Saturday, June 5, 2010


"The Pittsburgh Channel reports that an explosion at a gas well in the Marcellus Shale, has forced a mile-wide evacuation in Clearfield County, PA. The irony of this event occurring even as CNBC shows some guy mopping up oil with hay from a bucket is beyond sublime. Also, so much for clear energy. There are no details as yet which company's well was responsible for the explosion, although there are is one junk-bond laden firm which comes to mind. Update: the gas well operator is EOG. Update 2: Elizabeth Ivers, a spokeswoman for driller EOG Resources, said the well has been brought under control, just about 16 hours after it started spewing gas. Spadoni said no one was injured and there are no homes within a mile of the well."

This is what happens when we do our drilling on the dry ground and not a mile beneath the ocean. When something breaks, we can fix it.

Open ANWAR and the American West to drilling. The little bit of damage it might do to a very small part of the landscape is insignificant when compared to the damage done to the Gulf. At least we would be drilling in a place where we can breathe.

And then we need to ask ourselves why we turned away from nuclear energy in the first place.

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