Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill Timeline

From the UK, here is a page giving a detailed timeline of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  One thing which I've found to be very interesting is the graph at the bottom of the page comparing this spill with others.  It's still dwarfed by the size of the 1991 spill engineered on the orders of Saddam Hussein, in an effort to frustrate Coalition forced in Gulf War I.

In a related note, I researched a little about ship sinkings in the Gulf of Mexico during World War II.

  • 42 ships were attacked by U-Boats in the Gulf of Mexico during World War II.
  • 25 of these were tankers.
  • 28 of the 42 ships were sunk
  • Another 4 were sunk in the GoM in 1943 (2 tankers and 2 freighters).

Although there no doubt was environmental damage, even with all that oil being spewed into the Gulf of Mexico, it wasn't killed.

I post this not to minimize or somehow negate the significance of the current oil leak, but it does provide some cause for optimism.

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