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Old 07-16-2010, 04:49 PM   #16
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Hey Trample, were you talking to BP?

Berkeley prof: ‘Mystery plumber’ may have designed the new BP containment cap - Yahoo! News
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:32 PM   #17
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It's basic plumbing. Anyone with half a brain could've fixed it. The only thing different is the monitoring device that allows for them to monitor the PSI of the oil coming out. If you listen to what they're saying it doesn't differ to much from what I advocated. The language is similar too. "We've got to bolt it down, and turn the valve, we've got to do it slowly to make sure there are no leaks anywhere else"
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:31 PM   #18
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thank god lord Obama finally fixed this. here is to 6+ more years
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Old 07-16-2010, 08:35 PM   #19
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thank god lord Obama finally fixed this. here is to 6+ more years
Yup. It only took him 3 months to plug a leak. Speaks volumes about the man.
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:15 AM   #20
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I heard it too while i was on vacation, but apparantley they are worried about another leak now somewhere else that is due to the well being capped off.

The well casing is apparantley damaged, and the oil is seeping under the sea floor or something
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:08 PM   #21
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Interesting how interests have switched:

BP wants to keep the well head closed, I am sure mainly for PR sake; while the Govt wants to open it and collect the oil in tankers in order to relieve the pressure in case there is some seepage going on.

Oil cap kept shut despite seepage near broken well - Yahoo! News

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If the valves are kept closed, as BP wants, it's possible that no more oil will leak into the Gulf of Mexico. Work on a permanent plug is moving steadily, with crews drilling into the side of the ruptured well from deep underground. By next week, they could start blasting in mud and cement to block off the well for good.

But the government is worried that the cap on the well is causing oil and gas to leak out elsewhere, which could make the sea floor unstable and cause the well to collapse. That's why federal officials want to pump the crude to ships on the surface. That would require opening the well for a few days to relieve pressure before the pipes could be hooked up, letting millions more gallons of oil spill out in the interim.
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:54 AM   #22
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Good news, for now at least

BP oil spill: seepage 'not a threat to capped well' | Environment | guardian.co.uk
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Old 07-20-2010, 08:13 AM   #23
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thats great news. as long as the cap holds for another few weeks until the relief wells are finished....
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wow

Deepwater Horizon alarms were switched off 'to help workers sleep' | Environment | The Guardian
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Old 07-23-2010, 04:24 PM   #25
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I am sure I will be accused of defending the evil among us:

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He also revealed that a crucial safety device, designed to shut down the drill shack in the case of dangerous gas levels being detected, had been disabled, or bypassed as it is called.

When he saw that the system had been bypassed, Williams protested to a Transocean supervisor, Mark Hay, who dismissed his concerns. Hay responded: "Damn thing been in bypass for five years. Matter of fact, the entire [Transocean] fleet runs them in bypass."
First he sounds like an employee with a major chip on his shoulder. Second, in the case of the above quote at least, it is pretty misleading to call a device "crucial" when that device has been ignored for 5 years and is not used in the entire fleet of drills. Chances are it was a useless alarm, and it was decided that frequent false alarms were as hazardous as the danger the condition the alarm was supposed to warn about.
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designed to shut down the drill shack in the case of dangerous gas levels being detected
Sounds crucial to me.
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Old 07-23-2010, 04:33 PM   #27
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You know every time I make bacon in my house the fire alarm goes off. I don't turn the alarm off permanently to avoid it.
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Seems to me, if the alarm is misfiring, you build a better alarm rather than say: "Eh - it likely won't matter, I'll probably wake up when the explosion goes off anyway."
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Sounds crucial to me.
If it's disabled on every boat, or even the majority, I wouldn't call it crucial. But, maybe it would have been in that moment. I don't know, I just read the article, and the guy sounded like someone who was trying to show how important he was as opposed to someone trying to actually get the truth out.
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If it's disabled on every boat, or even the majority, I wouldn't call it crucial. But, maybe it would have been in that moment. I don't know, I just read the article, and the guy sounded like someone who was trying to show how important he was as opposed to someone trying to actually get the truth out.
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