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Regional EPA Chief and Maguire Energy Institute Director Differ on Deep Ocean Drilling


The following is from the July 9, 2010, edition of KERA Radio. Al Armendariz is the regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency and an engineering professor at SMU. Bruce Bullock is director of the Maguire Energy Institute in SMU's Cox School of Business.

EPA regional director Al Armendariz says the ingredients are still there for another deepwater well disaster in the Gulf.

Armendariz: I don't have much confidence right now that we either have the emergency response capability, or the confidence in the permitting processes that have been used for the past 20 years that would ensure us that something like what has happened with that BP well won't happen again.

Armendariz made his comments during a taping of KERA's program "Think". He was joined by SMU Maguire Energy Institute director Bruce Bullock, who says no one wants drilling to go forward if it's unsafe, but he disagrees with an arbitrary six months.

Bullock: A six month moratorium, with a date and some big blue ribbon commission to take a look at it is more of a political move than a policy move.

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