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Cuba's Massive Offshore Drilling Rig Could Spell Disaster For The Florida Coast!!!

 
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Cuba's Massive Offshore Drilling Rig Could Spell Disaster For The Florida Coast!!!
Cuba's Massive Offshore Drilling Rig Could Spell Disaster For The Florida Coast! May 11--WASHINGTON -- Although the Spanish company Repsol is moving slowly in drilling an exploratory oil well in waters north of Cuba and the island nation is monitoring the work carefully, the U.S. hasn't done enough to help prevent an accident there, experts warned Thursday.

The U.S. embargo against Cuba would impede a response, said William Reilly, a former head of the Environmental Protection Agency who led a probe of the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

While the Cubans have been attentive to the risks, "the United States government has not interpreted its sanctions policy in a way that would clearly make available in advance the kind of technology that would be required" in case of an emergency, Reilly said at a Center for International Policy forum on the drilling.

The kind of equipment used in the 2010 spill could be ensnared by the embargo, Reilly said.

Because of the sanctions, the new drilling rig on Repsol's site was outfitted with a used blowout preventer -- the last defense against loss of well control -- instead of a new one from U.S. manufacturers.

Repsol began drilling in February 16 miles from the Cuban coast.

An accident there could send oil into coral reefs along the Cuban and Florida coasts, said Dan Whittle, a senior attorney with the Environmental Defense Fund.

The embargo generally bars U.S. commerce with Cuba and caps the amount of U.S.-made components in offshore equipment at 10 percent. It allows companies to ask the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control for licenses to do business with Cuba.

But in an offshore emergency, that could take too long, said lawyer Robert Muse, an international trade specialist.

He said the government should create a general license allowing anyone connected with spill response or offshore drilling to travel freely to Cuba in an emergency.

Federal officials say they are making plans for companies to move quickly in the event of a spill in Cuban waters, including licenses for U.S. firms to deploy equipment....

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umm.. so they're not as worried about the oil itself spilling, they're worried about how fast and how much corexit they could sell/dump to keep it from looking like they destroyed the Florida coast too.?
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Re: Cuba's Massive Offshore Drilling Rig Could Spell Disaster For The Florida Coast!!!
We need to end the embargo against cuba
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Re: Cuba's Massive Offshore Drilling Rig Could Spell Disaster For The Florida Coast!!!
Start by cleaning up your own mess before imposing on others.
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The article has been removed, Luis.

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The article has been removed, Luis.

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really?
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No, it's here: [link to www.businessinsider.com]
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The article has been removed, Luis.
 Quoting: cRoSS FiRe


really?
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Really, really.
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Ths Much I know.. The Coast Guard and manny other agencies and Spill companies are preparing now for just such an incident .. National Response Corp. and other spill agencies are quite involved and and been holding routine meeting in Key West.

Unfortunatly much of the oil would be deposited right where we live in JUpiter slightly South and north wher the Gulf stream flows closest to the US land.

Lets pray this does not happen

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The article has been removed, Luis.
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really?
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Really, really.
 Quoting: cRoSS FiRe


[link to www.businessinsider.com]
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The article has been removed, Luis.
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really?
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Really, really.
 Quoting: cRoSS FiRe


[link to www.businessinsider.com]
 Quoting: Luisport


Thanks. That one works. Suggest you redo the link in the original post. Already 5*, and going to suggest pin. hf
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really?
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Really, really.
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[link to www.businessinsider.com]
 Quoting: Luisport


Thanks. That one works. Suggest you redo the link in the original post. Already 5*, and going to suggest pin. hf
 Quoting: cRoSS FiRe

Done! Thank's!hf
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I trust cuba drilling more than i do our corrupt government. Besides that i guess we should have sent them some oil and they wouldnt need to do this. Its their country they can do as they please.
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Big fucking deal. We (USA) can't build them safe, why should we expect some other country to do better?
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Re: Cuba's Massive Offshore Drilling Rig Could Spell Disaster For The Florida Coast!!!
I missed somehow that for GOM disaster were responsible Cuban companies...or were it US?
Until some US do-gooder will not undermine the rig I think you need not be afraid.

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