Between the Lines with Scott Harris.
Economic and Political Power of Oil Industry Succeeds in Weakening Deep Water Drilling Regulations
Posted April 27, 2011
Interview with Antonia Juhasz, author of "Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill"
, conducted by Scott Harris
While the vast environmental and economic damage from last year’s
BP oil spill is still being calculated, deep water oil drilling has now
resumed in the Gulf of Mexico. Soon after the Deepwater Horizon oil
spill disaster, the Obama administration’s Interior Department imposed a
moratorium on deepwater drilling, but under pressure from the oil
industry and their conservative political allies, the moratorium was
lifted in October 2010.
Government officials maintained that they would not issue new
deepwater drilling permits until drill platform operators demonstrated
their ability to contain future oil spills. But some critics believe
that the Obama administration, hoping to appease the oil industry,
rushed to grant new deepwater permits without first ensuring that
rigorous new safety standards were in place. In fact, a Norwegian
company contracted by the U.S. government to test the effectiveness of
blowout preventers used to prevent a spill in case of a wellhead
explosion, found that many of the blowout preventers in use today around
the world have major design flaws.
Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Antonia Juhasz, author of
the new book, "Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil
Spill," who talks about the economic and political power of the oil
industry to weaken regulations on drilling safety -- and the widespread
belief that the current spike in oil and gas prices is due to oil market
manipulation and speculation.
Read more about Antonia Juhasz’s book and questions about deepwater drilling safety at
- "Learning from the BP Oil Disaster," by Antonia Juhasz, Commondreams.org, April 13, 2011
- "Design flaw, stuck pipe tied to BP disaster," MSNBC, March 23, 2011
- "Obama Introduces Oil Speculation Task Force," Truckinginfo.com, April 26, 2011