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Oil comes ashore on Louisiana Beaches…..

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It will get REAL sideways from this point….

The abstract concept of the BP Gulf oil leak will now feed the media with fresh evidence….

The people of the Gulf Sates are about to undergo another economic hardship……


“We knew it was coming,” said PJ Hahn, Plaquemines Parish’s Coastal Zone Manager. Mr. Hahn saw the crude first-hand on Wednesday in the sensitive Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area.

“It was just thick, gooey oil in pools all up against the marsh,” he said. The marshes, which teem with wildlife, help keep erosion at bay, and if they’re damaged by the crude, officials fear that even more of Louisiana’s rapidly disappearing coastline would melt away into the Gulf.

“We haven’t seen the worst of it,” said Billy Nungesser, president of Plaquemines Parish, the area where the Mississippi empties into the gulf and the bulk of the beached oil has been found.

The arrival of tides bearing crude, one month after the spill began, underscores the heavy and unprecedented environmental toll the Deepwater Horizon incident could have in a region that has long been familiar with oil and gas production. The Macondo deepwater well, which Transocean Ltd. was drilling for London-based BP PLC, is still gushing crude into the Gulf. BP said Thursday that an effort to siphon the crude directly from a damaged drilling pipe into a ship on the surface is capturing about 3,000 barrels a day of oil. The company is working on a plan to inject heavy drilling fluids into the well to shut down the leak.

Also, more questions are being raised about whether the chemical being used by BP to break up the oil is more toxic than some other alternatives.

In an effort to stave off damage until a solution could be found, BP hired local fishermen to lay plastic piping, known as “boom,” in spots along the Gulf coast. BP and federal officials have acknowledged that they don’t have enough boom to wall off the entire coastline, a jagged jumble of inlets, islands and bays. So they are playing triage, deciding which areas are the most important to block off as winds and currents constantly shift.

More….

Note…This could turn into a Katrina repeat…….it is become evident that this situation is just too big for BP to handle on its own….The Dog believes that in the end ….as usuall…the Federal Government will be drawn in to assume control of the situation…..

“This thing is not organized,” Mr. Nungesser* said of the cleanup effort. “They’re trying,” he said of BP officials, but “every day it keeps getting worse.” BP officials were not immediately available for comment.

Until recently, government officials fighting the spill were expressing optimism. Spraying chemicals on the oil to break it up, collecting the oil with machines known as skimmers, and burning parts of the slick were containing the spill offshore, Benjamin Cooper, a Coast Guard commander helping lead the oil-spill response, told a gathering of shrimpers in south Louisiana on May 13.

“It’s not the worst-case scenario we could have imagined,” he said. “That’s because of the efforts offshore,”

But now, the arrival of waves of thick oil is sparking a new round of criticism that BP and the government haven’t properly deployed even the limited amount of boom that they have.

Rough weather over the past few days has broken up much of the boom that has been laid on the water, making it ineffective in blocking incoming oil, Mr.Nungesser said. “They have probably deployed the same boom ten times. It ends up on the beach,” he said of BP and its contractors.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has endorsed a plan by Plaquemines Parish to do the boom one better. The idea is to dredge and spray area sand onto the top of barrier islands that now sit just below the surface of the gulf. Proponents say whatever oil washed up onto those beaches would be easier to clean up than oil that nestled in the marshes.

Mr. Nungesser said he believed the buildup of the barrier islands could be finished in 10 days if federal officials granted the necessary approvals. But the plan has been the subject of debate for some two weeks. Some environmental groups have expressed concerns that building up the islands would divert the natural flow of water along the coastline, potentially causing long-term environmental damage. They point to the way that Louisiana’s decades-old levee system has contributed to erosion……..

*President of Plaquemines Parish, the area where the Mississippi empties into the gulf and the bulk of the beached oil has been found.

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9 Comments »

  1. Only one thing to say about this

    Drill
    Dril
    DRILL!

    Where you at Manila?

    Hell without this “offshore drilling” gas prices would likely increase by 2 or 3 cents a gallon!

    Almost enough to call for another tax cut!

    While we “balance the budget” of course

    Tea partiers unite!

    Sarah Palin forever!

    Yiheeeeeee!

    Comment by My Name Is jack | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. Around my way…Gas prices are actually dropping be a few cents from their high point about a week ago….

    Listen guys…they ain’t gonna stop pumping gas out of the Gulf…

    I don’t hear anything about any wells stopping….

    The top liability I think is $75 M…that’s what you have insurance companies for….BP IS losing revenue to the Gulf though……

    Probably have to change the company name after this……

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  3. Among the sillier things about all this

    Is a recent poll where about 30% of the respondents said this fiasco made them even MORE supportive of offshore drilling

    Weird but very Republican!

    Comment by My Name Is jack | May 20, 2010 | Reply

    • No Jack it really isn’t silly….

      Most people vote with their posketbock….

      They understand….. very much so….. that no drilling means higher gas prices…

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  4. This can’t be. Rush Limbaugh assured everyone the other day that the ocean can just absorb the oil. Hell I’m surprised he didn’t say BP and Halliburton (yep, they’re baaack) only messed up on this because the mean ole government regualted and taxed them too much. Or maybe he already did. Wouldn’t put anything past that big ball of slime.

    Comment by Scott P | May 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Ha, ha, ha, he, he, he…..

      I can’t stop laughing!

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  5. While watching the latest news about the BP Oil spill, a frightening thought came to mind: what if we can’t stop the oil? I mean, what happens if after all the measures to cap the pipe fail, (i.e., “Top Hat”, “Small Hat” and “Top Kill”). What then? An accident this problematic is new territory for BP. The oil pipeline is nearly a mile down on the ocean floor, accessible only by robots. Add on top of that the extreme pressure at which the oil is flowing out of the pipeline and there you have it: the perfect storm.

    Moreover, scientists also claim that they’ve found an enormous plume of oil floating just under the surface of the ocean measuring approximately 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick. (I’m no math genius, but I bet one of you reading this could figure out just how many barrels of oil that is…)

    There are new estimates that the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico is anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 barrels of oil a day: that’s a far cry from BP’s estimated 5,000 barrels a day. If BP’s estimates are correct, the total amount of oil now in the Gulf would be approximately 150,000 barrels (or 6,300,000 gallons). That’s barely enough to fill 286 swimming pools: sixteen feet, by thirty-two feet, by eight and a half feet deep. That wouldn’t cover an area the size of New York City, let alone an area the size of Delaware. Obviously, the spill is much larger than we are being led to believe. If the leak can’t be stopped, in a year’s time, we’ll have roughly 18,250,000 barrels of oil (or 766,500,000 gallons) in our oceans, killing our marine and animal wildlife. Such a calamity would be environmentally and economically disastrous. Pray that BP and our government work fast to end this catastrophe.

    http://www.calculateme.com/Volume/Barrels(Petroleum)/ToGallons.htm

    http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/2010/05/17/latest-news-from-the-oil-spill-in-the-gulf-of-mexico-is-grim/

    http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/dailyloaf/2010/05/20/scientist-says-oil-spill-is-leaking-100000-barrels-of-oil-a-day-not-bps-estimate-of-5000/

    Comment by The Destructionist | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  6. They’ll stop it…..

    Too much money involved….

    But the Feds are gonna end up in this…

    You watch and see

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

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