May 12, 2010
The Wall Street Journal offers a disturbing report, suggesting that it was not an equipment failure but a stupid decision that led to the recent Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion. You need to read the whole thing for context, but it boils down to someone deciding to do things in the wrong order:
Lloyd Heinze, chairman of the petroleum engineering department at Texas Tech University, agrees that this is an unusual approach. “Normally, you would not evacuate the riser until you were done with the last plug at the sea floor,” he said in an interview.