Updates on the Oil Slick in the Gulf ...

Updates on the Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

There are 119 comments on the New York Times story from Apr 30, 2010, titled Updates on the Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico. In it, New York Times reports that:

As my colleague Campbell Robertson reports , "Coast Guard officials were investigating reports early Friday morning that oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico had washed ashore overnight." The Lede will track news of the oil slick's spread on Friday.

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Lucretia

North Ridgeville, OH

#105 May 8, 2010
Wealthy Oilman wrote:
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How many illegals have you slept with Lucretia? And who in the hell gave you that name? I am assuming you were orphaned, and rightfully so.
Your ignorance is only surpassed by your crudeness, Oily.
Wealthy Oilman

Wake Forest, NC

#106 May 8, 2010
Lucretia wrote:
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Your ignorance is only surpassed by your crudeness, Oily.
Coming from a filthy slut, I take that as a great compliment. Hey think you can wash your ass this week skank? You never did say which orphanage named you LUCRETIA, BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Lucretia

North Ridgeville, OH

#107 May 8, 2010
Halliburton in spotlight in gulf spill probe
Investigators look at the company’s role in cementing the deepwater drill hole in the Gulf of Mexico. Transocean and BP also face questioning.
May 01, 2010|By Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times
Carolyn Cole

Investigators delving into the causes of the massive gulf oil spill are examining the role of Houston-based Halliburton Co., the giant energy services company that was responsible for cementing the deepwater drill hole, as well as the possible failure of equipment leased to British Petroleum.

Two members of Congress, Reps. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) and Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), called on Halliburton on Friday to provide all documents relating to "the possibility or risk of an explosion or blowout at the Deepwater Horizon rig and the status, adequacy, quality, monitoring, and inspection of the cementing work" by May 7."

http://www.boston.com/news/science/articles/2 ...
Seven BP executives were on board the Deepwater Horizon rig celebrating the project’s safety record, according transcripts, which were described in detail to an Associated Press reporter by an engineering professor who received them from industry friends seeking his expert opinion. Meanwhile, far below, the rig was being converted from an exploration well to a production well. As the workers removed pressure from the drilling column and introduced heat to set the cement seal around the wellhead, the chemical reaction created heat, destabilizing the seal and allowing a gas bubble to form inside the pipe."

Who were the workers who removed pressure, Halliburton Employees.

Read it wand weep, oily.
Wealthy Oilman

Wake Forest, NC

#108 May 8, 2010
Why would I weep? BP has made me a wealthy man. Along with IBM and Apple.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
No tears in my eyes Fat Lady. See ya at the circus.
Lucretia

North Ridgeville, OH

#109 May 8, 2010
CONTAINMENT BOX HAS PROBLEMS

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO - Icelike crystals encrusting a 100-ton steel-and-concrete box meant to contain oil gushing from a broken well deep in the Gulf of Mexico forced crews Saturday to back off a long-shot plan to contain the leak.

The buildup on the specially constructed containment box made it too buoyant and clogged it up, BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles said. Workers who had carefully lowered the massive box over the leak nearly a mile below the surface had to lift it and move it to the side. Now they're trying to unplug it while they look at other solutions.

More than 200,000 gallons of crude have spewed into the Gulf since a rig exploded April 20, killing 11. The containment box, a method never before attempted at such depths, had been considered the best hope of stanching the flow in the short term. Half dozen tar balls from the spill were reported washing ashore on an Alabama island Saturday afternoon, Coast Guard officials said.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37008288
Lucretia

North Ridgeville, OH

#110 May 8, 2010
Ice blocks bid to cap oil leak gushing into Gulf of Mexico
By Mira Oberman (AFP)– 2 hours ago

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — A first try at capping a ruptured pipe gushing oil deep in the Gulf of Mexico failed Saturday when ice crystals clogged a dome seen as the best hope of staving off a massive environmental disaster.

Officials said they have not yet given up hope of capping the leaks some 5,000 feet below the surface which are hemorrhaging an estimated 210,000 barrels a day.

