It is concerning that the there has been yet another accident at the oil spill site, but what is more concerning is the cavalier attitude that our government officials have towards this accident.
"I think the fact that we've had two bumps that have had consequences associated with them in the 60-plus days we've been doing the response, it's a pretty good record," Allen said.
Let's consider the facts:
- This accident has resulted in preventing the capture of 16,668 barrels of oil a day (a number that has been constantly increasing)
- They do not know how long it will take to fix this problem and restore the capture of 16,000 barrels/day
- The original spill estimate for the entire Deep Water Horizon site was 1,000 barrels a day
- The first spill estimate to exceed 16,000 barrels was on May 1st, 10 days after the initial explosion, well after this was deemed a major disaster
- If they are unable to restore the cap within the next 16 days, the spill resulting from this secondary accident will exceed the previous record for an American oil spill of 11.1 million gallons (in other words, it would only be eclipsed by the main Deep Water Horizon spill itself)
- This secondary accident appears to double the amount of oil actually being spilled into the Gulf (i.e., total flow of perhaps 35,000 - 60,000 barrels minus 16,668 being captured and 10,429 barrels being flared equals 7,903 to 32,903 net spill into the Gulf - whereupon additional oil is captured in booms, etc); thus the increased spillage is somewhere between 50% - 210%.
The lesson from this story is one that we are repeatedly learning from the current administration. If a private company makes a mistake they are evil and must be condemned; but if the government makes a repeated mistakes, eh - "it's a pretty good record."
As George Orwell explained, "2 + 2 = 5"