Sunken Oil Rig Leaking 42,000 Gallons of Oil into Gulf a Day, Still ‘Drill, Baby Drill?’

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The sunken oil rig off the coast of Louisiana is leaking an estimated rate of 1,000 barrels, or about 42,000 gallons a day. The massive oil rig exploded this week. The rig burned with such intensity that it melted the pylons supporting it, causing it to sink. Eleven workers are still missing and presumed dead.

A robotic Coast Guard camera determined a pipe leading from the well is leaking oil at an estimated rate of 1,000 barrels, or 42,000 gallons a day into the environmentally sensitive water off Louisiana’s coast. Bad weather halted efforts to clean up the mess that threatens the area’s fragile marine ecosystem.

An oil slick has formed 20-by-20-mile in size, about 25 times larger than it appeared to be a day earlier. Coast Guard officials say they have a third of the world’s oil spill cleanup ships in the area already and they’re fighting the spill. The hope is they can contain and skim that oil off the surface until workers can shut off the flow.

The explosion comes just weeks after President Obama bowed to pressure from GOP lawmakers to push forward on opening up the eastcoast, Florida and Gulf coast to new oil drilling and exploration. Such an explosion, while not common, is a reminder that calls to “drill, baby drill,” are as hollow as Sarah Palin’s head.

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8 Responses to Sunken Oil Rig Leaking 42,000 Gallons of Oil into Gulf a Day, Still ‘Drill, Baby Drill?’

  1. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    It’s the end of the first decade of the 21st century and the U.S. and the rest of the world just can’t figure out how to wean ourselves off fossil fuels.

    I thought by now we would be smarter.

    It looks like I was wrong.

  2. RJ in SoCal says:

    It’s unbelievable how President Obama thinks this will make our economy grow. At what cost?

  3. DMason says:

    “Spill, Baby, Spill?” Imagine this ecological disaster off the outer banks of North Carolina? South Beach in Miami or Key West, FL? Sorry, “O”-Man but, your oil plan is going to be a disaster.

  4. Kate Novotny says:

    I’m a bit confused about all of this?

    It is my understanding the oil platform that is spewing 42,000 of filthy oil into the Gulf of Mexico threatening the Louisiana coast is owned by British Petroleum?

    If the USA is strapped for energy (I just paid $3.05 a gallon for regular gasoline), then why is British Petroleum drilling off the shore the USA and why isn’t BP cleaning up the mess?

  5. fran says:

    I’m sure BP will get the bill for whatever the US has to do, but there is no amount of money that will give those 11 missing workers, their lives back, or whatever damages the 3 in critical condition will go through.

    Palin was in my town this week. Her private for GOP only gop fundraiser dinner, no media allowed in the room, no interviews or questions format allowed the half term ex guv to repeat her rhetoric….
    yes even though this offshore oil rig exploded, sank & people died, she was still pushing her environmental disaster program:

    Speaking about energy policy, she called for opening up all of America’s continental shelves to drilling.

    “Production of our resources means security for Americans and jobs for American workers,” she said.
    She also called for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and addressed head-on environmentalists against her plan. She argued America has more stringent environmental restrictions than many of the foreign governments we currently rely on for oil.

    >>>> She said this stuff the same week of this catastrophic disaster. She also called for the US to be deemed a christian nation.

    Hellova christian…. not even a sorry for the loss of 40 lives (29 coal, 11 oil rig workers).

    Drill baby Drill
    Drill baby Kill
    Spill baby Spill

  6. Jolly Roger says:

    Thanks to 30 years of Rushpubliscum deregulation of damn near everything, I see an era where the US is able to do little more than react to one disaster after another. 30 years is a LONG time for decay, you know.

  7. Don’t be so sure, Fran. Exxon fought the suits arising out of the Valdez spill and the courts reduced the damages amount to a laughable amount. The oil companies are too big to fail as well as the banks. Meanwhile, I guess Obama will have to back off of his agreement to more off shore drilling…and talk about “clean” coal instead. Christ he blows.

  8. isochroma says:

    What a beautiful leak – twenty thousand barrels of lovely lube a day. I love the oily mass that bulges outwards from a bent pipe. A brown Rorschach blot of the automobile culture. A creamy dreamy brown chocolatey nougat for the wildlife to absorb. Living towels soon to be buried by trowels.

    An endless orgasm of brown to win the King’s crown. The ejaculate of Hell sent by the wind-whipped swell.

    My most fervent hope is that all efforts to stop and mitigate this masterwork are failures. The incontinent flow of hydrocarbons shall continue for the decay of all.

    I would love to see a sea of greasy Devil’s blood flowing into the ocean forever more. The spew that flew right on through.

    Then the World can move on into its next phase, the Dark Phase of death, decline and destruction. Soon, all the works of humans will decay and so too will themselves be brought to the altar of slaughter, to account for their crimes of existence.

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