Sunday, May 9, 2010
From Drill baby Drill! to Clean baby Clean!
I've drilled through concrete (core drills) so I can say even under the best conditions things can go wrong. This is at best a difficult task. BP's objective was to drill three miles under the ocean floor at nearly a mile under the open ocean. Nothing like trying to correct a problem remotely with robots. You realize of course that there will be no real clean up of the millions of gallons spilled. At best they'll get 10% of the spill. Not because they didn't try but because that is how things work out when doing oil spill clean ups.
So what to do? If they are ever even allowed to try another deep water drill then they'll have to rethink the whole thing. My guess would be to have an underwater containment collar around the drill head that's heated to prevent ice build up and several back up shut off valves with some type of relief valve or expansion tank, but then that's just a wild guess on my part. I know that when I do a dangerous job I'm always thinking about the "what ifs". First and formost is an escape plan. Next is how to rescue co workers and the very last thing on anyone's mind at that point is protecting the environment. But it really shouldn't be that way. They really should assume that anything can and will go wrong and have a plan A, B, C, and D. At least that's how I've managed to survive all these years with all fingers and toes intact. Remember Murphy's Law? And as they say Murphy was an optomist.
Funny how we don't hear a peep out of Ms. Palin and the drill crowd. Does this mean we can let BP drill some more in Alaskan waters?
Update: This was just too good to pass up from Tengrain:
Sounds dirty - BP is putting a giant box over a stiff pipe that is spewing. Oh, BP, where were you during sex ed?