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What does the spill mean for offshore drilling?

The massive oil spill in the Gulf has provided new ammunition to critics of offshore oil drilling. To what extent is that criticism justified, and what are the policy implications of saying no to offshore drilling?

Posted by Rachel Saslow on May 6, 2010 9:47 AM
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ztcb41 Author Profile Page :
 

..."Well, I hope we never allow off shore drilling again in our coastal waters, only the "LIVING GOD" can clean this man/made/mess up and America better "PRAY HE DOES! This is the biggist enviromental mess to hit our beloveth country ever, and only "God" can help us, otherwise we are all in deep trouble, from the great damage this oil slick is doing to our ocean and our planet."


..."I hope your join me in Praying to the Living God" to help America with this Oil Spill, and I promise you "YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED...."NOW...POUR IT ON...

..."Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace Bless this Great Nation that you have founded, and help us with this Massive Oil Spill along our coasts and along our states, wash away all of it, all traces of it, for the sake of the life that exists in our seas you have put there, and for a the sake of my people who look to you for help, guidence, and protection, and life, to whom all Americans look to, and lift up our Prayers too...."Lord in your mercy hear our Prayers..."Amen."

 
ztcb41 Author Profile Page :
 

..."HURRY...HURRY...HURRY! This spill is doing great damage to our coastal waters, and the ocean life itself, and we must find a way and fast to stop this leak, BP can't do it, 'it's up to the United States Government to act and act fast, and this is what we will do...

..."Real differculties can be overcome; "It is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable." --Theodore N. Vail

...As a registered Voter/Vet USAF, Graduate Student, Masters Program, Professional Studies, East Tennessee State University Class/2010 "I SAY POUR IT ON BARACK OBAMA, SHOW AMERICA WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO AND SEND THE BILL TO BP."

..."America needs your Prayers right now folks as we are in alot of trouble if we don't contain this "Massive Oil Slick/Leak, and only the "Living God is capable of fixing our mess be sure you Pray he does otherwise all bets are off...

..."I ask you all in the name of Jesus Christ to Pray the Living God helps us, we need him too, and we need all the Prayers we can get, ask him, hurry...

 
Vunderlutz Author Profile Page :
 

Part -1-

Here’s my take Gulf oil event and what should be referred to as an ongoing significant toxic event (“STE”).

British Petroleum's efforts (not including local efforts) to mitigate and remediate damage to the Gulf’s ecology along its shoreline are beyond the pale. Feeble and really bad. Although my comments will ultimately provide a blistering commentary and analysis of the ridiculous emergency response by BP and our governments, both federal and state level, the overriding purpose of my comments will end on drawing attention to outside-the-box ideas that might have value in mitigating some of the damages about to affect Gulf of Mexico's coastal shoreline fisheries and critical habitat areas.

At this point, there it little doubt the Gulf or Mexico and its’ shoreline will suffer damage. The shoreline ecology will be poisoned and commercial fisheries and tourism will suffer greatly. This is occurring now and it will accelerate for weeks to months along hundreds of miles of coast, if not a more than a 1,000 miles of coast measured linearly.

By now it should be obvious even to the lay person there is no “one-size-fits-all end-all” solution to avoid the impacts described above. As long as there is a leak, this TSE is out-of-control and basically going to run its course, although with hard work and focused thinking some areas may be spared by efforts of local fishermen and residents.

NOTE: Please see more on my WaPo home Profile page “messages” tab for a repeat of this comment and Part -2-, which is to be posted on the evening of 5/09/10

 
Byrd3 Author Profile Page :
 

A better question might be, "What does this uncontrolled oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico portend for life on this planet?" Their one and only attempt to control the gyser has failed and it may spew untold barrels of toxic petroleum into the Gulf ecosystem, eventually spreading to and contaminating the Atlantic and beyond. This is an emergency way beyond the first magnitude, yet CNN and other news organizations aren't even running stories right now and the Post is only covering it through our discussions. Something seriously stinks around here, as will most places in Florida once the oil slick comes to town.

 
charles100coxnet Author Profile Page :
 

Now that the supreme court has given a greater voice to the very few, and a growing conviction that to oppose ceding more and more power to them is seen as communism,I think we can expect to see a hardening of resistance to any environmental considerations.Add to this an electorate that can be manipulated with less effort than it takes to familiarize a rat with a direct route to a morsel of food;even the fact that to fail to wean ourselves from oil not only is bankrupting our nation but is arming our enemies,will increasingly become ideas too subtle to consider much less to act upon.To the contrary they will become unpatriotic to entertain.

