Oil pollution was not corrected by the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) written into law in August 1990 and it is painfully obvious that it needs a major overhaul due the BP Gulf Oil Spill. The way the EPA’s emergency management activated a plan was poor at best since they relied on BP Oil to dictate the plan of action for the government to handle the oil pollution.
In this case on April 20, 2010 the US government did not have a clue on how to attempt a response to a major incident of oil pollution, which threatened the four major US States along the Gulf shoreline. The BP Oil spill still continues today and the oil pollution is mounting each day with low estimates of 60,000 barrels per day but most likely it is 100,000 barrels of oil polluting the Gulf each and every day. As Americans consume the greatest amount of oil in the world the cost has been enormously at a very high price.
It is not just in 2010 that we face the oil pollution by some reckless corporations that cut costs by putting safety at such a low standard but around the oil since the 1930’s crude oil and hazardous chemicals have been dumped into our oceans. The serious problem of dumping oil into a particular ocean is that the oceans are all connected and currents carry water all over the world. This oil will now be transported to the Florida coastline, down to the Florida Keys and will be brought up the US Atlantic coast northward to Canada and across to Europe. The oceans are fluid bodies of water and again they are joined together as one huge body of water that will spread the oil pollution worldwide.
Chemicalization of the Oceans
It is not only crude oil that is dumped in the oceans but hazardous chemicals, waste, toxic materials, oil, garbage, plastic, medical waste, refuse from ships, and a host of man’s by -products. See our World’s Oil Spill List. To name a few highlights of the world’s oil spills in 1997 in Singapore a tanker that carried 120,000 tonnes of fuel oil leaked from a vessel and huge amounts of dispersant was pored into the area from planes and boats, but still several islands off of Singapore are covered in an oily sludge. This was BP’s way of dealing with the spill’s oil pollution which did not work and the oil continued to spread in the water.
On May 30, 2001 we saw numerous incidents of more oil pollution and oil leaks that year namely a chemical nightmare of toxic styrene leaked from a ship when 700 tonnes of the deadly chemical which poisons human and animal life in the waters near Shanghai. The same year in Malaysia an Indonesian tanker with another toxic chemical dumped 600 tonnes of phenol and 18 tonnes of diesel fuel into the ocean.
Also in 2001 in Germany more oil pollution happened when 2,000 tonnes of nitric acid was discharged when a vessel sank in the Rhine River from a chemical tanker, which was never recovered. It appears tankers that sink with their chemical shipments are not worth the effort to clean up or contain the contamination to rivers in Germany.
There are numerous examples of oi pollution caused by leaks, spills and ships carrying deadly chemicals either crashing, sinking or dumping chemicals and oil into the oceans of the world.
The trend will continue until a unified effort is made to tax oil and chemical companies for their so called accidents and their shipments are reduced by a new green energy policy and the reduction of using plastic, oil products and chemicals in made highly costly to their producers.
In 2002 the same trend continued in South Africa where a chemical and oil pollution spill happened in the pristine Saint Lucia wetlands killing off wildlife, damaging reefs and killed off turtles, mangroves, and hippos.
While the “pro-oil” side continues to state we need oil it is actually a promotion of big oil companies and those who are on the pro-oil side are politicians and spokesperson’s who derive financial benefit for their allies in the oil and chemical industry. Oil lobbyists and Vice President Cheney did enormous damage by allowing big oil to continue to go unregulated in his vision of a “capitalist run society”. It is not surprising that a company which he directed -Halliburton is under fire for their part in the April 20, 2010 Gulf explosion of the BP rig as Halliburton did the cement job that was supposed to work but failed. Cheney has remained inaudible in the media since the spill because he was a party to the deregulation of the oil industry who financially backed his political campaigns. If there was a face to all the men who participated in the causes of the Gulf Oil Spill -Dick Cheney’s face would be the emblem for pro-oil at any cost.
This careless and free from criminal charges of the transporters of oil and chemicals allows large corporations to continue dumping hazardous waste, chemicals and oil into the oceans that provide a food source for many nations.
The Tea Party Leader -Sarah Palin Promotes Oil Drilling-for Big Oil
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Cheney’s Halliburton did the cementing that led to the fatal blow out same as it did in Australia blowout in the same manner – a 20 year Halliburton employee stated the problems with Halliburton’s cement jobs is that they continue to fail. Acoustic switches are not necessary in the US -thanks to the MMS down playing the need for them and favoring saving money for big oil. Cheney was very happy about manipulating MMS to favor cost cutting to big oil for which he played a pivotal part in the demise of government regulations and lacking of safety which brought us to the April 20, 2010 BP oil rig explosion. See the video for details:
Ken Salizar should also be fired off the job and should not be responsible as Secretary of the Interior and he is just as much to be blamed for this corruption. Obama’s made some huge mistakes in picking the wrong people to head up this disaster’s response by his administration.
Who Has the Most Oil- The Greed for Power and Oil-Oil Pollution
TAGS: Oil Pollution, Ken Salizar, Dick Cheney, Obama, de-regulation of the oil industry, Chemicalization of the Oceans, Oil spills world wide, Gulf Oil Spill and World Pollution, BP Oil Spill.