Safety fluid was removed before oil rig exploded in Gulf | NOLA.com

Thom Hartmann posted information from an article in the New Orléans Times-Picayune about the Gulf Oil Well explosion.Oil Rig Explosion Fire

An employee from the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico has reported through an attorney that the company made an error while capping an exploratory drilling hole that exacerbated the explosion. The company had ordered mud be removed before pouring the concrete caps to secure the exploratory site. The mud is usually used as a buffer to prevent explosions in just such cases.

But that’s not the highlight of the post. The company had 6 executives on the rig at the time to acknowledge the safety award the company had recently received. The speculation is that they were in a hurry to get the rig looking ship-shape for the arrival of the bigwhigs. How ironic! Get a safety award and drop safety steps to have a picture-perfect ceremony–and KABLOOEY!! it all goes up in smoke and oil. The article is online here:  Safety fluid was removed before oil rig exploded in Gulf | NOLA.com.

Also on Thom Hartmann’s site in the Community pages:  The Reason Oil is Still Spilling.

“Oil is still spewing is because all options are based in still trying to turn that hole into a profit making well.

[No one] is considering that the Navy could bomb the hole, caving it in and closing it.”

Too bad our society often puts such value on appearances rather than safety. Maybe next time, something incomplete when the VIPs arrive will be grounds for recognition rather than dismissal because it saves lives instead of being “nice & pretty.”

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