American Elephants

Let the Gulf Workers Go Back To Work! by The Elephant's Child

A consortium of oil companies, led by Exxon announced today that they have built a system that can halt an undersea oil spill within weeks.  This is a critical step toward resuming drilling in the deepest parts of the Gulf of Mexico.  This new combination of equipment and support vessels can contain a spill similar to BP’s  Deepwater Horizon spill which took almost three months to plug.

Regulators have demanded that oil companies demonstrate the capability to contain the blowout of an underwater well before any permits are granted to drill again in waters deeper than 500 feet. Exxon says this system meets that demand and should have no trouble gaining government approval as their engineers have consulted with regulators during development.

The group said that an expanded network capable of plugging a well more than 10,000 feet below the surface and collect 100,000 barrels of liquid and 200 million cubic feet of gas per day will be ready in early 2012.

If a driller alerts the containment company’s Houston headquarters to an uncontrolled blowout, equipment will start deploying within 24 hours.  Pretty impressive.

Will this end the government’s attempt to starve America of energy and let oil workers go back to work? America would like to know.

The spill happened because BP deviated from industry standards.  The whole industry is not guilty. The Gulf has disposed of a record amount of oil by natural processes.  It is resilient.  The rising price of oil can be laid on President Obama’s desk.  It’s his baby.

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