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1 albigensian  Dec 29, 2010 6:50:49am

It now seems apparent that some of the environmental rhetoric expressed during the spill was over-the-top in its alarmism. That is, it was a serious spill, but a good deal less than the environmental catastrophe of the century.

I don’t really care what does or does not happen to BP, but, I think it’s good news that the environmental damage was less than anticipated. And if that means reduced liability for BP, well, so what?

2 reine.de.tout  Dec 29, 2010 7:02:26am

re: #1 albigensian

It now seems apparent that some of the environmental rhetoric expressed during the spill was over-the-top in its alarmism. That is, it was a serious spill, but a good deal less than the environmental catastrophe of the century.

I don’t really care what does or does not happen to BP, but, I think it’s good news that the environmental damage was less than anticipated. And if that means reduced liability for BP, well, so what?

I don’t much care about BP either.

What I care about is that there are still no permits being issued for La. offshore drilling, even though the official moratorium has expired, and no reasons are being given for the lack of permits. The only company to have had any sort of offshore La. permit during this time has been - BP. None of the companies who did NOT contribute to this disaster have been able to get a permit. Make any sense to you?

Thousands of people in coastal Mississippi/Louisiana depend on those jobs, and thousands others who work for companies that cater to the drilling industry are affected as well. Some of the luckier ones have been assigned by their companies to jobs elsewhere in the country or overseas. Others - well, what am I going on about, who cares, right?

3 Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 29, 2010 8:32:19am

the environmental impact of the spill isn’t as bad as feared

Very contentious point IMO. The Louisiana shoreline is still badly damaged and there’s also a ton of things going on under the water we aren’t seeing either. It will take any environment awhile to recover from a spill like that, it’s only been about 4 months since they plugged the hole.

4 reine.de.tout  Dec 29, 2010 12:42:25pm

re: #3 dragonfire1981

the environmental impact of the spill isn’t as bad as feared

Very contentious point IMO. The Louisiana shoreline is still badly damaged and there’s also a ton of things going on under the water we aren’t seeing either. It will take any environment awhile to recover from a spill like that, it’s only been about 4 months since they plugged the hole.

No, it’s actually true that the impact is not as bad as feared.

Yes, we still don’t know what’s happening underwater; however, seafood/shrimp/oysters are being harvested, inspected and are safe to eat. So …

I will be truthful with you, what I wonder about is the use of those dispersants. Without them, the oil would have balled up into ugly black balls and affected more shoreline than it did. With the dispersants- was the oil was broken up into particles small enough to actually pollute things? We perhaps would have been better served not using them. Time will tell.

5 Varek Raith  Dec 30, 2010 2:27:13am

I suspect it’ll be decades before we know the true impact of this spill.


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