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Washington, D.C. (May 18) – With the crisis of Deepwater Horizon still at its peak, a federal judge was asked Monday to halt BP’s drilling using its Atlantis rig also located in the Gulf. The request to cease drilling was made by a former BP safety consultant, Kenneth Abbott.
Abbott, along with his Food & Water Watch nonprofit organization want the judge to declare a temporary injunction. The Atlantis sits approximately 124 miles offshore with 7,000 feet of water below it.
BP’s response is their claim that they have “all of the necessary engineering documents” for the Atlantis rig.
In light of the ongoing Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, incredibly officials have yet to move on Abbott’s allegations that the Atlantis does not have “approved engineering documents” pertaining to critical sub sea components. Abbott handled the database for the Atlantis.
As many as 20 recently proposed platforms, to be constructed in deep water, exist. Environmental groups are arguing that the Minerals Management Service (MMS) has “exempted them from environmental impact studies” disregarding the crisis at hand. The MMS is in no hurry to respond, saying they will report to Congress about the investigation into the Atlantis by the end of the month.
In the meanwhile, BP has successfully hooked up a device designed to suck oil from the blown 21 inch Deepwater Horizon pipe and is filling a tanker ship as a stopgap measure. Sea life, tourism, and commercial fishing are but a few of the industries at risk. The true consequences to the environment, currently horrific, are difficult to predict. Without question the need to halt current and future deepwater drilling in depths unreachable by man is of paramount concern globally.