I'm pissed as hell! And you should be, too.
1.Our nation is a government of reaction and almost never prevention. Why are we waiting until something like this happens before we make sure that there are safety precautions in place to make sure it doesn't??????? Whah???
2. Oil and gas moguls seem to have virtually a free rein as long as their wallets are overflowing. Yeah yeah...I have no proof of any monetary gains of anyone....yadda yadda yadda.......I'm not even blaming them. Well...maybe a little. Recently, a moratorium was lifted on offshore drilling in several areas including the Atlantic and the Gulf.
President Obama, "If, in order to get that passed, we have to compromise in terms of a careful, well thought-out drilling strategy that was carefully circumscribed to avoid significant environmental damage -- I don't want to be so rigid that we can't get something done." Ummmm.....ooooops!
First, it was no leakage. Then it was maybe 10,000 gallons...oh wait! Maybe 40,000.......now we are up to 5,000 barrels. That doesn't sound as bad, right? WRONG. Why did the media start talking in terms of barrels so suddenly instead of gallons? A barrel of oil=about 42 gallons. We are talking AT LEAST 210,000 gallons a day. 11,000,000 gallons were spilled in the Exxon Valdez spill. In 53 days this # will be more than the Exxon Valdez spill. One report said it could take up to three months to drill a relief well. That is 90 days. 90x210,000 =18,900,000 gallons. But an estimate of these rates is 1,680,000 gallons already spilled? I frankly think so much damage has already been done at this point the Gulf and its wildlife will be ruined for a very long time. Not to mention those that make their living on the Gulf. The Exxon accident happened in 1989. In 2002 a study showed quite a bit of oil still remaining. You can read about it here. Who will help? Who can help? This is a negligent mistake of epic proportions, it is not an accident. If there are safeguards that our government wants in place now to keep this from happening on future drills then these safeguards should have already been in place.