Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by walter4, May 1, 2010.
Drill, baby, drill
Spill, baby, spill
Burn, baby, burn.
And let's not forget, they haven't even shut off the broken spigot yet. :eek:
Blame this one on the British.
Universal axiom: If it involves republicans, it will fail.
This offshore drilling was republican mantra over the past year.
I am really quite surprised to learn BP had/has no plan in place for this. Over the years I've done quite a bit of work in oil refineries. They have so many safety rules, redundant systems, policies/procedures, sometimes it takes 10 hours just to get a 2 hour job completed. Unbelievable they could be this short sighted.
BP plan deemed major spill from Gulf well unlikely
BP suggested in a 2009 exploration plan and environmental impact analysis for the well that an accident leading to a giant crude oil spill â and serious damage to beaches, fish and mammals â was unlikely, or virtually impossible.
"The sort of occurrence that we've seen on the Deepwater Horizon is clearly unprecedented," BP spokesman David Nicholas told The Associated Press on Friday.
The plan for the Deepwater Horizon well, filed with the federal Minerals Management Service, said repeatedly that it was "unlikely that an accidental surface or subsurface oil spill would occur from the proposed activities."
The company conceded a spill would impact beaches, wildlife refuges and wilderness areas, but argued that "due to the distance to shore (48 miles) and the response capabilities that would be implemented, no significant adverse impacts are expected."
Robert Wiygul, an Ocean Springs, Miss.-based environmental lawyer and board member for the Gulf Restoration Network, said he doesn't see anything in the document suggesting BP addressed the kind of technology needed to control a spill at that depth of water.
"The point is, if you're going to be drilling in 5,000 feet of water for oil, you should have the ability to control what you're doing," he said.
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