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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

An Oil Spill + Hurricane season starts in 2 weeks!

I had an unpleasant thought this morning while shaving - Millions of barrels of oil in the Gulf and HURRICANE season starts in 2 weeks!

What happens if all that crude gets churned up and cast ashore in a storm? Until now, the oil has not hit the beaches in a major way. But if a storm blows in, the booms will blow away.

I attended a Seabrook hurricane preparedness program last night. The NOAA speaker said we are looking at an "above average" season. One bad sign: The Atlantic ocean temperature is already at a record high. He said that the Gulf of Mexico is cooler, but will heat up fast.

This means that an early hurricane combined with the millions of spilled crude in the Gulf could end up being flung on large sections of the Gulf Coast - from the U.S. to Mexico. If the Gulf stream is carrying it to the East Coast, they could also be affected by the Deepwater blow out.

Bottom line: We have the makings of an even greater environmental disaster.

And there's not a lot that can be done about it until the well is capped. And even that the volume of the spill is so large that a hurricane could reek hell on our coast in more ways than one.

Stay tuned.

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