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Well heck, of course the "Keep Oil & Gas In The Ground Forever" crowd are concerned about plans to increase oil & gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

I mean, c'mon, how can oil & gas stay in the ground if oil & gas drilling increases?

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Oil, gas drilling plans for Gulf of Mexico concerns local representatives

More oil and gas drilling could start to happen in the Gulf of Mexico. The Department of the Interior says it plans to lease millions of acres for oil and gas exploration. And while the Trump administration says it’s a safe way to make use of what the country has, critics say it brings the Gulf closer to an oil disaster.

It’s been almost 10 years since the Gulf oil spill, but even now some are leery about allowing more drilling even though the administration says it’s safe and economically sound. Sail into the Gulf of Mexico and you may soon see more of oil rigs.

The Department of the Interior says it plans to lease 77.8 million acres for oil and gas drilling starting in August.

“It is a threat anywhere because you cannot ensure those rigs will be safe,” Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) said.

Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor isn’t happy with the announcement.

“The BP deepwater horizon disaster proved the point that a spill anywhere in the Gulf of Mexico is detrimental,” Castor said.

But in a statement, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt says the Trump administration “is laser-focused on developing our domestic offshore…resources in an environmentally conscious manner.”

The department says any projects will have measures “to protect biologically sensitive resources (and) mitigate potential adverse effects on protected species.”

“We don’t think the Trump administration is paying close attention to how the oil and gas industry operates in sensitive areas,” Athan Manuel with the Sierra Club said.

Some environmental groups, like the Sierra Club, say they’re concerned about a lack of oversight.

“We still don’t trust the oil industry, we’re not sure they’ve learned their lessons,” Manuel said.

And while the new sale will cover areas in the central Gulf far from most coastlines, critics say if there is a problem, the location may not matter like when the deepwater horizon spill happened in 2010.

“Even though oil didn’t roll up on the shores of Tampa Bay or the Sarasota area, the tourists stayed away,” Castor said.

The new sale won’t impact areas that are already under a drilling moratorium, including coastal areas within state waters.

 

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3 hours ago, Tom Kirkman said:

Oil, gas drilling plans for Gulf of Mexico concerns local representatives

More oil and gas drilling could start to happen in the Gulf of Mexico. The Department of the Interior says it plans to lease millions of acres for oil and gas exploration. And while the Trump administration says it’s a safe way to make use of what the country has, critics say it brings the Gulf closer to an oil disaster.

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“It is a threat anywhere because you cannot ensure those rigs will be safe,” Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) said.

Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor isn’t happy with the announcement.

“The BP deepwater horizon disaster proved the point that a spill anywhere in the Gulf of Mexico is detrimental,” Castor said.

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“We don’t think the Trump administration is paying close attention to how the oil and gas industry operates in sensitive areas,” Athan Manuel with the Sierra Club said.  ...

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Washington state's Department of Ecology said in a statement that the spill was due in part to power disruptions.

"The West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant released an estimated 3 million gallons of untreated sewage for approximately 27 minutes, after backup pumping systems failed during power disruptions at the plant," their statement reads.

"The release of sewage into Puget Sound has prompted local health departments to issue several beach closures," the agency said.  ...

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So, ask yourself, how many rigs, similar to the Deepwater Horizon, have drill how many similar wells without an incident? Yet we will handcuff the industry for a single incident.

Can you imagine the outcry if we banned space exploration due to the Challenger incident? Or banned the building of submarines due to the Thresher accident? How about banning rail transport due to various derailments or shipping oil due to the Exxon Valdez spill?

Progress comes with risks!

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