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  •  Thank you for this informative diary. IMO, the (6+ / 0-)

    most important thing you said is:

    The fact is that technology for drilling and extracting has far outstripped the pace of safety equipment. While there has been progress on dispersants other clean up items like skimmers and booms are basically the same as they were 20 years ago. If there is to be this kind of off-shore exploration and exploitation, there must be a requirement for the companies to develop the needed tools to address any problems in a more systematic and predictable way.

    But I don't think you went quite far enough.  The oil companies must demonstrate beyond any doubt that they have developed the necessary containment technology.  They have to be utterly transparent and finance arms-length public test trials before they are allowed to do any new drilling.  And the new technology has to be deployed for existing wells.  

    "It's a sight to see." Pres. Obama - Dec 8/09 and Jan 16/10

    by Observerinvancouver on Wed May 12, 2010 at 09:58:42 AM PDT

    •  Completely agree:Prerequisite Technologies should (2+ / 0-)

      be LAW:
      The technology to prevent oil spillage was never a priority so wasn't even considered as a vital part of mining for oil. This must change.

      We need new laws requiring prerequisite safety measures before any off land/especially deep sea drilling or exploration is done.
      No drilling unless and until it can be demonstrated that if any malfunction occures the well head is instantly capped..completely with further safe guards surrounding the equipment to completely enclose all leaks.

      Plus: tested capture and recovery tecnologies for all released oil and by products

      Without 100% capability to cap, enclose, and capture..NO drilling. EVER

      "you Are the Un-Americans, and You Ought to be Ashamed of Yourselves":Paul Robeson Appears Before HUAC

      by Eric Nelson on Wed May 12, 2010 at 12:58:33 PM PDT

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