New Gulf coast bailout plan Dan Crawford | June 20, 2010 8:49 am By Maria Scrivan here Tags: gulf oil spill Comments (5) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
I linked, read, even some comments. I believe this will be a testiment to all, on both sides of the asile. The failure so far shows the World just how corrupt our system is. I worry about the children, the grand children & the great grandchildren, for what this generation has allowed to become. the old question of the kids asking: “what did you do for the country Daddy? Indeed, what did you do?
i keep thinking this world is not supposed to be easy. Otherwise once someone fixed something it would stay fixed and the next generation would have it easier. But it looks like there is always one damn thing or another coming along to make sure the next generation has problems to solve.
That doesn’t mean we can slack off or make excuses. I only offer the idea to cheer you up a bit.
Been wondering if a good solution is to make BP buy oil from people that pull it out of the gulf. A fishing boat that can get 20 barrels of oil, with some salt water impurity is worth $1,400. Might attract a lot of people to haul oil away. Separating it is not too hard. Fill a barrel, let settle, drain water with tapmat bottom. Make BP buy it for $100 a barrel.
Maybe the oil is too dispersed to make it work. Maybe people are doing this. Kindof like money floating around at sea.
The NY Times has an informative article this AM concerning the so-called BlowOut Preventer, including the incorporated device called the Blind Shear Ram, neither of which worked to prevent the spill and deluge of oil into the Gulf. The size and complexityh of these “protective” mechanisms may be interesting from an engineering point of view. More interesting, however, from many points of view, especially disaster prevention planning, is the discussion of what was known and over looked throughout every step from initial planning and production of the rig to coping with the immediate failure of the preventer and shearing device. What’s that about the best laid plans of men? The clear conclusion from the details reported in the article is that there should be no surprise that when something did go wrong nothing couold then stop it.
“Lapses Found in Oversight of Failsafe Device on Oil Rig”
The lapses in oversight do not apply only to regulators. Rusty’s Peanut Butter phenomenon seems to apply.
The Chinese government prosecutors know a thing or two about dealing with natural resource recovery disasters. Yet another big coal mine “accident” occured yesterday and they’re on the case. From the Times:
“The license at the privately owned mine expired on June 6 but owner Liu Jianguo illegally resumed operations, Xinhua said, citing an initial police investigation. Liu was detained by police and the mine’s finances were frozen.”