who's glen peck?
all my sources are from ny and dc
My father happens to work for the minerals management service that you quote someone in another thread as stating that he didn't recommend some remote shutoff valve because of cost. My father knows that rig well, has worked in that district, and has worked offshore for over 35 years overseeing the inspection of hundreds, if not thousands, of offshore rigs starting in 1971. For crying out loud, my dad has a picture of this platform on the wall in his office! It was given to him BY THE COMPANY THAT ERECTED THE PLATFORM. Ok, so now that credibility has been established....
You really need to stop taking your talking points from the internet. The very first article on this my father read he said had HUGE inaccuracies, starting at the simple level of "what the rig was doing when it exploded." That being said, your post has you ASSUMING some remote safety shutoff was not installed. For your information, BOP'S (blow out preventers) WERE INSTALLED ON THIS WELL, THEY JUST FAILED TO FUNCTION!! What the hell do you think the damn ROV's are down there trying to manipulate to shut off the well???? THE BOP'S!!!! There are multi million dollar BOP's sitting in 5000' of water that aren't doing their job. They are REQUIRED for drilling in US waters, and in no way did BUSH EVER SAY IT WAS OK TO NOT USE THEM. They are required to function check the BOP's every 14 days and so far there is no evidence (at least as of yet) that the BOP's were not functioning correctly in previous checks. My father knows that for a fact the MMS had been out to that rig and it passed VERY RECENT inspections without any issues being discovered.
In conclusion, everyone did everything possible to prevent this from happening. But truth be told, dude, **** happens!
P.S. For real man, you need to gather your information from a more reliable source. I know you WANT to do and feel right, but dude, really, this is happening in my back yard. You are VERY wrong and will be embarrassed if you keep using internet sources as your source of information. Other than the size of the oil slick and the name of the company that had the platform, I wouldn't put much faith in what you read on the net.
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indeed, it was the lady who lambasted thus:
ouchThe Department of Homeland Security waited until Thursday to declare that the incident was “a spill of national significance,” and then set up a second command center in Mobile. The actions came only after the estimate of the size of the spill was increased fivefold to 5,000 barrels a day.
The delay meant that the Homeland Security Department waited until late this week to formally request a more robust response from the Department of Defense, with Ms. Napolitano acknowledging even as late as Thursday afternoon that she did not know if the Defense Department even had equipment that might be helpful.
Officials initially seemed to underestimate the threat of a leak, just as BP did last year when it told the government such an event was highly unlikely. Rear Adm. Mary E. Landry, the chief Coast Guard official in charge of the response, said on April 22, after the rig sank, that the oil that was on the surface appeared to be merely residual oil from the fire, though she said it was unclear what was going on underwater. The day after, officials said that it appeared the well’s blowout preventer had kicked in and that there did not seem to be any oil leaking from the well, though they cautioned it was not a guarantee.
(The NOAA document on a potentially far larger leak, first obtained by The Press-Register in Mobile, Ala., was described by an agency spokesman as simply a possibility raised by a staff member, not an official prediction.)
But it is still the government, in this case the Coast Guard, that has the final say. A law passed a year after the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster makes the owner of a rig or vessel responsible for cleaning up a spill. But oversight of the cleanup is designated to the Coast Guard, with advice from other federal agencies.
Rear Adm. Robert C. North, retired, who was commander of the Coast Guard’s Eighth District from 1994 to 1996, said that decisions in these situations are made collectively, but that the buck essentially stops with the federal coordinator — in this case, Admiral Landry. “The federal on-scene coordinator is kind of the one individual to say, ‘I think we need to do more’ or ‘That’s adequate,’" he said.
BP Is Criticized Over Oil Spill, but U.S. Missed Chances to Act - NYTimes.com
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And to the poster who said that this was "of minimal importance locally" obviously you have no clue what you're talking about either. You didn't see the interview on the local news with a grown man basically crying on camera stating that his fishing career is basically over, its his only source of income, and right now his only source of income is renting out his fishing trawler to BP to help contain the oil.
It's estimated that it will have a multi-billion dollar effect on the fishing industry in this state alone. Maybe that's of "minimal importance" where you live, but down here in cajun country, that's a hell of a lot of money.
people is plural
you are singular