Arctic drilling


Keep It in the Ground

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MelGurtov
“On January 17 the New York Times reported that, to appease environmentalists, the Obama administration would “ban drilling in portions of the Arctic Ocean’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.” But in return, Republicans and the oil and gas industry got federal approval to drill in a large swath of the Atlantic Ocean, a move that I believe risks another BP-type disaster.

Drilling in the Atlantic is no small bone to calm the savage dogs on the right. Department of the Interior officials are quick to reassure us that safeguards will be in place before exploration begins and that the leased area is 50 miles from shore. But we’ve been down that road too many times to feel reassured. Recall, for one thing, that the Deepwater Horizon rig was 41 miles from Louisiana’s shore. For another, since the BP spill, no new safety regulations have been enacted by Congress, and in the current climate, they will have to come from the administration itself. Who will be president when the time comes?”

Author: Mel Gurtov
Published in: Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/07/07/keep-it-in-the-ground-obama/
Grassroots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2015/07/06/keep-it-in-the-ground/
Mel Gurtov Blog https://mgurtov.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/post-77-keep-it-in-the-ground/
New Berry Observer http://newberryobserver.com/opinion/columns/930/keep-it-in-the-ground
Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/fpopin/keep_it_in_the_ground/
Date: May 13,15,July 6,7,18,2015

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