Rediscovering what they were supposed to already know

starfish by TheMarque

1997 Warning on Deep Blowouts: ‘Options Are Limited’
[Via Dot Earth]

It should come as no surprise that experts in avoiding and stopping blowouts of oil and gas wells long ago saw the deep-ocean drilling frontier as particularly dangerous terrain.

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As often happens in human endeavors, people get complacent and take shortcuts. The only way to prevent this is to make sure there is a cultural focus on doing it right. This often means that some people who fail to follow proper procedure need to be tried criminally.

And not just the poor guys on the platform but their bosses who pressured them.

Yep, I’m a liberal because I believe that might actually work. Well, it would actually work if we ever held anyone accountable. Lack of accountability by those in charge has been a hallmark of the last 20 years.