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#41 BioTron

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 02:47 PM

Just imagine what would happen if a hurricane similar to Katrina came through the gulf right now...

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 03:44 PM

This is incredibly bad on all levels.

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Who knows how much oil will pour out of that well.

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 03:58 PM

Just imagine what would happen if a hurricane similar to Katrina came through the gulf right now...

Actually the news people were saying that a hurricane would help disperse the oil

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 04:03 PM

Fishing halted as Gulf oil slick threatens catastrophe

(Reuters) - The United States suspended fishing across a wide swath of its Gulf of Mexico waters on Sunday as a spreading oil slick gushing from a ruptured undersea well threatened an environmental catastrophe.

http://www.reuters.c...121519420100502

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 04:05 PM

Spill probe puts Halliburton in spotlight

LOS ANGELES — Investigators delving into the causes of the massive Gulf oil spill are examining the role of Houston-based Halliburton Co., the giant energy services company that was responsible for cementing the deepwater drill hole, as well as the possible failure of equipment leased to British Petroleum.


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Posted 02 May 2010 - 04:28 PM

This part is scary:

Louisiana State University Professor Ed Overton, who heads a federal chemical hazard assessment team for oil spills, worries about a total collapse of the pipe inserted into the well. If that happens, there would be no warning and the resulting gusher could be even more devastating because regulating flow would then be impossible.

"When these things go, they go kaboom," he said. "If this thing does collapse, we've got a big, big blow."


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Posted 02 May 2010 - 04:47 PM

Actually the news people were saying that a hurricane would help disperse the oil

That's interesting, wonder where they are getting the info from that such an event would help rather than make the problem even worse? I'm not saying I know, but I don't think they do either.

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 09:27 PM

A massive storm that forced mixing of deep water and surface water could be hugely helpful in avoiding terminal landfall affects/effects of the slick. Anything that acts to dillute, at this point, must be looked at as a force of "good."

A huge hurricane kicking up Flordia's western coast and crashing straight into New Orleans would actually be not just a good thing at this point - it would be a desirable thing. The more water the ocean naturally churns into this slick , the better off we all are. Nothing is going to get rid of it. The very best we can hope for is massive dillution.

The best we can hope for is nature mitigating the effects by dilluting the slick.

The worst we can hope for is the secondary well (and the tertiary well that follows it) failing completely to cut off the dump of tarry crude into the Gulf of Mexico.

Personally, I'm just about ready to stop cutting odds and start taking bets that we will have landfall of this spill in North Carolina by December. I am being offered odds on that eventuality which are damned hard to ignore.

I have begun to genuinely believe that we will only truly understand the cost of this spill 20+ years from now. I have begun to be genuinely and desperately concerned about this particular turn of events.

I am, actually, worried. That don't happen too often...
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Posted 03 May 2010 - 02:01 PM

Fishing halted as Gulf oil slick threatens catastrophe

(Reuters) - The United States suspended fishing across a wide swath of its Gulf of Mexico waters on Sunday as a spreading oil slick gushing from a ruptured undersea well threatened an environmental catastrophe.

http://www.reuters.c...121519420100502


A person on the news said that this could cripple the offshore fishing industry in Louisiana for 10 years. :( :( :(

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 09:19 AM

Holy fucking shit! With companies like this having soooooo much more power than they deserve the world is going to have a very hard time staying intact.

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#51 kocos

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 10:00 AM

Yeah... thats just sad!

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 10:37 AM

There is another thread about this that I went off on this topic, because it is truly sickening to what is happening to our ecosystem. :horse:

Drill Baby Drill freaking morons this is what you get when you have all these rigs. Only more accidents will happen, more people will die, more pollution, more death to mammals and fish!

That's what hurts the most the small ecosystems that will never recover. Species of birds that were just taken off the endangered species list will be put back on. My heart cry's because I feel so helpless.

I know we have a no politics rule, but I hope Obama wakes up and smells the coffee! This will not work! There was a 60 year moratorium on drilling on the East coast for a reason!

I do not get what he is trying to do when every scientist agrees we only have enough oil to last for about 12 years tops. That's the high estimate as well.

No, do I think we should be buying oil from countries that do not like us? The simple answer is no, but it is way more complicated than that. People are cool when it's not in their back yard. Switch the scenario, I think people wouldn't be so down with having a oil rig out in the ocean where they take their kids to play.

So yes, I am very upset what else is there for me to go on about? I talk the talk my house is solar, I recycle, I do the best I can to not leave a carbon foot print. Yet, until we start making the big changes the ones people don't like we won't get anywhere.

Good sobering read! I love GreenPeace they rock :headbang:

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 11:42 AM

I'm going to merge this with the other thread.

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 03:23 PM

So is this true that MYC could help? Stamets said in his TED talk that one species of MYC can clean up oil spills if done correctly. I mean, it'd be on a huge scale, but it may be the Gulf Coast's only chance! Anyone know anything about hydroponic oil eating MYC?

http://www.ted.com/t..._the_world.html

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 07:36 PM

How big is the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?

http://paulrademache...pill/#Manhattan (uses google earth)


BP boss implies oil slick is nothing more than a drop in the ocean

BP’s beleaguered boss risked international outrage last night by implying that the millions of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico were nothing more than a drop in the ocean.


http://www.dailymail...o=feeds-newsxml

#56 Jordan86

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 10:31 PM

Let's dump his ass in the ocean, he'll be an even smaller drop.

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 06:04 AM

http://www.nytimes.c...s/14oil.html?hp

Certain scientists are criticizing the gov't and BP's calculations of the rate of spill, saying that it is probably much higher than the "5000 barrels a day" number which has been repeated ad nauseum in the press.

Also:

http://www.nytimes.c...4agency.html?hp

The federal Minerals Management Service gave many drilling permits, including the BP Deepwater Horizon rig, without legally required permits from agencies assessing the environmental risk. Scientists are saying that if their reports showed high risk to a habitat or species, their work was swept under the table and re-done by someone else.



And I saw another story where a regulating agency was giving waivers bypassing environmental assessment for NEW drilling projects already! Do they even care?

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 05:00 PM

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 05:37 PM

How we already wrecked the ocean.... And this is before the oil.

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 06:10 PM

It is sad to say, but G.W.Bush is right. We are addicted to oil. All of us. What would our current lifestyle be like without it?

We all know we would be healthier without it and would live a simpler life. But I don't know of a single person, including me, that would be willing to get rid of their cars, lawnmowers, planes and trains to name a few.

Without oil, the population would definately decrease. It seems now that it will affect us all in many ways and could, in the long run, devastate the population.

As long as the major corporations control the world, oil will be here until it runs out.

In a way, I wish oil had never been discovered.




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