ARCO is owned by British Petroleum (BP). BP is responsible for this huge oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico – “the volcano of oil” spewing forth possibly as much as 200,000 gallons of crude every day.
As I drove down Newport Avenue with a nearly empty gas tank, I considered my options. I usually buy my gas from the station at the corner of Newport and Sunset Cliffs, as ARCO is usually the cheapest big name brand around. I held my breath – what should I do?
I gunned my engine and decided to pass the ARCO by today. I think I won’t buy ARCO gas for awhile, and let BP stew in the mess that they have brought themselves, us, and the planet. I drove over to the Midway area and bought gas at a different station. I think I’ll do this at least for a week.
- the original estimate was about 5,000 gallons of oil a day spilling into the ocean. Now they’re saying 200,000 gallons a day. That’s over a million gallons of crude oil a week!
- the BP platform was drilling for what they call deep oil. They go out where the ocean is about 5,000 feet deep and drill another 30,000 feet into the crust of the earth. This is right on the edge of what human technology can do.
- this time they hit a pocket of oil at such high pressure that it burst all of their safety valves all the way up to the drilling rig and then caused the rig to explode and sink. Take a moment to grasp the import of that.
- The pressure behind this oil is so high that it destroyed the maximum effort of human science to contain it.
- When the rig sank it flipped over and landed on top of the drill hole some 5,000 feet under the ocean.
- Now they’ve got a hole in the ocean floor, 5,000 feet down with a wrecked oil drilling rig sitting on top of it spewing 200,000 barrels of oil a day into the ocean. Take a moment and consider that, will you!
- they have to get the oil rig off the hole to get at it in order to try to cap it. Do you know the level of effort it will take to move that wrecked oil rig, sitting under 5,000 feet of water?
- If we can’t cap that hole that oil spewing forth could destroy the oceans of the world.
- It only takes one quart of motor oil to make 250,000 gallons of ocean water toxic to wildlife.