May 25, 2010

Gulf oil spill just a taste of things to come

ENVIRONMENT - There is a saying I heard years ago:
"You don't shit in your drinking water."
The concept is simple. You don't pollute or ruin something that you need. So for example when your economy is based off the fish that you catch, you don't go poisoning your supply of fish by releasing billions of gallons of oil into the fish's habitat.

Right now 800,000 litres of oil /day continues to spill into the Gulf of Mexico due to the bungled clean up process following the British Petroleum / Halliburton oil rig explosion on April 20th.

BP hired a bunch of inept idiots from Halliburton (Dick Cheney's old company) to properly seal a well deep under water. So deep that when the oil rig exploded its now very difficult to plug.

Worse, BP, instead of just plugging the hole is trying salvage it because they want the oil well. They could have easily filled the hole with cement or blown up the broken underwater pipe with explosives, but instead they're letting 800,000 litres of oil to spill into the water every day while they try to come up with a way to cap the oil and keep it flowing.

Five weeks later they're still scratching their heads and trying to think of a way to cap it.

Stupid. Utterly stupid.

Meanwhile the oil spill is killing the Gulf of Mexico fishing industry and the oil spill has spread to the Florida Keys and eventually will get sucked into the Gulf Stream, which means the eastern seaboard will also be effected. So far 21 million litres of crude oil has been released. The oil spill is now bigger than West Virginia.

To put that in perspective the Earth has 361 million square km of ocean (surface space). If that oil continues to flow into the Gulf Coast for another year we will be looking at a global catastrophe. It only takes a small amount of oil to poison local fish stocks. It gets into their system and messes with their reproductive abilities so only females are born and the few males that are born are less fertile or infertile.

What is also mindboggling is why the oil industry never bothered to equip oil tankers with a vacuum filtration system which could be used to suck in surface water/oil, filter it and then keep the crude oil safely in the belly of the oil tanker. Perfectly common sense that there are going to be spills, it makes logical sense to equip oil tankers with a fast way to clean it up. The technology is no different from that used to clean a public pool, only on a larger scale.

Gee, why don't we all shoot ourselves in the foot while we're at it.

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