Go ahead, take a big whiff. You can smell the criminal greed all the way from Drill Baby Dingbat’s front porch. The entire oil industry has proven over and over again that they are ill prepared to deal with the effects of their negligent incompetence, so what do they do? They are lobbying hard for permission to be even more negligent.
Oil companies hoping to find crude under Arctic waters north of Alaska are imploring the Obama administration to ensure new rules governing drilling in the region don’t force them to stash emergency equipment nearby or block them from using chemical dispersants to clean up any spills.
The pleas for flexibility were delivered by Shell Oil Co. and ConocoPhillips in private meetings earlier this month with the Office of Management and Budget, which is reviewing an Interior Department proposal that would set standards governing oil development in the remote Arctic frontier.
The actual proposal is under wraps during the government’s interagency review, but regulators have signaled their desire for companies operating in the region to have equipment on hand to combat a blown-out well, possibly including containment systems, cap-and-flow devices that provide a path for crude out of a damaged well in a destabilized formation and rigs that can drill a relief well.
But according to just-released documents from separate Sept. 10 and Sept. 18 meetings with OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, both Shell and ConocoPhillips want more freedom to respond to emergencies… [emphasis added]
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What they actually want is not more freedom to respond to emergencies. They want more freedom NOT to respond to emergencies. This becomes both more apparent and more horrific in light of the background information provided by Rachel Maddow.
Readers, who cannot watch clips from MSNBC, can see this on YouTube.
What do you think? When you smell Shell, does it stink?