Spill, Baby, Spill

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It’s been 47 days since Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to a new web site, Ifitwasmyhome.com, those of us who aren’t on the frontlines in Louisiana and Florida can gain some perspective on the far-reaching effects of the BP oil spill. Just type in your current location or hometown to see how vast the affected area would be if it happened where you live. (Click here to see New York.)

Considering how much our beloved Southland prides itself on its beaches, coasts and waterways, this whole disaster is beyond devastating–especially when you consider how fast the oil is spreading and how far it’s projected to go. It’s like if Katrina happened, and then rather than dissipating, the hurricane expanded eastward from Louisiana, around the tip of Florida, all the way back up the Atlantic coast to Cape Hatteras and beyond.

Even scarier: Atlantis, another BP oil rig that sits about 100 miles south from where the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20th. Not only is Atlantis operating deeper than Deep Horizon, it also pumps far more oil, roughly 13% of the total U.S. Gulf output, amid rampant questions regarding its safety and structural security. If this thing explodes, its spill could exceed the volume of the Exxon-Valdez disaster . . . IN TWO DAYS.

Photo: Mother Jones

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  1. The Destructionist

    As the oil spill in the Gulf grows larger and more deadly, decimating all that it touches, BP continues to turn down assistance from Americans who just want to help clean up the mess. (…I hear they even turned down Director James Cameron and actor Kevin Costner…)

    First let’s get one thing perfectly straight: If you want to go and help clean up the oil spill, don’t let some corporate Big-Whigs “handle” you into believing that you’d be more of a liability, than an asset. I applaud you for recognizing that we all depend on our oceans for our very survival. It is this water that sustains every living thing on our planet, and it is also this water that we must protect in order to save ourselves from extinction.

    BP has downplayed the problem in the Gulf from the beginning as a means of corporate damage control. I don’t think they’ve yet recognized the severity of the problem. As I’ve written in past blog posts; the pipe needs to be capped and the relief well needs to be drilled. It’s not an exact science by any means, and if BP doesn’t get it right the first time, they’ll have to do it over, and over, and over again, until they do. How many months (or years) will that take? How much damage will have been done to our environment by then? We’ve already seen what 51 days of oil can do to the Gulf of Mexico… What would happen if the oil was left, unabated, for several months, or years? It’s a frightening example of corporate greed gone awry and it’s criminal, pure and simple.

    Corporations should never be allowed the opportunity to risk the lives of everyone on the planet just to make a profit for a few shareholders. (What good is money, after all, if you don’t have air to breathe, water to drink, or food to eat without fear of contamination?)

    BREAKING NEWS: I’ve just heard that those enormous plumes floating just under the surface of the water have been certified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.) as crude oil.

    (Are we just casual witnesses to our own demise? I wonder…)

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