reply to post by IgnoranceIsntBlisss
I respect the effort you've put in here, but that's about all I can respect about what you've said.
I don't know what YOU are talking about, but I grew up in Florida (30+ years) and spent most of my life there and unless you live on a man-made
mountain, you can dig 6 feet down just about anywhere in the state and hit WATER. You are lying to yourself and anyone else here if you say otherwise.
I know this because my family owned a construction business and a pool business, and I can say FIRST-HAND that you are talking about an exception, not
the rule when it comes to digging down and hitting sand. To install pools in Florida, ANYWHERE, you have to dig them out AND pump the water out WHILE
laying the steel and then injecting the concrete in segments. The water is the biggest problem construction workers face besides limestone and coral,
which is when you dig down to about 8 feet and beyond. It is why you will always find Honda 20Kw generators with massive pumps to get rid of water
from in the ground while they lay foundations. I could dismiss the rest of your arguments, but I will further dignify my reason for this post.
I've read your 'factoids' on seepage and you obviously don't understand anything about chemistry or biology to take a subject you know absolutely
nothing first-hand about and talk about it like you are the foremost expert... that is true ignorance my friend.
The seepage you refer to is in such small quantities, spread out over an exceptionally large area (all of the world's oceans) and through an
incredibly large cubic volume of water, over the course of a YEAR, which is according to your own references. Grasp that for a moment. It is the
equivalent of pissing ONE TIME in an olympic size swimming pool. The number of urine molecules are so highly outnumbered by the chlorine and water
molecules, that the urine would never be noticeable. This amount of oil spilling now is more like 10 people pissing every 15 minutes in a kiddie pool
(the Gulf), and then slowly pouring the kiddie pool over and over again into the olympic pool (the rest of the oceans). The local effects will be felt
first and hardest because they are closest (the kiddie pool / Gulf), but for you to discount the FACT that this oil will NOT dilute like natural
seepage does, borders on asinine.
Ixtoc took 9 months to spill 140 million gallons, so do the math. 140 / 9 = 15.56 million gallons a month (30K barrels a day). We are in the first
month and have almost
tripled that according to conservative estimates. Apacheman already provided you (in another thread) with the approximate
amount of oil that can come from a 20" pipe (approximately 35 million gallons) and that wasn't enough, you continue to piss people off with your
ignorance instead of listening to people who actually hold a degree or two in these areas and have the resources and understanding to realize how
severe this is without 'doomongering'. What I consider 'doomongering' is when people talk out of their arse and create wild and crazy theories
that hold no credence whatsoever, with little evidence to back them up. Granted, there are a FEW people doing that, but you are grouping everyone who
has valid concerns and a good, intelligent understanding with those few who are throwing out wild, uneducated theories. In my book, what you are doing
by trying to downplay the severity of this, is just as bad as those who are trying to inflate it. Get off your high horse and as others have said,
admit when you are wrong, at least about the few things that I've seen here.
To conclude, I have a lot of family and friends all over Florida who have told me about the sea salt smell being gradually replaced with a strong
'WD40' smell. That's bad enough for me and everyone else without the full effects yet. I seriously hope you'll reconsider your position.