re: #551 Obdicut
No, risk is always present, even once this one is removed. But this particular one is a big one as the physics of it are basic, don’t remove the column of weight holding back the reservoir until there are redundant plugs set and verified. No rocket science or mystery there. The idea of adding another set of independent experts sounds like a way to keep both the industry and the regulators on their toes.
Sadly we apparently needed this accident before any politicians on any side cottoned on to the weaknesses in the system. Of course we need another layer of something to remedy the situation, but from which fallible group, industry or regulatory? My suggestion is both, and an independent wild card that is free of both political and industry influence. A function similar to professional auditors.