Monday, July 19, 2010

If It Was My Home - Visualizing the BP Oil Spill

If It Was My Home - Visualizing the BP Oil Spill

I was sent this link in an email. I'm sure it was a follow-up to a posting I placed on this blog earlier about the horrific oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This site, If It Was My Home, allows the visitor to enter their location to see the magnitude of the spill in comparison to their area.

Since my previous posting, BP has placed a cap that seems to have thwarted the flow of oil. Now the government of the US and BP are having "conversations" as to whether or not it will be necessary to remove the cap. BP has been given a one day reprieve allowing them to keep the cap shut tightly but must be constantly vigilant in monitoring for oil leaks in the sea bed. See this article for more:

Recently in the news, an accident in the Yellow Sea has Chinese authorities scurrying to contain yet another oil spill. An explosion at a Northeast China oil storage port has resulted in a large oil slick seeping into the port. Every effort is being made to contain the spill and prevent it from entering the Yellow Sea.

St. Lawrence Seaway, Canada, had a minor incident involving an oil spill which, at the present, seems to have been contained and disaster averted. A steamer carrying wheat had a reported incident which involved a puncture to a fuel tank resulting in a leak of 50-200 t0nnes of bunker fuel. It is the first ever oil spill incident in the St. Lawrence Seaway. The spill was contained and is currently being cleaned up. http://www.canadianunderwriter.can/issues/story.aspx?aid-100378850

Considering the catastrophic situation in the Gulf of Mexico, what is your opinion regarding off-shore drilling? Should oil drilling in the seas be permitted?

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