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Gulf Oil Spill Disaster Deepwater Horizon was a semi-submersible drilling rig built in 2001 to withstand the worst of natures elements. The DEEPWATER HORIZON was a Reading & Bates Falcon RBS8D design semi-submersible drilling unit capable of operating in harsh environments and water depths up to 8,000 ft.

The platform was owned by Transocean and leased to BP through September 2013. In September 2009, she drilled the deepest oil well in history. Deepwater Horizon sank on April 22, 2010, as the result of an explosion two days earlier that took the lives of 11 of her crew. Read Article

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The Man Drilling
The Relief Well

From a platform in the Gulf of Mexico, John Wright, the Red Adair of relief well drilling, says in an exclusive interview that he is confident he will soon control the BP oil spill. Read Article

The BP Cover-Up

(August 10) - WE'RE SWINGING ON ANCHOR this afternoon as powerful bursts of wind blow down through the Makua Valley and out to sea. The gales stop and start every 15 minutes, as abruptly as if a giant on the far side of the Hawaiian island of Oahu were switching a fan on and off. We sail at the gusts' mercy, listing hard to starboard, then snapping hard against the anchor chain before recoiling to port. The intermittent tempests make our work harder and colder. We shiver during the microbursts, sweat during the interludes, then shiver again from our own sweat. Read Article

Gulf oil spill: White House accused of spinning report

Scientists say it is 'just not true' that the vast majority of oil from the BP spill has gone. The White House was accused today of spinning a government scientific report into the amount of oil left in the Gulf of Mexico from the BP spill which had officials declaring that the vast majority of the oil had been removed.

As BP workers finished pouring cement into the well as a first step to permanently sealing it today, environmental groups and scientists – including those working with government agencies to calculate the scale and effects of the spill – said White House officials had painted far too optimistic a picture of a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (Noaa) into the fate of the oil. Read Article

Out of Sight, Out of Mind (Even when it’s not out of sight)

Since BP announced that CEO Tony Hayward would receive a multi-million dollar golden parachute and be replaced by Bob Dudley, we have witnessed an incredibly broad, and powerful, propaganda campaign. A campaign that peaked this week with the US government, clearly acting in BP’s best interests, itself announcing, via outlets willing to allow themselves to be used to transfer the propaganda, like the New York Times, this message: “The government is expected to announce on Wednesday that three-quarters of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon leak has already evaporated, dispersed, been captured or otherwise eliminated — and that much of the rest is so diluted that it does not seem to pose much additional risk of harm.” Read Article

BP oil spill: Obama administration's scientists admit alarm over chemicals

(Aug.3) The Obama administration is facing internal dissent from its scientists for approving the use of huge quantities of chemical dispersants to tackle the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Guardian has learned.

The US Environmental Protection Agency has come under attack in Congress and from independent scientists for allowing BP to spray almost 2m gallons of the dispersant Corexit on to the slick and, even more controversially, into the leak site 5,000ft below the sea. Now it emerges that EPA's own experts have been raising similar concerns within the agency. Read Article

Why is BP's Macondo blowout so disastrous & Beyond Patch-up.

There has been so much information (or mis-information) on the disaster it is difficult to separate the facts from the myths, let alone decide who is or are to be held responsible for the oil spill disaster. There is a need for a working geological model to integrate all the scattered pieces of information and evidence together, so that law makers can zoom into areas where data had been lacking (or withheld) and the wrongs be corrected in order for the industry to move forward. The fact that so many wells (even in deeper waters) had been drilled successfully in the past in the same Gulf region suggests that there may be more “hidden” factors that caused this blowout to be so disastrous. Read Article

Leo Lindner, a drilling fluid specialist for M-I Swaco, told the panel investigating the causes of the explosion that BP decided to mix two chemicals the company had a surplus of -- two chemicals that aren't usually mixed -- and pump them into the well to flush out the drilling mud.

"It's not something we've ever done before," he said.

Lindner said BP wanted to use 400 barrels of the mixture, more than twice the amount of fluid usually used, because the company had hundreds of barrels of the chemicals and wanted to get rid of them.

By first flushing it into the well, the company could take advantage of an exemption in an environmental law that otherwise would have prohibited it from discharging the hazardous waste into the Gulf of Mexico, Lindner said. Read Article

Gulf Oil Spill: Dead Bird Reports
Double In The Past Month

(July 23) NEW ORLEANS — The number of dead birds collected on the Gulf Coast has more than doubled in the past month as oil from BP's broken deepwater well continues to wash up on islands and beaches rich in bird colonies.

Officials say 2,599 dead birds had been collected on the Gulf Coast as of Thursday. A month ago, 1,046 dead birds had been collected, according to official death counts.

The number of other dead animals being reported by officials has not climbed as steeply. For example, in the past month the number of dead sea turtles has grown from 411 to 483 and dead mammals from 47 to 62.

Some bird conservation groups are stepping up criticism of the efforts to protect nesting areas and say government figures drastically under count the number of affected birds.

The birder volunteer coordinator tells us about seeing sick dolphins last week. Jennifer, whose momma is also a southern Louisiana birder, tells us her mother heard about the plans the Department of Fish and Wildlife drew up for BP for a recovery plan for each species affected. The “plan” for bears entailed BP buying two high-powered rifles (not tranquilizer guns) in the event that an oiled brown bear is discovered. Read Article

Oil Debate Spills Into Academe

(July 20) - Within three days of the BP oil spill, Joe Griffit was out in the Gulf of Mexico taking water samples to begin assessing the damage. As an assistant professor of coastal sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi, Griffit says he’s been eager to assist in the restoration efforts taking shape in the region. So when lawyers representing BP came to Griffit with an offer -- help us assess the damage and find a way to restore what’s been destroyed -- Griffit says the option was “initially very attractive” to him and some of his colleagues. Read Article

Mancha de crudo, para agosto en Cancún

El inmenso derrame de petróleo en el Golfo de México podría extenderse a lo largo de miles de kilómetros sobre la costa del Atlántico de Estados Unidos y llegar a los litorales de la península de Yucatán para este verano.

