So-called Project Liberty is part of the Trump regime's misguided effort to drill its way to energy independence. The scientific consensus is that producing and consuming more fossil fuel will only exacerbate the serious consequences of global warming. The Interior Department's decision to open up 90% of the outer-continental shelf to oil exploration and development ignores the environmental costs associated with the oil and gas industry.
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The fact is that many of the smaller, independent companies operating in the Gulf cannot afford a major spill incident. The company made an unpublicized deal with the federal government to establish a $666 million trust fund for containment. To give Taylor Energy credit, its spent a fortune plugging some of the 28 wells, salvaging the platform's deck, and building a barrier to contain rising crude. But its efforts were ultimately unsuccessful. Six years later satellite imagery confirmed oil slicks in the area were not coming from the destroyed Deepwater Horizon platform. In 2015 AP reported that the spill had been shrouded in secrecy, and its extent about 20 times worse than the company ever reported pursuant to its legal obligation. There are 2000 platforms off the coast of Louisiana alone. Another 2000 are situated off the coasts of Texas and Mississippi. 50,000 miles of pipe carry product to shore. So its understandable that there are 20 blowouts a year, and fires erupt offshore every three days. It is all part of the dirty business as usual in the Gulf of Mexico. Coming soon to a coastline near you.