Gulf Oil Spill: Point By Point, An Alternative Perspective

With the President’s visit to the Gulf Coast yesterday, it seems more of the U.S. has begun taking the Gulf Oil Spill seriously.  People are getting excited, waxing political, and suggesting solutions.  Some of those solutions are downright frightening, making us glad that person isn’t in charge of the response to the situation.  Here are some points to consider.  We welcome your thoughts and opinions, whether you agree or disagree.

1) The use of underwater dispersal agents has to stop IMMEDIATELY.  BP is trying to do an “out of sight, out of mind” tactic. The oil spill is just as toxic on the ocean’s floor, but it’s a mile or more beneath the surface that way.

The rest of these are presented in no particular order: Read more

Gulf Oil Spill: NO MORE CHEMICALS! Vacuum Is the Only REAL Solution

The Federal government has been bombarding the surface of the Gulf with chemicals only described as a dispersal agent.  What is that?  It could be a solvent, it could be something like Dawn that breaks down the oil, or it could be a bacterial agent which eats the oil, breaking it down.  Regardless of what it is, we know what it is not.  It is not safe.  Even if it were entirely bacteriological, the damage done to the balances of the ocean waters and wetlands is very likely unsustainable.  The ocean isn’t just plain water.  It is made up of about 200 different elements, each in a certain balance.  Wetlands are even more complex, and already under stress from our impact upon them.  Tossing chemicals of ANY kind at the problem is no real solution.

The problem is relatively simple: Crude oil has leaked out and is contaminating the Gulf of Mexico, so it must be removed.  Not dispersed. Not broken down into other aspects which are LESS harmful.  ANY amount of harm is devastating in this sort of scope and proportion.  It needs to be removed.  The best and simplest way to do that is to vacuum it up while it is still offshore, before it coats birds, mammals, and coastline.  It has to be sucked up, separated from the water, and hosed on over to a tanker.  Relatively simple, really. Read more