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Black Rain in Louisiana?

Posted by feww on June 24, 2010

Raining Crude Oil in Louisiana?

Shocking video, filmed in River Ridge, near New Orleans shows visible sheen gathering in the puddles after a recent rainfall in the area. The filmmaker says the residue is “thick,” “foamy,” and “smells like the oil.”

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BP Oil Leak: Mega Disaster Enters New Dimension

Posted by feww on May 19, 2010

Oil Spill Expected to Enter Gulf Stream

The oil leak from Deepwater Horizon ruptured wellhead is closing in on a  circulating current in the Gulf of Mexico called the Loop Current, and it’s feared that it will enter the Gulf Stream possibly by early next week.

The University of South Florida College of Marine Science Ocean Circulation Group (OCG/CMS/USF) has prepared  a video showing the trajectory of the oil spill (4 -8 May) and the how the Gulf currents are being impacted.  See animation update here (18 – 21 May 2010).

Trajectory of the oil spill – Actual and Forecast (OCG/CMS/USF)


Click Here to See Animation

Projected Movement of BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (4 – 8 May 2010)

New Lawsuit Targets Federal Officials

The environmental law firm Earthjustice has  filed a new lawsuit on behalf of Gulf Restoration Network seeking to reverse what it called an illegal waiver of safety regulations, which was granted to BP (It also covered other oil companies drilling off the coasts o Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi) in 2008 and runs through 2013.

The suit names Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Assistant Interior Secretary Wilma Lewis and the MMS Director Elizabeth Birnbaum as plaintiffs, and is one of at least 10 dozen various suits filed against BP Plc.

To Earthjustice Law Firm: How much more evidence of corruption and/or incompetence will you need to sue the entire U.S. Administration out of office? Please respond!

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Gulf Oil Disaster Like Apollo 13 Explosion: BP CEO

Posted by feww on May 15, 2010

BP CEO Speaks Again!

‘Significant Changes’ Needed in Deepwater Drilling

“I don’t believe it should [result in a ban], in the same way as Apollo 13 did not stop the space program nor have serious airline accidents from time to time stopped people flying.” Mr Hayward told BBC.

Oil debris are seen attached to oyster shells on Raccoon Island shoreline, Louisiana, May 12, 2010.  U.S. Navy photo

What Mr Howard didn’t say was that the explosion aboard Apollo 13 was a minor explosion, which was in no way comparable to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

He now concedes  that deep water drilling is a very risky business, however.

“I think undoubtedly that this will be a transforming event for exploration and production activities in the deep water of the world, in particular the deep water of the United States,” he said.

Cozy Relationship

Meanwhile President Barrack Obama has declared that  the epoch of  “cozy relationship” between oil firms and US regulators is over.

“For too long, for a decade or more, there’s been a cozy relationship between the oil companies and the federal agency that permits them to drill,” Obama said.

“That cannot and will not happen anymore,” Obama added.

Well now. Let’s see. If what he says is true, that just leaves only a few more dozens of “cozy relationships” with the regulators/lawmakers: The banking and finance industry, auto  industry, pharmaceuticals, nuke power, military-industrial, airlines …

Environmental group suing U.S. Govt over oil permits

The Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group, has filed a notice of intent to sue Ken Salazar the U.S. Interior Secretary, and the Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) for failing to get the necessary environmental permits, required by two environmental laws, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the Endangered Species Act, before approving offshore oil operations.

Since Salazar took office in 2009, his office has approved at least 3 lease sales, more than a total of 400 seismic surveys and drilling operations without applying for the necessary environmental permits designed to protect endangered marine species, the group says.

“The Department of the Interior and the Minerals Management Service are creating a lawless zone in the Gulf of Mexico when it comes to these environmental laws. The oil companies really get to call the shots.” Miyoko Sakashita, the center’s oceans director told reporters.

“The Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act prohibit private entities, such as oil companies, as well as federal agencies, such as the Minerals Management Service — the branch of the Interior Department responsible for managing offshore oil activities — from killing, harming, or harassing marine mammals, unless they have received authorizations and take measures to minimize the impacts of their activities. The Endangered Species Act protects species such as the sperm whale, which is listed as endangered, while the Marine Mammal Protection Act applies to all marine mammals, such as the bottlenose dolphin and the Florida manatee.” The group said in their notice.

