Gulf Oil Spill Reaches Land
If we can pull our attention away from the stock market, the price of gold, the audit the fed bill, etc., perhaps we can have a moment of silence for all life on the Gulf Coast of this country. This is a cataclysmic event with no end in sight. This is video about Louisiana but a couple of days ago oil was found ashore in Alabama. Anyone ever been to the panhandle of Florida? No? Go now you will never see it like it is again.
ps Some idiot two days ago told me a friend of his in the oil business said we have plenty of oil reserves and there is no peak oil. Why are we drilling in 5 miles of ocean then?
Drilling in one mile, not five. But, point taken and I fully agree.
As someone who lives on the Texas Gulf Coast, I’m currently stagnating in the “denial stage of awareness” of this disaster. The crazy thing about this is that the local beaches have never been more beautiful. My family and I have been going down to the beach 3-4 times a week, because we know its never going to be the same again. The surfing and bodyboarding have been fantastic.
Too bad my 2 year old daughter will never remember the beach in this way.
The Sun is setting on the Gulf of Mexico. Its going to be a long night, full of nightmares.
From Dr. Jeff Master’s Blog: Weather Underground (The Dr. M for Hurricane Info)
Oil spill may approach Texas early next week
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has pushed steadily westward along the Louisiana coast, and is expected to reach central Louisiana near Atchafalaya Bay by Thursday, according to the latest trajectory forecasts from NOAA. Winds over the Gulf of Mexico this week will blow from the southeast at 15 – 20 knots, threatening to bring oil to large portions of the Louisiana coast. The Mississippi and Alabama coasts will also be at risk, but the risk to the Florida Panhandle is lower. It appears quite unlikely that oil will get into the Loop Current anytime over the next two weeks, and spread to the Florida Keys and beyond. However, the strong southeast winds are expected to shift more easterly late this week, and drive a westward-moving ocean surface current with a speed of 1 – 2 mph along the west coast of Louisiana late this week (Figure 2). This current may be capable of transporting oil all the way to the Louisiana/Texas border by Monday. However, the concentrations of oil in the water will be much less than what is present close to the blowout, and it is unclear what the potential danger is for the western Louisiana and eastern Texas coasts. The greatest danger is to the Eastern Louisiana coast.
God help the barrier islands of Texas. Especially South Padre one of the most incredible places in the world.
PS You have my thoughts and prayers with you and your family JAG. I don’t think I could bear to watch it.
Jeff Masters my be the Dr. M of Hurricanes but he is off on where the oil is going. It is already on land in Alabama,
There is video and stills of oil on land from 2 days ago. Bur he may be useful soon as hurricane season starts in a few weeks. Sheesh that is all we need now.
I grew up in Corpus Christi, and watched in disbelief when the oil came ashore after the Pemex distaster in 1979 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ixtoc_I). It is estimated that only 3,000,000 barrels of oil made it to Texas beaches. If things looked THAT awful JUST from 3M barrels… I can’t think about what this is going to do.
140 million gallons is 3.3 million barrels. Not to downplay the gulf incident, but 5,000 to 10,000 barrels per day pales in comparison to the Ixtoc and other much larger splills. Perhaps the situation will not turn out as bad as originally thought?
As far as I know the fat lady is still singing. She just might sing for months and no one really knows how loud she is singing.
PS Would you care to eat some gulf shrimp? How about some oysters?