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Spill Baby Spill- Say No to Offshore Drill

May 4, 2010

  

When I posted last time about the Gulf oil spill, it was about a week ago and the oil spill was estimated to be about 42,000 gallons per day. Even after a week, the oil spill continues and at a much higher rate @ 210,000 gallons a day. The slick, as can be seen from the animation above (courtesy nola.com), has almost reached the coastline and US coastguard estimate it to reach the Louisiana coast by tonight. Damage has been already done, both environmental and economical. While economical damage can be recovered in few years, but the environmental damage it has caused is irreparable. For New Orleans , first it was a natural disaster and now it’s man-made disaster wrecking havoc on the lives of people there. Huffington Post reports that 1/5th of US seafood comes from the Gulf and with this disaster now most of it will have to be imported from China and Vietnam, an economic burden which has to be shared by local businesses of the affected area. While the event has caused so much of environmental and economical impact, guess who is still reaping profits– British Petroleum!! 

According to Huffington Post: “Yet BP’s profits are up — 135% this quarter — despite a history of preventable mistakes, from the U.S. refinery explosion in 2005 to the spills on Prudoe Bay in 2006 and 2007. The fine levied against BP in 2009 for safety violations was the largest in the history of OSHA., but it was a mere fly-speck on the company’s balance sheet. Such fines are simply a cost of doing business.” 

Anyways, today BP took up the “responsibility” for cleaning up the oil and resulting environmental damage, “This is not our accident, but it’s our responsibility,” BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward said. Well, BP it’s your accident too, when you make profits it’s your profit and when disaster occurs, it’s your responsibility too. Own it up! If anything good that has happened due to this disaster is that president Obama has put on hold all other pending  offshore drilling dealings. Gov. Schwarzenegger withdrew support for drilling oils off the coast of Santa Barbara today, which shows the changing political view about offshore drilling. 


Animation Credit: Nola.com Picture Credit: Huffington Post 

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2 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Prasoon Diwakar » W&hellip  |  May 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    […] makes me wonder how much damage we have already caused to the ecosystem in the Gulf coast due to BP spill which still continues as the efforts to control the leak by putting a huge dome over the leak has […]

  • 2. Prasoon Diwakar » B&hellip  |  May 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    […] am reposting the above BP spill animation from my previous post. The animation is courtesy of nola.com and shows the oil spill using actual overflight information […]

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