Oil Spill Insights from a Retired Manager of an Offshore Underwater Service Company

Saturday, May 8, 2010
By Paul Martin

The OilDrum.com
May 8, 2010

This is a guest post from Oil Drum commenter shelburn, who is a retired manager for an offshore underwater service company.

I have been reading the various reports from the media for the last few days and am distressed by the amount of misinformation that is being provided to the public. In response, I have put together some rough calculations and have tried to develop analogies that are understandable to laymen regarding what has happened and what is/can be done.

I have some relevant background, as I was in the offshore industry, primarily in the underwater service side for many years, so I am familiar with diving and ROV operations. I have also been involved in designing and building an oil capture and recovery dome (actually a pyramid) in much shallower water. I also was involved in the Exxon Valdez cleanup and environmental surveys, several years after that incident, among other things.

I’m not a downhole expert, so I’ll leave that side to Rockman and others with the necessary training and experience.

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