Una proyección que toma en cuenta un vertido continuo de crudo al mar del 20 de abril al 20 de junio, revela que en un periodo de cuatro meses, es decir, para el 20 de agosto, la mancha de petróleo que comenzó en aguas del Golfo cubriría la totalidad de las costas de Florida, siguiendo hacia el noreste por el litoral de Georgia, Carolina del Sur, Carolina del Norte y Virgina, para luego seguir mar adentro sobre el Atlántico con dirección a Europa. Leer artículo

Each Day, Another Way To Define Worst-Case

An enduring feature of the gulf oil spill is that, even when you think you've heard the worst-case scenario, there's always another that's even more dire.

The base-line measures of the crisis have steadily worsened. The estimated flow rate keeps rising. The well is like something deranged, stronger than anyone anticipated. BP executives last month said they had a 60 to 70 percent chance of killing it with mud, but the well spit the mud out and kept blowing.

The net effect is that nothing about this well seems crazy anymore. Week by week, the truth of this disaster has drifted toward the stamping ground of the alarmists. Read Article

Oil Slick in the Florida Keys
Oil Slick in the Florida Keys When I flew over the Florida Keys, I saw the oil slick just north of the Keys. After two months of pictures, I know that is what I saw and photographed. I hesitated a bit before posting this, as I wanted to make sure it was not an algae bloom, but this doesn't look anything like algae bloom. It's oil. The images are way too familiar by now.
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Deepwater Horizon: The Worst-Case Scenario
Deepwater Horizon: The Worst-Case Scenario Concerns about the integrity of the sub-seabed well casing appear also to be motivating some seriously doomerish recent public statements from Matt Simmons, the energy investment banker who decided to go rogue a couple of years ago following the publication of his controversial Peak Oil book Twilight in the Desert. Simmons says, for example, that “it could be 24 years before the deepwater gusher ends,” a forecast that makes little sense if one accepts the conventional view of what’s wrong with the Deepwater Horizon well and how long it will take to plug it with relief wells.
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OIL DISASTER
IN PHOTOS
Oil disaster in photos

BP ‘burning sea turtles alive’
A rare and endangered species of sea turtle is being burned alive in BP's controlled burns of the oil swirling around the Gulf of Mexico, and a boat captain tasked with saving them says the company has blocked rescue efforts.

North America will be facing years of toxic rain becuase of the poisonous chemical dispersants BP is using to control the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. See Info

National Weather Service Science and Operations Officer Charlie Paxton says while it's always possible a water spout could pick up some oil and carry it a short distance, the notion of black rain is just not possible. Paxton says that's because oil does not evaporate. As a result, talk of black rain is just a myth.

However, Paxton does note that rain can, on occasion, mix with other particles. For example, he says in desert climates, when it's windy and it rains, it's not uncommon for precipitation to mix with sand to form what he calls "a muddy mess."

It is a dangerous game drilling into high pressure oil and gas zones because you risk having a blowout if your mud weight is not heavy enough. If you weight up your mud with barium sulfate to a very high level, you risk BLOWING OUT THE FORMATION.

What does that mean? It means you crack the rock deep underground; as the mudweight is now denser than the rock, it escapes into the rock in the pore spaces and the fractures. The well empties of mud. If you have not hit high pressure oil or gas at this stage, you are lucky.

But if you have, the oil and gas come flying up the well and you have a blowout, because you have no mud in the well to suppress the oil and gas. You shut down the well with the blowout preventer. If you do not have a blowout preventer, you are in trouble as we have all seen and you can only hope that the oil and gas pressure will naturally fall off with time, otherwise you have to try and put a new blowout preventer in place with oil and gas coming out as you work.

The problem is that BP may not only have hit the mother of high-pressure wells, but there is also a vast amount of methane down there that could come exploding out like an underwater volcano. Read Article

Government Insiders: Get
Ready for the Gulf "Dead Zone"

Bad news concerning the Gulf oil disaster continues to come from WMR's federal government sources in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Emergency planners are dealing with a prospective "dead zone" within a 200 mile radius from the Deepwater Horizon disaster datum in the Gulf. Read Article

Raining oil in Louisiana? Video suggests
Gulf oil spill causing crude rain

Raining oil in Louisiana? An unsettling – and unverified – amateur video shows what appears to be the aftermath of an oily rain in Louisiana, some 45 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico.

It's unclear from the video whether the oily sheen seen on the ground really fell from the sky. Crude oil normally doesn't evaporate, but some are speculating that oil mixed with Corexit 9500, the dispersant that BP is using on the ever-growing slick, could take to the air. Read Article

Which Worst-Case Scenario Is Really The Worst

Every day in the media, a sort of deranged, comical footrace to figure out which worst-case scenario is really the worst, because every day comes a new stat, prediction, photo, possibility for abject horror we hadn't even conceptualized yet because, well, we've never exactly been here before, not at this scale. How bad can it all get, really? No one has a clue. Read Article

Let’s get back to the seafloor. Because the integrity of the seafloor has been, and is now being, profoundly undermined by the leaks and seeps, fissures and cracks which are currently appearing in the wake of a multi-week out-of-control oil gusher, we have an additional concern. With a piercing of the well casing, extremely hot oil (as hot as 300F) interacts with the seafloor in many different ways, which then contributes to upsetting the foundation into which this well was drilled. As this process advances, there does exist the potential for a seafloor collapse, which will immediately cause one of three outcomes. (i) The existing volcano will become a super-volcano. (ii) The resulting debris field could be Mother Earth’s way of sealing off the well permanently. (iii) The last possibility is an infinite number permutations which presents us with a still spilling oil well – large or small depends on many factors known and unknown. Read Article

