July 28th, 2010
01:13 PM ET

Opinion: Oil catastrophe wasn't just an accident

Carl Safina
Special to CNN

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The blowout is stopped. The oil disaster that began with an explosion 100 days ago has not ended by any means. But we seem to be seeing a murky ending to the beginning of the crisis.

We have an enormous amount of floating oil, and Gulf waters polluted by oil and dispersant.

Most estimates range from 2 million to 4 million barrels (84 million to 168 million gallons). The higher end would make it the largest unintended release of oil ever. (In 1991, Saddam Hussein's army intentionally released about 400 to 500 million gallons into the Persian Gulf to slow American troops.) Added to the Gulf of Mexico's troubles: about 2 million gallons of dispersant, a major intentional pollution event in itself.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Joe N.

    So, you folks stifle views that don't conform with your ideology. Is this journalism... or what is it?

    July 31, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
  2. Deb

    To Carl Safin'a Comments:

    Just for kicks and jolly's, can CNN viewers get a poll on the Yes/No of those who agree with former BP CEO's comments in his departure speech about "social responsibility" and 'having done his best'?

    Simple yes or no ought to do it, don't you think?

    Stay on 'em Anderson!!!

    July 28, 2010 at 3:13 pm |

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