Relying On my Own Two Feet…

A friend of mine just posted this pic on facebook.


I’m so disgusted that my vocabulary has been relegated to mindless abbreviation…

It takes a lot of reading, from numerous sources, to get a grasp of what has happened.  Not everyone has the luxury of time but you still may want to have a better understanding so I hope my research and synopsis benefits you:

On April 20th, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon  left 17 workers injured and 11 missing and presumed dead.  The Deepwater Horizon was “a 9-year-old semi-submersible Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU), a massive floating, dynamically positioned oil drilling platform or drilling rig built by Hyundai Heavy Industries“.  You may have already known that but I had to look it up :)

Oil is spilling from a well 5000 feet below sea level, discharging over 500,000 gallons of crude oil a day (19,000 barrels), according to the USGS. It is estimated that more than 39 million gallons of crude oil have spewed into the Gulf so far.  The oil rig had been leased by BP from its owner, Transocean LTD.

BP is the largest oil and gas producer in the United States.

Transocean’s website describes the company as the “world’s largest offshore drilling contractor and the leading provider of drilling management services worldwide,” with 140 offshore drilling units.

There is so much and so many that have been affected by this environmental disaster: The Gulf of Mexico fishing industry, tourism industry, extensive marine and wildlife habitat and more…

According to CNN, “The cost of the federal response effort to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill totaled $93 million as of June 1, according to a Friday letter from Allen and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to congressional leadership. They are requesting that Congress approve a proposed provision that would make available up to an additional $100 million to the Coast Guard.”

The Justice department has launched both Civil and Criminal Investigations against BP.

One of the most frustrating things in my research has been getting a full picture of what BP’s responsibility really is in all of this.  People are hoarse with their cries for BP boycotts and yet finding a resource that offers the facts was surprisingly difficult.  I did find one article that seemed to succintly layout the damning case against BP.

Here’s a snippet:

“All the companies involved in the Deepwater Horizon accident probably bear some responsibility, but that most of the blame rests with BP and the federal government, because they failed to properly oversee the project.”

Learn the details at MSNBC.

I suppose responsible reporting requires I give you their side:

Learn more about how BP is helping… pffft!

All of this makes me glad i’m not driving right now.  Never been so happy to be relying on my own two feet.

How You Can Help:

Deep Water Horizon Response Team

The Deep Water Horizon response team is looking for help in identifying shoreline and animals affected. Oiled wildlife should not be captured but instead reported at 1-866-557-1401. To report areas with oil ashore or to leave contact information to volunteer in the affected areas, call 1-866-448-5816.

Save Our Seabirds

Save Our Seabirds is a Florida bird rescue group that is looking for support as its response team prepares to help oiled wildlife. Call 941-388-3010.

Adopt A Pelican
It is heart-wrenching to watch birds drenched with oil. The International Bird Rescue Research Center, which picks up oiled birds, cleans and rehabilitates them, is asking for support for its 23-member team of bird-rescue experts.

The organization allows individuals to donate or adopt a bird. Adopting a pelican, for example, costs $200, which will go to the cost of raising and eventually releasing the bird.