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Oil Slick in Gulf of Mexico (Following Thread!)

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posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 05:26 PM
Are you tired to jump from thread to another concerning oil spill in Gulf of Mexico?

I think its time to open following thread for this huge disaster witch is growing hour after hour to historical level. My self, I am already tired to jump from thread to another to get latest news and analysis from what is happening - so I offer this thread, and asking for your help to give latest update from this alarming disaster.

I will thank everyone from latest opinions, news updates, video links and analysis - I open this thread from latest by Reuters:

Southern coast at risk from huge oil slick

A massive oil spill threatens to hit the southern U.S. coast with an environmental disaster, slap energy giant BP Plc with a huge cleanup bill and derail plans to open up more offshore drilling.

Thanks from support - together we can offer again fastest ATS news service in the world

[edit on 29-4-2010 by JanusFIN]

posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 05:37 PM
Health officials order air quality testing after fuel smell blankets metro area

The state departments of Health and Hospitals and Environmental Quality said the strong odor blanketing much of coastal Louisiana and the metro New Orleans area is "possibly" the result of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

US oil spill raises shipping fear

Major oil and grain shipping channels through the Gulf of Mexico are not being affected by the massive oil slick, officials said on Thursday amid concerns that it could disrupt operations in the region.

posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 05:54 PM
Gulf Oil Spill May Send Md. Seafood Prices Soaring

The massive Gulf Coast oil spill could have a devastating impact on the Maryland seafood industry. Weijia Jiang spoke with distributors in Jessup about the worst case scenario and what it means for you. A large part of the seafood industry's bread and butter is now threatened by oil.

La. gov declares emergency over Gulf oil spill

VENICE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency and the federal government sent in skimmers and booms Thursday as oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico oozed toward the fragile coastline.

Satellite imagery available of Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Massive oil spill spreading too fast to contain

The US government is scrambling to contain a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which is spreading faster than initially thought. Hundreds of kilometres of fragile coastline and a multi-billion-dollar fishing industry are now being threatened after a BP drilling platform exploded and then sank last week.

Oil Hurricane to Hit New Orleans

At 5,000 barrels per day, the leak from the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon is spreading at a rate that would surpass the amount of oil dumped by the Exxon Valdez in another 45 days. While the leak has not been plugged, BP and Transocean are trying to install an underwater dome to trap the oil near the sea floor from where it can then be funneled to the surface for collection.

[edit on 29-4-2010 by JanusFIN]

posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 06:10 PM
Gulf Coast oil spill moves closer to shore, threatens to eclipse even Exxon Valdez disaster

VENICE, La. (AP) - An oil spill that threatened to eclipse even the Exxon Valdez disaster spread out of control and drifted inexorably toward the Gulf Coast on Thursday as fishermen rushed to scoop up shrimp and crews spread floating barriers around marshes. The spill was both bigger and closer than imagined — five times larger than first estimated, with the leading edge just three miles from the Louisiana shore. Authorities said it could reach the Mississippi River delta by Thursday night.

Oil spill expected to hit U.S. coast soon

The oil spill is expected to begin moving into the Pass a L'Outre Wildlife Management Area at the mouth of the Mississippi River on Thursday, before coming ashore at Chandeleur Sound on Friday and Breton Sound on Saturday, Jindal said. The governor said southeast winds are expected in the area through Tuesday, combined with higher-than-normal tides. “Neither one of those are good factors for Louisiana’s coast,” he said.

Louisiana officials say odor in New Orleans may come from oil slick

The state departments of Health and Hospitals and Environmental Quality said the strong odor blanketing much of coastal Louisiana and the metro New Orleans area is "possibly" the result of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 06:34 PM
New leak discovered in oil rig disaster

Rear Admiral Mary Landry announced that currently 5,000 barrels per day are now spewing into the ocean 80kms off the coast of Louisiana. Additionally, Adm Landry said that a third leak has since been discovered on location.

