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    Thumbs down Oil Spill in the Gulf

    Do we have SST users on here from the Gulf region, particularly Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana? How affected are you and those you know by the Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe?

    I can't believe this disaster has been ongoing for nearly a month -- and attempts to plug the leak have simply not been effective so far.

    Supposedly, tougher regulations are coming and the government is stepping up involvement, but that doesn't undo what has already happened. What do you think this spill means for the future of offshore drilling and the economy of this region, at least in the short-term?
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    one such incident in forty years; that should scream that, by and large, oil drilling can be done responsibly. I get the desire for "clean" energy, but it does not yet exist on a mass scale, meaning we still run on oil, coal, and natural gas.

    A bigger question on impact might be the Atlantic coast as the oil from this spill gets caught up in Gulf currents that swing around the Fla keys and up the intercoastal.
    There will likely be an economic hit, both in terms of the seafood industry and for tourism, at least until people see whatever effects there will be. Images of oil-tarred beaches will chase folks away; pictures of no impact may do the opposite.

    The question still lingering: why was the response plan drafted in 1994 never used?

    Despite plan, not a single fire boom on hand on Gulf Coast at time of oil spill | al.com

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    John, I think it is wrong to call this a spill. It is not a spill, such as the Exxon Valdez was. I'd call it a spew, an open hole in the ocean floor that is gushing oil at who-knows-what rate! From the looks of the Louisiana coastline and wetlands, this spew has created perhaps the biggest ecological disaster since I don't know when. And it is not over yet. This really breaks my heart.

    Last night on the news and talk radio the discussion centered on "Who is in charge?" Seems the most popular answer to the question is that BP is running the show, and our Coast Guard is left to answer for this horrible accident.

    Is the entire National Guard in the middle east? Where's the Navy?

    Again, as with Katrina, where are the feds when they are so desperately needed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by geraldine1051 View Post
    John, I think it is wrong to call this a spill. It is not a spill, such as the Exxon Valdez was. I'd call it a spew, an open hole in the ocean floor that is gushing oil at who-knows-what rate! From the looks of the Louisiana coastline and wetlands, this spew has created perhaps the biggest ecological disaster since I don't know when. And it is not over yet. This really breaks my heart.

    Last night on the news and talk radio the discussion centered on "Who is in charge?" Seems the most popular answer to the question is that BP is running the show, and our Coast Guard is left to answer for this horrible accident.

    Is the entire National Guard in the middle east? Where's the Navy?

    Again, as with Katrina, where are the feds when they are so desperately needed?
    Though I agree this is an absolute disaster, it is not on the same level as Katrina because there aren't thousands of people with their lives immediately at risk and the disaster hasn't contributed to thousands of casualties. That said, industry and livelihoods of many are immediately at risk, so I'm not all at downplaying the urgency. But we know that human health and safety is going to be affected if we don't get this thing plugged. Oil is going to be washing ashore for a long time.

    I'm not sure what the National Guard and military can do except help clean up the oily beaches on land, but I don't think we're at the point (yet) where people need to be evacuated. They can also supply their best engineers to work on the problem, which I believe they're doing.

    The best thing the Fed can do is get the best engineers in the world on the problem and push BP as much as possible to close this leak. BP has moved slowly to find a solution because, the fact is, they're not really concerned about plugging the leak. They're trying to find a way to gather all of that valuable oil they're losing.

    The biggest problem with offshore drilling (especially in international waters) is how little regulation there is, and when a disaster like this occurs, BP has the "responsibility" to clean up its own mess. Everyone wants less government and smaller government, right? Well, you run the risk of being stuck in situations like the one we're in now.

    Face it: Oil drilling is nasty, yet we need it to run our fossil-fuel obsessed lives. If we want to prevent outcomes like this in the future, not only should the oil extraction process become more regulated but also the oil dependency of the public and businesses needs to come way down. Period. Every time you turn on your car, you're making a case for why we should drill in the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcarlisle View Post
    Though I agree this is an absolute disaster, it is not on the same level as Katrina because there aren't thousands of people with their lives immediately at risk and the disaster hasn't contributed to thousands of casualties...The biggest problem with offshore drilling (especially in international waters) is how little regulation there is, and when a disaster like this occurs, BP has the "responsibility" to clean up its own mess. Everyone wants less government and smaller government, right? Well, you run the risk of being stuck in situations like the one we're in now...
    Going green is not just a bullet point in a leftist agenda. It is essential. We just can't live this way forever.
    I am thinking more long term here, of the ecological disaster to the ocean and marine life, as well as to the delicate balance of life in the marshes. And who knows, long term contact with the oil may be very hazardous to all life on the planet. All divers in the area are required to cover every inch of their bodies with protective gear prior to diving in. Last night's news showed underwater shots of a murky mess of oil and "dispersant." How are fish supposed to navigate that?!

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    The magnitude of this disaster is what's amazing. There are 4,000 or so rigs in the gulf, some in deep water and some closer in, and out of those 4,000 this is the biggest spill since Mexico had one with Pemex in like 1979 (a company I actually have worked with, but not for in the past). No matter how many safeguards are in place, eventually odds will run out on you and every safeguard will fail, so I find it absolutely amazing that BP and the government for that matter had no plan whatsoever for what to do in that inevitability. I also don't get why if the government doesn't have the know how to do this, they aren't consulting with Exxon, Chevron, Shell and any other oil company out there to see if maybe if the entire oil industry worked together they could come up with a better fix for this. Even though its BP's mess right now, it is jeopardizing the entire industry so you'd think they would be more willing to work together...

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    Have you all heard the latest? BP has purchased the search words "oil spill" on Google and Yahoo. Here's the story. Photos from the area are here. It all just makes me sick.
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    Ditto.
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