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AP: Oil Leak Due To Lack Of Regulation

From the CSI team at Associated Press:

Emerging oil rig evidence shows lack of regulation

By Jeff Donn, H. Josef Hebert And Mitch Weiss, Associated Press Writers

May 13, 2010

WASHINGTON – The first firm evidence of what likely caused the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil blowout — a devastating sequence of equipment failures — drives home a central unsettling point about America’s oil industry: key safety features at tens of thousands of U.S. offshore rigs are barely regulated.

Wednesday’s hearings by congressional and administration panels — in Washington and in Louisiana — laid out a checklist of unseen breakdowns on largely unregulated aspects of well safety that appear to have contributed to the April 20 blowout: a leaky cement job, a loose hydraulic fitting, a dead battery.

By all means we must have federal regulations outlawing leaky cement, loose fittings, and dead batteries. (Gosh, ‘governing’ is easy.)

The trail of problems highlights the reality that, even as the U.S. does more deepwater offshore drilling in a quest for domestic oil, some key safety components are left almost entirely to the discretion of the companies doing the work.

After all, why should the men actually working on the rigs, whose very lives are at risk, care about safety?

And how could the oil workers possibly know as much about drilling for oil as the federal bureaucrats and Congressman back in Washington?

It remains unclear what, if anything, Congress or the Obama administration may do to address these regulatory deficiencies.

What a laugh. Of course Congress and Obama will insist on more ‘safety regulations.’ They are only too eager to do anything and everything to cripple offshore drilling – indeed, any drilling for oil.

So far, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has proposed splitting his department’s Minerals Management Service in two to make safety enforcement independent of the agency’s other main function — collecting billions in royalties from the drilling industry.

But the events that unfolded in the hours before the blowout on the Deepwater Horizon rig suggest that much more will ultimately need to be done on the regulatory front

And never mind that, according to eyewitness accounts, the explosion that started all the problems was caused by doing something that was directly approved by the Minerals Management Service.

You know, the people who regulate oil drilling for the federal government.

But sure, let’s have more federal regulations, by all means. That always solves the problem.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 13th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “AP: Oil Leak Due To Lack Of Regulation”

  1. 64dodger says:

    Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:

    If it moves, tax it.

    If it keeps moving, regulate it.

    And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

    Ronald Reagan

  2. bill says:

    Their oil mess was due to government failure, they did not follow their own best plans and put the fire boom that the 1994 oil spill plan for offshore drilling called for.

    The 1994 plan for cleanup called for immediate deployment of oil spill fire booms to be used to clean up a “well blowout”. It was determine burning the oil was the best last line of defense.

    Don’t let them hide.

  3. proreason says:

    Turns out the feds approved the faulty plug without the standard safety procedures.

    As virtually everything that’s wrong with this country, the root cause is the government.

  4. NoNeoCommies says:

    We need more regulations for them to ignore and the government to fail to enforce.
    They knew their were problems with the blow-out preventer and still went ahead.
    They knew the government would only punish them if things really went south.
    Our Government: Closing the barn door after the livestock escape for generations!

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The real irony is that liberals clamor and scream for more rules, more regulation but in fact are the least likely to follow same. In fact they are usually astounded to find that there are rules at all. Take note: “There aren’t any rules; We make them up as we go along”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbHTJSu_2Lk

    Along with all the tax cheats, criminals, etc in the liberal ranks.

    For them, rules are for “other people”.

    • JohnMG says:

      The simple truth is, we wouldn’t have to worry about off-shore oil spills if the government would just get out of the way and let us drill inland.

      But I guess that’s too simple a concept for the libs to grasp.

  6. AcornsRNutz says:

    So, I admit I have been out of the news loop for a few days dealing with some personal stuff, ya know, the kind of stuff that allows me to provide for my family and get to work so I don’t have to be subsidized. However, last I heard, this thing is STILL LEAKING? Am I correct? The government has been “on the case” for how long, and nothing has been done. They stand there and watch while BP trys to fix the problem and obtain the resources to do so by themselves, and meanwhile insist that more involvment from them will make things work better? The audacity of these creeps is astounding.

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