As a merchant marine, I work in the oil field in the Gulf of Mexico. More specifically, I work out of America's oil capitol, Fourchon, La.
As a Chargers fan, I'm pretty much looked at as a alien from outer space around here. This is definitely Saints country, and that's beyond dispute. So to wear Chargers hard hats and shirts around here, I can lay claim to being the only one.
Recently, our small port town received national exposure in light of the Deepwater Horizon drill rig explosion and sinking. However, that's not what the story is about.
This place has been a media hotbed lately with CNN, FOX news, MSNBC, etc., solely because of the aftermath of the explosion. The rigs' disappearance has left an exposed well head that is dumping 210,000 gallons of oil into the ocean daily.
Being that the opening is 5,000 feet deep, options are very limited, and time is of the essence of stopping this oil hemorrhage.
Three hundred yards from where I sit, I watched as welding crews worked at a furious pace night and day in constructing a well cap of epic proportions. The cap takes the form of a rocket and is over 39 feet tall, and 100 tons of steel.
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