June 1, 2010
As we continue to watch in horror and disbelief as oil washes ashore along the Gulf Coast, we find it disturbing that the “partners” of BP, the other oil companies, have not stepped up to the plate to provide any assistance.
The assistance that we refer to is a solution to the leak. How about some cleanup equipment—either onshore or offshore? Or, Mr. President, maybe try the shock and awe approach of getting all of the major oil executives in a room and let them sort it out. Forget about the rhetoric of fines for now. Fix the damn leak. Treat today like it’s game seven. There is no tomorrow.
Maybe the Washington bureaucrats don’t know who to call. Well, here are few phone numbers of the other oil companies. Ask for the service department. See if they can help.
We would include Royal Dutch Shell or Petrobras on our list, but these are international phone calls and a bit more expensive. If we recommend calling the energy service or engineering or construction companies, it might take even more time so we’re keeping the list short.
The mystery to solve the leak is probably due to one of several reasons:
1. A problem with BP that we can’t understand;
2. The other oil companies have chosen to sit by and not lend their cleanup equipment or known capping technology, and thus let BP fail; or
3. There is no technology known to cap the leak or to swiftly clean up the mess.
Regardless of the explanation, it appears that the era of “drill, baby, drill” has come to a sudden halt.
How can we drill offshore when we don’t have the technology to repair a leak—even at 5,000 feet—or to clean up the mess?
It really is time for “Blow, baby, blow.” Bring on the windmills!!!