Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | June 7, 2010

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says BP has shut down 1 of 3 leaks and is now dumping 5,000 barrels of crude oil per day into Gulf of Mexico in an environmental disaster of biblical proportions.

BP has managed to shut off one of the three leaks from which oil is seeping out into the ocean.  There are still two points on the sea floor from which crude is leaking and forming the gigantic slick that threatens wildlife in the Gulf.

This environmental disaster follows a catastophic fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon which caused the drilling rig to sink with the loss of 11 lives on 22 April.

Although the rate of leakage – estimated at 5,000 barrels a day – is likely to be unchanged following this development, it should make the job of dealing with the problem a bit easier, says BP.  The oil company also began moving a newly fabricated ‘containment dome’ to the accident site. It plans to lower this down to the seabed to catch oil for pumping to the surface, where it can be collected, refined and sold to American consumers.

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  1. As the oil spill in the Gulf grows larger and more deadly, decimating all that it touches, BP continues to turn down assistance from Americans who just want to help clean up the mess. (…I hear they even turned down Director James Cameron and actor Kevin Costner…)

    First let’s get one thing perfectly straight: If you want to go and help clean up the oil spill, don’t let some corporate Big-Whigs “handle” you into believing that you’d be more of a liability, than an asset. I applaud you for recognizing that we all depend on our oceans for our very survival. It is this water that sustains every living thing on our planet, and it is also this water that we must protect in order to save ourselves from extinction.

    BP has downplayed the problem in the Gulf from the beginning as a means of corporate damage control. I don’t think they’ve yet recognized the severity of the problem. As I’ve written in past blog posts; the pipe needs to be capped and the relief well needs to be drilled. It’s not an exact science by any means, and if BP doesn’t get it right the first time, they’ll have to do it over, and over, and over again, until they do. How many months (or years) will that take? How much damage will have been done to our environment by then? We’ve already seen what 51 days of oil can do to the Gulf of Mexico… What would happen if the oil was left, unabated, for several months, or years? It’s a frightening example of corporate greed gone awry and it’s criminal, pure and simple.

    Corporations should never be allowed the opportunity to risk the lives of everyone on the planet just to make a profit for a few shareholders. (What good is money, after all, if you don’t have air to breathe, water to drink, or food to eat without fear of contamination?)

    BREAKING NEWS: I’ve just heard that those enormous plumes floating just under the surface of the water have been certified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.) as crude oil.

    (Are we just casual witnesses to our own demise? I wonder…)


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