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11. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

[quote=Peter]On the bright side, this disaster will change forever the public opinion on drilling in environmentally sensitive areas like Alaska. People just don't seem to care about environmental risks until it's too late.

Perfect.

12. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 6y

Quoting Utrecht

Ok, I accidently posted the same youtube link. Annoying that deleting your own post is not possible.

It may be annoying, but being a Moderator, you also know the reasons behind it. ;)

So, after spending a month on the road in the US, watching our news broadcasts (if you turned on a TV), driving through "oil country" and just listening to random conversations at diners and restaurants - any comment?

Mike (as in Vegas), I'm all for the use of bacteria to work on this spill and have wondered - since the beginning - why the technology hasn't been implemented. Oh, the excuse is - it hasn't proven itself for spills that far offshore or from that depth. In my opinion (coughbullshitnotprovencough) give it a shot. The bacteria works mainly on the "surface oil" so deep water has no meaning here. If nothing else, use it for the marshes which will continue to be inundated with oil for quite some time and are - here it comes - shallow. What to do about deep water plumes... That's another story. My main concern with the use of the bacteria is now their interaction with the surfactants (those designer combo chemicals used to break up the oil). I still say give the microbes a chance and hope the surfactants aren't too toxic to kill them off before they have time to do their work. At this point - nothing to lose.

Quoting Peter

And yeah, blaming Obama? Please. The people who will shift the blame on him are the same ones calling for smaller government.

I agree. Smaller government until that smaller government cannot supply enough gas for the Hummer, can't fix the roads and bridges, can't pay the social security, unemployment, medicare, or medicaid benefits. Yes, we all pay into that one way or another, but smaller government means smaller benefits.

But, I digress and return this thread to it's originally scheduled topic.

13. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

Has anyone been watching the US Congress thing on TV, with all the US politicians and lawyers grilling Tony Hayward (BP CEO) today?
Stood his ground well - I thought.
They might have got more answers out of him, if they didnt interrupt every time he tried to speak. As soon as he attempted to give an answer - they had a go back at him, before he'd managed to respond to the question.
Seems BP have been cutting corners quite drastically at the same time, though.
What a mess.

14. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 6y

Quoting flyingbob

Has anyone been watching the US Congress thing on TV, with all the US politicians and lawyers grilling Tony Hayward (BP CEO) today?
Stood his ground well - I thought.
They might have got more answers out of him, if they didnt interrupt every time he tried to speak. As soon as he attempted to give an answer - they had a go back at him, before he'd managed to respond to the question.
Seems BP have been cutting corners quite drastically at the same time, though.
What a mess.

Haven't seen it but the national news will be on in about 25 minutes. We'll see how they decide to spin the story...

Also, I need to correct my above comments about surfactants. I used the incorrect word and meant dispersants. But, my concern remains the same about the toxicity and the affects on the bacterial-based solution to the problem.

15. Posted by Peter (Admin 5809 posts) 6y

In the meanwhile, the Nigerians are wondering what the fuss is all about having endured the equivalent of an Exxon Valdez spill every year for the last 50 years.

http://www.theage.com.au/world/large-oil-spills-are-old-news-in-the-niger-delta-20100617-yjnf.html

16. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 6y

Not the first well collapse in the Gulf of Mexico either

and also not the biggest

17. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

Well, it's hotting up - eh?
It now seems that BP has only a name in this disaster and all the damage was done by other companies that it contracted out.
Doesn't always pay to get someone else to do all your dirty work - huh?

18. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 6y

have a watch if you like:

ROV Cameras

just click on one of the ROB live feeds.

If it was a US company Obama wouldn't be going on as much. and hey hey it's Exxon who are now circling like a shark ready to pounce and snap up BP.
BP buying Amaco was probably the worst move as all the recent problems they have had in the states have been with the post Amaco side.

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