Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The Price of Myopia
In less than 4 days, what seemed under control and of little concern has become one of the worst environmental disasters in history. In effect, more oil has leaked from the exploded underwater rig than is supposedly to be gained by the growing support for offshore drilling in the future. Nearly two years ago, Speaker of the House Pelosi expressed being in favor of offshore drilling. The president has voiced (limited) support. Both should reconsider... NOW. Clearly, there is no safe way to drill for oil. It is always just a matter of time. Another disaster--always man-made--is always right around the corner. And isn't that why we are in Iraq and want to go to war with Iran? To paraphrase George W. Bush, we have not yet learned to control our addiction to oil. And we pay the price everyday. At the pump. In the air, and on and under our seas. Every day we destroy our world a little more.
Oh, and as for the morons who chant "Drill, Baby, Drill?" Stay tuned
4.23.2010 (the day after Earth Day)
Coast Guard: No Oil Leak From Sunken Rig Off Louisiana
No oil appeared to be leaking from a drilling rig that exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said Friday, though officials were trying to contain what spilled after the blast and prevent any threat to the coast's fragile ecosystem.
Crews Work to Stop Oil Leak in Gulf
Robot Submarines Being Used in Attempt to Shut Valves at Well Head Nearly One Mile Under Water
What appeared to a manageable spill a couple of days ago after an oil rig exploded and sank off the Louisiana coast Tuesday, has now turned into a more serious environmental problem. The new leak was discovered Saturday, and as much as 1,000 barrels - or 42,000 gallons - of oil is leaking each day, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry said.
The new leak is troubling for the fragile ecosystem of shrimp, fish, birds and coral. Officials said it's still too soon to say whether the sensitive habitat will be affected.
Oil Leak Continues In Gulf Of Mexico
NEW YORK -- The oil well at the site of the sunken Deepwater Horizon oil rig continues to leak 1,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico, according to Mike Abendoff, a spokesman for the joint information center staff handling the accident. BP is attempting to shut off and contain the leak, which began last week after an explosion and fire caused the Transocean rig to sink. BP was leasing the rig from Transocean for oil exploration in the Gulf.
Oil Spill Size of Rhode Island Spreading to Gulf Coasts by the Weekend
AccuWeather.com reports oil is still leaking from the sunken rig in the Gulf of Mexico, extending the spill as upcoming winds threaten to possibly bring oil to the beaches along four states by this weekend.
Burn oil slick? That's latest option
Capping rig leak could take up to three months
NEW ORLEANS - With officials saying it could be weeks, if not months, before the leak from the sunken oil rig is finally capped, the Coast Guard on Tuesday said it was adding the possibility of a temporary fix: burning the slick that's just 20 or so miles from the coast.
The oil is coming from a pipe rising from the seabed nearly a mile underwater. So far crews using robotic subs have been unable to activate a shutoff device at the head of the well. A kink in the pipe is keeping oil from flowing even more heavily.
If the well cannot be closed, almost 100,000 barrels of oil could spill into the Gulf before the relief well is operating. That's 4.2 million gallons. The worst oil spill in U.S. history was when the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons in Alaska's Prince William Sound in 1989.
48 miles by 80 miles
As of Tuesday morning, oil that leaked from the rig site was spread over an area about 48 miles long and 80 miles wide at its widest. The borders of the spill were uneven, making it difficult to calculate how many square miles are covered.
Though oil was not expected to reach the coast until late in the week, if at all, concern was growing about what will happen if it does.