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Two New Spills Keep BP, Oil Industry In The Hot Seat

Two New Spills Keep BP, Oil Industry In The Hot Seat

Even as BP scrambles to spin facts and restrict information about the true extent of the damage, its reputation as a responsible petroleum corporation, and indeed the reputation of the entire industry, is leaking out faster than the oil.

Two new oil spills have occured in the past few days, adding to the desperation many feel about how out of control things seem to be.

Tuesday BBC News reported that emergency teams were called to the scene after two ships – a oil tanker and a bulk carrier – collided in waters off Singapore. The most recent reports state that as a result of the collision, the oil tanker sustained a 10 meter gash in its hull, releasing an estimated 14,600 barrels of light crude oil into the ocean.

Because containment crews responded to the Singapore spill site so quickly, and because there is only a finite amount that can leak out of the tanker, officials believe that the environmental damages will be minimal. Currently shipping lanes and traffic are believed to unaffected by the 4 kilometer radius oil spill (Pattay Daily News).

Another oil industry mishap occured yesterday as well, once again on American soil, and once again BP was the corporation in control of the malfunctioning equipment.

Reuters reported that a power outtage on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline triggered the opening of relief valves, causing an unspecified volume of crude oil to overflow a storage tank into a secondary containment.

Although no injuries were reported, over 40 people had to be evacuated from the site while BP engineers tried to restore power and figure out what went wrong. While incomparable to the magnitude and destruction of the Gulf spill, this incident reinforces the shadow of doubt already growing with regard to BP’s attention to safety and government regulations.

For over a month, people around the world have watched as hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil gush into the ocean from an open wound in the Earth- a wound created by profit-hungry oil companies.

Many are beginning to understand, perhaps for the first time, that there is no way to make the process of extracting oil safe, for people, animals, or the environment.

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8:06AM PDT on May 31, 2010

Oil drilling must stop! There are better ways to power our houses and vehicles. If we all stand together and add our voices to each other's, we can force change! We hold the purse strings and therefor we control what happens...IF we can support each other for what we know is the right way!

4:23PM PDT on May 30, 2010

BP has been KICKED out of Canada for unethical practices they should be KICKED out of the US as well.....

3:08AM PDT on May 30, 2010

bp just keep digging

4:40PM PDT on May 29, 2010

Thanks for the info, petitions signed.

11:46PM PDT on May 27, 2010

I agree with Steve R. - If all of the wells ran dry and we no longer had access to oil, then perhaps our planet would have a chance of survival through innovation!

7:10PM PDT on May 27, 2010

I'm not sure if it will do anything at all, but I've stopped purchasing gasoline at Arco, as it is BP owned... I just felt they haven't done much in the past month to slow the oil.
So sad...

5:55PM PDT on May 27, 2010

Ant M - I disagree that we need to be so dependent on oil.

The only reason we are is because greedy oil producing countries and greedy oil companies manipulate things to perpetuate the use of oil.

If half of what is spent on oil exploration, drilling, getting the stuff out of the earth, processing it and getting it to gas pumps, was spent on developing CLEAN energy, we would probably be an oil free world today.

As it is, politicians are bought, they vote against clean energy measures, and like you, the vast majority are led to believe that we are doomed without oil.

Me - I wish we would run out of the stuff altogether, because nothing would spur innovation as much as being forced to find alternatives.

5:42PM PDT on May 27, 2010

It's a fact: until reliable and economically viable alternative technologies are used on a wide scale for transport, heating our homes, electricity, etc... we shall still depend on oil.
I would be ready to pay any of the oil-based energy I use up to three times more expensive, if it could help to implement any of those alternatives faster.
But unless I have no other solution (such as being stranded in a desert with my car tank empty, and the nearest gas station is a BP one - very unlikely because I hardly drive further than the Paris & suburbs limits) I shall never buy ANY SINGLE DROP of BP oil again.

3:15PM PDT on May 27, 2010

I have already signed the petition this off shore drilling has got to stop.

2:43PM PDT on May 27, 2010

all in all, we still need oil ......

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