Of mice and men: The ecological disasters – Deepwater Horizon and the Dust Bowl
By poseidonsciences, on July 9th, 2010

The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy
(from the Scots poem by Robert Burns, 1785)

Even as I was writing an article early this year for Asia Pacific Coatings Journal on our subsea testing of marine coatings, oil spill was farthest from my mind. Ironically, I wrote my concern about the Deepwater Horizon, not of any potential for an oil spill disaster of this magnitude, but on corrosion damage that may arise over the years from fouling by living things in the deep that attach to the pipelines. The article went into print soon after the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) disaster. Now, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion yanked America back to a new reality, debunking the myth of the super safe oil platforms.

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