When Things Fall Apart: The Nightmares of an Offshore Oil Rig Worker

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"I know at any moment this machine could destroy itself and there won't be a thing I can do about it. What a mutinous thing when a machine, usually so faithful and repetitious, turns against us."

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We've been following BP's attempts to contain and clean up the awful mess surrounding the Deepwater Horizon wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico, but sometimes it's so easy to focus on the errors of a company and forget that there are people for whom the threat of a such disaster is a part of every waking and sleeping hour.

PopSci has a fantastic report from Jasper Collum, an offshore oil rig worker and the nightmares he faces each day. I highly recommend giving it a read. [PopSci]

DISCUSSION

This is why ground drilling is the way to go. Easy access to the wellhead and repair procedures are much, much more straightforward.