Posts Tagged ‘BP oil spill’

So … Has Anyone Seen the Oil That Spilled into the Gulf? Vanity Fair Upset?

July 29, 2010

Scientists and government officials are currently on the hunt for much of the oil that leaked into the Gulf of Mexico, reports The Washington Post. While experts remain positive that the oil is still in the Gulf—“That stuff’s somewhere,” a researcher hypothesized to the paper—most of it is AWOL. According to the Post, “[u]p to 4 million barrels (167 million gallons), the vast majority of the spill, remains unaccounted for in government statistics. Some of it has, most likely, been cleaned up by nature. Other amounts may be gone from the water, but they could have taken on a second life as contaminants in the air, or in landfills around the Gulf Coast.”

Some believe that a portion of the oil was consumed by ocean-dwelling microbes. The tiny organisms, like humans, enjoy oil on their seafood. But the microbes can only do so much: scientists are also reporting that masses of oil have migrated miles away from the spill. Other researchers have observed small quantities of oil located within the bodies of the Gulf’s population of crabs. Crabs, unlike microbes, should not ingest oil. Still, of the 5.2 million barrels that likely leaked, we’ve only destroyed 1.2 million barrels worth of the stuff. The country will continue to restlessly search the land and seas for oil, which, really, is exactly what we’ve always done anyway.

Vanity Fair going crazy………

 

Now Feds Having Problems Finding Oil In the Gulf. Go Figure, Not Mother Nature, A Real DC Hero

July 27, 2010

For 86 days, oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s damaged well, dumping some 200 million gallons of crude into sensitive ecosystems. BP and the federal government have amassed an army to clean the oil up, but there’s one problem — they’re having trouble finding it.

At its peak last month, the oil slick was the size of Kansas, but it has been rapidly shrinking, now down to the size of New Hampshire.

Today, ABC News surveyed a marsh area and found none, and even on a flight out to the rig site Sunday with the Coast Guard, there was no oil to be seen.

Even the federal government admits that locating the oil has become a problem.

“It is becoming a very elusive bunch of oil for us to find,” said National Incident Cmdr. Thad Allen.

Still, it doesn’t mean that all the oil that gushed for weeks is gone. Thousands of small oil patches remain below the surface, but experts say an astonishing amount has disappeared, reabsorbed into the environment.

“[It’s] mother nature doing her job,” said Ed Overton, a professor of environmental studies at Louisiana State University.

Not Mother Nature…AquaMan…… Oil and AquaMan don’t mix… Hoping AquaMan attacks Moratorium Man. A Real DC Hero..

 

Oil Spill Czar Works With BP To Plug The Damn Well

June 15, 2010

In the lastest  attempt, the Oil Spill Czar, is working in concert with BP  to plug the flowing well. In a modified  junk shot, BP is attempting an Aqua Plug, to slow the flow  to cap the well. If successful the flow will stop, while BP pumps concrete, closing the well.

 BP states that we should know if the aquaplug  works sometime within the next 36-48 hours.

 

Obama Takes Ownership Of Oil Spill.Presidential Ass On the Hot Seat

June 1, 2010

By claiming ownership of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, President Barack Obama may stem criticism that he hasn’t been sufficiently engaged. Avoiding political fallout from what may become the nation’s worst environmental disaster will be more difficult.

“It really is a no-win situation,” said Democratic strategist Mike McCurry, who served as former President Bill Clinton’s spokesman. “The consequences environmentally could be dreadful and last for a long, long time.”

And while Obama vowed that BP Plc would “pay every dime they owe for the damage,” the consequences from an ecological catastrophe could also ripple through the economy.

In an hour-long White House news conference, Obama  defended his actions so far, saying he and his administration made the spill “our highest priority” immediately after BP’s oil rig caught on fire on April 20 and collapsed.

“I had my team in the Oval Office that first day,” Obama said. “Those who think that we were either slow on our response or lacked urgency don’t know the facts.”

Obama said it’s his job to “get this fixed,” adding, “I take responsibility.”

Presidential ass officially on the BP hot seat… wherever he goes..