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BP Oil Disaster Day 50

More bad news.  Although both the government and BP were encouraged by the recent efforts to stem the flow of oil into the Gulf, it appears that no one actually seems to know what the hell is going on.  Some experts estimate that BP’s latest attempt to cap the well may be capturing around half of the nearly 20,000 barrels of oil leaking into the Gulf everyday, while other experts feel that the flow rate has actually increased significantly.  Estimates about the flow rate range anywhere from 20,000 to 90,000 barrels per day. Since no one can even agree on how much oil is leaking in the first place, how can anybody accurately determine the effectiveness this latest containment effort?

Just in case you were wondering how the most brilliant thinker of our time feels about this catastrophe, here it is:

Extreme deep water drilling is not the preferred choice to meet our country’s energy needs, but your protests and lawsuits and lies about onshore and shallow water drilling have locked up safer areas.  It’s catching up with you.  The tragic, unprecedented deep water Gulf oil spill proves it. (Sarah Palin, blaming the Gulf oil spill disaster on “extreme environmentalists” via Facebook message on 6/2/10)

This will be a daily update until the leak is stopped or BP no longer exists.  Whichever happens first.

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2 thoughts on “BP Oil Disaster Day 50

  1. The Destructionist on said:

    As the oil spill in the Gulf grows larger and more deadly, decimating all that it touches, BP continues to turn down assistance from Americans who just want to help clean up the mess. (…I hear they even turned down Director James Cameron and actor Kevin Costner…)

    First let’s get one thing perfectly straight: If you want to go and help clean up the oil spill, don’t let some corporate Big-Whigs “handle” you into believing that you’d be more of a liability, than an asset. I applaud you for recognizing that we all depend on our oceans for our very survival. It is this water that sustains every living thing on our planet, and it is also this water that we must protect in order to save ourselves from extinction.

    BP has downplayed the problem in the Gulf from the beginning as a means of corporate damage control. I don’t think they’ve yet recognized the severity of the problem. As I’ve written in past blog posts; the pipe needs to be capped and the relief well needs to be drilled. It’s not an exact science by any means, and if BP doesn’t get it right the first time, they’ll have to do it over, and over, and over again, until they do. How many months (or years) will that take? How much damage will have been done to our environment by then? We’ve already seen what 51 days of oil can do to the Gulf of Mexico… What would happen if the oil was left, unabated, for several months, or years? It’s a frightening example of corporate greed gone awry and it’s criminal, pure and simple.

    Corporations should never be allowed the opportunity to risk the lives of everyone on the planet just to make a profit for a few shareholders. (What good is money, after all, if you don’t have air to breathe, water to drink, or food to eat without fear of contamination?)

    BREAKING NEWS: I’ve just heard that those enormous plumes floating just under the surface of the water have been certified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.) as crude oil.

    (Are we just casual witnesses to our own demise? I wonder…)

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