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Non-regulation at oil rigs scary

May 13, 2010 - Per Peterson
We have learned this week that a sequence of equipment failures that somehow went unnoticed — resulted in the offshore rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. The AP said Wednesday’s hearings by congressional and administration panels 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. Given our quest to boost production of domestic oil, this is scary. Regulatory deficiencies, we now know, can happen at any moment, and the results can be disastrous. More than 4 million gallons of oil has leaked into the Gulf of Mexico since the April 20 blowout and it’s still leaking. The blowout certainly won’t keep the U.S. from drilling in the Gulf and it might not even prevent our leaders to move ahead with more intense drilling in other areas in the future. I hope by then the checks and balances system will come under a bit more scrutiny.


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