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In a move that has shocked and dumbfounded political observers in equal measure, Obama said yesterday the “Department of Interior has announced that they will be sending SWAT teams to the Gulf to inspect all platforms and rigs.”
It's A Drill! SONS 2010
On March 24 and 25, staff from NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) participated in the 2010 Spill of National Significance (SONS) full-scale exercise. SONS 2010 took place in Portland, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; and in Washington, D.C.
A SONS is defined in 40 CFR 300.5 as, "a spill that, due to its severity, size, location, actual or potential impact on the public health and welfare or the environment, or the necessary response effort, is so complex that it requires extraordinary coordination of federal, state, local, and responsible party resources to contain and clean up the discharge." This SONS exercise was intended to implement the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and test oil spill response plans at the local Unified Command (UC), Area Command, and National Incident Command (NIC) response organizations in accordance with the National Contingency Plan (NCP) and National Response Framework.
SONS 2010 featured a collision between two vessels (a car carrier and an oil tanker) approximately 16 miles off the coast in the Gulf of Maine. The collision occurred during a particularly strong winter storm with sub-freezing temperatures and restricted visibility. It resulted in a major coastal oil spill that exercised numerous other economic, environmental, and political challenges designed to stress all levels of the response organization. The oil spill exercise affected several states in the New England area, including Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
NOAA's Role in SONS 2010
NOAA OR&R has over three decades of experience in supporting the U.S. Coast Guard and other response agencies with scientific coordination during exercises and real events. This support includes expertise in
predicting the fate and behavior of spilled pollutants;
identifying resources at risk;
conducting environmental chemistry;
assessing chemical hazards;
recommending cleanup strategies and priorities;
managing response information;
developing and implementing monitoring plans;
coordinating with other Federal, State and local agencies, as well as industry, on science-related issues;
coordinating Natural Resource Trustee issues.
As part of the SONS 2010 exercise, OR&R field-tested a newly developed situational awareness tool, ERMA®. The Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA) is a web-based open source mapping tool designed to capture and share geographic information used in science decision-making, both on-scene and remotely.
A blowout preventer (BOP) is a large valve that can seal off at the surface wellhead a well being drilled or worked over. During drilling or well interventions, the valve may be closed if overpressure from an underground zone causes formation fluids such as oil or natural gas to enter the wellbore and threaten the rig. By closing this valve (usually operated remotely via hydraulic actuators), the drilling crew can prevent explosive pressure release, thus regaining control of the downhole pressure. Once this is accomplished, often the drilling mud density within the hole can be increased until adequate fluid pressure is being placed on the influx zone, and the BOP can be opened for operations to resume. The invention and use of BOPs were instrumental in the end of oil gushers, which were dangerous and costly.
Originally posted by endisnighe
reply to post by SWCCFAN
Well, that is what I am kind of getting at. Why would they send a Canadian Company to a clean up in the Gulf?
Does not make sense for the explanation that people have come up with.
Originally posted by 911stinks
Good thread. Now they are deploying 6000 troops. For what? Martial law?
Originally posted by Unplugged
This entire disaster and the additional oil rig incident happening after it stink. Im not convinced it is all a bunch of accidents happening.
Federal regulators sent a SWAT team of inspectors into the Gulf of Mexico area to ensure compliance with safety rules on deep water drilling rigs.
Looks like this could be Obama's Katrina.
Maybe we should just call it “Katrina-slick-gate”
Pundits have been waiting for ”Obama’s Katrina” almost since he took office in 2009.
This week, the White House is facing critics who say that a massive BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico deserves the title. The White House dismissed the thought, and denied it was slow to respond to the spill, which took place after an explosion on a drilling platform that left 11 workers missing and presumed dead.