This morning it dawned on me how we have all adopted the language of BP calling the one million gallon gusher a “leak.” That was clever manipulation and we all just enveloped it. We need to call it what it is, a gusher!
Is anyone questioning that sawing off the “leaking cap” and then placing a small containment valve over it, might also not work, leaving a gaping pipe opening so that more oil and gas can rocket from below the ocean floor?
Read these links for thought provoking consequences:
“The impacts of the current oil spill are unknown but the potential for direct and indirect environmental damage to coastal ecosystem services are extraordinary. Both the oil and the activities used in the cleanup have the potential to adversely affect wetland flora and fauna.”
Natural Resource Defense Council
“The health consequences of this aquatic nightmare have just begun.”
“The presence of submerged oil might explain why what we see falls short of expectations of what an oil disaster looks like. Then again, much of what lies beneath the ocean’s surface defies expectation. In those unseen depths is the source that sustains us with the food, oxygen and the climate we need to survive.”