around here, pump-jacks were idle until the price is high enough. now farmland is being ruined to punch more holes.. one more thing to give a farmer a reason not to plant.
IMO, companies are sitting on these wells. there is plenty of feedback and commentaries on the thousands of "tapped-n-capped" wells capable of producing, yet left untouched.
its the same sort of con game the diamond mining industry is openly known for.
plenty is already accessed, just to be sat upon to maximize profits.
is this wrong? no.. not legally.. but morally and ethically yes, particularly when its federal land and resources being used.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
In Alberta it appears that populations downstream of the oils sands have higher rates of cancer then other populations, I expect that fish from the gulf will have higher levels of toxic compounds and metals for quite a few years. The people who were involved with the clean up and not supplied with proper respirators and cartridges will most likely have negative health effects for years. Shale oil and gas it appears is causing hydrocarbons to be released into the well water of communities in the NE US and in N and SD among other areas. Drilling for Coal bed methane did the same in Alberta
In areas of South America (Ecuador) oil companies have left toxic dumps of waste oil and water in ponds that will take decades to be cleaned up naturally. All the while causing negative health effects for the people around them
Conservatives believe the government is incompetent, and seek to elect people who will prove it
Ignorance is Bliss Bliss is the same as happiness US Christian conservatives are the happiest in the US according to studies Do you see a connection?
What I'm discussing is the process when carried out normally. The burning of oil creates carbon dioxide, which adds to the issue of climate change we're seeing. Whether we try to increase our use of ethanol (which doesn't stop the release of carbon dioxide, but merely gets us more energy with less ethanol), hydraulic fracturing (which also has its possible downfalls), or any of the other ideas being posed to our society is the issue.
I'm not saying we need to stop drilling immediately. To do so is illogical and would destroy economies. What I'm getting at is that we need to be thinking about ways to decrease our dependence on oil in the future. The environment is a peculiar thing, and has ways of fixing itself. Much of the oil from the BP spill, for example, has been eaten and digested by bacteria by this point. That doesn't mean that the tens of thousands of birds that were killed, or the ecosystems that were destroyed never happened.
Too bad for the Republicans, still clinging to old outdated ideas. Must be hard being one of them.
I'm pretty sure Obama already lifted the Moratorium and is seeking to expand oil production especially on already leased land. Oil production is being controlled to reap the most profit a company can
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