I've mentioned a couple of times, here and here, that Shell oil officials recently gave a detailed comparison of the way they drill deepwater wells, vs. the way BP did it on the well that failed.
The video is posted as of this evening at the Aspen Ideas Festival site, here, or embedded below. Take a look and see what you think. Really you see should the whole thing (50+ minutes) to draw conclusions, but the "how we drill" part starts at roughly time 13:00, and the "compare our well with theirs" part starts at around 18:00 and again in the post-speech Q-and-A. During the questions, you can listen too for the "would you hire an engineer from BP?" exchange.
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James Fallows is a staff writer at The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Jimmy Carter's chief speechwriter. He and his wife, Deborah Fallows, are the authors of the 2018 book Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America, which was a national best seller and is the basis of a forthcoming HBO documentary.