So I’m going to start you with this link. It has an awesome video clip from Rachel Maddow.
“Aside from just a normal curiosity about how big of a mess there is to clean up, pinning down the number of barrels spilled has important financial implications:
Estimating the size of a spill in the first days after an accident can be contentious, because the volume of the spill affects the fines and penalties companies may eventually pay for violating the Clean Water Act. Fines can be as high as $1,100 for every barrel spilled. If gross negligence or willful misconduct is proven, violators can be forced to pay as much as $4,300 per barrel.
And the true size of the spill could be even larger:
Exxon says it shut down the pipeline within 16 minutes of detecting a pressure drop last Friday afternoon. The line continued to leak for 12 hours as it lost pressure, according to the PHMSA corrective action order. Two valves 18 miles apart were shut to isolate the leaking section of pipe. If full, the 20-inch pipe would contain about 36,000 barrels of oil, or more than 1.5 million gallons.”
I think one major thing we can take away from this is to pay attention to where we fill up our tanks and boycott Exxon. If the government will do little more than a slap on the wrist we can at least take a chunk of their profits.
“While it’s not clear if the oil was intentionally moved into the wetland, the company says it is cleaning pavement with power washing devices, which could cause some of the oil to be pushed off neighborhood streets and into other areas.”
Yeah. let’s power wash the oil off the pavement which is made of crude oils already and let it infect the earth some more. Good plan.
Yeah, let’s put some paper towels on it.” This isn’t your kitchen! Be productive and FIX it!
“This stuff is not crude oil,” he said. “It’s a lot more dangerous than crude oil. It’s harder to clean up. Crude oil floats so you can scrape it off the top of water or get it with a boom. Dilbit — diluted bitumen, or tar sands — sinks, so it can never really be cleaned up. We’re seeing from the Kalamazoo River spill of 2010 that it still isn’t cleaned up. People are still sick. People are still getting sick.”