Gulf Oil Spill Reaches Land

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  • Fri, Jun 25, 2010 - 08:58pm

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    Re: Dr. Steven Koonin of BP

Not that it matters, but Koonin is CFR.  As is Feinberg, the administrator of the BP slush fund.  As George Carlin said, “It’s just one big club, and we ain’t in it.”

  • Sat, Jun 26, 2010 - 12:11am

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    Re: Gulf Oil Spill Reaches Land

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Each day, another way to define worst-case for oil spill…Evacuation?

The base-line measures of the crisis have steadily worsened. The estimated flow rate keeps rising. The well is like something deranged, stronger than anyone anticipated. BP executives last month said they had a 60 to 70 percent chance of killing it with mud, but the well spit the mud out and kept blowing.

More trouble: A tropical wave has formed in the Caribbean and could conceivably blow through the gulf.

“We’re going to have to evacuate the gulf states,” said Matt Simmons, founder of Simmons and Co., an oil investment firm and, since the April 20 blowout, the unflagging source of end-of-the-world predictions. “Can you imagine evacuating 20 million people? . . . This story is 80 times worse than I thought.”

The bull market for bad news means that Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government’s point man for the crisis, is asked regularly about damage to the well bore, additional leaks and further failures. “Can you talk a little about the worst-case scenarios going forward?” a reporter asked Tuesday. “What happens if the relief wells don’t work out?”

“I actually have a document that shows that BP actually believes it could go upwards of 100,000 barrels per day,” Markey said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “So, again, right from the beginning, BP was either lying or grossly incompetent. First they said it was only 1,000. Then they said it was 5,000 barrels. Now we’re up to 100,000 barrels.”

The 1,000- and 5,000-barrel figures (42,000 gallons and 210,000 gallons), however, were estimates of the actual flow; the 100,000-barrel figure (4.2 million gallons) in the internal BP document was based on a hypothetical situation. The document stated, “If BOP and wellhead are removed and if we have incorrectly modeled the restrictions — the rate could be as high as {tilde}100,000 barrels per day.” The blowout preventer and wellhead have not been removed.

Another undated BP document, released by Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) last week, has an even more dramatic worst-case scenario for the well’s flow rate, but again one based not on the well as it is but on a theoretical formulation arrived at before the drilling. Under the heading “Maximum Discharge Calculation,” the document states that, given the most “optimistic assumptions” about the size of the reservoir and the intensity of the pressure at depth and assuming a total loss of well control and no inhibitions on the flow, “a maximum case discharge of 162,000 barrels per day was estimated.”

In effect, what BP considered the worst-case scenario in early May is in late June the bitter reality — call it the new normal — of the gulf blowout.

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  • Mon, Jun 28, 2010 - 12:55am

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    Re: Gulf Oil Spill Reaches Land

There’s increasing talk of poisonous gases building up in the water and air of the GOM.   People working on the cleanup or living near the coastal waters are reporting illnesses from the very toxic fumes being inhaled, and scientists are reporting a building up of Methane which could cause, if it hasn’t already, cause dead zones for decades.    But even more worrisome, seems to me there could be some very nasty, if not deadly, evaporated gases in the air which will be building and building as long as this oil gusher is ongoing.   And from all that has transpired so far, it doesn’t seem it’s going to end anytime soon.     If I were living along the coastal areas of the Gulf I’d seriously be considering relocating away from the area.

 

  • Wed, Jun 30, 2010 - 04:58pm

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all for nought.

Drumbeat: June 30, 2010

Posted by Leanan on June 30, 2010 – 10:19am

Analysis: Doing nothing might have been best for oil spill

(Reuters) – It might have been better for the environment to have done nothing about the enormous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico except to keep the oil out at sea, British scientists said on Monday.

Marine biology and environmental experts said they feared the aggressive cleanup operation, during which oil has been set alight and oil-dispersing chemicals have been dumped into the sea, might be more damaging than the oil itself.

Previous experience suggests that containing the oil out at sea but otherwise leaving it alone to disperse and evaporate naturally is better in the long run but is regarded as politically unacceptable, they said.

  • Sun, Jul 04, 2010 - 05:09pm

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Oil taints food chain in Gulf of Mexico

Scientists at the Gulf Coast Research Lab have discovered tiny droplets of oil inside the larvae of blue crabs. That could spell disaster for fisheries in the gulf waters and in South Mississippi marshes and bayous.

