26
May
10

Some conclusions on “the cause”

Having investigated the current ecological disaster extensively, I can tell you now that the problem is almost exclusively the fault of BP and was caused by a breach of procedure and trying to hurry along the drilling of the well and possibly not even drilling the well properly.

Here is what a finished well is supposed to look like before the mud is pumped out:

Green=platform
Blue=riser
Red=BOP
Grey=casing
Black=oil reservoir

Notice how the casing goes all the way through the reservoir? This is done to prevent a blowout of a finished well. Once the well is put finished, oil is produced by perforating (poking a hole) in the casing. If oil is leaking from a well that was in the process of being finished, it wasn’t finished. If you get an abnormal reading in one pressure test and a normal one on a subsequent test, don’t just ignore that abnormal test; something is happening you dumbasses. If you put in 5 barrels of fluid and get back 15, you’ve probably got a leak. If you shut down a pump and pressure increases, there is a problem. BP did a sloppy job on the drilling process and in its rush to move Deepwater Horizon off the well so it could be produced, completely and utterly fucked it up. As a result of this and numerous other smaller spills, botches, and fuck ups which BP has been cited for, I propose a means to alleviate such future problems.

BP is required to pay out of pocked for the entire cost of clean-up. BP is not allowed to produce this well or sell any of the crude which is recovered from the cleanup. Instead, another company should be given this well and the oil salvaged. The EPA should confiscate this well and donate it to another company; the one which receives this gift should be the one with the best environmental and safety record. Half of the profit from this well and the oil from the cleanup should go to the states affected by this spill. (The remaining half, of course, goes to the company that takes environmental and personnel safety seriously)

I think, in this instance, gross negligence is easily provable, thus BPs liability for cleanup costs is not set at the $75 million mark. BP (as a large, multibillion dollar a year company), I think, could make an excellent example of a large company being held accountable for its mistakes. The cost of cleanup (>$5 billion) could take a sizable chunk out of BPs annual profit (~$22 billion).

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3 Responses to “Some conclusions on “the cause””


  1. 1 Pliny-the-in-Between
    May 28, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Thanks for the explanations of the last few posts. I think your punishment fits the crime suggestion is a good one. Except for one addition I would request – give Cheney a mop and bucket as well…

  2. 2 jaredcormier
    May 28, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Well, in defense of Cheney (a rarity for me), he had next to nothing to do with BP’s fuck ups. Halliburton isn’t responsible for the operating procedures on the rig, they just do the cementing, and while they should have refused to repeat the procedure nine times, and instead forced BP to follow their own safety protocols, they do not share much of the blame. The only blame Cheney (and Bush, by proxy) may have is a failure to impose stricter penalties for gross negligence in drilling operations. As opposed to just making them pay for “clean up,” also make them pay for the cost of recovery of the ecosystems which are impacted, including the construction of an amphibian/crustacean/fish recovery facility.

  3. 3 Stacy
    June 11, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Didn’t Cheney help get regulations reduced?


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