Posted by: tylere108 | May 20, 2010

Keeping watch over the spill in the Gulf – 1 month later

Its been a month since the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico started. A whole month. 30 days. And unfortunately, the situation has only gotten worse.

While many of us were happy to find out that the tar balls found in Florida were not from the spill, we have also learned that the spill is far worse than BP or anyone realized.

Yesterday, an engineering professor testified before Congress that the amount of oil spilling into the Gulf on a daily basis is 19 times greater than what most of us have been hearing for the past 4 weeks.

For a long time, BP and the media has been telling us that 5,000 barrels (approx. 210,000 gallons) of oil is spilling into the Gulf on a daily basis.

However, this scientist estimates that 95,000 barrels (4 million gallons) is more likely to be the correct size of the spill. This accounts for the oil that is remaining at deep levels in the water and cannot be seen from above.

Scientists are putting together a team of experts to get a more exact number but believe that this estimate is much more appropriate than the previous estimates put out by BP.

The top priority remains to stop the spill . . . . but one wonders how much the Gulf can handle?

And how long will recovery take once the spill is stopped? What will the Gulf look like in 5, 10, 15 years? Is this really the best way to get oil?

… if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land  (2 Chronicles 7:14)

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Responses

  1. No is the quick answer. We need to get moving fast on “what’s next.” I was just in West Virginia and Mountain Top Removal and poisoning the drinking water is also not the solution (there is no such thing as clean coal or safe oil).
    Robert Byrd (Senator WV) finally said something that was not 100% pro-coal – he said the State needs to realize that change is coming, there is an end in site and the State needs to diversify it’s economy (paraphrased). Stunning coming from a man who has almost never spoken against coal.
    So without getting to sidetracked – remember every time you turn on your light where it is coming from and that you are not paying the true cost – the people in the areas poisoned are paying for you.


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