Friday, April 30, 2010

Shocking news. Halliburton at fault in the Gulf disaster.

How's that "drill baby drill" thingie working out for ya?

Drilling Process Attracts Scrutiny in Rig Explosion -

The scrutiny on cementing will focus attention on Halliburton Co., the oilfield-services firm that was handling the cementing process on the rig, which burned and sank last week. The disaster, which killed 11, has left a gusher of oil streaming into the Gulf from a mile under the surface.

Federal officials declined to comment on their investigation, and Halliburton didn't respond to questions from The Wall Street Journal.

When the WSJ, a house organ of the Republican Party, can't get an answer from Halliburton, you know something really bad is happening.



SafeLibraries said...

The disaster has to do with Mother Nature. Too much gas was released unexpectedly. It travelled up the riser and lay on the platform since it is heavier than air. The equipment is designed to be sparkless and the crew has fire drills every week, among other precautions, but with the volume of gas involved, the safety systems were overwhelmed and an ignition source was eventually found. The platform is a square about 300 feet by 400 feet, so that's a lot of gas.

Be careful not to jump the gun on Halliburton. On the other hand, upon reading that WSJ article, I can understand why you said what you said.

But even the WSJ article quotes someone saying, "the investigation into what went wrong at the Deepwater Horizon site is still in its preliminary stages." Also, "Scott Dean, a BP spokesman, said it was premature to speculate on the role cement might have played in the disaster."

Given that, "The investigation is continuing; Halliburton declined to comment on it" is not nefarous in any way, as you imply.

You even make a connection to the Republican Party. Be careful, turnabout is fair play.

Mpeterson said...

Grin... I think the point of my posting it was that turnabout is fair play. :)