Scientists Warn
Gulf Of Mexico
Sea Floor Fractured
Beyond Repair
Video Confirms It

CNN - A dire report circulating in the Kremlin today that was prepared for Prime Minister Putin by Anatoly Sagalevich of Russia's Shirshov Institute of Oceanology warns that the Gulf of Mexico sea floor has been fractured “beyond all repair” and our World should begin preparing for an ecological disaster “beyond comprehension” unless “extraordinary measures” are undertaken to stop the massive flow of oil into our Planet’s eleventh largest body of water. Read Article

Gulf Oil Spill Yucatan Map We are in daily contact with people "on the ground" connecting with fishermen, tour operators and any other persons boating in the gulf off the coast of the Mexican states of Yucatan and Quintanna Roo [Progresso - Isla Holbox - Cancun - Isla Mujeres - Cozumel - Playa del Carmen - Mayan Riviera].

To date there have been no reportings of oil or oil contaminants on or near the Yucatan Peninsula coast. The beaches in Mexico are presently clean and oil free.

AUGUST 10 UPDATE - Por Esto [Cancun print edition] reported today that approximately 5Kg of dried oil chunks washed up on a 100 meter stretch of beach in Tulum [near Esmeralda K and Aklin Beach Club]. The petróleo seco [dried oil] was collected and SEMARNAT is presently working to determine its origin and if it is related to the GOM disaster.

The article published on-line in Por Esto below talks about the viscosity of the oil as "tar" and speculates that it is waste from a passing ship.

No le compete a la Zofemat
(August 10 Por Esto) TULUM, 10 de agosto.- Ante la aparición de manchones de petróleo en las playas de Tulum, la directora de la Zona Federal Marítimo Terrestre (Zofemat), Carolina Ramos Mecott, indicó que es a la Secretaría del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Semarnat) y la Comisión Nacional del Agua (Conagua) y Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente (Profepa), a quienes corresponde verificar la situación. Read Article

Gulf Oil Spill Yucatan Loop Current

  • NOAA Shoreline Threat Update

  • NOAA: Oil No Threat to S Florida, Keys, East Coast [and Yucatan]

  • Loop Current [Wiki]

    There is less than a 1% chance of oil reaching the Yucatan Peninsula.

     

  • The Gulf of Mexico Loop Current: A Primer
  • Gulf of Mexico Speed + Currents
  • Monitoring the GOM Conditions During the DH Oil Spill
  • Gulf of Mexico Near Real-Time Altimeter Viewer
  • Gulf of Mexico Near Real-Time Velocity Viewer

    Cancun Yucatan Gulf Oil Spill

    The "Loop Current" pushes the oil and oil contaminants away from the Yucatan Peninsula. [The Yucatan Peninsula is at the bottom of the map between 90°W and 85°W.] Cancun, Isla Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, and the Mayan Riviera [Puerto Morelos to Tulum] are all located in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

    Gulf Oil Spill Cancun Yucatan

    BP Deepwater Horizon Response Official Site of Unified Command

    BP Deepwater Horizon MC252 BP Oil Spill Disaster Reference Material

    NOTE: THIS PAGE WILL NOT BE UPDATED UNTIL AUGUST 29th AS OUR WEB TEAM IS ON VACATION IN YUKON, CANADA!

    Cleanup Actions - Get Involved With The Gulf Recovery

    What Happened to the Oil? - Official BP/Government explanation if you can believe it.

    BP August 13 Update - BP Completes MC252 Well Pressure Test, Results Being Reviewed

    Crews in Gulf will go ahead with drilling of relief well
    (August 13 CNN) - "Everyone agrees we need to go forward with the relief well," National Incident Commander Thad Allen said Friday of the now-plugged BP gusher in the Gulf, adding that officials are now considering other options in addition to the relief well. Read Article

    U.S.: Final kill needed as BP well not secure
    (August 13 msnbc) - NEW ORLEANS — Ending days of uncertainty, the incident chief for the busted BP well said Friday that BP experts and government scientists agree a relief well needs to be finished to completely kill the busted well, but just how to do so is still being discussed. Read Article

    August 12 Press Briefing by National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen

    Adm. Allen Confused - So, Now, Everybody Else is, Too
    (August 12 The Daily Hurricane) - For the last several days, I've been trying to figure out what BP is doing and what is the actual condition of BP's MC252 well after their "static kill" and cementing procedure last week apparently didn't work. Read Article

    Coast Guard admits dispersants still in use “over the wellhead”
    (August 12 Florida Oil Spill Law) - A liaison officer with the United State Coast Guard told the Destin Log that dispersants are currently “being used over the wellhead in Louisiana.” Read Article

    Tests to determine if sealed BP well needs more work
    (August 12 AP/Tampa Tribune) NEW ORLEANS - In the strongest indication yet that BP's broken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico may be plugged for good, officials today said they're conducting tests to determine if further work to seal the well is needed. Read Article

    Gulf leaders wary over wavering on final plug
    (August 12 AP/Washington Post) NEW ORLEANS -- With the oil well that had been spewing into the Gulf of Mexico plugged from the top and BP PLC and federal officials pondering whether the final plug, or "bottom kill," is needed, local officials fear national disengagement from what remains a crisis of unknown proportions. Read Article

    US scientists see spike in oil-soaked Gulf turtles
    (August 11 Reuters) HOUSTON - U.S. wildlife officials have recovered over 1,000 oil-soaked turtles from the Gulf of Mexico in recent weeks, but the threat from BP Plc's (BP.L) (BP.N) oil spill has waned since the ruptured well has been capped, experts said. Read Article

    Oil seepage on seabed from Ocean Intervention III ROV 2 - August 11.

