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Artikel der Kategorie Mai 20th, 2010

The (black) tide is high…

Mai 20, 2010 Von: FirstOfTenth Kategorie: Mixed zone Kommentare deaktiviert

Update (20.05.2010):

Have a look at the leak, see how »successful« BP has been so far trying to stop the emissions

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Taken from euronews.de – remember: The rig »Deepwater Horizon« exploded exactly one month ago, on April 20! Does this look like most of the oil is siphoned? I mean, how could a leakage with a diameter of 21 inch be plugged by 4-inch-wide tube? This is like the famous drop in the ocean, it’s just to ease the public opinion. It’s said BP’s tried to shut those pictures away because of damaging their image even more than the disaster already did. Impossible, from my point of view it couldn’t be more worse than it’s been already.

One of four other videos available on youtube:

Ready to see the worst? Here we go:

Doesn’t it look like our Earth is bleeding? This amount is inconceivable! Just stop deep sea drilling. It’s not safe, no matter what companies, politicians or experts say.

Original post (01.05.2010):

Oil slick, seen from the orbit, © http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=43768&src=imgrss

The oil slick, seen from the orbit
© http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov

Shortly after the American president announced deep sea drills would be allowed at the atlantic off-shore he’s suddenly got his very own “Katrina”-moment by the “Deepwater Horizon” (why do I have to think of the “Event Horizon” movie now?) environmental debacle.

Five times more oil than British Petroleum (BP) has admitted initially, namely 800.000 liters (I haven’t got the slightest idea how much this is, in fact – it’s simply unimaginably terribly much) are pouring out of the leakage in the Mexican Gulf day by day. Despite US coast guard has suggested to burn off the oil slick meanwhile the first waves have reached the coast of Louisiana and it’s to be feared the shores of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida will be concerned on Monday.

There’s no explanation yet why the saftey device, a so called blowout preventer which is destined to seal the spouter in case of emergency, failed in this case.

What was a human tragedy in the first place when the platform blew up on 20. April and sank two days later because seven people were seriously injured and eleven people are still missing is now turning out as the worst environmental damage ever since 1989. Who wouldn’t remember the pictures of seabirds glued by oil, unable to move? Tons of fish perished, seals, orcas, sea otter died a very torturous slowly dead, mostly by asphyxia when the oil tanker Exxon Valdez sank in the Prince-William-Sound close to the shore of Alaska.

Now it’s suspected that even a larger area is going to be contaminated, amongst others the extremely sensitive Mississippi Delta. Hundreds of species are threatened, an ecological disaster is more than likely.

I shouldn’t forget about the people who are living from what the ocean has to give. If it comes to mass mortality the fishermen will go through hard times. But the tourism industry will be down for years, too. So it’s an economical disaster as well.

And we are all guilty. It’s our hunger for energy, all over the world, not only in the US, which is the reason for the catastrophe. It’s no act of god and it was no technical failure. For sure it’s been a human failure – but of us all.

Will use my bike a bit more instead of the car. I know, that’s not a lot energy saving. But it’s a contribution, at least.