A potential far worse gulf oil spill?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-24-2010
A potential far worse gulf oil spill?
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Sat, 05-22-2010 - 8:54pm

Representative Grijalva has said a whistleblower has warned us that the Atlantis offshore drilling platform may be the next shoe to drop in the Gulf. All indications are that the oil companies have not been doing very well in implementing safety measures on their own, to put it lightly.

At 200,000 boe, the Atlantis platform going down in a similar disaster as the current platform could result in orders of magnitude more oil being dumped into the Gulf. Would the Gulf survive? Who knows whether how it will weather the current crisis, let alone a far bigger one on top of it.

Hopefully we have learned that we can't afford to play fast and loose with offshore drilling anymore.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-05-20/u-s-should-shut-bp-atlantis-platform-lawmaker-says-update2-.html

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iVillage Member
Registered: 02-14-2010
Sun, 05-23-2010 - 10:46pm
"The obvious conclusion? Pull the plug on further offshore drilling operations until the government conducts a real inspection."

Obvious to some maybe. Drilling is a proven and safe technology so long as it is applied properly. How about simply holding people accountable when they shirk their responsibilities?

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-14-2010
Sun, 05-23-2010 - 10:59pm

"anywho, with a sidenote added, what exactly are we going to cut to fund this extra inspection?"


iVillage Member
Registered: 02-14-2010
Mon, 05-24-2010 - 12:46am

"Cutting the billions in US government subsidies to big oil companies."


On balance O&G are heavily taxed, not subsidized.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-01-2010
Mon, 05-24-2010 - 2:14am

"every single auto accident that occurs worldwide"

>>> If that's how you still characterize concerns about offshore drilling, I am afraid you are ignoring the huge disaster playing out in front of our faces in the current spill and the next one that is looming until our government starts serious inspections.

Serious inspections? Exactly right...and here again, Obama is a day late and a dollar short...or perhaps just so corrupt that he prefers the oil companies money to safety and "serious inspections."

As for the "huge disaster playing out in front of our faces in the current spill"...a tragedy, yes...but a situation that, like all others, will come and go. Hardly the excuse to halt oil harvesting any more than an accident should halt car or airline travel. That's just the knee-jerk reaction of short-sighted libs...but by all means, attack and protest the Obama regime for, once again, failing miserably in upholding their obligations. I'm sure the outrage from the left will be typically silent.

>>> We need to shut down any offshore platform that has not been properly inspected until a reasonable inspection has occurred.

Like I said, a typical knee-jerk over-reaction. I'm sure the poorest among us will doubtless understand that the $10/gallon gas and exorbitant food prices they can't afford are being foisted on them "for their own good."

>>> The Gulf may not be able to withstand another spill like this one.

LOL! The Gulf has withstood far, far worse...and yet, there it is.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-01-2010
Mon, 05-24-2010 - 2:32am

>>> By the way, did you see this latest clip of BP's spokesperson today? I'm not sure he was aware of the significance of what he was saying, but he flat out admits he doesn't know what went wrong as well as the basic facts of what is happening (like how much oil is spilling).

Of course he doesn't know what went wrong...specifically, that is, they generally know...because the explosion blew up the platform and sank it 5000 feet down in the ocean. Say, you think because it's so deep might be the reason they might not know precisely how much is leaking from several open holes? Hmmm...

But Barry has sent his experts down there and has reviewed the available data...why doesn't he have all the answers?

>>> How we can let these guys carry on with the other offshore platforms like nothing happened and still without a reasonable government inspection is beyond me. And if I were in Florida or another Gulf state, I would be about hundred times even madder, if that is possible.

Right...Why not call up all of your liberal friends and start the "oil party" and throw those corrupt Dems out on their ears for failing to follow through with those "reasonable inspections" you mentioned. I'm sure the outcry from the left will be deafening.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-24-2010
Mon, 05-24-2010 - 7:27am

"Drilling is a proven and safe technology"

You call drilling "proven" after what just happened? I guess that's the Bush and Cheney view again, just look at something dangerous and in need of regulation, call it safe, and go home.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-24-2010
Mon, 05-24-2010 - 7:28am

"My vote would be to take all the assets of the person signing off on this inspection and use them to pay for new inspections. It's obvious they were getting paid for not doing their job anyway. Fortunately for us we know the averge governmnet employee gets paid very well so I'm sure they can afford to cover some of the new inspections."

Thank you for your serious, practical and well thought out contribution to this board, friend.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-14-2010
Wed, 05-26-2010 - 12:16am

"and in need of regulation, call it safe, and go home."


LOL, no no.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-01-2010
Wed, 05-26-2010 - 2:18am
In need of regulation? What do you think the MME was doing?...er...SUPPOSED to be doing...instead of snorting coke and watching porn, that is. Regulation wasn't the problem...criminal negligence and corruption was.

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