Well, well, well. It seems that Deepwater Horizon is fast becoming one of my favorite blog topics. Unfortunately.
Just a few short weeks after BP agreed to a settlement on the first slew of charges from the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, it seems that they are back in the news. This time, though, it’s not about just the litigation and legal cleanup that seems to be unfinished.
New reports are now surfacing that the spill everyone thought was capped & cleaned up might be, well, leaking again. CBS News, and a few others, are reporting that BP as well as the U.S. Coast Guard are currently checking on a situation in the Gulf of Mexico. An oil sheen was spotted on the surface in late September near the site of the disaster, and it’s suspected that oil is once again leaking from the capped reservoir despite repair work that was done in late October.
Right now, BP is not disclosing the details of the situation despite Congressional inquiries – Their decision that may well have legitimate motives in light of ongoing litigation against the company for the original disaster, but it’s an iffy PR move for a company that has already been convicted on numerous counts of falsifying reports to Congress as well as the public regarding the 2010 blowout and subsequent leak.
It doesn’t sound from initial reports like this latest development is anything catastrophic, but seeing DWH in the news again certainly gave me pause as I was reading reports. Fossil fuels are, in surface costs, a cheap and highly accessible source of energy – which is pretty much why we’ve used them for so long. Then again, there’s the old adage – “if it seems like it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” So far, the disaster has cost BP over $38billion – a number to keep in mind as we undoubtedly move forward with additional deepwater drilling. There may be upfront costs, but there is value in having a plan for the worst case scenario- especially if it’s a real plan that can actually work in practice.