Senior Oil Consultant: “This well is cursed”

Delays feared as BP relief bore nears well, Financial Times, June 27, 2010:

“Drilling a well thousands of feet into rock to hit a target no more than six inches [15cm] wide isn’t exactly a sure thing,” says Guy LeBas, strategist at Janney Capital Markets. “There remains a risk that the leak could continue past August.” …

David Stegemeir of PFC Energy says a blow-out preventer has rarely failed before. And on this well, not only did the blow-out preventer fail but one rig was damaged, a second exploded and a third was hit by lightning.

“Personally, I think this well is cursed.”

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