In a big win for oil companies, Shell will be the first entity allowed to resume deepwater drilling and exploration for oil and natural gas. The Gulf has been relatively quiet in the wake of the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig (and their public relations credibility) last April 20. The explosion caused 11 deaths.
My reaction face to this news is one of slight concern. Last summer’s images of oily and dead birds, dolphins and other marine life just didn’t sit well in my spirit. The thought of eating Gulf seafood that’s been sauteed in butter and sprinkled with a zest of 87 octane unleaded fuel just ain’t right! I’m not trying to take a dip at the beach and get high off the fumes. IT AIN’T NATURAL!!
But, then I shook myself back to reality and looked at gas prices. The costs have broken through the stratosphere in the last 45 days. Unrest in the Middle East has further made foreign oil almost as bad as leather shoes and a chinchilla mink at a PETA conference. The U.S. has got to take some control over its energy sources, if we’re still going to use oil. The moratorium on drilling imposed after the BP incident has passed.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar says that all companies drilling now will face tougher safety checks and environmental reviews. I hope this is true. Yes, deepwater drilling is dangerous, but there were a lot of careless mistakes added onto that risk the first time around.
Shell will be drilling three exploratory well 130 miles off of the Louisiana coast. The industry just will NOT leave the good people of Louisiana alone, will they? *sigh*