Written : May 4, 2010
We all want the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico stopped, so, let’s solve this problem – together. Keep in mind the ongoing operation started as a rescue mission and about a hundred workers were saved. Over a thousand business and governmental people are now working to save the coastline. BP (British Petroleum), the company who leased the rig from Transocean, another oil company, had several plans to stop the huge leak. One was to create a large dome in which to collect the oil so it could be rerouted. Another was to drill another well nearby to relieve pressure. One more was to activate a 450-ton valve, a blowout preventer, which could shut off the well at the source. Exxon, Transocean, and Shell are also helping.
Before we jump all over the oil industry, let’s realize there are over fifty rigs in service now in the Gulf and the rigs employ about 35,000. Before we decry the search for oil, know there are over 4,000 rigs off all the coastlines of the U.S. Few spills have occurred, and we need more oil now, or at least until we can develop effective, alternative energy sources. In fact, we need enough oil to offset our dependence on the Middle East for the raw substance. The price of gas has to go down at the pump, not up.
I’m sure BP will be held wholly responsible at some point, yet Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, on Sunday said, “Our job is basically to keep the boot on the neck of British Petroleum.” If BP were suspected of terrorism, would we be quite as harsh? Such rhetoric in a time like this is not helpful. When it comes to the clean up, BP is on our side.
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