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in the gulf of mexico.

VENICE, La. – A sense of doom settled over the American coastline from Louisiana to Florida on Saturday as a massive oil slick spewing from a ruptured well kept growing, and experts warned that an uncontrolled gusher could create a nightmare scenario if the Gulf Stream carries it toward the Atlantic.


should it be stopped after this catastrophe.
should this mark the time when the american government throws all it's weight behind alternative energy. should oil companies be made to pay a proportion of the profits directly to alternative energy endeavors. ?
concerning the failed attempt to cap the flowing oil
a spokesman said:

"I wouldn't say it's failed yet," BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles said. "What I would say is what we attempted to do ... didn't work."


i larfed

BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles today described a “junk shot”, where BP would essentially pump materials like rubber and other junk into the crippled blowout preventer (BOP) to try to clog it.

“It’s like plugging up a toilet,” Suttles said.



Rig engineers ‘knew oil well could blow’

I think we have perhaps become too greedy and careless with oil. Dodgy
how you get at it there,stripmining?


(05-27-2010, 01:12 AM)velvetfog Wrote: [ -> ]The greatest oil source in North America, which is also the 2nd largest oil deposit in the world, after Saudi Arabia, is the Athabasca tar sands in Alberta, Canada. No drilling is required to get at it. It contains enough oil to last for centuries.

I mention this to show that there are alternatives to doing sloppy drilling in fragile coastal regions.

Wikipedia Wrote:The processing of bitumen into synthetic crude requires energy, and currently this energy is generated by burning natural gas, which releases carbon dioxide. In 2007, the oil sands used around 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, around 40% of Alberta's total usage. Based on gas purchases, natural gas requirements are given by the Canadian Energy Resource Institute as 2.14 GJ (2.04 mcf) per barrel for cyclic steam stimulation projects, 1.08 GJ (1.03 mcf) per barrel for SAGD projects, 0.55 GJ (0.52 mcf) per barrel for bitumen extraction in mining operations not including upgrading or 1.54 GJ (1.47 mcf) per barrel for extraction and upgrading in mining operations

To get to energy, you're using energy. Sure it's viable for a while, but I think we should focus our efforts in other types of energy rather than deplete the ones we have until we find a solution.
i think history will look back on this catastrophe as the maven
that brought us to the tipping point where alternative energy became
the energy source of choice over oil. i think from now on the world especially the USA will begin to spend more on non fossil fuels.

in the long run this catastrophe could turn out to be a good thing.
the cap was taken off in order to inspect it.

the judes overturned the moratorium on deep see drilling in the gulf anf the gov just made another moratorium.

how can the judges lift the moratorium when some of the rigs have the same set up as the one that blew.
how can the people of the gulf cry for drilling to be allowed while blasting the accidents when they happen, irrespective of fault or failure.

to me it's a case of wanting to have your cake and eat it.


It's a slow-motion disaster. A tactical nuke sent deep enough down the drill-hole would probably have nipped this in the bud by fusing the rock. We used to have one that was only a fraction of a kiloton.
i seriously agree that something else could have been done.
i'm sure they could have even used conventional explosives as well if encased properly.
only now have they allowed the giant skimming vessel in that can suck 20000barrels of liquid a day up.
what will it take to make us actually say enough is enough. we need to plow billions into alternative energy. we need to make oil companies put 25% of any profit into a communal alternative energy scheme in which ever country they're drilling off. deep sea drilling should be banned

if it is you watch those bastards put their money into other kinds of energy.
it's the same with cars. ban all new oil powered cars and watch how fast electric cars with all the needed superstructure become the norm. sadly no gov has the balls to take such drastic measures.
The outrcry over the oilspill is dying down, and it looks like people are falling back into old routine (hell, even some of the coast's residents wanted a lift on the moratorium, and would be glad to get back to drilling). It appears the oil companies are gonna get away with this more or less intact

Looks like the addiction for oil is still too much to overcome at the moment
yeah. even the pres is drumming up business
for the gulf (which i admire) but it sort of deflects the
enormity of what happened and is still happening.
the wetlands in that area will take decades to fully recover.
Yeah, I appreciate that they wanna revive commerce in the area... there are good people there who need to pick up the pieces of their lives. But whitewashing the incident and ultimately covering the asses of the oil companies is not how to go about it.

We'll see in the coming months if the US will really be serious about getting tough on oil drills.