Thousands of gallons

Is hundreds of barrels:

California authorities scrambled on Wednesday to contain an oil slick and clean up tourist beaches after a pipeline rupture dumped thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean.

A day after the spill near Santa Barbara, northwest of Los Angeles, Jennifer Williams, US Coast Guard spokeswoman, said helicopter overflights had shown the slick stretched some nine miles along the Pacific Ocean coast.

As green groups warned of the possible longer-term impact, teams of white-clad workers used rakes and hands to scoop up oil strewn on the sand on Refugio Beach, where a camp site was evacuated.

The spill was estimated at up to 105,000 gallons (400,000 litres), of which some 21,000 gallons of crude oil may have entered the ocean, according to an official update Wednesday afternoon.

All most distressing, no doubt. But this sort of spill isn’t exactly unknown as a natural phenomenon. there really are seeps and fissures that dribble this sort of amount out entirely naturally. And bacteria that eat thos sort of stuff too.

I’m not saying that it’s a good idea it’s happened to feed those lovely microbes: onloy that it’s the sort of thing that won’t make any damn difference at all after a few months.

7 thoughts on “Thousands of gallons”

  1. So Much for Subtlety

    Crude oil is well cooked compost run-off. We should start referring to it as it really is – 100% organic recycled plant material.

    The idea that 400,000 litres is going to do any long-term harm to anyone once spread out along a beach is absurd. In the same way you probably do not want to dump 400,000 litres of liquid pig sh!t in your garden, but on the whole 400,000 litres of it distributed across the East Asian country side has worked very well for them over the past few thousand years.

  2. It is time the airship was revived for heavy lifting and dropping 400,000 x2.2 pints of liquid pigshit on your favourite political hacks garden is exactly the kind of heavy lifting called for.

    This would do nicely:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMdIijWIE_A

    Imagine the scene–your favourite hack and spouse snoozing peacefully in the sun. Then a slight airship shaped cloud blocks out the golden warmth. They open their eyes to witness who dares disturb them just in time to note the flying tsunami of ordure en route from the Heavens. And hopefully scream.

  3. Over on Twitter John Lettice has an interesting point. Natural seepage into hte Santa Monica Channel is 5k gallons a day. So this is 4 day’s worth.

  4. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Does anyone remember the MV Braer grounding? Oh, lordy, the shrieking and wailing from the fluorescent green eco-freaks about how it was the end of the ecosystem in the Shetlands and wasn’t it just a perfect symbol of man’s wickedness and blah, blah, blah. Of course a year on it would have taken some pretty advanced measurement equipment to find any trace of the spill. The Torrey Canyon, the Amoco Cadiz, the Exxon Valdez—all were bruited about as being unimaginable catastrophes and in all cases things got back normal pretty quickly. It’s almost as if dumping a few thousand tons of oil into twenty billion tons of seawater isn’t quite the end of the world. So a swimming pool’s worth of oil is not really something to get agitated about.

  5. So Much for Subtlety

    Mr Ecks – “Imagine the scene–your favourite hack and spouse snoozing peacefully in the sun.”

    You know, I just have to think of Ed Balls and smile comes to my face. I am probably not a nice person.

    Bloke in Costa Rica – “The Torrey Canyon, the Amoco Cadiz, the Exxon Valdez—all were bruited about as being unimaginable catastrophes and in all cases things got back normal pretty quickly.”

    Even the greenies have to admit that the Exxon Valdez did not have any particular long term impact. Otter numbers are back to normal. Which is good because they are just aquatic squirrels.

    It is an odd quasi-fact that the Exxon Valdez ended up being called the Oriental Nicety. I am not sure that is a proper word, but if it is, it does sound like a cheap Thai hooker.

    “So a swimming pool’s worth of oil is not really something to get agitated about.”

    It is when the purpose is to be agitated. The facts are irrelevant. Consciousness raising is what counts. See the feminists and the Columbia University non-rape.

  6. Pretty much every single “environmental disaster” which will take millennia to recover from that I can think of has been forgotten within 12 months or so.

    Can anybody think of an actual man-made accidental “environmental catastrophe” that has had lasting effects on the environment? The closest that I can think of is Chernobyl – and even then there are reports that nature has taken over pretty well.

  7. So Much for Subtlety

    James in NZ – “Can anybody think of an actual man-made accidental “environmental catastrophe” that has had lasting effects on the environment? The closest that I can think of is Chernobyl – and even then there are reports that nature has taken over pretty well.”

    People keep releasing the Giant African tree snail. Which is fine. Except then the authorities keep releasing killer snails which hunt and eat the Giant African tree snail. And any other snail they come across. The snail world is being devastated on a whole series of islands because of this.

    The Dodo has not yet recovered. How are New Zealand birds doing now they released those weasels? Last I heard the Cane Toad was still making Australia a less nice place to live. Morocco still doesn’t have any bears or wolves.

    Although I hope by now biologists are washing their damn boots and so have stopped killing all the frogs.

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