How's That Oily Drilly Thing Workin' Out For Ya?

How's That Oily Drilly Thing Working Out For Ya?*

by digby

Charlie Christ has pulled his support for drilling. I'm guessing this might have something to do with it:

Crews struggling to contain the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will light some of the petroleum on fire at 11 a.m. Central time in an attempt to burn it off before it reaches shore.

A Coast Guard spokesman said on Wednesday that crews would begin with an initial burn in a confined area of the spill to determine the density of the oil.

According to a statement released by the group of industry and government officials supervising the burn, the oil will be consolidated “into a fire resistant boom approximately 500 feet long; this oil will then be towed to a more remote area, where it will be ignited and burned in a controlled manner.”[...]

Officials turned to the burning option when the slick of oil, released when a drilling rig caught fire 50 miles offshore and sank last week, drifted to within 23 miles of the ecologically fragile Louisiana coastline on Tuesday.


A joint government and industry task force had been unable to stop crude oil from streaming out of a broken pipe attached to a well that the rig had been drilling nearly a mile below sea level. The leaks in the pipe, which were found on Saturday, are releasing about 42,000 gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico southeast of Venice, La.

Officials said on Tuesday that wind projections indicated that the oil would not reach land in the next three days, and it was unclear exactly where along the Gulf Coast it might arrive first.

“If some of the weather conditions continue, the Delta area is at risk,” said Charlie Henry, scientific support coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Rear Adm. Mary E. Landry noted that the coastal area near the spill contains some 40 percent of the nation’s wetlands and is the spawning ground for countless fish and birds.

I hope all Virginians are looking forward to similar despoiling. At least it's a jobs creator --- lots of work cleaning off the beaches and washing down the oil covered wildlife that's lucky enough to live through it. It kind of destroys the eco-system and tourism but that "drill, baby, drill" thing is just so much fun to chant at tea parties. I suppose they can change it to "spill,baby, spill" and have just as much fun.

Update: Fox is reporting that Crist is going to run as an Independent.

*h/t to Clammy C at Dkos for that one ...