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BP Won’t Pay – Oil Spill Update May 5

Posted by feww on May 5, 2010

BP Won’t Pay for Economic Damage

The Behemoth Didn’t Become an Oil Giant by Meeting Its Obligations or Paying Damages

Furthermore, the system has been set up to protect the big oil, as Fire-Earth have said previously.

Here’s what Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) had to say after he met  with Tony Hayward yesterday:

He asked tony Hayward: “‘Will you be responsible for the economic damages”‘

Tony Hayward replied: “That’s something we’ll have to work out in the future.'”

Nelson has recently co-sponsored new legislation to raise the $75-million cap on oil companies’ legal liability for economic damages to $10 billion, retroactively.

“Just minutes before, in front of the same bank of television cameras outside Nelson’s office in the Hart Senate office building, Hayward had said, ‘BP is taking very seriously its responsibility. … All legitimate claims will be paid.'” NYT reported.

Oil Companies, the Big oil, are the most powerful entities in the world. They carry more megatonage than the entire US and European nuclear arsenal put together. They are also “bomb-proof.” As was the case with Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, they tell the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches of government what outcome they are seeking, and that become law. [We stand to be corrected-Fire Earth Moderators.]

Readers will recall that the oil lobby easily persuaded the Legislator to nix the legal requirement for an acoustic device that, in all probability, could have activated the blowup preventer and that is required by law in other countries.

Exxon is the largest multinational corporation in the world, BP is the 4th largest corporation and the third big oil:

  1. ExxonMobil (US)
  2. Royal Dutch Shell (Netherlands/UK)
  3. BP (UK)
  4. Chevron Corporation (US)
  5. ConocoPhillips (US)
  6. Total S.A. (France)

How bad will the spill be tomorrow?


Cumulative Oil Spill Trajectory Map. Click image to enlarge.

Trajectory Forecast

Mississippi Canyon 252 – Estimate for: 1800 CDT, Friday, 5/07/10
Date Prepared: 2100 CDT, Tuesday, 5/04/10  –  NOAA/NOS/OR&R


This forecast is based on the NWS spot forecast from Tuesday, May 4 PM. Currents were obtained from the NOAA Gulf of Mexico, Texas A&M/TGLO, and NAVO/NRL models and HFR measurements. The model was initialized from SLAR data obtained during a Transport Canada overflight Tuesday AM and afternoon overflight observations. The leading edge may contain tarballs that are not readily observable from the imagery (hence not included in the model initialization).


MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of a portion of the oil slick
on May 4, 2010. The oil might drift into the path of the Loop Current, which carries warm water from the Yucatán Peninsula across the Gulf of Mexico and toward Florida. The current had the potential to spread oil to the shores to Mississippi, Alabama, the east coast of Florida, and the Florida Keys. Meanwhile, the Pentagon approved the deployment of as many as 17,500 National Guard soldiers to assist with cleanup efforts, according to the Associated Press. Meanwhile, well operators considered drilling a relief well—a diagonal well intersecting the original that could be filled with mud or concrete to block the oil. Image and caption: NASA [Caption edited by Fire-Earth.]


A platform is surrounded by the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead at the mouth of the Mississippi river May 5, 2010.  Credit: REUTERS/Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace/Handout.


A platform is surrounded by the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead at the mouth of the Mississippi river May 5, 2010.  Credit: REUTERS/Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace/Handout

How did this one die, the oil spill? No, she died from dispersant poisoning!

A dead fish is seen on the side of a road in Venice, Louisiana May 3, 2010. Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Barria. Image may be subject to copyright.

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U.S. Weather at a Glance

Posted by feww on May 5, 2010

Severe weather could seriously impact U.S. agriculture in 2010 and beyond

Severe Thunderstorms Moving Northeast

U.S. Weather Forecast Presented Graphically


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National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Hazard Map. Click image to update and select areas of interest.

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Southern U.S. Flooding Update

Posted by feww on May 5, 2010

Obama Declares Tennessee Major Disaster Area

At least 30 people killed by widespread storms and flooding in Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi

Houses, schools, bridges and other structure were washed off. The cost of damage in the three battered states could exceed 200million dollars.

At least 9 of the deaths occurred in Nashville, where thousands of homes and tourist attractions, including Grand Ole Opry, were inundated. The Cumberland River that runs through the city crested at a 75-year high,  more than 4m (12 feet) above flood stage, afetr 457mm (18 inches) of weekend rain.

Kentucky

At least four people lost their lives in Kentucky where Governor Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency with 41 counties and 15 cities issuing emergency declarations most of them verbally.

“The safety of our citizens is my first priority,” said Governor Beshear. “That is why I urge individuals who encounter high waters to use extreme caution and avoid unnecessary contact with flood waters if at all possible.”

“It’s serious out there still,” said Mark Marraccini, spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. “These waters are very dangerous.”

