Scientists, Professors, Marine Biologists, Conservation Professionals ~ all estimate more than 120 million gallons of oil was spilled into the gulf in the first month after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon ~ significantly more that the original 6 million gallon estimate BP released earlier. Subsequent to the release of the larger estimates by these experts, the company has now declined to estimate the amount of oil spilling into the sea daily. To say that the public has been misled as to the severity of the “spill” is an understatement.
There is also speculation in some quarters that the ineptitude of the measures taken to cap the well, to date, illustrate that BPs priority is saving the well rather than stopping the oil gushing in to the gulf.
I hope that isn’t true, but in light of the company’s “efforts” to contain the spill and stop the flow of oil, so far, one can’t help but wonder.
The following video was recorded on May 21st, a full month after the explosion that injured 17 people and killed 11.
As it is, the dead and injured of the Deepwater Horizon explosion were just the first casualties of this ongoing assault against the earth. Many more lives will be lost before the final repercussions of the spill are realized.
The oil itself will continue to spread through the eco-system across the earth, as tidal waters carry it into the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, the arctic, and ultimately through all the seas of the world. Like all systemic toxins, the poisons will insinuate themselves into every form and aspect of life ~ everywhere. For many species of life, the Deepwater Horizon spill may well be an extinction level event.
Wildlife rescue workers are already doing what they can to de-oil birds they can catch along the shore. The dolphins and sea turtles are apparently on their own, as are all the other species of marine life that live under the surface ~ or have done up until now. And this is only the beginning of the devastation, illness, and death.
As seen and heard in the video, the “clean up” effort is making use of even deadlier chemical toxins to “disperse” the oil. In addition to making rescue workers ill through inhaling it, it appears that the chemicals don’t really disperse the oil but simply keep it all from coming to the surface.
And I have to say, even if it did disperse the oil, what good is that? Is the intent to speed it on its way into the oceanic eco-system? To use a completely inadequate analogy: that’s like cleaning wood furniture with a feather duster. You don’t really get rid of the dust you just stir it up so it wafts away to settle on some other surface. How is that kind of “clean up” helping to stop the spill and ameliorate its effects?
Additional victims of the spill are rescue workers and others exposed to the chemicals that were being sprayed over the gulf waters to disperse the oil. The EPA has now put a stop to the spraying of those chemicals, but what of those already affected by them?
We’ll take a closer look at those ripple effects in tomorrow’s post. Stay tuned.
See you on the green ~
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