COMMENT - First, be aware that other forms of energy are far less questionable and more cost effective than petroleum are now coming online.
Second, Exxon has still not paid the mandated costs for the Exxon Valdez spill, which occurred over 25 years ago. Oil companies prefer to drag out litigation rather than provide quick, and responsible solutions, this proven only last month by the spill in Mayflower, Arkansas, and two years ago by the monumental spill caused by BP in the Caribbean, which is still, effectively, untreated, and causing environmental and health problems for the entire coast.
Thirdly, it is not getting to the place which causes the delays. It is the lack of desire by the oil companies to create a precedent for accountability. Install accountability and the problem vanishes.
Fourth, drones are cute and fun when they are not being used to kill people or provide surveillance, which violates our rights. However, technology to provide real clean-up exists. This is available and can be provided at a far lower cost. Using enzymes, designed to eat up the combination of toxic substances, this leaves clean water and byproducts which are, effectively, beneficial fertilizers. These work far more completely and rapidly than containment.
April 29, 2013
ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland, 29 April 2013. Scout Exploration Inc. (OTCBB:SCXN) officials recommend the company’s air-deployed spill response system for responsible offshore development, operation, and advancing environmental protection, especially in the wake of a recent ban on offshore drilling licenses in Arctic waters.
The Scout airborne system deploys from standard military, civilian, and coast guard aircraft to reach remote offshore spills hours or days before current ship-borne methods. As a result, operators can begin containment sooner, and limit the scale of spills and corollary environmental and economic damage.
"Countries such as Greenland have acute concerns over offshore drilling. Delivery of a rapid response spill mitigation technology like Scout's could address some of those concerns," says Rene Lange, project lead engineer. "The big question now is whether other governments will follow Greenland's lead."
Scout has been working in cooperation with industry and government to advance its unmanned, remote, air-deployed spill response system to advance the project through prototype to initial sea trials.