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Oil industry has yet to adopt lessons of BP spill

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Oil industry has yet to adopt lessons of BP spill | The Salt Lake Tribune

Great news, right?

Oil industry and government officials could get caught flat-footed again by another deep-water blowout in the coming months because they have yet to incorporate many of the lessons learned during the BP disaster, experts inside and outside the business tell The Associated Press.

For one thing, it could be another year before a bigger, better cap-and-siphon containment system is developed to choke off leaks many thousands of feet below the surface. Also, existing skimmers still don’t have the capacity to quickly suck up millions of gallons of oil flowing at once.

In interviews with the AP, environmental experts, industry veterans and government officials also said the industry needs better technology and more thorough testing and analysis to prevent blowouts from happening in the first place.

And despite an overhaul of the federal agency that regulates the industry, there are lingering doubts about whether the government can effectively police Big Oil at the same time it relies on the industry for revenue.
 

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I will be concerned only when, and not before the actual cause of the whole episode in fully understood.

I have not read anything about the findings from NASA about their inspection of the Blowout Preventer that seems to have failed.

Any determination that is finally reached on the initial causes, I believe those results not only should any fixes be published and be required by law with prison on the other side if they are not followed.

I believe the present moratorium is doing much more harm than good to our economy, and any negative effects that might happen would be far and a way less costly than the boost to the economy of the region and the Nation as a whole would receive from putting those tens of thousands who have been thrown out of work, and the peripheral jobs lost, as well.
 

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For one thing, it could be another year before a bigger, better cap-and-siphon containment system is developed to choke off leaks many thousands of feet below the surface.

Only a year? That is good news.

Anyone want to guess how long it took the oil and gas industry to build the first blowout preventer? Alot more than a year.
 

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Only a year? That is good news.

Anyone want to guess how long it took the oil and gas industry to build the first blowout preventer? Alot more than a year.

I'm guessing it takes most of a year to build one of existing design right now.
 

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How many ways can it be said? The oil industry does not care. They never have, and never will. The same kind of crap is going on in Canada.
 

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per the president's handpicked SPILL PANEL:

the administration "was either not fully competent or not fully candid with the american people"

"the commission's anaylsis raises questions about two key promises of the obama administration---that its response to the spill would reflect its commitment to rigorous science and govt transparency"

"the administration was slow to ramp up its response"

"overreacted as public criticism turned the disaster into a political liability"

"a sense of over optimism affected responders"

"it may have affected the scale and speed with which national resources were brought to bear"

"it is possible that inaccurate flow figures may have hindered sub-sea efforts to stop and to contain the flow of oil at the wellhead"

"political concerns drove what the commission staff calls 'boom wars' as local govt's jockeyed to secure from federal officials more oil containing boom"

"boom was eventually distributed according to political imperatives"

"the commission staff also took the administration to task for characterizing a federal report on the fate of oil as having been subjected to peer review by independent scientists"

"the federal report in august said that about 3/4 of the oil spilled by the well had broken down or been cleaned up"

"those estimates have been challenged as overly rosy by independent scientists"

Oil spill report sketches anatomy of a flawed US response in Gulf - Yahoo! News

washingtonpost.com

Spill Panel Finds U.S. Was Slow to React - WSJ.com

no surprise, we all saw it
 
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Was to be expected.. they have yet to adopt the lessons of the Valdez spill, so why the hell should they adopt the lessons of the BP spill?
 

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I read an article in Popular Mechanics last week that discussed the causes of the spill, and it was an interesting read. It looks like a lot of the safety protocols were already in place, and BP simply ignored them. It also doesn't paint a very rosy picture of the Minerals Management Service (responsible for enforcing laws and regulations relating to offshore drilling), who were quite lax in forcing compliance with their regulations. You can read the article online if you're interested.

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