published Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Offshore Drilling

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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Tax_Payer said...

That was a house hold phrase for about 3 months until BP's corner cutting backfired. Their conduct was no different than Toyota's or Firestone. All corporations have to stay in business some way when competition shifts around.

I believe, the nation will learn all there will be to learn to prevent the BP disaster from happening again. Putting off drilling would not be a bad idea until some serious oversight comes in like OSHA to address issues and impose stricter penalties then just having the corporation to pay a fine each day, week, month, or year. Corporations will just have the consumer pay the fines, and keep doing business as usual.

Now if that happen in China, the death penalty may be imposed rather quick without years and years of appeals.

Let America learn its' lesson and move on

June 3, 2010 at 4:49 a.m.
woody said...

I admit I always attempt to put a positive spin on most everything. In fact, there have been times when folks I encounter believe I must have grown up in a very naive 'bubble'.

Quite the contrary.

However, even I have a point when the reality of the matter dictates a more realistic response. And at this juncture it would appear BP has given a whole new meaning to the old acronym, "F.U.B.A.R." (To any and all who never spent much time in the armed forces you may need to find a translator.) (One hint..the initials for the last three words stand for Beyond All Recognition.)

Just calling it as I see it, Woody

June 3, 2010 at 6:17 a.m.
Clara said...

"Dutch to Provide Assistance in Clean Up of Gulf Oil Spill

Press release | 28 May 2010

At the request of U.S. authorities, the Dutch Minister of Transport, Camiel Eurlings, has offered three sets of sweeping arms (6 arms in total) and auxiliary equipment to be used to collect oil spilled from the Deepwater Horizon incident, in the Gulf of Mexico.

This weekend, the Dutch Corps of Engineers (Rijkswaterstaat) will send the equipment by plane to the U.S. Coast Guard in Louisiana. Experts from the Dutch private industry will fly in as well to assist with the operation of the sweeping arms. It is expected that the arms will be in operation as early as next week.

The sweeping arms, which will be attached to ships, will skim and collect floating oil from the water and pump it into storage tanks. Depending on local weather conditions, the sweeping arms have a maximum pumping capacity of 350 m3 per hour. Minister Eurlings stated, “The Dutch offered assistance to the U.S. as soon as the disaster occurred. We have been working closely on water related issues with the Louisiana region since Hurricane Katrina. It seems no more than natural that now again; we stand together with the people of Louisiana.”

The arms will be delivered to the American company, T&T Marine Salvage, which is contracted by BP to assist in cleaning up the oil spill. The arms will remain in the U.S. after being used and Rijkswaterstaat will secure additional sweeping arms for the Netherlands. In case of an unfortunate simultaneous oil spill in the North Sea, the Dutch have enough capacity to handle this. In an emergency situation its neighbouring countries can assist.

more of the press release:

I had first come upon this "new" news earlier today at a site for ROV pilots & tech stuff:

They seemed to think they are these (from this company):

(video and more images) /"


June 3, 2010 at 8:57 a.m.
Clara said...

I lost another site about this, which was more explicit in explaining how it worked, but I have not been able to locate it.

Roughly, the arms skim the oil and water which is then processed and the water returned. There is a U.S regulation which prevents such water being returned but the oil returned is, as I remember, 5% of the intake.

Considering the huge mass of the oil spill and what it is doing at present, it seems the U.S. is allowing this type of recovery.

I see that the winds in the Gulf is blowing north and the marshlands are definitely being affected.

June 3, 2010 at 9:11 a.m.
Clara said...

I was only able to access the last URL which appeared on the comment at 8:57 a.m.

This site is from the company that donated the equipment.

Going for a light breakfast and bed. Talk later!

June 3, 2010 at 9:25 a.m.
anonymight said...

Did the amount of oil we need each day decrease because BP screwed up. Nope. If Congress and the White house would put as much effort into decreasing our dependence on oil as it has in trying to influence House and Senate races we might actually not need to drill many more wells. But alas, its too good an issue to put to an end. Where would the left be without the chant, "no blood for oil?"

Here's the latest lame idea I've heard coming out of Washington - make it more expensive by taxing it more and they'll use less. Sure, and we'll go fewer places, see fewer things, visit fewer relatives, have fewer experiences and live lesser lives. How about organizing the best and brightest on the scientific goal of making alternative technologies more efficient and affordable rather than breaking the back of working people with carbon taxes?

