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Blowout Could Tip Regulator Focus To Shallow-Water

Manufacturing.net -- Last week's blowout on a natural gas rig off the Louisiana coast could shift regulators' focus to shallow-water drilling and make an overhaul of safety equipment regulations more likely.

The rig, owned by Hercules Offshore and operated under contract to Walter Gas & Oil, spewed gas July 23 that eventually ignited. The fire damaged the Hercules 265, which was within days of wrapping up its drilling contract. No injuries were reported and 44 workers were evacuated before the fire began.

Authorities believe sand and sediment clogged the well the next day, shutting off the gas.

Interest is expected to focus on the apparent failure of the blowout preventer, a series of that's supposed to shut off flow from a well when drillers lose control.


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Submitted Aug 01, 2013 By: NOTSOGRN
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whitebear1883
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 4:54:29 PM

Um, maybe they should beef up safety for all off-shore drilling sites.
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Dounblowz
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 4:49:24 PM

Don't we already have 2 much regulation?
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 12:34:33 PM

If it makes it safer, go for it!!!
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 10:09:41 AM

Obviously the oil and gas industry still needs more focus by regulators...
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 9:32:41 AM

REALLY?
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 9:31:29 AM

Learn from problems
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 9:15:29 AM

Have they yet figured out why the accident occurred?
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 9:13:54 AM

I have no response to this.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 9:09:00 AM

Sigh...
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RichardoB
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 9:07:03 AM

No one enforces safety regulations. There will be more blowouts due to shortcuts being taken.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 9:06:32 AM

How about everyone just do your job, and not cut corners. It shouldn't matter if you are in shallow water, or deep water. Do it right.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 9:06:21 AM

More "safe" drilling by Big Oil!
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 9:05:51 AM

I agree 100% with solase -- "Make the oil corporations pay the whole freakin bill rather than passing it along to us the tax payer! "
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Accidents happen. You live with them and learn from them!
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Lets sue for loss of business
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livedream
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 9:04:03 AM

"...The Walter blowout was the second incident in shallow water off Louisiana in less than a month...."

Too many "accidents" already!

If oil companies can't be trusted to follow safety procedures or at least have a backup blow-off preventer, then maybe they should not be allowed to have a license to drill in Gulf waters.
Fines seem to have no effect at all.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 9:03:30 AM

Seems like someone could make a lot of money if they were to develop a really good blowout preventer.
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Doh! said Homer Simpson
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 9:01:26 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 9:01:17 AM

Too much government interference in private business (and in our private lives), but the blame belongs on the clueless citizens who elect these idiots into office whose only lot in life is to get re-elected.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 9:00:50 AM

" Ban the EPA and all gov't oversight and regulation! Industry regulates itself perfectly well."

What a joke! Time after time we've seen companies take shortcuts to increase profits regardless of safety. Do you own stock in a company that manufactures self-contained breathing apparatus?
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:59:48 AM

Need a backup blowoff preventer.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:58:39 AM

Was it made in China (like nearly everythig else these days)?
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:58:22 AM

It ain't right that the government is involved in these things. Government is the problem not the solution.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:58:14 AM

Guys: Some of you all don't realize EVERY cost to produce oil and gas is ultimately paid for by YOU the consumer. So all of you who claim gouging all of the time need to get real! You are paying ALL of the costs including huge regulatory ones as well.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:57:24 AM

Drill here...drill now!
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:56:58 AM

take focus of $$$$?? naw....
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That's OK
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Wherever the oil is
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:55:34 AM

safety is important
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:55:31 AM

wow
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:53:57 AM

Really.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:53:23 AM

you tell'em "SOLASE"
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:53:22 AM

lets be safe out there
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:52:07 AM

Make the oil corporations pay the whole freakin bill rather than passing it along to us the tax payer!
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:52:01 AM

Failure of the blow out preventer? Sound very familiar; can you say Horizon?
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:51:11 AM

Hope these people drilling with take this incident as a form of experience on what to look out for when doing the job.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:50:39 AM

Necessary step but adds to cost of production.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:49:34 AM

bsg75 has it right.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:48:54 AM

As long as they have learned from the accident
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:47:39 AM

Safe practices need to over ride human error.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:46:34 AM

hmm
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:45:50 AM

Things happen. Learn from your mistake! These accidents happen only once, then companies never do it again! They learn valuable lessons from such freak accidents, such one-off acts of God. They never fail to 'learn' and just continue cutting corners to save money and boost profits! Ban the EPA and all gov't oversight and regulation! Industry regulates itself perfectly well. The 'price' of fuel at the 'pump' is too high! Happy drilling! Herp derp.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:45:50 AM

Interesting.
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Here we go again!
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Fix the problem.
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boom!
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no short cuts please. These are the types of things that concern me RE: natural gas powered cars.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:43:27 AM

yes, can we put safety in this equation?
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2013 8:42:21 AM

redundant systems needed
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