Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Red flags at Deepwater Horizon

The slow motion devastation in the Gulf weighs on me like a two ton backpack. Reports of the ongoing damage crush my spirit. But then I read about the negligence that caused the explosion and I'm filled with a white hot fury born of fear and frustration. The NYT reports:
In the hours before the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded last month in the Gulf of Mexico, there were strong warning signs that something was terribly wrong with the well, according to a Congressional committee that was briefed on the accident by executives from BP.
It's increasingly clear that this was an avoidable accident caused by decisions made to protect a few million out of billions of dollars of profit. And my anger increases ten-fold when I see BP's CEO strutting along an oil-soaked beach, ordering Americans to be removed from public land, as if it was his own private fiefdom.

I'm riveted in horror as I grasp the long term implications of the damage and like everyone, I want to scream, "Do something. End this nightmare." And then I'm crushed with grief and fear as I realize no one knows how to make it end. Whatever their motives, surely no one wants this disaster to continue. But they really just don't know how to end it because they never believed it would happen. It seemed to them to be so far-fetched a possibility that they didn't develop a serious plan. And I'm not sure there's enough money in world to compensate the victims. Ultimately, the victims will be all of us.

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Anonymous Farman said...

Yeah, him ordering people around is really going to stick in the craws of a lot of folks. I hope they show that over and over again in the future.

Time for the skinny man to be at the fat man's gate, I say.

12:21:00 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

The boatmen who made up the crews of the drilling rigs were for the most part taken from the very gulf ports that are most damaged; sadly, there will probably not be a lot of outspoken protest from people who have little prospect except from what will come their way in the repair effort to come.

1:55:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Seeing a lot of people suggest they plug that gusher using the BP execs. Can't say I disagree Farman.

Ruth, sadly that's true. I saw some quotes from the local workers who aren't going to quit even though they know the work is killing them. As one guy said, they have famililes to support and they don't have any real choice.

The whole tragedy is literally making me sick to my stomach.

2:11:00 PM  

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