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July 23, 2008

Offshore Drilling and Dishonesty

While this story is from July 19th, I just came upon it and had to share. CBS News brings us a great piece called "Not one drop of oil spilled? Not quite," about how offshore drilling advocates are spreading false claims that no oil leaks or spills occurred as a result of Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Rita in 2005.

The reality from the U.S. Minerals Management Service:

"As a result of both storms, a total volume of 17,652 barrels (or roughly three-quarters of a million gallons) of total petroleum products, of which 13,137 barrels were crude oil and condensate, was spilled from platforms, rigs and pipelines. 4,514 barrels were refined products from platforms and rigs."

The truth is that offshore drilling is risky for a number of reasons - including hurricanes.

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