Friday, June 11, 2010

BP oil spill at your house

If it was my home uses Google Maps and the current situation of the spill to show what the extent of the disaster would look like in your neck of the woods. Click and it will find you.
The Exxon Valdez spill of 1989 was 41 million litres of oil. It can still be found under the sand.
US government scientists are now pegging the Gulf Oil disaster at an Exxon Valdez-size spill every 5 to 13 days, with more oil gushing into the sea in an hour than officials originally said was spilling in an entire day.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute estimates the spill at 3.8 million litres to 8 million litres per day.
The Montreal Gazette reports that after a 16% dip on the NYSE Wednesday due to "concerns over BP's ability to meet mounting costs", shares rebounded by more than 12% yesterday "partly because of speculation that Petro-China, Asia's top oil and gas firm, was considering making a bid for BP."
Meanwhile here in Canada, one of the provisions in the just-passed budget gives the environment minister the power to bypass environmental assessments on major projects he wants passed just as Enbridge insists it wants its Northern Gateway pipeline shipping tankers of tarsands oil to Asia via the BC port of Kitimat by 2016.

Last year Natural Resources Canada - Review of the Federal Moratorium on Oil and Gas Activities Offshore British Columbia was quietly amended with an "Errata" that read :
"the moratorium on oil and gas activities offshore British Columbia does not apply to tanker traffic"
and as regards the grandfathered BC offshore drilling exploration agreements awaiting negotiation and approval :
"The decision not to negotiate with industry to convert those permits is a pure policy decision. There is no statutory impediment to carrying out those negotiations."

If it was my home ...


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