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Killing the Fabric of Life on Earth

Posted by feww on July 30, 2010

How Much More Oil, Coal?

Where exactly you said you were going to?

BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico – Satellite Image


Natural-color image captured on July 28, 2010 by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua
satellite. Source: NASA E/O.  Click image to enlarge. Download large image (818 KB, JPEG).


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Mischievous BONNIE Heads Toward GOM

Posted by feww on July 23, 2010

Image of the Day

Tropical Storm BONNIE about to Hit Florida Coast on the Way to Gulf of Mexico

BONNIE is the second named storm of the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season.


Tropical Storm Bonnie – Visible/IR Satellite Image.
Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.



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Energy, Mining Disaster Headlines – 20 July 2010

Posted by feww on July 20, 2010

Energy Dinosaurs’ Dirty Pawprints Cover Every Inch of Our Planet

I’m LIVID! All my life I have been a tri-colored heron. Guess who I look like now!


[Original caption: Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Director P. J. Hahan holds a tri-colored heron after spotting the seriously oiled bird along Queen Bess Island near Grand Isle, Louisiana July 17, 2010.  REUTERS/Sean Gardner. Image may be subject to copyright.

  • BP shares rise on cap news, Cameron ready to talk Libya

BP shares rose as a cap on its Gulf of Mexico Macondo oil well was holding, as Britain’s PM agreed to meet U.S. senators probing the oil giant’s  role in the release of a Libyan jailed for bombing a U.S. plane: Report

  • China says the report that it had surpassed the United States in 2009 to become  the world’s largest energy user is exaggerated: Report

“We believe that (IEA) did not understand fully the Chinese situation, in particular the efforts China made in energy saving, emission reductions and development in new energy sources,” said Zhou Xian, spokesperson for China’s National Energy Administration, reminding everyone that China’s population was 5 times larger than the U.S.

  • Undaunted, nonchalant U.S. issues first shallow-water drilling permit

“The U.S. Interior Department issued its first shallow-water drilling permit since offshore exploration companies were required to meet two sets of new safety regulations in response to the BP oil spill, a department official said on Monday.” A report said.

  • China hires a flotilla of 500 fishing boats to clean Dalian slick

“China has recruited a flotilla of 500 fishing boats to help clean up an oil slick that shut one of its biggest ports, Dalian, disrupting refinery operations and diverting cargoes elsewhere, but officials said the port would not return to normal until the end of the week.” A report said.

A pipeline explosion and large fire engulfed the Xingang port causing 1,500 tonnes of crude to leak into the sea with a 183 sq km (71 sq miles) slick covering the water surface.

  • Second Zijin mine spill in China hits export hub

“A second leak at Zijin Mining Group’s site in eastern Fujian province has now caused copper levels to soar two-thirds in the Guangdong section of the Ting river, threatening fish farmers’ livelihood, the China Daily said.” A report said.

The  spill was the second in less than a  month, after a massive discharge forced the authorities to order a halt to mining operations, until thorough checks were carried out.

  • U.S. envoy tells Canadians to cut oil sands emissions [The privilege of polluting must be retained for the end user!]

“I understand (the oil sands) importance to your country and to mine,” David Jacobson, Obama’s appointee said in speech to the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region Summit in Calgary.

“I’m aware of the significant steps that have been taken by the industry to the effects of the oil sands operations on the land, the water and the air, but I do not think I’m alone in saying that more needs to be done,” he said.

“A number of environmental groups are also bitterly opposed to oil sands production. One green group put up billboards in U.S. cities last week urging Americans not to travel to Alberta, though the ambassador, a Chicago native, said the campaign was a too-simple response to a complicated issue.” Reuters reported.

“The notion of ‘don’t go to Alberta because it has oil sands’ makes just about as much sense as ‘don’t go visit Chicago because Illinois has coal’,” Jacobson said. “This is a complicated issue and I’m not sure that a billboard … is the way to go.”

