posted on Jun, 15 2010 @ 11:43 PM
— The chairmen of four of the world’s largest oil companies broke their nearly two-month silence on the major spill in the Gulf of Mexico on
Tuesday and publicly blamed BP for mishandling the well that caused the disaster.
Seeking to insulate their companies from the continuing crisis in the gulf and the political backlash in Washington, the leaders of Exxon Mobil,
Chevron, Shell and ConocoPhillips insisted at a Congressional hearing that they would not have made the mistakes that led to the well explosion and
the deaths of 11 rig workers on April 20.
“We would not have drilled the well the way they did,” said Rex W. Tillerson, chief executive of Exxon Mobil.
“It certainly appears that not all the standards that we would recommend or that we would employ were in place,” said John S. Watson chairman of
“It’s not a well that we would have drilled in that mechanical setup,” said Marvin E. Odum, president of Shell.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
It's interesting that even Rex Tillerson of Exxon Mobil admitted that the industry as a whole had no real way to deal with an oil spill of that
magnitude (see end of article). They would all be flying blind in those circumstances.
Unless we as a country are willing to destroy our coasts from time to time in the rush to provide 2% of the world's oil reserves, it seems that the
only real answer to the BP disaster and those which will almost certainly occur in the future is to put a moratorium on offshore drilling. Until such
time as the oil companies can PROVE they have an effective way to clean up spills, not just a document alleging that they can, they should not be
allowed to drill.
Profits or no profits, the oil giants cannot be allowed to destroy the lives and livelihoods of countless Americans and decimate countless species of
Greed should not be allowed to trump the welfare of the American people as a whole.
[edit on 15-6-2010 by Sestias]