Mississippi

At least 6 people were reported as being killed in various storm and flood-related incident in Mississippi, where a tornado from a separate storm front a week earlier had claimed 10 lives.

When the floodwater reached the sky [metaphorically speaking!]


Airplanes are seen partially submerged in floodwater at the Cornelia Fort Airpark Tuesday, May 4, 2010, in Nashville, Tenn. Heavy weekend rain caused the Cumberland River, which winds through Nashville, to over flow its banks flooding part of downtown and other areas around the city. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson). Image may be subject to copyrights.

Meanwhile The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued continued flood warning for

  • Buttahatchie River
  • Hatchie River
  • Little Tallahatchie Canal
  • Mississippi River
  • North Fork
  • Forked Deer River
  • Obion River
  • S.F. Fork Forked Deer River…S.F.
  • Forked Deer River
  • Tennessee River
  • Tombigbee River
  • Wolf River

NWS Red Flag Warning for Colorado:

Strong southwest winds and dry conditions are expected again on Wednesday over southwest Colorado. Gusty southwest winds will redevelop over western Colorado on Wednesday as a tight pressure gradient will remain over Colorado. The strong winds in combination with low relative humidity and dry fuels at the lower elevations of southwest Colorado will produce critical fire conditions.


Extreme rain inundated Tennessee and Kentucky on May 1-2, 2010. A line of severe thunderstorms moved over the states on Saturday, May 1, and a high-pressure system blocked the storms from moving east. Trapped in place and fed by humid air from the Gulf of Mexico, the storms unleashed heavy rain on the Tennessee Valley. By 7:00 p.m. on May 2, rain gauges on the ground recorded between 10 and 19 inches (250-480 millimeters) of rain in the hardest hit regions.

This image shows rainfall totals between May 1 and May 3, 2010, as recorded by the TRMM satellite. The intense rain shown here caused severe flooding throughout Tennessee, particularly in Nashville. Image and Caption: NASA [Edited by FEWW for brevity.] Click image to enlarge.

2010 could prove to be one of the deadliest and costliest years on record for storms, flooding, landslide and other human-enhanced disasters. —Fire-Earth

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Volcanic Ash Closes Parts of UK Airspace Again

Posted by feww on May 5, 2010

Iceland’s Volcanoes Could Potentially Cause Collapse of Europe

Eyjafjallajökull Volcanic Ash closes Airspace over Ireland and Scotland Once Again

Airspace over Northern Ireland and Scotland will be closed from 07:00 to 13:00GMT (UTC) on Wednesday due to a new cloud of volcanic ash drifting from Eyjafjallajökull Glacier volcano in Iceland, the UK Civil Aviation Authority said.

The ash cloud is expected to move further south, possibly forcing the closure of airspace in the NW England and north Wales today.

“The situation is very dynamic, so passengers expecting to travel from the impacted airports should contact their airlines to check whether their flight is operating,” CAA website said.


Volcanic Ash Advisory from London – Latest graphics   click image to enlarge


These images are monitoring for the presence of volcanic ash emission in the vicinity of Iceland using infrared data from the Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) satellite. Because cloud particles and volcanic ash particles interact with the infrared radiation in different ways, data at several different wavelengths can be combined to identify the main ash plume, which, when present, would be shown as yellow and orange colours in the images. Note that it is only the thicker parts of the plume that are able to be detected by this method. In addition, the ash plume is often masked by overlying high cloud. Source and Copyright EUMETSAT/Met Office.

A Webcam Image of Eyjafjallajökull Eruption saved by Icelandic Review yesterday. The webcams seemed to be out of action today.


One function of webcams is to prevent unnecessary traffic to the site of volcano, which could also be extremely hazardous.

Icelandic Met Office said:

Plume was observed at 5.8-6 km height (19-20,000 ft) estimated from the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) flight at 10:40 and 15:30 GMT. It is heading east-south-east to south-east from the eruption site. Plume track clearly visible up to 300-400 km distance from the eruption site on a NOAA satellite image at 13:13 GMT.

On lava flow they reported:

Lava is still flowing northwards, forming a lava fall down the steep hill under Gígjökull, about 4 km north of the crater. Blue gas is seen rising from the lava and white steam plumes are seen somewhat lower and mark the front of the lava stream. The size of the eruptive crater is 280 x 190 m. Lava splashes are thrown at least a few hundred meters into the air.

Status Report: 14:00UTC, 04 May 2010 – IMO and Earth Science Island:

Explosive activity and ash production is strong and has increased since yesterday. Dark ash plume rises above the crater. Lava is still flowing northwards, forming a lava fall down the steep hill under Gígjökull, about 4 km north of the crater. Blue gas is seen rising from the lava and white steam plumes are seen somewhat lower and mark the front of the lava stream. Radar images from ICG-flight today show tunnels in Gígjökull increasing in size and continuing the build up of the cone at the crater. The size of the eruptive crater is 280m x 190m. Lava splashes are thrown at least a few hundred meters into the air.

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