Past discussion of BOP problems is not scandalous

05/24/2010
A blow to credibility must not limit the oil and gas industry's ability to discuss technical problems.The fatal blowout of the deepwater Macondo well and consequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have, of course, discredited the industry.Producers said they could drill and complete wells in deep water with minimum risk. That assurance turns out to have been overstated. They said they could manage accidents. More than 3 weeks on, the well's still spewing oil in 5,000 ft of water.If a chastened industry is to earn back the acceptability of deepwater work, however, its professionals must feel free to address problems openly and candidly.In the hysterical politics following the Apr. 20 explo...
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