posted on Mar, 1 2004 @ 12:39 AM
Exxon Valdez size? Thankfully not. But with it's nice "spoonful" of diesel fuel, fuel oil, and ethanol, it could prove to be a "handful" to
clean up. Fortunately, as they mention, ethanol dissolves in water. The other chemcials, unfortunately, have the possibility of emulsifying in large
The 570-foot Singapore-flagged tanker Bow Mariner was carrying about 3.5 million gallons of ethanol, about 200,000 gallons of fuel oil and 53,000
gallons of diesel fuel from New York to Houston when it exploded about 50 miles east of Chincoteague Island, Virginia, Brice-O'Hara said.
Another unfortunate consequence of this possible, if small, ecological disaster is the 27 crewmen who were aboard. Three of the 27 have been found
dead, and 6 were taken alive. I hope some others are found to be alive but the frigid waters off the east coast of Virginia leave little promise.
Questions rise of course. What caused the explosion?
Of the crew, 24 were from the Philippines, and three from Greece. The likelihood of a muslim radical being on board from the Philippines (the country
is mostly Catholic, a small minority being Muslim, radical ones at that) is a fair shake - in my opinion. It's fairly easy to get a job on a Tanker,
especially in the Far East. To create an explosion on one isn't too hard either. There really isn't a need to bring your own explosives -
afterall, you are on one giant firestarter's dream.
Of course, it is also a possibility that it was just an "accident." I don't take "small" things like this lightly anymore - I tend to
scrutinize. Your input, please.
[Edited on 3-1-2004 by EmbryonicEssence]