  • OIL AND CATTLE DON’T MIX: GOM cattle ranchers fear toxins from BP oil spill

“Over 1,000 head of cattle graze on marshy islands off Louisiana’s southeast tip and thousands more are found in the coastal low-lying pastures highly susceptible to flooding.” A report said.

“Daddy’s here, boys!” shouts Philip Simmons from his flatboat on the Mississippi, catching a glimpse of two of his Brangus bulls grazing the native grasses at water’s edge.

Simmons’ family has been grazing cattle for generations on land that’s surrounded by backwater canals, natural bayous and the Mississippi, a watery oasis of mangroves and willows and wildlife like cranes and spoonbills.

“My cattle feed all the way to the water here,” he said, pointing to the bank of a winding canal, where one group gazed out quizzically from under a canopy of trees and high grasses.

“How am I going to get them out,” asked Simmons. “You’d have to get a helicopter to run them out of this grass. And it’s so hot it’ll kill them. So I’m just playing it by ear. Hopefully I’ll come out on the winning end.”

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Oil Disaster Headlines – 19 July 2010

Posted by feww on July 19, 2010

Gulf seabed near ruptured BP well may be leaking

If what’s leaking from the seabed is methane it could mean oil was also leaking: Thad Allen

[And this time he may be telling the truth.]


Rain falls on oil sheen covering the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana Thursday, July 15, 2010.   Credit: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky. Image may be subject to copyright.

In the event the seepage was confirmed, he ordered BP to submit a plan to reopen the capped well to allow oil to be funnelled to the surface.

But BP says it would take three days to start this process.

During this time, the daily leakage of tens of thousands of barrels of oil, which had been capped last Thursday, could resume.

The well began leaking oil into the Gulf after BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on 20 April, killing 11 workers, and capsized two days later.

BP had hoped the cap could stay in place until relief wells stopped the leak for good.

But with pressure readings from within the well lower than expected, scientists had raised concerns that oil could leaking into the surrounding undersea bedrock.

Allen said in a letter to BP chief managing director Bob Dudley: “Given the current observations… including the detected seep a distance from the well and undetermined anomalies at the well head, monitoring of the seabed is of paramount importance…

“I direct you to provide me a written procedure for opening the choke valve as quickly as possible without damaging the well should hydrocarbon seepage near the wellhead be confirmed.” More …

CHINA

Dalian Xingang oil port, China’s largest oil reserve base, have been shut after a crude oil pipeline exploded spilling oil into the sea


A view shows crude oil in the sea near Dalian, Liaoning province July 18, 2010. REUTERS/China Daily. Image may be subject to copyright.

“The port was sealed right after the explosion. We have a one-week contingency plan, but are hoping that the oil spill can be cleaned up as soon as possible,” a PetroChina oil executive told Reuters.

The explosion occurred when an oil tanker was off-loading its crude oil, according to China Daily.

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GOM Oil Disaster – Satellite Images – Headlines

Posted by feww on July 16, 2010

GOM Oil Disaster: Day 87


Above photo-like image was captured by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite at 18:55 UTC on July 14, 2010,. Source: NASA E/O. Click image to enlarge.

Related News Headlines

“U.S. lawmakers on Thursday pressed the Environmental Protection Agency for assurances that BP was using safe agents to disperse its massive oil spill, saying they didn’t want the chemicals to become another ‘Agent Orange.'”

“Oil is no longer spewing into the Gulf of Mexico — at least temporarily — as BP Plc said it choked off the flow from its undersea well that ruptured in April and caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.”

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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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Gulf of Mexico: Different Shades of Crude Oil

Posted by feww on July 6, 2010

Could it Get any Worse?

Yes, it probably could!

