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en no good reason why drilling beyond 500 ft. was particularly dangerous.Instead the new moratorium—which the Interior Department said was based on new evidence regarding concerns over the effectiveness of blowout preventers and the worry that the BP oil spill has stretched industry s ability to respond to any further accidents—will focus on specific safety questions. If drilling rig operators can prove that their blowout preventers can pass stringent tests, that they can quickly shut down an out-of-control well and that they have the ability to respond to a spill, then they can drill.The problem is that—as BP is amply demonstrating and as other oil industry executives have said—the industry can t really shut down an out-of-control well, so it s unlikely that the 33 wells where drilling was halted under the original moratorium will suddenly come back to life. Unsurprisingly, then, the industry remains unhappy with the rule, as Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, said:It is unnecessary and shortsighted to shut down a major part of the nation’s energy lifeline while working to enhance offshore safety.  The new moratorium threatens enormous harm to the nation and to the Gulf region.  It places the jobs of tens of thousands of workers in serious and immediate jeopardy and promises a substantial reduction in domestic energy production. No certain and expeditious path forward has been established for a resumption of drilling.That s not quite true—the order specifically says that the moratorium will last until Nov. 30 or earlier, if the White House decides it is no longer necessary. Of course, it s far from clear just where the nation stands on the safety of offshore drilling—a fact that became obvious today in New Orleans at the first meeting of the presidential panel investigating the Deepwater Horizon accident. Was the Deepwater Horizon an outlier,[url=http://www.lululemononsales.com]lulu lemon shorts[/url], an oil rig operating outside the normal standards of safety,[url=http://www.lululemononsales.com]lululemon discount[/url], or was it representative of other rigs? said Bob Graham, the former senator and co-chair of the commission with William K. Reilly,[url=http://www.lululemononsales.com]lululemon sales[/url], a former head of the Environmental Protection Agency.At the same time the economic impact of the continued moratorium—especially in oil-dependent Louisiana—is far from small. Michael Hecht of Greater New Orleans Inc., an economic development agency, told the panel that the moratorium threatens 24,000 jobs in Louisiana and nearly $2 billion in wages. Whether you call it a moratorium, a suspension, a pause, the result will still be substantial loss of jobs, Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu— who has received more cash from BP than any other member of Congress—told the panel. Even the revised moratorium will force thousands of hardworking Louisianans and others in the Gulf coast to the unemployment line. But all you have to do to see the effects of deepwater drilling done unsafely is take a boat out to southeast Louisiana s Barataria Bay, where oil still clings to the cane grass, turning it as brown as a rotten tooth. Hubris and willingness to cut corners which appears to be the root cause of this disaster was common among numerous oil companies, said Cynthia Sarthou, executive director of the Gulf Restoration Network, at the panel. All of the oil companies have been gambling for a long time, and it just so happened BP lost and we re paying the price. We ll pay a price regardless—part of the job of the presidential commission is figuring out what this price will be.From the Department of Gripes:You might not think of Hong Kong as a trove of natural serenity, but actually, the seven million people living here are squished into a remarkably small area. We all live piled on top of each other and jockey for space on impossibly narrow sidewalks while about 75% of the land of the Special Administrative Region is undeveloped, lush countryside, full of creatures like wild cows, (dog-eating) pythons and aggressive monkeys that I advise you not look in the eye. From an evolutionary perspective, humans are really losing the battle in this little semi-autonomRelated articles:


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