We ended last week with high hopes.
We began the weekend with good news that the top kill seemed to be working.
And then our high hopes crashed to the ground as we learned the top kill, too, had failed – like everything else tried before it.
Now BP’s trying to pull another trick out of its hat. But nobody really expects that to work either. And it looks more and more like nothing’s going to improve in the Gulf until the relief well is completed, sometime in August. Meanwhile, thousands of barrels of black oil will continue to pour out of the seabed, befouling sea and shore and destroying the environment of all God’s creatures – marine life, bird life, wildlife, and human life – that live in or near the Gulf.
There will be many lessons learned from this massive BP spill. But we’ve learned two of them already.
One, BP should never have been given a permit to drill a well that deep without having proven clean-up plan and equipment in place.
Two, offshore oil drilling is bad news: anywhere, anytime. It’s not worth destroying the coastal environment and economy – for a few lousy drops of oil.
That’s my parting shot for today.