April 30th, 2010
09:17 PM ET

Oil spill may threaten offshore drilling plans

The ever-growing oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico may threaten more than the environment. It will make it significantly harder to open up more coastal areas for oil drilling.

The Gulf oil slick moved within 16 miles of the Mississippi River Delta on Thursday, placing residents from Louisiana to Florida on alert against the possibility of oily beaches, closed harbors and a decimated fishing catch. That makes President Obama's plan to increase offshore oil drilling a much harder sell.

Such drilling is "clearly not clean enough, after what we saw today," Florida's Independent Governor, Charlie Crist - a former drilling proponent - told the Miami Herald Wednesday after flying over the slick. "That's horrific, and it certainly isn't safe enough. It's the opposite of safe."

Lawmakers from Maryland, Virginia, Rhode Island and Delaware have also expressed concern over offshore drilling following the Gulf disaster.

"The tide has shifted as a result of this spill," said Kevin Book, a managing director at the research firm ClearView Energy Partners. "It will be much harder to open up any new areas."

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  1. bill law


    i hope that you saw and apprciated what i said a while ago about

    lowering into place a massive amout of dyamite, that, because of the

    pressure of the above water, would implode downwards and quickly

    sealing off the wellhead flow of an estimated 5000 b/d flow.

    very simple,

    bill law

    April 30, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mark eyestone

    I say good riddance to offshore drilling. It's about time we wake up and realize that our addiction to fossil fuel comes at a tremendous price.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob

    I have to say, I feel it has become necessary for the Federal Gov. to take full control and by whatever means necessary close the well heads....... It is not possible for any and I repeat any private firm to handle this and in my option should not be under their control.

    This has become an issue of national security and the international community is watching. We are responsible for this and need to show the international community America is ready and fully able to deal with whatever is thrown at her.....

    So get with it, fire the private firms and get the military on it and finish it.....

    aka; BW

    April 30, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lou

    I'm surprized that the consumers haven't begun to pay for this at the fuel pumps yet. Anyone's guess when this will hit us.

    April 30, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jen

    Although I hate to say this, I agree the government should get involved. By the way, who gets the $560 million dollar insurance policy on the rig? Wake up call people....it's time to use alternative energy and stop putting oil money into our legislators pockets.

    April 30, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jen

    Although I hate to say this, I agree the government should get involved.
    Wake up call people....it's time to use alternative energy and stop putting oil money into our legislators pockets.

    April 30, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Shane

    This was not a producing well, it was a drilling rig. So there should be no impact to the price of fuel because of this. Oil companies have been making record profits, and in turn have large capital accounts that can be used to fund and recover costs associated with things like this. The people I know in the industry are taking this very seriously and we should all be watching very closely. Whether we like it or not, the "renewable" energy solutions are not ready yet for everyone nor are they cost effective. Our depenance on Oil (natural gas comes from oil production BTW) will not change soon enough to stop exploration for oil. The risks are large sure, but this is the first incident to happen in recent years. Don't forget that 11 people lost their lives in this either.
    Because of this it will change industry safety standards, address the failures of the systems which should have prevented it and create even more saftey governaces that are applied to these areas. After the Exxon Valdez spill, those tankers now have more escorts, are tracked on radar and have a fleet of ships that are all part of a response system. No one would have though of doing that before the accident, but they sure do now. The same will happen after this is all done. The industries in the Gulf Coast are going to be impacted. This will take years to clean up, but in the end it will make the region safer. Not that I think this was a good thing, but there is a light on the other side to look at.
    Let's just hope the combined efforts of the other oil firms will be able to slow the flow of this and protect the coast, because I know I love my seafood and would hate to have it all come from Asia.

    May 1, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. kystien

    OMG! it should be banned completely! Unless you Americans want to deal with this for the rest of your lives, Stand up now and make a difference! Every single one of you should stand up and protest out side the white house and push to have Offshore drilling banned nation wide! If you want change, all you have to do is look to your self and your neighbors! Stand up and fight for what is yours! DO NOT LET THE OIL COMPANIES GET THE LAST WORD!

    May 1, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Garth Liberman

    Clearly, offshore oil drilling is not safe, and will never be safe in the near future. For a long time now right wingers have proclaimed it to be safe and needed while liberals have proclaimed it to be dangerous and unnecessary (solar and alternatives are the answer). Predictably conservatives now say liberals and Obama are now responsible for this disaster. This twisted logic only makes sense to Limbaugh and his devoted listeners. Oil dependency is a mistake whether the oil comes from the Mideast, the States or Mexico. We need to move decisively and quickly towards clean renewable energy.

    May 1, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. wileywitch

    This is an unmitigated disaster. BUT, we've been drilling offshore for fifty years. Thirty percent of our oil comes from the Gulf Reserves. We can't turn on a dime. Thankfully, we have a very intelligent Executive. If reactionary Congressmen, and thoughtless public reaction doesn't defeat the President and his cabinet, I trust sufficient regulations and oversight will be forthcoming.

    May 1, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. Thomas

    This is tragic. As a scuba diver I see no recovery from something of this scale. There is so much about our ecology that depends on the sanctuary of marine wildlife that a hit like this is devastating.

    May 1, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Karen

    I hope the "drill baby, drill" crowd rethinks their position.

    May 1, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. lovenature

    This spill better threathen off shore drilling plans. It better stop all drilliing off ours shores. We need clean energy not messy oil.

    11 lives lost. The sealife and birds will be devastated. The winds and currents will take this oil and spread it through the entire gulf.

    People, what are we doing to our world?

    Drill Baby Drill = Kill, Kill, Kill

    May 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Drilling is Killing

    Human consumption is an atrocity of historic proportions. We need to get deep and radical about this problem. We have to evolve our civilizations to a sustainable consumption level and this requires deep-thinking human beings with souls capable of loving the earth and all its creatures. What are you willing to give up? Deep cuts in consumption are so necessary. Cars and trucks to begin with. Meat (the most violent weapon on earth is your table fork). Products and food transported hundreds and thousands of miles (requiring oil consumption). Eat locally grown food only. The seemingly innocent box of Cheerios is an example of such waste. The only valuable part of a box of Cheerios is the grain. But we pay for packaging, artwork on the packaging, marketing, transportation, retail space, then garbage pick up (or even recycling). But recycling is not enough! All we need is the grain. How about bananas. Why should someone living in Oregon have bananas year round? Think of what's required to provide that. Many progressive people are growing their own food at home. It's easy, fun, and a beautiful thing to do. If you think government or industry will make these changes for us, you're living in la la land. Communities are organizing now. Investigate the "permaculture" movement in your area–and get involved!

    May 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Phil4us

    What caused the explosion? I am amazed that finding the cause of the explosion has slipped from the attention of the media, interesting too that this takes place as such a convenient time along with the coal mine incidents.

    May 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
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