Monday, April 1, 2013

A two fer ... clean up on aisle 9


(You will note what looks like dirty leaves in one of the photos. It's not. That is some of the oil.)

Something that got buried in the Friday news dump and this is no April Fools' joke. Was going to report this yesterday but got sidetracked.

We interrupt your sunday fun to report a major oil spill. A pipeline carrying tar sands oil through the state of Arkansas ruptured and spilled over 10,000 barrels of oil on Friday. At that initial estimate would make it 420,000 gallons of oil. 40 homes were evacuated and crews were busy trying to contain and clean up the spill. And remember folks there is no new technology in place to deal with large spills like this. I've done a few myself and it simply a matter of laying down absorbent  containment booms and sucking the product up with a large vacuum truck. The tech hasn't changed in over 40 years. All this of course doesn't include the oil that's made it's way into the soil which will have to be dug out by back hoe and hauled away for processing (usually burned). Being tar sands oil makes the job doubly hard as it's much thicker than regular oil and more caustic too.

Why we don't shift to renewable energy sources and more conservation is still a puzzlement. It would solve many problems silmoultaniously. Create jobs, lower our energy usage and clean up the air and water all at the same time. Boths sides of the aisle have been blathering about being energy independent since Nixon was in office and it hasn't come close yet. And what fools we are when we buy foreign oil that finances the wars against us.

So I guess the joke's on us. Not very funny though.  

8 comments:

BBC said...

Electric cars are too expensive and I can't think of any way to make a cheap car that doesn't use gas. Oh well, the planet won't miss us.

Roger Owen Green said...

Saving energy isn't perceived as profitable enough, i'm afraid.

billy pilgrim said...

oil is a dirty business, almost as dirty as coal.

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Demeur said...

Actually gas electric cars aren't that expensive. As for you Billy you'll make some fine fossil fuel for the coming generations.

Roger for us yes for corporations no.

Tar sands is actually dirtier than coal Mr. BP.

Anon #1 that comment made no sense.

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BBC said...

Lone before I'm oil there won't be anyone here to extract it.

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