Originally published May 12th, 2010.
Writing in an earlier blog post about how strict nuclear power is because of past human error events, I have since learned how the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill may affect nuclear power plants. Because some nuclear plants use existing and natural water systems as cooling systems, this oil spill may threaten the canal and wetlands that help nuclear power plants run (specifically thinking of those in Florida, Louisiana, etc.). The existing water intake designs are not made to handle crude oil intruding into them. More water cleaning to do because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
If you followed the Senate hearings yesterday [May 11th, 2010], the gist was to improve standards of the oil rigs, industry etc. The added regulation would help the oil industry prevent and detect more often than correct (to loosely borrow a work line)!!! Maybe the governing entities would force preventive equipment maintenance!
Interesting link: Another player in the clean up is the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Visit the Center's Web site at www.marinelife.org.
Update for 2021:
I’ve no idea if the standards for oil rigs and industry have improved for the environment, but I do believe there’s been oil leaks since this one happened.
This is the last of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill series of blog posts I’m updating and resharing. I chose the three blog posts because they had really high views. There are more paintings in the collection, as well as more blog posts over in my old Blogger, if you’re interested.
Drawing, painting both analog and digital, and other artsy things while living in Costa Rica.
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