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Gulf of Mexico Oil Leak – Update Apr 27

Posted by feww on April 27, 2010

Mississippi Canyon Block 252 Oil Well Still Leaking Heavily

On April 24, Fire-Earth Moderators said: “… oil wells gushing at a rate of 8,000 barrels per day don’t heal automatically after a fire.”


BP Map of northern section of Gulf of Mexico. Approximate location of the oil slick marked by Fire-Earth. Click image to enlarge.

Facts, Near Facts, Diluted Facts …

  • The sunken Deepwater Horizon [Deepwater Deadzone?] oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico about 66 kilometers (41 miles) off the coast of Louisiana is leaking crude oil at a rate of about 1,000 barrels per day.
  • BP is fully responsible for the massive mess.
  • BP, the leaseholders of both the well and the drilling platform, or other sources involved in the “clean-up” operation, were quoted as saying two days ago that the well could be capped within “two to three days). These are probably the same people who declared on April 23 that the well posed “no threat” of leaking.
  • “Right now, we are focusing on securing the well,” said Admiral Landry in Charge of the regional Coast Guard. “But absolutely, we are monitoring 24/7 to make sure there is no additional leak beyond the 1,000 barrels a day.”
  • “The safety of the people working offshore is our top priority and the improved weather has created better conditions for our response,” said BP Group Chief Executive Tony Hayward. “This, combined with the light, thin oil we are dealing with has further increased our confidence that we can tackle this spill offshore.”
  • BP CEO for Exploration and Production Doug Suttles told reporters that his company was trying hard to determine what caused the explosion that lead the sinking of Deepwater Horizon, and the ongoing leak.
  • BP plc is a  the third largest multinational energy company and the 4th largest corporation in the world.
  • “We are also working with industry experts to devise and deploy a method to collect the oil close to the sea bed to minimize spill impacts,” said Doug Suttles.
  • The perfidious oil Goliath has been operating for 101 years, and still can’t suck an egg?
  • The overall size of the leak is about 50km (32 mile) by 50km.
  • The areas of emulsified crude oil are located about 38 miles offshore.

Oil Leak from Damaged Well in Gulf of Mexico


Download large image (2 MB, JPEG) –  acquired April 25, 2010


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(4 MB, JPEG)  – The above images of the affected area were captured on April 25 by MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite (top, wider view) and the ALI on NASA’s Earth EO-1 satellite (bottom, close up). In the top image, the Mississippi Delta is at image center, and the oil slick is a silvery swirl to the right. The oil slick may be particularly obvious because it is occurring in the sunglint area, where the mirror-like reflection of the Sun off the water gives the Gulf of Mexico a washed-out look. The close-up view shows waves on the water surface as well as ships, presumably involved in the clean up and control activities. [Note the oil spill is now larger by at least 2,500 barrels since the above images were acquired.] Image and caption: NASA [Edited for brevity by Fire-Earth.]


Current location of oil sheen according to Unified command graphic (DATE: April 26, 2010 18:34:16 EST)

  • Click here for the largest image released

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6 Responses to “Gulf of Mexico Oil Leak – Update Apr 27”

  1. Maureen Lyons said

    This Gulf Gusher is spelling the end of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, estuaries and waterways, not to mention all of the sea life and animals and industries. When is the government going to take control and call on all of the brilliant engineers worldwide who could help cap this killer? I am in mourning for what was once a gorgeous playground for animals and humans alike. It’s unforgivable. BP and Haliburton,etc. should be fined a billion dollars a day, because long after it’s potentially cleaned up ( which I seriously doubt) the effects of the devastation will remain for decades.

    • feww said

      Consider this: an estimated 20-25,000 barrels of oil is spewed into GoM, and the immediate effects are, of course, visible.

      About 85 millions barrels of the nasty stuff is pumped out, burned off and spewed into environment each and every day; some of its impact we are only just beginning to witness.

      GoM represents the “canary in the mine,” and its dying.

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