Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The crucial piece of the rig's safety equipment, the blow-out preventer – the last line of defence against an out-of-control well – subsequently failed to activate and is at the center of investigations into what caused the disaster.

Guardian News is reporting that this device was overhauled by a Chinese contractor in 2005.

It is understood that lawyers for Cameron International, the manufacturer of the BOP, will argue the device was so significantly modified in China that it no longer resembled the original component, and that Cameron should therefore not be held liable. It would be almost impossible to secure damages in China, where international law is barely recognized.

Experts say that the practice of having such engineering work carried out in China, rather than the US, saves money and is common in the industry.

Read the entire article at the source - BP oil spill: failed safety device on Deepwater Horizon rig was modified in China | Environment | The Observer

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Disaster Defined

An occurrence causing widespread destruction and distress; a catastrophe.

A disaster is a perceived tragedy, being either a natural calamity or man-made catastrophe. It is a hazard which has come to fruition. A hazard, in turn, is a situation which poses a level of threat to life, health, property, or that may deleteriously affect society or an environment.

In the modern world, the traditional view of natural disasters as punishments for human wickedness has given way to the scientific study of the causes of seemingly unpredictable acts of nature. In recent years, however, scholars have placed more emphasis on the roles played by greed and indifference to potential human suffering in many seemingly "natural" disasters.

The excerpts above are from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language Fourth Edition, Wikipedia and the Encyclopedia of American History. Retrieved June 04, 2010, from Web site:

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