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BP’s underwater neutron bomb in the Gulf of Mexico

It’s hard to grasp the magnitude of the ecological catastrophe unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, as no one is certain how much oil is pouring from the well into the surrounding ocean.

BP, adopting an early government estimate, has claimed that it amounts to a mere 5,000 barrels a day, but some scientists say the amount is closer to 60,000 or 70,000 barrels. Taking the lesser of these estimates, that would translate into the equivalent of an Exxon Valdez spill every four days. Given that this has been going on for five weeks at the time of this writing, the gulf has by now absorbed nine such spill equivalents, with more to come.

For the first time in history, oil is pouring into the deep currents of a semi-enclosed sea, poisoning the water and depriving it of oxygen so that entire classes of marine species are at risk of annihilation. It is as if an underwater neutron bomb has struck the Gulf of Mexico, causing little apparent damage on the surface but destroying the living creatures below.

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One Response to “BP’s underwater neutron bomb in the Gulf of Mexico”

  1. Now it needs to give a Franc Zappa, thereby he to compose a song : Oil on the water, corruption in Sky die on the beach.

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