Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Don't mean to ruin your day

Oil from exploded rig in Gulf to reach Louisiana coast by Friday

It's time to panic. My sources are telling me this is very bad and getting worse by the hour. I've heard one quote that this is an "unprecedented disaster the likes of which this country has never seen before".

I had someone run through the possible scenarios with me and...well...I don't want to think about it again. Let me put it like's possibly 90 days out from being capped. That puts us well into hurricane season. I'll let you imagine the possibilities.


Anonymous said...

I'm worried about the birds that are breeding right now, and those that are migrating from Mexico up to Canada.

Oyster beds and other seafood, tourist beaches, wetlands, and all the rest of it...

This is not good.

Anonymous said...

Much worse than anyone realizes. No one has addressed the maritime shipping lanes that will be closed and that includes the Mississippi River AND the LOOP. Cruise ships will be re-located, etc. All Miss River transportation and industry will be essentially shut down for a minimum of 3 months but more realistically 6 to 8 months.

Also the purported oil burning technique is a joke. You mean to tell me that they are going to burn 500 square feet at a time and taht is going to make a difference? A total joke.

Leigh C. said...

Oh, no no no. This isn't good at all.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... wonder what oil on the water would do to a hurricane????

Oil sheen reflecting sun light keeps water cooler??
Oil slows / prevents evaporation ... keeps water warmer?/??
Or normal hurricane but instead of driving wind and rain.. the rain is really crude?? YUCK..

Maitri said...

A friend is on the incident response team and is so busy he doesn't have time to talk much. I am very curious about the pressures at this Macondo well that blowout preventers couldn't take care of it.

Jason Brad Berry said...

Maitri the news were getting from local folks who are out there is 180 from the MSM.

judyb said...

I'm almost nauseated over this. Really, it's heart breaking.

Anonymous said...

Is that news about the maritime shipping lanes real? That is terrifying.

Ivor Van Heerden was asked what would happen if this had happened during a hurricane. See the link you can get to from the New Orleans Ladder blog.

I heard seven sperm whales were in the middle of the slick; I am really thinking about them and about all those birds.

The people and the jobs that will be affected as this continues, well, it is too much.

Anonymous said...

Some ugly math...
Not including what has spilled so far:
1 Week = 1.27 Million Gallons
2 Weeks = 2.94 M
3 Weeks = 4.41 M
4 Weeks = 5.88 M
5 Weeks = 7.35 M
6 Weeks = 8.82 M
7 Weeks = 10.29 M
8 Weeks = 11.76 M
on and on....
Exxon Valdez = 11 Million Gallons

Editilla~New Orleans Ladder said...

Yet again, we are faced with a scene which will re-write our sense of Apocalypse as Mother Earth shows just how much further pluking stupid hubris will get us.

The moon tonight just barely past full will shine a rhesus grin off our waters as History begins again, in the 10 foot waves carrying destruction onto our shores.
That same moon will look down upon Louisiana tonight and find us dieing there.

It will be a long night.
Tomorrow will be a darker day.
Sinn Féin

Editilla~New Orleans Ladder said...

Here is the link to that Van Heerden interview:

A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before but there is nothing to compare it to now.