Anyone who thinks that the future of energy production in the United States can be safely established through the expansion of offshore oil drilling ought to take a look at what’s been happening Down Under.
An offshore drilling platform in the Timor Sea has been spilling crude oil for three weeks, and it will be something like three more weeks before the spill can be stopped. An Australian regulatory office had claimed that it took almost immediate action upon discovering the oil spill, but in fact it was 24 hours before any concrete action to deal with the spill was taken.
The spill is larger than had been initially reported. A mother whale and her calf have been spotted swimming together close to the spill.
Senator Rachel Siewert, a member of the Australian Parliament and a leader of the Australian Green Party, has been leading efforts to move the government into more effective action to counter the spill and effectively regulate oil drilling to prevent more such accidents in the future. The Australian oil industry is, as with the American oil industry, is reluctant to cooperate.