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One Year Later: Five Things You Need To Know About Drilling In The Gulf.

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Today marks the one year anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In memory of that horrid spill, I thought I would throw some scary numbers at you, that I picked up from the AP:

1) There are currently 50,000 wells drilled in the Gulf.

2) Of those wells, 30,200 are abandoned.

3) Of the 30,200 abandoned wells, 27,000 are 10 to 60 years old, capped with cement, and unmonitored.

4) The additional 3,200 wells are uncapped as well as unmonitored.

5) Since October of last year, 11 new drilling permits have been issued. This was done in spite of no effective containment plans, no improvements to the spill preventers, and no effective drilling regulations in effect.

The fact that there are over 30,000 abandoned and unmonitored wells scare the hell out of me, whether they’re capped or uncapped. Some of those cement capped wells are 60 years old. Ever see what happens to cement after 60 years of exposure? Not good.

3200 abandoned wells that are uncapped? WTF?

The Gulf drilling bonanza is going back to business as usual, with no real changes as Obama promised last year. Greed, it’s what’s for dinner.

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  1. April 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    As with so many social and political issues currently swirling around us, it’s mind-boggling to wrap one’s brains around their resolutions. It’s like watching the tiger chase its own tail as pictured in that very, very old tale of an African fable called “Black Sambo.” I think that was it. How do we resolve the ending to these mostly man-made problems, when we’ve no idea where to begin?

    but you definitely continue to hold the feet of those responsible to the fire…hugmamma. 😉


  2. April 27, 2011 at 7:26 am

    We definitely need to hold them responsible for all the environmental havoc they cause. We also need to cut their subsidies and tax breaks, and use that money to further fund renewable energy resources.


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