,Working, they said it is working.
“It appears that the application of the subsea dispersant is actually working,” Doug Suttles, BP’s chief operating officer for exploration and production, said Saturday. “The oil in the immediate vicinity of the well and the ships and rigs working in the area is diminished from previous observations.”
If I read that correctly, working means that the gushing oil is not as glaringly evil as it was. What I would like to do is focus on what it is doing. What it is doing is still gushing. BP has said it is gushing at the rate of 5,000 barrels a day. HOWEVER, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, scientists are saying that the dispersants are simply masking estimates of how much oil is erupting from this well.
NOAA is putting the flow rate between 25,000 to 80,000 barrels a day instead of the 5,000 claimed by BP. They say they have identified one of the many oil plumes, in the deep waters of the Gulf, to be 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick.
This plume may not yet be washing ashore, but it is doing something just as heinous. It is depleting the dissolved oxygen in the water around it. This, in turn, is killing off the sea life around it.
This is working? I don’t think so. WORKING is shutting off the flow. All they are doing right now is covering it up—pun intended. I heard on the radio that BP used only the crudest methods to estimate the amount of oil they are spilling into the Gulf. They are not even considering the deep plumes that are spreading beneath the surface. WORSE than that, they are attempting to keep “independent” scientists from getting anywhere near enough to determine the full extent of this ongoing environmental disaster.
BP has resisted entreaties from scientists that they be allowed to use sophisticated instruments at the ocean floor that would give a far more accurate picture of how much oil is really gushing from the well.
“The answer is no to that,” a BP spokesman, Tom Mueller, said on Saturday. “We’re not going to take any extra efforts now to calculate flow there at this point. It’s not relevant to the response effort, and it might even detract from the response effort.”
Who the fraq do they think they are? How can one even begin to figure out how to stop an event such as this without knowing how big it is? The short answer is you can’t. The long answer is that what they don’t want is for us to know how big it is.
In the meantime, my friend just told me that he filled up his BMW motorcycle today with gasoline costing $3.20/gallon. The oil companies are raping us again—now at both ends. It is time we stop being the fraqee and become the fraqer. I am not bending over anymore. Are you? It is time this country started working them. Whose oil is this anyway! Working, indeed.