Saturday, May 8, 2010

BP Oil Disaster Report Leaked: Series of failures led to rig blast
~Portions of the interviews, two written and one taped, were leaked to an Associated Press reporter by Dr. Robert Bea, a University of California Berkeley engineering professor who serves on a National Academy of Engineering panel on oil pipeline safety and worked for BP PLC as a risk assessment consultant during the 1990s. He received them from industry friends seeking his expert opinion.
The timeline described in the documents provides the most detailed account of what may have caused the April 20 blast that killed 11 workers and touched off the underwater gusher that has poured more than 3 million gallons of crude into the Gulf.

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BP Oil Disaster investigation centers on blowout preventer
~Cutoff valves like the one that failed to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster have repeatedly broken down at other wells in the years since federal regulators weakened testing requirements, according to an Associated Press investigation.

Joyous anticipation turns to tragedy~Gordon Jones was one of 11 men presumed killed in the April 20 explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, south of New Orleans.
And Keith Jones doesn’t want people to forget those men while the world focuses on the millions of gallons of oil leaking into Gulf waters weeks after the tragic accident. “I’m an environmentalist, and I am very upset that so much oil threatens the coastlines of Louisiana and other Gulf states,” the grieving father said.
“But eventually, the coastline and beaches will be clean. The shrimp, oysters, crabs and fish will return. And I am certain that (well owner) BP will be forced to fairly compensate those who will lose, for a time, their livelihoods,” Jones added.
“In other words, Louisiana will come back from this oil spill.
But Gordon will never come back, and neither will the other 10 men who died with him.

~A pod of Bottle Nose dolphins swim through the oily water of Chandeleur Sound on Thur. May 6. Photo: Alex Brandon/AP
~Employers can post any oil leak-related job openings for free through the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s online service.

Wounded Bird
A dead bird floats in oily water in Breton Sound about 10 miles southeast of Breton Island on Thur. May 6.

Audubon Nature Institute Stands Ready to Rehabilitate Marine Life Impacted by the Spill
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BP Oil Disaster could devastate U.S. Gulf Coast oyster reefs
~The lowly oyster, a tasty delicacy to seafood lovers but a curiosity to more squeamish diners, is also the backbone of marine life along the U.S. Gulf Coast and among the most vulnerable creatures now threatened by a giant oil spill.

Oil-containment effort's success hard to gauge ~Rick Jervis

NWF Video of what it's like to be in the oil~Too bad they don't allow embedding.

A Hymn for Nature in Peril on the Gulf Seashore
~Georgianne Nienaber

~Louisiana Governor's Office
~Editilla Notellas~ We have decided to rely more on data from the Louisiana Governor's Office, because the NOAA data, alone, seems to have become Incomplete, Untimely, and slanted toward BP Public Relations. Just go check out their cutsy Unified Command website punkishly titled Deepwater Horizon Response. Try the phone numbers. Take a seat.
Go to the NOAA website, try to find updated Satellite imagery.
We don't have time for this kind of "Government Oversight".
I've picked on him, called him names, didn't vote for him... but our Governor Bobby Jindal is On The Ground Kicking Ass.

Officials prepare as oil menaces Port Fourchon, Grand Isle, La.

Oil-cleanup training set to begin today in Houma

Oil spill cleanup training set for next week in Slidell, La

BP Oil Spill poses potential human health risks

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