Non Sequitur

May. 6, 2010 at 2:34am

Woes in the Energy industry: what IS going on anyway?


This has been a bad year for the energy industry.

We had 29 miners killed in the explosion in VA in early April. 5 workers were killed locally in the explosion in the Anacortes Tesoro refinery. There's the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; which estimates say could actually rise to 60,000 barrels per day. (This spill is bound to exceed the damage caused by  Exxon Valdez in 1989 or the Ixtoc in 1979.) This week, the BP Cherry Point refinery in Bellingham (which is the biggest refinery in the NW) was cited for 13 process safety violations. Mind you, Tesoro Anacortes had 11 of those just last year. And now, we have a truck explosion and fire at a small refinery in San Antonio

What is going on here? Is this just a streak of coincidence? Is the industry asleep at the switch? Could there be foul play?

I understand that 5 events does not necessarily indicate a trend, but I certainly do think that this is an odd occurrence.

Also consider that the BP spill in the Gulf has caused both President Obama and Gov. Schwarzenegger to back off from their plans to expand offshore drilling.

All this seems odd to me. What do you think?

comments [2]  |  posted under BP, Energy, oil, Tesoro


by L.S.Erhardt on 5/6/2010 @ 10:45am
I'm likely to go with a combination of "asleep at the switch" and "coincidence".

But I will say that 13 process safety violations, which are a BIG deal, certainly is not good for BP right now. The memories of Texas City in 2005 are still fresh. Not a good time for BP these days...

by NineInchNachos on 5/6/2010 @ 12:11pm
isn't it obvious? agents of E.L.F. are sabotaging the energy industry so it can destroy the environment before the energy industry destroys the environment! CLIMATE GATE CONSPIRACY! GLOBAL WARMING IS A HOAX!!!


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