Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Deepwater drilling resumes in the Gulf of Mexico

January 5, 2011 at 9:07 am by Katie Machol

On Monday, the Obama administration gave the ‘OK’ for 13 companies to resume deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after being suspended since the BP spill in May. The 16 wells allowed to proceed with drilling were functional before the Deepwater disaster and must comply with new safety rules, environmental reviews notwithstanding.

White House spokesman Clark Stevens stated, “Safety is our top priority and the administration has already taken unprecedented steps to increase oversight and safety of offshore drilling. Any offshore drilling taking place in the United States must meet the rigorous new safety standards put in place since the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.”

Proponents of the lifting of the ban claim it’s a good move due to those in the drilling industry being put back to work and because it could help alleviate prices at the pump.


***Comment from Anita on this story: 75% of what is drilled in the Gulf of Toxico is exported to the countries in Europe, so the main point of this article (and it is probably not an article at all, but a press release from government and Big Oil) is complete and utter BS. It will not lower our prices at all. We will see an increase. Because our government is hand in hand with whatever Big Oil wants. They OWN us...

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