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    Oil well hit by fatal explosion produces slick the size of Hong Kong

    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. …
    “Real environmentalists live in cities, and they visit what's left of the wilderness as gently and respectfully as possible.” — Donna Moulton, letter to the editor, Tucson Weekly, published on August 23, 2001

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    Re: Oil well hit by fatal explosion produces slick the size of Hong Kong

    Let's not flip out and have an enviro-fit. The article plainly states that it would take 261 days at the current rate to reach the effects of the Valdez oil spill back in 1989. It's been 20 years worth of technological development in dealing with these exact situations. Plus, we know from history, even with 20 year old technology, Alaska didn't come to an end because of it.

    Let me know when 2/3's of a year has passed and this hasn't been handled. Then I'll get a little concerned.

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    Re: Oil well hit by fatal explosion produces slick the size of Hong Kong

    So you don't think there'll be push back on new oil drilling in the Gulf and off the East Coast as the Obama administration has proposed in the wake of this disaster? I rather think we'll see a lot more questions about those “20 years worth of technological development” in the light of Deepwater Horizon.
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    Re: Oil well hit by fatal explosion produces slick the size of Hong Kong

    I'm normally the first person to criticize this kind of thing, but the Gulf of Mexico is already a dead zone because of fertilizer run off from the Mississippi. The ecological damage, in this case, is minimal.

    I just hope the company pays for the cleanup and not tax dollars.

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    Re: Oil well hit by fatal explosion produces slick the size of Hong Kong

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    So you don't think there'll be push back on new oil drilling in the Gulf and off the East Coast as the Obama administration has proposed in the wake of this disaster? I rather think we'll see a lot more questions about those “20 years worth of technological development” in the light of Deepwater Horizon.
    I don't think it will matter to anyone looking at the situation with honesty, no.

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    Re: Oil well hit by fatal explosion produces slick the size of Hong Kong

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    Let's not flip out and have an enviro-fit. The article plainly states that it would take 261 days at the current rate to reach the effects of the Valdez oil spill back in 1989. It's been 20 years worth of technological development in dealing with these exact situations. Plus, we know from history, even with 20 year old technology, Alaska didn't come to an end because of it.

    Let me know when 2/3's of a year has passed and this hasn't been handled. Then I'll get a little concerned.
    Let me add that the equipment to cap the well is already out there, and the well will be capped within the next day or two.
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    Re: Oil well hit by fatal explosion produces slick the size of Hong Kong

    Sucks it happened and hopefully the company will pay for any ecological damages that may result because of this. The good news is that there already seems to be a plan to stop the leaking and the plan is already in motion. And that there probably will not be that much ecological damage since the Gulf is already a dead zone because of chemicals that entered the Gulf from the Mississippi (not that good news is there isn't that much life there, but not much damage will be done). Also, the fact that White House won't halt its plans for drilling is good as well. Gets us out of the Middle East's pockets since they hold oil and hopefully soon in the future we find an acceptable alternative source of energy and we will not have to worry about accidents like this any more.

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    Re: Oil well hit by fatal explosion produces slick the size of Hong Kong

    About the Gulf is already a dead zone comments---I have fished and swam in the Gulf on numerous occasions and it's not all a dead zone.

    Here is more info on the dead zone area:
    Gulf Of Mexico Dead Zone Smaller Than Expected, But Severe

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    Re: Oil well hit by fatal explosion produces slick the size of Hong Kong

    People that celebrate earth day and buy green things because they "must do their part" might get excited, the rest of us realize that Oil extraction has risks. The dangers are far, far, far less then they were 10 years ago, 20 years ago. This "disaster" is being dealt with as best as humans can, and is a price of progress.
    Climate, changes. It takes a particularly uneducated population to buy into the idea that it's their fault climate is changing and further political solutions can fix it.



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    Re: Oil well hit by fatal explosion produces slick the size of Hong Kong

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    People that celebrate earth day and buy green things because they "must do their part" might get excited, the rest of us realize that Oil extraction has risks.
    Actually I'm capable of doing both simultaneously, thanks. Who would have thought?

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