Gulf Oil Spill Reaches Land
This program aired on Al Jazeera on 6/17. The focus is the Louisiana coast and the damage the oil industry has done in that area from the 1950s to today. The whole mess makes me sick to my stomach. Southeast Florida is my home and The Everglades is part of my heritage. It terrifies me to think that very soon it could become a wasteland instead of a vibrant living thing.
One fisherman they interviewed said “They come down here talking about ‘We’re gonna give you some food stamps.’ How about this? You give me BP’s money and tell BP here’s some food stamps for you to live on until you clean up this here mess.”
Fault Lines’ Avi Lewis travels to the drill zone, and learns about the erosion in the wetlands from industry canals and pipelines, the health problems blamed on contaminated air and water from petrochemical refineries.
Oh God!! It’s really ridiculous. I can’t expect this loss. As i have heard of it , it shocks me. Huge loss in the economy and for the whole world. Govt. should take some serious actions to prevent such type of lossess in the future.
We haven’t been getting much news as of late on the gulf (I’m hanging with Larry on this and think we have a news-block from MSM).
We did find Google reporting on a dedicated site:
http://sites.google.com/site/bpoilspillupdates/ as current of news as they can get.
For whatever reason, can’t get this youtube to load. It’s worth a watch – a recent test of water and oil samples and conversation with the tester.
Don’t think I’ll be eating Gulf shrimp for a while….
4,600 oil wells ‘at risk of leaking’ in Gulf of Mexico
LAST UPDATED 5:02 PM, JULY 7, 2010
The investigation by Associated Press suggests the BP oil spill is just the tip of the iceberg and that abandoned wells may have been leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico for decades.
Abandonment of oil wells – both permanent and temporary – is common in the oil industry. BP was in the process of temporarily abandoning its Macondo well in April when its Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew and breached the pipe.
The process of abandonment typically involves installing in the well a number of plugs of cement 30-60m long. Temporarily abandoned wells will have fewer plugs installed and are therefore not as secure.
When a well is temporarily abandoned, a plan to reuse or permanently plug it is supposed to be presented within a year. AP claims the regulation is frequently ignored with three-quarters of ‘temporarily’ abandoned wells being left for more than a year and more than 1,000 of them left for over 10 years.
The Gulf for decades to come:
Wells said crews are in the final stages of hooking up the Helix Producer, another oil recovery vessel, to the well. The vessel is expected to begin collecting oil by Sunday and officials hope to reach full collection capacity of 20,000 to 25,000 barrels (840,000 to 1.5 million gallons) per day within three days.
“We’re in the final stages in doing the pressure testing” on the Helix Producer, Wells said.
If successful, the effects of the containment cap operation could halt the oil gusher that started April 20 after a deadly explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
Officials have said such a fix would be temporary, and the permanent solution would still be completion of a relief well. There are two relief wells under construction, with one expected to be completed in August. One could intercept the leaking well as early as the end of July.
Over the next two to three weeks, 60,000 to 80,000 barrels (2.52 million to 3.36 million gallons) a day should be contained, Wells said. Scientists estimate that 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil are spewing daily from BP’s breached Macondo well.
Does anyone see ANYTHING wrong with the #’s stated above? Is the media just full of complete dolts or do they expect us (the people) to be the dolts?!? My God!
I did not look back at all 276 posts …. but can anyone tell me what changes this might make in weather patterns too ? It has to have an effect on evaporation and water temperatures .
It is ok to PM me so we do not side track anything going on here .
I really hope the leak stops with the latest effort.
Here is a little recap of what we have seen so far.