According to treehugger.com, the above that just caught fire has been leaking oil for the past 10 weeks...10 WEEKS I SAY! Why is it that this is not all over the news and why is there no major pressure to get this leak stopped.
"You might recall back, in mid August 2009, when Matthew noted that an oil rig of the NW coast of Australia had sprung a leak. A rather bad leak that was expected to take some time to plug. Well, it's now November 2009, more than 70 days and four failed attempts later, the oil continues to gush into the Timor Sea, at an estimated rate of somewhere between 400 and 2,000 barrels per day. (A barrel contains 159 litres or 42 US gallons.)
But the news gets worse. On Sunday 1 November the West Atlas oil rig caught on fire, and oil company PTTEP Australasia admit they don't know how they are going to put it out. Should the rig collapse, the opportunities to plug the still leaking oil, pouring from the well bore 2.6km under the seabed, decline markedly. And the bad news keeps on coming."
I am going to do some digging and find out just where this oil ends up (ie. which Gas stations buy from PTTEP) because I smell a boycott coming!