A massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is even worse than believed and as the government grows concerned that the rig’s operator is ill-equipped to contain it, officials are offering a military response to try to avert a massive environmental disaster along the ecologically fragile U.S. coastline.
… But time may be running out. Not only was a third leak discovered — which government officials said is spewing five times as much oil into the water than originally estimated — but it might be closer to shore than previously known, and could have oil washing up on shore by Friday.
At the same time, there appeared to be a rift developing between BP and the Coast Guard, which is overseeing the increasingly desperate operation to contain the spill and clean it up.
Note the very troubling confluence of existing conditions, incompetence, bureaucratic bickering and environmental disaster as emphasized by me.
Seriously, people, Grow Up. Where have I heard of a horrible situation made worse when local “authorities,” late-arriving military and other responders fought like a bunch of little lipgloss-smacking schoolgirls over damage assessment and the right way to fix things? Oh yeah, Katrina and The Flood! You guys have obviously learned nothing about incident response logistics. Louisiana, why you, honey? Why is it always you?
Here’s a nice New York Times infographic that shows the movement of the oil spill and wildlife at risk.
Responsible, environmentally-sensitive hydrocarbon extraction is also something for which I moved to America. Visit a Kuwaiti beach and stick your hand into the earth of the shallows; it returns with sand and black, gooey stuff. I used to swim in those beaches a lot when I was a kid. Which explains the painful blisters that developed all over my body and the amount of heavy-duty, prescription hydrocortisone cream and antibiotics bought to treat them. Is it surprising then that you can discover the same at the beaches of Louisiana?
Update: Just in case you still don’t comprehend the impact of this oil spill or think it’s necessary collateral damage or some such garbage, Cousin Pat frames the whole disaster very eloquently, “One mechanical failure andthe entire Gulf Coast is at risk? … These aren’t the granola-crunching, tree-hugging, hippie concerns the right-wing likes to make believe. These are real, WTF happens when your drilling platform explodes and we can’t turn off the Fing pipes with existing technology.”