87 days… doesn’t seem so much time, but when we say 87 days of constant oil being spilled in the ocean that comes up to almost 38 million barrels of oil…Well our facial expression slowly starts to change to a not so happy face, but rather to a shocked and astonished one.
Yes! This is a true story. On the 24th of March in 1989 this unfortunate event has happened and we are still paying the price for it today in 2015. On this unfortunate day in the Gulf of Mexico the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spilled 11 to 38 million US of crude oil in to the Prince William Sound.
How could this happen you ask?
Captain Joseph Hazelwood, who was widely reported to have been drinking heavily that night, was not at the controls when the ship struck the reef. But the question really is: that could we really blame only one man for this disaster?
Greg Palast stated in 2008, “Forget the drunken skipper fable. As to Captain Joe Hazelwood, he was below decks, sleeping off his bender. At the helm, the third mate never would have collided with Bligh Reef had he looked at his RAYCAS radar. But the radar was not turned on. In fact, the tanker’s radar was left broken and disabled for more than a year before the disaster, and Exxon management knew it. It was [in Exxon’s view] just too expensive to fix and operate.”
Captain Joseph Hazelwood may have been drunk but the fault here goes to the entire industry that the name Exxon covers.
Here is a video that demonstrates how we humans are slowly killing everything around us for obtaining one single thing: money.
After watching the video we should all think about this:IS IT WORTH IT?
By Széplaki Zita