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Cuba's Oil Quest to Continue, Despite Deepwater Disappointment

National Geographic Daily News -- An unusual high-tech oil-drilling rig that's been at work off the coast of Cuba departed last week, headed for either Africa or Brazil. With it went the island nation's best hope, at least in the short term, for reaping a share of the energy treasure beneath the sea that separates it from its longtime ideological foe.

For many Floridians, especially in the Cuban-American community, it was welcome news this month that Cuba had drilled its third unsuccessful well this year and was suspending deepwater oil exploration. (Related Pictures: "Four Offshore Drilling Frontiers") While some feared an oil spill in the Straits of Florida, some 70 miles (113 kilometers) from the U.S. coast, others were concerned that drilling success would extend the reviled reign of the Castros, long-time dictator Fi


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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 6:37:56 AM

Alrighty then for Cuba.
BM4225
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 6:37:32 AM

Well they can't depend on Russia any more.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:48:03 PM

Cuba's making its way through
PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:40:29 PM


They'll look elsewhere.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 6:33:09 PM

not everywhere has oil
nsdp
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 12:16:59 PM

It is also a poster boy for why none of the big oil companies are interested in drilling of the US East Coast as some idiot politicians propose. You have the same geology all the way to Halifax and off the west coast of Florida known as the Destin (Dustin for all the dry holes in the 80's)Dome. Hibernia is associated with Greenland and Newfoundland tectonically not Labrador and south.

Cuba has proved that any one wanting to drill off Virginia and the Carolias is mentally incompetent.
"Drill baby drill" only works when there is oil there in the first place contrary to what some people here think.


[Edited by: nsdp at 11/28/2012 12:23:17 PM EST]
eschroth442
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 12:13:24 PM

TOO BAD.. LOL
MrDeath666
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:43:36 AM

Cuba is a poster boy on how socialism never works.
md11capt
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:45:01 AM

And for their next great trick?
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:32:09 AM

Alrighty ...
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:24:41 AM

Good job, boys!!!
olebufnav
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:22:20 AM

Frack both Castros while we are at it...
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:22:17 AM

Probably us acvw74.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:21:54 AM

They'll try again in the future.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:21:20 AM

Hope they continue to fail!
magsec123
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:20:54 AM

Ok
uglytom
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:20:23 AM

Fine with me.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:19:36 AM

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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:16:57 AM

how to say loser in cuban?
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:14:50 AM

Cuba can't do anything right!!!
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:14:42 AM

How do you say "drill baby drill" in spanish?
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:14:26 AM

Communism doesn't work, even barrys won't.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:13:26 AM

Didn;t know they drilled.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:12:44 AM

hmmm
Maybe Venezuela could help them out
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:12:39 AM

Would they have enough funds to clean up a spill...or would it fall to our us?
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:12:30 AM

Cuba will remain communist as long as any Castro or their relatives are in power.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:12:16 AM

Hope this works for Cuba. They could use the help.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:55:10 AM

It's just as well that a proven failed economic structure didn't get an income stream.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:51:08 AM

For 50 years the embargo have not worked, a new plan is needed. Moving to reduce the embargo will establish a path for the US to influence a peaceful government transition in Cuba. This could start before the Castros are no longer leading the country. Reducing the embargo will also reduce Chavez's influence on Cuba.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:41:27 AM

"The regime's latest efforts to bolster their tyrannical rule through oil revenues was unsuccessful," said U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee"

How is she so blinded that she can't see:

"As with every aspect of its economy, its choices for making up the shortfall are sorely limited by the 50-year-old United States trade embargo.

At what could be a time of transition for Cuba, experts agree that the failure of deepwater exploration increases the Castro regime's dependence on the leftist government of Venezuela, which has been meeting fully half of Cuba's oil needs with steeply subsidized fuel." If she WANTS the Castros gone, she should be advocating we get rid of the embargo which has done nothing in 50 years to get them out of power. They'll both be dead and the Cuba-American community will still say we need the embargo.

7SPEEDY7
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:41:09 AM

Wow!
RobertSpratt
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:36:17 AM

Okay
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:31:03 AM

Communism...
Gville
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:29:36 AM

Three deepwater drilling efforts and no success? What is going on? Incompetence on the part of the drillers/geologists or is the government drilling and hoping?
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:29:01 AM

No matter, they can get all they need from their buddy Chavez.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:28:50 AM

Who wants to do business with bad guys? We trade with China because it's too big to ignore.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:19:32 AM

On Nov 28, 2012 7:02:00 AM, jay93LA wrote:

>we have trade with China Russia why not Cuba

There are six billion dollars of unresolved claims against Cuba, and besides the US wants to look tough.

So we have severely limited trade with Cuba.


[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 11/28/2012 8:25:24 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:15:06 AM

Cuba is an example of failed ideology that claims to serve its citizens but in reality serves only its leaders.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:14:03 AM

The failure may not stop the Castros, but hopefully it'll slow them down a bit. I wish them much luck (all of the bad variety) in their next drilling endeavor.
joekool1
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:13:29 AM

they have lived over a half century with sanctions
and dont appear to care very much, oil ot no
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:11:52 AM

I feel better knowing this.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:11:36 AM

They will attract other companies if the geology looks promising.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:11:36 AM

Good for Florida.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:10:49 AM

Dictatorship works, for the dictator.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:10:34 AM

As long as the Communists are running Cuba, they will continue to be an economic basket case.

Which is a GOOD thing.

Unfortunately, the national disaster that was Election Day 2012 has a President whose economic instincts are more aligned with Cuba's than the free market.
torch347
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:09:58 AM

Not too sure if this is good news or bad.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:08:50 AM

Sounds like good news to me................
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:08:21 AM

Those poor folk just can't catch a break. Time to bring the mob back.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:08:20 AM

Cuba's SNAFU
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:06:34 AM

Getting into oil could be the first step to turning Cuba to a capitalist society.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:04:46 AM

Golly!

Back in the run-up to the 2008 election the Republicans were claiming that China had drilled wells "50 miles off the coast of Florida!". There were claims (by Republicans, again) that these well platforms could be seen from the beaches of Florida. That would be quite a trick, as the platform would need to be 1,500 feet tall to be seen over the curvature of the earth.

It seems as if that was all a pack of Republican disinformation. No surprise.
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