Growing Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico


Oil from BP’s damaged Macondo oil well (Deepwater Horizon platform) swamps the Mississippi Delta on July 4, 2010. Natural-color image captured by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite. Source: NASA E/O.  Click image to enlarge. Download large image (4 MB, JPEG)

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Mississippi Barrier Islands Attacked by Oil Slick

Posted by feww on June 30, 2010

Mississippi Barrier Islands and Gulf Coast Satellite Images


Petit Bois Island is 10 km (6 miles) long and is  is one of 7 barrier islands included in the Gulf Islands National Seashore.
“As of June 27, 2010, the entire gulf-facing beachfront of several barrier islands in eastern Mississippi (offshore of Pascagoula) had received a designation of at least “lightly oiled” by the interagency Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Team that is responding to the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. A few small stretches of Petit Bois Island had been labeled heavily or moderately oiled.” Image acquired by ALI on NASA’s EO-1 satellite on June 26, 2010. Source: NASA E/O. Click image to enlarge. Download large image (3 MB, JPEG)

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Oil from a BP Plc spill in the Gulf of Mexico washed ashore at one of the largest tourist beaches in Mississippi on Monday, forcing tourists to pack their bags and evacuate the shore.

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BP Oil Disaster – Latest Satellite Images

Posted by feww on June 28, 2010

Oil Slick Continues to Spread Like Malignant Cancer

Large patches of thick oil washes ashore in Mississippi for the first time: Report


Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster. Oil from BP’s leaking Macondo oil well I seen spreading in this natural-color acquired  by MODIS on NASA’s Terra on June 25, 2010. Source: NASA. Click image to enlarge. Download large image (883 KB, JPEG)

Oil from BP’s leaking Macondo well has washed ashore  at Ocean Springs beaches, about 15 km (9 miles) east of Biloxi, Mississippi, and at another beach close to an inland marsh, reports say.

“We cannot clean up or catch the oil until BP gets here. They have all of our people,” said Earl Etheridge, a spokesman for Mississippi’s Department of Environmental Quality, Reuters reported.

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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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Gulf of Mexico in BP Crosshairs

Posted by feww on June 24, 2010

Oil in GOM: 4.2 Million Barrels and Rising

Undersea remote control vehicle (RCV) damages the ruptured wellhead’s “vent system”

Oil gushed unhindered from BP’s ruptured wellhead after an undersea RVC collided with a makeshift vent system placed above the wellhead to capture some of the crude from the world’s deadliest oil spill. [Watch this space.]


Oil Continues to gush out of the BP’s Black Death Oil Well at a rate of about 69,000bpd (±16 %).

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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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Gulf of Mexico Worth More Dead Than Alive: Oil Industry

Posted by feww on June 22, 2010

A Dead GOM: Major Asset for Oil Industry

Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico Grows Like Malignant Cancer


Oil Cancer Growing in the Gulf of Mexico. Heavier concentrations of the oil spreads as gray tentacles as seen in this photo-like  image acquired by (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on June 19, 2010. “The location of the leaking well is marked with a white dot. North of the well, a spot of black may be smoke” rising from controlled fires. Source: NASA E/O. Click image to enlarge. Download large image (10 MB, JPEG).

Gulf of Mexico: Alive, a Major liability; dead, a valuable asset for the oil industry!

Gulf of Mexico is now a major liability for not just BP, partners in crime and the oil industry at large. However, this situation can be turned around, if the Gulf were to die. It would become a major asset but for the oil industry. It’s worth more to them dead than alive.

What to do?

Instruct  the least ethical lawyers in the country and reverse the moratorium on deep water oil and gas exploration in the Gulf.

Nature Didn’t Train Fish to Thrive, Even Swim in Oil!


Poggy fish lie dead stuck in oil in Bay Jimmy near Port Sulpher, Louisiana June 20, 2010. REUTERS/Sean Gardner. Image may be subject to copyright.  For more images click link below

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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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Planet Oil Slick – Latest Satellite Images

Posted by feww on June 15, 2010

The Widening Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster is the Routine Way of Doing Things on Planet Oil Slick


Gulf of Mexico Oil Slick.
MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image at 1:55 pm  (CDT) on June 12, 2010. “Oil appears to have reached beaches and barrier islands in Alabama and the western Panhandle of Florida.” Source: NASA E/O. Click image to enlarge. Download large image (11 MB, JPEG)

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Leaking oil and gas are seen during dispersant operations at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in this screen grab taken from a BP live video feed June 14, 2010.  BP Handout (via Reuters)


One of two, giant one-ton tarballs recovered June 11, 2010, south of Perdido Pass, Florida, June 11, 2010. US Coast Guard Handout (via Reuters)

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The White House Action Comedy

Posted by feww on June 12, 2010

Images of the Week:

“A Roomful of Voyeurs”

“[Our parents thought they had] voted in a hands-on President and all we got was a roomful of [lousy] voyeurs.


