Apr
29
2010

Drill and spill?

Is deep water drilling worth the cost?

Oil spill advances toward Gulf coast: New overflight map updated 10:00 a.m. April 29, 2010 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Oil spill advances toward Gulf coast: New overflight map updated 10:00 a.m. April 29, 2010 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)Courtesy uscgd8
The costs of a "Drill, Baby, Drill" policy are being measured this week in lives, money, business income, and environmental damage.

BP (British Petroleum) says it is spending $6 million a day to battle a growing oil spill which resulted from a deep water oil rig accident. The oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, worth $560 million, was destroyed. Eleven missing workers are presumed dead. Crude oil continues to flow into the Gulf at about 5000 barrels (210,000 gallons) a day. Fishing and tourism businesses are fearful upon hearing that the oil spill is only a day away.

Ways to fight the 2010 Gulf oil spill

  • Stop the oil flow at the well head with remote-controlled submarines (unsuccessful so far)
  • Drop a dome over the leak and pipe oil to surface vessels (will take 2 to 4 weeks)
  • Drill relief wells to relieve pressure and plug up gushing cavity (will take months)
  • Burn the oil (oil quickly becomes too waterlogged to burn)
  • Stop the oil spill with floating booms and skim oil off surface
  • Use chemicals to make oil mix into the water

What do you think?

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Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

This PBS News Hour video segment is well worth the 8 minutes if you wish to learn about the BP oil spill and its effect on the Gulf coast of the US.

posted on Fri, 04/30/2010 - 4:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I just wish that there is more that the residents and volunteer can do to help. The spill is not only affecting the ocean, animals, visitors, but also the fisherman. It is one thing to have this rig explode, but what is going to happen in a couple of months when hurricane season begins as well. Keep the faith and pray that everthing will work out and be okay.

posted on Sat, 05/01/2010 - 11:53am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Last month President Barack Obama eased a moratorium on new offshore drilling.
Today, White House adviser David Axelrod told ABC television.

"No additional drilling has been authorised and none will until we find out what happened"

posted on Fri, 04/30/2010 - 8:01am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

The value of BP stock is down $25 Billion since the oil rig disaster. This is only a paper loss but reflects what BP stock holders think the clean-up might cost. Read more in The Huffington Post.

posted on Fri, 04/30/2010 - 10:57am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Gulf of Mexico oil slick reaches US coast

posted on Fri, 04/30/2010 - 4:03pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

This music video, "3000 barrel explosion", might help you visualize "5000 barrels of oil leaking every day".

posted on Sat, 05/01/2010 - 9:18am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

I just found The best website for oil spill information (click on link to learn more)

posted on Mon, 05/03/2010 - 12:23pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Oil spill progress and setbacks

A 4-story, 70-ton containment dome is ready to be lowered into place over one of the three leaks to catch the escaping oil and allow it to be pumped to the surface. The other two domes should be completed on Tuesday, Mr. Salvin said, and crews hoped to install all three domes by the weekend.

Miles of floating booms laid out on coastal waters in hopes of protecting the shoreline from the spreading oil slick were damaged over the weekend by heavy winds and rough seas, the Coast Guard said on Monday. Roughly 80 percent of the boom protecting the Alabama coast was damaged.

Source - New York Times

posted on Mon, 05/03/2010 - 1:50pm
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Papa Smurf says:

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is great news to hear that they are figuring out how to get rid of spilling oil.!!!!! I hope that the wildlife recovers soon.

Much love!!!!!
Papa Smurf

posted on Mon, 05/03/2010 - 1:58pm

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