Oil Spill Disaster – July 1- now a record event

BP spill nears a somber record as Gulf’s biggest, AP, July 1.

The oil that’s spewed for two and a half months from a blown-out well a mile under the sea is expected to surpass the 140 million gallon mark, eclipsing the record-setting Ixtoc I spill off Mexico’s coast from 1979 to 1980. Even by the lower end of the government’s estimates, at least 71.2 million gallons are in the Gulf.

“It’s an important number to know because it has an impact on restoration and recovery,” ….

On a positive note, the US has finally figured out how to accept international assistance re the oil spill cleanup. AP, June 30th story: US accepts international assistance for Gulf spill Arrangements for accepting help from a dozen countries are close to settled.

But one more negative note:  The AP wire story on  June 30 provides one more reason the BP Oil Spill response plans were inadequate. BP Oil Spill Cleanup Did Not Consider Hurricanes

Rep. Edward Markey says BP’s disaster response plan for an oil spill doesn’t mention hurricanes or tropical storms. Markey says the omission is yet another example of what the oil giant was not prepared to handle.

It is truly disgraceful that the oil spill emergency plan mentioned walruses in the Gulf but neglected to mention hurricanes was approved by the Minerals Management Service of the Dept. of Interior.  Reform in the successor agency cannot come soon enough!

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One Response to Oil Spill Disaster – July 1- now a record event

  1. Barham says:

    Note that BP’s contingency plans have been developed by an outside agency used by several other oil companies. The problem is, therefore, far more disturbing. We have incompetence in virtually every organization that is involved – from the federal government, through regulatory agencies, down to the culprits themselves. In the end, BP does whatever it can (now) but acted in a typical corporate manner before, the government slowly wakes from its parochial attitudes and hollow drum beating accompanied largely by not much, and the population of the affected region of the Gulf waits with baited breath for more disasters to come. Much could have been averted by appropriate actions of the federal government which, rather typically,descended into a catatonic state the moment a truly serious event took place.

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