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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:27 PM

Obama Administration’s Plan For Arctic Offshore Drilling Safety: ‘I Believe There’s Not Going To Be

An Oil Spill’ - 06.27.12 - Think Progress' Stephen Lacey writes:

With virtually no infrastructure available to clean up an oil spill in the sensitive Arctic, the Obama Administration is still pushing to get offshore drilling projects developed in the region.

What’s the messaging strategy from the Administration? Trust Shell.

Talking to reporters about exploration permits for Arctic waters yesterday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar summed up the Administration’s approach: “I believe there’s not going to be an oil spill.”

Really?



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Arctic Dave Jun 2012 #1
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Response to sad sally (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:30 PM

1. Why are they not worried about a spill?

 

Because they have no intention of cleaning up if they do. They will give it a dousing of Corexit and a deluge of propaganda. Problem solved.

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Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:44 PM

2. Yup.

I wish I could say that this is merely an election-year ploy to shut down the naysayers on the right, but this is merely an extension of his administration's policies so far...

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Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 12:31 AM

5. A variety of 17 different vessels will be accompanying the drill rig - to keep Greenpeace away.

Note the yellow one - Tor Viking II - it's an icebreaker. This was on Monday.




Lura on Beach Drive shared that photo from a busy moment in central Puget Sound around 10:20 this morning – while a new wildlife platform bobbed in the foreground, the background included a state ferry, an aircraft carrier – identified by Beach Drive Blog as the USS John C. Stennis – and the Tor Viking II, yet another of the ships that have converged on this area as part of the Shell offshore drilling flotilla that’s heading north sometime soon with the two drilling rigs that have been getting work done at Vigor Shipyard on Harbor Island. According to a document published in the Federal Register last Friday, Tor Viking (in Everett right now) is one of the 17 vessels for which a 500-yard safety zone has been ordered – including the drill rigs/ships Noble Discoverer and Kulluk – once they head north. (The Greenpeace Esperanza, which had been here for a while to monitor the potential departure, left this area some days ago.)

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Response to sad sally (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:46 PM

3. Hey! It's election season

Obama can't afford to rile up the oil companies any more, he needs contributions too!

Besides, the Presidency has no real power. Only the House. Or so I've been told.

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Response to n2doc (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:05 PM

4. You mean like this?

Pub Date: May 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) released “Subsidy Gusher: Taxpayers Stuck with Massive Subsidies while Oil and Gas Profits Soar.” The report describes the nearly $80 billion in subsidies the oil and gas industry will receive over the next five years. It also highlights the nearly $140 million in campaign contributions the industry handed out over the last ten years to influence federal policies.
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The move to issue this permit to Shell by next month means the Administration can claim they are expanding domestic resource production and dismiss criticism by Republicans that they're against domestic energy sources. Heck, North Dakota's landscape and water isn't the only new place to muck up.

And hey, the testing that Shell has done in testing its new oil spill containment device in Puget Sound (here in Washington) is absolutely similar to conditions found in the Artic. Right?

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Response to sad sally (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 11:01 AM

6. F*ing Salazar

I wept when he was appointed. Between Vilsack and Salazar there could never be a change in anything.

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