Monday, May 31, 2010


I'm still not ready to lay the entire blame for this oil rig explosion, and subsequent oil spill entirely on the shoulders of BP. The fact that this explosion occurred the week of the 4oth anniversary of Earth Day, still gives me an uneasy feeling down deep inside. The Deep Water Horizon rig exploded on April 20th, and sank into the sea on April 22nd (Earth Day). That accident, in and of itself doesn't give me pause. It's the occurrence of other disasters that same month that are giving me that queasy feeling. For example, on April 2, 2010 there was an explosion at an oil refinery in Anacortes, WA., and on April 5, 2010, there was an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine in W. Virgina. I find the coincidence of all three fossil fuel producing entities just a little bit, well, questionable. Perhaps, we will never know the exact cause of any of these fatal disasters. Although investigations are made, and leads followed, the uncanny thing about these types of incidents, is the fact that there can be numerous causes for explosions at any, or all three locations. In my mind, it's not the fact that there were explosions, it's the timing. Just my suspicious nature, maybe just my over active imagination? It might also be the fact that there are Environmental Terror Groups in the United States, and around the world. I know that these groups are ecstatic over the fact that United States off-shore drilling has ceased, since this Gulf accident. By the same token these Eco-groups would be just as elated, if coal mining also came to a screeching halt. ECO-Terror Groups such as E.L.F. ( Earth Liberation Front), and another suspect group named Earth First. I'm not accusing either of these groups of any connection to the disasters, but their connection to things like torching expensive homes in Seattle, to the destruction of two radio towers, also in the Seattle area. Earth First is allegedly implicated in the crime of tree spiking, that's a practice of driving spikes into trees, in order to cause injury to loggers. Allow me to say, that I don't believe any of these acts have been proven against either of these groups, as far as I know. However, the suspicion remains, and there is a cloud over the places where these groups have protested in the past.
The Deep Water Horizon, whether it was an accident, or something a little more insidious, is rapidly becoming a disaster that given time, if not rectified, may result in a hemispheric catastrophe of biblical proportions. If this hole in the ocean floor can not be plugged, oil and gas could literally gush into the gulf until the well itself is tapped out. I believe that BP is capable of heading off this huge disaster, before that happens, even though confidence in their expertise is reaching an all time low. We need to understand that this type of blowout, is not an everyday occurrence, and even BP, couldn't possibly have been equipped to handle something as unforeseen as this.
Once again, we need to pray to Almighty God for His guidance to the engineers whose daunting task it is to find a solution to the Gulf Oil Spill problem.

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