Thursday, September 2, 2010

Because no one expects bad weather during hurricane season

High seas at the site of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico will delay for at least two to three days the recovery of the well's failed blowout preventer, Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Monday.

The weather also will push back the completion of a relief well that Allen has said for months is the only way to ensure that the Deepwater Horizon well is sealed permanently.

Engineers had hoped to lift the blowout preventer either Monday or Tuesday and install a new blowout preventer over the well on Wednesday in preparation for resuming drilling on the relief well perhaps Sept. 7 or 8. An effort to intercept the Deepwater Horizon wellbore with the relief well might have come as soon as four days after that.

Contingencies plans for deep water operations during hurricane season should include contingency plans in the event of . . . hurricanes.

Is there anyone working on this who's not a total idiot?

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