Delicate Patterns in the Sea

Posted by on June 16th, 2010 in decay, doomed future, nature, photos, rage against the machine

From the Guardian:

Delicate patterns in the sea

Delicate patterns in the sea breaking on Orange Beach, Alabama, more than 90 miles from the BP oil spill, cannot distract from the mess four to six inches deep on parts of the shore

Meanwhile, Mother Jones asks: “Is the BP Gusher Unstoppable?”

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4 Responses to “Delicate Patterns in the Sea”

  1. Problem is, if you analyze these data re: OILSHIT using pure statistics/physics, it's probably over. No stopping this, we earned it and now we pay. A month ago, I'd hoped that, while the stats leaned towards "no fix possible, further calamity ahead", someone would stick a PNE down near base of the pipe & settle this shitstorm. But then BP initiated the guaranteed-to-fail Top Kill. So now, as anticipated: the Deepwater BOP is tilting and will likely fall over, pipes are breaking down (like a garden hose with holes in it + a fist in the opening), oil has begun to weaken/alter/seep up through the sea bed. Unless we're statistically "lucky", this is done.

    However, I am a cynical bastard and one of those overly-pragmatic types. Let's hope I'm wrong, eh?

  2. you could be wrong, the article by 'mojo' did not confirm the the facts that they reported in the above article, its more of a speculation about what could happen if things continue to go as wrong as they have. the potential for this leak to continue for 35 years is present but i have a hard time thinking all is lost already. i wish i had hard fact to contribute but those are increasingly harder to come by as this event continues.

  3. I absolutely could be wrong. And I hope I am. I realize the article (and damn near everything else regarding this) is speculation. It's ain't over 'till its over. But that doesn't negate the fact that shit is getting worse.

  4. I can in no way find any facts online or elsewhere to confirm the idea, but as a pretty well versed student of physics, this explanation makes more sense to me than anything BP has made available so far.

    Not in BPs defense, but as a cynical viewpoint, this was probably bound to happen sooner or later. I mean, oil wells have been around since the 1850s, with water wells existing from the 1890s, and there haven't been any giant decades long vast environment destroying catastrophes associated with them. Granted, the Exxon Valdez did take 4 years to clean up after, and the wildlife still hasn't fully recovered. But that only took about a week to happen. This oil could be continuously spilling into the gulf for years. Nuclear power plants, on the other hand, have only been around since the 1950s, and the chernobyl incident happened around 30 years later, making the frequency of nuclear disaster much higher than current oil disaster rates. Ironic that the nuclear disaster hasn't really affected the environment near Chernobyl as much as any oil spill anywhere does, though. Unless you only care about the affect on humanity, that is. But I digress.