D’oh! Big Oil didn’t have a rapid-response force for deepwater disasters before Deepwater Horizon!?!?!
Well, they do now, so their industry was perturbed enough to create a rule-set where previously none was thought worthy enough to exist.
Exxon, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Shell all pitch in a quarter billion to make it happen. Goal is capacity to capture and contain up to 100k bpd at 10k feet below the surface. Deepwater’s numbers were 60k bpd at 5k depth.
New system will feature several oil-collection ships and other subsurface gear will, coincidentally enough, resemble the ad hoc package that BP was forced to invent on the spot, thanks to Deepwater.
You can just slap my forehead and utter your favorite interjection.