There’s been another explosion on another offshore oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. We’ll learn more in the hours to come: it initially looks as though this rig wasn’t drilling at the time, making damage less extensive. Hopefully there is no loss of life.
This latest incident makes even less credible the insistence by former U.S. Senator and current oil industry lobbyist John Breaux that offshore oil drilling is secure and safe:
Chris Matthews: So you‘re here to represent the oil companies, gentlemen. Now you have your chance. I want to know one thing. How can anybody defend BP or any company like it that gets all these red flags? And I‘m using “The Wall Street Journal,” not “The Daily Worker,” here as my source. Red flags—the cement wasn‘t ready. The drilling mud should have been put in, not seawater to counterforce the oil coming up and the gas coming up, red flag after red flag after red flag. They preceded ahead apparently to save money. Now we have 11 men dead and we have a catastrophe because of shortcuts to make money. How can the oil industry say now, Trust us, Senator Breaux?
Former Senator and current lobbyist John Breaux: Well… if you look back over the last 60 years, Chris, production in the Gulf of Mexico, you‘ve had over 40,000 wells drilled successfully with a minimum amount of damage to the environment, producing energy for this country. One mistake does not an industry make, and that‘s this unfortunate…
Chris Matthews: But it‘s destroyed the gulf, hasn‘t it?
John Breaux: Well, it hasn‘t yet. There‘s been a grave damage to it, and it can never happen again. But if you look at the past 60 years, we‘ve been producing down there successfully and safely.