Interestingly, it’s an event being billed as a forum to help find new ways in which America can better and more efficiently utilize its abundant energy resources offshore to achieve key economic and strategic goals. But actions speak louder than words, and the only pro-energy action we’ve seen out of the new Interior Department to date is delay, delay, delay.
While the secretary is likely to stir up colorful protests in San Francisco today – with help from passionately ignorant environmentalist left - the facts governing our ability to safely and responsibly explore for energy resources offshore are far less controversial. The simple truth? We know there are abundant energy resources far off our coasts. We know how to reach them. And we know how to produce them safely, efficiently and without harming the environment.
Environmental activists are famous for trotting out images of the 1969 Santa Barbara spill, but a lot has changed since offshore energy development began so many years ago. Cutting edge 3-D seismic and 4-D time imaging technologies make it possible find oil and gas more accurately. That means less drilling, less disturbance and more resources. Equipment like storm chokes and new devices like blowout preventers—which would have prevent the Santa Barbara spill — are now standard operating gear.