Does the oil spill prove drilling isn't safe?

~Jennifer - posted on 04/29/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Source: St. Petersburg Times

The oil spill spreading across the Gulf of Mexico is sending ripples through Florida and national politics, giving Gov. Charlie Crist a reason to withdraw his support for offshore drilling.

After a 90-minute plane flight Tuesday above the spill, which was spreading in an 80-mile by 42-mile blob, Crist said, "Clearly it could be devastating to Florida if something like that were to occur. It's the last thing in the world I would want to see happen in our beautiful state.''

He said there is no question now that lawmakers should give up on the idea of drilling off Florida's coast this year and in coming years. He has said previously he would support drilling if it was far enough from shore, safe enough and clean enough. He said the spill is proof that's not possible.

"Clearly that one isn't far enough and that's about 50 to 60 miles out, it's clearly not clean enough after we saw what we saw today — that's horrific — and it certainly isn't safe enough. It's the opposite of safe," Crist said.

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I'm all for alternative energy sources.

And I'm sicked to think what this oil spill means for thousands of people in my state. It's not just the fishermen whose livelihoods are ruined. The packaging companies and distributors and restaurants and on and on and on will be greatly affected. Plus our precious wetlands are destroyed.

I'm also flabbergasted that they didn't have a better plan in place. There are thousands of oil rigs out there. They had to assume that one day there could be an accident of this magnitude. Why don't we know to plan for emergencies? This also brings Katrina to mind. Ugh...don't get me started on those levees and the (lack of) organization of the evacuation and recovery. And this oil is much worse in terms of damage to the wetlands and the economy.

Dana - posted on 04/30/2010

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Yes, I think it goes to show that drilling for oil in the water isn't safe. Let's hope President Obama changes his mind now, huh.

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I agree that we need to be looking at other/renewable energy sources but I read this quote in a MacLeans magazine and I think it applies here. The person who wrote this was actually refering to the oil sands in Alberta but once again I think it applies "We'll stop refining the oil sands (in this case drilling offshore) when the environmentalists are willing to give up plastic."

ME - posted on 04/30/2010

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This is so sad...i agree with Bill Maher...everyone who ever chanted "drill baby drill" ought to show up to clean up the mess.

Johnny - posted on 04/30/2010

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Isn't it lovely that it's taken massive carnage of marine wildlife and ecosystem, and a potential disaster for coastal wetlands and the fishing industry to make people think that it might not be the greatest idea. Honestly, this doesn't really prove anything that wasn't already known, no amount of security, safety and caution can prevent accidents from occurring ever. The Gulf oil rigs actually have an excellent record, all it takes is one accident to wreak devastation.

Amie - posted on 04/29/2010

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You know I remember when we first heard this on the news. My husband looked at me and went.... Drill baby drill. =) I thought it was funny. LOL!

We should be implementing renewable sources for our energy at a faster rate. Maybe one day accidents such as this won't be a factor then. Even with all the safety measures currently in place, with all the preventative measures we take, accidents still happen and accidents such as this have a huge impact on the environment.

Rosie - posted on 04/29/2010

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i realize it will take a while for people to get used to the idea of other sources of energy, but we really do need to start pushing other ways more. they just built a huge windfarm off of cape cod i think. keep on doing stuff like that, and soon oil will be a thing of the past. not to mention that's why i think the whole war was started in the first place (at least in iraq).

until then, bump up safety measures. i am horrified to see what the gulf coast looks like when it hits there.

Joanna - posted on 04/29/2010

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They are drilling for oil in my homestate (theres a rig on family-owned land, but statewide there are 110 rigs total). My dad is a health inspector and he had to go help when there was a problem with a local rig and there was a mist of oil spreading everywhere (including the creek).

I agree with what all the ladies have said so far. I think we should be trying to use other forms of energy, but we are still heavily reliant on oil, so we should also look towards more accident prevention, because unfortunately this was an accident, and they happen, but don't have to.

Jenny - posted on 04/29/2010

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Yes, we need to move towards renewable resources and we need to do it well before the oil dries up. We have all the technology we need to get there, let's stop screwing our environment up anymore and start using it.

Sharon - posted on 04/29/2010

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No, it proves that accidents happen and we need to force companies to stay on top of security and safety issues yearly. And on top of technological advances every 5 to 10 years.

LaCi - posted on 04/29/2010

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Absolutely. It's unnecessary and too toxic. Theres absolutely no reason we shouldn't be using geothermal, solar, wind, and water for all of our needs. It's disgusting that we have all these resources within our reach but we keep reaching for the most dangerous, toxic options.

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