Global Sea Ice Extent

September 17th Data:

Arctic Sea Ice: 1.2 Million km

Antarctic Sea Ice: 1.5 million km

Net Global Sea Ice Deviation: 0.3 million km

Oil rig sinks in Gulf of Mexico NEW PICS PAGE 3

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The Coast Guard is saying an oil platform that suffered a massive explosion two days ago has sunk in the Gulf of Mexico.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Katherine McNamara said today that the Deepwater Horizon had gone under. The Coast Guard is still searching for 11 workers who went missing after the blast Tuesday.

The rig had been burning since the explosion. Supply vessels had been shooting water at it to try to control the flames and prevent the platform from sinking.

The rig is about twice the size of a football field. It is owned by Transocean, which is under contract to oil giant BP.

The rig was doing exploratory drilling about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana.

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299 comments to Oil rig sinks in Gulf of Mexico NEW PICS PAGE 3

  • Here is the video of the Soviets plugging the well.


    But I think in this country they are more interested in getting the oil than stopping the leak. Why can’t we do this? It obviously worked.

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    The main issue that I have with the oil spill is the fact that it didn?t have to happen?it was entirely avoidable on all accounts. New documents have recently been released showing that British Petroleum (BP) caused this spill by cutting corners at virtually every turn.

    Originally, BP estimated that approximately 1,000-3,000 barrels of oil were leaking into the Gulf of Mexico per day. These new documents show that BP ?already? had a rough estimate of the actual amount of oil being spilled and that number was NOT 1,000-3,000 barrels but rather 40,000-60,000 barrels per day which is very close to the estimate that physicists provided shortly after the explosions.

  • A 1″ hole at 2,000 psi will flow a thousand gallons per minute, or 35,000 barrels per day. Supposedly, the blowout preventor worked but failed to close all the way, leaving a very small hole. Could you imagine if that well was wide open?

    The idiots at BP decided to replace drilling mud with seawater to speed up drilling. This is the most incredulously stupid thing about this whole debacle. Water weighs about 1/2 as much as drilling mud. In an 18,000′ deep well column, this brilliant idea would have raised the well pressure by almost 10,000 PSI. What did they think was going to happen? If they were using the usual 7″ bore, they just increased the pressure to a force of 385,000 lbs at the top of the wellhead.


    I read something about that the pressure at the bottom of the well was much higher than expected. 29,000psi. So who knows what the actual pressure really is at the wellhead. It could be twice as high as what standard calculations assume. fluid flowing that fast literally cuts steel. These guys were absolutely and completely STUPID for even considering removing the drilling mud on a well that deep.

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    The plan to start choking off oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico was suddenly halted as government officials and BP said further analysis must be done Wednesday before critical tests could proceed.

    No explanation was given
    for the decision, and no date was set for when testing would begin on the new, tighter-fitting cap BP installed on the blown-out well Monday.

    In the meantime, oil continued spewing into the Gulf.…p_on_bi_ge/us_gulf_oil_spill

    W T F

  • Maybe the drilling isn’t working and they are going to nuke the well?

  • There is a fear that the pressures are so high that capping could cause the casing to fracture and spew oil through the bedrock. At which point they’ll be SOL and it will be uncontrollable. Not like it isn’t already.

    But they haven’t really said why the delay just yet. I guess we’ll see.

  • Looks like for now the leak in the Gulf of Mexico has been stopped.

  • oh cool – did the MILLIONS of Gallons go away ?

    no ?


  • Well seems they have caped it and that they are transvasing the oil into a giant boat.

    So the pipe is not close, it’s the oil that has been redirected.

    Am I wrong ?

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    Academic scientists are challenging the Obama administration’s assertion that most of BP’s oil is either gone or rapidly disappearing — citing, among other evidence, the discovery of an undersea “plume” of oil stretching more than 21 miles from the well site.

    News of the plume was announced Thursday afternoon by researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. In late June, they found an invisible cloud of oil droplets as tall as a 65-story building and more than a mile wide.

