Gulf Coast Oil Spill Update: A Look at BP’s Ongoing Failures
The Gulf Coast Oil Spill has become nothing short of unspeakable incompetence.
It’s been well over a month since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and the spill began and there is still no hope in sight of recovery and BP has yet to come up with a method that actually works. Their so-called “top kill” method more or less amounted to nothing more than plugging the well—a clogged drain or spout if you will and like all other efforts, that failed, too (big surprise). Needless to say, this has sparked more worries about the Gulf and areas beyond.
Personally, I think BP needs to hand control of the situation over to people who actually know what they’re doing. Why? Well, consider these points:
• All of their methods have failed.
• The spill has surpassed the 1989 Exxon-Valdez spill and is now the worst oil spill in US history.
• BP also played a major role in the Exxon Valdez disaster and according to people who also dealt with that spill BP’s actions in the Gulf haven’t changed much since.
Add to that protests that have happened in the UK and Houston, fishery disasters in 3 states, and a probe that showed US oil regulator Minerals Management Service staff were accepting gifts, using illegal drugs and filing fake reports, and it’s no wonder the situation has become such a disaster.
US citizens are definitely not pleased with how things have been handled by BP; over 75% of them disapprove of the response to the spill and about 51% disapprove of how the Obama administration is handling the situation. On top that, at least 25% claim they are less likely to buy gas from a BP station now and 53% believe spill containment efforts will be unsuccessful no matter what.
Oh, and I hate to report this part, but if you’ve been collecting hair, fur, and nylons for the Matter of Trust campaign, you can stop—the US Coast Guard is not and doesn’t plan to use any of the hair booms to clean up the oil (although you’d think they’d want to use every possible method they can get their hands on at this point, especially those that are donated and eco-friendly).
The last possible effort by BP to fix any of this mess will be the construction of a relief well, which won’t be finished until sometime in August, anyway. In the meantime, you can check out their latest crazy idea here.
I am certainly disappointed in how this has been handled (though it certainly explains why BP has drastically lowered their gas prices lately).
If you have any suggestions on how to stop the oil spill or aid in the clean-up and containment of it, send them in!
By Heidi Marshall