A friend’s father was killed in the disaster and that shook me and my group of college friends quite badly. However, a memory that always brings the whole Piper Alpha tragedy home is remembering how we gathered round a pay-phone in college to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to our friend’s father. That’s a memory I expect I’ll have for as long as memory lasts.
I only hope that something like Piper Alpha never happens again and that the safety lessons really have been learned and applied. Especially now that demand for oil is now greater than supply and it seems that we may have passed the point referred to as peak oil. What lengths will we go to in the coming years to squeeze every last drop of liquid gold from the ground? And how far will we push the safety envelope whilst pursuing that goal?