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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Oil The Tired Horses

Have you noticed how sometimes it seems like nature is a sentient being trying desperately to place a call to us on a line that we pulled out of the wall in a fit of pique?

Take this latest oil spill...would somebody please take this latest oil spill... I read in the paper how the two companies involved in the drilling site (BP Canada Exploration and Transocean Deepwater Drilling) were part of the consortium of companies pushing the National Energy Board to have some of the safety features removed from Canada's oil rules for the Arctic.

They said they don't need to drill relief wells as precautionary measures because with modern methods everything is safe and the chance of an uncontrolled oil leak is 1 out of every 100,000 wells drilled.
Yeah right.
Back to the drawing board boys and girls.

These same two companies are scrambling right now to drill a relief well alongside the gusher currently polluting the Gulf of Mexico to the tune of 250,000 gallons per day.

So did Mother Nature step in to support the oil rules? Co-incidence, maybe.
However, consider that in 1990 a similar group (the players never really change) tried a similar bid to change the rules. What happened? Did Mother Nature provide an answer?
Yup, Exxon Valdez.

Do you think maybe Nature is tired of getting a busy signal? Or worse, being put on hold?

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