Experts: United States ill-prepared for oil spill off Cuba

Jan 30, 2012 Full story: Alabama Live

The U.S. is not ready to handle an oil spill if drilling off the Cuban coast should go awry but can be better prepared with monitoring systems and other basic steps, experts told government officials Monday.

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Dwight Baker

Eagle Pass, TX

#1 Jan 31, 2012
Congress has sold their souls to the Company Store!
By Dwight Baker
Dbaker22@stx.rr.com
January 31, 2012

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Experts: United States ill prepared for oil spill off Cuba
http://blog.al.com/wire/2012/01/experts_unite...

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The comments at a congressional subcommittee hearing in the Miami Beach suburb of Sunny Isles come more than a week after a huge oil rig leased by Spanish energy giant Repsol YPF arrived in Cuban waters to begin drilling a deep water exploratory well.

Similar development is expected off the Bahamas next year, but decades of tense relations between the U.S. and Cuba makes cooperation in protecting the Florida Straits particularly tricky. With memories of the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico still fresh, state and federal officials fear even the perception of any oil flowing toward Florida beaches could devastate an economy that claims about $57 billion from tourism.

"For the last few years, my colleagues and I have been visiting Washington to say the best time to start preparing for an oil spill is before it happens," Proni told leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, in a hotel-turned-hearing room overlooking turquoise waters. Proni said he has seen little action from officials in Washington, though they responded positively.

Rear Adm. William Baumgartner, commander of the Coast Guard region that covers the Florida Straits, said a likely scenario would have oil spreading and reaching U.S. waters in six to 10 days.

Proni said he wants a system that can monitor changes in underwater sounds to immediately alert U.S. officials to a spill or other unusual activity. He also wants the U.S. to invest in developing better computer models to predict oil movement and to assess the existing ecosystem and the type of oil Cuba possesses. That way, experts can better pinpoint any possible damage and find out if it came from Cuban wells.

MY TAKE

Too little too late now our lawmakers want to twist and turn and talk about who did this and that. And whom should they take to task.

The proof of the risks is in documents in Congressional Hearings. Mr. Mark Rubio chaired that meeting. He had little concern over the BP oil spill mess but when the tide turned and he asked some of the experts about the RESPOL drilling soon, and they responded with facts, his face got flushed for he knew he had sold his soul to the company store and he could do nothing.

I invented the TOTAL Fail Safe blowout Container to stop the flow of oil and gas once a blowout ensues. All in DC and the Governors of the States where the BP blow out occurred know of my work yet they set asleep at the wheel for they too have sold their soul to the company store.

Creative is simply NOT allowed in the USA any longer.

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