One Year Later: Five Things You Need To Know About Drilling In The Gulf.
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 Year Later, Have Oil Firms Learned From BP Disaster? (foxnews.com)
- Drilling in the Gulf resumes (macleans.ca)
- The BP Oil Spill, One Year On: Forgetting the Lessons of Drilling in the Gulf (time.com)
- The BP Oil Spill, One Year On: Forgetting the Lessons of Drilling in the Gulf – TIME (news.google.com)