Around 10pm the entire center of the rig started rushing water downwards over all the pipes… I’ve never seen such an event take place. I looked at my friend who previously worked offshore, and he said that’s BOP something another and the rig took a ‘kick!’ I thought the rig was sinking and that was their way of bilging… But nope! Methane gas began BLOWING out of the West side of it and the noise of the thrust was louder than anything I’ve ever herd (sic) ..
Thanks to a reader the answers to several email questions from other readers begins to take shape as Slabbed covers the Oil Spill. I’m an old offshore service hand from way far back working offshore during the summers to earn money for college. Aside from the pictures posted by the fishermen there is no doubt in my mind the account is accurate because of the slang terminology. For those not as familiar with the workings of an oil rig a BOP is a “blowout preventer” and a “kick” is the slang term which describes encountering a geological formation, such a gas pocket, in the “hole” that actually enters the wellbore causing the drilling mud to back up in the drill pipe. Thus far I refused to speculate as to the exact causation of the blowout as there are different “varieties” of the event. Now it is clear the drilling pipe ruptured under the pressure of the “kick” which quickly escalated into a full-bore blowout and from the sound of things it was the worst variety for a semi submersible rig in the uncontrolled release of gas from the well as we continue:
My eyes began to burn and that friend I was telling you about earlier began to SCREAM, “GO, GO, GO, GO, GOOOOO!” I positioned my compass North and put the gears in WOT! At approximately 100 yds from the rig it Exploded! Puts a new meaning to explosion. We hit the deck and continued North @ WOT, Blind because the moon was at quarter crescent and I had no radar.
Then come the mayday calls:
With the lawsuits flying, Gulf Coast lawyers will have plenty of job security for years. IMHO the best lawsuit will be the one that will carry the least publicity as BP will no doubt be looking for culprits in the causation chain. Likely suspects are the manufacturer of the BOP, the drill elevator and the “mud” contractor.
Speaking of them early lawsuits, an Alexander Pope quote comes to mind:
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.