Live drill to test deep water response capability
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Hoping to avoid a repeat of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, federal officials last week charged the Marine Well Containment Company with conducting a live drill this summer to deploy a capping stack in the Gulf of Mexico.
The capping stack is similar to the equipment that was ultimately used to stem the flow of oil from the Deepwater Horizon’s well. In the test, the company will show how it deploy the equipment in a timely fashion from and on-shore base to the deep water seabed of the Gulf.
Under political pressure to drill for more domestic oil, and preparing to lease more offshore areas, the Obama administration hopes the demo will convince a skeptical public and highly critical watchdog groups that deep-water drilling can be done safely. (more…)