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[ale] BP knew of problems 11 months before the rig blew -further OT

On Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 3:05 PM, Lightner, Jeff <jlightner at water.com> wrote:
> The cynic in me at the time of the explosion made me wonder if some
> eco-terrorist hadn't somehow caused it in reaction to the then recent
> announcement of expanded offshore drilling by President Obama.
> I have really seen much discussion of the cause of the explosion - only
> the ballyhoo over the mess and cleanup. ? Your post seems to at least be
> in the area of cause.

Given the importance of this event it's been astonishing to me how
difficult was is to find a decent pool of basic facts about what
happened, and what the Deepwater Horizon rig actually represents.
Most of the reporting is politics, noise, and play by play on the
capping attempts which often read like sportscasting.

It's an unprecedented operation in a number of ways.  It's the deepest
oil well in history, for instance (actually kudos to Wikipedia for
having that near the top of their article ... it's seldom mentioned by
most of the press).  Given the fact that it's an extreme outlier in
terms of environmental conditions, the level of cluelessness at both
BP and within the government shouldn't be surprising.