 
TexReed Author Profile Page :
 

This disaster is rapidly developing into an environmental "Chernobyl". The oil field that is punctured and now gushing more than 76,000 barrels of crude per day into the Gulf is widening at the opening at an increasing rate and will most likely expel the entire contents of its estimated 100,000,000 barrel contents over a period of no less than six months. It is now a matter of days before the Gulf Stream currents begin transporting the contents of this massive oil intrusion into the Atlantic and beyond. Privately, the worlds leading offshore drilling experts do not think the technology is available to cap the flow. Ironically, BP was able to cap its liability.

 
tossnokia Author Profile Page :
 

When the wastes of management reach a certain point, the profit curve turns into a lose curve. Their waste is their undoing. The bailer goes to the bottom and never endorse off shore drilling. The business risks are political risks. Domestic policy can get you hurt and foreign policy can get you killed. It pays to know what you are doing and off shore banking is safe. Getting other people to pay for your waste creates more wastes. Keep the profit curve going up Post. It's greener.

 
aeaustin Author Profile Page :
 

This is just another sign that Corporate Greed is ruining the American Dream.

Big Oil and Big Finance totally control our government while the Tea Bagger idiots reflect the fact that most Americans just don't get it.........

 
blasmaic Author Profile Page :
 

Terrorists fired a surface-to-surface missile at the rig when they learned it was atop a gusher. Then when they sent the containment box down, a drug cartel submarine hit it with a torpedo. The rest is all happy-talk from the basement of the Pentagon.

And each time you read or hear about a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf, just add another nickel to gas prices.

You think I'm joking, but watch what happens to the things people say as slick washes ashore.

 
blasmaic Author Profile Page :
 

Terrorists fired a surface-to-surface missile at the rig when they learned it was atop a gusher. Then when they sent the containment box down, a drug cartel submarine hit it with a torpedo. The rest is all happy-talk from the basement of the Pentagon.

And each time you read or hear about a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf, just add another nickel to gas prices.

You think I'm joking, but watch what happens to the things people say as slick washes ashore.

 
alance Author Profile Page :
 

The Dome that was going to help failed.

Icelike hydrates, a slushy mixture of gas and water, have clogged the opening in the top of the oil-trapping dome. Before we talk of the future of drilling onshore or offshore - let's stop the leak ASAP.

In Russia such leaks were plugged with controlled nuclear blasts underground. The idea is simple, “the underground explosion moves the rock, presses on it, and, in essence, squeezes the well’s channel.”

Russia, a major oil exporter, used this method five times to deal with petrocalamities. The first happened in Uzbekistan, on September 30, 1966 with a blast 1.5 times the strength of the Hiroshima bomb and at a depth of 1.5 kilometers.

Subterranean nuclear blasts were used as much as 169 times in the Soviet Union to accomplish fairly mundane tasks like creating underground storage spaces for gas or building canals.

These kinds of surgical strikes to shut off underground leaks, however, were carried out only five times, with the last one occuring in 1979.

We need to consider this option immediately, before it destroys the coral reef in the Florida Keys forever. Then we can prove or disprove this option for the future.

 
screwjob11 Author Profile Page :
 

Who elected any of you knuckleheads as "The Planet Panel"? Nobody, that's who.

 
screwjob11 Author Profile Page :
 


Who elected any of you knuckleheads as "The Planet Panel"? Nobody, that's who.

 
DwightCollins Author Profile Page :
 

it means the oil companies should pay for first oil spill responders across America, employing hundreds of thousands across America...

 
Gurbat Author Profile Page :
 

BP is poised to become bankrupt or simply put butt naked!, consequently Sara Palin is poised to take brief hiatus from big screen, and with that the TEA! Party charade comes to end end sooner than later! (I am keeping my fingers crossed that this BP's dome solution may work, just for Sara Palin's sake! - I like seeing her on the big screen)

Gulf coast economy and commerce will transform for better or worse due to this oil spill, consequently Bobby Jindal's ass is on fire, so is Rick Perry's.

