Saturday, May 1, 2010

Deep Impact

No, this isn't about the cheesy late '90s flick with Elijah Wood and Leelee Sobieski. This is a rant about how BP seriously messed up the handling of an accident on a deep sea oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil spill itself is larger than the island of Jamaica and growing. It's now estimated that this will be worse than the notorious Exxon Valdez spill in the '80s.

Let me count the ways (and these are just off the top of my head):

1. Even with a history of accidents on said oil rig, BP failed to have a plan on how to handle a major spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It seems like that should be an automatic anytime you have a rig somewhere, whether it's at sea or on land. It doesn't take a genius to know this.

2. The families of the 11 men lost will never be the same. They will be effected emotionally and financially and children will grow up without their father.

3. The entire Gulf Coast will feel the effects on an environmental level. The fragile wetlands along the Louisiana coast may not survive, not to mention the sea and animal life that will be effected. The beaches all along the Gulf coast are expected to feel the effects. Which leads to...

4. The economic impact will be in the billions. This will effect whole industries - seafood boats, restaurants, tourism, etc. And the lawsuits that will come piling in... good grief, the impact might even be in the trillions.

Not to beat a dead horse, but all of this may have been avoided if they had just had a disaster plan on the books...

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