We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
•There are lots of questions and few answers surrounding the Deepwater Horizon explosion and sinking. We're owed answers. Specifically:
?Was, as alleged on 60 Minutes, the blowout preventer damaged a month earlier? If so, who knew it was damaged and decided to run pipe anyway?
?Were the hydraulic and control box problems with the blowout preventer known and if so, who knew about them and when? Why was pipe run if these were known inoperative or otherwise not at 100%, and who made those calls?
?Who made the decision to displace the well despite apparent anomalous pressure readings? And by the way, who thought you could take an accurate pressure reading without being able to close the blowout preventer fully (if the above allegation is correct)?
?Why did the generator(s) explode? This was the proximate cause of the fire and sinking. Specifically, diesel gensets used where the atmosphere could entrain combustible materials (including the gensets own lube oil, such as through a turbocharger seal) absolutely need to have air doors on their intakes and systems to close those doors if the unit goes out of spec on RPM and the normal cut-off of fuel through the injection system fails to immediately establish control. There clearly were either no air doors on those gensets or they were inoperative. This is wildly dangerous in an environment that might contain an explosive atmosphere and is the proximate cause of ignition and the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon. Who either knew there were no airdoors or that they were inoperative on those generator engines and yet was operating those generators anyway?
•The people who made the decisions above are responsible for the deaths of 11 men and the catastrophe in the gulf. They need to be held personally to account as a matter of criminal liability for manslaughter (e.g. negligent homicide.) Each and every person with knowledge of any of the above who failed to "stop work", and is still alive, is culpable. If any of the first three above points had not occurred, the rig would not have caught fire. The 4th, had it not been the case, likely would have prevented the ignition of the methane and thus the explosion and sinking as well.
the above are not high-tech errors --they are, to anyone who knows the first thing about drilling a well, like getting dressed and putting your shoes on your ears and then sitting down to dinner and eating the silverware instead of the entree.