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Proteobacteria Don’t Burp?

Posted by feww on August 25, 2010

BP GOM Oil Plumes Spinning Out of Sight

Fast-eating species of microbes ate a Manhattan-sized oil plume spewed from BP Macondo well: Report


“The micro-organisms were apparently stimulated by the massive oil spill that began in April, and they degraded the hydrocarbons so efficiently that the plume is now undetectable, said Terry Hazen of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,” according to a dubious report.


Which one of you greedy guys ate all the oil?

Original caption: This undated handout image shows microbes (C) degrading oil (upper right) in the deepwater plume from the BP oil spill in the Gulf, a study by Berkeley Lab researchers has shown. Credit: Reuters/Hoi-Ying Holman Group

Is this serendipstickity or what? How about another  “independent” report to back this fantastic news up?

WORRY NOT! The intrepid NOAA scientists, having started a 3-week mission on August 18,  are conducting their Operation Dip**** [Dipstick.]

“We’re looking for hydrocarbons to see how things in the deepwater column are changing,” Tom Weber, chief scientist aboard the 35-meter boat Pisces, said. “Ever since the well has been capped, we haven’t seen that much.”


So the other scientists who don’t work directly for the govt must be lying!!!

University of Georgia researchers have reported that more than 75 percent the oil from the Macondo well disaster still lurks below the water in the Gulf of Mexico and threatens the ecosystem.

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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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Tropical Storm Alex Forms Near BELIZE

Posted by feww on June 27, 2010

TS ALEX the First Named Storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season 2010 Nears the Coast of Belize

Northern Guatemala and the Yucatan Peninsula experiencing heavy rainfall.

Alex –
Visible/Infrared satellite image – Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge

Alex poses a potential threat to the Gulf of Mexico cleanup operation, though the risk is seen as minimal at this stage.

GOES East Hurricane Sector Infrared Image. Click image to update.

U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad (FAT) Allen was quoted as saying BP may be forced to suspend oil containment operations, “if a storm with gale-force winds were expected within five days at the leak site.” Reuters reported.

“We understand it’s moving westerly at this time and does not threaten the site,” said Allen, adding however, “we all know that the weather is unpredictable.”

Shell Oil Co has announced that it would also evacuate 300 non-essential employees from its Gulf of Mexico offshore operations as a precaution, the report said.

ALEX Projected Path: Various Dynamical Models Forecasts.  Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge

Meanwhile, the state of Louisiana filed a motion with the U.S. Appeals Court for the Fifth Circuit on Saturday opposing the DOI’s request to stay a ruling from the federal judge who overturned a six-month ban on new deepwater drilling in the Gulf, Reuters reported.

TS ALEX: Summary of Details  at 00:01 UTC, Sunday 27 June 2010

  • LOCATION: 17.4N 88.1W
  • Distances
    • About 25km (15 miles)  SE of Belize City
    • About 125km  (75miles) south of Chetumal, Mexico
  • Max. Sustained Winds 100km/hr (65 MPH)
  • Currently Moving W (280 degrees) at 19km/hr (12 MPH)
  • Min Central Pressure 996 MB (29.41 inches)

Satellite Imagery:

Satellite Imagery (GOES 12 Floater/NOAA/SSD)

Loops/ Satellite Animations (GOES 12; NOAA/SSD)

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Leak – Update Apr 28

Posted by feww on April 28, 2010

Prepared for another Major Disaster?

BP: Greedy Like Goldman Sachs

Why Should Big Oil Live to Pollute another Day?

If the economy is designed to serve the people [sic,] how is it that the monetary profit goes to a few and the debt to the environment?

If the leaks in the Gulf of Mexico oil well are not sealed, the spill could become one of the worst disasters  in US history: Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry

“… this could be one of the most significant oil spills in U.S. history,” she said.

BP, Transocean and rest of the gang should have at least had a fail-safe contingency plan to contain oil leaks and prevent damage to the environment. But they didn’t. Why? Because such things are expensive and hurt their bottom line.

Deepwater Summary and who said what:

  • Crude oil is leaking from two  sources about 1,525m (5,000ft ) under the surface, which have been leaking since Deepwater Horizon platform exploded and sank, but were only discovered  on Saturday.
  • The leaks are spewing at least 1,000 barrels of oil into the gulf of Mexico, near the coast of Louisiana.
  • The resulting oil slick now has a circumference of more than 600 (1,000km) 650 miles covering  about 80,000 sq km (31,000 sq miles), “with areas of emulsified crude approximately 36 miles offshore the coast of Louisiana.”
  • Weather conditions on April 27  hampered clean up operation with winds from northwest, and choppy seas with 3 to 4 foot waves.
  • If the oil reached Louisiana coast, it could destroy coastal ecology, the wildlife and nature reserves, as well as the devastating the state’s fisheries, oyster beds and other marine-based livelihoods, according to an environmentalist at Tulane University.
  • Sealing the leaks with remote-control robotic submersibles could take many months, said US Coast Guard Rear Adm Mary Landry, who is in charge of the clean-up operation.
  • The Coast Guard is considering whether to burn off the oil corralled in the boom, “trying to minimize the environmental impact,” aid a Coast Guard spokesman.
  • “The wind will nudge the oil slick more to the north-northwest,” said a  senior meteorologist at AccuWeather. “It might make it onshore over the southeast Louisiana coast first,” and could later pollute beaches in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, he said.
  • Other meteorologists also believe a shift in wind could drive the spill to Louisiana coast by the weekend.

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BP Horizon Response Current State(2). Source. Creative Commons license.

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