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Breaking News: Oil Leak 25,000 Bpd

Posted by feww on May 2, 2010

9 million barrels already leaked: Expert

On April 30 Fire-Earth Forecast:

The catastrophe could escalate even further and enter a new nightmarish dimension if the damaged underwater well were to develop a major rupture, resulting in the entire content of the well, a humongous amount of crude oil, spilled into the Gulf.

Now:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has determined that deteriorating conditions on the sea bed may result in an even greater flow of 50,000 barrels a day, which would result in America’s worst ecological disaster ever.

Professor Ian MacDonald, an ocean specialist at Florida State University, believes that the leak from the ruptured well has already spewed 9m gallons of heavy crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

NOTE: The Exxon Valdez oil spill, which occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24, 1989, is thought to be one of the worst human-caused environmental disasters ever. The tanker spilled about 10.8 million gallons (about 41 million litres) of crude oil into the water, covering an arae of about 3,400 sq km (1,300) square miles with its load of Prudhoe Bay crude.

The effects of the spill is still felt today, some 21 years later. there is a marked reduction in the population of various marine animals, including sea otters, pink salmon, ducks and many others.

Oil Slick Near Mississippi Delta


The oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico lingered near the Mississippi Delta on May 1, 2010. MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image the same day. The oil slick appears as a tangle of dull gray on the ocean surface, made visible to the satellite sensor by the Sun’s reflection on the ocean surface. Most of the oil slick occurs southeast of the Mississippi Delta. Image and caption: NASA  [Caption Edited for brevity by Fire-Earth] – Download large image (2 MB, JPEG)

On April 29 Fire-earth also forecast:

The leak in the Gulf of Mexico could exceed the Exxon Valdez crude spill in less than 30 days, if not stemmed.

and

The Gulf of Mexico nightmare enters a new phase—the first stage in the collapse of the Gulf states may have begun.

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    Fire-Earth Forecasts 10 Major Oil Spills to End 2011

    Posted by feww on May 1, 2010

    Expect at Least One Cataclysmic Oil Spill Before End of 2011

    Fire Earth Forecasts at Least 10 Major Oil Spills Worldwide between May 2010 and December 2011

    • Global Forecast: 10 Major Oil Spills
    • US Forecast:
      • Offshore: 3
      • Onshore: 2
    • Max Severity: At east one cataclysmic spill

    [NOTE: Each of the forecast leaks/spills would probably involve more than one oil company, due to the makeup of their contracts. However, the major parties involved would be Exxon (1-2 incidents), BP (1-2), chevron (1) others (1).]

    Variables used in the calculations:

    1. Recent oil spills including those linked to below
    2. Rate of increase in
      • Human activity
      • Oil (and gas) Drilling
      • Climate Change
      • Global seismicity
      • Ice melt
      • Landslides
    3. New Drilling
      • Drilling close to tectonic plate boundaries and fault zones
      • “Saturation drilling”
    4. Overall increase in the frequency, volume and  severity of oil spills
    5. The oil industry’s drive to maximize profit, which necessitates reducing costs by cutting corners and compromising safety.

    A Representative List of Recent Oil Spills:

    More Links to Recent Oil Disasters

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    Gulf Oil Spill Reaches Mouth of Mississippi River

    Posted by feww on April 30, 2010

    Oil Reached Shoreline Sunset Thursday

    Fire-Earth Expects the Gulf Coast Damage to Dwarf Exxon Valdez Disaster

    “It is of grave concern,” David Kennedy of NOAA told AP.

    “I am frightened. This is a very, very big thing. And the efforts that are going to be required to do anything about it, especially if it continues on, are just mind-boggling.”

    The oil slick is threatening hundreds of species of fish, marine animals, birds and other wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico and on the shorelines of the Gulf  States.

    The crude oil spill also threatens the livelihood of many million of people directly and indirectly. The Gulf Coast is one of the planet’s richest seafood grounds for oysters, shrimps and many other marine species.

    Cade Thomas, a fishing guide in Venice, whose livelihood depends on oil-free waters, said he was not sure who the blame, the Coast Guard, the federal government or  BP, the oil company who owns the well.

    “They lied to us. They came out and said it was leaking 1,000 barrels when I think they knew it was more. And they weren’t proactive. As soon as it blew up, they should have started wrapping it with booms.” He said.

    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.”

    Meanwhile, Bubbly Jindal, Louisiana Gov., declared a state of emergency on Thursday.


    Top two images were released by NOAA. Click images to enlarge.


    The above image is licensed under Creative Commons. Source: uscgd8’s photostream.

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    The Frustrated Polar Bear

    Posted by feww on April 30, 2010

    Image of the day:

    “Darn, Just When I Was Getting Ready to Move to The Gulf Coast …”

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    New Oil Leak Compounds Gulf Disaster – Apr 29

    Posted by feww on April 29, 2010

    NEW LEAK DISCOVERED – 5,000BPD LEAKING

    BP reported a new leak in the offshore well—min combined leak 210,000 gallons per day

    The Gulf of Mexico nightmare enters a new phase—the first stage in the collapse of the Gulf states may have begun.

