Just posting this in case anyone is wondering what’s going on with the oil spill and comes here to find out what’s going on in the world. (Not sure why anyone would, but if I can inform once in a while, I’m happy to provide the service.)
The situation in the gulf is getting so dire for some in the seafood industry, they’ve thought about committing suicide. Steps to intervene are underway.
– WGNO ABC26 News, New Orleans
The move is significant, because it suggests federal officials are now concerned that the unprecedented use of chemical dispersants could pose a significant threat to the Gulf of Mexico’s marine life.
– The Washington Post
I’ve read that Corexit has been banned in the U.K. because it’s been “linked with human health problems including respiratory, nervous system, liver, kidney and blood disorders.”
I think the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to have been very, very modest.
– Tony Hayward, BP CEO (5/18/2010)
National Public Radio in the United States last night reported that the well is spewing up to 70,000 barrels of oil a day, or 2.9m US gallons – the equivalent of an Exxon Valdez disaster every four days. Nearly 11m gallons of oil were spilled in Alaska’s Prince William Sound in 1989 when the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground, oiling beaches and poisoning marine life for generations. NPR said scientific analysis of newly released video footage from the ocean floor suggested the gusher was 12 times more powerful than estimates offered so far by the Coast Guard or BP.
– The Guardian (UK) (5/13/2010)
Ok, now that I’ve gone through all of that, it seems like a big waste of time. Oh, well. I need to find out who’s collecting the pet hair that will sent down there to mop up the oil. Really, I heard that someone is doing that. And I’ve got plenty of pet hair to provide.