I recently received a robo-call from the American Petroleum Institute asking me to contact our lawmakers and urge them to “do the right thing for North Carolina and support increased oil and gas development off the Atlantic Coast.”
Well, we certainly wouldn’t want to miss out on the opportunity for an underground pipeline rupture, like the one two weeks ago at Santa Barbara, Calif., that spilled 100,000 gallons of oil on the beach and another 20,000 into the ocean. Or an oil rig explosion, like the one in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago, that unleashed a gusher on the ocean floor for 87 days and spilled 210 million gallons. Or have a tanker run aground, like the Exxon Valdez, which spilled between 11 and 38 million gallons that eventually covered 1,300 miles of Alaska coastline.
Let’s get started as soon as possible, while the prices are low.