reply to post by 12GaugePermissionSlip
Great find. Brought back memories.
I lived in Harvey, LA during 1979 and my company manufactured and sold oilfield and industrial fasteners (bolts and nuts). We sold stainless steel
bolts & nuts to the Aleaska pipeline, which put us in business. I remember waiting in line for gas for my car, and at the same time, taking product
to the chemical refineries in the area, where oil from production refineries was spilling over into the curbs around the plants. It was nauseating to
say the least. People were desperate for gas and the refineries were pretty much dumping it.
Some things that might interest you. Tonight on National Geographic they are airing a special on "Gulf Oil Spill" on its cable channel at 10 p.m.
Supposedly it features never-seen-before video of what really happened on 4/20 (which by the way is my wedding anniversary) on the Deepwater Horizon
“The special, excerpts of which you can watch above or below, shows how salvage crews battled their way to the burning rig on April 20th following
an explosion that killed 11 of the 126 men on board.”
Also, per Wikipedia:
“Eventually, in the US, 162 miles of beaches and 1421 birds were affected by 3,000,000 barrels of oil. Pemex spent $100 million to clean up the
spill and avoided paying compensation by asserting sovereign immunity.”
Yep, that’s the part I love “avoided paying compensation by asserting sovereign immunity.”
From this resourceful website, here’s some interesting "facts":
“Nearly 85 percent of the 29 million gallons of petroleum that enter North American ocean waters each year as a result of human activities comes
from land-based runoff, polluted rivers, airplanes, and small boats and jet skis, while less than 8 percent comes from tanker or pipeline
And then you have the list of oil well disasters here: