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Pette Broad wrote:The figures from NOAA are....
17% Recovered from leak by pipe and top hat
05% Burnt off
16% Natural (Eaten by Bacteria mainly)
08% Dispersed by Chemicals
26% Still in the Gulf or onshore
Those figures sound reasonable to me. NOAA have no reason to manipulate those figures, they have a very high reputation the world over.
Much of the remaining oil will degrade over the next few years. Estimates are that 205 million barrels were released into the Gulf, which compares with the next biggest spill of 8.8 million when Iraq deliberately released oil from Kuwait into the Arabian Gulf.
This could have been a lot worse, for example if the platform had only been 5 miles from the coast, or if the oil had been a heavier crude oil, I dread to think of the long term consequences had that been the case. To me, an outsider, I put the blame almost entirely on BP and the company that ran the Platform for it. The incumbent president was not to blame for the spill but was asleep on the job for a while, you'd have though he'd have learned something from the previous administrations initial (non)response to the Katrina disaster.
BTW, I think it's unfair for anyone to make political points on this issue. It's very easy to lay the blame on the administration in power, but what about the administration that drew up the safety regulations years ago. It's much better if we all work together to prevent it happening again IMHO.
CivilDissent wrote:Fifth, most of it, though it is not covered in the national news is very frequently covered in our local news. For example, although people who do not live locally probably have not seen it, our local news has been covering local Louisiana fisherman going out into the bays and heaping thick sludges of oil off the bottom. So, it is there. It has not just dissappeared as Obama wants you to think. And, it is thick.
Pette Broad wrote:BTW, I think it's unfair for anyone to make political points on this issue. It's very easy to lay the blame on the administration in power, but what about the administration that drew up the safety regulations years ago. It's much better if we all work together to prevent it happening again IMHO.
Hardware Junkie wrote:Yep and the area that Katrina hit still looks like crap but its no longer news...
CivilDissent wrote:Also, I do agree that the Bushs had a part in this but would be willing to bet that others such as Clinton and Carter had a hand in it too. Once again, pull out those secret laws and papers that this congress, with Pelosi, have been fluently hiding.
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