions for our response," said BP Group Chief Executive Tony Hayward. "This, combined with the light, thin oil we are dealing with has further increased our confidence that we can tackle this spill offshore."
BP, operating with the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies, has launched its comprehensive, pre-approved oil spill response plan following the April 22 sinking of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling rig 130 miles south-east of New Orleans.
According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) experts participating in the spill response, the spill is "very thin" and consists of "97 per cent sheen."
In Houma, Louisiana where the field operations response is being coordinated, more than 1,000 personnel on and offshore are deployed to coordinate the oil spill response.
BP, as lease operator of MC252, also continues to work below the surface on Transoceanís subsea equipment using remotely operated vehicles to monitor the Macondo/MC252 exploration well, and is working to activate the blow-out preventer.
The Transocean drilling rig Development Driller III will arrive on location today to drill the first of two relief wells to permanently secure the well. A second drilling rig, Transoceanís Discoverer Enterprise, is en route.
Well, BP is the environmentalist oil company (if one were foolish enough to believe their false flag marketing) was the worst offender on bad maintenance in Alaska, where one of their pipelines had a big spill a few years back. Once again we find that they are the greatest threat to the environment.
To boot, the administration just approved long-proposed operations of offshore drilling in large swaths of the US coast. Ugh! So where's our big investment in renewal energy? Sure, we are clever animals and can construct amazing machinery to exploit the planet, but I feel sure, we will all perish, as these systems we have come to rely on all crumble one by one, for lack of proper maintenance, for a myriad of reasons. Satellites will cease functioning, disrupting communications and navigation. Big steel machines will corrode and fail from cost cutting in maintenance to maximize profits for the next 3 months, to please Wall Street. Entropy and loss of social cohesion will force all action into the near future and the ten year plans be damned.
If Lou'ziana is the waste portal for the US mainland, the "A" hole for future reference, then the Gulf of Mexico must be the toilet bowl. Standard Oil used to control the state, and the oil cartel still does I think. Condolences to sailors and residents of the oil coast in the gulf. I hope you/we get a benevolent outcome, but it don't look good.
This is a worst-case scenario in the sense that the multiply redundant BOP systems seemed to have all failed. Deepwater exploration is challenging for sure (I do this for a living), but occurrences like this are very rare. BP's safety record is abysmal though, corporation wide. From an environmental standpoint, this is very bad, to be sure, though I saw some data that suggests the amount of oil flowing into the gulf waters right now is only like 25% more than the natural seepage the occurs. The high temperatures and natural oil-eating bacteria will do most of the cleanup work. Let's just hope they get the well shut off soon.
This is looking to be one of the largest environmental disaster in the history of our planet.
The well is leaking a minimum of 40,000-50,000 gal a day and they are now saying it's going to take a minimum of 4-8 weeks to stop the leak. That's 2-3 million more gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Look for oil on all the Gulf State coasts including western Florida and the Keys, plus the oil will be in the Gulf Stream, bringing it up the US eastern coast as well as the potential of the Atlantic European coasts & beyond.
They just found a third leak and have increased the estimated daily spill up to 200,000 gallons a day.
(CNN) -- The oil spill from last week's deadly rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico has increased to 5,000 barrels a day -- five times more than the original estimate, said Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry.
A third underwater oil leak has been located in the pipeline that connected the rig to the oil well, said Doug Suttles, chief operating officer for BP.