Cartoon made ridiculous analogies
The May 26 cartoon equating a car wreck and some other minor accidents with the Gulf oil spill was irresponsible and idiotic.
One car wreck does not ruin the livelihoods of thousands of people. One car wreck does not annihilate the wildlife of miles and miles of shoreline. One car wreck does not ruin the environment for miles and miles of shoreline. One car wreck does not ruin marshlands and other wetlands which protect the entire coastline of a nation.
Continuing the analogy of the Chicago Tribune cartoonist, if an auto manufacturer put a car on the road without brakes, it would immediately be pulled off the road, and the manufacturer would be prosecuted. Reference the recent Toyota problem with unintended acceleration problems.
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But BP was allowed to operate a well at depths never before drilled without the device which would shut down the well in case of an emergency. It was allowed to operate in these depths without the necessary emergency device and without any kind of plan, imaginary or otherwise, as to what to do if an emergency did happen.
Thirty years ago, there was a similar spill in the Gulf, but not at a mile depth, only 200 feet. They tried all of the things BP has tried without success. It spewed oil for about six months before they were eventually able to shut it down.
The point: BP has learned to drill deeper; it has done nothing about how to manage an emergency when it happens.
Lawrence E. Durr