Monday, June 7, 2010

At What Point Does The Well Run Dry?

We've become so accustomed to hearing about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that it's become an accepted fact that millions of barrels of oil have been spewing into the water and there's nothing we can do about it. It's not like any of us laypeople can fix it, not even with a straw and some bubble gum à la MacGyver. The Big Boys can't even stem the flow. The magnitude of the spill is mind-boggling. It's hard to believe it has taken so long to stop the flow, and even harder to believe the long-term repercussions it will have on the coast, the ripples of which will eventually affect us all.

It just makes me wonder, though, how much oil was in that well? Was it like a pore in the earth's dermal layer that only holds so much oil or was it a straight line to the main fuel tank? Would the tank eventually have hit empty?  Will it now?  How much oil is left in there? Are we running on fumes to the next gas station and someone is going to have to get out and push??? It just makes me wonder.

I hope alternative energy technology has taken this opportunity to grow in leaps and bounds and that we'll become less dependent on petroleum and more reliant on a safer, sustainable resource. One that won't cause this:

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3 comments:

coffeejitters said...

can you imagine the ramifications of a wind spill, or a sun spill? yeah, we gotta get going on alternative energy.

bosslady said...

This spill has really depressed me. My father lives in Pensacola, so I've been hearing about it from him, his wife, their friends, and the news. One question nobody can answer refers to the mascots you've posted here. On the news, they claim it takes over an hour to clean a poor oiled up pelican. What do they do with the bird after? Do they release them in the same habitat only to have to clean them up again?

Miz Dinah said...

@coffeejitters: sounds a little less catastrophic. What we need is to be less-reliant on gas vehicles.

@bosslady: I don't know anyone personally in the affected coastal communities but I can imagine it must be very worrisome. That's a good question; where DO they put the clean animals?

It's such a terrible disaster...