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April 29, 2010

The American Way: Fuggin The World In Order To Maximize Profits

The offshore oil rig which caught fire, burned for two days, then sank in over 5,000 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico, was named "Deepwater Horizon."  Owned by Transocean, Ltd., the rig was being leased to BP at the time of the accident.  The rig was celebrated by the oil industry in 2009 for digging the deepest oil and gas well in the world.

On April 20, 2010, during the final phases of a delicate process of drilling a well, in which casing is cemented in place for reinforcement, an explosion occurred.  The rig burned for two days and eventually sank.  Eleven missing workers were eventually deemed dead.


Initially, the U.S. Coast Guard believed that there was no leak.   Then, during a re-assessment, the Coast Guard hypothesized that the well was spewing approximately 1000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico.  The U.S. Military has recently joined in efforts to stop this leak as the Coast Guard realized that their  hypothesis was inaccurate and the well was actually leaking about 5,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf.    The extent of the harm resulting from this oil spill is difficult to assess at this time, but it is sure to be detrimental to marine life in the area and along the coast, being that it is so close to shore.

The well leak is expected to exponentially increase in output severity as time goes on if nothing is done to seal it off

There has been a moratorium on offshore drilling for nearly three decades since the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill.   This ban was recently lifted, giving momentum to the offshore drilling industry.  Hopefully some good can come out of this terrible disaster, as this crisis has come at what was supposed to be a shining moment for the offshore drilling industry

If you do not support offshore drilling, make your voice heard.   We only hear about the disastrous effects of offshore drilling when such a spill occurs, but many fail to realize that offshore drilling is responsible for horrific effects on the environment (air and water) even when successful.  It is time to embrace technology and further research into alternative, environmentally-conscious, and sustainable energy sources.