Boy howdy, I'll bet this topic gets hot quick.

I wouldn't have a problem with high profits if the oil companies would use them to improve infrastructure or look for more oil. They aren't. About a year ago, the Alaskan pipeline had a major leak because maintenance hadn't been kept up. There's a machine called a "blind pig" that is sent through the piping to check for corrosion. It was well overdue and the pipe failed. Typical big business. Keep the fat profits rolling in and push maintenance back until it can't be ignored and hope you made ,ore profit than the repairs will cost.