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Deadly Oil Continues to Gush in the Gulf – Satellite Images

Posted by feww on July 12, 2010

Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster : Day 83

Oil from BP’s damaged Macondo oil well floats on  the Gulf of Mexico. MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on July 11, 2010. A particularly bright patch of oil is seen  appears southeast of the Mississippi Delta, close to the location of the sunken Deepwater Horizon oil  rig. Source: NASA E/O.
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Deepwater Drilling OK: Court of Appeals

Posted by feww on July 9, 2010

Judges Have Second Homes on Mars?

Or Simply More Concerned About Pleasing the Big Oil?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans has ruled 2-1 against the administration’s request to stay a lower court decision that lifted the 6-month drilling m moratorium, arguing the admin had failed to demonstrate “how it would be irreparably harmed if it were not granted,” a report said.

Meanwhile, the Interior Department confirmed that it was finally getting its act together and would issue a new order on deepwater drilling below 500 feet, but failed to say when the new ban would come into effect.

“Based on what we have learned since the BP oil spill, it has become increasingly clear that companies may not have adequate containment and response capabilities to respond to a spill and therefore, as the secretary has said previously, he will be issuing a new moratorium,” Interior Department spokesperson said. More …

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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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Methane in Gulf Million Times Above Normal

Posted by feww on June 23, 2010

Methane gas is up to 1 million times higher than the normal level near the Gulf of Mexico oil spill:  U.S. Researchers

Such incredibly high levels of methane could deplete oxygen and create a larger than usual dead zone in Gulf of Mexico.

An oceanography professor at Texas A&M University, who spent ten days researching the water quality near the BP Plc oil spill in the gulf, says methane gas levels in some areas close to the spill source are “astonishingly high,” a report said.

“There is an incredible amount of methane in there,” Kessler said, noting that his team of 12 researchers has found concentrations of methane that were 100,000 times higher than normal within an 8 km (5-mile) radius of BP’s ruptured wellhead.

“We saw them approach a million times above background concentrations” in some areas, Kessler said.

“At some locations, we saw depletions of up to 30 percent of oxygen based on its natural concentration in the waters. At other places, we saw no depletion of oxygen in the waters. We need to determine why that is,” he added.

The oxygen depletion are still above a critical level, he said, but the oil still leaking into the Gulf, at about 60,000 barrels per day.

“What is it going to look like two months down the road, six months down the road, two years down the road?”

The researchers believe measuring the methane level could provide a more accurate estimate of the rate of oil spill, and are hoping to have their own estimate soon.

“Give us about a week and we should have some preliminary numbers on that,” he said.

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Earth Enemy: Judge Martin Feldman

Posted by feww on June 23, 2010

Self-interest Prevents Sound Decision by Corrupt Judge

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman has issued an  barring the enforcement of the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling

The corrupt federal judge reported owning stock in numerous companies involved in the offshore oil industry including Transocean, owners of the doomed Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that was on lease to BP.

Judicial Watch has posted Feldman’s 2008 financial disclosure form online [pdf file], which shows the Ronald Reagan-appointed judge owned stock in six companies, including Transocean, that are involved in the offshore-drilling.

According to the report, Judge Feldman holds  stocks or notes in Transocean, Hercules Offshore, ATP Oil and Gas, Ocean Energy, Inc., and Parker Drilling, all of which companies provide offshore drilling services and operate offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

“If some drilling equipment parts are flawed, is it rational to say all are?” he asked. “Are all airplanes a danger because one was? All oil tankers like Exxon Valdez? All trains? All mines? That sort of thinking seems heavy-handed, and rather overbearing.” The corrupt judge said.

The judge elaborated that the blanket ban on deepwater offshore drilling “seems to assume that because one rig failed and although no one yet fully knows why, all companies and rigs drilling new wells over 500 feet also universally present an imminent danger.”

“An invalid agency decision to suspend drilling of wells in the depths over 500ft simply cannot justify the immeasurable effect on the plaintiffs, the local economy, the Gulf region and the critical present-day aspect of the availability of domestic energy in this country,” Feldman added.

