Friday, October 07, 2005

Where are the Oil Spills???

As usual, I got a great observation from Neal Boortz
It's rather amazing, isn't it? Hurricanes Katrina and Rita destroyed well over 100 oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, and there hasn't been one leak that caused any gunk to wash up on any shoreline anywhere.
Yes, where are the treehuggers to wash off the terns? Over 100 platforms! You would expect the entire Gulf of Mexico to be awash in black ooze.

Perhaps the anecdote that comes to mind is real data. I met a fellow who was in the oil industry about two years after the dreaded Exxon Valdez incident. He impressed me as pretty expert about his business. He maintained that there were NO after-effects from that nasty spill. (other than a few dead seagulls and seals, not a good thing, but not tragic). Years later I checked him out with a bit of research. He was, as far as I could tell at that time, correct. No long term problem.

He made a good point to me in that conversation. Crude oil comes from nature, and, if released, will be reabsorbed by nature. California and Florida, grow up. The oil rigs off our favorite place, Dauphin Island, were beautiful in the morning, with their lights off in the distance, and hardly noticeable during the day.

Just a thought.


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