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While one marine researcher is studying droplets of oil found in tiny crab larvae, another scientist is looking at the possible oil impact of a much larger marine animal.

And the comments to this story are quite depressing:

 

John BSLMS 
Lets be real folks. The Gulf Water’s is gone for our lifetimes. We will not be able to sell our homes because who wants to move to an OIL POND full of dead sea creatures? So we will sit here with no more shrimp, crabs, oysters or any other Sea Food. And with no one wanting to visit our “Disaster Area” what do you think the Casino’s are going to do. Say good by to them. All the Sea food resturants even the old ones will eventually close up. We will essentially end up a “Gost Coast” with Cities all up and down the destroyed beech closing because of the lack of revenue of tourist in which we survived on annually. I am not a Sinic but a Realist. Get real WLOX and tell it like it is. Haley Barbour, I voted for you twice and now I am ashamed of you promoting even more Oil Drilling in our now destroyed Gulf Coast.

This entire oil spill is too depressing. I lost my house and right leg due to Katrina. Then my wife of 28 years gets too depressed about the after effects of Katrina and commits suicide, I struggle to keep up then this HUGE OIL POND developes off the Miss. shoreline. It is making me physicaly ill from the fumes, so I will have to try to move somewhere else, if I can find a sucker to buy my house. Who wants to live here anymore. The Miss. Gulf Coast is cursed I feel and I believe the Casino’s and the crime it has brought to the Coast has caused God to punnish the money greedy City officials. Now just wait till all the Casio’s all close down do to people not wanting to visit an OIL POND with it’s fumes.


As sad as this story is 
Its not a surprise at all. Since we have no clue how much actual oil is in the gulf and its still pouring in at extreme volumes why would it not enter the food chain. Its silly to think other wise; I do not have a PHd or anything but common since when it comes to marine animals since gowning up on a shrimp boat in the 70’s; and this comes from labs. You can look at the water and see the dead animals all over and the lack of crab fry and this would tell me we are in a serious world of hurt the next few decades.

 

  • Mon, Jul 05, 2010 - 03:08am

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  • Mon, Jul 05, 2010 - 03:08pm

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    Faulty lashings led to oil spill: court

This has been brought to this existing thread ….

[quote=TG]

An oil spill described as “one of Australia’s worst environmental disasters” involves the spilling of 270, 000 litres (about 59,000 gallons) of oil.

 As an Australian I can’t even fully fathom the despair and horror of the people in the Gulf region when something like what happened here that is described as one of our worst ever environmental disasters involves a tiny fraction of what has been, and still is, pouring into the Mexican Gulf every single day. How much is it , about 2,000,000 gallons a day? If this is not an event of apocalyptic proportions I never want to see one!

All I can say is that my thoughts and sympathy are with all those poor people in the vicinity of that catastrophic monstrosity.

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[quote=The Sydney Morning Herald]]

Faulty lashings led to oil spill: court

A shipping company charged over one of Australia’s worst environmental disasters will be forced to defend allegations it had faulty lashings holding down its containers.

Pacific Adventurer captain Bernardino Gonzales Santos has been charged over the March 2009 oil spill, which sparked a massive clean-up off southeast Queensland.

He is facing a charge of disposal of oil in coastal water and another charge of not reporting a spill.

Swire Navigation Company Ltd and Bluewind Shipping Ltd, who both own 50 per cent of the Pacific Adventurer, are also facing a charge of disposal of oil in coastal water.

The ship’s charterer Swire Shipping Ltd and the ship’s manager China Navigation Company Ltd are also facing a charge of disposal of oil in coastal water.

During a committal hearing in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday, the charge of failing to notify a reportable incident was dropped against the four companies, with the prosecution offering no evidence.

Prosecutor Peter Davis told the court that on March 11, 2009, the Pacific Adventurer was seven nautical miles (13km) off the Queensland coastline travelling from Newcastle when it encountered a storm.

“In that storm, there were a number of containers that fell overboard,” he said.

Mr Davis said those containers then pierced the hull of the ship, resulting in 270 tonnes of oil leaking into the water.

“The prosecution’s case is that the cause of the cargo going overboard was due to faulty lashings,” he said.

“By failing to maintain the lashings the defendants acted recklessly.”

The court heard that according to Queensland law, the alleged offence wasn’t committed until the oil floated within three nautical miles of the Queensland coastline.

Day one of the hearing heard from six officers from various maritime government departments sent to investigate the spill during its first two days.

