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The Deepwater Horizon Oil Well
The Deepwater Horizon oil well explosion
The Deepwater Horizon oil well explosion and fire killed 11 employees.The catastrophe created a massive oil spill in the gulf which has lead to questioning the safety of oil drilling in 5,000 feet deep water.
A congressional hearing was held on 6/17/10 in Washington with Tony Haywood being the only witness representing BP. Two important issues that were raised was that
1. An independent investigation is in progress. T. Haywood did not want to speculate on the causes of the oil well accident, was his reply to a question from a Democrat congressman
2. A republican member of the panel questioned the chairman of the meeting as to why members of the MNS were not called upon to testify. The Democrat chairman would not reply to the request and promptly adjourned the meeting.
Accidents in the construction industry sometimes occur before you know what has happened. Some occur because of WRONG decisions made by supervisory personal as to solving a problem. When a loss of life occurs, jobsites are shut down in respect for their fellow workers.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig accident occurred in an exploratory oil well. From some news reports the drilling of the well was encountering difficulties and engineers were attempting to make changes to the procedures. The government's MNS were informed and apparently they agreed or approved to the procedures that were being used.
The failure of the safety equipment in controlling the oil drilling operation was the start of a series of failures that lead to the explosion. So, was it human error that lead to the problems or just mother nature flexing her muscles. Many are speculating as to the causes, speculation does not solve problems. The facts of what lead up to the tragedy will be know after the investigation is completed.
Questions remain unanswered by our Government and BP's oil development. LOUISIANA approved a permit for a site in 500 feet of water. Federal authorities overruled the state and required drilling in 5,000 feet deep water The permits and offshore drilling plans were approved by MNS. MNS APPROVED CHANGES TO DRILLING PROCEDURES. An investigation will determine the true facts.
After the oil rig explosion and the leaking of the oil into the gulf, 13 counties offered assistance in recapturing the oil. Who was responsible for denying their help? Why and when did our government respond to the oil well accident ?
Apparently 13 days after the accident President Barak Obama showed some interest. Previously Secretary Salazar stated ‘’ that we have the boot on the throat of BP ‘’
Why was the request for help from the governors to contain the oil from reaching land be ignored? Just recently 16 barges vacuuming oil near the shore were ordered to stop by the Coast Guard for lack of fire extinguishers and life vests The order created a 24 hour delay of operations.
President Barak Obama threatens BP with prosecution for the tragedy. President Obama issues orders to cease offshore drilling in the gulf and imposes a 6 month moratorium on oil companies. Obama suggest that BP set up a $ 20 billion fund to pay for the damages to the shore line and businesses effected by the tragedy.
President Barak Obama and BP executives held a meeting in the whitehouse after which BP agrees to set up a $20 billion fund plus $100 million fund to pay for oil companies workers put out of work because of President Obama’s oil drilling moratorium . Featherbedding, paying someone for doing nothing, may be a federal offense.
Gulf Governors and Congressional officials requested the President to lift the moratorium. The economic result to the states are loss of 65000 jobs, loss of tax revenue ( US Treasury, State and Local business loss of seasonal income ‘’. It appears that the $ 100 million don’t cover lost revenue to the government (taxpayers )plus the lost revenue of some of the oil companies effected by Obama‘s moratorium.
The oil well leak is in the 60 th day and continues to release tons of crude oil. BP is drilling two additional wells to connect to the original well in an attempt to reduce the pressure from the damaged well. The new drilled wells will allow a cement cap to be placed on the damaged well sometime in July or Aug.
Meantime, the oil is coming a shore and the contaminated area in the gulf is expanding. New designs in equipment to capture the oil are available and will be in place, once approved by BP and the government. The governors of the states are doing their best to cope with the problems. The governors and businesses are complaining that the government’s red tape are not helping the cleanup operation.
It appears from what has occurred exposes President Barak Obama’s inability to take charge in establishing a plan, his incompetence and inexperience to manage the tragedy. Today 6/18/10 President Obama was in Columbus Ohio campaigning for his agenda. One must question where the President’s priorities are when the gulf tragedy continues to destroy some of the countries treasures.
After some 18 months unemployment remains at 9.7% in most of the country. In Columbus unemployment is 10.7 %. The Obama administration promises of improving the economy has been questionable.
The government has spent billions to save jobs in the public sector and little has been done to bring jobs back to the private sector. Should President Obama not lift the moratorium, the private sector will lose some 65,000 jobs.
The government’s take over of the student loan program cost the private sector another 30,000 jobs. The government hired some 400,000 partime censure workers that will be laid off in Aug. further adding to the unemployment rolls.
to be continued
Your Author Jon Ewall
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