    Has the Oil Well Really Been Capped?
    (August 11 Washingtonsblog) But even the government's spokesman, Thad Allen, isn't saying that it's been capped. Read Article

    BP oil spill evidence to be collected by suspects
    (August 11 Yahoo News) NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – Key evidence on one of the world's worst oil spills could soon be in the hands of the leading suspects as BP and partner contractors are set to start salvaging the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Article & Pictures

    Tropical depression forms in Gulf of Mexico, heads for oil spill site where work is halted
    (August 10 AP/Hartford Courant) MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center says a tropical depression has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and it is heading toward the oil spill site off the coast of Louisiana. Article & Pictures

    The latest updates and pictures from cleanup efforts in the BP oil spill disaster
    (August 10 Examiner) - By now most Americans know that BP has stopped the constant flow of oil going into the Gulf, but many may not know that relief operations continue. The company and government are still fighting a two-front war against the oil spill which, under the best estimates, is still five times larger than the Exxon-Valdez spill. Article & Pictures

    Gulf Oil Relief Well: 100 Feet To Go
    (August 10 AP/Huffingtonpost) - NEW ORLEANS - One man guides a drill more than two miles beneath the sea floor and three miles from the surface, trying to hit a target less than half the size of a dartboard. The drill is about as wide as a grapefruit. Read Article

    Oil penetrates previously pristine Mississippi marsh, weeks after well cap
    (August 9 AL) - HORN ISLAND, Miss. -- Weeks after BP capped its runaway well, a greasy band of oil appeared on the grasses fringing Garden Pond, a previously pristine interior marsh. Read Article

    BP oil spill: Endangered species still at risk
    (August 9 UK Guardian) - US officials recorded a big jump in the numbers of dolphins and endangered brown pelican and sea turtle injured or killed by the BP spill over the past week, even as officials were proclaiming that the oil was rapidly disappearing from the Gulf. Read Article

    BP August 9 Update - Update on Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

    Peak Oil Theorist, Matt Simmons, Dies at 67 - Video
    (August 9 Examiner) - Matt Simmons, a prominent oil investor, and outspoken critic of BP has died of an apparent heart attack. He was 67. Simmons said he sold BP stock short--the only time he ever sold stock short-expecting BP to go out of business. Read Article

    Final 'kill' of Gulf oil spill well set to begin this week
    (August 9 Christian Science Monitor) - BP said its 'bottom kill' to plug the Gulf oil spill well permanently should start later this week. BP also deposited its first installment – $3 billion – in the Gulf escrow fund. Read Article

    Gulf spill site becomes an underwater crime scene
    (August 7 AP/Boston Globe) - NEW ORLEANS — Now that BP appears to have vanquished its ruptured well, authorities are turning their attention to gathering evidence from what could amount to a crime scene at the bottom of the sea. Read Article

    BP August 6 Update - Clarification: Comments From BP's Doug Suttles On The Future Of MC252 Reservoir

    BP Says It Might Drill Again In Gulf Reservoir
    (August 6 AP/NPR) - "There's lots of oil and gas here," Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said at a news briefing. "We're going to have to think about what to do with that at some point." Read Article

    BP Keeps Drilling Relief Well After Cementing Macondo From Top
    (Aug. 6 Bloomberg) - BP Plc drilled an additional 15 feet (4.6 meters) of the relief well needed to permanently seal the source of the biggest Gulf of Mexico oil spill in history. Read Article

    BP Fires 10,000 Cleanup Workers
    (Aug. 6 Mother Jones) - New BP CEO Bob Dudley wasn't kidding when he announced last week that it was time for the company to scale back oil-spill cleanup operations. In fact, by the time he'd said that, the responder force had been drawn down by about 25 percent. Read Article

    BP looks to relief well to finish plugging Gulf leak
    (Aug. 6 AFP/Yahoo) - NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – With its runaway well in the Gulf of Mexico finally plugged with cement, BP turned Friday to a relief well to make sure the source of the United States' worst environmental disaster is blocked for good. Read Article

    Disturbing discovery of crabs filled with black substance
    (Aug. 5 FOX8) - A pair of fishermen in Mississippi made an alarming discovery that has many wondering what's happening below the surface in the Gulf of Mexico. They found several full-sized crabs filled with some sort of black substance. Article & Video

    BP Finishes Pumping Cement Into Broken Well
    (Aug. 5 ABC) - BP finished pumping fresh cement into its blown-out oil well Thursday as it aimed to seal for good the ruptured pipe that for months spewed crude into the Gulf of Mexico in one of the world's worst spills. Read Article

    BP August 5 Update - BP Completes Cementing Procedure on MC252 Well

    BP August 5 Update - BP Commences Cementing Procedure on MC252 Well

    BP August 5 Update - BP Authorized to Begin Cementing Procedure on MC252 Well

    The Crime of the Century: What BP and the US Government Don't Want You to Know, Part I
    (Aug. 4 Huffingtonpost) - The unprecedented disaster caused by the BP oil spill at the Deepwater Horizon Mississippi Canyon 252 site continues to expand even as National Incident Commander Thad Allen and BP assert that the situation is improving, the blown-out source capped and holding steady, the situation well in hand and cleanup operations are being scaled back. Read Article

    BP August 4 Update - MC252 Well Reaches Static Condition; Well Monitoring Underway

    BP has backup plans for oil spill if kills fail
    (Aug. 4 Reuters) - HOUSTON - While U.S. officials welcomed the initial success of BP's (BP.L) (BP.N) latest attempt to plug its Gulf of Mexico oil well, the company still has backup options in the event something goes wrong again. Read Article

