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- Subject: RE: Gulf Oil Spill - Possible Fix
- From: Harold Sprague <spraguehope(--nospam--at)hotmail.com>
- Date: Thu, 6 May 2010 21:19:16 +0000
There are over 3,800 platforms just in the Gulf of Mexico. Their design criteria includes hurricane wind and wave loads. They are drilling deeper than ever before. And there are only a handful of wells at this depth. At this depth, the oil is hotter, much higher in pressure and the environment is very corrosive. Although they test and monitor elements, they are developing the technology predicated on experience that is unprecedented. Then they put the systems together with a very high regard for safety for crews and the environment. |
That is not to excuse this disaster. Any endeavor such as this carries risk. Any failure such as this carries responsibilities that are both explicit and implicit.
There are thousands of people working around the clock to deploy mitigation for the spilled oil, cap and plug the wells, and to respond to the oil as it comes ashore. The news media is not very good at looking at the response, but the response is huge.
I would encourage anyone to look at other posts on TheOilDrum.com to see the technical challenges of this endeavor.
There has been planning and there have been changes. Every time there is an earthquake and people are killed, our profession comes under scrutiny. The same question you pose now is posed to all structural engineers. We learn, we change regulations, and we respond.
We still do not design our buildings for the impact of commercial aircraft flown by terrorists. It would be irresponsible to do so for all buildings. But we have taken operational measures to reduce the likelihood.
This unprecedented event will be studied and reviewed. It will not happen overnight. But we will learn, we will change regulations and we will develop responses predicated on risk.
Regards, Harold Sprague
Subject: RE: Gulf Oil Spill - Possible Fix
Date: Thu, 6 May 2010 11:29:58 -0700
How is it that something like this was not foreseen/prepared for/anticipated/planed for???????
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