    BP Plc, the legal owner of the leaking well, informed the US officials that it has discovered a new leak on the on the offshore well off Louisiana coat, U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry said.

    “BP has just briefed me of a new location of an additional breach in the riser of the deep underwater well,” Landry said.

    The new estimate of 5,000bpd,  most probably an under estimate, judging by the initial amount of crude oil the ocean floor well was producing, is 5 times as much as the previous estimate.

    [Note: The true estimate for the leak may be as much as 8,000 barrels of crude oil per day, or more, which is how much the well was producing before the rig blew up!]

    “We have urged BP to leverage additional assets,” Landry said, adding that President B.O.  had been briefed on the new phase in the growing disaster.

    The growing oil slick, now boosted by at least 5 times as much crude oil leaking from the underwater well, threatens marine life, coastal wildlife refuges, coastal fishing and sea food industries, beaches and estuaries in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, as well as the livelihood of at least 1 million people in those states DIRECTLY, and up to 20 million other people indirectly.

    What People Are  Saying

    “Tarballs and emulsified oil streamers could reach the Mississippi Delta region late on Friday, said Charlie Henry, an expert with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.” Reuters reported.

    “By Wednesday afternoon, the edge of the spill was 23 miles off the Louisiana coast, near fragile estuaries and swamps teeming with birds and other wildlife. A shift in winds could push the spill inland to the Louisiana coast by this weekend, according to forecasters at AccuWeather.” Reuters said.

    “We’re sitting here half praying and half with our fingers, toes and everything else crossed,” Byron Encalade, president of the Louisiana Oysterman Association in Pointe A La Hache, was reported as saying.

    “This brings home the issue that drilling despite all the advancements in technology is still a risky business,” said Athan Manuel of the Sierra Club.

    Meanwhile, BP has set fire to the massive and growing Gulf Coast oil slick

    This is, of course, a nightmarish trade-off between the lesser of the two evils, burning thousands of barrels of crude oil, a smaller disaster, to prevent a much greater disaster of coastal pollution.

    Imagine all of those other places out there in the universe somewhere, where they don’t have to make such decisions because their lifestyles are much less energy intensive, unlike this human wonderland, and the inhabitants have a direct say in the decision-making process.


    Note: NOAA estimate was prepared before the new leak was reported, and therefore does NOT take into account the additional volume of crude that is leaking into the Gulf.

    Stock photo of Newfoundland offshore Burn Experiment (NOBE)


    Photo Source: The Minerals Management Service. Click image to enlarge.

    Updated Overflight Map2


    Source. Creative Commons license. Click image to enlarge.


    Windrows of emulsified oil (bright orange) sprayed w/dispersant. Photo taken as part of an aerial observation overflight.  Photo credit NOAA. Click image to enlarge.

    Clean-up crews have started “a test burn” in an area some 50km (30 miles ) east of the Mississippi River delta to gauge the viability of the technique, AP reported.

    The burn-off “solution” became do-able after the BP failed to stop the massive a 1,000bpd crude leak from two holes in the oil well.

    “A 500ft boom was being used to hold several thousand gallons of the thickest oil on the surface, which will then be towed to a more remote area, set on fire, and allowed to burn for about an hour.” AP reported.

    Should the test burn prove successful, BP could continue with the blaze, one way or another, weather permitting.

    As of now, at least 1,000bpd 5,000bpd (about 210,000 gallons, 800,000 liters per day), most probably 8,000bpd (about 336,000 gallons, or  1.3 million liters per day), of the really nasty, gooey crude oil is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.

    The damaged well which was being drilled by the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, before it blew up killing 11 rig crew members (their bodies are missing, but they are legally presumed dead) is leaking from two different openings.

    Although the cause of the explosion has not yet been determined, what is clear is that each and every control and safety mechanism that BP (and the gang) had or should have put in place to prevent such disasters didn’t work or weren’t there.

    “Authorities also said they expected minimal impact on sea turtles and marine mammals in the burn area.” AP reported, forgetting to state whether they had interviewed any of the numerous species who live locally.

    NOTE: The Exxon Valdez oil spill, which occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24, 1989, is thought to be one of the worst human-caused environmental disasters ever. The tanker spilled about 10.8 million gallons (about 41 million litres) of crude oil into the water, covering an arae of about 3,400 sq km (1,300) square miles with its load of Prudhoe Bay crude.

    The effects of the spill is still felt today, some 21 years later. there is a marked reduction in the population of various marine animals, including sea otters, pink salmon, ducks and many others.

    The leak in the Gulf of Mexico could exceed the Exxon Valdez crude spill in less than 30 days, if not stemmed.

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    Gulf of Mexico Oil Leak – Update Apr 28

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