Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Results of Obama's "Swat Team" Inspections of Oil Rigs in Gulf

I remember the "swat team" releases by the MSM a few weeks ago, showing the Obama administration was attacking the problem full force. Since then, other than the obligatory "fly overs" by DC personnel, speeches and press releases blasting BP and stating they will pay, and plans to tax the oil industry into submission, nothing productive, that can solve the real problem, has surfaced.

In the words of Rahm Emanuel, Obama's chief honcho, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before." Look for the oil tax increases soon.

By the way, this article tells you what the "swat teams" found. You won't find this in the MSM.

The announcement of the SWAT teams received much media attention because it came as the White House was being criticized in some quarters for a tardy response to the explosion that killed 11 crew members on the platform and the ensuing massive oil spill that followed the structure's sinking in 5,000 feet of water.

But have you noticed we haven't heard much at all about the results of those inspections? Maybe that's because the SWAT teams found virtually nothing of significance?

What they did find on the 29 rigs was a single violation on one rig and three violations on another. That's it. None of the four violations was serious, though one involved flammable materials left in a safe welding area. The other violations included a testing procedure flaw, an uncovered six-inch by 12-inch hole, and expired eyewash bottles in a first aid kit.

Could it be that the White House and its many friends in the mainstream media are ignoring the inspection results because a finding of less than a handful of minor violations conflicts with their preferred narrative than off-shore oil drilling is always and everywhere bad?
Read article here.

Read the MMS Deepwater Drilling Rig Inspection Report

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