Posted by: Green Knight | May 17, 2010

Spills, Chills, & Thrills

CNN has a good article with video clips on the ongoing spill in the Gulf.  Check it out at  http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/05/16/gulf.oil.spill/index.html.  Back in 1978, the tanker “Amoco Cadiz” broke in half off the coast of Brittany, causing what was, at the time, the largest oil spill ever.  Dispersants were also used as part of the response, but heavier fractions of the light crude sank into the sediments and are still detectable today.  I will be checking with EPA on oil-rig preparedness requirements…stationary storage facilities with 1320 gallons aboveground or 40,000 gallons underground must have an SPCC plan (that’s Spill Prevention, Control,  and Countermeasures), but for drilling operations the requirements are different, and probably updated by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, which was a response to the Exxon Valdez spill.  It doesn’t help that EPA’s own page on the Deepwater Horizon event states that it occurred on April 22nd (Earth Day), when it really happened two days earlier.  Your government at work.

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