At first the story was "no oil is leaking." Then it became, "okay, a little oil is leaking, but we can fix it." Then it was "um...a LOT of oil is leaking, but we're using toxic chemicals to disperse it (ineffectively,) while we still try to fix it." Now the only real option left--drilling relief wells--will take months. In the meantime, they're not even booming correctly.
In advance of Pres. Obama's arrival the other day, BP bussed in 400 extra workers to clean the beaches of Grand Isle. Once Obama was gone, so were they. BP calls this a "coincidence." I call it a dog and pony show.
Of course, our own government isn't innocent in all of this. In the recent past, the MMS was found to have been in bed with the oil industry they were charged to regulate. Even now, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen--employee of the citizenry of the U.S., charged with protecting our waters and coastlines--is little more than a mouthpiece for BP. This is called "treason."
If I throw a candy wrapper on the sidewalk I'd be charged with littering, but BP can foul an entire ecosystem (and potentially thousands of miles of coastline,) with little or no punishment whatsoever. If this isn't the sign of a Corpocracy, I don't know what is. Not only haven't they faced any kind of sanction, but they've been granted 2 more offshore drilling permits (with regulatory exemptions,) by the Dept. of the Interior.
There are international tribunals that prosecute crimes against humanity and if anything, this disaster goes way beyond humanity. Scores of animials and plants are already dead or dying. I fully expect to see our state bird (and previous conservation success,) the brown pelican, back on the endangered species list. Ancient oyster beds have been "closed" and I'm sure the coral reef near the site of the spill is already dead. Huge amounts of methane (which is many times worse than carbon dioxide, where global warming is concerned,) have been released to the atmosphere, where the damage will last for decades (if not centuries,) at least.
Hurricane season here starts tomorrow and due to BP and the complacent MMS's blatant disregard for anything beyond their own self-interest, all I can do is hope the entire Gulf is spared this year. Unfortunately, at this point I have precious little hope.
CREATE A STRONG, GOVERNMENTAL REGULATORY AGENCY TO OVERSEE SUCH PROJECTS, MAKE IT CRIMINAL FOR THEM TO RECEIVE GIFTS FROM THE COMPANIES THEY OVERSEE AND CHARGE THOSE WHO DID WITH ACCESSORY TO THIS CRIME AGAINST (MUCH MORE THAN) HUMANITY.
STRIP "ADMIRAL" THAD ALLEN OF HIS RANK AND BENEFITS AND TRY HIM FOR TREASON.
DRILLING DISASTERS OF THIS MAGNITUDE HAVE HAPPENED TWICE NOW--ENSURE THAT IT NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN!