June 15, 2010

The BP oil spill

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The BP oil spill has been in the news since 20 April 2010 when a semi-submersible offshore drilling rig experienced an explosion. During the disaster the wellhead was damaged, and the hole left behind has been leaking ever since.

It has been estimated that 1 050 000 US gallons per day are spewing out of the broken well a day. (For South Africans, a gallon is four litres - that's 4 200 000 litres a day!) Here's a video of this. There are also reports now that the leakage is coming from multiple points.

This is an absolute disaster, with over 400 species of life currently threatened, and if the oil spill continues to spread, even more.

BP is attempting to clean up the area with skimmers and other clean-up tools. There are perhaps many volunteers, but according to this video, they are not allowed to assist in the clean-up. Why would that be?

If you'd like to see how big the oil spill is, this is quite an awesome app. It allows you to move the oil spill to another location. As you can see from the image, I have moved it over Johannesburg. You can see how big it is!

The effects of the spill are disastrous once the slick makes landfall, as you can see from these images. Take a look here if you'd like to find out how the spill affects underwater wildlife.

Many are saying that the fault does not lie with BP. This is true, because BP only exists to fulfil a demand - a demand that every person with a car is creating every time we get into our car to go to work, go to the shop, go out to a movie...

We are, however, trapped in this society. What can we do to get out?

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