When cross-examined by the defence, not one of the six officers said they had seen oil leaking from the ship, nor did any independently investigate how much oil had been lost.

Maritime Safety Queensland marine officer Elias Moran, who attended the ship the day after the spill, told the court he had only heard estimates through media reports regarding the amount of oil that had been spilt.

Outside the court, Swire Shipping chief executive Richard Kendall told reporters the incident was regrettable but the company would defend itself and its captain.

“We will vigorously defend the charges,” he told reporters outside the court.

“We are here to defend our captain. Captain Santos is a first-class captain.”

Santos, a Philippines national, faces a maximum fine of $350,000 and each of the four companies face a maximum fine of $1,750,000.

The Pacific Adventurer was battered by Cyclone Hamish off the coast of Cape Moreton, near Brisbane, suffering two hull punctures and leaking heavy fuel oil that washed ashore on Moreton Island, Bribie Island and Sunshine Coast beaches.

The hearing continues.

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  • Tue, Jul 06, 2010 - 05:00am

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First Amendment suspended in the Gulf of Mexico as spill cover-up goes Orwellian

(NaturalNews) As CNN is now reporting, the U.S. government has issued a new rule that would make it a felony crime for any journalist, reporter, blogger or photographer to approach any oil cleanup operation, equipment or vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. Anyone caught is subject to arrest, a $40,000 fine and prosecution for a federal felony crime.

CNN reporter Anderson Cooper says, “A new law passed today, and back by the force of law and the threat of fines and felony charges, … will prevent reporters and photographers from getting anywhere close to booms and oil-soaked wildlife just about any place we need to be. By now you’re probably familiar with cleanup crews stiff-arming the media, private security blocking cameras, ordinary workers clamming up, some not even saying who they’re working for because they’re afraid of losing their jobs.”

The rule, of course, is designed to restrict the media’s access to cleanup operations in order to keep images of oil-covered seabirds off the nation’s televisions. With this, the Gulf Coast cleanup operation has now entered a weird Orwellian reality where the news is shaped, censored and controlled by the government in order to prevent the public from learning the truth about what’s really happening in the Gulf.

The war is on to control your mind

Now the same Big Brother approach is being used in the Gulf of Mexico: Criminalize journalists, censor the story and try to keep the American people ignorant of what’s really happening. It’s just the latest tactic from a government that no longer even recognizes the U.S. Constitution or its Bill of Rights. Because the very first right is Freedom of Speech, which absolutely includes the right to walk onto a public beach and take photographs of something happening out in the open, on public waters. It is one of the most basic rights of our citizens and our press.

But now the Obama administration has stripped away those rights, transforming journalists into criminals. Now, we might expect something like this from Chavez, or Castro or even the communist leaders of China, but here in the United States, we’ve all been promised we lived in “the land of the free.” Obama apparently does not subscribe to that philosophy anymore (if he ever did).

So how does criminalizing journalists equate to “land of the free?” It doesn’t, obviously. Forget freedom. (Your government already has.) This is about controlling your mind to make sure you don’t visually see the truth of what the oil industry has done to your oceans, your shorelines and your beaches. This is all about keeping you ignorant with a total media blackout of the real story of what’s happening in the Gulf.

The real story, you see, is just too ugly. And the government has fracked up the cleanup effort to such a ridiculous extent that instead of the “transparency” they once promised, they’re now resorting to the threat of arrest for all journalists who try to get close enough to cover the story.

Yes, this is happening right now in America. This isn’t a hoax. I know, it sounds more like something you might hear about in Saudi Arabia, or Venezuela or some other nation run by dictators. But now it’s happening right here in the USA.

Larry

  • Tue, Jul 06, 2010 - 06:24pm

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War is Peace

Poverty is Wealth

Captivity is Freedom

Lies are truth

Orwell was an optimist

Stick a fork in us we are done

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  • Wed, Jul 07, 2010 - 11:52pm

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 July 2010

It’s Day 74 and President Barack Obama is laser-focused — spending his every waking moment — on the Gulf oil spill. Uhm, plus comprehensive immigration reform. And firing insolent general officers. Oh, and regulating CO2 emissions, too.

Although Obama appears to have ordered a media blackout of the Gulf disaster, a relative few shocking photos have leaked out thanks to enterprising area residents. You won’t be seeing these in your local paper, that’s for sure.




















Maybe after Key West, Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale are coated in oil, the President will begin paying attention.

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