Monday, September 20, 2010
R.I.P. Macondo Well, So Long
Sunday morning at 5:54 am tests were completed that officially pronounced the well that has been spewing crude oil into our Gulf “effectively dead”. The monster has been slain, but at a great cost: 11 workers died during the eruption that started the flow of oil, an estimated 206 million gallons of oil have been released into the environment, tourism to the Gulf has declined, fishermen who are allowed to operate again have trouble selling what they catch, delicate ecosystems have been flooded with oil, and BP has lost billions of dollars in clean-up and compensation costs. This disaster has been more than an environmental catastrophe; it has affected the entire spectrum of society, from the oil tycoons to the shrimpers on the bayou to defining a presidency. We will continue to see these effects, and hopefully they will spur some real action towards cleaner energy.
So a hearty farewell to Macondo Well. May it rest in peace.