US Oil Companies As Unprepared as BP for Offshore Oil Spill Disaster
While BP continues to ably perform its role as the corporate villain in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, a new Congressional panel is saying that U.S. oil firms are equally unprepared to address a similar catastrophe.
Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA) informed the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Energy and Commerce that the top four U.S. oil firms have disaster response plans that are identical to BP’s. Henry Waxman, joint chairman of the main House energy committee also put it bluntly when he said that the major U.S. oil firms were “no better prepared to deal with a major oil spill than BP.” Waxman took it a step further when he said, “This addiction is fouling our beaches, polluting our atmosphere and undermining our national security.”
Of course, the ‘Big Four’ (Conoco-Philips, Shell, Exxon-Mobil, and Chevron) and BP America no less, denied that they would move forward on an offshore oil project unless they could do it “safely”. Also predictably, Texas Republican lawmaker Michael Burgess quickly accused Democrats of trying to sneak in climate change and energy legislation by playing up the oil spill hysteria.
With the Gulf fishing grounds closed until further notice and oil slithering into every previously pristine portion of the Gulf coast, the oil companies’ insistence on their commitment to drilling safety would be laughable except for the wrenching sight of dead sea animals and dying Delta wetlands.