Original caption: U.S. President Barack Obama (C) listens during a briefing about the situation along the Gulf Coast following the BP oil spill, at the Coast Guard Venice Center, in Venice, Louisiana, in this White House handout photo taken on May 2, 2010 and released on June 7, 2010.

Get the Firebugs from California!


Smoke billows from a controlled burn of spilled oil off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, in this handout photograph taken June 9, 2010 and released on June 11. U.S. Coast Guard Handout [via Reuters]

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Oil Leak in Gulf of Mexico – New Estimate and Satellite Photo

Posted by feww on June 9, 2010

Fire Earth Estimate for Crude Oil and Gas Spewed into the Gulf: 69,000 BPD

Fire Earth Estimate for the rate of crude oil and associated gas leak from the undersea ruptured wellhead into the Gulf of Mexico is based on the analysis of recent video images released by BP, which are available via Internet, and other information.

The Moderators estimate that about 69,000 barrels of crude oil and associated gas per day (BPD) are currently spewing out of the damaged wellhead. The associated error margin is ± 16%. [Updated June 13, 2010]

Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico


Worsening  Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico.
Photo-image acquired by (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on June 7, 2010. Source: NASA.  Click image to enlarge. Download large image (12 MB, JPEG)

Big Oil and “Homeland Security”

“The White House Action Comedy: A Roomful of Voyeurs”


“[Our parents thought they had] voted in a hands-on President and all we got was a roomful of [lousy voyeurs.] Original caption: U.S. President Barack Obama (C) listens during a briefing about the situation along the Gulf Coast following the BP oil spill, at the Coast Guard Venice Center, in Venice, Louisiana, in this White House handout photo taken on May 2, 2010 and released on June 7, 2010.

Black Pelicans


A pelican sits covered with oil from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead in Barataria Bay, Louisiana just off the Gulf of Mexico, June 6, 2010. Greenpeace Handout (via Reuters).

BP Submarine Volcano


Gas and oil continue to surge out from the containment cap at the Deepwater Horizon oil spill site in the Gulf of Mexico, in this frame grab taken from a BP live video feed on June 8, 2010.  BP Handout (via Reuters).

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BP ‘Top Kill’ Dead

Posted by feww on May 30, 2010

‘Top Kill’ Had Less Than Zero Percent Chance of Succeeding

But, it was a psychological game to re-establish the power domains and send a clear message as to who was actually in charge.

“We have not been able to stop the flow. We have made the decision to move on to the next option,” said Doug Suttles, BP Exploration and Productions chief operating officer in the U.S.

Image of the Day:


Redfish Bay in Louisiana’s birdsfoot delta turns black, May 27, 2010. Source: Gulf Restoration Network Handout (via Reuters).

Collapse Survivors Note:
The ultimate ethical expression would be to neutralize the politicians, industry executives and their chains of command responsible for crimes against nature. Corrective action against the wrongdoers should not be viewed as acts of “revenge,” or “punishment,” but as a necessary means of preventing repetitions of similar crimes.

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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 Disaster: Images of Despair

Posted by feww on May 22, 2010

Views of Gulf Oil Slick by NASA’s MISR


Original Caption Released with Image:

These unique images of the Deepwater Horizon oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico were obtained by the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument aboard NASA’s Terra spacecraft on May 17, 2010, at around 16:40 UTC (11:40 a.m. CDT). The top panel is a false-color image created by combining data from the red band of the 26-degree forward-viewing camera, where the oil appears dark, with the blue and green bands of the nadir (vertical-viewing) camera, where the oil appears bright. The result causes the oil spill to stand out dramatically in shades of cyan, while other features like clouds and the land appear close to their natural color. The Mississippi Delta is visible in the upper left portion of the image. The red symbol indicates the former location of the drilling platform. The image dimensions are 346 by 258 kilometers (215 by 160 miles) and north is toward the top of the image.

