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BR_Parkway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-10 06:51 AM
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Technically, we do have machines and trained men who can operate at 5,000
feet below sea level:


Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) US Navy

http://www.fas.org/programs/ssp/man/uswpns/navy/submari...

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ship/dsv...

http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4100&...

Now that doesn't say that they have the current know-how to fix this problem, but conscripting a couple of the oil riggers to go along for the ride might create a solution that would work.

Even if it's not a current solution, it certainly seems that we should be looking into adding this type of skill and technology to their mission.
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-10 06:55 AM
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1. "Conscripting a couple of the oil riggers"???!! Oh, I see; not enough have DIED. Try the BP CEO.
Edited on Sun May-30-10 06:56 AM by WinkyDink
If we're lucky, he'll drown.

You think that the govt can actually, to use the old term, SHANG-HAI men who are privately employed?
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Codeine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-10 06:56 AM
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3. In a just world
they'd be used as part of the junk shot.
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BR_Parkway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-10 07:13 AM
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4. Actually, he already has the legal authority to do so - and I mention
the oil riggers meaning someone who actually had hands on experience with capping oil wells since the Navy presumably does not. The point of the OP was to refute the various statements that the US doesn't have the equipment or trained individuals to work at those depths, therefore we had to rely on BP

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/05/29/push-out-bp /

The law Title 33, Section 1321 mandates that President Obama shall direct all Federal, State, and private actions to remove the discharge, using any means necessary. There are not any resources people or equipment that Obama doesnt have the authority to seize and put into service.
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-10 11:45 AM
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6. No, no! You don't want the CEOs, you want someone who KNOWS WHAT THEY'RE DOING! (NT)
Edited on Sun May-30-10 11:45 AM by Tesha
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Codeine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-10 06:55 AM
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2. The Mystic-class submersibles have been decommissioned. nt
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-10 07:47 AM
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5. The military often has capabilities they'd rather not expose.
For example, if we used our DSRVs to help with the oil blow-out, it's
kinda hard to deny later that we couldn't possibly have tapped that
underwater fiber-optic cable because "we don't have equipment
that can operate at those depths".

Tesha
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BR_Parkway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-10 11:54 AM
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7. Understandable, but considering the magnitude of this disaster seems
more important to save what they can of the Gulf.
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