Great thread. I am waiting for some independent estimates how much oil is actually being released. Those pics seem to indicate that the rate of flow greatly exceeds the official story. Add the large underwater plumes to the equation and I fear this is MUCH worse than reported.
I hope I am wrong.
Thanks for your response and others who are like-minded. This is not the kind of thread nor topic I would like to be posting on. But I sense that the campaign is on to hide this from the public as much as possible. I cannot sit still while this is happening.
[beginrant] please permit if it's off topic. But it's part of why I give a d@mn:
In my childhood, around 1967-69, I was lucky enough to be taken on fishing trips with my Dad and brother in the Louisiana bayous. Some of the best ones would be directly to the west of where the plume is hitting the delta on 5-16-10. The fishing was so good, I have never seen anything like it since. It was amazing to be a little kid, filling up a creel with fish, and going home to have them for dinner.
Then later on we moved to the Corpus Christi area ca. 1973-75. As a middle schooler, I was in heaven because we lived 1/2 block from the bay and we could fish whenever we wanted to. And that's what we did. It was paradise for a budding outdoorsman, so many fish...so little time.
Then we moved inland for various reasons, and by the time I was able to get employed as a young adult and have time to go fishing again to the Gulf coast, I could not believe how much things had changed. The catches were meager or non-existant. You could not get on fish without a high priced guide. This was soon after the Ixtoc spill in the Gulf of Campeche.
Can I prove direct cause-and-result? No. But after walking on beaches full of tarballs for 6-7 years afterwards, it was pretty clear in my and other friend's minds what had happened.
Some people posting on how this oil spill is a non-issue, have lots of money, and they go once or twice a year to exploit those areas of the world where things are still pristine. They don't care about the Gulf, cuz' po' folks and Katrina victims hang around there. But, they need to watch out, because those vacation spots are getting fewer and farther between.