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Re: Engineering News Record Editorial of 6-2-10

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On Jun 23, 2010, at 4:35 PM, Neil Moore wrote: GulfOilSpill.asp

Any comments other than the 5 pages of comments from readers of this magazine.

Wouldn't have expected to see an article of this tone in ENR, but they've got it right. Fact is that the guy who pays the piper always calls the tune. In the awl bidness production is king, and all the noble pronouncements by company brass about how safety comes first amount to no more than a fart in a windstorm when the company is paying what they do for leasing a rig. You really can't expect an engineer to bet his job that this cut corner or that inoperative hydraulic system is absolutely certain to sink the rig, if some suit wants to go on drilling so he'll make his numbers.

Not really much different than Roger Boisjoly's position when he was asked to put on his manager's hat and approve the Challenger launch.

Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
chrisw(--nospam--at)   | this distance" (last words of Gen.
.......................................| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)

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