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#1 greenie

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 07:33 PM

by Allen Johnson Allen Johnson – 2 hrs 12 mins ago
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – Robotic underwater vessels raced Monday to stave off an environmental disaster by stopping 42,000 gallons of oil a day from streaming into the Gulf of Mexico from a sunken rig.
A slick measuring 48 miles (77 kilometers) by 39 miles at its widest points has developed 30 miles off the ecologically fragile Louisiana coast since the rig sank last week following an explosion that apparently killed 11 workers.
British energy giant BP, which leases the stricken Deepwater Horizon platform, has been using four robotic submarines to try to fully activate the giant 450-tonne blowout preventer and shut off the flow of oil.
But BP officials suggest the unprecedented operation, which is being conducted remotely a mile down on the seabed, is a longshot and admit they may have to resort to drilling relief wells, a process that would take far longer.
"It is possible that it could take two to three months for a relief well to be drilled," Bill Salvin, a spokesman at the joint information center set up by BP and US-based platform contractor Transocean, told AFP.
Salvin also mentioned a "worst-case scenario" that would see recovery teams "lose total control of the well" and cause the oil to start leaking at a much quicker rate.
The spokesman told AFP it should be clear by Tuesday morning if the submersible robots have been able to activate the blowout preventer and keep an environmental disaster at bay.
"It has not been done before, but we have the world's best experts working to make it happen," said BP executive Doug Suttles.
However, Richard Metcalf, a mechanical engineer at the pro-industry Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association, was not optimistic, telling AFP: "Essentially, they're trying to put a cork in a bottle of champagne."
BP has also dispatched 17 skimming vessels to mop up the crude oil spilling from two leaks in the 1,500 foot riser that connected the rig to the wellhead, but those efforts have been hampered by thunderstorms and high seas.
The flotilla of skimmers, tugs, barges and other recovery vessels hoped to resume mop-up efforts on Monday, while teams reined in the use of dispersant chemicals due to the sighting of whales near the spill.
"The use of dispersants has been adjusted to avoid areas where whales have been spotted. Following adverse weather that went through the area, response crews are anticipated to resume skimming operations today," a statement said.
Officials said one of the undersea robots had sent back visual images of sunken tanks containing 700,000 barrels of diesel -- the first report of the "pontoons" that were stacked on the rig before the sinking.
"We have no evidence of diesel emanating from the pontoons at this time," said a spokeswoman for the joint information center.
Satellite images on Sunday showed the oil slick had spread by 50 percent in a day to cover an area of 600 square miles (1,550 square kilometers), though officials said it was mostly just a thin layer on the gulf's surface.
A government expert said the slick would not threaten Louisiana's ecologically fragile wetlands -- a paradise for rare waterfowl and other wildlife -- until Wednesday at the earliest.
"In the trajectory analysis we don't see any impact to any shoreline within the next three days," Charlie Henry, scientific coordinator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), told journalists.

While not being anywhere near the same scale yet, the disaster has the potential to be the worst of its kind in the United States since the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil tanker disaster.
That spill, considered one of the worst-ever manmade disasters, poured nearly 11 million gallons of crude into Alaska's Prince William Sound, devastating some 750 miles of its once pristine shores.
Meanwhile, there was still no news of 11 Deepwater Horizon crew members missing since Tuesday's spectacular blast which shot balls of flame into the night sky.
The US coast guard aborted a massive air and sea search for the missing workers on Friday.
Investigations are ongoing into the cause of the accident. BP officials have said they believe it was a blowout, caused when pressure control systems fail and oil shoots uncontrolled to the surface.


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Posted 26 April 2010 - 07:38 PM

Hair and mushrooms create a recipe for cleaning up oily beaches

http://articles.sfga...-mats-motor-oil


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Posted 26 April 2010 - 10:00 PM

That is terrible!!!!!

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 10:41 PM

Wow, I really hope that they can cork it and clean it before it reaches any shores. Poor Whales :(

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 06:14 AM

Yet another reason for h2o power systems. 2/3 of the earth is covered with potential fuel. If god exists, he seems to be a fairly generous fellow to give us so much fuel without having to dig an inch, not to mention the easy cleanup from a spill.
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Posted 27 April 2010 - 03:19 PM

Yet another reason for h2o power systems. 2/3 of the earth is covered with potential fuel. If god exists, he seems to be a fairly generous fellow to give us so much fuel without having to dig an inch, not to mention the easy cleanup from a spill.



only problem is water (H2O) is nonreactive, it is stable, it is NOT a fuel

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 04:01 PM

Why is the most profitable business on earth also the most polluting business on earth and allthewhile NOT paying reparations BIG-TIME when shit like this happens??

I mean, seriously, how can that be?? Seriously?? They pretend to at first, oh they cant believe it happened, they tell us not to worry, they'll take care of everything with their experts.

