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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 01:48 PM
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Obama: "Going forward", new oil leases will need safeguards
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Friday directed that no new offshore oil drilling leases be issued unless rigs have new safeguards to prevent a repeat of the explosion that unleashed the massive spill threatening the Gulf Coast with major environmental damage.

Obama ordered Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to report within 30 days on what new technologies are needed to tighten safeguards against oil spills from deep water drilling rigs.

"We are going to make sure that any leases going forward have those safeguards," said Obama at a White House Rose Garden event.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100430/ap_on_bi_ge/us_oil_...
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Myrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 02:20 PM
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1. How about "Going forward, there will be no offshore oil leases"?
That's about the only safeguard that will work.
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 02:21 PM
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2. Dang, I can't rec your post!
Agree completely.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 02:33 PM
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3. This must be the big "rethinking" that occurred re: expansion of drilling
We are going to expand the areas of drilling, but this time we will make really, really, really sure it's safe.
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 02:35 PM
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4. Disgusting! Another War is Peace type moment from Obama.
:puke:
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 02:50 PM
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5. Stop! At least he "rethought" it!
:silly:
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 03:04 PM
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6. Yeah, he rethought it long enough until he got the call from big oil. nt
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 03:40 PM
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10. How much more
is our planet supposed to take :(
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Peregrine Took Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 03:10 PM
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7. The old "triangulator" strikes yet again!!!!
"First you say you WILL and then you WON'T, then you say you DO and then you DON'T...so WHAT are you goin' to DO????
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 04:27 PM
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12. PS
I have had that earworm for an hour now, thanks lol
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WeDidIt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 03:13 PM
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8. How about redundant independent remote shut off valves for every well head
and before you can get a lease, you have to retrofit all platforms currently in operation.

A million bucks per off shore drilling rig well spent.
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Obamanaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 03:14 PM
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9. Is this sorta like he was against the drilling before he was for it, and
now he's leaning toward against again but only if they're not really careful?
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freddie mertz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 03:41 PM
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11. More triangulating balderdash.
Heaven help us.
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 04:41 PM
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13. 11 people died. The devastation to the environment
is incalculable at this point, and how it will affect the health of many more people. This was a chance to simply say 'I was wrong' and look to the future, as he so often tells us to do. He could have used this tragedy to call for an escalation of the development of alternative energy sources.

This doesn't bode well for what he will do regarding holding the Coal Industry specifically Massey Energy and Don Blankenship accountable for the deaths of the 29 coal miners either.

I imagine the same strategy will apply. They CAN continue to operate their mines, just so long as they 'do better at making sure that safety measures are not disregarded anymore.'

It's the same strategy of giving billions of dollars to the same guys who caused the collapse of the economy, so long as 'this time they behave themselves better'.

Nothing will change, those deaths will barely be remembered in a few weeks. Life is expendable but profits are not. I don't know when the American people will rise up against the abuse they take from their government no matter which party is in power.

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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 06:31 PM
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14. But they are really, really, really going to be safe going forward.
:silly:
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 07:30 PM
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16. I did just see that there may be some criminal investigation
into whether or not bribes were used and Massey Energy may be involved. So that's something, but I will wait until it actually happens.

You are right though, promises and a few new regulations that can be ignored or manipulated, is usually what happens.
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LiberalAndProud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 06:33 PM
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15. No. fuck no.
Edited on Fri Apr-30-10 06:36 PM by LiberalAndProud
The things about industrial disasters, is that they could have been mitigated in hindsight. Lot of good that does, in hindsight.\

on edit:

Even if dangers are known to the industry, if the lawmakers arene't made aware of it and subsequently pass regulation, captains of industry won't do one single thing to prevent the danger from coming to fruition.


NO NO NO
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chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 10:37 AM
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17. Wait. What??
K & R.
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gulliver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 10:43 AM
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18. It's a good start. Way better than...
..."Obama announces ban on offshore oil rigs. Existing rigs to be dismantled."

Because that would be followed in seven months by "GOP Recaptures Congress. Offshore oil rigs legal once again. Safety measures to be dismantled."
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chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 11:01 AM
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19. Does he have to announce anything of this "rethink" this immediately?
Edited on Sat May-01-10 11:03 AM by chill_wind
".. in a largely symbolic gesture, promised that no new offshore oil drilling leases will be issued unless rigs have new safeguards to prevent a repeat of the explosion that unleashed the massive spill threatening the Gulf Coast.

The assurance had no immediate impact because no new leases are scheduled for the coming months."

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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 11:27 AM
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21. Why anyone is not happy that they're finally going to tighten regulations on offshore drilling
is beyond me.

As to why they'd mention it now. It could have something to do with that big-greasy-spreading-blob-of-destruction in the gulf. Maybe?
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chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 11:44 AM
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22. Please don't put words in my mouth.
Nowhere was that my suggestion that anyone should be unhappy about "tightening regulation."
He has a 30 day study underway. There are no new leases in the meantime.

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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 01:18 PM
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23. As to why they'd mention it now...
Edited on Sat May-01-10 01:20 PM by Lone_Star_Dem
It could have something to do with that big-greasy-spreading-blob-of-destruction in the gulf. Maybe?

My other comment was on all the bellyaching in this thread over something positive.
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 11:08 AM
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20. They hand out new leases every year. Now they'll require new safeguards on those leases
Edited on Sat May-01-10 11:18 AM by Lone_Star_Dem
Did anyone here honestly think they'd stop all offshore drilling? Really?

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