Five Untouched Drilling Hotspots

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# 5 Untouched Drilling Spots: Arctic Waters 5 Untouched Drilling Spots: South China Sea Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania 5 Untouched Drilling Spots: Canadian Oil Sands 5 Untouched Drilling Spots: Cyprus #

The Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010 sent the industryand even mainstream mediainto a frenzy. On its way to an industry milestone, BP instead faced one of the largest natural disasters in history. In this slideshow, we identify some of the most talked-about, disputed drilling areas of the world. The five regions above are revisited time after time in the news for their resourceful yet controversial ways.


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Richie | Oct. 31, 2011
Ive worked in the oil field for 36 years, 16 of them as a consultant for different oil companies on rigs. I couldn’t tell you how many wells have been drilled since the first rig was built in 1949. At a semi-educated guess, there must be close to 1 million wells drilled. Considering that many wells in 60+ years and under 5 problem wells. This is a very good safety record. As far as the “Deepwater Horizon”, I feel with all my heart that the government stepped in on the clean up operation and prolonged it, along with the capping operation. I also feel Tony Haywood (CEO of BP at that time) was against our Federal Government getting involved with BP’s problem. I know what the oilfield is capable of doing on their own. If it was contained early, then Mr. Obama would have nothing to bash the oilfield with. Years before this happened, Obama made it known where he stands on offshore drilling. This is a very clean & safe industry. If Mr. Obama was a smart man he would be looking at ALL of the drilling booms going on in the United States on land where he can’t control this operation. States have gone from double digit un-employment to mid to low single digit un-employment. Many states along the east coast are drilling wells (on land) creating jobs. These jobs trickle all the way out to motels, super markets, restaurants. And is generating taxes for the local communities and should take off some of the tax burdens of locals. To open offshore drilling would generate BIG taxes for the federal government. The state of Virginia is in favor of drilling off their coast line. For years, states like Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi know how offshore drilling has helped them to balance these stated budgets. This is coming from a guy who was born and raised in the state of New York. Who entered the oilfield at the bottom and has worked hard and made a very good income along the way. Think about it. Research it. And remember this at election time. We are people, and we ALL need to work for a living and not look for hand outs. Build more fences. Turn off the money spigot!

Mujahid Khalil | Oct. 31, 2011
Disaster can happen any where, any time and in our job we try the best of betters and BP the best company in oil field due my work in Safety and Environment and Health remember that oil and gas more safer than Nuclear energy .

Bryany Mook | Oct. 31, 2011
As the world clearly does not have any viable, practical, and real alternative to fossil fuels. We either run out of energy or drill in these undrilled areas including both coasts of the United States. The political and environmental hot air absent any verifiable and real data will never cease, nevertheless, people in the world still need energy. There is not an energy shortage, simply a shortage of intestinal fortitude.

Mario L. Messina | Oct. 31, 2011
As the CEO of Messina Inc.,a 40+ year old global oilfield chemical supply & service company (WWW.MESSINACHEMICALS.COM) -note- we compete with Halliburton BakerHughes, etc., I emphasize (and many would agree), that oil gas & geothermal energy resources lie beneath us and if we do not tap into them then no one benefits. We have, or will develop safe ways to drill and produce. A constant challenge for our scientists, and a job creator for our grandchildrens, grandchildren. Exciting. Mario Messina, BS. MA (geology from UT in Austin) member of SPE.

Brian Tiedemann | Oct. 30, 2011
Drill Baby Drill

pete | Oct. 29, 2011
we need americas energy, and given the technology we have today, virtually no place should be off limits. it will create jobs, lessen our dependence, and keep our wealth in our own country


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