A Houston-based oil company has accepted responsibility for a mysterious spill near Grand Isle, although it says it remains “surprised” that what it thought was a minor discharge from a long dormant well could have produced miles-long slicks.
Yes, kids, you did read that correctly, word has it that there is a 30-mile long oil slick that is spreading across the Gulf, near Louisiana’s Grand Isle — which was one of the hardest-hit places during the last spill to devastate the Coast. Further, since most folks in the U.S. (not living along the Gulf Coast) hardly seem able to remember the BP spill itself, they’re probably even less likely to remember that the AP discovered tens of thousands of unproducing wells, much like the one that’s currently gushing oil now throughout the recently soiled and then cleaned Gulf waters & shores.
According to the AP, many of these wells were improperly sealed, then and were accidents waiting to happen.
If you’ll recall, there are an estimated 27,000 abandoned oil wells spread out across the Gulf. 3,500 of those have been left ‘temporarily’ (read: poorly) sealed, often for decades. The oil company claims it was in the process of plugging the now-leaking well permanently, and that it was “surprised” so much oil escaped.
Some BP employees made this music video of the oil spill burns. Of the nearly 4 million barrels of oil spilled by the Macondo oil spill, about 300,000 barrels were burned in situ, which is to say, in place.
Enjoy the spectacle.
Set to the music of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” *
Not to make light of what is happening in the Gulf of Mexico, nor to detract from the posts that Walt is making (zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz), but I though that I’d add this little bit of BP-related silliness to your Monday morning.
This may look like the work of a prankster, some PhotoShop kid with too much time on their hands, but no, this was once (and still is, I guess) a real thing.
Released in the 1970s, this BP-endorsed board game wasn’t exactly a hit, but it’s sure a hit with collectors now, with old copies being dug up and dusted off in the wake of the Louisiana Gulf disaster.
The game had up to four players taking control of deep-sea oil rigs. While there was money to be made and pipes to be laid, there were also dangers, like…well, “Blow-out! Rig damaged. Oil slick clean-up costs. Pay $1million.”
The game is probably rubbish, hence its obscurity, but who cares when the box art is that poignant, and that creepy.
Now I know that this looks like some kind of sick Photoshop atrocity, but, rest assured, that no, it is not. It is an actual ’70s board game that was endorsed by BP. Seriously.
George Santayana said, “those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it” here is proof of a sort.
Right about now I’m sort of expecting the little mole men form that Old Superman movie to start climbing out of the well.
“If there is anxiety, it is created by the expectation you have to do it on the first try and the whole world knowing about it,” Wright, who is aboard the Development Driller III rig in the Gulf, told the Houston Chronicle in an e-mail.
“If you make it, you’re a hero. If you miss, I would expect it to be like missing the winning field goal in the Super Bowl. Either way, it will be something you will play over and over the rest of your life,” Wright said.
“I got an e-mail this morning telling me that I will be personally responsible for the next move up in the stock market if the intersection and kill is successful on the first try. Las Vegas will be booking odds next.”