St. Petersburg and Clearwater would never be the same!

Pardon my French, Jim Cramer! Sorry to hear you fishing problems!

 
graycycle Author Profile Page :
 

Did we learn nothing from the spill of the Exxon Valdez (also owned by BP) in 1998? Eleven million gallons of raw crude were dumped into one of the most naturally pristine coastal area on the globe. After a bungled start, massive numbers of personnel and expensive equipment were applied to control the damage. The state of the art technology was brought to bear. There were thousands of workers who literally hand washed rocks trying to clean off the oil debris. With rare exception, it was a total failure. In the end it likely made the situation worse. Once a large volume of oil enters the water it is, for all practical purposes, beyond the control of humans. It is like trying to capture the smoke of a raging forest fire.

 
mjcc1987 Author Profile Page :
 

Unfortunately, only a small bump in the road. Our politicians do not work nor represent us. They represent business and business interests only. Why shouldn't they, according to the supreme court, they are individual citizens just like us, with more money and a large family staff to do their bidding. This will continue to happen until there is no planet left. We have cars, they must be fed, so to heck with the planet.

 
utahmink Author Profile Page :
 

What does the spill mean for offshore drilling? IT'S DEATH I PRAY. Humans must stop living on the presumption that they can pollute the earth and kill the environment for their own selfish uses.

Unless we learn to curb our reckless overuse of oil, we will pay the price in many ways - maybe not us, but for sure our children! If you're so worried about burying you kids in debt, think of what killing the environment is going to do to them - bye, bye, thank mom & dad!

 
utahmink Author Profile Page :
 

StThomas - look around - large corporations/monopolies are no longer a threat; they OWN the Congress, have the money and power to get through whatever legislation they want - put oilmen in the White House and now the rightwing of the Supreme Court (the court of last resort-the unbiased court, HA!) has given corporations personhood. It can't get much worse that that.

 
utahmink Author Profile Page :
 

What does the spill mean for offshore drilling? IT'S DEATH I PRAY. Humans must stop living on the presumption that they can pollute the earth and kill the environment for their own selfish uses.

Unless we learn to curb our reckless overuse of oil, we will pay the price in many ways - maybe not us, but for sure our children! If you're so worried about burying you kids in debt, think of what killing the environment is going to do to them - bye, bye, thank mom & dad!

 
billyo1 Author Profile Page :
 

Before anyone can jump into a discussion they should have the basic fact right. In this case, this was not and is not an oil spill. It is a well rupture due to an oil rig blast. Now for the comparions to the Exxon Valdez "spill". That was a spill, it put almost 11 million gallons of heavy crude into the bay. At this incident's height it would have taken nearly two months to put the same amount of oil into the Gulf. Now it looks like they are going to have it about 90% shut off by tomorrow. This is much lighter oil than the Exxon Valdez and this well is 40 miles off shore. While it has huge potential to make a big mess, it also shows how these things can be dealt with much quicker than 20 years ago. Now if you want to shut down off shore drilling, go for it. At the same time you can park your car, shut off you laptop and toss your iPod into the garbage because you will not have the electricity charge them. If you want to rely on wind and solar go right ahead. The world cannot produce enough of either to power one major city on the planet. If that's the life you want please just move to the Sudan and get off our grid!

 
1-20-09 Author Profile Page :
 

This is to America what Union Carbide did to India.

KILL HALLIBURTON! KILL THIS TERROROIST COMPANY! THIS COMPANY HAS PROFITTED ENOUGH ON KILLING AMERICANS THE LAST 9-YRS.

 
PAULTAYLOREXAMINER Author Profile Page :
 

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil platform blowout in the Gulf of Mexico has three impacts. It was a local human tragedy for friends and families of the eleven killed workers. It will also have real regional, but temporary, negative ecological and commercial fisheries impacts. And, the spill will chronically damage the image and political influence of corporate petroleum interests – even though BP was a significant funder of Obama’s election. The top recipient of BP-related donations during the 2008 presidential election was Barack Obama, who collected $71,000, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. What the BP blowout was certainly not, is a proper justification for the Obama Administration to suspend their recently-authorized expansion of offshore oil explorations in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Seaboard, Arctic and Pacific Coasts. Oil and gas products supply about 60% of America’s energy needs. And, they represent 7% of our gross domestic product (GDP).