Oil prices jump on weak dollar and easing Greek crisis

New York's main contract, light sweet crude for June, surged 1.95 dollars to 85.17 dollars a barrel. London's Brent North Sea crude for June delivery climbed 74 cents to 86.90 dollars per barrel.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Within Miles of Coast; White House Calls Spill Event of 'National Significance'

The Coast Guard said the floating oil slick was just 3 miles from land and 25 miles from the nearest populated area this afternoon. BP asked the U.S. Department of Defense for advanced imaging technology and other equipment to help contain the spill, which the Obama administration labeled earlier today as an event of "national significance."


posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 06:49 PM
Thanks for the thread, i think people might stick with the main one though.....anyway here's the latest press release from BP today....

BP MC252 Gulf Of Mexico Response Continues To Escalate On And Below Surface

Some interesting info in that release, how much they are keeping quiet about though i couldn't be sure. I'm certain they won't be releasing all the facts.

BP, as operator of the MC252 lease, continues to work around-the-clock on Transocean’s subsea equipment. Remotely-operated vehicles are monitoring the well and riser. Monitoring has detected an additional leak on the riser closer to the well. ROVs also continue to methodically work through procedures aimed at subsea activation of the blow-out preventer on the MC252 well.

So they've detected another leak, lets hope they get these sorted sooner than later.


[edit on 29/4/10 by CX]

posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 06:57 PM
Louisiana seeks 6,000 troops for oil spill cleanup

HOUSTON, April 29 (Reuters) - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Thursday asked the U.S. Defense Department for funds to deploy up to 6,000 National Guard troops to clean up the damage from a massive Gulf of Mexico oil slick that is expected to hit the state's shoreline.

Oil spill causes state of emergency

St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis has declared a parishwide state of emergency as a precautionary measure concerning the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This declaration has been issued in preparation for any possible impact of oil along the coastline of St. Tammany.

Oil Spill Starts Hitting Louisiana Coast

Oil from the Gulf of Mexico offshore drill rig explosion has just started hitting sensitive areas of the Louisiana coast, according to a locally based citizen action group, the Gulf Action Network.

Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill Woes Cause BP Stock Prices To Fall

As if there wasn't enough bad news about BP to go around, shares of BP PLC had dropped sharply at the end of trading on Thursday to a closing price of $52.56 per share. This decrease represents an 8.3% drop and marks the worst day in the market for BP PLC since December 2008.

posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 07:01 PM
For easy access to all the ones that are already going to reference:

Louisiana Oil Spill Now the Size of Rhode Island and Headed For Shore

Was The Oil Spill A False Flag??????

Can Massive Oil Spill Cause Huge Landslides, Earthquake - Tsunami?

BP (British Petroleum) Oil Spill In Gulf Now Up To 200,000 Gallons A Day

At least 12 missing after blast on oil rig in Gulf

Oil rig sunk in Gulf, Major disaster looms...Obama's offshore drilling?

Pics of the Oil Spill off the Louisiana Coast

If I missed any, members please send me a u2u letting me know. It is quite possible with how fast Recent Posts moves these days (
) that I missed some, or perhaps they moved back that quickly into the later pages of recent posts.

Edit to add another link.

[edit on 4/30/10 by niteboy82]

posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 07:13 PM
Oil spill puts Florida's tourism industry on edge

The massive oil spill spreading out in the Gulf of Mexico has Florida's tourism industry on edge. Hotel operators, bar owners and tour companies know just how quickly travelers from the United States and overseas change plans when news of a disaster breaks.

Oil spill puts coastal wildlife at risk

HOUMA — Oil hitting coastal areas in Louisiana now seems imminent, wildlife officials said Thursday, and a diversity of species along Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, as many as 400 different animals, could be impacted.

posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 07:19 PM
reply to post by JanusFIN

Good job on creating an all-in-one thread on this topic.

I found it interesting that Halliburton was assisting with the investigation.

Cameron International Corp, which supplied the blowout preventer for the rig, said on Thursday it was insured for $500 million of liability, if needed. Halliburton said it did a variety of work on the rig and was assisting with the investigation.

