Last year, Transocean commissioned a “strictly confidential” study of the reliability of blowout preventers used by deepwater rigs.
Using the world’s most authoritative database of oil rig accidents, a Norwegian company, Det Norske Veritas, focused on some 15,000 wells drilled off North America and in the North Sea from 1980 to 2006.
It found 11 cases where crews on deepwater rigs had lost control of their wells and then activated blowout preventers to prevent a spill. In only six of those cases were the wells brought under control, leading the researchers to conclude that in actual practice, blowout preventers used by deepwater rigs had a “failure” rate of 45 percent."
If the gawdaymn fail-safe, last-ditch, sure-fire, guaranteed-or-your-money-back device that the oil companies pitch as the reason disasters won't happen - FAILS 45% of the time - doesn't that suggest that a hold on new drilling is called for until a device or devices are tested that WILL shut off the oil????
well technically it is less than fifty fifty, LOL none the less, come up with a better plan. I happen to be in the US, AND i happen to live in an ocean community. Although I live on the west coast I am affected by the problem BP has created and I think they are being lazy and irresponsible. They are not taking by any means necessary and are at total disregard for our circle of life. in other words they are asses. We have oil rigs off our coast which are dormant at this moment. Probably becuase they lack the technology to do an effective job at which they are intended to do.
Take it up with Salazar, or give Birnbaum a call at home -- they are both 'lifers' in the government oil business. Why are we not seeing their heads on the block? Oh, I forgot, they 'inherited' the problems........they did tell us that when Birnbaum 'resigned'.
That was a particularly abrupt 90 degree conclusion -- we consume too much gasoline -- the oil spill is the consumer's fault! And therein lies the spin for the passage of Cap and Trade and the end of a middle class in America-- with zero impact on Global Warming, the great monetizer of the rich of the 21st century and beyond-- an outrage.
Actually, we would not be so far out there, so deep in the sea, if treehuggers hadn't shut down what could have been pumped with ease on shore. No businessman chooses to take on such cost and risk unless they are forced to, and of course the treehuggers blessed it as an okay compromise apparently. I'm thinking I will research this issue myself.
Nonetheless, Obama says we only have 2% of global oil reserves, and that is a flat out bullshxxism, said to keep the bogus spin going.