Viewpoint - Oil Spill Consequences

The finger pointing has begun big time between the 3 companies involved in the massive oil spill that threatens the Gulf Coast now that Congressional hearings are underway.  Frankly, no matter how much they play the blame game…it is likely that British Petroleum will bear the brunt of the costs involved.  After all they were no doubt making the lion’s share of the profit from the oil that was coming from the well drilled 5000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. 


This could well top the damage done by the Exxon Valdez in Alaska in 1989.  Scientists say we will still be dealing with the environmental impact of that disaster for another 30 years.  It is incalculable the costs this debacle will rack up over the decade to come in environmental damage and people’s livelihoods and quality of life on and off shore.


The big question is simple.  Especially given the potential for horrific consequences…why did they not have a cut off valve on the pipe that was sure to work?  That is something that should have been made sure of without question on a regular basis when drilling that deep for that much oil.

Whoever is responsible, what happened was criminal in its results and the actions—or lack thereof—that led to it should be punished accordingly by spending whatever it takes to clean up the mess and take care of the livelihoods they’ve ruined.  At the very least.  I’m Jim Cameron and that’s today’s Viewpoint.  Write and let us know what you think.