Chevron Canada executives defended Monday their decision to pursue an unprecedented exploratory well off Newfoundland, so soon in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.Hmmmnnn -couldn't BP have said the they had never had a blowout before April? Moreover, perhaps Chevron should share their plans for shutting off the Gulf of Mexico gusher. If that (hypothetical) plan works expeditiously, perhaps we could belive that they had the ability to shut off a blowout off Newfoundland.
The project has attracted increasing international attention — and scrutiny — because Chevron is drilling a well in more than 2,600 metres of water, significantly deeper than the Deepwater Horizon project in the Gulf of Mexico, where a blowout in April continues to have a devastating environmental impact.
But vice-president Mark MacLeod said Chevron has an industry-leading safety record.
"Chevron has drilled over 300 deepwater wells. We've never had a blowout in deep water," MacLeod told reporters during a conference call.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010