domingo, 4 de julho de 2010

1979's Ixtoc oil well blowout in Gulf of Mexico has startling parallels to current disaster

 Fisherman repair their nets in the Mexican coastal town of Ciudad del Carmen. Thirty-one years after the Ixtoc oil rig explosion and spill, there's not much fishing work.
1979's Ixtoc oil well blowout in Gulf of Mexico has startling parallels to current disaster
Por Ramon Antonio Vargas
CIUDAD DEL CARMEN, Mexico -- With each failed attempt to cap the oil spill in the Gulf, the nightmare intensified. 
Some days, the oil sent a pungent odor over city streets, causing people headaches. Always, there was fear.
Residents worried the crude would forever foul the sandy beaches dotting their shores and wipe out habitat for shrimp and fish in a place where thousands of people made their living from the sea.
The 1979 Ixtoc I exploratory oil well blowout in the Bay of Campeche caused what was then history's largest accidental marine oil spill, spewing at least 3 million barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico -- an amount that may have already been surpassed by the Macondo well blowout on April 20.
As the BP disaster will doubtlessly change New Orleans and coastal Louisiana, Ixtoc profoundly remade Mexico's Ciudad del Carmen, the nearest community. 
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