June 3, 2010 at 3:40 p.m.
BobMKE said...

Lets see. Where are we going to let oil companys drill for oil? It is safer to drill here than to transport the oil in a tanker because tankers leak more than oil wells or platforms.

How about in Alaska? Then the oil can be transported safely through pipelines. If there is a leak it can be fixed in an hour. No.

In several Western States? No. But if there is a leak we can fix the leak in a hour. No.

How about within 50 miles of our shorelines where the water is shallower? No.

I know, how about in 5,000 feet of water? Yes, Yes Yes.

If there is a leak we have that 1991 plan that was put in place after the Exxon tanker leak. If we can only find the plan. We'll look for it sometime, no hurry.

June 3, 2010 at 7:53 p.m.
alprova said...

WAIT!!! Don't cover up one of Sarah Palin's 2008 campaign slogans. We can't have a discussion that does not include her, now can we? She made that phrase a household mantra all of it's own, at least among those who fainted whenever she galloped up to a podium.

Well...maybe you should cover it up. She seems to be a little absent-minded these days. It seems that she has decided to redirect but not retract her former endorsement of deep-well drilling off the coast of Florida for example. Her whole perspective on the matter has just completed a u-turn.

If you take a gander at her Twitter entry dated just two days ago, you will see the following sentence. I quote it EXACTLY as she posted it;

"...Extreme Greenies:see now why we push"drill,baby,drill"of known reserves&promising finds in safe onshore places like ANWR? Now do you get it?..."

Okay, I'll give her the benefit of the doubt. Punctuation apparently is not high on her lists of priorities and she may have cut and pasted it from her palm.

She also apparently forgot that her previously spoken words on the subject have been recorded for all time and are posted on YouTube.

Who's going to step up and defend her on this one? A lie regarding a formerly expressed opinion doesn't get more blatant than this.

June 3, 2010 at 8:30 p.m.
Clara said...

I wonder if anyone else is drilling in that particular oil reserve.

Why does Haliburton put nitrogen into their cement mixture? Another well they worked on with that cement blew, too.

Can't remember where I read that sometime this morning. Sorry!

June 3, 2010 at 8:51 p.m.
EaTn said...

alprova- I was wondering when someone would step up and express the meaning behind this cartoon. You can bet that politicians on both sides will use the oil drilling issue this November. Off-shore drilling has been a major part of the GOP energy strategy, and the Dems will get blamed for not controlling the leak sooner.

June 4, 2010 at 8:51 a.m.

When the righteous park their cars, then I'll consider doing the same. Until then, we need and crave petroleum. So make your choice: buy it all from Islamic terror states and Communists or continue to do as we have but with enforcement of our regulations and control.

Ultimately we have a failure of our federal government to enforce regulation and control. Sound familiar?

June 4, 2010 at 11:35 a.m.
Walden said...

Since this cartoon is obviously boring the pants off all the usual posters... back to the "Israel as Goliath" joke...

Read Krauthammer's WaPo column today for the real story on this matter:

All you Israel-hating Jackals be shamed!

June 4, 2010 at 11:44 a.m.
Sailorman said...

Be very careful Walden. Wouldn't want the resident Israel-bashers confused by facts!

June 4, 2010 at 12:16 p.m.
softnotes37 said...

I don't think oil is worth seeing so many people who live and work nesr the Gulf of Mexico have so much hurt. They are our people; they are American.

When will we see beautiful blue water at the Gulf of Mexico again?

June 4, 2010 at 12:55 p.m.
nurseforjustice said...


then you need to stop driving, using anything plastic or using practically anything else that is manufactured since almost all of it uses oil...

June 4, 2010 at 1:17 p.m.
Musicman375 said...

Oil is not just a fuel for our cars. It is required to make almost every tangible product you have ever touched. In fact, with our current technology, you wouldn't even be posting on this thread if oil wasn't used in making your computer, since your computer couldn't have been made without it. When we run out of oil, our global society currently partaking in the oil age will be flipped completely upsidedown. We may need to turn back to a more basic lifestyle such as the types indiginous peoples of South America, Africa, et al are still living in many areas.

I'm going to have to disagree and state that, for now and at least during the next few decades until we can develop oil-free products (if possible), it is worth it.