He didn’t comment on the facts that:

1. Deepwater drilling is a comparatively new way of extracting oil
2. All that it takes to kill an entire region if one out-of-control oil well

The suit was filed by Hornbeck Offshore Services LLC and was joined by at least than a dozen other companies involved in offshore drilling operations to lift the drilling ban imposed by the U.S. Department of Interior.

“Oil found in deep waters is needed because the world will need 45% more energy by the year 2030, BP’s chief of staff, Steve Westwell, earlier told the World National Oil Companies Congress,” a report said.

What’s left of this world would be a better place without corrupt judges and government officials.

The dastardly judge is well protected

COINCIDENTALLY, the Blog Moderators were unable to find any photo of the dastardly judge on Internet. [Readers will note why he’s so well protected!]

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World’s Largest Oil Tailing Pond – Satellite Images

Posted by feww on June 21, 2010

More Oil than Water in Gulf of Mexico?

The ‘Black Death’ Entered the Gulf of Mexico through Deepwater Horizon Wellhead

Oil leaking from BP’s Deepwater Horizon operation seen in varying shades of gray covering  a vast portion of the Gulf of Mexico.  MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite took this image on June 18, 2010. Source: NASA E/O. Click image to enlarge. Download large image (845 KB, JPEG)

But the 1st Outbreak of ‘Black Death’ in England Lasted only 1 Year

Plaque erected in Weymouth marking the arrival of the ‘Black Death’ [plague] in England in 1348.

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BP Hayward: Frankly, I Couldn’t Give a Damn!

Posted by feww on June 18, 2010

Sad Images of the Day

Let the one among you lawmakers who’s NOT on a corporate payroll cast the first stone.

Let the one among you lawmakers who’s NOT on a corporate payroll cast the first stone.
[Original caption: BP CEO Tony Hayward testifies about the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico at the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill, June 17, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing.] Image may be subject to copyright. More images…

How About You Rep. Joe [Big Oil] Barton?

“Joe Barton of Texas, a major recipient of oil and gas industry campaign contributions, apologized to Hayward for BP having been pressured by the White House into setting up a $20 billion escrow account for spill damages.” Reuters reported.

“It is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, a $20 billion shakedown,” Big Oil Barton said.

Rep. Joe Big Oil Barton can’t keep his head out of the Big Oil rupture oil wells. Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

Barton’s Forced Apology

“I apologize for using the term ‘shakedown’ with regard to yesterday’s actions at the White House in my opening statement this morning, and I retract my apology to BP.”

Isn’t it a bit too late for that, you douche bag.

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Gulf Oil Disaster: “It’s a war”

Posted by feww on June 16, 2010

Obama says it’s a “battle”

Obama expects the enemy that started assaulting our shores and our citizens” help us win the battle!!

“… the battle we’re waging against an oil spill that is assaulting our shores and our citizens.” Obama said.

Would you buy a used car from this guy?

“And in the coming weeks and days, these efforts should capture up to 90 percent of the oil leaking out of the well.  This is until the company finishes drilling a relief well later in the summer that’s expected to stop the leak completely.”

President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the Oval Office at the White House in Washington in this television frame grab June 15, 2010.

STOP Obama from committing America to a premature collapse!

It’s time for an intelligent, caring, competent, and can-do person to lead the country!

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Gulf Oil Disaster – Image of the Day

Posted by feww on May 29, 2010

World Govt, Big Oil, ‘Economy,’ Energy…

Any other outcome would be an aberration

An aerial view of the marshes nearthe coast of Louisiana, May 27, 2010. Greenpeace handout (Via Reuters).

For an assessment of the role of Greenpeace in the environmental issues, and their relationship with BP search blog contents.

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Gulf Oil Slick Dragon Tail Enters Loop Current

Posted by feww on May 20, 2010

It looks very scary: Russian cosmonaut

As the Tail of Deepwater Horizon Oil Slick Dragon Enters Loop Current Moving Toward Atlantic Ocean, its Ugly Head Penetrates Louisiana Shore

As the tail of BP oil spill enters the powerful  Atlantic-bound Loop Current, the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station report  seeing the oil spill while passing over the Gulf of Mexico.

