Rachel Maddow has done a superlative job of pointing out the eerie deja vu that is this year’s Gulf of Mexico and Alaskan oil spills.
So what do we have here?
The stuff that did not work back then is the same stuff that hasn’t worked now. Same busted blow-out preventer, same ineffective booms, same underwater plumes, same toxic dispersant, same failed containment dome, same junk shot, same top kill. It’s all the same technology!
The Ixtoc oil spill in 1979 was in 200 feet of water, while Deepwater Horizon is in 5,000 feet of water. The only thing the oil companies have got better at in 30 years is drilling in deeper water with the same inadequate technology.
When Gerry Brownlee reassures us that only modern, proven oil drilling technology will be used here in New Zealand, exactly what is he referring to?
Hat Tip: www.interest.co.nz