Type Your Article Here ... The damaged blow out preventer is now on the deck of the Q4000. The oil well spill was a tragic event. It has taken many months of complicated operational work to arrive at this point. Wheather played a major part in many delays leading up the replacement of the blowout preventer. The new BOP was lowered into the well yesterday, meaning the bottom (final) kill will soon take place. Many people on the Gulf Coast complained about the many delays, and rightly so. The shrimpers and the fishermen suffered significant loses of catches due to the enormity of the spill. Once the final kill is completed, some sense of normalty will return to the region. I've been reading the dailey press releases from the Unified Command. These comments are usually announced to the press by Thad Allen, the Incident Commander. He is very precise in explaining (on a dailey basis) the various operations in real time.
There are those in the Obama administation who believe we should stop drilling in the Gulf because there are too many safety hazards on some of the rigs. I say, since the Macondo mishap, regulations are being improved to avoid another event. Recently, another well exploded off of the Louisiana Coast. This time, thankfully the entire crew on board was rescued. This was a more subdued accident because the well was in 300 feet of water,and not much flow was released. The Macondo well was in 15,000 feet of water making it a real challenging operation.
Despite these recent events, I believe it is absolutely vital that we continue to drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Our dependence on foreign oil is driving the economy further into debt! We must continue our search for Natural resouces (sush as oil) wheather it be in the Gulf, or the National Wildlife Refuge in the state of Alaska. Accidents will continue, but with better regulatory practices, the amount of incidents will be kept to a lower statistical minimum.