I’m tired of hearing people say the oil spill isn’t is bad as it could been or we thought it would be.
“A lot of questions remain, but where we are now is ahead of where people thought we’d be,” Safina says. “Most people expected it would be much worse.” -Carl Safina
Let’s not forget those who said we were saved because of microbial degradation. Let’s all drink a beer for the microbes!
A top scientist studying the ability of bacteria to break down the oil plume in the Gulf of Mexicosays that microbes have been so successful that the oil may be gone.
Pardon me if a year later I’m still pissed. I created the chart above so people could get some perspective. Nearly 1.1 million barrels of oil are still unaccounted for and there is some indication that it resides on the deep-sea floor. Roughly 2.4 million barrels were dispersed either in the deep through the pipe or by COREXIT. Of this 3.5 million, 1.4 million barrels were potentially eating by microbes. And of course there is the 1,800,000 gallons COREXIT poured into the Gulf. We in the U.S. still consume 20 million barrels of oil a day including ~1 million barrels we recovered from the spill.
So a year later I’m still pissed and am not so ready to say the Gulf is fine.