Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:09:56 GMT
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation. On Thursday, more than 60-percent of the Boy Scouts of America's 14-hundred-members voted for theMore >>
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:37:25 GMT
The City of Hattiesburg is increasing the sewer rates for Petal and some Lamar County customers who use their wastewater lagoon. Petal residents are concerned and voicing their opinions after finding outMore >>
Petal and Hattiesburg residents are voicing their opinions after finding out the City of Hattiesburg is increasing sewer rates. More >>
A New Orleans court has overturned the Obama administration's six-month ban on deep water drilling in the wake of the BP blowout and subsequent massive oil spill with no concrete end in sight. While we find the millions of gallons of crude oil that are flowing into the Gulf and threatening our coast line horrendous…we have to agree with the court's ruling. In Viewpoint's opinion this was a knee-jerk reaction on the administration's part that will have an even further crippling effect on the region's economy.
Many estimates are that it will cost in the high 5 figures in jobs alone. It will also cause the drilling boats and crews to pack up and go to friendlier climes where they will most likely stay even if the moratorium gets lifted.
By all means we should redouble safety procedures and inspections to make sure that all the deep water drilling platforms are equipped to keep another such tragedy from taking place. But to just shut them down categorically is, frankly, not a responsible reaction in our opinion. If we are so afraid of deep water drilling the Federal Government needs to open up more land in the Western U.S….in the Anwar province…and in shallow waters off the Gulf Coast as well as the Atlantic and Pacific to keep from having to go so deep.
Safety and reliable prevention must be in place in the meantime. But from the reports that have so far filtered out it seems that BP was most likely not up to par in that area and may have even knew it before the blow out took place.
That will be determined for sure. But even now, we can send teams of inspectors to the platforms to make sure everything is in place to ensure against another such happening. In the meantime our part of the country doesn't need a government caused disaster to put countless thousands and thousands of oil workers and service companies out of work and out of business for a long time to come.
We just can't survive both the spill and the shutdown. The administration has already said it will appeal the ruling against the moratorium. Here's hoping the 5th circuit will also find that the drilling needs to continue.
I'm Jim Cameron with today's Viewpoint. Let us know what you think.
Friday, May 24 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:52:06 GMT
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. It included the laying of a wreath at a fallen officersMore >>
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:45:22 GMT
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to Lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. As part of National Emergency Service Week, for the last 12-years Wayne farms has hostedMore >>
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. More >>