Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wednesday Gulf Oil Leak Update

"A joint government and industry task force has been unable to stop crude oil from streaming out of a broken pipe attached to a well 5,000 feet below sea level."
-- New York Times, Apr. 28, 2010

"As efforts failed Tuesday to contain the flow of tens of thousands of gallons of oil leaking from an exploded well deep in the Gulf of Mexico, emergency response teams are considering a controlled burn-off of the oil on the water's surface as early as today."

-- New Orleans Times Picayune, Apr. 28, 2010

"Efforts to close a well spewing oil in the Gulf of Mexico are failing so the Coast Guard is considering lighting the mess on fire."
-- Associated Press, Apr. 28, 2010

"A US Coast Guard official says if leaks from an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico are not stemmed soon, they could cause one of the worst spills in US history."
-- BBC News, Apr. 28, 2010

"Construction has begun on a collection dome that will be deployed to the sea floor to collect and funnel oil as it escapes from the well, a method that has never been tried this deep before. The first rig to be used for drilling a relief or cut-off well arrived last night, several more are planned – a relief well would take several months to complete."

"'A lot of it is in God's hands at this time, depending on weather patterns,' Gov. Charlie Crist said Tuesday afternoon after getting a firsthand view of the sheet of oil from a Coast Guard airplane."
-- Pensacola News Journal, Apr. 28, 2010

"The Escambia County Commission has scheduled a special emergency meeting [in Pensacola] for 3:00 this afternoon to discuss any Escambia County response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico."

"The stretch of northern Gulf coastline likely to be affected -- beginning in Alabama and stretching toward Louisiana -- is called 'the fertile crescent' by federal researchers. It is considered the most productive section of the Gulf, fringed by marshes, seagrass beds and oyster reefs. It produces the lion's share of the Gulf's seafood and is the nursing ground for most of its fish, shrimp and crabs, according to federal research."
--Mobile Register, Apr. 27, 2010

"Had the rig, Deepwater Horizon, been drilling in Florida's state waters, the results would probably have been more dire, oceanographers say. * * * 'If the rig had been as close as 3 miles away — the limit proposed by state legislative leaders this year — 'the most likely scenario would be for the sea breezes to bring all the problems to the coast... .'"

"The oil rig fire and spill spurred Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., to ask the Department of Interior to look into the explosion and investigate worker safety, inspections, technology and industry practices used in offshore drilling and gas production during the last 10 years."
-- Panama City Herald, Apr. 28, 2010

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