Think of how we all feel, most of us on this thread are 100's + mile away, and then think about the catch-22 that some folks must feel along the gulf. Oil production has been a pillar of the economy, and I bet that most of the gulf gang here have friends/family that work directly/indirectly for oil. Yet, they also make their living off of the environment, fishing, guiding,toursim,etc. It's no wonder folks in the gulf aren't saying too much, it must be grueling to lose your livlihood while the industry your uncle Fred works in caused this. I don't wish that kind of vibe on anyone...[/size][/size]
VTNZ hit it on the head. I hadn't said much about it, because watching this unfold, I just don't have the stomach for all the political bullshit people are going to throw up about it. Guess what, both fucking parties suck. Deepwater Horizon went into service in 2001, GWB's first year in office, nothing he had implimented at the time would have allowed the rig to go into service that wasn't already in place with his predicessor.
The impact on the Louisiana and Gulf Coast economy is going to be staggering. Seafood and tourism industries are going to have a dead summer, I really feel for TY, I know the business he is in and if folks don't go to Florida this summer, he's going to feel it. On top of that politicians will use this incident to make political hay and will fuck what's left of the oil Industry. This is a fucking disaster, BP should be held accountable, but the vast majority of what I'm seeing spewed on here comes from an absolute lack of knowledge about how drilling operations work. While I think BP execs are full of shit when they say they are putting forth an "Apollo 13" effort to fix this, the technology involved in this drilling operation exceeds anything the Apollo program ever saw. The blow out itself - a "Shit happens" freak accident kind of thing, the most likely reason the BOP isn't functioning is probably because it's obstructed, either a hanger is in it, or the drill pipe bent inside the bop preventing it from being able to sheer and close. On that account, not so much BP's fault as just bad fucking luck. Now their pathetic response to this is a whole nuther issue....and for that I hope their sacks get stomped.
Got word from a friend that guides down there. He took a boat ride, said it looks like the west portion of the Biloxi marsh is ok for now because currents from the river are pushing the mess farther east. The eastern portion of Biloxi marsh toward the Miss. state line and the Chandeleur's are going to be fucked. BP personell in the area are being escorted around by armed guards to keep the commercial fishermen from chopping them up for chum.
Anybody hear from n8?
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