Shrimp fishermen in Louisiana filed a class-action lawsuit against BP, Transocean, Halliburton and Cameron late on Wednesday, accusing them of negligence. None of the companies had an immediate comment on the lawsuit.

I wonder how many other class-action lawsuits will follow this one?

posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 07:30 PM
reply to post by JWash

Rough times for BP corporation ahead - stocks down 8% and bill from this can ruin that company for real. 6000 soldiers, Navy, all departments... No company can handle those costs for long.

I am not sorry for firms - Oil Corporations are the reason why gold is black these days. Just sorry for peoples and nature in Gulf.

posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 07:40 PM
Really doesnt look good at all...

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is even worse than believed and as the government grows concerned that the rig's operator is ill-equipped to contain it, officials are offering a military response to try to avert a massive environmental disaster along the ecologically fragile U.S. coastline.

But time may be running out. Not only was a third leak discovered _ which government officials said is spewing five times as much oil into the water than originally estimated _ but it might be closer to shore than previously known, and could have oil washing up on shore by Friday.

At the same time, there appeared to be a rift developing between BP and the Coast Guard, which is overseeing the increasingly desperate operation to contain the spill and clean it up.

posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 07:47 PM
Ok, here goes, tongue in cheek.... Why don't we quickly get a national call out for people to work the oil spill, tell them we are paying $13.00 an hour wage's, and then when all the illegal aliens come to snap up those great paying job's, we just load em up, tell them they have to go out to an island to start the clean up, and send em right across the gulf, back to good ol home again, and bang problem solved..... just a thought

posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 07:50 PM
600-Plus Species at Risk From Deadly Gulf Oil Spill

With oil from a destroyed rig gushing into the Gulf of Mexico at an estimated rate of 210,000 gallons per day, the effects on wildlife will almost certainly be profound.

The April 20 explosion of a BP rig killed 11 people and eventually led to the platform's sinking about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast. But now the ensuing spill threatens 445 species of fish, 45 species of mammals, 32 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 134 species of birds, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries told AOL News. And when the massive oil slick makes landfall in Louisiana on Friday, it will hit 10 wildlife refuges or management areas, such as the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 07:52 PM
I just gotta laugh at 6000 troups for clean up--they would need 6,000,000 to even dent a slick this size. This is on line with the valdez spill, and maybe greater before its over.
We already have vast areas of the gulf that are dead zones, i expect there will be more after this. Spring is nesting times for birds o the gulf , this will not be good since they will not leave these areas
Most of us are to blame since we fail to demand safe energy from our governments, we fail to stop the attack on our world concerning polution.
In the bible it says that god HAS to come or we woud destroy the whole world if he let us go on. Interesting and comming true on so many levels.
I dont expect british petroleum to pay , after all the natives and fishermen in alaska never were ully compansated.
One step closer to the end, how many more are left??

posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 01:03 AM
Congress Calls Five Biggest Oil CEOs To Testify

The CEO’s of the nation’s top five oil companies have been asked to testify before a House committee to address concerns caused by the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a release sent out by the committee chairman Thursday.

This couldn't have happened at a worse time or a worse place

The gigantic slick is likely to hit marine and coastal wildlife at the height of the breeding season, said Aaron Viles, the campaign director of the New Orleans-based Gulf Restoration Network. "We are very concerned, especially if you look at it in terms of sensitive and threatened species," Mr Viles told The Independent. "BP's oil drilling disaster couldn't have happened at a worse spot at a worse time of the year."

It’s not just the oil slick

Louisiana oil spill: slick reaches US coast

Oil from a leaking underwater well in the Gulf of Mexico has started washing ashore in the southern US state of Louisiana, amid fears that the slick could become the worst environmental disaster in the country's history.

