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: Dispersal Chemicals Threaten Ocean/Wetlands Ecology

By now, most everyone knows about the unprecedented oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and that it landed in New Orleans last Friday morning.  Already, animal rescue groups are on the scene — much faster than Federal responses.  But what IS the Federal response?  Their first actual step was to put down some 600,000 feet of floating barrier, in attempts to contain the oil, slow it’s reaching land, while they sprayed “dispersal” chemicals on the oily surface of the Gulf.   Now they’re talking about releasing another kind of dispersal chemical underwater — one that would somehow stop the oil from rising to the surface in the first place.  Before any chemicals were sprayed or introduced, some long, hard looks at their impact are in order.

If it’s a solvent, obviously that’s a No.  If it’s a bacterial agent designed to eat the oil, that too has real concerns.  No matter what it is, it’s certain to have an impact.  There is no such thing as a free lunch, and the chemicals/agents themselves are a foreign and harmful substance.  If it’s biological, it will still upset the balances.  What to do, then? Read more