    BP says `static kill' has overcome oil spill flow
    (Aug. 4 Miami Herald) - After pumping heavy drilling mud for eight hours, BP early Wednesday pronounced it had finally brought its blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico under control. Read Article

    BP August 3 Update - Static Kill Injectivity Testing Commences on MC252 Well

    'Static kill' under way in effort to seal Gulf oil well
    (Aug. 3 CNN) - Houston, Texas (CNN) -- BP is conducting a long-awaited procedure to permanently seal its crippled well in the Gulf of Mexico. It's proceeding with a complex operation known as a "static kill," pumping heavy drilling mud down from above to push oil back into the well reservoir. Read Article

    Oil spill size near upper range of earlier estimates
    (Aug. 3 LA Times) - BP's ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico released more than 200 million gallons of oil before it was capped, government officials said Monday, as the company was poised to stuff the well with dense mud in preparation for a final seal later this month. Read Article

    U.S. Puts Oil Spill Total at Nearly 5 Million Barrels
    (Aug. 2 NY Times) - NEW ORLEANS — Nearly five million barrels of oil have gushed from the BP’s well since the Deepwater Horizon spill began on April 20, federal scientists said on Monday in announcing the most precise estimates yet of the well’s flow rate. Read Article

    BP August 2 Update - Static Kill Injectivity Testing on MC252 Well Expected Tuesday

    Oilgate! BP and All the President's Men (Except One) Seek to Contain Truth of Leak in the Gulf
    (Aug. 2 Huffingtonpost) - Barataria, LA. -- Bonnie Schumaker slowed her souped-up Cessna 180 from 130 to 50 knots so I could hold open the window for documentary film producer Bo Bodart to shoot the grim scene below us. The oil-laced air rushed in and stung our throats and eyes. Read Article

    BP Prepares to Finally Plug Gulf Oil Leak on Monday
    (Aug. 2 CNBC) - BP could start plugging its broken deepsea oil well in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday night, more than three months after its rupture led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Read Article

    Aug. 1 - NOW THEY TELL US? Static "Kill" a MISNOMER; What BP's "really doing" is conducting "test"

    Nungesser: "Thad Allen went to the BP school of how to deny. He's in denial."

    BP to scale back oil spill cleanup
    (July 31 Montgomery Advertiser) - BILOXI, Miss. -- BP's new boss said it's time for a "scaleback" in cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Federal officials said there is no way the crude could reach the East Coast. And fishing areas are starting to reopen. Read Article

    Debris in Relief Well Sets Back Work on Gusher
    (July 31 ABC) - Crews found debris in the bottom of the relief well that ultimately will be used to plug the leak for good, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Friday. The government's point man on the spill said the sediment settled in the relief well last week when crews popped in a plug to keep it safe ahead of Bonnie. Read Article

    Bid to seal oil well next week
    (July 30 Gulf-Times) - BP Plc said yesterday that it could seal its ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well by next week as US lawmakers prepared to vote on reforms that would put tougher restrictions on offshore drilling. Read Article

    First steps in permanent plug soon
    (July 30 GulfNews) - For more than three months, the world has waited for a permanent fix to the BP oil leak. It may not have to wait much longer. As early as tomorrow evening, the oil giant will take the first steps in a weeks-long process that, though highly complex, has a simple idea at its core: to cram a leaky hole full of cement. Read Article

    Dudley To Outline BP Gulf Recovery Plans
    (July 30 KCRA) - NEW ORLEANS -- Incoming BP CEO Bob Dudley was set to outline his company's long-term efforts to help the Gulf of Mexico recover from the oil spill Friday morning, and will be getting help from a Clinton administration-era emergency management official. Read Article

    BP's Press Releases since the 26th have been focused on its financial state of affairs. There is no mention of the "Relief Wells". The Static-Kill/Top-Kill were stated as being band-aid remedies with the Relief Wells being the "cure".

    The only streamed video we see from the ROVs is purely censored video meant for us to see "something". The media really has no clue what is going on down there.

    What is the progress on the Relief Wells?

    A final fix to gulf oil leak may be at hand
    (July 29 Chicago Tribune) - The 'static kill' operation to plug the well for good could begin as early as Sunday. One expert puts its chances of success at 'close to 100%.' Read Article

    Surface of Gulf of Mexico looks better, but millions of gallons of oil remain below
    (July 29 NOLA) - Charter captain Mike Frenette has been wondering whether the news media are living in a parallel universe. The Internet and mainstream media this week are filled with reports that the BP oil disaster is over, that the Gulf is now devoid of the slicks and sheen, and the marshes are no longer being bathed in crude. Read Article

    NOTE: The following article is an example of what to expect now that BP has their PR campaign in high-gear.

    The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?
    (July 29 Time/CNN) - Yes, the spill killed birds — but so far, less than 1% of the birds killed by the Exxon Valdez. Yes, we've heard horror stories about oiled dolphins — but, so far, wildlife response teams have collected only three visibly oiled carcasses of any mammals. Read Article

    Recently we stated we would no longer be posting any of Matt Simmons articles until he actually stated in detail what his theory is. We post the following two links with no malice intended towards Mr. Simmons. These articles are simply the repercussions from his previous statements.

  • A Critical Examination of Matt Simmons’ Claims on the Deepwater Spill
  • Is Matt Simmons Credible?

    Gulf cleanup to shift as oil slicks vanish
    (July 29 msnbc/AP) - NEW ORLEANS — The government's point man for the Gulf spill plans to meet with coastal parish officials Thursday to talk about what's next now that the oil has stopped flowing. Read Article

    (July 28 TravelYucatan.com) - There has yet to be any sightings of oil or oil contaminants in Isla Holbox or Cancun. There have also been no reports or approaching oil, slicks or plumes. Asked if the Mexican Government and Media would hide or fail to disclose information pertaining to any oil sightings, our answer would be; "no-way-José".