But they cautioned it will likely be several days before a solution is found.

"I wouldn't say it's failed yet," said Doug Suttles, chief operating officer for British energy giant BP, which is responsible for the cleanup.

"What we attempted to do last night didn't work because these hydrates plugged up the top of the dome."

Clearing out the slushy crystals is easy -- the 100-ton (90-tonne) chamber just has to be raised to warmer levels, Suttles told reporters. Keeping the crystals out so that a pipe can be lowered into the dome to suck the oil to a waiting barge is another matter.

Engineers are looking at ways to heat the frigid water in the dome, among other options, and have moved the concrete and steel box to rest on the seabed some 650 feet (200 meters) away while they evaluate their options.

BP has already begun drilling relief wells to stem the flow, but it will take about three months for them to be operational.

It is also considering other temporary measures like trying to plug the leaks by injecting ground-up material in a "junk shot," but Sutters said BP cannot proceed until it is sure that it "won't make the situation worse."

An estimated 3.5 million gallons of oil has formed a slick the size of a small country which threatens the fragile coastal wetlands of Louisiana and the beaches of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Favorable winds have kept the bulk of the oil from reaching shore since the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon sank some 50 miles (80 km) southeast of Venice, Louisiana on April 22, two days after an explosion that killed 11 workers

But with a thin sheen of oil now lapping Louisiana's coastal islands, local leaders begged for more boom to protect vulnerable coastal wetlands and wildlife preserves, as well as multi billion-dollar fishing and tourism industries.

"It'll be so much harder to clean up this oil if it gets into the marshes," said Governor Bobby Jindal.

The US Coast Guard, which is overseeing the recovery efforts, cautioned that resources must be used "strategically."

"There's not enough to completely boom off every piece of coastline for all four (gulf) states," Coast Guard Petty Officer David Mosley told AFP.

"That's hundreds and hundreds of miles."

Fears are growing that the disaster is already impacting sea life in a region home to vital spawning grounds for fish, shrimp and crabs and a major migratory stop for rare birds.

"It's going to destroy the industry -- it will never recover if the oil gets into the marshlands," said Cliff LeBoef, whose Louisiana oyster beds are only now recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Beachfront towns across the coast are already suffering from cancellations as fears of an oil slick washes away tourists, as are charter boat captains who make a living catering to sports fishermen.

Rough seas last week hampered efforts to skim the oil from the sea with boats and controlled burns, but calmer waters have brought the battle back to the Gulf.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/...
pappy

United States

#112 May 10, 2010
and they called the Valdez disaster large. This BP blow out will make the Valdez disaster look like a bath tub leak. this BP disaster will ruin more businesses that what happened in ALASKA. Those nice beaches on the Louisiana, Mississipi, alsbams, and florida coast will be ruined for years and Bp will go on making its billlionsin profits and the leave the TAX PAYER with the bill to pay. With this disaster the count of the dead victims BP has has in its past history just keeps growing-- big dollars is the pay off in profits. just my opinion folks. Just look at the Houston tragedy left by BP.
just saying

Euclid, OH

#113 May 11, 2010
pappy wrote:
and they called the Valdez disaster large. This BP blow out will make the Valdez disaster look like a bath tub leak. this BP disaster will ruin more businesses that what happened in ALASKA. Those nice beaches on the Louisiana, Mississipi, alsbams, and florida coast will be ruined for years and Bp will go on making its billlionsin profits and the leave the TAX PAYER with the bill to pay. With this disaster the count of the dead victims BP has has in its past history just keeps growing-- big dollars is the pay off in profits. just my opinion folks. Just look at the Houston tragedy left by BP.
They should get all the BIG brained idiots of BP and the Government out of the way on the clean-up side of things. Let these 2 guys get it done.

Lucretia

North Ridgeville, OH

#114 May 11, 2010
Salazar to split MMS into two agencies
updated 11:15 a.m.
By Juliet Eilperin
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Tuesday he had commissioned an independent review of the BP oil spill and will split the Minerals Management Service into two parts "to assure the American people we will have a strong and independent organization holding energy companies accountable and in compliance with the laws of the land."

