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DRILLING: Stick to guns on moratorium

Letter by Ross K. Rieder and Brenda Doolittle, Graham on June 21, 2010 at 11:20 am with 7 Comments »
June 22, 2010 9:05 am

We read the article about the fact that the federal agency in charge of granting permits to oil companies that want to drill off shore is thumbing its nose at the president of the United States and his assertion that there is a moratorium on granting permits for such drilling.

We don’t understand what those federal employees don’t understand about a moratorium on the granting of such permits.

Our reaction is that the president should immediately inform those federal employees that they are no longer employed and to clean out their desks by the end of the day.

Get a little guts, Mr. President, and we believe you will receive a lot of support from the citizens you are supposedly leading — right, left and center.

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  1. BP is planning an even riskier drilling project in the Arctic Ocean. They are going to build a man-made island so they can claim they are “on-shore”, drill 2 miles down and then 8 miles sideways.

    So far Obama hasn’t complained…..

  2. FreeAmerica says:

    Ross…tell that to the 85 k losing jobs over this decision…. How about enforcing the current regulations, as in the MMS.

  3. FreeAmerica – how do 33 exploratory wells create 85K jobs? That means each well has 2,576 employees.

  4. Roncella says:

    beerBoy, come on you know better. There are thousands of support companies and employee’s who would lose their jobs with out the oil well platforms working.

  5. ron – there are over 4,000 oil well platforms operating in the Gulf. Putting a temporary hold on 33 exploratory wells that drill deeply won’t put 85K workers out of work.

    But, another massive, uncontrollable eruption of oil caused by one of these wells will put a huge number of fishermen and other workers permanently out of work. It might even kill 11 more workers.

    Until the investigation is completed and appropriate safety measures are developed and implemented a TEMPORARY hold on less than .08% of the total platforms is the prudent thing to do.

  6. Roncella says:

    beerBoy, As horrrible as this spill is, the overall safety record of these oil platforms has be very good.

    Obama is just covering his back side and over reacting to a very bad situation.

  7. ron – the DeepWater Horizon disaster will probably skew the statistics some….

    Together natural and human sources contribute about 380 million gallons of petroleum to the oceans each year. Of this, about 45 percent comes from natural seeps, and the remainder may be attributed to the human activities of petroleum production, transportation, and consumption. Discharges during petroleum production tend to be restricted to areas of exploration and extraction and are mostly due to the release of “produced waters” (water extracted with petroleum from the reservoir); these discharges contribute about 5 percent of the petroleum reaching the sea from human sources. Spills during the transport, refinement, and distribution of petroleum are most common along shipping routes and pipelines and make up about 22 percent of human-caused petroleum inputs. Spills during petroleum consumption (i.e., use of automobiles, boats, etc.) tend to be small but are so numerous and widespread that they contribute the vast majority (about 70 percent) of human-caused petroleum pollution in the sea. Therefore, consumers could make an enormous contribution to pollution prevention through proper use of petroleum products in vehicles and other personal equipment maintained to avoid leaks and spills.


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