In light of oil spill, drilling safety is in doubt

April 28, 2010

I feel so reassured knowing that we have the advanced technology to locate oil deep below the surface of the ocean floor (remember the T.V. commercials?). Yet,the remote controlled submersible vehicles being deployed in the Gulf oil well blow-out are unable to even locate a 450 ton valve of the blow-out preventer, and when they do, they can't even make it operate, when it was suppose to operate automatically when the blow-out occurred. Gee, I wonder if it was ever tested since it was first installed.

Yes, I feel so reassured now knowing that they want to set the Gulf ablaze while maintaining that it will be a controlled and contained burn, similar to the California wildfires where they contain the wildfire with a back burn to create a firebreak, and we all know they never get out of control.

Michael Baseman, Baltimore

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