Ever-Changing Reflection

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding... It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility.
~ Kahlil Gibran

Thursday, July 15, 2010

This is just disgusting, but let's not rush it.

I've posted about this before, but this is the first news I've seen or heard in a while, so I thought I would speak out on it.
Oil is still gushing out of the BP Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico, after three months of so-called officials and experts debating like dummies. THREE MONTHS. I find it almost impossible to believe that NO ONE has been able to resolve this issue in three months. That is one whole fiscal quarter, people! Down the drain... literally. That is disgusting. Why was this thing even built and put into production if we didn't know how to STOP it? Such a classic case of a company rushing forward without thinking.

The latest news is BP has developed a cap for the well with three shutoff valves, which will be shut one-by-one while the pressure in the well and against the cap is evaluated. Sounds like a good plan to me, but the US government wanted to hold off until some additional research was conducted. The concern? The pressure in the well would cause another, and possibly worse, leak.

For once, I'm agreeing. This was a valid concern, and I'm glad someone actually stopped to consider the consequences before taking action. Kudos to the US!

Now, let's cross our fingers and say our prayers that this cap works. Even if only a valve or two can be closed off, the remaining leaking oil can be siphoned by ships on the surface.

Sound off: What do you think about the government holding BP back while the cap solution was thoroughly investigated? What do you think about the whole Deepwater Horizon situation in general? Have you felt any effects where you are?

{Image via TODAYshow.com}

This post was inspired by:
Mama's Losin' It
Prompt #1: Choose a headline from The Today Show website and write up an opinion post based on the story you chose.


Unknown said...

What a nightmare of a situation this is! Makes my heart just break... so many lives lost. So much irreversible damage. So many jobs lost. So sad.

Michelle said...

Yet another classic case of corporate greed winning over humanity and the environment. I am so angry at what has taken place, and pray the issue gets resolved very soon - it's an absolute nightmare, and only getting worse by the minute.

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Bambi said...

This entire situation is pretty embarrassing. The whole thing could've been avoided had BP just followed proper safety protocols. The worst part is that most other oil companies don't follow the safety protocols, they just haven't had their big spill yet. There are so many people to blame and it's just really embarrassing for our country as a whole, I think anyway.

Judy Schwartz Haley | CoffeeJitters.Net said...

The whole change in attitude in our government this past year, from act first and then maybe think later, to think first then act is so very refreshing.