When I first heard about the British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill, my first thoughts went to what incredible damage was sure to come, including damage to the eco-system, animals, and people’s livelihoods. And so it turned out to be true.
Thing is, people in the Gulf areas whose livelihoods depend on the general health and well-functioning of the Gulf and inner areas were sure to be badly effected. And so they are. Given that — that their livelihoods depends on these areas — and the poor state of the economy, the outlook can’t be great. Shrimp farmers and tourist locales alike are badly impacted.
Of course, many media outlets covered and are still covering the Gulf Oil Spill. Their coverage seems to be more about what’s happening now, who said what, who was supposed to do what, whether Obama & Co. did or did not do [blank], etc.
Enter Rolling Stone. Now, Rolling Stone magazine is mostly in the business of music. However, when they turn their formidable journalistic skills to other topics, the result can be both thorough and credible. For instance, I knew about the Karen Silkwood Kerr/McGee story years before mainstream media covered it. It’s entirely possible that, when Rolling Stone covered it, that was still a dangerous undertaking.
So, Rolling Stone has done it again with an in-depth article about the BP Gulf Oil spill. I’ve not finished it, but here are some snippets from just the first page of the article — following the statement that 5,000 gallons per day were escaping:
The median figure for Crone’s independent calculations is 55,000 barrels a day — the equivalent of an Exxon Valdez every five days. "That’s what the plume team’s numbers show too," Crone says. A source privy to internal discussions at one of the world’s top oil companies confirms that the industry privately agrees with such estimates. "The industry definitely believes the higher-end values," the source says. "That’s accurate — if not more than that." The reason, he adds, is that BP appears to have unleashed one of the 10 most productive wells in the Gulf. "BP screwed up a really big, big find," the source says. "And if they can’t cap this, it’s not going to blow itself out anytime soon."
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