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EmbrOILed: the leak and what needs to be done about it

In Uncategorized on June 6, 2010 at 4:31 am

NOBODY loves an oil spill. Especially one that releases over 30 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

So, we’ve all heard about the recent BP oil spill. What with Jon Stewart making fun of it, the fake BP Twitter account and almost every news network jumping on the bandwagon criticizing the company for its mismanagement of the crisis, it has already received more publicity than any other event this last month. But while most of this is recirculated information, I wanted to figure out exactly WHAT went wrong, WHY it happened, the history behind the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and some innovative solutions of curing this environmental disaster. So here’s a blog outlining the lesser-known aspects of the “worst oil spill in history” (the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill was about 11 million gallons) and what needs to be/is being done about it.

First things first. Exactly what happened? Well, late in the evening on April 20th 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire. The Deepwater Horizon was an exploratory rig built about 18,000 feet under the ground to get to oil and gas. Scientists suspect that a surge in pressure caused the oil and gas to ignite, leading to the explosion. Almost 126 people were on board, and most of them were rescued by the US Coast Guard or rescue boats. Eleven workers died during this incident, but, broadly speaking, their deaths have been eclipsed by the fact that the rig is still releasing crude oil from underneath the ocean floor into the Gulf, threatening flora, fauna and humans in the region. Read the rest of this entry »