Now that BP's "top kill" solution has failed and oil continues to pour into the Gulf of Mexico at a nightmarish pace, many people are wondering how bad things are ultimately going to get. The truth is that the United States has never experienced an oil spill of this magnitude, and environmentalists are telling us that we are literally witnessing the final hours of the cherished ecosystems along the Gulf Coast. Now, BP managing director Robert Dudley has come right out and admitted that it is possible that the oil flow from the leak will not completely stop until sometime in August. If this leak does not stop until August, then life in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Gulf Coast will never be the same again during our lifetimes. It is hard to even try to describe how much of a national tragedy this is. The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is now far, far, far worse than Hurricane Katrina in terms of the lasting damage that it will cause.
It is hard to even put into words how horrific this disaster is. But the more one looks into this oil leak, the worse it gets. In fact, there are a number of things that have recently come out about this leak that are beyond alarming. The following are 10 of the most disturbing facts that have recently come out about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill....
#1) Transocean, the firm hired by BP to operate the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig, has just announced that it will distribute $1 billion in dividends to shareholders even as oil continues to pour into the Gulf of Mexico.
#2) Not only that, but Transocean also says it will make a $270 million profit on the insurance policy for the rig.
#3) A dire report prepared for Russian President Medvedev by Russia’s Ministry of Natural Resources is warning that the dispersal agent being used by BP in the Gulf of Mexico is about to cause the worst environmental catastrophe in all of human history.
#4) In fact, a large number of fishermen have already reported becoming seriously ill - and many of them believe that the chemicals that BP is using in the Gulf are to blame.
#5) Matt Simmons, an energy adviser to former president George W. Bush, recently went on national television and claimed that "there's another leak, much bigger, 5 to 6 miles away" from the leaking riser and blowout preventer which everyone has been watching on the underwater cameras.
#6) Prominent oceanographers are pointing the finger at the Obama administration of failing to conduct an adequate scientific analysis of the damage from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and of allowing BP to purposely deceive the public about the spill's true scope.
#7) Scientists are now telling us that the first oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill has entered an ocean current that could take it over to Florida and up the east coast of the United States.
#8) One oil industry expert is saying that oil could pour into the Gulf of Mexico for up to 9000 days if the leak is not sealed.
#9) Local shrimpers in Louisiana are estimating that it will be seven years before they can set to sea again.
#10) In a very sick twist, some Internet gambling websites are now placing odds on what species will be first to become extinct as a result of all the oil flowing from BP's ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico.