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Surprise News Bulletin: Oil Spill Cleanup Will Take Years

Posted on Jun 7, 2010
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The oily eco-nightmare that the BP spill has become in the Gulf of Mexico isn’t going to go away for a long while. According to Coast Guard chief Thad Allen, it probably will take “years” to restore affected regions to some semblance of their pre-spill existence.  —KA


Adm Allen told reporters it would take a couple of months to clear the oil slick from the surface of the Gulf.

But, he said: “Long-term issues of restoring environments and habitats will be years.”

He said that while BP had nearly doubled the amount of oil being funnelled off the leaking wellhead since Friday, it was now “trying to increase that production rate, close the venting valves and move to a greater capacity”.

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By last_boy_scout, June 14, 2010 at 4:42 am Link to this comment

BP’s hypocrisy on the matter of that oil spill
shouldn’t come as a surprise to everyone, taking the long-term history of theirs, into the consideration.

I’ve come to read an interesting article on the history of BP and its predecessors and, which is much more important, on the issues of their connection to the Wall Street financiers. Oh, and their shared profiteering, of course.

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By David Chang, June 7, 2010 at 7:23 pm Link to this comment
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This ecological disaster may signal the beginning of the end for mankind. By not heeding the impending signs of global warming, oils spills and ecological poisoning. By focusing on money and profits, by concentrating obscene wealth in the hands of a few,  mankind will self-destruct in an orgy of greed. Our much vaunted Judeo-Christian world will be torn asunder by the prophets of liberalism and free marketers and what is left will be fodder for the insect world which led by nimble and tough roaches and communal ants will herald a new world. Not so far-fetched if we witness the destruction man has wrought on mother Earth. The Earth will then enjoy a respite it has not enjoyed since the industrial revolution and hopefully develop new life forms much less toxic than humans.

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By rollzone, June 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm Link to this comment

hello. Adm Allen is innocent here, so no need to dump on him. he may be in charge of all vessels in the area, and been privy to camera feeds from day 2: but he only follows orders. it is his job to calm the outrage, sympathize with the distressed, and project strong factual truths to comfort the bereaved. 1st fact about the cleanup is contingent upon immediately stopping the gusher. not going to happen. second fact about taking years- more realistically decades. all the boats under his deploy working drug interdiction could be getting dirty deploying booms. some could be sailing the globe procuring booms. or he could confiscate what he needs and crew them during this national emergency. he should be protecting all crews under his command from health issues related to procedures being utilized. he should be coordinating wildlife rescue operations with helicopter patrols. he should have data accumulated regarding all under water plumes-their size- their velocity and direction of travel- and mapping coordinates for environmental consequential damages to be later assessed and brought in charges against BP. the last i heard, Coast Guard, was that rotting carcasses along the coast could breed killer mosquitoes and fleas. an old rummy pirate captain would demonstrate more initiative than this public relations campaign to quiet the critics of the worst ecological catastrophe since the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. not making noise on day 2 was not your fault, but do not pretend you are doing anything.

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By PatrickHenry, June 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm Link to this comment

It will take alot less time if you hire a couple hundred thousand out of work Americans.

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By samosamo, June 7, 2010 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment


I guess the bright side is that when it is ‘cleaned up’ all those
species sent into extinction will have nice man made
environment of manicured lawns and trimmed hedges and
quaint feeding stations to not come home to again.

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