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SemperEadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-06-10 06:55 AM
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169. well said
it's kind of hard for Obama to dig the country out of a hole when the thugs and the bloviators keep blowing things up all around him.

From the way some folks say that "Obama should do something about the oil leak", I ask "what do you want him to do? Put on a dive suit, armed with some Dawn dishwashing liquid and a Tide chaser and disperse the oil?"

If that damn oil rig had been built correctly and maintained correctly, chances are this explosion would not have happened:
April 20

The oil company BP owned a well about 40 miles offshore from southeast Louisiana and a mile under the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. BP contracted Transocean Ltd. to drill the well and Halliburton Inc. to cement it.

Transocean owned and operated the drilling rig named "Deepwater Horizon" and an emergency shut-off valve on the well known as a "blowout preventer."

For reasons likely due to the failure of the well's cement casing, natural gas exploded from the well on April 20. Propelled from a depth of 5,000 feet, mud shot into the air.

Some thing to keep in mind when trying to assign blame:

Deepwater Horizon was an ultra-deepwater, dynamically positioned, semi-submersible offshore drilling rig. The rig was built in 2001 in South Korea, is owned by Transocean and was leased to BP plc until September 2013.<4> Deepwater Horizon was registered in Majuro, Marshall Islands. In September 2009, the rig drilled the deepest oil well in history at a vertical depth of 35,050 ft (10,680 m) and measured depth of 35,055 ft (10,685 m).<5>

On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the rig left eleven crewmen dead. The resulting fire could not be extinguished, and on April 22, 2010, the rig sank, leaving the well gushing, causing the largest oil spill in the United States.

Designed originally for R&B Falcon, Deepwater Horizon was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea. Construction started in December 1998 and the rig was delivered in February 2001 after the acquisition of R&B Falcon by Transocean. It was the second semi-submersible rig constructed of a class of two, although the Deepwater Nautilus, her predecessor, is not dynamically positioned. Since arriving in the Gulf of Mexico, Deepwater Horizon was under contract to BP Exploration. Its work included wells in the Atlantis and Thunder Horse Oil Fields, a 2006 discovery in the Kaskida field, and the 2009 Tiber oilfield.<8><9> On September 2, 2009, Deepwater Horizon drilled on the Tiber oilfield with a vertical depth of 35,050 ft (10,683 m) and measured depth of 35,055 ft (10,685 m), of which 4,132 ft (1,259 m) was water, which was at the time the deepest oil well in the world.<9><10><11><12> The well was more than 5,000 feet deeper than the design specification on the company's fleet list.
The need for clean energy is a clear priority, as Federal accident reports issued on offshore wells uncovers that faulty cementing process was to blame in oil disasters at least thirty-four times since 1978. Many of the reports, available from the U.S. Minerals Management Service that regulates offshore wells, identify the cause simply as "poor cement job." Halliburton is responsible for the Deepwater Horizon job, mixes in nitrogen to make its slurry more elastic.

For now, despite efforts we continue to witness the BP oil Deepwater Horizon environmental disaster that will have long-term impacts both ecological and economic throughout the Gulf region. Unfortunately, at times history often repeats itself as faulty Halliburton cement is being investigated as the most likely culprit. Live video link from the ROV monitoring the damaged riser
-- For example, the November 2005 accident where the Deepwater Horizon was positioned above another well in the Gulf, faulty cement work allowed wall-supporting steel casing to come apart. Almost 15,000 gallons of drilling fluid spilled into the Gulf.
-- Just a week later in a nearby well at another platform, cement improperly seeped through drilling fluid. As a result of an additive meant to quicken setting time, the cement then failed to block a gas influx into the well. When the crew finally replaced heavy drilling fluid with lighter seawater, as they also did last month before the blowout at Deepwater Horizon, the well flowed out of control and much of the crew had to be evacuated.
-- Cementing was identified by federal investigators as a glaring cause of an August 2007 blowout, also off Louisiana. They said, "The cement quality is very poor, showing what looks like large areas of no cement."

Obama didn't take office until 2009. These are examples of the chickens coming home to roost for cheney/haliburton. Cheney and the oil lobby wrote the energy policy that made all of this fukkery possible.
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