Santa Barbara was 40 Years Ago! Technology Has Improved

By July 28, 2008Energy

a href=”http://www.npd.no/English/Aktuelt/Pressemeldinger/2008/2008_7_17_mai_2008.htm”>Necessary column by Deroy Murdock today explaining how politicians who oppose offshore drilling because of the Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969 are behind the times …about 40 years behind, in fact.

“The technology of the drilling industry may have improved, but offshore drilling is a dirty business, and it still leads to oil spills due to failed equipment, aberrant weather, or human error on a frequent basis,” Senator Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) said in July 19’s Houston Chronicle.

Feinstein is correct. U.S. offshore oil drilling is not perfectly tidy. It’s only 99.999 percent clean. Indeed, since 1980 — as MMS figures indicate — 101,997 barrels spilled from among the 11.855 billion barrels of American oil extracted offshore. This is a 0.001 percent pollution rate. While offshore drilling is not 100-percent spotless, this record should satisfy all but the terminally fastidious.

Ironically, in terms of oil contamination, Mother Nature is 95 times dirtier than man. Some 620,500 barrels of oil ooze organically from North America’s ocean floors each year. Compare this to the average 6,555 barrels that oil companies have spilled annually since 1998, according to MMS.

Wonder if other countries are willing to drill offshore

Press release 39/2008:
The average daily production was about 2 177 000 barrels of oil, about 304 000 barrels of NGL (Natural Gas Liquids) and about 70 000 barrels of condensate, a total of 2 550 000 barrels of liquid.
 

In May 20.2 million standard cubic metres of oil equivalents (Sm3 o.e.) were produced. This is 1.3 million Sm3 o.e. higher than in May 2007.

 

Period

Oil
(mill. Sm3)

Gas

(bill. Sm3)

Condensate

(mill. Sm3)

NGL

(mill. Sm3)

SUM

(mill. Sm3 o.e.)

May 2008

10.7

7.7

0.3

1.5

20.2

May 2007

10.4

6.8

0.3

1.4

18.9

Difference

0.3

0.9

0.0

0.1

1.3

 Snøhvit field was closed 3 weeks in May according to plan.

Well, sure, but that’s Norway. Bloody Vikings.

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