This just in, the Gulf of Mexico has just been hit with yet another oil spill.
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.
Something about “forgetting the past” comes to mind.
If you saw my last post, you saw a little bit about my weekend, but apparently there were other things going on as well, first up the Obama administration is sending Lawyers into the BP/Gulf situation. While I say it’s about time, I’m still, not sure if stuffing the pipe with lawyers is going to plug it up any better than stuffing it with golf balls. (Unavoidable aside, what do you call 100 lawyers at bottom of the Gulf of Mexico…a good start!).
Walt sent me a link to the camera feed that is cutting the pipe so that they can seal it off and re-route the flow of oil into a tanker (apparently I can’t hot-link it, but if you cut out the link (mms://a261.l9789246260.c97892.g.lm.akamaistream.net/D/261/97892/v0001/reflector:46260), paste it in your windows media player Open File URL, you will get to see a live feed). Walt says there is a site that does allow fro a hotlink, but he had to go to work, sio I’m guessing that he’ll post it later.
Oh yeah, and there was apparently a sinkhole that abruptly opened up in Guatemala. Yeah, you heard that right, a sinkhole (that looks eerily like something the Silver Surfer did in FF #2 or the Predators did in AVP #1, or even the Horta from the original Star Trek TV show.
So I’m figuring the end of the world is a tad sooner than the Mayans would have had us believe…Me? I’m preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse.
Yeah, that’s pretty much what the current consensus is in regards to the MONTH-LONG oil spill int he Gulf of Mexico.
At a conference of oil leak experts in Washington today, attendees proposed plugging the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico with executives of BP, the company responsible for the catastrophic spill.
“We’ve tried containment domes, rubber tires, and even golf balls,” said William Cathermeyer of the National Oil Leakage Institute, a leading consultancy in the field of oil leaks. “Now it’s time to shove some BP executives down there and hope for the best.”
Submerging the oil company executives thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface could be a “win-win” situation, Mr. Cathermeyer said.
“Best-case scenario, they plug the leak,” he said. “And at the very least, they’ll shut the fuck up.”
But even as the oil leak experts proposed their unorthodox solution, environmental expert Marilyn Sufranski warned of the possible negative consequences of plugging the oil leak with BP executives.
“The Gulf of Mexico is slimy enough already,” she said.
Yeah, we thought it was pretty hilarious too.