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The lethal threat of methane in the Gulf (via Coreys Views)

This oil spill gets worse all the time…

SOURCE: News From Underground Gulf oil full of methane, adding new concerns By MATTHEW BROWN and RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI (AP) – 3 days ago NEW ORLEANS — It is an overlooked danger in the oil spill crisis: The crude gushing from the well contains vast amounts of natural gas that could pose a serious threat to the Gulf of Mexico’s fragile ecosystem. The oil emanating from the seafloor contains about 40 percent methane, compared with about 5 percent f … Read More

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What if BP knew what would happen with Deepwater Horizon well before it did?

Karen Dalton Beninato has written an amazing piece at NewOrleans.com backed up by an actual BP document. See if you can read this without wanting to put these guys away for a long time.

This is the starting clip… go in and read the whole thing:

clipped from www.neworleans.com


BP’s Spill Plan: What they knew and when they knew it

NEW ORLEANS | I have obtained a copy of the almost-600-page BP Regional Oil Spill Response Plan for the Gulf of Mexico as of June, 2009, thanks to an insider.
The name of the well has been redacted, but if it’s not Deepwater Horizon, then there’s another rig still out there pumping oil and aimed at Plaquemines Parish.
For crowdsourcing here’s the link, but it’s 29 mb so make sure you have the room to download:
http://www.neworleans.com/images/media/BP_Regional_OSRP_Redactedv2.pdf
1) In the worst case discharge scenario (on chart below), an oil leak was expected to come ashore with highest probability in Plaquemines Parish within 30 days (see map above from the Advance Response Plan). This makes it clear that BP could have stored adequate boom there before a rig failure like the Deepwater Horizon, and workers could have been mobilized to apply the boom in the 30 days that the response plan predicted oil would hit our wetlands.

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Oil Spill has Reached the Louisiana Coast

The spill in the Gulf is now expected to be bigger than the Exxon Valdez disaster. The current expectation according to the EPA is 5000 barrels a day leaking from the  destroyed well. Sky Truth, an organization which has been providing the aerial images, thinks it is closer to 6000 barrels a day leaking (if you want to figure out how much oil that is, 1000 barrels equals 42,000 gallons).

British Petroleum, the responsible party here, is not yet able to stop the leak and has not determined what cause the original explosion from which 11 men are still missing.

Henry Waxman, whose Congressional committee is responsible for offshore drilling, is calling for more information and this could get in the way of the decision which President Obama made a short time ago to get back into offshore drilling.

Whatever the case, the spill has overwhelmed current methods of control.