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Drilling inevitable

I have worked in the industry, in 1980 in the Great Australian Bight and the north-west shelf and also many land rigs.

I am amused at all the negativity about Equinor.

Why is it people with little to no knowledge have all the say.

After living in Western Australia for 23 years you don’t have to look far to see the infrastructure that goes with these big companies.

Royalty for Regions created many major works and looked after people who lived away from a major hospital nothing like our sad state’s PATS (Patient Assistance Transport Scheme).

Why is it that the Gulf of Mexico spill is the only one people think about?

Many rigs are drilling day in and out around the world without incident.

Do they think a major industry wants a spill? No, they don’t.

Do they have the technology to drill deep water today? Yes, they do.

I fished in the Bight –  do people think the north sea is calm?

I am aware that the north sea drilling isn’t deep sea and I could put a lot of facts regarding oil usage worldwide on a daily basis to put the spill in the Gulf of Mexico into perspective.

No spill is good, I hear people say ‘oh we are not against oil just don’t want it in our backyard’.

Well, bad luck.

If it’s not drilled next year you can bet it will be one day.

For those that remember the drill ship I and a few others worked on in 1980, it was an exciting time.

Houses were leased, food was supplied to the rig tender vessels used – it was a real exciting time.

Okay, I was shallow water drilling but that’s 38 years ago and times have changed and technology has changed.

I for one can’t wait to see the drilling begin.

To say all the workers and all the money will go offshore just goes to show how little many people are aware of the huge benefits there could be to the state.

All predictions of a major spill by the Wilderness Society (don’t get me started on that organisation) and others are of an absolutely major, never seen before, catastrophic event. 

No one seems to see how many tankers pass south of our state daily through the so called roughest seas in the world.

Get on marine traffic and open your eyes.

Until this world doesn't need oil anymore companies will continue to explore and drill and that will continue for decades.

By the way, although a tragic event, the 220,000,000 gallons of oil spilled over 84 days in the Gulf of Mexico was about a day's supply.

Nintey-three million barrels a day, 42 gallons per barrel are used each day worldwide –  3,864,000,000 gallons per day.

There was a spill in the Gulf in the 80s as well.

The USA restrictions are no where near as stringent as ours but they are improving.

Look at the Rankin disaster.

Lots of lives lost but like a commercial airliner they are safe although there is a crash from time to time.

People still fly – go figure. 

PETER REDDING

Port Lincoln

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