|An oil spill that threatened to eclipse even the Exxon Valdez disaster spread out of control with a faint sheen washing ashore along the Gulf Coast late Thursday as fishermen rushed to scoop up shrimp and crews spread floating barriers around marshes.|
Hmmm..... not sure i'd like to chuck those shrimp on a barbie...
But in all seriousness, this is a huge environmental disaster, imo. It could even end up bigger than the Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound. I guess it just brings into question the reasoning behind drilling for oil a kilometre beneath the ocean surface... in an area that is relatively closed to large ocean currents & surrounded by productive estuarine wetlands... At what price do we put relatively cheap fuel in our cars? And surely if we are going to drill in these areas, it might be a good idea to engineer remote control shut down valves?
Don't get me wrong, I drive a car, use electricity, & consume plastics too. I just wonder sometimes, at what price?
And I wonder what can practically be done to ensure that an environmental disaster like this doesn't happen again. And again.