16 Aug '11, 1pm

Reading @businessgreen Why are we surprised by oil spills? #environmentnetwork

There is a rather pretentious old saying that I cannot remember the source for, which posits that you can only truly appreciate the beauty of a fragile vase once you accept that one day it will break. Or, to put an environmental spin on it, you can only truly appreciate the oil you use each day if you accept that one day the pipelines bringing it to you will leak. The most surprising thing about the ongoing Shell oil spill in the North Sea – already the worst in 10 years – is that anyone is surprised. The simple fact is that if you drill countless wells in the seabed and lay countless miles of pipes and install countless valves in some of the more hostile and remote parts of the planet, then sometimes those wells, pipes and valves will leak. The risks are inherent. They will be there for as long as we choose to drill for oil offshore. The oil industry can argue that the ri...

Full article: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/james-blog/2102170/surpri...

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