Sigh. Yet another oil spill has ravaged America’s great outdoors. As recovery crews work tirelessly along the Yellowstone River to clean up the mess caused by ExxonMobil’s damaged pipeline, a BP pipeline in Alaska burst during maintenance testing, sending some 4,000 gallons of methanol and oily water onto the Alaskan Tundra. Reports say that the leak has frustrated the oil giant as they’re still trying to rebuild their reputation after the Gulf oil spill, but the only people who should be frustrated are Americans. Hasn’t enough of our environment already been ravaged by our country’s dependence on oil? It’s high time our politicians took renewable energy way more seriously.
BP reported on Monday that a pipeline in its 30,000 barrels per day oil field in Lisburne, Alaska sprung a leak during testing. The pipeline is currently closed for maintenance. The Alaskan Department of Environmental Conservation said that the spill amounted to about 2,100 to 4,200 gallons, which flowed over 4,960 sq. ft. of gravel pad and about 2,040 sq. ft. of wet and aquatic tundra. According to Reuters, BP has a history of leaks in its Alaskan field, including on this same line.
Immediate efforts focus on recovery. The DEC said that BP must clean up the spill before the fall freeze over, but the on-site coordinator also stressed that he does not think the clean-up will take long. The pipeline cannot be excavated and examined for the cause of failure until the spill is cleaned.
Compared to the Gulf disaster caused by BP, which spilled 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico last summer, this oil spill is miniscule. But still, every oil spill that occurs, no matter how big or small, hurts the planet and goes to show that little good can come from a reliance on oil. This is the third oil spill on American soil this month. When will enough be enough?