    Since then, they said, all that oil was unlikely to have been consumed by the gulf’s crop of hydrocarbon-eating microbes. These work quickly in the warm waters near the surface, but far more slowly in the cold, deep region where the plume was found.

    “Our data would predict that the plume would still be there now,” said Benjamin Van Mooy, a Woods Hole researcher.

    In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Woods Hole researchers declined to speculate about how their findings should alter the government’s official “budget” of what became of BP’s oil. Their inquiry, they said, was limited to finding the plume — and they had not determined how much of all the spilled oil it contained.

    Source Washington Post
    Source URL:…8/19/AR2010081904127_pf.html

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    A 22-mile-long invisible mist of oil is meandering far below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, where it will probably loiter for months or more, scientists reported Thursday in the first conclusive evidence of an underwater plume from the BP spill.

    The most worrisome part is the slow pace at which the oil is breaking down in the cold, 40-degree water, making it a long-lasting but unseen threat to vulnerable marine life, experts said.

    Earlier this month, top federal officials declared the oil in the spill was mostly “gone,” and it is gone in the sense you can’t see it. But the chemical ingredients of the oil persist more than a half-mile beneath the surface, researchers found.

    And the oil is degrading at one-tenth the pace at which it breaks down at the surface. That means “the plumes could stick around for quite a while,” said study co-author Ben Van Mooy of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, which led the research published online in the journal Science.

    Source Yahoo News
    Source URL:…/us_sci_gulf_oil_spill_plume

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    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the first time is breaking down the species of oiled birds collected – alive and dead – in the Gulf of Mexico since the April 20 BP well blowout.

    As of Tuesday, 4,676 birds had been collected; 3,634 of those were dead. Of the dead birds, 1,226 were visibly oiled.

    Of the dead birds, the largest numbers are laughing gulls (1,591), followed by brown pelicans (376) and northern gannets (182).
    Live birds are taken to rehabilitation centers in Hammond, Louisiana; Gulfport, Mississippi; Theodore, Alabama; and Pensacola, Florida.

    Once the birds are stabilized, they undergo several washings, feedings, and the collection of vital health information. They stay at the rehabilitation centers until their natural body oils are replenished and they are sufficiently recovered for release, the Fish and Wildlife Service said.

    Source CNN
    Source URL:…ildlife-service-says/?hpt=T2

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    Oil giant BP is investigating a new sheen in the Gulf of Mexico with a remote-controlled mini-sub but says there is no immediate indication it was the result of a new oil spill.

    BP said in a statement Thursday the sheen was found near two abandoned exploration well sites in the Green Canyon Block in the Gulf of Mexico. According to an online map by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Green Canyon Block – a large square-shaped area of water south of Louisiana – is south and west of the Mississippi Canyon Block where BP’s Macondo well blew up.

    London-based BP spokeswoman Sheila Williams said “there is a lot of sheen in the Gulf of Mexico area” and that the substance did not necessarily come from a BP operation.

    “We’re investigating potential sources of the sheen. We’re not a position to say anything more,” she said.…en-gulf-mexico_n_930156.html

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    Today we flew about 500 miles over the Gulf to check out yet more reports of oil. We didn’t even get to some of the places reported, because in just a few hours we had already found plenty in at least four distinct locations — all within 75 miles of the shores of Louisiana!…oil-gulf-flight-aug2011.html

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    Oil is again bubbling to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico near the epicenter of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. Reporters from Mobile, Alabama?s Press-Register loaded into a boat Tuesday to inspect the site. Equipped with cameras, the reporters discovered ?hundreds of small, circular patches of oily sheen? within a mile of the well.

    ccording to the Press-Register, ?Each expanding bloom released a pronounced and pungent petroleum smell. Most of the oil was located in a patch about 50 yards wide and a quarter of a mile long.?…dis_id=ED-20110825-32088-USA

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    ?Some shrimpers are catching these out in the open Gulf [of Mexico],? Tracy Kuhns, a commercial fisher, added. ?They are also catching them in Alabama and Mississippi. We are also finding eyeless crabs, crabs with their shells soft instead of hard, full grown crabs that are one-fifth their normal size, clawless crabs, and crabs with shells that don?t have their usual spikes ? they look like they?ve been burned off by chemicals.?

