Finally, a bit of sanity in all of this

A quick quote first:

“The court is unable to divine or fathom a relationship between the findings and the immense scope of the moratorium,” Feldman said in his 22-page decision. “The blanket moratorium, with no parameters, seems to assume that because one rig failed and although no one yet fully knows why, all companies and rigs drilling new wells over 500 feet also universally present an imminent danger.”

-Thus the ruling from the apparently sane Louisiana federal judge Martin Feldman on the 6 month shut down of all drilling or refining operations occurring in depths of 500 feet or more, so as to not hold ALL the operations of a similar type to the Deepwater Horizon accountable for the current spill.

I would like to point out some of the groups that have been down since the passing of this horrendously knee-jerk response by the White House to this “concern” that the Golfer-In-Chief decided was the best move to shut off a STILL-FLOWING SPILL.


Ocean-going tugboat services: These are the oversized tugboats that provide not only crew and supplies to offshore platforms, but also help maneuver said platforms to whatever well they are needed at at the time, if the platform is a floating one (and many are). Crews on boats of this size are anywhere from 7-9 persons, depending on configurations.

There are FLEETS of these in the Gulf as we speak sitting idle.

Aviation Transportation Services: Sometimes small crews are changed out that do not require the logistical support of a full sized oceangoing tug, and these are accomplished by a slew of domestic charter air transportation services. Now I don’t know how many people have worked in any type of aviation-related position before, but the support infrastructure for any type of aircraft (the ones that I am primarily talking about are helicopters, but sea planes are also used) is staggering. A quick google search shows that one company alone that services Chevron out there has 30 full-time employees.

Over fifty of these contractors with countless aircraft in their fleets are sitting idle on the flight line.

Offshore Catering Services: The company that comes IMMEDIATELY to mind in regards to Gulf coast catering operations is one called ESS Support Services, which are a global group that specializes in ocean going catering, be it platforms or ships. Typically you have four per 12 hour shift, bringing the total on board at any given time to eight at any given time.

No need to cook for a crew that is not there.

Other Miscellaneous Support Operations: All of the workers on the platforms have to eat, shit, drink (to excess and heavily) and sleep somewhere while waiting their rotation to the platform, and entire towns have massive parts of their economies BASED on having these cats come through.

The list goes on…

Sorry for flogging a dead horse here, but it annoys me when people reveal themselves to be at such an arrogant level, on such a high cloud, that they can’t see what the repercussions of any of their choices are… or just really don’t give a shit because they see themselves as above the squabble, the riff-raff that is the majority of us.

I think it is the latter.

UPDATE: Apparently I was spot on with this post as the ruling was driven by the very people that I was talking about.


About Old Iron
I'm just a guy that works overseas alot and likes to play just as hard as I work. Been to a FEW countries, know a shitload of people all over, and generally have a good time wherever I go. -Oh, and I am currently in between girlfriends, and strangely enough and perfectly happy with that status. In the long run hookers are cheaper. Take my word on that.

7 Responses to Finally, a bit of sanity in all of this

  1. ~KC~ says:

    I don’t get the moratorium. Why punish an entire industry – perhaps one of the only industry (aside from Defense) that is still making money in the US and keeping people employed – for the mistakes of a few?

    I’m glad the judge immediately prohibited the moratorium. Of course, the administration and their croonies are appealing it. But like many an expert have said… the judge’s decision was the proper application of the law. Apparently the gubberment – has taken it ‘extremely’ broad.

    I am beginning to question a few things that I didn’t before… but this was one that simply didn’t sit right with me, from the get go.

  2. Probably the most sensible blog posting I’ve seen in weeks. (Nothing intended against KC or anybody else.)

    It’s fascinating to me that when capitalism works exactly the way it’s supposed to, the Obama response is not much different: Shut things down, this time, because too much profit is being made. Okay, so when capitalism is busted and it’s messing up the environment the answer is to shut it down, and then when “obscene profits” are being made by “the folks who made the mess in the first place” then it’s time to shut it down because “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”

    When is it okay to start calling them communists then? At a certain point, it just becomes undeniable doesn’t it?

  3. Old Iron says:

    I keep wondering if there is a party-approved income band that DOESN’T have a constantly shifting top and bottom end that directly correlates with the topic flavor of the minute, but alas that would be wishing for far too much from a group that views all outside of them as tripe.

    There is just No pleasing some people Morgan.

  4. Buck says:

    Feldman is a Reagan appointee, not that THAT means anything. Heh.

      • ~KC~ says:

        Yup read that too.
        The thing is… his judgement isn’t based on stocks. His judgement is based on the appropriate application of the law. The administration didn’t prove anything and went way to broad.
        The Judge’s statement is accurate and law-abiding.
        The article you linked is dead on.

        But of course the other side will sling mud… because they didn’t get their way.

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