Friday, April 30, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill Update :: Friday April 29th (Reports Late Thursday Night The Slick makes Landfall )

DiscoveryNews reporting New NASA photos late Thursday Night show the Slick is reaching the Shoreline,
especially the Mouth of Mississippi River. Sadly the Leak is now 3 leaks and conservative estimate is 5000 gallons /day, which at 42 gallons/barrel is 200,000 gallons/day.DiscoveryNews has great article with great pictures and diagrams showing the total scope of the situation.
Within the last 24 hours the Scenario has changed drastically, BP has asked for help from our Government and our Military. President Obama has sent three cabinet members to the region and also been emphatic that our Government and Military will assist and work on this situation rendering any and all aid needed and that BP will be billed appropriately.It is clear to all involved that 8 days passed before BP admitted how significant the situation actually was. It is fortunate that the Coast Guard was monitoring and involved from the first day. Obama has also made clear that there will be thorough review of the situation and as well as of all the other platforms in the Region.
As of 4am Newspapers including the WSJ are reporting that Obama is calling in the Navy to assist with the Slick. I remember the Valdez Disaster and I even remember the Santa Barbara Incident in 1969 and I don't ever remember the Navy being called in. I don't even think Bush allowed the Navy to help with Katrina.
BBC has whole page with video,updates and map that is also monitoring the situation. They are covering it thoroughly and also point out BP's role in this disaster.
And SkyNews has more on BP's Safety records and fines and problems that is worth reading.
LATimes has more as this crisis grows in the past 24 hours and recognizing that the situation is worsening as the oil gets closer to shore.Discovering that there is a 3rd leak at the Site only added to the situation.,
Nasa has amazing sattelite photos that really show the extent of the situation.Excellent website to visually connect to the situation.
PBS News Hour...Late ThursdayNight 4.29.10

And just when we think this Disaster can not get any worse, we learned Thursday Night that Halliburton did "repair" the Sunken Rig and that raises many questions and concerns. As we all know their work in Iraq has been dangerous on multiple levels.
NYT update late Thursday night mostly focused on BP and it's image and it's Responsibility.
NOAA Forecast Map , it could reach Pensacola by Monday.....

Times Picayune is covering the Disaster in great depth and really showing the Damage Potential and risks to Gulf Coastline. Do read all of their coverage.
Deep Sea News is a site that has great information explaining area,risks and history of damage and spills to ecosystem.
Oceana Beacon Blog has great scientific information and updates on the situation.
Possible Damage to Fishing Industry and Ecosystem is Critical Situation for the Gulf Coast.
Shrimpers file first lawsuit as of April 29th.
This website explains more about the shrimping Industry and it's history in region.
More on the Fragile Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem here in this Earth Encyclopedia explains some of the finer details of this vulnerable coastline.
This is an another article on the Coastline and some of the history of the region and other geographical aspects.
NOAA Website that has Fish Identified and the maps showing regions. For the people in the region they should be encouraged to document and photograph and video everything, all damage to shoreline, including fish, birds and wildlife.Carry ruler with them to help show size and age of specimans and also plastic bags and sturdy rubber work gloves and masks.
CNET has amazing Images and carefully shows all the changes occurring in the images from NASA.
It's easy to forget What is at stake, this MSNBC post reminds us all all the amazing birds in the Gulf and the wetlands by the Gulf.
Seattle Times has more about Wildlife at stake from Otters to Pelicans all call the gulf and the wetlands their home.
Shannyn Moore's insightful post about Alaska and Palin and Oil Spills is worth the read. Great Insights from someone who really remembers Valdez, and the risks of Oil.


enigma4ever said...

6am Friday: CNN:

(CNN) -- President Obama is sending three administration officials to Louisiana on Friday to inspect efforts to contain a 120-mile oil slick creeping toward the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Officials were scrambling to keep the oil spill, which was about three miles off the Louisiana coast on Thursday night, from damaging sensitive coastal wetlands along the Gulf of Mexico.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson will travel to Louisiana on Friday, the White House said.
The three will conduct an aerial tour of the area and discuss cleanup efforts with federal, state and local officials. They also will meet with officials from oil company BP, which owns the ruptured well where oil continues to leak.

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State and federal agencies have strung miles of floating booms -- inflatable or foam barriers -- around the leading edge of the shoreline to contain the spill. Nearly 175,000 feet -- about 33 miles -- of floating booms have been deployed in the region, with about a half-million more feet expected, federal officials said.

