Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gulf oil spill

On April 22nd, an offshore drilling platform sank. The oil platform was a deep water horizon drilling platform forty miles off the coast of Louisiana. Researches are stunned at the sinking of this platform and claim that most platforms are demolished during hurricane season, but this one was not. The major problem that was identified with this rig is that oil is still being released from the underneath the sea bed and polluting the oceans. Everyday over 210,000 gallons of oil are being spilt into the oceans. Recent attempts to close the shut off valve on the ocean floor have failed and have caused for new measures to stop the leak. The newest method of stopping the oil is by placing a cap on the holes where the oil is being drilled from the trap the oil.

This oil spill is tragic for the environment around it. An open hole in the ocean floor that is releasing over 210,000 gallons of oil into the ocean every day is a very bad thing. An oil spill of this magnitude can completely whip out the surrounding ecosystems and damage many more. I believe there needs to be a solution to this issue immediately. These temporary fixes of capping the oil can only work so long. Someone needs to step up and find a permanent solution to this problem before more ecosystems suffer.


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