Terry Swejkoski

Terry Swejkoski

Terry Swejkoski

    We are now seeing the devastating consequences of drilling for oil in the Gulf. Risk management obviously failed to its job in protecting our natural resources. We continue to see the actual cost of allowing oil companies to tap our nature resources in the Gulf. Drilling for oil in an environment that is conducive to catastrophic failure when something goes wrong is simply too risky to continue.

    BP should have had Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) studies in place before the first barrel of oil was pumped from the Gulf. You can bet they knew the risks we far greater working at depths where it is simply impossible to manage mechanical challenges when they arise. Of course, those risks probably were worth the profit margin in the eyes of BP executives. Guaranteed safe guards and proof of those guarantees should have been mandated by our government prior to allowing drilling. Why do we continue to allow big business to set their own standards, and then, allow the fox to watch over the chicken coop?

    President Obama sent to Congress last week a legislative package meant to speed up assistance to those affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

    Here's a brief overview from White House "Fact Sheet" of the topics that legislative package contains:

    A ROBUST RESPONSE

    Immediate Funding
    Food Safety
    Monitoring and Improving Off Shore Oil Exploration
    Environmental Studies

    ASSISTANCE TO AFFECTED INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES

    Oil Spill Unemployment Assistance
    Nutrition Assistance
    Employment Assistance
    One-Stop Assistance

    HELP FOR COMMUNITIES

    Economic Recovery
    Fisheries Disaster
    SBA Loans

    PROTECTING TAXPAYERS AND HOLDING OIL COMPANIES RESPONSIBLE

    Ensuring BP is Compensating People Affected by the Spill
    Raising the Liability Caps
    Increasing the Excise Tax that Funds the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund
    Promoting Program Integrity and Ensuring Aid Dollars Are Spent Well

    Perhaps now we will finally realize that the risk of drilling in our wetlands is far greater than the benefits or profit margins available to the huge corporations controlling the drilling. It's time to find a better way folks...time for a change in how companies do business at the cost of the general population's burden. The ripple consequences of this catastrophic event will be seen for many years to come...that you can count on.

    If we continue to rely strictly on fossil fuels to support our current needs our next generations will continue to suffer the consequences such as those caused by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In the short-run it may be more expensive to drill for oil on land, however, in the long-run the total cost to everyone is considerably higher.

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