Stumbled across this scary story in my hometown Louisiana newspaper. There are 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico. How well were they sealed? Is anybody checking the status of temporarily abandoned wells? Answer: 1) Who knows? 2) No.
Another big question is whether the government will get serious about oversight in ocean drilling after the BP disaster or whether Bobby Jindal's cry for a speedy return to drilling business as usual (with unlimited federal bailout when things go wrong) will prevail.