Thursday, April 29, 2010
Gulf of Mexico Oil Leak Could Become Worst Disaster in Modern History: 210,000 Gallons a day and rising
Gulf of Mexico Oil Leak Could be the worst Oil Rig Leak Disaster in World History... 5000 US Barrels or 210,000 gallons are alleged to be leaking per day and the amount is rising with rumor of another third leak now developing as of Thurs April, 29th.
According to Rear Admiral Mary Landry of the United States Coast Guard, the oil leak currently taking place in the Gulf of Mexico could become one of the worst disasters in US history.
Image Link NASA Earth Obsevatory:
This image of the slick was captured on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA Aqua satellite.
"Workers finished fabricating the containment chamber portion of the collection dome that will be deployed to the sea floor to collect oil as it escapes from the well. Work will now begin on the piping system that brings the oil to the surface for collection; this method has never been tried at this depth before. The first rig to be used for drilling a relief or cut-off well is on site and should begin drilling approximately ½ a mile from the well head on Friday. The relief well will not be complete for several months. Responders are still figuring out new ways to use Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to try to trigger the blowout preventer (BOP), a series of valves that sits at the well head. These efforts will continue concurrent with the collection dome and relief well(s). Good weather today allowed for both skimming operations and aggressive aerial application of dispersants - over 50,000 gallons of dispersant have been applied to the surface oil in the last two days. Patches of surface oil were captured with fire-retardant boom and ignited (in situ burn).
Current NOAA efforts are focused on: gathering more information about the spill, planning for open water and shoreline remediation, and readying for environmental assessment and response. Natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) activities are now underway."
UPDATE 4/29/2010 10:00am Pacific:
US MILITARY HAS NOW JOINED GULF OF MEXICO OIL SPILL EFFORT
Last pass MODIS Aqua SAT imagery 4/28/2010 19:25 UT
NASA image by Norman Kuring, Ocean Color Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.
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A damaged oil well may be leaking five times more oil into the Gulf of Mexico than officials first estimated. This view of the slick was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on Wednesday, April 28. The eastern part of the oily area is covered by streaks of clouds, but the reddish streaks shown in photos of the slick appear to be visible. It appears that a tendril of oil is reaching out toward the tip of the delta.
Caption by Rebecca Lindsey.
WILDLIFE AT RISK INTERACTIVE MAP NYT
By comparison: "the Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24, 1989. It is considered to be one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters ever to occur in history. As significant as the Valdez spill was, it ranks well down on the list of the world's largest oil spills in terms of volume released.
However, Prince William Sound's remote location (accessible only by helicopter, plane and boat) made government and industry response efforts difficult and severely taxed existing plans for response. The region was a habitat for salmon, sea otters, seals and seabirds. The vessel spilled 10.8 million U.S. gallons (about 40 million litres) of Prudhoe Bay crude oil into the sea, and the oil eventually covered 1,300 square miles (3,400 km2) of ocean."
GULF OIL LEAK NEWS COVERAGE LINKS AS OF APRIL 29, 2010
Largest Oil Spills in History
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