"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
You hit on something there. Why are they way out there when they can reach the same oil in shallow drilling and its much safer and easier to manage?
Answer: Forced out there by government in response to the environmental lobby.
This is a manufactured disaster designed to further the environmental agenda. Follow the money back and it leaves a clear trail back to Washington.
Lets try something new in the news.
The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth
To do less ends up as a pack of lies!
The environmentalists want no drilling, I believe.
Those who work the rigs, I'd say, most do want drilling....
Politicians backing the environmentalists and those who earn their living from the clean waters and shores want no drilling, I think
Politicians on the oil company payrolls do want drilling, of course.
Honesty seems to be rare and so is compromise.
Of course, this is a list of just the five worst offshore blowouts. There are plenty more (see above link).Offshore Blowouts
1. Sedco 135F and the IXTOC-1 Well - 3,500,000 barrels released
In 1979, the IXTOC-1 blowout flowed uncontrollably in the Bahia de Campeche, Mexico until it was capped 9 months later.
2. Ekofisk Bravo Platform - 202,381 barrels released
Phillips Petroleum's Ekofisk B platform experienced an 8-day oil and gas blowout in 1977 during a production well workover.
3. Funiwa No. 5 Well - 200,000 barrels
Oil from the 1980 Funiwa 5 blowout polluted the Niger Delta for 2 weeks, followed by fire and the eventual bridging of the well.
4. Hasbah Platform Well 6 - 100,000 barrels
Drilled in 1980 by the Ron Tappmeyer jack-up, exploratory well No. 6 blew out in the Persian Gulf for 8 days and cost the lives of 19 men.
5. Union Oil Platform Alpha Well A-21 - 80,000 barrels
The 1969 Union Oil Platform A blowout lasted 11 days but continued leaking oil into the Santa Barbara Channel for months afterwards.
And here, you will find an extremely long list of oil rig disasters (some man made, some by weather), most of which included fires, spills, deaths, and/or the collapse of the entire rig.
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