5000 Barrels a Day?

What a freaking clusterf*ck:

NEW ORLEANS A massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is even worse than believed and as the government grows concerned that the rig's operator is ill-equipped to contain it, officials are offering a military response to try to avert a massive environmental disaster along the ecologically fragile U.S. coastline.

Speaking Thursday on NBC's "Today" show, an executive for BP PLC, which operated the oil rig that exploded and sank last week, said the company would welcome help from the U.S. military.

What a waste, 5000 barrels a day of light sweet crude. Which speaks to the incredible potential of these fields. And also to the risk of extracting this oil is great. The costs will be huge.

Also it seems a bit odd, this is the worst accident with a drilling platform that I can recall. Drilling is inherently risky. Especially when establishing a new live well like this. The recent record of offshore drilling has been very safe.

But there are other risks.


In late 2001, local authorities disrupted a plot by the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah to attack U.S. warships anchored off Singapore. As many as 15 people comprised an al Qaeda cell arrested by Moroccan police in May 2002 for plotting to use Zodiac speedboats loaded with explosives for suicide attacks against U.S., British, and possibly other NATO warships transiting the Strait of Gibraltar. (6) The attack in Aqaba and other recent indications demonstrate ongoing if not increased planning against Western navies. Moreover, although likely an attack of opportunity originally aimed at the oil platforms, the 2004 Firebolt incident perpetrated by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Iraqi al Qaeda network exposed the vulnerabilities of U.S. Navy boarding teams, despite operating in a seemingly compliant environment.
I'm not suggesting this was a terrorist attack. Only that it is known that al-Qaeda has an active threat against us and in the past has considered attacking oil platforms. A possibility that needs to be considered.

Hopefully in time we will learn the cause of the explosion and the reason that all the safety measures failed. I

n the mean time pray for those on the southern coast. Its looking to be one of the worst spills ever.


Posted by: Howie at 08:54 AM


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