June 4, 2010 at 1:20 p.m.
Clara said...


Thank you for the URL by Krauthammer at 11:44 a.m. It pretty much expresses what I feel about it, but was unable to express as fully and coherently.

June 4, 2010 at 2:52 p.m.
alprova said...

EaTn wrote: "alprova- I was wondering when someone would step up and express the meaning behind this cartoon. You can bet that politicians on both sides will use the oil drilling issue this November. Off-shore drilling has been a major part of the GOP energy strategy, and the Dems will get blamed for not controlling the leak sooner."

Rumor has it that GWB may have been involved in this tragedy, just as he was in 9/11. He may have hired one of those fishermen to run him out to that oil rig and slapped some C-4 on the side of it.

He always wanted to drill in ANWR and now he may get his wish. And now that Mrs. Palin is on board and dizzy from her about-face, the door is now wide open. It's a right-wing conspiracy and everyone knows it.

Now before everyone starts slamming those keys, I in no manner blame George Bush Jr. for what happened. I'm sure he has an airtight alibi, no matter how much it cost him. However, it makes about as much sense to Blame Former President Bush as it does to blame President Obama for what has happened.

Yes, EaTn, you are so right -- The politicization of this horrible mess has only just begun. It will continue to knock Mrs. Palin and the Tea-Partiers off the front pages of the rags, the blogs, and the television screens.

That may indeed be the only blessing that will come from it.

I want a dollar for every time over the next several months that a politician will be accused of "being for deep-well oil drilling before they were against it."

June 4, 2010 at 7:05 p.m.
nurseforjustice said...


I used to think you had some sense about you but you have now opened your proverbial mouth and removed all doubt that you are a fool. How absurd your last comments were.

Any fool with half a brain knows we must continue to drill where we can and when we can. Oil is a vital part of our society and always will be.

June 4, 2010 at 10:30 p.m.
BobMKE said...

Nurseforjustice, will you marry me?

June 5, 2010 at 8:51 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

I don't agree with that drilling mentality. There isn't enough oil in the gulf or in ANWR to feed America's appetite for oil for even a year. And look at what risk we take to do so. And then there is the thing about offshore drilling companies are not required by American law to sell the oil from offshore drilling to the United States. So, America takes the risk and someone else gets the oil.

What we need is some serious throttling back of our energy consumption. Turn off appliances and lights when you aren't using them. Shop at stores that don't use customer loyalty cards...they are made of oil we really need them or even want them. Plan ahead and make one trip around town instead of several. Get CFL's and replace your incandescents. Run ceiling fans. Take your own shopping bags to the stores. Every plastic product that you purchase comes from petrochemicals. So do air fresheners, fragrances, pesticides, and fabric softeners.

We DON'T need to drill baby drill. We need to conserve, baby, conserve.

June 6, 2010 at 12:51 a.m.
alprova said...

Nurse wrote: "Al,

I used to think you had some sense about you but you have now opened your proverbial mouth and removed all doubt that you are a fool. How absurd your last comments were."

You do realize that those comments were extremely sarcastic, and in no manner were to be taken seriously. I made them to illustrate just how bad criticism of our Presidents have become.

If you're upset at my comments regarding Mrs. Palin, the woman did a complete about-face on the issue of deep-well oil drilling and she absolutely deserves criticism for it.

She was for it, and now she isn't.

"Any fool with half a brain knows we must continue to drill where we can and when we can. Oil is a vital part of our society and always will be."

Now who's being foolish? Oil is not an infinite source of energy. When it's all pumped from the ground, and it will be one day, there will be no more.

Planning for that eventuality NOW is only the smart thing to do. If one day we wake up and it comes across the airwaves that we only have weeks of supplies on hand and that's it, what do you think will happen?

Man made Armageddon.

June 6, 2010 at 2:20 a.m.
alprova said...

BobMKE wrote: "Nurseforjustice, will you marry me?"

Unless I misunderstood something along the way, Nurse is a guy, and he is vehemently opposed to gay marriage.


June 6, 2010 at 2:23 a.m.
nurseforjustice said...

Sorry Bob, Al is correct, I am a man and vehemently opposed to gay marriage.

And Al, I am in agreement with you regarding needing to find an alternative source for fueling our transportation. However, that would leave the oil reserves for manufacturing products that require it.

June 7, 2010 at 12:10 p.m.
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