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Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida: State of Emergency

Postby VforVIBE » Mon May 03, 2010 6:19 am

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Gulf of Mexico oil leak worsening, state of emergency declared in several states!!!


Although president Obama is reassuring people on the Gulf Coast that his government is doing all it can to “protect the natural resources” endangered from BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, he is also warning of an “unprecedented environmental disaster” since the oil slick continues to grow, moving towards the US shorelines.

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began on April 22 when a British Petroleum (BP) oilrig exploded and sank about 16 miles off the Louisiana coast, killing 11 crew members, rupturing an oil rig, which has been spewing around 200,000 gallons of crude oil into the sea each day, three times more than what was originally estimated.

Now the oil slick spread over 9,000 square kilometers (3,500 square miles), reaching the shores of southern states, thereby Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida declared state of emergency. Now those states are seeking ways to deal with this catastrophe and legal options to deal with damages since some of those regions live mainly on fishing.

Despite the efforts made by the cleanup crews to limit the widespread of the pollution, the oil slick is moving fast so its expected to reach the Pensacola Beach coast by Tuesday or Wednesday. This determined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to ban recreational and commercial fishing in a 6,817-square-mile area of federal waters from the Mississippi River to Pensacola Bay for at least 10 days.

It seems that there are growing questions about the safety of the seafood from that area. "It's kind of a precautionary move, which we felt was necessary to ensure the public safety and to ensure consumer confidence in the Gulf of Mexico seafood in light of all the issues that are going on now”, said Roy Crabtree, southeast regional administrator for NOAA Fisheries.

The decision left many fishermen with a gloomy outlook for their businesses, "It's going to collapse our local economy for sure," said a licensed fisherman. Thereby, in an attempt to measure the extent of the damage of what might become one of worst ecological disasters in the US history, President Barack Obama who deployed the Navy to help limit the extend of the disaster, made a visit to the site of the spill off the Louisiana Coast.

“It’s a massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster. Let me be clear: BP is responsible for this leak, so BP will be paying the bill. The government will do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to stop this crisis”, Obama said. But BP is defending it self by saying its “a failed piece of equipment” that should be blamed for this disaster which might turn out to be even greater than the 1989 spill when Exxon Valdez in Alaska sent 258,000 barrels into the sea.

Meanwhile, the spill is threatening to destroy not only wildlife and tourism in the region, but also the abundant fishing industry. But BP highlighted the difficulty to shut off the well a mile beneath the sea saying that in the “best-case scenario, it will take a week to shut off the oil leak”. However, even if the leak will be stopped in one week, the question is, how long will it take for the gulf to recover, months or maybe years!?

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Postby Kari » Mon May 03, 2010 6:51 am

This really, really sucks. It's time for BP to step up and do whatever it takes to stop this well. Quit talking about it and DO IT.

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Postby bodhi_tree777 » Mon May 03, 2010 7:10 am

There's a sad point proven with this. We should not be approving oil rigs drilling at depths where we do not have the technology to contain a blowout like this.

This thing is an absolute disaster.

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Postby ponta2147 » Mon May 03, 2010 7:25 am

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This really, really sucks. It's time for BP to step up and do whatever it takes to stop this well. Quit talking about it and DO IT.

I dunno, don't you think if they had a solution they'd be implementing it like yesterday? I mean they are losing ridiculous amounts of money every minute this leak continues... I'm sure they're panicking just as much as the government is to try to come up with something that will work.

I agree that we should rethink drilling if we don't have a contingency plan available for these worst case scenarios... you'd think we would by now? I'm not anti-drilling but if we can't handle something like this...


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Postby jake75 » Mon May 03, 2010 8:15 am

I read that there is a technology - uses a separate shut off device that is activated by sonar I believe. It is used in other parts of the world but not required in the U.S That said, they are not 100% sure it works because they have never had to use it. However, it would have been nice to have that option - to see if that backup would function. Unfortunately our Congress is too busy with more important things - like regulation of the fees for carry on luggage - to make such devices mandatory.
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Postby bodhi_tree777 » Mon May 03, 2010 9:38 am

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I read that there is a technology - uses a separate shut off device that is activated by sonar I believe. It is used in other parts of the world but not required in the U.S That said, they are not 100% sure it works because they have never had to use it. However, it would have been nice to have that option - to see if that backup would function. Unfortunately our Congress is too busy with more important things - like regulation of the fees for carry on luggage - to make such devices mandatory.

I would guess that the oil industry probably has a bit of influence there. Much like the mining industry (which I've been hearing a lot about here in WV) big oil pays to play, with as little regulation as possible.

Honestly, the oil industry should implement things like safety controls just as a cost control measure if not for the greater good. I'm sure the millions that additional safety gear would cost per rig pales in comparison to the money BP is going to have to dole out to clean this mess up.

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Postby ColonelPanic » Mon May 03, 2010 10:01 am

Without dragging this into the asylum, I'm leave it at saying this absolutely disgusts me. The sick or dying wildlife and the permanent contamination of their homes... The loss of food supplies and the economic impact on the region..

If this gets picked up by the gulf loop current, and it probably will - look for it to head straight for key west then on up the east coast. This is going to have an impact FAR beyond the gulf.

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Re: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida: State of Emergency (VforVIBE)

Postby waveresponder » Mon May 03, 2010 10:37 pm


get ready to pay for this at the pump eventually IMO

I'm sure BP will pay for it until it bankrupts them or just use our money to do it.

they make hundreds of billions annually I think I read correct me if im wrong

EDIT, AOL article i read... says they make annual revenue of 250 billion

http://www.aolnews.com/nation/...60304


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Postby ponta2147 » Mon May 03, 2010 10:54 pm

Quote, originally posted by waveresponder »

get ready to pay for this at the pump eventually IMO

I'm sure BP will pay for it until it bankrupts them or just use our money to do it.

they make hundreds of billions annually I think I read correct me if im wrong

EDIT, AOL article i read... says they make annual revenue of 250 billion

http://www.aolnews.com/nation/...60304

Well sure, but what are their expenses annually? I could make a million a year but if it costs me $999,999.99 to make and sell my product per year I'm not exactly rich. Sorry just being nitpicky about profits vs. profit margins.

I do hope that BP fronts most of the money for this, if only because it isn't the taxpayers' job and it is THEIR product.


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Postby BlueCrush » Mon May 03, 2010 10:58 pm

I heard on the news on Sunday that this particular oil rig did not produce any crude that we are using, it was an exploration drilling rig. So oil production and gas prices should not be affected. Seafood prices will go up in some parts of the country, however. Fortunately, Minnesota doesn't get it's seafood from the Gulf, so ours should remain stable for the most part.
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Postby houseofbugs » Tue May 04, 2010 1:10 am

Exploratory or not they NEED to fix this. It will have a long term affect on the environment around the spill.

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Postby BlueCrush » Tue May 04, 2010 1:18 am

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Exploratory or not they NEED to fix this. It will have a long term affect on the environment around the spill.

That's a given. I was just responding to others who were expressing concern about gas prices.

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Re: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida: State of Emergency (VforVIBE)

Postby epcIII » Tue May 04, 2010 3:24 am

Good (and unbiased in my opinion) article of the pros and cons of offshore drilling:

http://money.cnn.com/2010/05/0...pt=T2



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