Tuesday, May 4, 2010
No good news here.
Looking at this boom around our barge today made me think of the disaster that is right now, taking place in the Gulf of Mexico.
As a protective measure, our barge gets "boomed in" while we are
loading or disharging oil cargo.
Just in case a hose breaks or a tank over flows.
Boom like this is now has the unfathomable chore of corralling 200,000 gal of oil a day
that is leaking from the oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.
It's almost like a waste of time.
This boom is sitting calmly in protected waters at a dock.
When a boat comes by it's wake alone throws water over this wall of rubber.
Imagine this system trying to contain oil, while sitting in 8 ft seas.
It basically becomes useless.
This system recovered only 4% of the 10 million gallons that the Exxon Valdez deposited unceremoniously in Prince William Sound years ago.
The spill in the Gulf is being projected by the experts to be mush worse than the Exxon Valdez spill.
This is going to get ugly.