While President Obama was laughing it up at state dinners, oil belched from a pipe in the Gulf of Mexico. For 10 days, the Obama Administration downplayed the seriousness of the threat.
Drilling for oil from offshore platforms is not free from risk. Safeguards are in place to prevent spills, or at least limit the damage. But like airplanes and spacecraft, no matter how safe the systems may be, no matter how many backup systems are in place, sometimes it is not enough to prevent disaster.
As far as oil platforms go, there are many backup systems in place to prevent spills. But spills are inevitable. It does not take a lot of study to know that. So a plan to deal with the problem must be in place.
And for the Gulf oil platforms, just such a plan has been in existence since 1994. The problem is, the Obama Administration failed to make sure everything was in place to put the plan into action should a catastrophe occur.
If U.S. officials had followed up on a 1994 response plan for a major Gulf oil spill, it is possible that the spill could have been kept under control and far from land.
The problem: The federal government did not have a single fire boom on hand.
The “In-Situ Burn” plan produced by federal agencies in 1994 calls for responding to a major oil spill in the Gulf with the immediate use of fire booms.
But in order to conduct a successful test burn eight days after the Deepwater Horizon well began releasing massive amounts of oil into the Gulf, officials had to purchase one from a company in Illinois.
This is an unforgivable error on the part of the Obama Administration. The entire Gulf seafood industry is now in jeopardy due to this error. Oil has washed ashore and there is no way to stop it at this point.
In order to safely drill offshore, all of the safeguards must be followed to the letter. We depend on the government to make sure these rules and laws are followed.
BP certainty is responsible for a lot of this damage, but the government’s failure to place a single fire boom in the area is nothing short of criminal.
With the Obama Administration’s recent recommendation to potentially open more offshore drilling areas, the glaring omissions of required safety equipment is totally on the Obama Administration. Nothing short of a complete review of every aspect of offshore drilling safety and a full compliance inspection should have been performed prior to Obama’s decision to open up more sites.
Obviously, this was simply a political ploy by Obama, not based on a review of the current safety programs and compliance by drilling companies.
Governors and other politicians who advocate drilling for more oil offshore are under the assumption that the Obama Administration is doing their job in enforcing all safety protocols.
Until the Obama Administration decides to do their job and enforce (or enact) proper safety measures, offshore drilling must not be expanded.
Sadly, the Federal Government’s failure to enforce US laws and regulations has now extended beyond failures in border control and is now expanding to oversight and safety failures.
Perhaps before expanding government control to every aspect of American’s lives should be put on hold until Obama can actually enforce the ones already on the books!