8 Jul 2010

And Then There Was A Bit Of Pretend Drilling….

This is a link to a very good animation, for my reader who may not be familiar with drilling stuff, showing and explaining what BP are attempting with that spilly thing in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s also a good illustration of the art{?} of directional drilling. Cleaver stuff – let’s hope it works as it should.


I remember when the ‘Amoco Cadiz’ hit the beach in Brittany back in the late 70’s and dropped some oil, a French guy I worked with, from Franceshire, used to go diving in the area hunting for crab and lobster. He was devastated, at the time of the crash, at the prospect of loosing his fun fishing.

Less then a year after the surface clean-up had been completed he took a dive, out of interest, to see what sort of sub-sea disaster the oil spill had caused. He said they found many and varying sizes of oil globules clinging to the rocks and such, but, and this is the kicker, the marine life was far more abundant than pre-crash. The crab and lobster population seemed to be way above pre-crash numbers and of a much larger size.

Possibly the Gulf mess could result in better fishing in the future? I know, I know, not too good for things with feathers, and not too good for anything in the hear and now; but a tad later?

Quote; P. J. O’Rourke.

"The college idealists who fill the ranks of the environmental movement seem willing to do absolutely anything to save the biosphere, except take science courses and learn something about it."

Quote; ??

“A speaker who does not strike oil in ten minutes should stop boring.”

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