Thursday, January 6, 2011

Who're You Gonna Believe, The American Petroleum Institute Or The Green Miles?

Oil 20 Miles Southeast of PensacolaFrom today's story on the presidential oil disaster commission's final report in E&E News (subscription required):
[American Petroleum Institute] president and CEO, Jack Gerard said earlier this week at an event in Washington that "the general public today believes [the Gulf oil disaster] was an isolated incident."

"When you look at the experience of the industry, we've been in the Gulf for over 65 years and have drilled over 42,000 wells. This clearly was a rare incident," Gerard said.

Environmentalists offered a different take.

"Reality shows us that oil disasters are tragically common," Miles Grant, a spokesman for the National Wildlife Federation, wrote in an e-mail to reporters this morning. "The Deepwater Horizon wasn't even the only oil rig explosion in the Gulf last year -- another blast in September injured a worker and sent a plume of thick black smoke into the sky."
Read much more on the commission's report (free!) from Brad Johnson of the Center for American Progress.
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