“It looks very scary,” Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov told reporters via a communication link.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill trajectory hindcast/forecast based on RTOFS (Atlantic)

This is a joint effort of the Ocean Circulation Group and the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at College of Marine Science, University of South Florida to track/predict the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico using simulated drifters/particles. Drifter trajectories were calculated based on the hourly surface currents from the RTOFS (Atlantic) (data assimilative numerical ocean model hindcast & forecast). Click here for animation page.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal who toured the contaminated shoreline said:

“The day that we have all been fearing is upon us today. This wasn’t tar balls. This wasn’t sheen. This is heavy oil in our wetlands. It’s already here but we know more is coming.”

[NOTE: NASA E/O Headline reads: Gulf Oil Slick Approaching Loop Current. NASA Earth Observatory says the 2nd of the following two images was acquired on May 18. However, it was posted as their image of the day on May 20.  By then the oil slick had already entered the Loop Current.]

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(2 MB, JPEG) acquired May 1 – 8, 2010 — Click image to enlarge.

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Original Caption:

During the first weeks following the explosion at the Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico, oil drifting from the site of the incident usually headed west and northwest to the Mississippi River Delta. But in the third week of May, currents drew some of the oil southeast. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the southward spread increased the chance that the oil would become mixed up with the Loop Current and spread to Florida or even the U.S. East Coast.

This pair of sea surface temperature images shows how the warm waters of the Loop Current connect the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean (top image, May 1–8, 2010) and the dynamic northern margin of the Loop Current a week and a half later, on May 18 (bottom image). Based on observations of infrared energy collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite, the images show cooler temperatures in blue and purple and warmer temperatures in pink and yellow. Cloudy areas are light gray.

The Loop Current pushes up into the Gulf from the Caribbean Sea. The current’s tropical warmth makes it stand out from the surrounding cooler waters of the Gulf of Mexico in this image. The current loses its northward momentum about mid-way through the gulf, and bends back on itself to flow south. It joins warm waters flowing eastward between Florida and Cuba, which then merge with the Gulf Stream Current on its journey up the East Coast.

At a May 18 press conference, NOAA reported that “satellite imagery on May 17 indicates that the main bulk of the oil is dozens of miles away from the Loop Current, but that a tendril of light oil has been transported down close to the Loop Current. NOAA is conducting aerial observations today to determine with certainty whether oil has actually entered the Loop Current…. The proximity of the southeast tendril of oil to the Loop Current indicates that oil is increasingly likely to become entrained. When that occurs, oil could reach the Florida Straits in 8 to 10 days.”

The bottom image shows the location of the leaking well and the approximate location of the southern arm of the oil slick on May 17 (based on natural-color MODIS imagery). Oil was very close to the Loop Current, whose warm waters appear in yellow near the bottom of the image. However, there is also an eddy of cooler water (purple) circulating counterclockwise at the top of the Loop Current. According to NOAA, “Some amount of any oil drawn into the Loop Current would likely remain in the eddy, heading to the northeast, and some would enter the main Loop Current, where it might eventually head to the Florida Strait.”
NASA Earth Observatory image created by Jesse Allen. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey.

Earlier Image:

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(1 MB, JPEG) acquired May 18, 2010 —Click image to enlarge.

Sunlight and oil colored the surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico around the Mississippi Delta on May 18, 2010, as MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this natural-color image. The sunglint accentuates the left-to-right scans that the satellite sensor makes as it passes over the Earth’s surface, and the stripes are perpendicular to the satellite’s path. Besides hinting at the sensor’s scans, the sunglint also illuminates oil slicks on the sea surface. Bright oil slicks appear east and southeast of the delta. As in earlier images, the oil slick spans many kilometers off the delta. Not all of the pale-hued water, however, is slicked with oil. Image and [edited] caption: NASA E/O.

How to Preserve [syn: Mummify] The Gulf of Mexico for Posterity

The following images are handout released by Greenpeace (via Reuters) — Click image to enlarge.

A Greenpeace Campaigner attempts to save a small crab covered in oil walking near the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, where it enters the Gulf of Mexico, May 18, 2010.

Oil covers the bank of the breakwater in the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, where it enters the Gulf of Mexico.

Reeds on the banks of the breakwater in the mouth of the Mississippi River are covered in crude oil-dispersant chemical mic, May 18, 2010.

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