An unknown quantity of dangerous chemicals spilled into the Houston Ship Channel on Monday after two 600-foot ships collided in foggy conditions, raising alarm among nearby residents who have suffered repeated hazards in this highly industrialized area.
6.37 million people (5th largest population city in US after #1 NYC; #2 LA; #3 Chicago; #4 Dallas) and Houston is also one of the most polluted in the nation (#6 and Dallas is #8) due to all the fossil fuel refineries and chemical plants. So chemical spills are not uncommon but the larger and more toxic they are, they become more difficult to keep out of the news. Add to the pollution the heat and humidity and you have a formula for an environment that is unhealthy bordering on toxic for all inhabitants. Have visited there a few times and would never choose to live there. The recent chemical (gasoline additive) spill will kill what life is left in the ship canals and work its way into the Gulf but, there is big money being made so all will continue BAU (Business As Usual). Talk about an EPA SuperFund cleanup site...!!!
One of the 'externalized cost' metrics that fell off the spreadsheet model of society is that of aggregate consequences. That's the one Mother Nature keeps putting front and center that comes along after all the razzmataz and renders the entire spreadsheet a palimpsest, kinda like after a rabid dog that tears the heart out and leaves the system to bleed to death.
EPA - the acronym seems to stand for Effete Petroleum Associates.
I suppose the next bright, toxic, idea will be to ship tankers full of radioactive Fukushima water to Houston, to be transported by rail across the country, to be used as fracking water.
* There's got to be a buck in there for someone!
MTBE was a substitute for Lead in fuel. It does not break down once it gets into the water. Many wells in California are contaminated with MTBE and Big Oil was sued over this in the 90's. As a result, the state prohibited underground fuel tanks for planes and cars since with age, they all leak into the water supply sooner or later.
Note to self: Never eat any Gulf Shrimp ever again!
(edited out the part about cleaning engines. Earlier confused MTBE with MEK.) Getting old.)