Facebook abandoned drilling equipment and harmful mud after construction of undersea cable

Facebook was ordered to clear the ocean of the drilling mud they used to build an undersea telecommunications cable. Environmentalists note that this is a big threat to aquatic animals.

The government of Oregon (USA) accused Facebook of leaving drilling equipment, the remains of a pipeline, and thousands of liters of drilling fluid in open water. Officials are confident that this is due to an accident that occurred during the construction of an underwater telecommunications cable. Another point of accusation by the authorities comes down to the fact that the company did not notify the state about the work and the accident.

The Oregon State Department of Lands (DSL) sent a letter to Facebook-listed subsidiary Edge Cable Holdings saying the company has 30 days to reach an agreement with the state for damages and 180 days to remove equipment or obtain a permit. to leave it there.

The debris after the accident is located at a depth of 50 meters near the rural community of Tierra del Fuego. A high-speed fiber-optic system was to pass here to transfer data from the United States to Japan and the Philippines. Its development is led by a consortium of companies that includes Facebook and its subsidiaries.

Earlier this year, its Facebook subcontractors began horizontal drilling, or hydraulic fracturing, into which the last section of the cable will be located. However, in the last days of drilling, problems have arisen. County lawyer Edge Cable reported on May 5 that the drill pipe broke on April 28, two days before the construction deadline ended. As a result, the company will be able to complete work only by 2021.

The equipment includes several 1200 meters long drill pipes, a drill bit, a gyroscopic module, a steering tool and 24,000 liters of drilling gel. Environmentalists warn that this liquid can be dangerous to animals.

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