Leaking oil and gas are seen during dispersant operations at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in this screen grab taken from a BP live video feed June 11, 2010. British energy giant BP Plc will seek to nearly double its oil-collecting capacity by mid-July, the U.S. official overseeing the Gulf of Mexico spill cleanup effort said on Friday. REUTERS/BP/Handout (UNITED STATES)
Yes we can drill 5000 feet and then another 3 miles under the seafloor to get to oil and natural gas deposits but what’s quite evident is if something goes wrong down there the technology is limited to what it can do in such depths. Sure bp has a high-tech command center in Houston with all the latest remote operating submersible technology and communication equipment but, with all of this high-tech equipment the oil disaster has shown the limitations the oil companies deep technology is against an oil spill nearly 5000 feet under the surface of the water.
I still think we should continue to explore and drill offshore in shallow waters. We are still very dependent on oil for most everything “unfortunately” and especially foreign oil which we pay dearly for. So I am still in favor for offshore drilling for oil in depths that are under 1000 feet but until technology and safety is advanced deep water oil drilling should be reexamined.
April 21st- Anchor-handling tugboats battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. A Coast Guard MH-65C dolphin rescue helicopter and crew document the fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, while searching for survivors. Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes and cutters responded to rescue the Deepwater Horizon’s 126 person crew.