Environmental experts describe worst secnario

The Gulf Restoration Network is worried the oil spill that could push ashore as early as this weekend is a “worst-case scenario” for the environment. Biologists with USM’s Gulf Coast Research Lab took samples Thursday so they will have something to compare as the spill moves closer. The Audubon Society and the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies were lining up workers and volunteers willing to be trained to handle oil-related animal injuries.

Major oil spill washes up on coast

The major oil spill off the coast of America has started washing up on the shore of Louisiana, it's been warned. This will seriously threaten wildlife in the area, including shrimps and oysters.


posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 04:35 AM
Latest press release from the BP press page...

BP Steps Up Shoreline Protection Plans on US Gulf Coast

As for the sad news that this could take 3 months to sort out the leak, they confirm this in the press release...

By this weekend the Transocean Development Driller III is scheduled to spud a relief well intended to secure the existing well. Drilling of this well is expected to take two to three months.

Amidst the chaos regarding the spill and the response to it, my thoughts are with the 11 rig workers that are still missing.

Oil rig workers are one of those occupations we rarely give a thought about unless we work with them in any way. This just goes to show the dangerous situation they can be faced with at any moment.

My thoughts are with the families too.


posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 04:58 AM
Oil from Gulf of Mexico spill spotted at mouth of Mississippi

MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Faint fingers of oily sheen have reached the mouth of the Mississippi River, the vanguard of a gigantic spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The slick is making its way toward a delicate environment of birds, marine life and some of the nation's richest seafood grounds. By sunset yesterday, the oil had creeped into South Pass of the river and was lapping at the shoreline in long, thin lines.

Oil from massive Gulf spill reaching La. coast, could eclipse

VENICE, La. -- Fishermen rushed to scoop up shrimp and crews spread floating barriers around marshes as a faint glaze of oil started to wash ashore along the Gulf Coast from a sunken rig. The oil slick could become the nation's worst environmental disaster in decades, threatening hundreds of species of fish, birds and other wildlife along the Gulf Coast.

BP Faces True Cost Of US Oil Disaster

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is proving to be a economic nightmare for one of the UK's biggest companies. 04415622907?lpos=Business_First_Buisness_Article_Teaser_Region_1&lid=ARTICLE_15622907_BP%3A_Energy_Giants_Shares_Take_A_Battering_As_Gulf_Of_Mexico_Oi l_Slick_Becomes_State_Of_Emergency

'You just feel helpless'

VENICE, La. -- Looking out to sea, awaiting one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history, fourth-generation oyster farmer John Tesvich thought about the last major disaster to hit the Gulf Coast. "It's just like what we saw with Hurricane Katrina," said Tesvich, 53. "At first, it was just another storm, just like this was just another oil spill. But by the time they realize how bad it really is, it's too late.

BP shares are now oversold

Shares in BP are nearly one per cent lower again today after US president Barack Obama said the oil giant is ‘ultimately responsible’ for the cost and clean-up of the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico. Separately, shrimpers in Louisiana and Alabama have filed class-action lawsuits against BP after a fire on the Transocean rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 05:11 AM
As an employee in oil and gas, I can tell you that this won't be over soon.

For those of you that don't know, the riser is the pipeline that runs from the seabed to the rig, acting as a conduit for the wellfluid. The rig's job is to drill the hole and assemble the riser and subsea equipment etc...

The water depth is more than 1km. Fixing the riser is difficult, especially since the well is producing freely and that all they have is ROV's. ROV's have limited capabilites.

The first and best option would be for them to activate the SSIV's(Sub sea isolation valves) and other SDV's (Shutdown valves) in the well bore, to stop production in the hole.
These valves are operated through hydraulic and electric/electronic control lines called umbilicals. My guess is that these lines have been severed, or the subsea control equipment which sits on the seabed, is not functioning.
My guess is that is the issue here.

Their proposal to drill a relief well might work, but drilling takes time.
They will be burning millions per day on this.

posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 05:15 AM
Where is Haarp when we need it ! !
By artificiality shifting the plates they could possibly
close off the well.
(then we would know if Haarp actually works)

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