Lawsuit to Challenge Salazar’s Wholesale Disregard of Marine Mammal Protection Laws in Gulf of Mexico: 400-plus Oil Projects Illegally Approved by Salazar Without Permits to Harm Endangered Whales

Ongoing Risk of Deepwater Drilling

The fact remains however that there are at least 77 drilling rigs and commercially producing oil platforms operating in deep waters of Gulf of Mexico, and many more are slated to go on line.

Also, Fire-Earth Moderators forecast the probability of another major oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico between now and December 2011 at greater than 90 percent. SEE: http://feww.wordpress.com/2010/05/01/fire-earth-forecasts-10-major-oil-spills-to-end-2011/

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster – Oil Leak Estimate

Posted by feww on May 15, 2010

How Much Oil is Leaking?

The short answer: LOTS!


Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster. A freeze frame of the oil leak video supplied by the BP showing only one of at least two separate oil leaks.
Image may be subject to copyright.

As to whether the leak is closer to 5,000 barrels per day (bpd) or 25,000 bpd, here’s an estimate we prepared earlier:

  • Diameter of the ruptured pipe seen gushing oil on BP video: 53cm (21 inches)
  • Cross-sectional area of the pipe: 2,233cm²
  • Fire-Earth estimate of oil and gas flow:  50cm/sec [Simplified model of crude leak calculates the flow rate as the height of a cylinder filled every second.]
  • Volume of crude oil and natural gases released: 111,672cm³s-1
  • Number of seconds in each day: 86, 400 sec
  • Crude oil escaping from the pipe as a percentage of all materials: 90 percent [Fire-Earth estimate]
  • Volume of oil escaping into GOM: 8 million liters per day (rounded down to nearest million)
    • Amount of oil escaped: 2 million U.S. Gallons per day (rounded down to nearest million), or 50,000bpd
    • Escaped oil calculated at a generous margin of error of 50 percent:  25,000bpd

NOTES:

1. According to earlier reports  at least two separate leaks remain on seafloor the second of which is not shown on the BP video.
2. A reader who claimed to be an oil industry insider contacted one of the blog Moderators saying diameter of the drill pipe that enters top of the well is 6 inches (15cm). That means the oil flows nearly 4 times faster in the drill pipe than it does in the 21-inch riser-pipe.  It does NOT affect Fire-Earth estimate significantly.

Next Major Oil Disaster?

Probability of another major disaster occurring in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico between now and December 2011 : >90 percent [Fire-Earth Forecast]

For additional details see Gulf of Mexico: A Waiting Disaster and http://feww.wordpress.com/2010/05/01/fire-earth-forecasts-10-major-oil-spills-to-end-2011/

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Why BP Didn’t Care – Oil Spill Update May 4

Posted by feww on May 4, 2010

BP would have gone the extra mile if its management cared about or respected American people

It’s very simple. If you care about the people, or respect them as human beings, especially those who enrich you, then you do everything humanly possible to protect them from any harm.

Ultimately, there’s little difference between the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico (and elsewhere) and the Union Carbide catastrophe in Bhopal, India in 1984.

In both cases, the two giant corporations had zero regard for the welfare of local populations, never mind the due diligence, care, respect, even basic human rights—they’re just fancy words.

Environment ranks even lower than do people on the corporate scale.

Take a look at this picture:


Would you do this to the environment, if you cared? Does the underwater jungle of pipelines make you feel any safer or more energy secure? Image source: MMS. Click image to enlarge.

How big is the oil spill


Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill-
Approximate Oil Locations from April 309 – May 4, 2010 including forecast for May 5 based on trajectories and overflight data. Click image to enlarge.


Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill-
Approximate Oil Locations from April 29 – May 3, 2010 including forecast for May4 based on trajectories and overflight data. Click image to enlarge.

How BP is already denying Alabamans adequate compensation

In case you haven’t already heard, BP lawyers and paralegals are knocking on the doors in Alabama trying to hoodwink people to accept a one-time compensation of about $5,000, which they could get if they waved their rights to a class action lawsuit.

