In Oil Commission Report, Substituting Politics for Context

By January 12, 2011Energy, Regulations

American Petroleum Institute, “API response to commission report: ‘We’ve made progress to improve safety’“:

API Upstream Director Erik Milito said the group is still in the process of reviewing the commission’s report but is pleased the commission is recommending increased funding for the federal agency responsible for inspecting and monitoring offshore activity. However, he said API is deeply concerned that the commission’s report casts doubt on an entire industry based on its study of a single incident.

“This does a great disservice to the thousands of men and women who work in the industry and have the highest personal and professional commitment to safety,” Milito said.

Dan Kish, Senior Vice President at the Institute for Energy Research, “IER: BP Spill Commission Was Flawed From the Start“:

This commission has had problems from the beginning – it has seemed to prioritize creating political cover for the Obama Administration over working towards becoming a fact-finding body. That’s because it’s full of politicians, activists and opponents of offshore drilling. The public needs to know that the Macondo spill was an isolated incident that tragically differed from the oil and gas industry’s history in the Gulf: 60 successful years that generated 50,000 successful wells.

Washington Examiner editorial, “Oil spill antidote: More federal bureaucracy“:

It wasn’t hard to predict the sort of recommendations to expect from the seven-member National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling when President Obama appointed Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke, Union of Concerned Scientists board member Fran Ulmer and five other Democratic donors to the panel. All seven oppose offshore oil and gas activity and are environmental movement stalwarts. …

True to form, the commission made its findings public Tuesday. They can be summarized in one sentence: It’s all the energy industry’s fault and the only acceptable solution is more government regulation and jobs for Big Green environmentalists.

William O’Keefe, chief executive officer of the George C. Marshall Institute, Washington Examiner,Oil spill commission report is a case study in self-delusion“:

[The] commission’s report is about ideology and politics as much as it is about facts.

Obama’s panel fails to reconcile its broad conclusions about all firms in our offshore exploration sector and the fact that between 1969 and last spring operators drilled more than 50,000 offshore wells without a serious production accident.

Though opponents attempt to trivialize the successful track record by noting firms have drilled only 43 deep-water wells in the Gulf, the figure grows to more than 14,000 when including deep-water projects around the globe.

These facts are further evidence that BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster stands as an exception rather than a rule.

Earlier at, “Be Careful in Raising Liability Cap on Deepwater Drilling.”

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