Times-Picayune Editorial: Don’t Use Vermilion 380 to Extend Moratorium
An editorial in today’s New Orleans Times-Picayune today says calls for an extension of the Obama administration’s moratorium on deepwater drilling in light of yesterday’s oil rig explosion in the Gulf are “disingenuous.”
The editorial underscores the continued resistance to the administration’s six-month moratorium in the Gulf, where the oil industry, despite its flaws, still plays a crucial role in the region’s economy.
BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion and the resulting oil spill were should not be compared to the Vermilion 380 explosion yesterday, the newspaper says.
According to the editorial:
There are marked differences between the two incidents, but some drilling opponents immediately attempted to link the two as an argument for continuing the Obama administration’s moratorium on oil exploration. That is disingenuous.
The Mariner Energy well that caught fire Thursday is an oil and gas production platform in shallow water. The platform had nothing to do with drilling and was not affected by new safety measures imposed by the Interior Department this summer, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said.