bobbuilds. yep, it's bad, really bad.
First, minor correction: this isn't an oil spill. This is a fucking gushing geyser of oil! It's a neat little PR trick to label it a spill. Because when you say or read the word 'spill,' the image that pops into your head is quite different than if you were to say the word, 'gusher.' Watch it live
and see what I mean. Does that live image look like a spill?
This is the greatest environmental disaster in US history. Pics 1 Pics 2
. I'm not sure if this disaster will be the end of the world as you say, but it most definitely could be the extinction of entire species
. Scientists can only hypothesize how this disaster may effect the food chain and the oceans ecosystems
. In short, they just know that the magnitude of this disaster is worse than anything they have ever been able to study, and that it's bad -- really fucking bad!
This isn't the first time massive amounts of oil 'spills' have destroyed ecosystems. This is just the first time that this magnitude of a 'spill' has washed up onto America's shores. A few examples: The Niger Delta area is fucked
because of oil companies. Chevron dumped nearly 15 billion gallons of toxic waste water
into the Amazon areas in Ecuador.
Info: The oildrum.com
has been the best source of info I have found on reading about the technical side of what is happening down there. This site has a comment section where people who do this stuff for a living are sharing their insights.
I really haven't found anything about ecological viewpoints. Anybody else? btw- linedawg, thanks for your insightful post.
Oh, Stiff n Wet. Getting a relief well to work has a much better chance than winning the lottery. Drillers have never failed to eventually get a relief well to work. The technology on these drilling rigs is unbelievable. The sensor that is near the drill bit and sends info back up to the surface costs around $100,000. They know exactly where the drillbit is located in comparison to where they need it to go. I spent a few days on a natural gas rig and was blown away by the technology and the process of drilling a hole 10,000 feet deep. Unfortunately, you are right. The time it might take to eventually get the relief well to work is a scary thought.
nmalozzi, you are right. Why bash BP? They were just doing what they know how to do: Extract a resource, and make huge profits. And, yeah, they and their contractors fucked up big time. And, yeah, they are now being slimy little corporate fucks who are trying to cover their asses
by keeping things hidden from the public
If we want to bash something then we should be bashing the system. What's that saying? "Don't hate the player, hate the game." Unfortunately, when dealing with problems, palliation is all this culture knows how to do. Because god forbid we actually attempt to honestly take a look at the root of our problems.