Sunday, May 2, 2010

So sad and frustrated...

As I keep reading the reports about the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, my sadness and frustration are growing equally.

So sad for all the fish, dolphins, birds, and shellfish that are getting mired in the oil. So sad for the people whose livelihood depends on the health of the oceans.

So frustrated that we can allow our oil companies to pump oil out of the ocean floor with no plan for what to do in the event of a catastrophe. The oil continues to spill and we're spinning our wheels trying to figure out what to do. It's already washing ashore in the Gulf Coast, and the most recent reports say that it isn't a question of if it will hit the East Coast, but rather when.

Let's hope some smart scientists figure out how to stem the flow -- and fast! Let's also hope we learned something about cleanup from the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
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1 comment:

  1. Yes, Paul and I are amazed that there is no back-up plan to shut down the flow of oil. There should be safety valves at various sites within the oil rig. Or at least a submergable that can get to the break immediately and repair it. There are many of these systems on Airplanes. Just crazy and sad that the oil industry hasn't bothered to take all their ridiculous profits and invest in the technology.