posted on Jun, 26 2010 @ 09:18 PM
Fire / Explosions I don't foresee happening due to concentration (I guess anything would be possible given the right circumstances but highly
unlikely in most). As a former Hazmat responder (I worked with derricks in Kuwait actually), I can say with all probability that area / ground /
groundwater contamination will be a serious long term threat, - It's the issue of the crude, other associated compounds (everything you can imagine
can be found in naphtha) as well as most of the chemical dispersants used. Just about every bit of it is mildly hazardous on the Glass-Half-Full
end, and "Your grandchildren will have 5 arms and feet coming out of their heads" on the worst case scenario side of the coin. Depending on the
toxicity and the concentration, you may actually need to completely remove it from the soil via excavation equipment... This is a maaaaaaasive
operation. The alternative is a flurry of exposure related incidents and lawsuits that I can't even begin to fathom (that's not my department).
The long term cleanup is going to be enormous and beyond costly.
If you haven't guessed already, be assured that without some kind of government intervention or protection: BP is not going to survive this as a
corporation. You're looking at several trillion dollars, and that's with the assumption that the oil stops or is handled anytime soon. The
rest of whatever action needs to happen for proper spill response and long term rehabilitation will need to come from somewhere else.
/me looks at my wallet.... uh... yeah. My tax dollars once again. Sorry. Our tax dollars, if you feel you want to be included in the pain
in and around the area of your anus.