And 40 million gallons later, there is no stopping the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. From today's Johnson City Press:
There is still a hole in the Earth, crude oil is still spewing from it and there is still, excruciatingly, no end in sight. After trying and trying again, one of the world’s largest corporations, backed and pushed by the world’s most powerful government, can’t stop the runaway gusher.The New York Times has a helpful map with estimates of how much oil is spurting forth. The last time this happened, the leak wasn't plugged for ten months:
As desperation grows and ecological misery spreads, the operative word on the ground now is, incredibly, August — the earliest moment that a real resolution could be at hand. And even then, there’s no guarantee of success. For the United States and the people of its beleaguered Gulf Coast, a dispiriting summer of oil and anger lies dead ahead.
Oh ... and the Atlantic hurricane season begins Tuesday.
The largest accidental spill of all time was also in the Gulf of Mexico. Ixtoc I, a two-mile deep exploratory well, leaked at an estimated rate of 10,000 to 30,000 barrels per day for almost ten months until it was capped in March 1980. The total amount spilled was estimated to be 140 million gallons of crude oil.For Memorial Day, in addition to soldiers, I will also remember our winged, finned, multi-legged, and hard-shelled relations who gave their lives for America's energy needs.