    The Mexican Government, be what it may, would respond immediately in regards to protecting the Cancun coastline. The Media would be all over it as well if there was even the slightest hint of oil hitting Cancun's beaches.

    Hurricane Forecast July 28 - All interests are now turning towards the long range prospects of things getting very busy in the tropical Atlantic starting next week. The GFS, Canadian and European models all forecast that Colin will form sometime next week with Danielle and Earl possibly developing during the following week (Week of August 9th).

    The GFS model forecasts that Colin will form east of the Lesser Antilles near 50 West Longitude on Tuesday and then pass just north of the Virgin Islands next Thursday before curving out into the open Atlantic. The GFS model also forecasts that Danielle will form near the Cape Verde Islands next Thursday or Friday before that storm is pulled out into the open Atlantic. Ultimately, the GFS model forecasts that Earl and possibly Fiona will form out in the eastern Atlantic around August 12th.

    The Canadian model forecasts that Colin will develop in the eastern Atlantic near 35 or 40 West Longitude this weekend and be located near 50 West Longitude on Tuesday. Ultimately, the Canadian model forecasts that Colin will be pulled northward well east of the Lesser Antilles later next week. The Canadian model also forecasts that Danielle will form in the southwest Caribbean on Monday and track west-northwest and come ashore on the Yucatan Peninsula next Wednesday.

    The European model is pretty troubling and it's kind of hard to ignore. It forecasts that Colin will form from the tropical disturbance that is now tracking off of the coast of Africa and is located between 15 and 20 West Longitude early this morning. The Euro forecasts that Colin will develop late this weekend or early next week out near 35 or 40 West Longitude. The European model forecasts that this system will track westward and track across the Lesser Antilles (Looks like directly over Dominica and Martinique next Thursday. In 10 days or next Friday, the European model forecasts that Colin will be located in the eastern Caribbean just south of Puerto Rico.

    So, it seems the bottom line is that activity will remain quiet for the next few days, but then it may ramp up pretty rapidly within the next 7 to 10 days, if not sooner. Rainfall total maps from Africa show that it has been pretty wet there over the last week and this is a pretty good signal that things will pick up really soon. Crown Weather Services

    Aerial View of the Gulf - Where's the Oil?
    (July 28 NOLA) - Here is a list, released by Louisiana emergency officials, of areas where oil was sighted Wednesday. The list is not a comprehensive tally of areas affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Read Article

    Aerial View of the Gulf - Where's the Oil?
    (July 28 CBS ) - On day 100 of BP's oil leak, there's some good news to report. Most of the floating blob of oil -- once the size of South Carolina -- is gone. Article & Video

    BP working to increase its ability to contain oil even as plans for 'static kill' move forward
    (July 28 The Times-Picayune) - BP is working to increase its ability to contain oil that could be released from its runaway Gulf of Mexico well, even though it hopes to shut the well down permanently in the coming weeks. Read Article

    Oil spewing from well near Louisiana marsh
    (July 27 msnbc) - Adding insult to the Gulf's injury, a wellhead hit by a tug boat is now spewing oil near a Louisiana marsh area, officials said Tuesday. Read Article

    Gulf Cleanup Chief Needs to Know: 'Where Is All the Oil'?
    (July 27 FOX) - Nearly two weeks after successfully capping the gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico, cleanup crews roving the water's surface have a pressing question at hand: where is the oil? Read Article

    BP July 26 Update

    Plaintiffs Attorneys Knock BP Fund Administrator
    (July 26 Law.com) - A South Florida plaintiffs attorney active in oil spill litigation is calling on the administrator of BP's $20 billion compensation fund to disclose how much the oil giant is paying him and to stop discouraging victims from seeking legal representation. Read Article

    Twitter Report: The Evolving State of Public Sentiment Towards BP and Obama

    Preparations for BP well 'kill' operation move ahead
    (July 25 Yahoo UK) - Engineers moved ahead on Sunday with preparations for a well "kill" operation that officials hope will permanently plug the oil leak causing the worst US environmental disaster. Read Article

    Ships return to Gulf spill site as storm fizzles
    (July 25 AP/La Times) - GRAND ISLE, La. — The fleet tending the blown-out BP well headed back to the oil spill site Saturday after a tropical storm system fizzled, eliminating the threat of dangerously high seas. Read Article

    NOTE: There are two years now that are fairly analogous to this hurricane season, 1998 and to a lesser extent 2004:

    In 1998, we transitioned from an El Nino to a La Nina, which is very similar to this season. One thing to point out is that in 1998, the first named storm did not occur until July 27th with the second named storm occurring on August 19th. From the period of August 19th and October 10th, there were 11 named storms, 8 of those becoming hurricanes and 2 of those hurricanes becoming major hurricanes. Also, the 1998 hurricane season ran late with a named storm in late November and early December. In all, the 1998 hurricane season produced 14 named storms, 10 of those becoming hurricanes and 3 of those hurricanes becoming major hurricanes.

    The 2004 hurricane season did not kick off until July 31st with the first named storm. Then between July 31st and October 11th, there were 14 named storms, 9 of those storms becoming hurricanes and 6 of those hurricanes becoming major hurricanes. The 2004 hurricane season, much like 1998, ran late with a named storm in late November and early December. In all, the 2004 hurricane season produced 15 named storms, 9 of those becoming hurricanes and 6 of those hurricanes becoming major hurricanes. Crown Weather Services

    Researchers confirm subsea Gulf oil plumes are from BP well
    (July 23 McClatchy) - ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Through a chemical fingerprinting process, University of South Florida researchers have definitively linked clouds of underwater oil in the northern Gulf of Mexico to BP's runaway Deepwater Horizon well — the first direct scientific link between the subsurface oil clouds commonly known as "plumes" and the BP oil spill, USF officials said Friday. Read Article

    University of South Florida Press Release

    Capping the Well Video - [BP] An in-depth account of how remotely operated vehicles were used to fit the sealing cap on the Macondo well.

