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Can we continue to develop our natural resources safely?

Proforma Safety President Scott Arnold has worked with the major oil companies -- including BP -- for many years on offshore installations. In a post on, he offers his insight into the causes of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy and urges the energy industry to prioritize safety over cost and schedule.

"I challenge industry executives to remain steadfast in their commitment to safety regardless of cost or delay – and to building a true safety culture," says Scott. "Rather than falling into historic traps ('we’ve done it this way a thousand times'), look at each new well or project as if it has never been done before. Ensure the safety processes you’ve captured in your policies are implemented even if the pressure’s on to meet deadlines and curtail costs.

"If we keep safety our top priority, schedule and cost will fall into line. The cost of shortcuts is measured in lives, not minutes, and the lives of our workers and our environment are more valuable than any rig, schedule, project or earnings report."

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Comment by HUGSAFETY on June 29, 2010 at 10:34am
"Check out the recent Sundance Movie Festival documentary "GasLand" to learn about some of the unfortunate by-products of underground gas drilling and fracking." I'll have to look into that. Just as interesting a watch I'm sure, "Plastic Planet" is a documentary which has been shown on the Discovery channel and outlines our dependency on the petroleum based product, and then shows the steps the rest of the world are taking to cut down or reuse wasted plastics. Even if you do not share the same views as those who produced it, some of the methods of recycling and products created by some of the individuals interviewed makes it quite a fascinating film.
Comment by RiskAnalytics, LLC on June 28, 2010 at 7:43am
Check out the recent Sundance Movie Festival documentary "GasLand" to learn about some of the unfortunate by-products of underground gas drilling and fracking. Just be happy you don't have a well on or near your property, b/c if you do its likely you're running off of trucked water right now.

The documentary has been running on HBO and is worth the watch, but like with all of these types of films, they must be taken with a grain of salt as it is extremely one pointed. Worth the watch though just to learn the process of drilling for natural gas (something our country has an abundance of).

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