There’s speculation that the oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico from the well drilled byÂ British Petroleum’sÂ ill-fated rig, Deepwater Horizon, could be stopped as early as this month.
Of course there has been a rash of miscalculations, over/under-estimations , and, some would say, outright lies aboutÂ several different aspects of this spillÂ flying about since Deepwater Horizon exploded over two months ago. The initialÂ estimate was thatÂ it would be the end of August or even September before relief wells could be drilled, allowing cleanup toÂ take priorityÂ as the sole emergency operation. So the accuracy of this assessment remains to be seen.
But what are your thoughts on thisÂ event overall?
Has BP handled it as well as it could have? HaveÂ BPÂ officialsÂ shown the disdain and arrogance that some seem to think they have? Are we to blame in any way due toÂ a dependence on oil? What does this tell us about ourselves? WhatÂ about this event’s impact on the future? Will it change our outlook on energy production? What about environmental concerns?
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