Representative Grijalva has said a whistleblower has warned us that the Atlantis offshore drilling platform may be the next shoe to drop in the Gulf. All indications are that the oil companies have not been doing very well in implementing safety measures on their own, to put it lightly.
At 200,000 boe, the Atlantis platform going down in a similar disaster as the current platform could result in orders of magnitude more oil being dumped into the Gulf. Would the Gulf survive? Who knows whether how it will weather the current crisis, let alone a far bigger one on top of it.
Hopefully we have learned that we can't afford to play fast and loose with offshore drilling anymore.