The white arrow in the right-center of the image points to a plume of smoke, most likely from a controlled burn of oil collected on the surface. It appears as a dark streak against the brighter reflection of the sunlight from the ocean. The lower two panels are enlarged images of the area around the smoke plume acquired by MISR’s 46-degree forward-viewing and 46-degree backward-viewing cameras. At these view angles, and for the illumination conditions on this date, the smoke particles appear bright and sunglint from the ocean surface is much weaker. The views at the two different angles cover the same physical area of 42 by 30 kilometers (26 by 19 miles). Controlled burns of the oil began in early May in an attempt to remove oil from the open water. The clouds in the lower right quadrant of these panels have an apparent shift in position with angle of view due to their altitude above the surface. However, a bright point to the south of the plume does not show such a shift, and is likely a boat observing the controlled burn. The apparent shift in position of the smoke plume itself places its altitude at about 560 meters (1,840 feet) above the surface.

MISR was built and is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Terra spacecraft is managed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The MISR data were obtained from the NASA Langley Research Center Atmospheric Science Data Center in Hampton, Va. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology. Source: NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, MISR Team


“Controlled burns” give the false impression that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is under control. May 19, 2010. Source: Chief Petty Officer John Kepsimelis, U.S. Coast
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A dead Northern Gannet covered in oil lies along Grand Isle Beach in Grand Isle, Louisiana, May 21, 2010.  Credit: REUTERS/Sean Gardner. Image may be subject to copyright. More images posted here.

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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.]


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


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(653 KB, JPEG) acquired May 18, 2010 —Click image to enlarge.

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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BP Oil Spill: Turtles Are Dying

Posted by feww on May 19, 2010

More Turtles Are Dying Than Before Oil Leak: Experts

At least 156  dead or dying sea turtles have been found along the U.S. Gulf Coast since April 30, some 10 days after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded.

This number of dead or dying turtles that have been washed up along the coasts of Alabama, Florida Louisiana and Mississippi is greater than the number of dead and injured  turtles that that we expect to see this time of the year, said Dr. Michael Ziccardi, a veterinarian and  director of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network in California.

“The toll among sea turtles has been steadily rising since the deep-sea well ruptured last month, and the stranding count began to reach an unusually high level in the past week,” Ziccardi was reported as saying.

In Gulf of Mexico: A Waiting Disaster

Moderators introduced the Thunder Horse platform, the world’s largest semisubmersible facility, as another likely candidate that might cause another oil spill mega disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Which of the Gulf of Mexico’s Deepwater Wells Would Leak Next?


Located 150 miles (241 kilometers) southeast of New Orleans in Mississippi Canyon Block 778 in a water depth of approximately 6,050 feet (1,844 meters), the Thunder Horse platform is the world’s largest semisubmersible facility. British Petroleum received approval from the Minerals Management Service to debottleneck the topside production facilities to 275,000 barrels of oil and 220 million standard cubic feet of natural gas per day. As of March 20, 2009, production was approximately 260,000 barrels of oil and 210.5 million standard cubic feet of natural gas per day from seven wells. The Thunder Horse Field is the largest producer in the Gulf of Mexico. (Image courtesy of BP America Inc.). Source: DOI, MMS Report. Mississippi Canyon Block 778 could turn out to be another “Challenger” of deepwater oil production.


In 2005 Hurricane Dennis forced the crew to evacuate Thunder Horse, which was later found listing when the crew returned.Source: USGC.

The Atlantis

Blog Moderators have since learned that the U.S. government has decided to investigate another big BP oil rig, the Atlantis.

