Offshore tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico

To date, almost everyone has heard about the great tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico, where offshore drilling platform sank off the coast of Louisiana with 11 fatalities as a result of the explosion. Platform Deepwater Horizon is owned and operated by Transocean on behalf of BP, one of the largest energy companies in the world. The accident happened about 20 hours after the well head Heliburtan secured in place service pipe.

Explosions have become extremely rare, and the equipment and the technologies used for their prevention, became very good. Even if they do occur, the damage is usually minimal. However, every once in a rare while several mistaken; if this daisy with cascading failures occur, the results can be catastrophic.

The fact that this profession will always be an element of danger and risk. This is one of the reasons for increase of salaries, as you can see in other dangerous occupations, such as commercial fishing in Alaska, coal mining and zhalezapratsovka. In general, the risk is low – but still a risk.

Some of us choose to take risks in life, others try to minimize them. Personally, I venture, and live in a safe, secure life just seems like a recipe for extinction missing. You can never eliminate risk, and may tomorrow be hit by a car accident or a rare disease. Others, however, see it differently, and simply prefer to make the odds in their favor, to try to enjoy a long life. In this world, there is plenty of room for both types of personality, and one is not better than another; Indeed, both have to build successful human society and the community.

But the tragic loss of life – is not the only tragedy. Oil continues to leak into the bay and still begins to pollute the coastline of Louisiana, threatening the livelihoods of thousands of fishermen, and dozens of small communities. This is not an acceptable cost of doing business or secure our energy needs in any way.

But our energy needs simply will not go away. Despite the fact that "green" technologies are more successful, it is not enough to cope with a reduction in the production of what is happening in some of the largest areas of the world – in Mexico, the North Sea, and even in the Middle East in many of the most productive areas in the the world observed the collapse of their production. The only way to cope with even partial drawback – it is more offshore drilling and exploration.

However, this should be done in such a way as to ensure that our fisheries, shorelines and the environment – and it can be. We will see that one of the results of this catastrophe with the & # 39 is a mandatory improvement in safety and technology to prevent explosions. Large oil and drilling companies will need to develop and implement new technologies that reduce or eliminate the chances of something like this with the fact that ever happen again – and they will.

cost of doing business will not random accidents, but the development of unpredictable safeguards, as well as the ability to disable the flow of oil to occur explosion. One of these methods & # 39 is to develop a two-stage management system, which will shut off the flow directly into the well area, if necessary. Such a system was in fact in a recent accident, but it was unverified and BP could not turn it on. I doubt that such a failure will happen in the future.

Drilling will continue, as well as exploration and adoption of new discoveries into production; It argues that it affects our national survival. However, going forward, we must make every effort to do so in a safe, attentive to environmental protection, as well as the lives of the workers, who ensure that the oil continued to flow. This is a tall order, but I believe that we are quite capable of achieving this.