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Fixed links to MMS report and to WSJ article I referenced above: Choke, Typepad is just brain dead. It's like state of the art blogging software for 2002.
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2010 on The BP Blowout. Part 1. at Open Choke
About the BOP, two points. Yeah, the ones we use for deep water ( have absurdly high failure rates and the MMS knows it. But even with a perfect BOP, the crew waited for the chain of command to issue orders to hit the "emergency disconnect" (I think that's WSJ reporter's term for shear rams), but ( the command came so late the fire destroyed communication to the BOP: "But the emergency disconnect, which would sever the drilling pipe and shut down the well, had not been successfully triggered. Some crew members on the bridge said the disconnect needed to be hit, and a higher-ranking manager said to do so, according to an account given to the Coast Guard. Then another crew member said the cutoff couldn't be hit without permission from Mr. Harrell, who then gave the OK. At 9:56 p.m., the button finally was pushed, with no apparent effect, according to an internal BP document." For your enjoyment and edification, I attach here a link to some revelatory information I feel sure you never realized about BOP -- .
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2010 on The BP Blowout. Part 1. at Open Choke
Heck man, if that thing is flowing 100,000 bpd, buy BP stock!
I'm with Enfield. You know this dome thingy? The one they're fabricating right now? Their backup for the contingency that the BOP fails to close? A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD BUILD THE EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR THE BACKUP PLAN BEFORE THEY ACTUALLY NEED IT. A lot of regulators would have required that, too. Not U.S. regulators. Better ones. BP reaps the profits but socializes the risk. Not that Chevron would do it any different. Because they can.
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