Atlantis PQ is believed to be a BP plc/BHP Billiton joint venture deepwater semi-submersible oil platform which is located over the Green Canyon Atlantis Oil Field in Gulf of Mexico, about 300 km (185 mi) south of New Orleans.


The Atlantis PQ oil and gas production platform is the  deepest moored oil and gas extraction facility in the world producing about 200,000bpd.  BP is the majority shareholder with 56 percent of the oil field while BHP owns the remaining 44 percent. Image is a BP copyright and is included here for educational purposes.

Growing Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico


Nearly a month after a deadly explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, the damaged well on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico continued to spill oil. In the weeks since the accident occurred, the oil slick has periodically drifted northeast toward the Mississippi Delta and reached the the Chandeleur Islands. On May 17, 2010, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image, a large patch of oil was visible near the site of the accident, and a long ribbon of oil stretched far to the southeast. Image and [edited] caption: NASA E/O. Download large image (1 MB, JPEG) Click image to enlarge.

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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)


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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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BP Leak Already Biggest Oil Disaster in U.S. History

Posted by feww on May 18, 2010

About 1.4 million barrels of crude may have already spewed into the Gulf of Mexico

[NOTE: Fire-Earth estimate for the amount of crude oil already leaked into GOM is about 700,000 barrels as of May 18.]

BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has already exceeded by a factor of 2.5 to 5 the magnitude of Exxon (Exxon Valdez) disaster in Prince William Sound, on the south coast of Alaska in 1989.

In the Exxon Valdez disaster an estimated 11 million gallons (262,000 barrels) of crude oil were released into the Alaskan waters. An estimated 30,000 gallons of crude still remains in the sand and soil.

Even at NOAA’s hugely underestimated calculation of 5,000bpd, the spill total now stands at 140,000 barrels (6 million gallons and counting).

Oil disasters are usually measured in terms of how many barrels of oil are spilled into the waters; however, the plight of so many millions of people whose livelihood depends on what was already an ailing body of water, has added a new socioeconomic dimension.

What BP Says:

BP Plc says its “quick fix” is sort of working. Using undersea remote control devices [‘robots,’]  their technicians have inserted a mile-long tube into the leaking riser, the  massive ruptured pipe, and are  siphoning about a fifth of the oil that is gushing out of the well.


GULF of MEXICO – Gas from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon wellhead is flared by the drillship Discoverer Enterprise May 16, 2010. A fraction of the gas and oil from the wellhead are being brought to the surface via a narrow siphoning tube that was placed inside the much wider damaged riser. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley. [Caption edited by FEWW]

“I do feel that we have, for the first time, turned the corner in this challenge,” BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward said in Florida.

“Over the last 48 hours, we’re beginning to meet with some significant success.”

Clearly the criteria for success in BP minds is different to the rest of us. WE see the leak as still continuing.

Center for Public Integrity has released a new paper that shows 2 of the BP-owned U.S. refineries were responsible for 97 percent of the worst refining industry safety violations in the past three years, according to federal inspectors.

Let the federal inspectors call it safety violations, what BP has done in the Gulf of Mexico is corporate terrorism.

The suspected terrorist who left a car in New York’s Time Square recently which reportedly contained propane gas cylinders, which may or may not have exploded, and may or may not have killed anyone, would probably spend the rest of his life in a federal prison.

BP executives who have already killed 11 people, devastated at least twice as many families and left a number of orphans behind, on the other hand, are walking freely and discussing their next deepwater drilling project.

How Badly is Louisiana Affected?

Meanwhile, hundreds of shrimpers in Louisiana as well as many others whose income depends on fishing, tourism and related industries, have already lost their jobs, and are barely surviving, making ends meet by doing odd jobs where available.

And Florida?

US Coast Guard  Rear Adm Peter Neffenger is on record as saying that the oil could be swept up into the “loop current” and move around Florida coastline.

“Currently it shows to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 40-50 miles [65km-80km] from the southern edge of the spill,” he said.

“We are watching that carefully and as a result of that we are preparing for potential impact on the southern Florida coast and impacts around the southern Florida coast.”

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