    BP Response in Video - BPs attempt to sway public opinion in their favor.

    BP July 23 Update

    There was no official BP July 22 Update [GOM Press Release] We did see more commercials on CBS and NBC describing BP as the best company ever!

    Cap to remain in place if storm forces evacuation of gulf well site
    (July 22 St. Petersburg Times) - Federal and BP officials have decided that if they have to evacuate the Deepwater Horizon well site because of a tropical storm, the cap now on the well will remain. Read Article

    Waters Reopen To Shrimping
    (July 21 WKRG) - Fishermen are reminded to maintain at least 65 feet away from oil booms. [hmmm...tastey Corexit Shrimp basted in Butoxyethanol!] Read Article

    Gathering storm halts BP operation to kill well
    (July 21 Washington Post) - With weather conditions deteriorating in the eastern Caribbean, BP stopped work Wednesday on efforts to finally kill its blown-out well and installed a plug in the relief well as protection if the seas get rough. Read Article

    Matt Simmons Says Gulf Clean Up Will Cost Over $1 Trillion, Sees BP At $1, Says "We Have Now Killed The GoM"
    (July 21 ZeroHedge) - Matt Simmons shares some startling revelations in his latest Bloomberg TV interview, in which he says none of the propaganda matters on TV 24/7 (photoshopped or not) as the ultimate clean up cost will likely be well over $1 trillion, and a result he is unconcerned about his BP short. Video & Article

    I Think I Understand What Matt Simmons Is Talking About...

    July 21 (Oil Drum Thread) - BP’s Deepwater Oil Spill – the 3-ram stack – and open thread 2

    There was no official BP July 21 Update [GOM Press Release] Although we did see a commercial on CBS during the CBS Evening News [$$$] proclaiming what a swell company they are.

    Gulf Oil Spill: Relief Well Could Be Completed By This Weekend
    (July 21 HuffingtonPost/AP) - NEW ORLEANS - Three months into the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the federal government's spill chief says a relief tunnel should finally reach BP's broken well by the weekend, meaning the gusher could be snuffed for good within two weeks. Read Article

    There was no official BP July 20 Update [GOM Press Release]

    Gulf oil spill update: Operational overview from Admiral Zukunft, Navy airship (blimp) aerial video
    (July 20 News Examiner) - Yesterday, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft gave an operational overview of recent efforts in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. The Admiral is Federal On-Scene Coordinator for what has turned out to be the biggest oil spill response in U.S. history. He said that 40,122 people; 5,640 vessels and 116 aircraft are working in this operation. Video & Article

    Feds tamp down fears leaks mean BP well unstable
    (July 20 Yahoo) WASHINGTON – The federal government's oil spill chief said Tuesday that seepage two miles from BP's oil cap is coming from another well, tamping down fears that leaks mean the ruptured well is unstable. Read Article

    July 20 (Oil Drum Thread) - BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - White House Press Secretary Gibbs Confirms "Ruptured Oil Well Leaking from Top" and a Seep Two Miles Away (and Open Thread 3)

    There are lots of naturally occurring oil seeps in the floor of the Gulf of Mexico.

    BP July 19 Update

    BP Considers New Plan to Permanently Seal Well
    (July 19 NY Times) As scientists on Monday allayed concerns that BP’s well in the Gulf of Mexico was damaged, the company said it was considering an alternative plan that could permanently seal the gusher sooner than had been anticipated. Read Article

    Hearings: Fewer cement-seal devices used than were available
    (July 19 NOLA) This is an update from the joint hearings by the Coast Guard and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement investigating the causes of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Read Article

    BP Top Kill Redux. Now Called the "Static Kill"
    (July 19 The Daily Hurricane) I'm listening to Kent Wells Monday afternoon McBriefing. After all of the normal generalities, he has just dropped the bomb that they're considering the "static kill". He said that it's not approved and they studying it, and then did not elaborate. So far, the press hasn't picked up on it and are mostly focused on the Hatfields and McCoys style feud that kicked up yesterday after the Suttles briefing. Read Article

    New leaks could rupture sea floor
    (July 19 FOX Tampa Bay) WASHINGTON - Four days after the capping of the well, trouble may be seeping into the Gulf of Mexico.

    "There have been three general areas of anomalies that have been detected since the 17th of July. The first one was a seepage about three nautical miles from the well head itself," according to National Incident Commander Thad Allen. Read Article

    Natt Simmons interview with Kingsworld

    Oil Cap Leaking: Seepage Detected Two Miles From Wellhead
    (July 19 AP) NEW ORLEANS - Oil and gas are leaking from the cap on BP's ruptured oil well but the cork will stay in place for now, the federal government's point man on the spill said Monday. Read Article

    Oil spill media blackout UPDATE for Tampa, Florida: Gulf oil spill sea floor leak now confirmed
    (July 19 Examiner) NEW ORLEANS - BP has confirmed that there is an oil leak on the sea floor several miles away from the Deepwater Horizon's damaged blowout preventer. The undisclosed specific location of the sub- sea leak is reported to be billowing oil and deadly methane gas. Video & Article

    Seepage Detected Near BP's Busted Oil Well
    (July 19 AOL) NEW ORLEANS - A seep near the oil well that had been spewing into the Gulf of Mexico is adding a new twist to a disagreement between BP and the government over what to do next now that the oil has been capped. Read Article

    Allen: Seep detected at oil spill site
    (July 18 CNN) - Tests relating to the recently recapped oil well in the Gulf of Mexico have detected a "seep a distance from the well," Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said in a letter to a BP official.

