Millions of gallons of oil have leaked from British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon rig off the coast of Louisiana after the explosion three weeks ago. The United States Coast Guard estimates more than 210,000 gallons (although 5,000 barrels sounds much more manageable doesn’t it?) spew into the Gulf waters each day and there is no end in sight. Other unofficial estimates are at nearly one million gallons a day. This will undoubtedly become the biggest oil disaster in the history of the U.S. and possibly the world.
How does BP expect to stop the leak that is more than a mile beneath the surface of the ocean? Is the short answer to hope the leak stops or the well just runs out of oil? Sure technology might be theoretically better today to stop the flow, but similar disasters took almost a year to plug (see the Ixtoc spill from 1979-1980). As it stands now efforts to quail the leak have failed.
And it should surprise no one Halliburton played a role in this current disaster. Halliburton also did the concrete work for a rig that exploded last year in the Timor Sea between northwest Australia and Indonesia.
BP, Transocean and Halliburton. Fuck you. You fucking fucks.
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