Sting questions wisdom of drilling deep Gulf well

Rock star and environmental activist Sting, front, joins painter Stephen Hannock in looking over Hannock's atmospheric Colorado landscape entitled "Mount Blanca with Ute Creek at Dawn" where the painting is displayed in the Denver Art Museum in Denver on Thursday, June 10, 2010. Sting, who is performing in Denver on Thursday, has known Hannock for more than 25 years. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

June 10, 2010 7:42:39 PM PDT
British rock star Sting says that like everyone, he's paying attention to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and wonders why such a deep well was approved from the start.

Sting was preparing Thursday for a second night at Denver's Red Rocks Amphitheatre as part of his tour with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. He stopped by the Denver Art Museum to look at a painting of southern Colorado's Mount Blanca by his friend Stephen Hannock, whose work he collects.

He asks, "What were they doing drilling that deep without any safeguards? Who allowed that to happen?"

The BP well has been spewing millions of gallons of oil since the rig exploded April 20.