Editorial: Gas well incident shows need for oversight

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A failed blowout preventer on an extraction well. Temporarily uncontrolled leakage of toxic substances.
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Free markets rule

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Sometimes bad things happen, that's just the way it is. Businesses should not be held responsible for any damages they create. Government needs to stay out of business so that profits can be maximized.

Government interference just raises costs to the end user, us. You want cheap fuel, that's the price you pay.
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Free markets rule wrote:
Sometimes bad things happen, that's just the way it is. Businesses should not be held responsible for any damages they create. Government needs to stay out of business so that profits can be maximized.
Government interference just raises costs to the end user, us. You want cheap fuel, that's the price you pay.
"Businesses should not be responsible.." Ya, that's not the root of all of our ills. Irresponsible corpaorate America nearly killed America with the near financial collsapse. But hey, they shouldn't be responsible. Irresponsible BP, cutting corners to maximize profits, trying to kill the gulf of Mexico.

Who will then pay for the clean up? Who will be the one's fixing the messes. The government. Where does the government get their money? From your pocket.

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I think (hope) "free markets rule" was being sarcastic, Dave.
Dave

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I thought it might be but then again, it is Franklin County.

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True.
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Just who in state government has the expertise to conduct this wonderful oversight. Companies need to held financially responsible for what they do. No caps, no protection but responsible for the consequences of what they do. That would be the best and most effective "oversight".
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Never waste a good crisis, hmmm Matty?

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Grumpy wrote:
Just who in state government has the expertise to conduct this wonderful oversight. Companies need to held financially responsible for what they do. No caps, no protection but responsible for the consequences of what they do. That would be the best and most effective "oversight".
No, the best oversight would be making sure companies establish safeguards BEFORE disasters a la the spill in the Gulf.

Not, "well we'll wait for a disaster THEN hold the companies responsible."
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Grumpy wrote:
Just who in state government has the expertise to conduct this wonderful oversight. Companies need to held financially responsible for what they do. No caps, no protection but responsible for the consequences of what they do. That would be the best and most effective "oversight".
This is the "Corporations will do no harm to themselves" theory which was proven invalid by the near financial collapse. Short term profits rule. Have a company killing accident & the CEO's take their millions & move on. BP risk so far - what, a few months of profits. nothing in comparison to the damage done to the environment & the lives of those along the shore.

Drilling sfety, especially in Pennsylvania & on shore is well documented along with safety procedures. There are plenty of people with the experience & knowledge to run oversight.
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ontarget wrote:
Never waste a good crisis, hmmm Matty?
Lets just ignore them. Not learn from them.
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Dave wrote:
I thought it might be but then again, it is Franklin County.
Very true lol
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The company did have safegaurds that us why the spill was contained to the drill site.
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Jun 8, 2010
 
Something other then blaming it on someone else needs done. Instead of Obama trying to figure out who's A*s to kick needs to wait for now. We need to concentrate on finding a complete fix for the oil leak in the Gulf, not a temp fix. Everyone at BP should be held responsible. They should be helping to clean the beached and the animals they are killing. There is no excuse for side stepping anything to make a profit. I know how the business' work but they need to regulated. We the tax payers should be responsible for any clean fees.
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Jun 8, 2010
 
Sorry I meant should not be responsible for any clean up fees.
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The company did have safegaurds that us why the spill was contained to the drill site.
EXACTLY!

A mechanical device failed, which does happen!! Now compare this one incident to the 10's of 1000's or more drill-well sites in the state and this is nothing more than Matty and biased PO staff jumping on the Gulf disaster, anti-drilling band wagon !!!!
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Jun 8, 2010
 
What wrote:
The company did have safegaurds that us why the spill was contained to the drill site.
Source?
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Jun 8, 2010
 
One accident doesn't prove that there was no state oversight or regulation of gas drilling. Regulations will never prevent EVERY possible bad outcome. At most, regulation seeks to minimize the number of accidents and mishaps, and further minimize their side effects when they do happen.

The federal government heavily regulates automobile design and the entire commercial aviation sector, but people still die in vehicle and airplane crashes. The nuclear power industry has been heavily regulated since day one, but that didn't prevent the accident at Three Mile Island in 1979.
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Jun 8, 2010
 
Accidents in the gas drilling field have been happening throught the states history in drilling for gas. This is hardly the first.

I don't know what regulations or oversight is in place but if it is like other drilling, like waterwells, etc, there is none.

I see no problem with determining better, what caused this accident. Was it human error?

As it is now, no one knows what is in these fluids. Not the EPA, no one except the manufacturer.

I find it odd that any organization like the EPA would be blocked to this knowledge when millions of gallons are pumped into the earth that could easily make their way into our aquifers.
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Free markets rule wrote:
Sometimes bad things happen, that's just the way it is. Businesses should not be held responsible for any damages they create. Government needs to stay out of business so that profits can be maximized.
Government interference just raises costs to the end user, us. You want cheap fuel, that's the price you pay.
Don't even try to pull that shit, you know as well as I do that the government regulating things is in favor of the consumer, and just because you own billions of dollars worth of gas wells should not mean that you can set your own prices for it. After all, it was there before you put the well in, and your still rolling in the dough. Not as much as you'd like to, but that's the way the cookie crumbles, and I'm very glad. Prices need to be kept low, they are already high enough for natural gas and other fuel types.
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Jun 8, 2010
 
Not only that, Free Markets seem to fail. That's why we went into a depression in the 30's, tard. We would have went into one if government did not set some regulations in 08. Of course no one realizes this, they think that there should be no regulation. Bread can be 40 dollars a loaf, and gas 80 dollars per gallon. America would fall under, then "Oh no, I guess that was a mistake." Too late, dumbass. Enough complaining for today.

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