Saturday, August 7, 2010

Regulation Is A "Bad" Thing

In reading over my Arizona State Board of Technical Registration quarterly newsletter yesterday, I noticed where Chairperson Karen Cesare RLA mentioned the June 18th 2010 article (link here) by NCEES (the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) David Whitman, Ph.D., P.E. NCEES President and Jerry Carter, NCEES Executive Director, regarding the Deepwater Horizon debacle. Quoted here in part:

"In response to the unresolved Deepwater Horizon blowout, the Department of the Interior is in the process of implementing several new regulations on activities on the Outer Continental Shelf. One of the measures outlined in NTL No. 2010-N05, "National Notice to Lessees and Operators of Federal Oil and Gas Leases, Outer Continental Shelf," specifies that a professional engineer (PE) must certify all well casing designs and cementing procedures and verify that designs are appropriate for expected wellbore conditions. This is a much-needed requirement, and we should all hope that the proper steps are taken to ensure that it is enacted. We should also hope that similarly qualified professionals are called on more often to make informed judgments during the enforcement stage.

PEs, many of whom are employed in the private sector, demonstrate that business activities need not sacrifice the interests of the public. Professional engineers are licensed at the state level; they must meet education and experience requirements in addition to passing a standardized examination program. To maintain the license, a PE must adhere to a strict code of conduct, with the primary charge being to practice the profession in a manner that protects the health, safety, and welfare of the public. A PE who violates this obligation is subject to losing his or her license.

Under model rules developed by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and required by many states, a PE is obligated to notify authorities if his or her professional judgment is overruled under circumstances where the life, health, property, or welfare of the public is endangered. Unfortunately, cost considerations can prevent corporations from requesting the services of a PE unless they are compelled to do so." [emphasis added by JustJoeP]

Yeah, just let the free market's invisible hand guide everything, and clean up everything, and restore everything...

1 comment:

  1. The Free Market(TM) shall provide. When the magic invisible hand(tm) of our Lord God(TM) Ronald Reagan comes back for the Rupture(c), the Free Market(sm) will fix it all. The oil will disappear. The hermit crabs (and the ones on Mark Hurd's pubes) will loseth their oily sheen. And it will be unto His(TM) grace.


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