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Analyze the chosen scenario (see attachment) from a critical thinking perspective.
- What is the moral responsibility of all participants?
- What are the stakeholders’ moral failings?
- What ideals or obligations are in conflict?
- What is the best outcome, given the consequences?
Writea brief reflection of your analysis by describing the relationship between critical thinking and ethics.
Note. Remember that this should be based on critical thinking, not on your personal opinion.
This essay should be concise and will have introduction and conclusion, preferrably 5 paragraphs. no word counts.
Please include the rough draft of the essay and the final work, thanks!!
Drill or Not to Drill (Nightline video)
File name: To_Drill_or_Not_to_Drill.html
July 19, 2004
Wyoming’s Upper Green River Valley is a crucial link
in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Each year more than 100,000 animals,
including antelope and mule deer, pass through this valley on a long migration
from the Grand Tetons to their winter pasture in the High Desert. This valley
is also home to the head waters of the Colorado River, a vital trout habitat.
And it’s one of the last strongholds for the rare Sage-Grouse. In fact, the
area has been compared to the Serengeti for its spectacular array of wildlife.
It has also been compared to Saudi Arabia.
Experts have estimated that there’s roughly 20
trillion cubic feet of gas here. That would supply the entire nation’s natural
gas needs for about a year. The same geological formation that creates a
natural corridor for wildlife also holds rich deposits of natural gas, miles
beneath the surface. This country’s increasing demand for natural gas coupled
with new technology is turning this area into a bonanza for the energy
It’s no doubt that the activity level’s increased.
What’s happened is that we have evolved the technology which has allowed us to
extract this natural gas from the subsurface efficiently and economically. That
technology didn’t exist five, ten years ago.
This is public land managed by the U.S. Government.
Most of the gas leases were granted under previous administrations before the
new technology was developed. Now the Bush Administration has directed federal
land managers to expedite oil and gas development all along the Front Range of
the Rockies in Wyoming, Montana, Eastern Utah, Western Colorado, and Northern
New Mexico. Here in the Upper Green River Valley where a gas field known as the
Pinedale Anticline is located no one expects to stop the energy boom but they
do hope to slow it down.
They say, “I support Bush, I support energy
development but I live here for a reason, this place has a certain quality of
The basin already has about 5,200 gas wells but the
government is considering drilling permits for up to 10,000.
This is an empty landscape. It has been so since the
first Europeans came here and yet 10,000 rigs would completely change it and
I’m afraid it might make it an industrial landscape.
In Pinedale they need only look at an area just
south of town known as the Jonah Field for a glimpse of the future.
Before the field, this was just empty. You could
look out to the Wyoming Range and not see a drill rig, a condensation tank,
nothing was here there were no roads.
There are 470 wells in this area and energy
companies want to put in another 3,100. Ted Karasote has been hunting in this
valley for many years. And he worries that the energy boom will ruin the
Many of us feel that given the enormous amounts of
profits that are being generated here $20 million from each well that the
Wyoming state government and particularly the federal government could mandate
more wildlife friendly gas development in this area.
One area of concern is a narrow bottleneck in the
wildlife migration route known as Trappers’ Point. If leases are developed in
this area the gas rigs could present a major obstacle to the herds and they
already have quite a few.
They have many many fences to cross during the
migration and they can go over them or under them. They have highways to cross
and in some cases they don’t make it.
Since the Bureau of Land Management is responsible
for balancing the uses of public lands it is often caught in the crossfire of
competing interests. Throughout the west conservationists have long accused the
BLM of being too cozy with industry, even dubbing it the Bureau of Leasing and
The BLM Field Manager in Pinedale says requests for
drilling have gone from 75 applications in 1998 to 300 last year.
Since you’ve been here, how many of those
applications have you rejected?
Actually, percentage wise very few but I have
In what way?
Moved them to a more environmentally acceptable
place, put restrictions on them.
The BLM is currently putting together a new land use
plan for this area.
There’s a motion on both sides of the issue both
from the energy development companies and from the environmental community and
our job is to find out what the facts are.
Do you feel caught in the middle?
Always. We’re always caught in the middle and that’s
where we’re supposed to be.
But conservationists worry that BLM employees are
under intense pressure from Washington to fast track energy development.
I think a lot of these people are in the extremely
uncomfortable position of not knowing whether they might lose their job if they
acted as traditional conservation stewards for the landscape and its wildlife.
The energy companies have already crisscrossed the landscape with new roads to
reach the drilling site. Enormous trucks stir up dust and scare the wildlife
and then there’s the noise. In another part of the state, the Powder River
Basin, residents are outraged at water pollution left by the extraction method
I believe that people would come out by the hundreds
of thousands if they understood that their rivers, their streams, their open
landscapes, the places that they’ve written songs about would change forever.