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[*] Post 408613 posted on 30-4-2010 at 10:39 Reply With Quote
BP oil well expells thousands of barrels of oil per day



The oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore from Louisiana. Efforts to cap it have not worked, in part because the oil source is so deep underwater.

People 90 miles away can smell the oil.

The radio commentator says that all the other oil companies use valves which stop the flow of oil if the rig is destroyed, but BP didn't have such an emergency valve on this well.

On the face of it, BP appears to have done badly here. Environmentalists who do not realize the disaster would not have happened with proper equipment will use this to argue against further oil drilling.:(
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[*] Post 408614 posted on 30-4-2010 at 11:19 Reply With Quote


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The radio commentator says that all the other oil companies use valves which stop the flow of oil if the rig is destroyed, but BP didn't have such an emergency valve on this well.



That's odd because the reports that I've read claim that the rig did have safety valves fitted, this is something that needs investigating, but the important thing at the moment is to get this disaster under control and minimise pollution.
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[*] Post 408616 posted on 30-4-2010 at 12:19 Reply With Quote


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Deepwater Horizon was drilling for BP on part of the Mississippi Canyon Block 252 known as the Macondo prospect, in 1,500m (5,000ft) of water.

Built in 2001 by South Korea's Hyundai, the semi-submersible rig is 120m (396ft) long and 78m (256ft) wide, according to Transocean.

A semi-submersible rig floats above a drilling site and does not touch the sea floor.

Able to operate in up to 2,400m (8,000ft) of water, Deepwater Horizon set a world record in September for the deepest oil and gas well when it drilled down 10,685m (35,055ft) at another BP site in the Gulf of Mexico.

"It's one of the more advanced rigs out there," Mr Panagos said.


Not quite as presented here.
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