24 July 2010

"Hurricane" Bonnie a Dud: Ships Hustle to Get Back to Work

Tropical Storm Bonnie broke up over Florida, and is now heading across the Gulf of Mexico as a tropical depression. Some of the mission-critical ships involved in drilling relief wells and in monitoring the seafloor, are hustling back to the Deepwater Horizon spill site so as to not lose any more time than is necessary. The Obama White House -- previously in full panic mode -- may now take a moment to relax and breathe deeply again.
Some ships prepared to move back to the site of BP's broken oil well Saturday as the remnants of a weakening Tropical Storm Bonnie rolled into the Gulf of Mexico.

The rough weather is still expected to hit the area directly, but the storm -- now barely a tropical depression -- broke apart as it crossed Florida and moved into the Gulf.

...The vessels relaying video images and seismic readings from undersea robots monitoring the leaky well are still in place and may be able to stay, he said.
The mechanical cap that has mostly contained the oil for eight days was left closed, and there was no worry the storm would cause problems with the plug because it's nearly a mile below the ocean's surface.

The government's spill-response team held off on any blanket order for resuming the drilling and cleanup activities.

...Work on the relief tunnel stopped Wednesday, and it will take time to restart. Crews on the drilling rig pulled up a mile of pipe in 40-to-60-foot sections and laid it on deck of the drilling rig so they could move to safer water. _al.com
The Obama Pelosi regime has already shut down oil exploration and drilling in the Gulf of Mexico -- for quite spurious reasons. Recent panic-prone behaviours by Obama government officials suggest that this US administration is simply not ready for all the responsibilities it has attempted to take on.

As well-killing operations continue to be set back by government officials and academics seemingly afraid of their own shadows, one wonders just how long it will take to kill this well -- and how long will it take the government to finally re-open the Gulf to exploration? Years? By then, there will be no Oil companies or drilling rigs willing to risk entering US waters for the purposes of oil or gas drilling -- which may be exactly what Obama Pelosi have been aiming for.

Obama's people are causing untold hardship to the people and the economy of the Gulf of Mexico by their arbitrary moratorium on exploration and drilling. The Obama administration narrowly avoided making another monumental mistake in the Gulf when it almost chose to re-open the Macondo oil spill to Gulf waters.

As incompetent as some of the decisions made by TransOceanic, BP, and Haliburton may have been (wait until the facts come out), decisions being made by the US government stand to be orders of magnitude more incompetent and destructive in the long run.

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