2. Oil Spills

Jun-18-2010 | Comments Off

Bird’s-Eye: It gets worse and worse: it appears that the sea-floor has been cracked open, so oil is leaking from around the well, which is currently estimated to be spewing over 2.5 million gallons per day. We have pictures of what the shore line looks like, and for those who like their humour black, the wildlife expert listed on BP’s website turns out to have been dead for 5 years. (Hey, if he were still alive, this would have killed him.) Jon Stewart eviscerates Obama’s speech, and the Guardian points out that there’s a far worse oil spill currently happening in Nigeria, which gets no publicity at all.

* Oil Leaks From Gulf Seabed Cracks Around BP’s Well Site Antemedius

…it would seem that if the seabed is becoming saturated with oil leaking through it that is only a question of time before the seabed will no longer have the structural strength to support the weight of the BOP and that it could fall off the top of the well pipe it is sitting on, releasing an uncontrolled and uncontrollable flow of oil into the gulf with no way of plugging or stopping it. This video was recorded from the Viking Poseidon ROV 1 on June 13th, 2010, and appears to show bursts of oil leaking from cracks in the seabed. [Editor’s note: the video is terrifyingly clear]

* Photo Section

Single stunning photo The Guardian

Scenes from the Gulf of Mexico Big Picture

* Jon Stewart on Obama’s Speech

- for US readers

- for Canadian readers

* Nigeria’s agony dwarfs the Gulf oil spill. The US and Europe ignore it The Observer

In fact, more oil is spilled from the delta’s network of terminals, pipes, pumping stations and oil platforms every year than has been lost in the Gulf of Mexico, the site of a major ecological catastrophe caused by oil that has poured from a leak triggered by the explosion that wrecked BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig last month.

That disaster, which claimed the lives of 11 rig workers, has made headlines round the world. By contrast, little information has emerged about the damage inflicted on the Niger delta. Yet the destruction there provides us with a far more accurate picture of the price we have to pay for drilling oil today.







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