Thursday, July 19, 2007

Napoli Madness

The container ship Napoli, stranded off our favorite beach since January, is now the subject of fresh news reports as they try to blow it apart. All that has happened so far is to release more oil onto the nearby beaches, causing swimming bans, etc. on a "world heritage coatline". Hah!!!!

Here is the sad truth. Any time the oil indutsry has a problem, they deploy a containment boom aropund a tanker, oil rig or whatever. The Napoli folk have a containment boom. But they haven't deployed it. Why? Because the amount of oil they expected to be released from the "cleaned" tanks would be minimal. Apparently the amount released wasn't minimal.

Next time you read about the oil industry causing major oil spills, think about this one. Please.