Today’s U.S. Interior Secretary Salazar’s suspension of oil explorations is the daily political posturing of an administration that is in chaos, and desperate to maintain and expand power over all branches of U.S. Government. They fear an expected fall off-year congressional election blowout of Democrats.

Neither government nor environmentalists has ever produced a single drop of oil. Oil and gas will continue to fuel our prosperity through the 21st century. Political progressives exhibit a perverse pattern of dividing and exploiting Americans into voting blocks by race, labor class, gender identity and religion, including environmentalism.

 
BigTrees Author Profile Page :
 

It is difficult to even start a practical discussion on solving our problems when so many misinformed and misguided individuals simply refuse to see that there is a problem, especially when they are supporters of the self-destructive, delusional anti-science, anti-people policies that got us into these problems in the first place.

During the last 30 years what policies and laws (read regulations) that have been put into place to avoid problems have been systematically stripped away and control of our society turned over to big businesses, many of them foreign-owned, and our people drained of their jobs, money and individuality. We live in a Big Box world of uniformity not of our own making with no visible way of changing our future when lobbyists and corporations have the power and right to buy any vote, any politician and any judge they desire with no controls, no oversight and no accountability.

Meanwhile, the future for our way of life is threatened, not by foreign invaders but by the nature of what our society has become. I no longer see a United States promising a bright future, freedom of choices or life and liberty for all but a desperate, fractured people, divided and pitted against one another to further the goals of a handful of spiteful, vengeful cabal of despots twisting everything in their path into unrecognizable shapes of hate and fear.

 
ggrant9170 Author Profile Page :
 

It seems almost every week there is a earthquake somewhere off coaston earth. So what happens if one strikes in the Gulf of Mexico, say a 6 or 8 or God forbid a 9? There are many oil wells off shore and a earthquake could render vast swats of sea life and shorelines inhabitable for many many decades! A earth quake could snap a oil well pipe or below like a toothpick, will the safety devices even be able to work then?

 
shadowmagician Author Profile Page :
 

The massive oil spill in the Gulf has provided new ammunition to critics of offshore oil drilling. To what extent is that criticism justified, and what are the policy implications of saying no to offshore drilling?
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I assume the "critics" referred to in the question are the "hoi polloi" who make their living on the Gulf Coast in the fishing, tourism or related industries; also anyone who eats seafood or has a beachfront house. Just a few "critics" who are expected to survive this problem listening to "spin" from Big Oil (I've read that myself in the WaPo), possibly PAY for the problem through higher oil prices, and discover damages are limited to $75 million thanks to Mr. R. Cheney.

Oh yes, 11 people DIED in the explosion. Did they die because of shortcuts taken to send a few more dollars (or pounds) to the bottom lie? for bonuses? I imagine their families are "critics" too.

 
kl305 Author Profile Page :
 

What does this mean for America, it means, if you listen to the politicians no new wells ever. It means get used to 5-10 or even higher a gallon fuel.

To me it means, go long on oil, oil is being sold at a terrific discount right now, soon to the moon Alice, to the moon.

 
AGWsceptic99 Author Profile Page :
 

The US has only a small percentage of the world's oil reserves, and at best we can only slightly reduce our imported oil bill by extracting them.

What we should be doing is forcing the transfer to coal, nuclear, and other meaningful forms of power that are not imported oil. Unfortunately, this requires that American consumers pay more for fuel.

Since the only practical short term alternatives are coal based or shale oil based fuel and electrically powered cars, a national policy to wean ourselves from foreign oil would cost everyone money.

Besides the current 'no new taxes' mantra that seems to infect both major parties, we also have the 'no more CO2 nonsense'. As long as the warmists are in control, there really are no solutions to any of this.

The costs of relying on garbage in garbage out computer program climate models to drive world wide energy policy are not even possible to calculate. Terrorist financing, nuclear terror from that financing, reduced wealth in importing countries, substandard living conditions in third world oil importing countries, etc.

Yet the Post is just fine with no independent review of the climate CO2 nonsense because apparently nearly the entire staff are charter members of Al Gore's church.

And the beat goes on.

 
sthomas1957 Author Profile Page :
 

First, too big to fail banks. Now it appears as though we also have too big to fail oil companies.

Are monopolies a threat to our way of life?

 
 
 
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