The Dernogalizer

September 2, 2010

Another Offshore Rig Explosion

Filed under: environment — Matt Dernoga @ 10:06 pm
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I just re-tweeted this on Twitter:  SarahPalin tweeted “if we weren’t meant to drill for oil God would let us know. It was deleted as oil rig explodes:

Fortunately, all the workers on the rig were rescued and as of now there is no word about oil leaking.  The rig was currently inactive.  There is some irony to this though, as ThinkProgress reports…

Just yesterday, however, the Financial Times reported that employees from Apache and Mariner, along with thousands of oil industry workers, rallied in Houston to protest the Obama administration’s offshore drilling moratorium that was designed as a safety precaution after BP’s disastrous Gulf oil spill. A Mariner Energy employee chastised the Obama administration for its drilling moratorium, which would not have affected the rig that exploded today:

Companies ranging from Chevron to Apache bussed in up to 5,000 employees to the Houston convention centre to underline to Washington the industry’s contribution to the country. […]

I have been in the oil and gas industry for 40 years, and this administration is trying to break us,” said Barbara Dianne Hagood, senior landman for Mariner Energy, a small company. “The moratorium they imposed is going to be a financial disaster for the gulf coast, gulf coast employees and gulf coast residents.”

Care to reevaluate guys?


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