May 142010
 

The Denver Post has a photo series on the Gulf oil spew, err spill.

The scale of this environmental / economic / social disaster is mind boggling.  Spewing oil is reported as being 10x higher then the “official reports”.

According to a scientific analysis of footage from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, National Public Radio is claiming the growing ecological disaster is actually ten times worse than previously estimated, saying the rushing torrent of oil pouring into the ocean is equivalent to one Exxon-Valdez spill every four days.

My best guess at this time is we are looking at several decades of environmental damage minimum.  If the latest estimates are correct – the entire Gulf coast and much of the Gulf itself will be literally wiped out.  Billions of marine animals and fish, birds and reptiles will be completely devastated.

The scale of this disaster is almost incomprehensible.  No price can be put upon all the lifeforms being destroyed, but the economic impact to humans will be in the hundreds of billions of dollars.  Already, Transocean is asking to be held only liable for just $27 million in damages.

Steve Lendeman has a good article on the atrocious track record of BP, and Halliburton — who may actually be responsible for the leak.  Safety violations abound, and leaks are common.  Even worse, a whistleblower is claiming that there will be even larger disasters ahead in the Gulf due to ongoing violations.

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