“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
It will tip over before Guam does...
My guess is it's built that way to reduce ice damage.
Huge base on the thing....plus LOTS of weight at the bottom. Probably more stable than we might think.
I have been on one of those things before (well, not exactly thesame design.) It was the oil platform off the coast of Seal BeachCalifornia. I was doing an epoxy grout job on a pump base. Thatcrane-looking thing on the right is called a flair. If a conditionoccurs (like bad interstage valves on a gas compressor,) all pressure relief valves are ported to the flair. During normaloperations, only a pilot light is seen when you pass a refinery.If it is billowing lage flames, it is evidence that the safetyequipment is working.It is better to the incur the wrath of the EPA than risk blowingup half a city or gassing the citizens to death. And of courseour regulatory overlords fine the crap out refineries every timethey vent!