I’ve been fascinated by the BP Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and keeping up with the news almost everyday. I simply don’t understand how this situation still isn’t under control since the explosion on 20th April. For some time I worked in the shipbuilding industry and was an apprentice when MS Herald of Free Enterprise rolled over as it left Zeebrugge Harbour, it was a roll-on-roll-off ferry which is what our yard specialized in and very quickly some things were frozen, initial findings made changes to design, etc. Health and Safety regulations are frequently so restrictive that they are a joke and are clearly more about preventing litigation than actually protecting individuals. So how are we in this situation? Why are oil companies permitted to have lines at these depths with no technology in place for capturing and stopping any problems?
I’m sure there were many safeguards in place on the broken wellhead but it is a man made piece of hardware at 5000 feet below the surface and s*@t happens!! In this case the S*@t that happened was an explosion on an oil platform that killed 11 people and when it eventually sank the safeguards failed. What I don’t understand is why there is nothing in place in case such things happen? Why is there nothing in place to capture, control and stop any oil spill like this – since we don’t have Thunderbirds to come to the rescue! Who’s to blame for all this – we all are.