May 02, 2010 -It is now feared that the BP Oil Spill leak, from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig disaster may rise to about 100,000 barrels per day in a worst case scenario. This will make it perhaps the second biggest “oil spill disaster” since the Exxon Valdez spill disaster.
Meanwhile, the government has started speaking tough on the issue.Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was reportedly quoted as saying that the U.S. Government will keep its boot on the neck of BP Plc, until the oil spill disaster is brought under control. He added that there was no doubt that the well that had been drilled by Deepwater Horizon earlier to the disaster, was improperly capped, leading to the spill.
President Barack Obama is slated to visit the area to survey the extent of the problem and assess the situation. The oil spill now threatens four states-Louisiana, Mississipi, Alabama and Florida. Satellite images reveal that the area covered by the oil slick is growing dramatically, covering more and more surface of the ocean and threatening marine life to a much larger extent than earlier thought.
The incident might now result in banning any new offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico for the foreseeable future, putting the plans of many oil exploration companies on the backburner.
The disaster response has evoked memories of the Katrina days once again, at least in New Orleans.