WWL: Officials say coast's protection not enough
A handful of federal agencies have recovered more than 18,000 barrels of an oil-water mix and had deployed nearly 100,000 gallons of dispersant, which breaks up oil, as of Thursday evening, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
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Efforts to shut down the well have failed so far, and more complicated plans may take weeks, officials said.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday declared a state of emergency ahead of the oil slick's arrival, warning that it covered as much as 600 square miles of water.
Ten wildlife refuges in Mississippi and Louisiana are in the oil's likely path, with the Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area at the tip of the Mississippi River likely to be the first affected, Jindal said.

Wildlife conservation groups have said the oil could be a disaster for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coastal areas.

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The latest forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed the leading edges of the slick reaching the Mississippi and Alabama coasts over the weekend and stretching as far east as Pensacola, Florida, by Monday.
The oil well was ripped open by an April 20 explosion that sunk the drill rig Deepwater Horizon, leading to the presumed deaths of 11 missing men.
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The Coast Guard on Wednesday raised its estimate of the amount of oil the damaged well was pouring into the Gulf to 210,000 gallons a day -- about 5,000 barrels.
An effort to burn off part of the oil slick Wednesday destroyed about 100 barrels, said Doug Suttles, chief operating officer of BP. But the technique "clearly worked," and larger burns are planned when weather conditions make them possible.
"We believe we can now scale that up and burn between 500 and 1,000 barrels at a time," Suttles said.
The well is now leaking from three points, BP said. Under the 1990 oil pollution act, passed in the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, the company is required to foot the bill for the cleanup.

enigma4ever said...

Boston Globe :::

The leak — estimated to be bigger than the size of Rhode Island — drew immediate comparisons to the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, the nation’s worst oil spill, which oozed 11 million gallons of oil on a fragile Alaskan ecosystem. While the amount of oil escaping from the Gulf leak so far is much less, the leak could go on for months and, some environmentalists and scientists fear, cause comparable damage in one of the nation’s richest sources of seafood.

Much will depend on how much of the lightweight oil is pushed by winds and currents into Louisiana’s fragile coastline, home to hundreds of thousand of seabirds and the breeding grounds of billions of fish and shrimp.

President Obama pledged technological and other support as scientists, federal officials, and environmentalists rushed to contain the leak and prepared for a massive cleanup. The leak is occurring at an awkward time for the president, who recently called to expand offshore drilling to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.

“This is a spill of national significance,’’ Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano said at the White House before flying to the Gulf Coast.

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig 40 miles off the Louisiana coast exploded more than a week ago before sinking, leaving behind 11 missing and presumed dead workers and an oil leak that was recalculated yesterday at 210,000 gallons a day, up from 42,000 gallons a day.

Kittie Howard said...

Since I'm from Louisiana I've really got a vested interest in this disaster. On a normal day Louisiana loses at least a football field of wetlands. In my opinion, the oil companies working the Gulf are whores. And BP has a repuation as one of the worst. I'm thinking the rig exploded because of delayed maintenance. I salute President Obama for responding quickly and efficiently, unlike Baby Bush who hid in a closet and sucked his thumb.

Fran said...

Are we ready to call bullshit on the "safe and clean" labeling of coal & oil yet??

Sorry, but I have no more patience with these disasters. BP should have had a remote installed to be able to cap the well if need be, but apparently cut a corner.

This is a huge disaster, but will they learn anything from it??

I know now they are rushing to try to put this toxic genie back into the bottle, but we all know it can;t be undone, and they don;t even know exactly how much is oozing out into the waters a mile below the surface.

They have 33 miles of flotation boom laid out, in a spill covering over 300 miles.

The Alaska disasta' delivered these words of wisdom:

The same week the "catastrophic" oil platform exploded, killed 11 people, sank & was spewing oil into the Gulf, 3 days later, Palin delivered her pre fabbed speech of how we need to :

"open up all of America’s continental shelves to drilling."

“Production of our resources means security for Americans and jobs for American workers,” she said.
She also called for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and addressed head-on environmentalists against her plan. She argued America has more stringent environmental restrictions than many of the foreign governments we currently rely on for oil.

“So environmentalists are kind of hypocritical on this one,” she said. “I don’t know how environmentalists can sleep at night.”

>>>> Not a word about those who lost their lives. And now the "jobs" she is talking about will be those of trying to remove oil from wildlife & sensitive estuaries & literally hundreds of species that will suffer.

I wonder if Palin is still reading the same damned script or someone told the idiot maybe she should drop the offshore oil, drill baby drill pitch for now?

Oh well, Sarah can continue to collect her $75,000 to $100,000 speaking fees & that's all that really matters, right?

So as much as they can try to contain this oily mess, I will only feel relief when the decision to do more offshore oil drilling is rescinded.

For example, Germany went big time w solar.
Do we see any of this kind of disaster & death happening with that technology?