Thursday, August 14, 2008

Of Mention

This from the Evansville Courier Press

"Workers cleaning up Illinois oil spill; crude valued around $525,000

By Len Wells
Originally published 12:00 a.m., August 12, 2008
Updated 08:45 p.m., August 11, 2008

Several private contractors from around the Tri-State have joined Marathon Oil Co. in efforts to contain and clean up a massive crude oil spill from a pipeline break in eastern Wayne County, Ill., on Sunday morning.

An estimated 5,000 barrels of crude oil — 210,000 gallons — spilled onto William Rickett's farm from a 20-inch transmission line that runs from a tank farm from Patoka, Ill., northwest of Salem, Ill., to Owensboro, Ky. The site is so remote that contractors had to build a nearly two-mile-long gravel road from the closest township road to access it.

The new road will allow oil field vacuum trucks to drive directly to the spill site to suction up oil that has been contained by emergency crews.

At the current value of locally produced oil, the spilled crude has a value of more than $525,000."

I've haven't seen this before -- I've seen estimated price of clean up, but not the value of the wasted...
People's capacity to devalue the human effect of situations never ceases to baffle me. And I suppose, too, that maybe the numbers are so high people will think more seriously about spills -- if only for the money.

From China

QUITO, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- At least 10,000 gallons (37,854 liters) of petroleum residues were spilled into a river in Ecuadoralong the border with Colombia, local media reported Wednesday

The accident occurred when a tanker traveling from the industrial region of Shushufindi to the Ecuadoran capital Quito tipped over in the Aguarico river, local TV Ecuavisa reported.

The crude spilled over an area of 800 square meters contaminating both the water and the tideland along the river. The possible consequences for the communities living in the area were not mentioned.

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