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Gulf oil leak. by Ken Dunn on 8 June 2010 11:20pm
They seem to have a serious problem in the Gulf of Mexico with the undersea blow out of a well head and although it has been capped the cap is only catching a percentage of the oil still gushing from it. Forecasts say the next stage relief wells will not be ready for a couple of months.
Re: Gulf oil leak. by Loretto on 9 June 2010 12:16pm
BP said yesterday that the flow was now down to a trickle, the news this morning has them backing off on that statement. Lots of wildlife being hurt and dying because of this oil spill. President Obama said in an interview yesterday that the environment is resilient and will come back in 2 years, yet the effects of the Exxon Valdez is still apparent 20 years on.
Re: Gulf oil leak. by bIG bLOGGER on 9 June 2010 3:18pm
A wonderful bird is the Pelican,
It's beak can hold more than it's belly can;
But with feathers smothered in sludge
From the shoreline it cannot budge,
I guess it's the end for the Pelican.
Re: Gulf oil leak. by Ken Dunn on 9 June 2010 7:27pm
bb, a very topical development on the two lines of verse I learned about the Pelican many years ago.
Re: Gulf oil leak. by Ken Dunn on 9 June 2010 7:28pm
It also gives a new slant on The Pelican Brief.
Re: Gulf oil leak. by Ken Dunn on 9 June 2010 7:32pm
I thought the fishermen in the area could possibly modify their nets to scoop up the oil and sell it to the owners for twice it's value.
Re: Gulf oil leak. by Lounge Trekker on 10 June 2010 7:58am
This disaster shows a sickening reality. By driving cars and using petroleum as 'recklessly' as we are, we tacitly approve of the risky behaviour of drilling for oil beneath the sea.

I hope this has a relatively small impact on my life. OK, gas prices have increased. Fisherman in search of more productive areas may gradually encroach on places I like to fish. The price of seafood will continue to rise for those who buy it retail.

Greasy Trekker
Re: Gulf oil leak. by johnnythemonkey on 10 June 2010 10:36am
The world needs oil. That's a fact of life. Yes, we should reduce our dependency on it and yes, we should continue to invest in alternative energy sources but that isn't going to happen overnight.
Drilling at those depths however, may be a risk too far.
Re: Gulf oil leak. by Ken Dunn on 10 June 2010 8:40pm
jtm, the people of the world want oil and it will run out sometime. It is only needs that are important. Mr Mbagebe Tutu with his spears in the jungle has no need for oil.
Re: Gulf oil leak. by mrsteabag on 11 June 2010 4:40pm
What's really pathetic is that we had the Amoco Cadiz, we had the Exxon Valdez, the spill on the North Slope that received little coverage (hey, what's an indigenous village or two?), and we still haven't learned our lesson. We try to walk our talk--organizing errands to minimize driving, Mr. Teabag works from home a day or two a week, we recycle all we can, and buy what we can locally. We have awful to nonexistent public transit out here--it's an Amtrak into the city once a day, or 30 minute drive to the public transit center. When does it stop?
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