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  •  False Assumption - Can't Prepare For An Oil Spill (2+ / 0-)
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    shpilk, Catte Nappe

    Sure you can.  

    In fact, this is not a spill, its a well blow-out.  If blow-outs were so rare, and were so unexpected, they could not be prepared for, there would not have been a piece of equipment caled a "blow-out preventer."    

    Furthermore, the Pemex Mexican under water blow-out showed that underwater blow-outs happen.  Thus, later under water drilling should only be allowed if an enviormental impact statement showed that such an event was prepared for.

    I'm just sayin....

    •  The "no one could have imagined" (1+ / 0-)
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      argument, again.

      Ixtoc took 10 month to stop, and it was in 160 feet of water, not 5000.

      Best Republican idea:
      Ban ranch dressing. It's the devil's saliva.

      by shpilk on Sun May 30, 2010 at 10:35:04 AM PDT

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    •  Some links to blowout history (2+ / 0-)
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      DemFromCT, TimmyB

      As Shpilk says, IXTOC 1 took a LONG time to cap. Here are some links about blowouts in the Gulf (from an MMS report, so caveat lector), the history of relief wells, and a short summary of the IXTOC 1 response.

      This article discusses the history of relief wells for blowout control:

      This MMS document reviews blowouts off the U.S. continental shelf in recent decades (I can’t tell if it is a whitewash or not):

      Brief summary of the IXTOC I  blowout in the Gulf. It blew in June of 1979, and was finally capped in March 1980:

      From Jody Lanard (a k a Path Forward)

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