Bottom line -ALL politicians are bought and sold by the oil companies. I mean they are practically burning us out of house and home (earth) and we're not even asking them NOT to (Thankyou Sir, may I have another?).

Did anyone notice how they got out of paying for the Exxon Valdez disaster? There's a documentary about all the life lost, irrepairable ecological damage done, and lives destroyed in one fail swoop, and they got away with it. In fact, they're even MORE profitable this year then they were then.

Then the ecological disaster of the burning of oil wells in Iraq... And on and on. Seems obvious that the richest assholes on earth who are also responsible for these polluting harms against our kids' futures should clean up their own mess or else the PEOPLE should come down on them like a fucking sledge hammer!

Simple reparations would prevent future fuck ups, help those injured by present ones, provide incentive to move to a safer, cleaner, less destructive fuel... But that would make way too much sense for us I guess. We're retarded. Fuk.
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Posted 27 April 2010 - 04:49 PM

they will keep doing it till we (as a people) stop paying them to continue

problem is most people would rather pay the hidden costs to the enviroment and life in general than pony up now for clean technology

nothing will change till the people change
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Posted 27 April 2010 - 10:17 PM

As of tonight the news reported the oil spill to be 1800 sq miles. I think we could be seeing an unprecedented ecological disaster unfolding. This one could be worse than the Exxon spill. The Gulf is essentially landlocked, so the spill WILL come ashore somewhere. This is more of the reason we need to get off the oil teat--foreign OR domestic.

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 01:57 AM

fucking terrible...
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Posted 28 April 2010 - 02:19 AM

they will keep doing it till we (as a people) stop paying them to continue

problem is most people would rather pay the hidden costs to the enviroment and life in general than pony up now for clean technology

nothing will change till the people change



why i grow a big chunk of my own food, and bicycle everywhere, even cross country.

don't drive, or go electric. grow at least some of your own food, encourage others to do the same. bribing into biking and gardening with beer and/or grass works well. get out there and teach those men to fish.

the oil companys will keep killing the earth as long as there are those who pay to make the destruction possible.
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Posted 28 April 2010 - 04:32 PM

Would it be an inappropriate time to suggest that opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the oil companies is maybe not the best of all possible ideas?

"Drill, baby, drill."

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 08:40 PM

only problem is water (H2O) is nonreactive, it is stable, it is NOT a fuel


True but it contains the two most perfectly mated elements. It seems to me, there is no need to wish for a better fuel, we swim in it and drink it every day. I would wager there are efficient prototype systems that are being kept from the public eye. I personally witnessed a primitive system that separated the hydrogen and oxygen. It was made in my workshop by some friends. When a flame was introduced to the exhaust, explosions occurred. A flow regulator will allow for a more controlled burn and usable fuel. Water becomes hydrogen and oxygen and they become water. The most perfect scenario one could ever ask for is right in front of us.

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 08:57 PM

Would it be an inappropriate time to suggest that opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the oil companies is maybe not the best of all possible ideas?


You Betcha :D

This upsets me terribly the wild life and ecosystem that will be destroyed is just heartbreaking. I hope Obama realizes that drilling might not be such a good idea.

I have solar electric and it is the best thing ever! I encourage anyone who can afford it to get it because, it will pay you back in the long term. Plus you are doing something good for the enviroment.

I hope we can burn off as much oil as possible! I wish there was something more I could do this is just beyond words to describe in terms of how bad this is.

Drill Baby Drill is a dangerous thing for the workers and our enviroment. I am very disappointed with Obama I expected better than this from him! Not a lousy attempt to appease the right who will probably filibuster the climate legislation anyway because there will not be enough drilling.

I hope they find a way to stop this leak fast! As a person who cares for our ecosystem I am very concerned!

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 01:58 AM

update: theres more than 5000 barrels an hour spillling now, 5x the companies estimate. slick stands at 45x100 miles square... yummy. sushi anyone?

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 05:41 AM

My word, how big is the friggin ship! I see it also has 700,000 gallons of diesel fuel that hasn't leaked yet. Lets hope that doesnt happen.

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 06:22 AM

They set it on fire.

http://news.oneindia...ulf-mexico.html

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 08:00 AM

I, for one, am raising my children with much more respect for the earth than I was raised with. Hopefully, in time, we can find a way to let mother earth to heal herself without her having to eliminate us to do it.
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Posted 29 April 2010 - 09:39 AM

I, for one, am raising my children with much more respect for the earth than I was raised with. Hopefully, in time, we can find a way to let mother earth to heal herself without her having to eliminate us to do it.


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Posted 29 April 2010 - 10:12 AM

The slick is less than 20 miles from the head of the Mississippi river. It is far worse and far larger than first believed.

The winds are shifting, rotating around a high pressure zone and pulling from the gulf almost due North.

The prediction is now landfall onto the Louisiana barrier islands sometime Friday night or Saturday morning.

My heart weeps for the watermen. So many of them are just clawing their way back to profitability after Katrina.




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