White House defends offshore drilling plan

WASHINGTON, April 29 Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:20pm EDT

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WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) - The White House defended its offshore oil drilling plan on Thursday, in the wake of the disastrous BP Plc (BP.L) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and said any drilling plan would be assessed thoroughly to minimize risk before going ahead.

"The administration's offshore oil and gas plan proposes a thoughtful, scientifically grounded process for determining which new areas on the outer continental shelf are appropriate for exploration and development, and for assessing the potential risks and benefits of development in areas that are being explored," the White House said in a statement.

The White House said it would work closely with members of Congress and state governors in any process to open up a new area for offshore drilling.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, editing by Ross Colvin)

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Comments (20)
JollyTrooper wrote:
Do you know how many things have to go wrong for an explosion to occur on one of these modern rigs? There are so many redundancies built in because of tragedies in the past. Safety is everyone’s number one goal on an oil rig in the middle of the Gulf.

Offshore drilling is, in fact safe…when it is done following the rules and regs in place.

Yes, I am coming just short of saying that it had help blowing up. I can not say that yet. I hope that it was an innocent accident rather than sabotage. My prayers are with the families of the affected.

Apr 29, 2010 4:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
wizzy wrote:
HELL NO!! STOP THE DRILLING.

It makes me sick seeing these oil companies making BILLIONS each quarter in profits, but lack any way of containing or preventing a disaster like this one. In Southern California oil slicks are found on the beaches from these stupid oil rigs.

LEAVE OUR OCEANS ALONE.

Now tax payers, hard working fishermen, who don’t make BILLIONS in profits, WILL SUFFER.

ALL OFF SHORE DRILLING SHOULD AND MUST BE STOPPED!!!

Apr 29, 2010 6:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
alilje wrote:
So, will the oil company pay for the clean-up, or do we the tax payers get the shaft. If they messed it up, it is up to them to clean it up.

Apr 29, 2010 10:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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