Skip to comments.Washington Post : In gulf oil spill's long reach, ecological damage could last decades
Posted on 06/05/2010 8:40:19 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Snorkeling along a coral reef near Veracruz, Mexico, in 2002, Texas biologist Wes Tunnell spotted what looked like a ledge of rock covered in sand, shells, algae and hermit crabs. He knew, from years of research at the reef, that it probably wasn't a rock at all. He stabbed it with his diving knife. His blade pulled up gunk.
"Sure enough, it was tar from the Ixtoc spill," Tunnell said.
Twenty-three years earlier, in 1979, an oil well named Ixtoc I had a blowout in 150 feet of water in the southern Gulf of Mexico. The Mexican national oil company Pemex tried to kill the well with drilling mud, and then with steel and lead balls dropped into the wellbore. It tried to contain the oil with a cap nicknamed The Sombrero. Finally, after 290 days, a relief well plugged the hole with cement and the spill came to an end -- but only after polluting the gulf with 138 million gallons of crude.
That remains the worst accidental oil spill in history -- but the Deepwater Horizon blowout off the Louisiana coast is rapidly gaining on it.
The spill has now been partially contained with the cap that BP engineers lowered onto the mile-deep geyser Thursday night. That means roughly a quarter to half of the flow is being piped to a surface ship, the national incident commander, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, said Saturday. BP hopes to improve the rate captured in coming days. If official government estimates are correct, 23 million to 47 million gallons of oil have spewed so far.
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But neither is this ecological crisis going to be over anytime soon. The spill will have ripple effects far into the future, scientists warn.
He said he wanted to have a lasting effect on the American landscape...
The spill will have ripple effects far into the future, scientists warn. Kind of like that impending anthropomorpgic global warming doom they warn about.
The Washington Post must not be aware that Russia, China, Vietnam and apparently every other commie country in the world is going to drill between the Florida Keys and Cuba. Spills from those wells are likely to go right into the Florida loop current and up the eastern seaboard. But, I guess since those are commies, the Compost is ok with that or maybe the Compost figures those commies will do the “honorable” thing quickly and efficiently so no crude is loosed on the waters leading to the Compost’s doorstep.
If it saturates the Louisiana coast, the effects will last longer than anyone currently alive. When that stuff gets into the soil in large amounts, it takes decades before the soil returns to its former level of productivity.
Once when I was a teenager, I removed an automatic transmission from a car without draining it. As I was moving it around in the driveway I did something that caused all the fluid to dump onto the driveway. I hosed it off the driveway and into the grass. It killed the grass and it was easily 15 years before the grass would thrive in that spot again. And that was just a few quarts.
Another question: where is Exxon? They have nothing to contribute here?
The Poison they added to the oil is the real problem and the Worthless One will not use the method the Mexicans and the Saudis used to clean up huge quanties of surface oil,instead preferring to desecrate the whitehouse with his slimy presence and the commie buddies.
Picture of doom gloom and total utter ecological destruction.
Must be time for bed. LOL
good reason to invade Cuba and it right this time.