A moratorium seems justifiable when considered in the light of the worst ecological disaster in American oil extraction history. While the event may be rare in the industry the consequences are so severe to the country as a whole that a temporary pause in the activity seems appropriate especially given the anything-goes approach of the previous administration.
“Real environmentalists live in cities, and they visit what's left of the wilderness as gently and respectfully as possible.” — Donna Moulton, letter to the editor, Tucson Weekly, published on August 23, 2001
The MMS is constantly inspecting all rigs offshore. The inspection process never stops. So if a rig begins operation without any kind of inspection it is on that rig operator, not the regulators. Again, you can't blame the cops if you speed. YOU are responsible for doing the right thing. And yes, they do collect fines from violations. Enough violations and they will be shut in. My father has personally had to do this a few times.
Last edited by dontworrybehappy; 06-22-10 at 01:59 PM.
That rig was not in his district.
Hindsight is always 20-20 anyway. Reports show that the inspections preceding the explosion showed nothing of concern. **** happens. Period.
Last edited by dontworrybehappy; 06-22-10 at 02:07 PM.
See my last post
From a Department of Interior press release... (you will see the release posted on the main page)
At the request of Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Minerals Management Service continues its re-inspection of all deepwater oil and gas facilities on the outer Continental Shelf. MMS has completed its inspection of deepwater drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and no major violations were found.