The general public has been outraged in the past over the irresponsible excuses offered during the Deep Water Horizon oil spill by both those directly responsible for the incident and for those in our own government who were to take steps in preventing something like this from ever happening again. What I am about to inform you on defies all logic and reason if your idea of our governments action intent was to protect human lives and our environment in the Gulf of Mexico. It is without question the most inexplicably irresponsible act to date where preventative measures and regulatory subversion have been utterly cast aside in the name of the almighty dollar.
If you will recall during the tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico during 2010 we were informed by the mainstream news media and the government that the primary cause of Deep Water Horizons catastrophic failure which claimed the lives of 11 oil rig workers was its Blowout Preventer. During the final phases of this tragedy this device was removed from the well head and was sent off to a NASA facility in New Orleans, Louisiana where it was to be examined. An unbiased 3rd party Norwegian firm Det Norse Veritas was hired by the U.S. government to conduct a forensic analysis of the failed Blowout Preventer under the supervision of the U.S. Coast Guard to determine precisely why it failed. The results of that investigation were released recently in which they determined that the Blowout Preventer does not work. They also concluded that any burst of pressure such as that experienced in oil drilling quite frequently will disable the Blowout Preventer rendering it completely useless.
The reason there is currently so much concern over the nuclear reactors in Japan is due to the fact that although these reactors had backup systems that were intended to maintain power to the reactors those backup systems were also knocked out by the same earthquake and tsunami that critically damaged the reactors. We establish regulations to protect the public and its interests! This is why we have automobile airbags and seat belt regulations and also why we have regulations against lead based paints and asbestos in order to keep the public safe!
This then begs the obvious question to the U.S. Department of the Interior as to why they are now granting permission to 5 oil companies (Chevron, Shell, Noble, Exxon and ATP) to seek drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico while these safety regulations are clearly being disregarded by those who they were intended to regulate. They have also granted the very first of these permits to none other than BP through its 46.5% ownership in Noble Energy who has yet to finish cleaning up the gulf coast states which are still dealing with tar balls, oil mousse and oil slicks washing up on their shores in both Louisiana and Alabama as has been recently documented in numerous videos shot and posted by tourists to those coastal beaches. These oil companies are being allowed now to openly disregard Federal regulations intended to protect the lives of their workers and our already devastated water life in the Gulf of Mexico.
Why is the Federal government now allowing these drilling permits to be issued? The Department of the Interior is claiming the reasoning being that now these oil companies have demonstrated their ability to maintain well control and pressure release of a blowout. A closer look into the Oil Emergency Response Plans of Noble Energy shows that while the Department of the Interior is claiming these companies have demonstrated their ability to control their wells safely, their response plans are still dated from September 2009, one year before the Deep Water Horizon oil disaster! So to sum this up, the blowout preventers that are suppose to be able to stop a blowout do not work and cannot work according to the forensic analysis, and the companies now being granted drilling permits have not revised or updated their Emergency Response Plans. Have we not yet experienced enough death and suffering from the hands of the greedy oil industry who so obviously does not wish to keep their employees or our wild life not to mention the livelihoods of our citizens of the gulf safe?