i'm from southern louisiana, so i've got a personal investment in this whole thing. i've been swimming, fishing, shrimping, boating, oyster gathering, etc... in the areas that are now being closed by this crap. i've lived in the marsh, i've walked on most of the beaches in LA where this crap if now floating up. standing on the beach in grand isle or fourchon, and looking south you can see the oil rigs out there just pumping away. growing up you just expected that they had some kind of backup plan for times when "the shit hit the fan", apparently our assumptions were wrong.
i think it points to the arrogance of the modern human. we build something, and we stand back from it and say "damn, that's an awesome something. i dare say it's the most awesome something i've ever seen, we are the shit". but we always forget the other awesome somethings that we've built and the fact that they're made of metal and operated by people, and we definitely always forget that these awesome things we build WILL fail at some point for some reason and that failure will cause some problem. no one seems to ever think about backup plans when they're making money.
i completely grasp the difficulty of deep sea drilling, it's not a trivial task. but that should make you that much more aware of the possible catastrophes that could occur. if you're drilling in 1000' of water or less, it's relatively easy to quickly cap a blown well, so maybe one BOP is cool. but in 5000'+ ? just one BOP? seems like you're asking for trouble. also, with the BOP in general, did the people who made these things never thing of testing it out WITH a drill pipe in the rig? "ok, it works great when the pipe is empty, but what if it fires while they're drilling?"
The Righteous Hand Of Retribution
"The evaporation of 4 million who believe this crap would leave the world an instantly better place." ~Andre Codresu (re: "the Rapture")