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12 The Julian News Local E erience Since 1988 , Tree Consulting and Inspection * Long Term Forest Maintenance and Planning * Hazardous Removal and Precision Felling * Ornamental Pruning and Lacing * Brush Clearing and Chipping FREE ES TIMA TES Licensed and Bonded Fully Insured for Your Protection ERIC DAUBER H: 760-765-2975 C: 760-271-9585 PO Box 254 JULIAN, CA. 92036 License #945348 WE-8690A 532 "B" Street P.O. Box 159. Ramona, CA 92065 (760) 789-0240 OPEN SUNDAYS! Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear Earth Talk: Given the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last month, isn't it high time the government put a stop to offshore oil drilling once and for all? Short of banning it altogether, what can be done to prevent explosions, leaks and spills moving forward? --P. Greanville, Brewster, NY The explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon drill rig on April 20 and the resultant oil spill now consuming coastal regions of the Gulf of Mexico could not have come at a worse time for President Obama, who only recently renewed a push to expand drilling off the coast of Virginia and other regions of the U.S. The debate over whether or not to tap offshore oil reserves with dangerous drilling equipment has been raging since extraction methods became feasible in the 1950s. It heated up in 2008 when George W. Bush convinced Congress to lift a 27-year-old moratorium on offshore drilling outside of the already developed western Gulf of Mexico and some areas off Alaska. Despite public protests, cash-strapped governments of several coastal states wanted the moratorium lifted given the potential for earning windfall revenues. Barack Obama had historically toed the Democratic party line on offshore drilling--don't allow it-- but changed his tune during his 2008 campaign to compromise with pro-drilling Republicans if they would play ball with him on his carbon emissions reduction and energy efficiency initiatives. Then on March 31, thr e weeks prior to the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 workers and has caused untold environmental damage, Obama called for new offshore drilling in the Atlantic from Delaware to central Florida and in Alaska's untapped northern waters. He also asked Congress to lift the ban on offshore drilling in the oil- rich eastern Gulf of Mexico, just 125 miles from Rorida's beaches. A key aspect of Obama's new plan is to assess the potential risks and benefits of each specific offshore site before drilling there can commence. While Obama's plan wouldn't grant any new leases until 2012, the Deepwater Horizon problem is casting a long shadow over the public comment process now going on in Virginia and other coastal states otherwise ready to sign on the dotted line for exploratory wells to go into their offshore waters. Whether or not Congress and the American people are willing to let their government expand on what appears already to be some risky business is anybody's guess at this point. Oil industry representatives maintain their equipment and processes are safer than ever. The U.S. Minerals and Management Service (MMS) blames the vast majority of the 1,400 offshore drilling accidents in U.S. waters between 2001 and 2007 on "human error," not malfunctioning equipment, though some might argue that the distinction is irrelevant because there will always be human error. A small fire on the Deepwater Horizon in 2005 was found to be caused by human error, and most analysts agree some kind of bad judgment call also likely caused the rig's ultimate demise. The MMS says it was already in the process of drafting new regulations that would require rig operators to develop programs focused on preventing human error, including operations audits once every three years for each rig. Some Congress members don't think the new regulations are enough, especially in the wake of the BP tragedy. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat who has led opposition to offshore drilling, has now called for a congressional investigation of safety practices at offshore oil rigs, and has asked the U.S. Interior Department to undertake a full review of all U.S. drilling accidents over at least the last decade. CONTACTS: BP,; U.S. Minerals and Management Service, May 5,2010 ii{iii; i the Julian High School Community Service Club Advisor at (760)-765-0606 x 207. For more [ntbrmation on what can and cannot be recycled, please contact Justin Lauter at Arrow Metal Recycling at (619)-827-6535 or email ..................... .................... Did You Know...? Electronic discards are one of the fastest growing segments of our f~ation'i waste stream. 56% of American households have functional e-products that they will no ;longer use. Less than 10% of E-Waste is currently being properly dismantled or recyc!ed. 70% of heavy metals and 40% of lead and mercury contents found in today's landfills come from E-Waste, What is E-Waste? E-Waste is defined as any consmner electronic equipment that has reached i~s "end-of-life, end- 9f-usage" - whether in full or non-working conditian. Most electronics or etectronic equipments with a cord or circuit board such as: Televisions, Persenal computers (CPU, menitors, keyboards, mouse, and peripherals), CD players, Copiers, Duplicators, Electric typewriters, Fax machines, Hard drives, Laptops, Mainframe computers, MOdems, Miernwa~e ovens, Printers, Printed circuit boards, Radios, Remote controls, Stereos, Tape players, Telephones, and telephone equipment, Testing equipment, Transparency makers, Uninterrup~ible power supplies, VCR.S, and Word processors, Answering maehiues, Camcorders can be recycled properly with E-Waste. We also take all materials ranging from fibers to gold! For example, Cardboard, Batteries ('~'utmn"v)ar~l any and all Metals can be recycled through E" Waste",1~ @~# J Thank Yen for Helping Our Community ~-'=~.,dk IJ The BP oil disaster is casting a long shadow;over the public comment process now going on in Virginia and other coastal states that are considering putting exploratory oil wells in their offshore waters. photo by Sky Truth, courtesy Flickr GOT AN ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTION? Send it to: EarthTalk c/o E/The Environmental Magazine P.O. Box 5098 Westport, CT 06881 e-maih or submit it at: Earth Share One environment. 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