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Surprise?……The US inspectors numbers for oil drilling have not grown as the industry grew…..

Why am I not surprised?

Why the media is all over Obama and BP…..

The Government should share some of the blame……

……..although the number of exploration rigs soared and the number of deep-water oil-producing projects grew more than tenfold from 1988 to 2008, the number of federal inspectors working for the Minerals Management Service has increased only 13 percent since 1985.

That brings the number of inspectors for the federal waters of the entire Gulf of Mexico to 62 — only seven more than in 1985. To visit deep-water rigs, they often make two-hour helicopter rides from shore. The same inspectors also examine dozens of rigs and thousands of production platforms in shallow water.

The shortage — and quality — of manpower at the MMS is coming under scrutiny as Congress looks at the causes of the oil spill that started in the gulf with the April 20 blowout on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

One key question is whether the agency could carry out the required minimum once-a-month inspections or do a thorough job in an increasingly complex area. Investigators are also looking at whether applications for changes in the well design received only cursory reviews, including one that was approved seven minutes after being filed.

“It would seem that we’re spreading these inspectors pretty thin, given the increasing complexity of these rigs and the distances they have to travel,” said House Natural Resources Committee Chairman¬†Nick J. Rahall II (D-W.Va.), whose panel is examining MMS oversight of offshore drilling. “What’s happened here at Deepwater Horizon is a perfect example of how there is very little room for error when it comes to the safety of these oil rigs.”

On Tuesday the Obama administration ordered companies working in shallower waters to hire outside inspection firms to do what it thinks its own agency has failed to do. Drillers already use outside firms to check rigs for seaworthiness, which is also the subject of Coast Guard inspections. But it is unclear whether those outside firms will be independent while being paid by the companies they inspect.



June 10, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | ,


  1. Obama is the Federal goverment

    In fact he is CHIEF of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT nation

    more sillienes of protecting your PROJECT OBAMA

    and why.. the election aint for another TWO YEARS

    and I thought you were a Hillary fan

    This is perfect time for the Democrats to go back to the drawing board

    you can get all excited about Hillary

    and I can start chattering about Bill Richardson and Dennis Kucinich

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  2. Ah…..TPL….Always……Out there!

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  3. Bill Richardson would have been a GOOD MAN as POTUS

    he had a CONCRETE plan for COMPLETE withdrawal in 6 months of Iraq


    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  4. Well he’s flyshit now……

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 10, 2010 | Reply

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