    Most of Jamail?s sources said they believe that the deformities are linked to the BP oil spill, but U.S. government agencies insist that seafood from the Gulf is safe.…fish-hearts-after-oil-spill/

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    When fishermen returned to the deep reefs of the Gulf of Mexico weeks after BP’s gushing oil well was capped, they started catching grouper and red snapper with large open sores and strange black streaks, lesions they said they’d never seen and promptly blamed on the spill.…k-near-bp-oil-144143260.html

    going mainstream ?
    finally ??

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    A BP engineer intentionally deleted more than 300 text messages indicating the amount of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico was much greater than what the company later reported and that BP’s efforts to control the spill were failing, the U.S. Justice Department alleged Tuesday in bringing its first criminal charges related to the deadly explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig.

    Kurt Mix was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of obstruction of justice for allegedly destroying evidence sought by federal authorities.

    The charges came a day before a federal judge in New Orleans was to consider a motion granting preliminary approval of a $7.8 billion civil settlement between BP and a committee of plaintiffs in a civil case. Shrimp processors have raised objections, saying the settlement does not adequately compensate them.

    Criminal penalties that could be levied against BP and its partners in the operation would be based in part on estimates of the amount of oil that spilled from the Macondo well.…il-spill-case-170856189.html

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    When fishermen returned to the deep reefs of the Gulf of Mexico weeks after BP’s gushing oil well was capped, they started catching grouper and red snapper with large open sores and strange black streaks, lesions they said they’d never seen and promptly blamed on the spill.…k-near-bp-oil-144143260.html

    going mainstream ?
    finally ??

    Not mainstream enough.

    If we really knew the truth….well it’s probably a good thing we don’t

  • Quote From Source:

    Hundreds of beached dolphin carcasses, shrimp with no eyes, contaminated fish, ancient corals caked in oil and some seriously unwell people are among the legacies that scientists are still uncovering in the wake of BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill.

    This week it will be three years since the first of 4.9 billion barrels of crude oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico, in what is now considered the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. As the scale of the ecological disaster unfolds, BP is appearing daily in a New Orleans federal court to battle over the extent of compensation it owes to the region.

    Scientists believe that the 1.8 million gallons of dispersant, sprayed as part of the clean-up, have cemented the disaster’s toxic effect on ocean life and human health. The dispersant, called Corexit, caused what some scientists have described as “a giant black snowstorm” of tiny oil globules, which has been carried around the ocean in plumes and has now settled on the sea floor. A study last November found the dispersant to be 52 times more toxic than the oil itself.…fter-bp-cleanup-8572080.html

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    With researchers from Louisiana and South Carolina, the scientists found that Gulf killifish embryos exposed to sediments from oiled locations in 2010 and 2011 show developmental abnormalities, including heart defects, delayed hatching and reduced hatching success. The killifish is an environmental indicator species, or a “canary in the coal mine,” used to predict broader exposures and health risks.

    The findings, posted online in advance of publication in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, are part of an ongoing collaborative effort to track the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Gulf killifish populations in areas of Louisiana that received heavy amounts of oil.…ses/2013/05/130501145118.htm

    gee who woulda thunk it . . . oh yeah I DID.

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    New research has linked the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the deterioration of dolphin health in the region of the Gulf of Mexico that received heavy and prolonged oil exposure as a result of the spill.

    A study conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Cornell University tested approximately 30 bottlenose dolphins in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay, revealing the cetaceans to be in less than ideal states of health when compared to dolphins tested at a control site in Florida’s Sarasota Bay.

    The researchers found half of the dolphins in Louisiana to be in a “guarded or worse” condition, and several of them were not expected to survive. Compared to the control group, the Barataria Bay dolphins were five times more likely to have moderate to severe lung diseases and suffered uncommon hormonal abnormalities.


  • Who here is shocked by this? Anyone? Anyone?

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