Excerpted from “Oil well hit by fatal explosion produces slick the size of Hong Kong” By Jacqui Goddard in Miami, timesonline.co.uk, April 26, 2010
An oil slick covering 400sq miles is threatening a slow-motion catastrophe for the Gulf of Mexico’s delicate marine life, with 42,000 gallons (160,000 litres) a day now gushing from an uncapped well after a rig explosion.
Two days after declaring that there was no leak and that oil on the surface was residue from on board the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform that burst into a fireball on Tuesday, officials revealed that the slick was coming from the seabed and was now 25 times the size it was on Friday. …“Right now we are over-responding with resources to manage the potential spill here. We will be well-prepared to manage whatever comes.” — BP spokesman Tom Mueller†
Well I feel reassured although not so very long ago they told us these rigs don't leak oil, even when they sink, and, then they told us that the rig wasn't leaking much‡, and, now they're telling us that even though this is a major leak, that it won't become a major ecological catastrophe. I feel reassured … that the story will change some more before its done.
Men died, delicate ecologies are being contaminated, but, perhaps the largest casualty is the off shore drilling planning offered by the president, but, of course, the last word they say on the matter is ‘No, that's not change they believe in.’
Excerpted from “White House: Oil spill no reason to stop drilling” By MATTHEW DALY (AP) – 2 days ago
The explosion at an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is no reason to give up plans to expand offshore drilling, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Friday. …