The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico gives us time to pause and really check out how safe our systems are.
CBC reports that they have been unable to get any data as to how oil companies handled previous spills. No luck, only stonewalling. The report suggests that in the Congo’s Niger Delta they’re experiencing the same amount of oil spilt as the Gulf of Mexico fiasco every year.
How has Shell over there cleaned them up if at all? Again how was the 1979 Pemex Gulf spill, (reportedly bigger), cleaned up? It would be very valuable and time-saving to have these results, techniques, and spill quantities readily available for public view.
You’ll remember BP asked for ideas rather than just immediately viewing an available comprehensive database. What other precautions and recovery techniques would be readily accessible in Arctic drilling? Perhaps relief wells should be simultaneously drilled at the start? And secondary, (maybe two or three), pressure relief shutoffs on each well.
These may be expensive safety measures but given the losses of now useless oil and the recompense owed U.S. coastal residents it may be a very inexpensive preventative fix. In a world that’s mistakenly trying to globalize everything they deliberately avoid employing universal safety and clean-up standards.
U.S. President Barack Obama suggests if there were crimes committed he will prosecute them. I will believe that when he forces Congress, the CIA, the FBI, and the Presidential Records Committee to release all pertinent documents relating to the Kennedy brothers assassinations.
Otherwise he like every president since 1960 is guilty of obstruction of justice. Until we know the real risks of Enbridge and clean-up responsibility of pollution spills in both the Communist and Western World it would be folly to approve any further pipeline, shipping, or drilling permits.