Thursday, May 06, 2010
OILSPILL Update Thursday May 6th Evening : The Containment Dome has run into problems,Plume grows, and Fumes hit shore
"The Sea, the great unifier,is man's only Hope. Now,as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the Same Boat."~ J.Cousteau
CALL NWF To report oiled or injured wildlife in the Gulf Coast area, call 866-557-1401. Read More HERE. If you want to help or Volunteer,there is a whole post on it that you can read here.
VERY IMPORTANT ::as of 8:30PM AP is reporting Thursday Night that the Containment Box ( Cap/Dome) is not going well tonight, there are problems with the Heavy Oil Fumes are posing Health Risks and Ignition Risks. I have posted the whole article in the Comment section because it is worth reading. In light of the Explosion 3 weeks ago, it is hoped that BP is protecting the workers and that the Ignition Risk is being taken seriously. Air readings are being taken, and the Containment dome has been delayed in it's lowering. But one does wonder if this Rig is to sit 5000 feet over the Spill site,while it funnels the Oil and the Fumes, is this the best practice for this situation ?
Here is the Video the AP posted in the Afternoon:
4am Video AP of the Dome being lowered.
BBC has more about the Spill, how it is growing in nature, reaching shore and Islands of Louisiana Coast.The oil is heavy and thick and now starting to clump into long strings through the Gulf, it is sticky and viscous in nature and yet below it is still continuing to gush. One small leak is sealed, but there is still at least an estimated 210,000 gallons a day surging from the leak at seabed level. So if the Seabed leak is gushing atleast 5000 barrels/day, that is 210,000 gallons a day, which over 16 days means that the leak has put out atleast 3,570,000gallons.
In light of increased fumes on shore being smelt on shore and oil reaching shores, OSHA has a fact sheet that is supposed to be for the Cleanup Workers, but in all practicality all Coastal people being exposed to this Oil Crisis should read the Fact Sheet. At this point winds and heat play a role in how much the Fumes are felt on shore. People with heart or respiratory conditions should have filtered air (AC) and stay inside. No Federal Agency has come forward and offered advice or instructions at this point, although DHHS or FEMA or NIOSH maybe have been told to intervene ? I am unsure as to WHO should give Guidance, but people are starting to ask questions on Twitter. They have been told to call BP, but what purpose that serves is unclear. I have sent emails to CDC,DHHS,EPA and asked What is the Plan for protecting Health. ( I will update in the Comment section the results,so far it has been an empty trail ).
NOAA trajectory forecast is really a helpful site to go to to track the geographical track of the Gulf Oil Spill and when checked daily really does show the path in a predictable manner.Really helpful for the Gulf Coastal residents. On Twitter Navy News,Coast Guard and NOAA have increased coverage and information. The actual Link to the NOAA PDF shows that Chandaluer Sound and Breton Sound are clearly in the Spill Zone now. The PDF has great diagrams and maps that clearly map the spill.
Louisiana Fish and Wildlife is has a video that is really stunning and worth seeing.
La. Dept. of Ag & Forestry ships animal crates to Plaquemines Parish for bird rescue due to oilspill
,and you can read more here about that effort.
(Amazing photo of the Explosion Injured Rig before it sank posted on Twitter by Greg Palast really shows the extent of this event). His latest post on Truthout is a Must Read that explores BP 's responsibilities and problems.
It is hard to look at the above photo and know that TransOcean made the Drill Rig Workers and Survivors were forced to sign Liability Waivers, and this has been unreported on the News.
NPR has more information about the Growing interest in Hair Booms I have tried to promote this effort far and wide and sent it to the Cleanup Organizers with no results.But in the days ahead I am hoping that it is looked at as true scientific effort to stop the slick on shore, hair in nylons make booms can work absorbing the slick.
More concerns arise about the Chemical Dispersant ( Solvent) and it's possible harm to sealife that it indeed may be harmful to fish,muilusks and seabed creature and the Chain of food.
NolaNews.com has more updates from the day , including all efforts that are being made for the Fishermen and the seafood vessels and industry.
Robert F.Kennedy Jr's "Sex,Lies and Oilspills" is a must read and explores the Industry's Liability and problems, and history.
Another Must Read post is from the LA Times, about a Rig Widow, really raises questions about how the families will be cared for. 2nd Harvest in NOLA is already asking for funds due to impact on families in the region.
Picayune Times is Nola.com on the internet and twitter tonight very late the story came out that safety Fluid was removed before teh Rig explosion, will this be publicly revealed and questioned is another story. As this explosion is investigated it seems that there are more and more pieces that need scrutiny.
National Geographic Society had some new posts up today, one in particular asks if the Gulf is now a Dead Zone in the making, presenting startling questions about the Damage and longterm effects.
If anyone is still confused what happened at the Oil Platform, this article and diagrams explains all of it and is very educational. Also raises many questions about our Oil Drilling and Safety.
Sierra Club has more on what is causing the growing leak, as the Dome is lowered , it points out that we need to ask why this Leak has gown over the past 2 weeks.