Friday, April 30, 2010

Drill-Spill-Kill

First came the drill, then came the spill and now for the ecosystem in the Gulf of Mexico it’s the kill. This is such a horridly sad situation we are seeing in the Gulf and even sadder now as we find out had BP been required by the US to use the same equipment that is required in other country’s offshore drilling this may well have been prevented.

Today we are hearing that this could exceed the deadly Valdez spill. Tell me again why we shouldn’t be investing every cent we have into solar and wind energy.

6 Comments:

Blogger fallenmonk said...

Sorry to say that this will most likely wind up being much worse than the Exxon Valdex spill. The affected ecosystem is much more diverse and very sensitive to upset. Brown pelicans, egrets, plovers, oysters, whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and many more species are going to be ravaged by this. This is going to be an apocalypse.

April 30, 2010 7:41 AM  
Anonymous Via said...

Pop, where did you read that the regulations here did not meet the standards of other countries' requirements. No surprise, sadly, but I have missed the article.

I don't know if you have ever heard the Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn sing his "the beautiful creatures'? I cry just about every time I hear it, but through the lens of this, yes, apocalypse, it is even more poignant. Please excuse me, Mr. Cockburn, if I share:

There's a knot in my gut
As I gaze out today
On the planes of the city
All polychrome grey
When the skin is peeled off it
What is there to say?
The beautiful creatures are going away

Like a dam on a river
My conscience is pressed
By the weight of hard feelings
Piled up in my breast
The callous and vicious things
Humans display
The beautiful creatures are going away

Why? Why?

From the stones of the fortress
To the shapes in the air
To the ache in the spirit
We label despair
We create what destroys,
Bind ourselves to betray
The beautiful creatures are going away

April 30, 2010 12:29 PM  
Blogger Skruffy said...

Via, it's being reported now on several news sources, and we'll be hearing more about it. The device is called an "acoustic switch", and sveral other countries that engage in offshore drilling require them. And SOME companies use them even if they're not required to. This is totally irresponsible.

PoP, which coast you on? Keys here... and we're obviously worried.

May 01, 2010 7:37 PM  
Blogger Skruffy said...

Nothing is known for CERTAIN about the magnitude of it (except that it's BAD), but more and more experts (in the industry) are speculating that it may be MUCH, MUCH worse than even pessimists could have imagined.

May 01, 2010 7:39 PM  
Blogger TaraDharma said...

and I heard on NPR that BP carried no insurance. Though the government is taking over the recovery, BP will be required to foot the bill. Gas prices will soar, and countless wetlands and ecosystems will have been destroyed. This is a wake-up call, a no-brainer, as they say. Off-shore drilling for paltry amounts of oil is not sustainable.

May 02, 2010 1:03 AM  
Blogger Skruffy said...

Via, here's some more info about the "acoustic switch". Not totally fail-safe, but another layer of safety. The article is also great commentary on the recent SCOTUS decision giving corporations rights reserved for people.

http://existentialistcowboy.blogspot.com/2010/05/death-to-corporate-comrade-halliburton.html

May 02, 2010 6:17 AM  

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