Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill


The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has sparked off a lengthy post-mortem and debates. Emotions are running high and the line between fact and fiction is being blurred. Who really is to blame for the oil spill and what is the road ahead for British Petroleum.

If you folks have been following the big BP oil spill, then you would realize that this has the potential to become the biggest environmental disasters of all times. According to experts the spill is at the rate of 20,000 barrels a day. That means that the spill rate is 20 times the 1,000-barrels-a-day rate the oil giant, BP had been insisting on. Makes me wonder, if BP is interested only in a cover-up and/or the company have enough resources and technological knowhow, to fix the spill and stop the oil gushing from its exploded well. But hold your breath, there sure is hope, on Monday May 3rd 2010, BP promised to pay all necessary cleanup costs for the oil spill. What was implied was that they will do it, no matter how much they have to raise gas (aka petrol) prices. 

According to Associate Press investigation there is a cosy relationship between, the oil companies and the regulators. Minerals Management Service or MMS, the federal agency responsible for ensuring that the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was operating safely, had at least 16 fewer inspections, since 2005. The MMS was to conduct inspections aboard the Deepwater Horizon at least once per month but fell well short of its own policy.

One thing is sure, with this spill, BP has put more birds in oil than KFC’s Colonel Sanders and if it gets worse, British Petroleum may soon start drilling for more precious ‘water’. And then perhaps change the company name to British Water. Oops already taken but we sure can come up with something 😉

Photo : Copyright with Huffington Post

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    • Griffith Sharon
    • September 2nd, 2010

    Two new scientific reports that came out last month raised fresh fears about the environmental fallout from the world’s worst offshore oil spill and questioned government assurances that most of the oil from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico was already gone.

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