Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The ONLY Positive Impact from the Gulf Spill

An article in the Financial Times yesterday suggested that onshore natural gas drilling might be the beneficiary of the fallout from the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Politicians realize that fossil fuels are necessary but they have to realize (and probably do) that the choice is the lesser of the evils.  Between exporting our wealth to foreign countries, supporting rogue governments, risking catastrophic oil spills, endangering coal miners' lives and other hazards too many to mention, drilling shale gas is starting to look like a better alternative in Washington.

It is hard for me to say that anything good can come from this disastrous spill.  Living along the Gulf Coast, I wake up every morning and go to bed every evening thinking of this spill and the wide-ranging immediate and long-term impacts. 

This tragic event was 100% avoidable.  Blame can be generously spread from the lax oversight from an MMS that has been broken for a decade to BP's history of playing it to close to the edge with safety to a general lack of preparation and understanding of such an environmental catastrophe.  Billions of dollars are spent on each of these projects.  It completely galls me that the consideration of environmental impacts was short changed.

I could rant on, but I'll spare you.  I'm hoping and praying that either the top kill or the junk shot shuts down the BOP this week.  The flow of oil HAS TO STOP.  If these tricks don't work, they should plug the leak by stuffing a few Englishmen in the hole until they drill the relief well.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just one Englishman? Why not the complete board of director, and a few officers thrown in for lagniappe?

Anonymous said...

Can't they hire Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck to dive to the bottom of the Gulf and plug it with a nuke?

Robert Hutchinson said...

The nuke might make a bigger hole in the ground, but it seemed to work on "LOST" a few seasons ago. Speaking of "LOST," maybe they sould try the same stopper stone that worked to restore the light at the center of the island.

I'm waiting for someone to come up with a big crimping device to at least slow the flow of oil. I know it's a pale comparison (those are big pipes), but when I severed the copper water line for the icemaker behind the fridge a few years ago, it sure helped to crimp the pipe while I crawled under the house looking for the shut off valve. I'm just saying...