Salazar said he was making the reform in response to the Deepwater Horizon rig accident in the Gulf, which he called "one of the largest environmental catastrophes in decades."

The split will create a new Office of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, separate from the office that will oversee drilling permits and the collection of federal royalties from drilling operations.

Salazar, who noted that MMS brings in an average of $13 billion a year in royalties, said he was making the change "so there is no conflict, real or perceived, with respect to those functions."

But several points remained unclear, including whether the safety and environmental enforcement office would be able to veto drilling permits issued by MMS.

In a separate move, Salazar said he had asked the National Academy of Engineering "to conduct an investigation that will be independent and science-based, as to the accident and its causes."

"We are putting a fresh set of eyes on this," he said.
Richard Charter, a senior policy adviser for the advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife, said in an interview that there has always been "an inherent conflict of interest" embedded in the current system, where the same agency inspects oil rigs, probes wrongdoing and enforces safety rules while simultaneously collecting royalties from the companies it oversees.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) had proposed a somewhat similar reform last year, which would have stripped Interior of its management responsibility for MMS and made it an independent agency.
Issa, the top Republican on the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, has led a probe of mismanagement and ethical lapses at the agency since 2006. The probe has focused on flawed oil and natural gas deepwater leases issued in 1998 and 1999, during the Clinton administration, and continued through the Bush administration.
In September, 2008, the department's inspector general uncovered a scandal in MMS's Denver office in which employees consumed drugs and engaged in sexual activities with oil industry officials whom they regulated.
On Tuesday, Issa called Salazar's proposal "a first step in what must be a comprehensive effort that will address the entirety of the bureaucratic breakdown at Interior..."

http://views.washingtonpost.com/climate-chang...
Cowboy Up

Albuquerque, NM

#115 May 11, 2010
Dennis S Apopka Fl wrote:
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Because one of them is an Industrial Accident...although a disaster of one....and the other is a Natural Disaster....mother nature.
Of which GWB would not have responded to a industrial accident either. Seems you would draw on comparisons of equal value to build your conspiracies from.
Problem with your theory...We have Federal Spill Response laws in place since 1993. A result of the Valdez disaster. Obama should have pulled the trigger immediately... Hello...an offshore rig blows. I will disagree with you on GW not responding...Coming from Texas and knowledge of the Gulf and oil industry...He would have taken this very seriously.
pappy

Dallas, TX

#118 May 13, 2010
wELL FOLKS tRANS oCEAN HAS LAWYERED UP AND NOW HAS LOBBIED UP EVEN MORE. oN mAY THE 10 T.O. hired Bill Brewster , former Oklahoma Dem. Rep to lobby for TRANS Ocean.
pappy

Dallas, TX

#119 May 13, 2010
tODAY sENATOR mURKOWSKI, Republican Senator of Alaska stopped avote in the SENATE to change the liability of oil companies from the limited 75 million to 10 billion liability. So I guess the goverment will be picking up the rest of those cleanup from the oil spill-- that means we, the tax payers, will be paying the rest of BPs cost to clean p their oil spill. And what happened to the capitalist responsibility. Did they not take the profit home to BPs vaults. Is this not wall street bail out all over agin.27
Lucretia

North Ridgeville, OH

#120 May 14, 2010
pappy wrote:
tODAY sENATOR mURKOWSKI, Republican Senator of Alaska stopped avote in the SENATE to change the liability of oil companies from the limited 75 million to 10 billion liability. So I guess the goverment will be picking up the rest of those cleanup from the oil spill-- that means we, the tax payers, will be paying the rest of BPs cost to clean p their oil spill. And what happened to the capitalist responsibility. Did they not take the profit home to BPs vaults. Is this not wall street bail out all over agin.27
Isn't that just what we would expect from Republicans who have been
funded by the Oil and Gas lobbies for years.

