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post #1 of 40 Old 08-28-2005, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Katerina & Pete

Pete, Are you OK ? I heard that they are evacuating all the Drill Platforms in the Gulf.
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what happened??

itīs been a while since the last time Pete posted here...

hope everything is fine!!

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Just like last hurricane ? He was gone for months after that...
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Hurricane season can be quite busy for me. I thought I'd take a minute and give you an update.

Hurricane Katrina did not affect us out here on the rig. We are dynamically positioned (meaning we use thrusters rather than anchors to maintain station) so when the hurricane crossed Florida we retrieved our drilling package, moved 175 miles west, waited for the hurricane to pass, and then moved back onto location. The eye of the hurricane passed directly over our well location and the forecast was for winds out of the NNE 134-142 mph (215-228 kph), gusting to 154 mph (248 kph), and combined waves 64-66 feet (19.5-20 meters) with an occasional 98 footer (30 meters).

The problem we've got now is infrastructure. All of the docks for our supply boats were washed away so now our boats have to come out of Texas. The heliport we use for personnel transfers is 10 feet underwater so we've had to move all of our aviation services further inland.

But, we can't complain too much when you look at the TV and see what the people ashore are going through. We've got a bunch of guys onboard who lost everything they own.

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Oh my God.

Is that a before and after photo set?

Bro...I am glad you are ok. I just wish that everyone else was as well too. Prayers are being sent daily.

Do you think God stays in Heaven because she is afraid of what she sees down here?

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Pete,

Glad to hear you are safe. I knew your boat moved so I figured you all get out of dodge when these things come. I then saw two oil rigs on the news, one was lodged under a bridge and another was actually carried inland. When I saw those I was shocked and thought maybe your boat didn't move.

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Oh my God.

Is that a before and after photo set?

Bro...I am glad you are ok. I just wish that everyone else was as well too. Prayers are being sent daily.
I agree... Happy to know you are fine, Pete!

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Yes, that is a before and after shot of the heliport. We had 40 guys who had their vehicles parked down there. Total losses. A lot of the guys had just bought brand new cars and trucks this time off. One of the guys hadn't even made the first payment yet on his limited edition Dodge Ram Daytona SLT with the Hemi engine. He had it for 1 week, put 800 miles on it, drove to work and now it's under 10 feet of water.

Here's some more pics. Even if the water at the heliport goes down, you still can't get to it. A couple of pics of why the price of gas went up also.
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Here's a pic of the bridge to Fourchon. You can see that the little town on the other side of the bridge isn't even there anymore.
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nature can be very cruel sometimes

did anything happen to your house, car or family, Pete?? I hope not!!

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Pete actually lives up in Maine...way far away from New Orleans. He works down there on the oil rigs though.

As for the devestation...I am at a loss for words.

Do you think God stays in Heaven because she is afraid of what she sees down here?

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Its incredible the amount of damage from this

Here in New Mexico they are talking about housing refugees! All the way in New Mexico! That says something about how many people were affected by this!
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The damage is huge... Good to hear you are ok. Like Andrew I knew you guys could move the boat and sit out the storm somewhere else, but I don't know how many days beforehand you know about the hurricane and how long it takes to lift the whole installation and get away.
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Hey Pete,

Even though you have lousy taste in cars... I'm indeed glad that you survived to discuss cars yet another time.

As for the aftermath of the storm I have to say one thing. Bush is an idiot. Help for the survivors was way, way, WAY too late.

The netherlands is no stranger to flooding or the risk of flooding but we specialise in preventing it. We built very strong dikes (spelling?) and the whole Delta Works project and we're overall pretty prepared for floodings.

The Bush-administration however, cut spending on the maintenance of the waterproofing of the New Orleans area.

I'm quite fond of lots of americans but your government sucks definite ass

*edit* Still glad to see you're ok !!!
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well, we built the delta after '53 the great waterdisaster here, so we weren't always that good with our dikes etc.
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Yes. And there's a reason that a disaster like '53 hasn't happened again since.

In a technologically advanced America, where there is so much money that they shoot it at Iraq... this shouldn't happen.
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Hey Pete,

Even though you have lousy taste in cars... I'm indeed glad that you survived to discuss cars yet another time.

As for the aftermath of the storm I have to say one thing. Bush is an idiot. Help for the survivors was way, way, WAY too late.

The netherlands is no stranger to flooding or the risk of flooding but we specialise in preventing it. We built very strong dikes (spelling?) and the whole Delta Works project and we're overall pretty prepared for floodings.

The Bush-administration however, cut spending on the maintenance of the waterproofing of the New Orleans area.

I'm quite fond of lots of americans but your government sucks definite ass

*edit* Still glad to see you're ok !!!
Like New Orleans, much of the Netherlands sits below sea level and is proctected by a network of levees or dikes. Unlike New Orleans, the Netherlands isn't likely to be hit by a catagory 4 hurricane. I believe (and you can correct me if I'm wrong) that the dikes in the Netherlands are between 5 and 7 meters tall. The storm surge from Katrina was as high as 10 meters.

It is easy to criticise Bush but I don't see how you can put all this on his shoulders. The levees in New Orleans were originally built in 1718 and have been continually upgraded since. There had been a plan in place to upgrade them to withstand a catagory 4 storm but the upgrade would take 20-25 years. And if that project were started it would have drawn a lot of criticism also."Why are we upgrading something that is working perfectly when the education system is such a mess?" "Why are we spending all this money? The odds of New Orleans getting hit by a cat. 4 storm are extremely low." Plus, to make the levees higher you need to make them wider. That means confiscating private land.

As for response, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is not like a natural disaster SWAT team ready to swoop down on any emergency. They are there to provide aid and relief WHEN ASKED TO. The States did not ask for assistance until it was too late. If the Federal Government had taken a more aggressive role in this and the storm hadn't been as bad as it was, the government would have been criticised for interference and infringing on State's rights.

As for the American government and the President. For everything they do, millions of people will criticise it. George Bush could sneeze, wipe his nose with a tissue and people will come out of the woodwork saying how he's killing the rain forests by his blatent misuse of paper products. If he uses a cloth handkerchief to wipe his nose people will say he doesn't support the paper industry and he's putting thousands of Americans out of work.

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Pete... all that is more or less true. But I still can't help feeling that if this had happened under President Clinton... things would have turned out very differently.

Besides... Bush gave a sort of press conference where he again mentioned WMD's. He was saying things like that the world is a bad place to live in. I was wondering how long it would take him to mention terrorism. He's a blubbering idiot. Terrorism had nothing to do with it. I'm sorry to say it but more than 50% of the americans are stupid in my opinion.

Oh and by the way... The Netherlands may not be threatened by any hurricane at all but we still build our dikes to massive overspecifics. They can handle a LOT of water and pressure. They are not easily conquered by water. Sure... they need work... but at least we are doing something about it and we don't cut any costs like Bush did.

I agree with you that whatever Bush does... he can't please everybody. But it just seems that Clinton was far more able to satisfy more people and still get a good result.
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I don't see how it could have turned out different.

The Netherlands is about 1/3 the size of the State of Louisianna. I'm not sure how much of the Netherlands is below sea level, lets say 1/3. If your population is evenly distributed you've got about 5 million people living below sea level. Let's say you've got a large storm approaching that will top the dikes and flood the area. You've got 2-3 days to re-locate those 5 million people and provide for them food, water and shelter. If everything doesn't go as planned are you going to say that Prime Minister Balkenende is a blubbering idiot?

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If everything doesn't go as planned are you going to say that Prime Minister Balkenende is a blubbering idiot?
No, it will of course be George Bush's and the U.S.'s fault for not sending help.
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