An Update on the Oil Leak (June 4)
Matt | On 04, Jun 2010
Oil is still gushing in the Gulf of Mexico. What’s new? It’s Day 46 of the leak. Wish I had some silver lining to report, but there’s not much tangible good news to hold onto coming from the area. It’s all covered in oil too, just like the birds, water, sand, and even some of the politicians.
Here’s a few quick highlights about the leak, though:
- President Obama is visiting the area today (Friday) for the third time to view the damage himself. He will be meeting with Coast Guard Admiral, Thad Allen, who is overseeing the cleanup effort to get an update on the situation. [Note to Obama: It’s still horrible]
- BP is placing a steel containment cap over the site of the leak on Friday morning. It’s still leaking some oil out of the sides, but it’s a step in the right direction. This is one of several attempts to stop the oil geyser since it first ruptured on April 20. By Friday afternoon, officials should know how well it’s working.
- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal wrote an op-ed in The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune today. He complained about the six-month moratorium on offshore drilling. He also bemoaned the beating his state is taking with lost fishing and oil-related jobs. Bobby wants answers now for Louisiana residents and their media outlets about when they are going to see their share of oil revenues. [Bobby is pissed off and has to maintain this air of pissiocity to stay elected in Louisiana. I’m not mad at him. He’s been a champion for his state].
- Wildlife are covered in oil. Need I say more? The pics don’t lie and they aren’t pretty. Scroll through the slideshow to get the full extent.
- Oil is now hitting the Alabama shores and you can smell it in the air.
- Cleanup workers are getting sick left and right. [All of that oil and fumes on top of the dispersants would make anyone want to pray to the porcelain gods immediately!]
You get the point. Things are a hot mess on the Gulf Coast and it’s not looking better until the OIL STOPS FLOWING! My barber this week likened it to trying to dry your car in the middle of a hurricane. I have to agree with him. This is simply ridiculous on so many levels. Sigh…