Oyster Po’ Boys? Not for a While ~

Today they finally showed pictures of what might really be happening in the Gulf.  It is sickening to see.  It is sickening to begin to understand the devastation that is happening and will continue to happen in the gulf.  The extent of the environmental disaster almost can’t be imagined.  What will happen to fish, birds and other creatures is almost unimaginable and the consequences to the planet vast and long lasting.  Add to that the devastating consequences this disaster will have on the economy of a region already struggling desperately to recover from the hurricanes of the last six years and you realize that this is a disaster of much broader reach than we might have thought.

The oil company that brought this about, and the regulators that failed to do their jobs, bear a very grave responsibility.  Unfortunately, despite all their assurances that they were prepared for disaster, they clearly were not.  The very little they have tried has failed; and until today they simply lied about the extent of what was happening.  But today the grim underwater pictures of thousands of crude pumping into the water couldn’t be disguised or excused. 

So having faced the reality that BP is simply unprepared and incapable of fixing this, and leaving aside the question of how to handle the future, why isn’t the government stepping up?  We all know that BP is “responsible”, read financially.  Who cares right now? All that matters it that it is stopped, fixed, contained.  The Army Corps of Engineers is supposed to know how to fix everything; there are scientists and technicians all over the globe working on this kind of project.  Why can’t they all talk to each other?  Why can’t the fixers and solvers get together and find fix or solution?   We know BP can’t by themselves.  So what are we waiting for?  The end of the world?

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3 Responses to “Oyster Po’ Boys? Not for a While ~”

  1. Joan Burns Says:

    I regret to say that I think this is another example of Obama waiting on the problem. I thought he had been getting a little better about that but apparently not at least this crucial one. Hard to believe the reports of the previous behavior of the government regulators supposed to prevent this kind of thing from happening. And Obama has just suspended temporarily drilling off our coasts, not ended it.

    • trienahg Says:

      Yep. He is way too slow off the mark on this one. Glad the one regulator is resigning, hopefully in shame. What can I say about off-shore drilling, we all know it won’t solve the problem, just ruin the ecology.

  2. The Destructionist Says:

    As the oil spill in the Gulf grows larger and more deadly, decimating all that it touches, BP continues to turn down assistance from Americans who just want to help clean up the mess. (…I hear they even turned down Director James Cameron and actor Kevin Costner…)

    First let’s get one thing perfectly straight: If you want to go and help clean up the oil spill, don’t let some corporate Big-Whigs “handle” you into believing that you’d be more of a liability, than an asset. I applaud you for recognizing that we all depend on our oceans for our very survival. It is this water that sustains every living thing on our planet, and it is also this water that we must protect in order to save ourselves from extinction.

    BP has downplayed the problem in the Gulf from the beginning as a means of corporate damage control. I don’t think they’ve yet recognized the severity of the problem. As I’ve written in past blog posts; the pipe needs to be capped and the relief well needs to be drilled. It’s not an exact science by any means, and if BP doesn’t get it right the first time, they’ll have to do it over, and over, and over again, until they do. How many months (or years) will that take? How much damage will have been done to our environment by then? We’ve already seen what 51 days of oil can do to the Gulf of Mexico… What would happen if the oil was left, unabated, for several months, or years? It’s a frightening example of corporate greed gone awry and it’s criminal, pure and simple.

    Corporations should never be allowed the opportunity to risk the lives of everyone on the planet just to make a profit for a few shareholders. (What good is money, after all, if you don’t have air to breathe, water to drink, or food to eat without fear of contamination?)

    BREAKING NEWS: I’ve just heard that those enormous plumes floating just under the surface of the water have been certified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.) as crude oil.

    (Are we just casual witnesses to our own demise? I wonder…)


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