BP’s Macondo Well FINALLY Capped with Memorial

From my pals over at Daily Kos Gulfwatchers, who have continued their 24/7 vigil over BP’s Macondo well since it was killed in the middle of September, below is a video of the cap put in place over the collet connector early yesterday morning.   The cap memorializes the eleven men who were killed by this well on the night of April 20, 2010.  It seems unjust that, like an eternal flame, gas continues to stream from the well, even as they prepare to abandon it and the memorial to those who lost their lives.  Have a look:

As extensive work continued these last 2 months since the the media and most Americans have forgotten the well, the destruction in the vast ecosystem that is the Gulf of Mexico, and the eleven who died, the Gulf Watchers have continued their faithful vigil.  I want to thank them for their tireless work, recording for posterity every event they could see on the ROV feeds that continued over the months.
As this well is prepared for abandonment to the dark ocean depths, we at the Daily Hurricane will never forget those who lost their lives that night:
Jason Anderson, 35, toolpusher, of Midfield, Texas. He left behind his wife, Shelley, and two children.
Dale Burkeen, 37, crane operator, from outside Philadelphia, Mississippi. He left behind his wife, Rhonda, and two children.
Donald Clark, 49, assistant driller, of Newellton, Louisiana. He left behind his wife, Sheila, and four children.
Stephen Curtis, 40, assistant driller, of Georgetown, Louisiana. He left behind his wife, Nancy, and two children.
Gordon Jones, 28, mud engineer, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He left behind his pregnant wife, Michelle, and a son. Michelle gave birth to a son 24 days after the blowout.
Roy Wyatt Kemp, 27, derrick man recently promoted to assistant driller, of Jonesville, Louisiana. He left behind his wife, Courtney, and two daughters.
Karl Kleppinger, 38, floor hand, of Natchez, Mississippi. He left behind his wife, Tracy, and a son.
Blair Manuel, 56, mud engineer, of St. Amant, Louisiana. He left behind his fiancée, Melinda, and three daughters.
Dewey Revette, 48, driller, of State Line, Mississippi. He left behind his wife, Sherri, and two daughters.
Shane Roshto, 22, floor hand, of Franklin County, Mississippi. He left behind his wife, Natalie, and one child.Adam Weise, 24, floor hand, of Yorktown, Texas.
When he shall die 
Take him and cut him out in little stars 
And he will make the face of heav’n so fine 
That all the world will be in love with night 
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
                 –William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


  1. peraspera says

    Thank you for honoring the eleven Deepwater Horizon rig workers who died so needlessly. Bless you for taking notice when no one else in the press bothered. I also very much appreciated the sensitivity you showed for the rig workers in your excellent book.

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