Are you entirely sick of hearing this reason, mantra, excuse for why the floundering efforts BP keeps coming up with have failed, one after another?
The truth is this is all one grand experiment-- gone bad.
CBS news reports:
The most conservative estimate is 6,000,000 gallons of oil have leaked, but some scientists believe the spill has already surpassed the 11,000,000 gallons that leaked from the Exxon Valdez in Alaska.
Heavy crude oil has washed up along 65 miles of Louisiana coastline. The marshes could begin dying within a week. Marine wildlife is already dying: including more then 300 birds, nearly 200 turtles and 19 dolphins.
Under federal law, BP is in charge of the disaster response. So far, 22,000 people and 1,100 vessels have been deployed to remove the oil, along with 2.5 million feet of boom. So far, the company's used 785,000 gallons of chemicals on the surface and at the leak site to break up the oil.
But late Monday, the EPA ordered that scaled back, because the dispersants are toxic. Whatever BP is doing about the leak, government officials made it clear -- it is not enough.The government isn't taking the lead because of a law passed after the Exxon Valdez disaster. The oil pollution control act requires companies to oversee and pay for cleaning up an oil spill. So far BP has spent more than $700 million. "
Might I add, it never should be done again.
If you want a total honest recount & truth on this matter 60 minutes talked to a guy from the rig, the last one off, it sounds like--- the lifeboats left him behind & he had to jump from 10 stories off the platform, into the oily/burning water.
Part of that segment also talks to an oil rig safety guy who says Deepwater Horizon would look like a tiny bubble, compared to the Atlantis oil rig, which @ full capacity would get 200,000 barrels a day of oil & has shoddy, below industry standard practices in place.
He was let go for calling them out on infractions & issues. (That was his job to be an engineer & safety supervisor).
This is an important story from a firsthand witness.
It is long, but entirely worthwhile, in fact I'll call it a must see.
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