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Oil Tanker Spill Reaches Singapore Coast

From a surprisingly un-outraged Associated Press:

Singapore closes beaches as oil spill spreads

By Alex Kennedy, Associated Press Writer Thu May 27, 2010

SINGAPORE – Singapore closed beaches along 7.2 kilometers (4.5 miles) of its east coast as an oil spill from a damaged tanker continued to spread Thursday.

Blotches of rust-colored oil floated next to a breaker wall at a ferry terminal while the nearby National Sailing Center, which usually gives daily classes to hundreds of school students, shut its doors.

A pungent stench has now enveloped the eastern coastline — an area that is normally packed on weekends with families, roller-bladers and cyclists enjoying the sand, sea and some of the island’s best seafood restaurants…

About 18,000 barrels of light crude oil spilled from the Malaysian-registered tanker MT Bunga Kelana 3 after it collided with the St. Vincent’s and The Grenadines-registered bulk carrier MV Waily early Tuesday in the Singapore Strait about eight miles (13 kilometers) southeast of the city-state’s east coast.

The National Environment Agency said it would take the "next few days" to clean up the coastline and advised the public to stay away from affected beaches.

Officials deployed oil dispersants and 3,300 meters (10,800 feet) of containment booms in an unsuccessful bid to keep the slick from fouling the coast…

What’s this? Deepwater Horizon isn’t the only oil spill in the world? Where is the outrage from those professional defenders of the environment? Or does the environment only need to be defended from the United States?

And never mind that this accident once again shows that no matter how safe they make oil tankers, they will always pose far more of a risk to the environment than drilling for oil here at home.

Meanwhile, Mr. Obama and the all-powerful ‘green’ special interests are doing everything they can to make sure we have to depend more and more on foreign oil and the tankers that transport it. And to hell with Mother Earth.

By the way, notice how quickly the Singapore government reacted to this oil spill. Notice that they even had containment booms standing by.

Imagine that.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Oil Tanker Spill Reaches Singapore Coast”

  1. canary says:

    No more oil left to leak out, may be reason “Top kill” mud plug may work. May be no need for trying “junk shot” shooting golf balls & shreds of rubber into blowout preventer. How’s Chavez’s oil spill doing???

    and from Obama worshiping Reuters, BP to blame.
    Reuters) – BP, Transocean workers argued before blast: witness
    Chris Baltimore HOUSTON Wed May 26, 2010

    … there was a “skirmish” between BP and Transocean staff about whether to proceed, the rig’s chief mechanic told federal investigators on Wednesday.

    Around noon, rig workers met in a room adjacent to the rig’s galley and “there was a slight argument that took place and a difference of opinions,” said Douglas Brown, the rig’s chief mechanic,

    Brown said “a skirmish” took place between “the company man” from BP — whose name he said he did not know — and three Transocean employees.

    “The company man was basically saying, ‘Well this is how it’s going to be,'” and Transocean rig workers “reluctantly agreed,” Brown said.

    The argument concerned “displacing the riser,” Brown said, ……

    Congressional investigators say BP and Transocean made a decision late on April 20 to begin removing mud from within the drill pipe despite pressure tests from within the well that a BP official described as “not satisfactory” and “inconclusive.”

    “Gas alarms just kept piling up on top of each other more and more and more,” Brown said. The rig was hit by a power blackout, and the explosion came soon after, he said.

    As Brown raced to reach the rig’s lifeboats, “it was just complete mayhem, chaos, people were scared, they were crying,” Brown said.

    It was just completely chaotic and nobody was really paying attention in my opinion,” Brown said. “They were more concerned about just getting off the rig – escaping.”

    (Reporting by Chris Baltimore; editing by Mary Milliken and Mohammad Zargham) http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64P5ZX20100526

  2. JohnMG says:

    …..”Oil Tanker Spill Reaches Singapore Coast…..”

    Obama’ll get right on it.

  3. Right of the People says:

    You know The Won™ is right, we need to stop offshore drilling. I never thought I’d agree with the boy king but he hit it dead bang on the nose.

    Instead we need to get back to drilling on good old terra firma in places like ANWR and every other place in the continental US where they think there might be oil. And don’t forget about oil shale, there is supposed to be a sh*tload full of it right here in the good ol’ US of A.

    Whatever happened to cracking coal to create gasoline? The Germans ran most of their industry the last year of WWII on gas made from coal. Sixty years later with all of our whiz-bang technology we can’t find a way to do it cheaper and better? Bullpucky!

  4. NoNeoCommies says:

    Just like the piracy in the area is ignored while the media focuses on Somali pirates.
    I guess it is too hard for their small minds to focus on the whole world (they claim to cover).

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