National

May 13, 2010 7:58 PM

Offshore drilling's high tech image at odds with wildcat ways

The oil and gas industry spent years and tens of millions of dollars polishing the image of deep shelf exploration, making it sound as safe as boarding a flight to Orlando. But the no-worries message industry regulators, executives and ad campaigns — persuasively pitched to Congress, the Obama administration and the public — contrast sharply with the work-a-day reality of deep shelf drilling. Unlike commercial aviation or nuclear power, the offshore energy industry retains -- even takes great pride in -- the high-risk, high-reward ethic of its "wildcat'' heritage.

Related content

Comments

Videos

More Videos

Harnessing the power of water to turn it into electricity 03:51

Harnessing the power of water to turn it into electricity

Alice Through The Looking Glass 02:29

Alice Through The Looking Glass

Offshore corporations: The secret shell game 02:24

Offshore corporations: The secret shell game

Human Rights Campaign president calls on Hollywood to abandon Georgia if HB 757 becomes law 02:23

Human Rights Campaign president calls on Hollywood to abandon Georgia if HB 757 becomes law

Knight Foundation names two Bradenton finalists for award 00:37

Knight Foundation names two Bradenton finalists for award

Gunman shot by police at U.S. Capitol 01:04

Gunman shot by police at U.S. Capitol

'A tale of two Baltimores' 03:40

'A tale of two Baltimores'

Offshore corporations - The secret shell game 02:24

Offshore corporations - The secret shell game

Wide-open Wyoming wide open for offshore business 01:45

Wide-open Wyoming wide open for offshore business

Share Video

Nation & World Videos