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Obama Slaps Down Cuban Oil Drilling Ban

From Florida’s Key West Citizen:

Florida Governor Charlie Crist (R) takes part in the Hands Across the Sand protest directed against the Deepwater Horizon oil spill at Pensacola Beach, Florida June 26, 2010.

Cuba to lease oil well near Keys

Spanish firm plans exploratory drilling

BY TIMOTHY O’HARA Citizen Staff

July 17, 2010

Florida Keys residents may be breathing a collective sigh of relief now that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been capped, but the threat of oil reaching local shores is far from over, as there is a new threat looming.

A foreign oil company plans to drill off Cuba, just 60 miles south of Key West, the Wall Street Journal has quoted Repsol spokeswoman Maria Ritter as saying.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson in May sent President Barack Obama a letter stating he was "greatly concerned by reports that Spanish oil giant Repsol has contracted with a unit of Italian oil company Eni SpA to operate an exploratory rig off of Cuba’s northwest shores."

Cuba’s state-run oil company, Cubapetroleo, continues to lease individual exploration areas to foreign oil companies in both the Florida Straits and Gulf of Mexico, said Nelson, D-Fla. To date, Cuba has leased 17 of 59 areas to oil and gas companies based in Spain, Norway, India, Malaysia, Venezuela, Vietnam and Brazil, Nelson said. There are also reports that Cuba is negotiating a lease with the China National Petroleum and Corp. to jointly explore as many as five offshore blocks in the Gulf.

"It is clear that we cannot condone drilling so close to Florida," Nelson wrote Obama. "I look forward to working with you to ensure that we not only protect Florida, but also prevent the Castro regime from being enriched at our expense."

At the heart of debate is the 1977 U.S. Cuba Maritime Boundary Agreement, which was approved by then-President Jimmy Carter as a way to settle ongoing fishery boundary disputes. The agreement sets Cuban waters at 45 miles off the Keys, the halfway point between the two countries.

The agreement has never been ratified by the Senate, but has been enforced via the exchange of diplomatic letters every two years, Nelson said. He contends the agreement was put in place to settle fishing rights issues, not oil drilling and other mineral rights disputes.

"I urge you to recall the diplomatic note and to work in the national security of the United States to prohibit the Cuban regime from initiating further drilling," Nelson wrote. "I am sure you agree that we cannot allow Cuba to put at risk Florida’s major business and irreplaceable environment."

Obama’s national security adviser, Gen. James Jones, responded to Nelson’s letter by saying the United States will not withdraw from the agreement. Jones contends that withdrawing would have no effect on Cuba drilling and would "call into question a maritime boundary considered beneficial to the United States."

"Although we share your concerns regarding the potential risks posed by the development of offshore oil drilling along the Cuban coast, withdrawal from the Maritime Boundary Agreement would be detrimental to U.S. national interests," Jones wrote

So there. Foreign interests always trump US interests in the age of Obama. And that goes double for the interests of our enemies.

(Mind you, this is a different Jones than the so-called ‘Jones Act,’ which kept non-union boats away from the Gulf coast. Perhaps if someone noted that the Cuban rigs will be non-union…)

National Marine Sanctuaries Regional Administrator Billy Causey on Wednesday said he was not familiar with Cuba’s latest drilling plans, but that he and other officials will follow the issue.

"We will be paying close attention to this, just as we are monitoring what’s going on with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill," Causey said. "This will certainly be dealt with by the highest levels of government."

And never mind that Mr. Causey wasn’t even aware of Cuba’s plans, and yet now he claims that they will be “paying close attention.” What a laugh.

In the meantime, perhaps the Obama administration could at least ask the Castros to do an environmental impact statement before they begin drilling.

We’re just kidding, of course. Mr. Obama would never dare to even think of doing such a thing to such a valued comrade.

After all, Cuba needs oil for its economy. It doesn’t have enough sun or wind to develop any ‘green alternatives.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Sunday, July 18th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Obama Slaps Down Cuban Oil Drilling Ban”

  1. Liberals Demise

    Maobama is only interested is the down fall of the American economy and focused like a laser on this only.
    When and only when he becomes King of the World will he extend his demise on others not worthy of his sweat.

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    He certainly is letting everyone know he is firmly entrenched and allied with communism/socialism.

    It can’t be ignored/misinterpreted/excused/misdirected/explained. He is a communist. He is now gripping tighter to destroy US interests and “transform” them into something else. He is dictating to the American people that all that has come before was bad and unhealthy for the world. That the US “stole” from the world.

    He is now systematically disassembling everything and anything that was good about this nation.

    He means it.

  3. tranquil.night

    Without a doubt our dear leader has a major investment in the continued financial security of all international regimes. Once again, whatever ideological facade the criminals hide behind in public can quickly be recognized as a farce by just noticing how the standards they seek for Americans are irrelevant to barbarians abroad. The true ideology is power and control. The transparent theme is the continued harboring or pursuit of anti-American interests on all fronts along with division and anger across all concievable lines.

  4. proreason

    tick tick tick




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