The Deepwater Horizon oil rig was drilling in water 5,000 feet deep. It had a capacity to drill down to 30,000 feet under the sea floor.
If you’d like to know how deep that is, here’s a graphic that allows you to get a sense of it. An easy comparison is that, if you flew on a plane that cruised at 31,000 feet, you’d still be nearly a mile lower than the rig could drill.
To my way of thinking, it seems arrogant to think we could have managed the challenges of drilling at that depth. It seems truly negligent not to have considered the pressure oil would be under at that depth.
With thanks to Arcanum Deep Secrets.