AP IMPACT: Bad cement jobs plague offshore rigs

Full story: LA Daily News

The tricky process of sealing an offshore oil well with cement - suspected as a major contributor to the Gulf of Mexico disaster - has failed dozens of times in the past, according to an Associated Press investigation.
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Sam 1

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May 24, 2010
 
Is English suddenly becoming news writers second language, or did they all graduate from LAUSD?

Everyone uses the word "health" in an unhealthful way.

And it's not "cement" as the headline is written. It's "concrete!"

Cement is what holds concrete together.

English is a beautiful language; no other language is as expressive or has as many adjectives, adverbs and synonyms. Appreciate it and use it properly.
Rufus T Firefly

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May 24, 2010
 
The main reason for this recent failure of this oil rig off of the Louisiana coast is the strangle hold of environmentalists. Why do we drill off shore to begin with? is it not due to the fact that no one wants to allow on shore drilling? It is a known fact that one drilling platform can drill up to 40 miles in any direction thereby eliminating multiple platforms.

If more drilling were allowed on land and not so far out in the ocean, we could avoid debacles as we are seeing now but many are calling for wind and solar power to be our future. And just how do I fix a sail mast or solar panels to my car?
old guy

Agoura Hills, CA

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May 24, 2010
 
MAYBE cheap illegal labor has also struck here...
obama-sux

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May 24, 2010
 
So now it's the concretes fault, for the worst environmental accident in history. Big oil must not be making enough money to have to cut corners on the ingredients for good cement. But what the hell its only a mile under the sea and a mile beneath the sea floor, its not like Big oil is going to have to pay for the worst environmental mess in history. So why should Big oil care whether the concretes blocks will hold, they know that in the long run the consumers of oil base products are going to have to pay for the cleaning up of their mess
Richard

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May 24, 2010
 
The drill off shore because that is where the oil
is and they can make money drilling there. There
are thousands of oil wells off shore and many
different oil companies with their own leases and
agreements with the government.

From wikipedia
"Concrete should not be confused with cement because the term cement refers only to the dry powder substance used to bind the aggregate materials of concrete. Upon the addition of water and/or additives the cement mixture is referred to as concrete, especially if aggregates have been added."

After this, I'm sure the standards are going to be
tightened up, if only by the insurers who are going
to be paying for at least part of the spills cost.

The question I have is whether or not the current
administration is going to take heat for this
disaster in the way Bush's administration did.
Certainly I don't expect a Kanye type moment, but
the mainstream media will not kiss Obama's butt
forever, will they?
obama-sux

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May 24, 2010
 
The news media has about as much credibility as BP, they have done nothing but make concessions for obama from the very start. I remember the heat that Bush took because of the Katrina hurricane disaster and rightfully so. But hurricane Katrina was an act of nature, the people of New Orleans could have evacuated before it hit, but many chose not to. This oil spill occurred because of the Federal government Minerals Management Service chose not to do their job making sure that all safety precautions are enforced.
But the news media has made no mention that obama’s Federal agency MMS is just as guilty as BP.
Richard wrote:
The drill off shore because that is where the oil
is and they can make money drilling there. There
are thousands of oil wells off shore and many
different oil companies with their own leases and
agreements with the government.
From wikipedia
"Concrete should not be confused with cement because the term cement refers only to the dry powder substance used to bind the aggregate materials of concrete. Upon the addition of water and/or additives the cement mixture is referred to as concrete, especially if aggregates have been added."
After this, I'm sure the standards are going to be
tightened up, if only by the insurers who are going
to be paying for at least part of the spills cost.
The question I have is whether or not the current
administration is going to take heat for this
disaster in the way Bush's administration did.
Certainly I don't expect a Kanye type moment, but
the mainstream media will not kiss Obama's butt
forever, will they?

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