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Is Gulf oil spill nightmare really over?

BP said this morning that the mud-pumping "static kill" process has brought the pressure inside the blown-out Macondo well in the Gulf under control. What do you think? Is this really over? Weigh in below.

By Andrea Caumont  |  August 4, 2010; 7:29 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Those who believe the nightmare is over have NO IDEA what where all that oil id "hiding" and the long-term effect on our environment. It has been 21 years since the Exxon Valdez spill and problems are continuing to "pop up" in the region.
Even "only" 260,000 to 750,000 barrels were spilled, a team of scientists at the University of North Carolina found that the effects are lasting far longer than expected. The team estimates some shoreline Arctic habitats may take up to 30 years to recover. Exxon Mobil denies any concerns over this, stating that they anticipated a remaining fraction that they assert will not cause any long-term ecological impacts, according to the conclusions of 350 peer-reviewed studies. However, a study from scientists from the NOAA concluded that this contamination can produce chronic low-level exposure, discourage subsistence where the contamination is heavy, and decrease the "wilderness character" of the area.
The "crisis" is FAR from over and being minimized by the pro-industry "drill, baby, drill" cheerleaders who don't care one bit about the environment, only greed and profit.

Posted by: pjohn2 | August 4, 2010 9:06 AM

PJohn.... have some faith that mother earth is doing its part to reabsorb the oil. Note that there was a news report that small microbes thrive and multiply from feeding on the oil. They exist in the gulf waters and are part of the reason for the disappearing oil.

I'm not sounding the all clear yet.... but as we can plainly see, media crisis stories from 2 months ago are being founded untrue.

Posted by: alutz08 | August 4, 2010 9:25 AM

what "nightmare?" Other than a govt-induced shutdown of industry and scaremongering that kept tourists away.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | August 4, 2010 6:03 PM

Regardless of the environmental effects on an area of the country where the environment was still recovering from Katrina, the effects of all this time lost will wreak havok on the people there. Businesses have had to close or go bankrupt due to loss of revenue, people have been unable to make payments on their homes and have been forclosed upon, they have lost their cars or boats which may have been their only way to earn a living since many of those areas are lacking the public transportation we take for granted here where the Washington area Metro is so convenient. When I lived in Mississippi, I had to drive 50 miles just to get to Walmart to buy groceries, 100 miles round trip. You better hope you didn't forget anything essential when you went shopping.

People are going to be feeling the effects for years with half the small businesses in town closed for who knows how long, and with families who had been there for generations moving away to live with their kids or grandkids somewhere else because they lost the family farm to the company store.

Posted by: RazorGirl | August 4, 2010 6:22 PM

Seriously thought what do you get when you stir oil in water? Does it not disappear? Sure... but FROM THE SURFACE until it bubbles back up after a while. I hope PJohn2 is wrong but I honestly doubt it and in fact he could have added more facts to prove his point.

Nah Faith won't do anything other then keep one's head deep in the sand.

Posted by: Essence_ | August 4, 2010 8:52 PM

Hope you BP bashers don't have any BP stock in your 401K, IRA or employer pension plan, unless you just don't mind never being able to retire and working until you drop.

Posted by: hit4cycle | August 5, 2010 10:10 AM

Lord knows the GO-Teabaggers hope not...

Posted by: demtse | August 5, 2010 1:18 PM

Well. I never quite believed this was an apocalyptic event like the media drew it out to be. Yes. There was a lot of oil. However if you are going to have a huge spill, warm water is where you want to have it. Eventhough in volume of oil, this way surpassed Valdez, the environmental imapact of this spill will be far less. Warmer water keeps the oil more fluid so it spreads further, but does less damage. The warmer water also encourages organic decay. It's like composting. Warmth is your friend. There is 10 - 15 times the amount of bacteria to break down the oil than existed in Prince William Sound during Valdez. In fact they had to culture the bacteria and seed the sound to aid the clean up. Not needed in the Gulf.

Posted by: akmzrazor | August 5, 2010 2:06 PM

To the extent that biological decay of the oil can occur, that will be helpful. Unfortunately, the higher temperature also increases the toxicity of the oil.

The larger problem is the long term effect of the oil products on the immune systems of the millions of people who live in the area. Many have already sustained an intensive insult to thier bodies. They will from now on overreact to almost any petroleum product.
I work with such persons.
Some have been so injured that they cannot even live inside the average house. Exposure to paint, insulation, glue, and many plastics would land them in an emergency ward. They are also over reactive to shoe polish, hair gel, perfumes, and insecticides. Their blood tests show that their immune systems are in constant alarm mode, and even slight toxic threats create violent flu-like symptoms.
Then there are those who are exposed to only low levels of the oil, but over a long period. Their condition simply takes longer to develop, but is eventually just as severe.
In general, the condition becomes life threatening: anaphylactic shock sooner, and cancer later.
Why would anyone want to live in the area now?

Posted by: jamesrichard3 | August 5, 2010 2:45 PM

One thing everyone seems to forget is that oil is a naturally occurring substance that bubbles up from the ground naturally all over the world, especially after earthquakes and other subterranean movements enable it to escape. Who knows how many millions of gallons are seeping unnoticed by us into the ocean every day from cracks deep in the bottom of ocean trenches. Nature has its way of dealing with it and has/will in the case of the BP spill. There were major spills in the Caribbean and off the coast of Mexico in the 1970s and 80s and the oil from them just disappeared. We had not heard any reference to them in decades until the BP spill caused pundits and experts to dredge them up. The biggest economic impact of the spill is government created, caused by the knee-jerk moratorium on off-shore drilling, and media created by the hysterical proclamations that the Gulf beaches will be ruined. No doubt the fishing industry has suffered but BP has being paying "legitimate claims" for lost income. Those unable to get reimbursed for their losses should consider filing accurate tax returns in future.

Posted by: sensible2001 | August 5, 2010 6:36 PM

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