Save U.S. Energy Jobs is an industry backed group that is going on the offensive this week making the case that BP's failures to follow accepted oil and natural industry's own safety and procedural standards for off-shore operations in the Deepwater Horizon disaster ought not be used to penalize all other companies in the business.
For example, standard procedure is to circulate drilling mud through the well for nine to 12 hours to insure that bubbles of explosive gas are moved to the surface to be expelled. In the Deepwater Horizon well, however, mud was circulated for only half an hour.
There is much more information along the same theme in this infographic which makes quite a compelling case for the proposition that BP violated multiple well-known energy industry rules, standards and processes.
And in that regard think about this observation from the Institute for Energy Research's Thomas Pyle:
"We also need to make sure that we do not overreact. The accident, while unfortunate, should not provide an excuse for those who want to cut off access to our domestic energy resources. Why should those in the Middle East benefit from BP’s mistake?
"The accident should also not provide an excuse to drive significant, widespread, and ill-considered changes to our energy policies. The focus of our efforts should be on mitigating the damage caused by the spill, not using it as a political prop to advertise for poorly-constructed energy policies which will increase the price of energy and other goods and cost American jobs."