Again, they will protect the interests of oil and corporations over the interests of America's families. Expecially now that the Right-leaning supreme court has ruled that corporations can make unlimited donations to political campaigns - without revealing who they are.

The rules that limit B-P's financial responsibility in compensation to all those individuals and small businesses negatively impacted by the Gulf spill were written by oil-drilling republicans for oil-drilling republicans.

Thank George H.W. Bush for this: OPA Overview
The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2701-2761) amended the Clean Water Act and addressed the wide range of problems associated with preventing, responding to, and paying for oil pollution incidents in navigable waters of the United States. It created a comprehensive prevention, response, liability, and compensation regime to deal with vessel- and facility-caused oil pollution to U.S. navigable waters.

Thank Dick Cheney & George W. Bush for this:
Title I of OPA
Title I of OPA established new and higher liability limits for oil spills, with commensurate changes to financial responsibility requirements. It substantially broadened the scope of damages, including natural resource damages (NRDs), for which polluters are liable. It also authorized the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (OSLTF) up to $1 billion to pay for expeditious oil removal and uncompensated damages.(The Energy Policy Act of 2005 later raised the limit of the Fund to $2.7 billion; and the Delaware River Protection Act of 2006, title VI of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2006, increased the limits of liability.)

http://www.uscg.mil/npfc/About_NPFC/opa.asp#n...
Wealthy Oilman

Wake Forest, NC

#121 May 15, 2010
Slick getting bigger. The blue waters looking more and more like an illegal. I hope it ravages the Mexican shore.
Undertow

Englewood, CO

#122 May 15, 2010
Are we sure Bush didnt steer a hurricane into the rig and cause the explosion. I mean he does have this kinda power right? Didn't he steer Katrina into New Orleans on purpose?
Lucretia

North Ridgeville, OH

#123 May 15, 2010
Wealthy Oilman wrote:
Slick getting bigger. The blue waters looking more and more like an illegal. I hope it ravages the Mexican shore.
Could you have possibly come up with a more racist and hateful statement? Probably. But what you said is enough to show that your support irresponsible corporations that you claim made you money and you want your greed to harm others.

You are a prime representative of the "Ugly American".

Since: Jan 07

Location hidden

#124 May 16, 2010
Wealthy Oilman wrote:
Slick getting bigger. The blue waters looking more and more like an illegal. I hope it ravages the Mexican shore.
1) you make me proud to be a liberal
2) you probably claim to be Xtain, in which case, I am proud to be atheist.
3) you need to take you anti-bigot meds

Remember who was on THIS land first.... not you ... unless you are a Native People.(That means "Indians" to uncaring bigots)

Since: Aug 08

Apopka, Fl

#126 May 16, 2010
Cowboy Up wrote:
<quoted text>Problem with your theory...We have Federal Spill Response laws in place since 1993. A result of the Valdez disaster. Obama should have pulled the trigger immediately... Hello...an offshore rig blows. I will disagree with you on GW not responding...Coming from Texas and knowledge of the Gulf and oil industry...He would have taken this very seriously.
Cowboy....How does a Federal Spill Response law play into an open well 48 miles off the coastline?

Is a broken well head/pipe classified as a containment vessel....such as a bucket, barrel, tractor trailer, or oil barge/ship?

Or is it actually classified as a "spill" when it hits our shoreline, beaches or coast?

I am quite sure you are correct on your assumption of GW....beings how Halliburton has taken "NO" ownership in this industrial accident. And GW has been all over the news seen fixing this mess.

Since: Aug 08

Apopka, Fl

#127 May 16, 2010
Cowboy Up wrote:
<quoted text>Problem with your theory...We have Federal Spill Response laws in place since 1993. A result of the Valdez disaster. Obama should have pulled the trigger immediately... Hello...an offshore rig blows. I will disagree with you on GW not responding...Coming from Texas and knowledge of the Gulf and oil industry...He would have taken this very seriously.
Oh yeah Cowboy, as for theory....my assumption of what is going on out there, is we are holding up the experts by "theorizing" rather than making them go stop the "F***ing" thing.

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