We hope and pray that this oil spill is the last oil spill in US history, but history tells us another story. There will be accidents and there will be future oil spills on drilling platforms on the high sea. So how can we stop these future oil spills from becoming the disaster the BP oil spill is ?
We can put safe guards in place that will limit the oil spill to a certain area around the drilling platform and this area can be cleaned and the oil can be remove fairly quickly and without the damage to the economy, the beaches and the animals in the sea.
So how can we keep the oil only around the drilling platform and not let it flow free to any beach around the deep water drilling plat forms ?
Well one of the companies that has come up with a solution shared it with me the other week. I hope me sharing it here will make a difference and somebody smart out there will take this idea and make it mandatory for all drill derricks out there to have in place before they start to drill for oil in our ocean’s.
The principal described below could be made mandatory by law if you want a permit to drill for oil in our ocean you need to take the following precaution before we will give you a permitl. The precaution would involve a safety zone made up by a barrier that goes around the drilling platform and is anchored to the bottom of the ocean all the way around the circle.
Below the inventor of this barrier system explains in more detail. I have left his contact information in there and hopefully the right person will contact him to make this system a reallity. If the good people in Washington could make a simple system like this mandatory for all drilling platforms on the high sea we would feel more safe I think. It would also prevent another major oil spill from reaching our shores and damaging our economy.
Please find below the inventors idea and how it would be implemented.
It should be mandatory for every derrick drilling for oil no matter how deep they wish to drill. If they wish to drill 10,000 feet then be prepared to go down 10,000 feet to anchor the cable to the seabed and be prepared to have a radius of 10,000 feet around that derrick as small price to pay to stop all future oil spills.
If a derrick drills 1 mile down then a radius of one mile around that derrick needs to have the barrier in place and that barrier is connected with cables to the seabed 1 mile down and back to the derrick giving them a 6.2 mile circumference of floatation which holds up the barrier. Those cables are heavy and are anchored to the seabed, all held afloat by the 10 feet wide x 6 feet high by a continuous float. (with red hazard lights).
Now you may say well when there is a hurricane the waves are 20 feet high? Correct, the swells are 20 feet high and the wind is 100 miles an hour, correct.
25 feet from the top of the cable to the underside of the float is 30 feet of sprung wire (cable) surrounded by surgical stretching rubber hose of 15 feet long. This will provide An additional 15 foot spring to deal with up and down and side ways for everyday movement as well as extreme conditions. You may well get some over spill only during extreme weather, easy to clean.
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