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Discussion in 'Environment' started by SpidermanTuba, May 1, 2010.

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    If the U.S. had required something called an "acoustic switch" to be installed on the rig, which cost a paltry $500,000 (compared to BP's billions in annual profits and the millions they are spending daily to fix their mess)

    Leaking Oil Well Lacked Safeguard Device - WSJ.com
     
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    From the article: The efficacy of the devices is unclear. Major offshore oil-well blowouts are rare, and it remained unclear Wednesday evening whether acoustic switches have ever been put to the test in a real-world accident. When wells do surge out of control, the primary shut-off systems almost always work. Remote control systems such as the acoustic switch, which have been tested in simulations, are intended as a last resort.
     
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    Well heck, we wouldn't want to install such a device - that might work - because it might have prevented this - and we wouldn't have wanted that to have happened!
     
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    I'm familiar with these devices. There are so many factors to consider when operating a well 5000 feet below the surface of the ocean. A valve was installed near the base of the well but it was rendered inoperative when the well exploded. Looks like an acoustic switch, which is attached to a valve, would have met with the same result in this instance.
     
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    Fact is we don't know how to make drilling safe as these depths or stop a spill that occurs in even deeper waters.

    That's what they're trying to figure out right now.
     
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    This is a true statement. In the oil industry when it's cost prohibitive to over-engineer something to the point that a company cannot recoup drilling costs the companies usually abandon that tact.
     
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    That's the trouble with regulations, they are always chasing a problem that already happened, how many oil rigs have capsized and spilled oil into the Gulf;including those out in hurricanes; in the past 40-50 years?
     
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    I like how you assume that regulations never prevent accidents just because you don't hear about it on the news. Why would the news even report that? Its a non-event. "Today an accident did NOT occur..."
     
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    Can you show examples of where regulations prevented much of anything? I see liberals say that "if a regulation was in place" all the time concerning everything from the financial industry to now this yet Regulations.gov has literally hundreds of thousands of regulations.

    If only they had this one huh?
     
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    You can't seriously be this stupid. Do you not wear a seatbelt when driving a car ? They save lives every day .
     
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