“BP oil spill 2010 news is revealing that BP is trying to offer settlements to some residents in Alabama. The BP oil spill is not their accident, according to BP CEO Tony Hayward, and now it appears that they are trying to get Alabama residents to agree to settlements that might be far less than they would get in a law suit. Some of the settlement agreements that BP is shopping around to coastline residents in Alabama stipulate that they will get a one-time payment of up to $5,000 in exchange for the residents giving up the right to sue the company. This could also mean that some of the offers are well below that $5,000 threshold, and it has already angered the Alabama attorney general.”  More …

Summary of Related News and Events

Make me a giant funnel

BP employees and contractors in Louisiana are welding together large sheets of metal to build a giant 88-ton funnel which they intend to place above the underwater leaks and use a pipe to channel the gushing oil from the damaged well to collection barges.

“It will not happen here” —Arnold Schwarzenegger

Schwarzenegger may not be as suave  as the President, but he sure as oil spill is a lot smarter, and knows how catastrophe is spelled when he sees one made earlier. [He knows that California stands to lose more money from an offshore oil disaster,  than it would make from the royalties, if the new leases went ahead.]

It will not happen here in California.” Schwarzenegger said at a press conference. “If I have a choice between the $100 million [for state parks] and what I see in the Gulf of Mexico, I’d rather just figure out how to make up for that $100 million.”

“All of you have seen, when you turn on your televisions, the devastation in the Gulf,” he said. “I’m sure that they were also assured that it is safe to drill.”

Meanwhile, Gov. Schwarzenegger was quoted as saying on Monday, he would mount a vigorous defense of his landmark environmental legislation, vowing to “push back” against “greedy oil companies who want to keep polluting in our state.” [Isn't this stuff just amazing?]

US [Oil-Covered] Fish and Wildlife

  • The oil is likely to move slightly southeast away from the Mississippi River Delta and Breton National Wildlife Refuge over the next two days. Winds are forecasted to shift to the southeast on Wednesday.
  • The Mississippi and Alabama coastlines could be impacted by Thursday.
  • Weather conditions have improved since the weekend and on-water recovery operations are expected to resume today.

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Leak – Detailed Satellite Image

Posted by feww on May 4, 2010

BP Oil Well in Gulf of Mexico Continues to Bleed Crude Oil


Heavy oil colors the surface of the Gulf of Mexico in this detailed satellite image, acquired by the ASTER on NASA’s Terra satellite on May 1, 2010. The image is made from both visible and infrared light, but the slick looks similar to a natural color image made solely from visible light. The heaviest oil is silver with slightly lighter concentrations radiating out in streaks of white. The water is black, though even the dark water is tainted with white, hinting at oil on the water’s surface throughout the image. Image and Caption: NASA. Click image for larger, detailed image.

Selected Reading

“BP oil spill 2010 news is revealing that BP is trying to offer settlements to some residents in Alabama. The BP oil spill is not their accident, according to BP CEO Tony Hayward, and now it appears that they are trying to get Alabama residents to agree to settlements that might be far less than they would get in a law suit. Some of the settlement agreements that BP is shopping around to coastline residents in Alabama stipulate that they will get a one-time payment of up to $5,000 in exchange for the residents giving up the right to sue the company. This could also mean that some of the offers are well below that $5,000 threshold, and it has already angered the Alabama attorney general.”  More …

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Just Before the Oil Attack …

Posted by feww on May 1, 2010

Image of the Day:

Sunset on the Louisiana Coastline , Just Before the Oil Attack


Freeze frame from a Reuters news video. Feel free to print the photo and send as postcard to the BP CEO:

Tony Hayward, CEO
BP Plc
International Headquarters
1 St James’s Square
London, SW1Y 4PD
UK

Feel free also to use strong language to describe your emotions to Mr Hayward …

Don’t forget to send copies of the photo to those of the lawmakers who pandered to the wishes of the Oil Lobby, allowing their clients to operate without an essential safety feature, a  sonar device that is deployed at drilling cites as a last resort to shut down the flow of oil from an underwater well.  While the law in Brazil and Norway requires oil companies to deploy such devices near the oil well; the law in the US does not require oil companies to operate one.

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