That could be challenged. Today's technology can give us pictures as clear as an ultrasound as far formations go and our Petreoleum Engineers are very familiar with formation dangers.methane bubble modern technology couldn't have foreseen
If it was a freak accident, I suppose anything could happen. But to say they didn't have a clue as to what they were drilling into is far fetched.
But, as they say, **** happens.
As soon as their mud return alarm went off those BOP's shoulda been closed. But wait! The BOP's are 5000 foot underwater?
I can just hear the Driller now. "Hey Worm!" I can't close the BOP's. Put on the ride belt and I'll lower you down on the air-horse about 5k feet underwater and you crank that BOP shut! Hurry every chance you get."
And those company men should have known exactly what they were drilling into. There is no excuse except to say it was just a tragic series of ****-up's coupled with bad luck, much like that that befell the Titanic, Lusitania or the Zepplin Hindenberg. Only a lot mo' dirty.