Doesn’t anybody think that maybe with what’s going on in the Gulf that a little step back to think and breathe might just serve everyone best. In the wake of the Gulf oil disaster numerous reports have come out showing how the blowback preventers have unusually high failure rates. Many of these safety devices have potential single points of failure that render the whole device useless and the other safety back ups may not be operational or may not be present at all.
I think it was on Salon.com that recently had an article that the Gulf has thousands of abandoned and temporarily abandoned oil and gas wells that aren’t even being monitored by the government or oil companies that could be leaking or improperly sealed.
Meanwhile the oil continues to gush forward unabated, tar and oil balls are washing up on beaches all along the coast, marshes and wetlands are getting more covered along with the wildlife. Yet, all we can seem to think about is drill more and more of the same type of wells at the same kinds of depths.
This Transocean/BP oil disaster isn’t happening because it was some one in a billion chance that went wrong, but because the technology seems to be all too prone to failure and necessary back ups are either insufficient or not there. How many other wells out there are one errant spark away from making the current problems look like a drop in the bucket?