    Allen, in a letter to BP Chief Managing Director Bob Dudley, directs BP to provide a written procedure for restarting flow from the well if oil seepage near the wellhead is confirmed. Video & Article


    Leak gets bad at around the 5:00 mark of the video.

    Report: Seep found near BP’s capped oil well
    (July 18 The Hill) - A federal official said Sunday that scientists are concerned about a seep and possible methane seen near BP's busted oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Both could be signs there are leaks in the well that's been capped off for three days. Read Article

    BP July 18 Breifing
    BP: Audio of TechBriefing - July 18, 2010 at 7:30 am CST

    BP, feds at odds over next steps with cap?
    (July 18 msnbc) - NEW ORLEANS — Adding confusion to the capping delays that were followed by a test extension, BP and the federal government seemed to be at odds Sunday over what the next steps for the busted Gulf oil well will be.

    A senior BP executive on Sunday appeared to lean towards keeping the well capped, assuming the well integrity test is declared a success, until a relief well is drilled and the well plugged with cement. Read Article

    BP says it plans to keep gulf oil well cap closed
    (July 18 Washington Post) - In a press conference Sunday morning, a BP executive said that a mechanical "cap" used to shut off the geyser still seems to be holding. As a result, he said, "right now there is no target set to open the well back up to flow" -- and it could remain shut until a "relief well" can plug the leak at its source. Read Article

    Geologist: Depletion of Oil Reservoir "Unlikely"
    (July 18 ZeroHedge) - There are 4 alternative explanations for the unexpectedly low oil pressure in the BP well: (1) A leak in the pipe in the well bore; (2) flow under the well between sand layers; (3) a blockage in the well; or (4) depletion of the oil reservoir Read Article

    Recapped Gulf oil well continues to hold
    (July 18 CNN) -- The recently recapped oil well in the Gulf of Mexico could remain closed until the relief well is drilled if tests remain favorable, a BP official said Sunday morning.

    BP's Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said a variety of tests show oil and gas are not escaping. Read Article

    U.S. Orders BP to Reopen Gulf Well and Capture Oil After Tests
    July 18 (Bloomberg) -- BP Plc was ordered by U.S. officials to open its sealed Macondo gusher in the Gulf of Mexico and resume capturing the escaping oil after it concludes tests on the well. Read Article

    Simmons' Take on the Oil Spill in the Gulf
    "Keep in mind when the well blew, the rig caught fire and the guy at the joystick on the rig moved the rig away from the well so people could jump off," said Simmons. "Then the water boats pushed the rig farther from the well." Simmons described the real blowout as an open hole gushing 120,000 barrels of toxic crude every day below the surface of the Gulf six or seven miles away from the riser. And BP is ignoring it, he said. Read Article

    Multiple oil rig leaks now threaten entire Gulf
    Despite the admittedly Herculean efforts on the part of British Petroleum to contain and stop the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the situation might have suddenly become much worse.

    The main oil slick has now been measured and reaches 142 miles from the wellhead. The main oil slick...other slicks have been discovered. Read Article

    Three oil leaks in Gulf possible
    An analysis of satellite imagery suggests there may be oil leaks at three separate sites in the Gulf of Mexico, in addition to the possibility of three leaks at the Deepwater Horizon site. Read Article

    BP July 17 Breifing
    BP: Audio of TechBriefing - July 17, 2010 at 7:30 am CST

    BP: No sign of leaks as capped well nears 48 hours
    (YAHOO July 17) - NEW ORLEANS – BP's experimental cap was holding Saturday as the final hours ticked away in a two-day trial run to make sure it keeps oil from pouring into the Gulf of Mexico without blowing a new leak in the busted well. Read Article

    Giant oil skimmer 'A Whale' deemed a bust for Gulf of Mexico spill
    (NOLA July 16) - The massive "A Whale" oil skimmer has effectively been beached after it proved inefficient in sucking up oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill.

    The oil is too dispersed to take advantage of the converted Taiwanese supertanker's enormous capacity, said Bob Grantham, a spokesman for shipowner TMT. Read Article

    BP July 16 Breifing

    Professor: Low pressure reading may suggest well has lost power, not that it's leaking
    (NOLA July 16) - As a team of scientists works to interpret pressure readings inside the blown-out Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, a geologist who has been following the gusher said a pressure reading of lower than the 8,000 to 9,000 pounds per square inch target that officials have said they are hoping for does not necessarily indicate bad news. Read Article

    (CNN AC 360) reports a new Gallup poll shows that the percentage of Americans who think the Gulf Oil Spill is the top problem facing the USA has dropped from 18% in June to 7% in July.

    Yes, these are dead fish. Click to see more misery.

    Click to see full size image.

    BP executives and the leading government official for oilspill response say they are confident the DDIII rig will successfullydrill through its target, the blown-out Macondo well, creating therelief well intended to be the ultimate solution for stopping an oilgusher in the Gulf of Mexico that has persisted for 76 days so far.Once it is complete, the relief well, which is being drilled throughthousands of feet of rock beneath the sea floor, will pump enough mudinto the Macondo well at just the right rate to overcome the flow of oil. Read Article

    Deepwater Oil Spill - the Last Cement Job? From The OilDrum

    Oil taints food chain in Gulf of Mexico
    Dr. Hoffmayer is worried about the whale sharks. He recently observed 100 whale sharks just 60 miles west of the leaking oil well.

    "The hope was that yes, they'd be able to detect it and stay away. But based on a few recent observations they are well within the site of the oil and within oil, suggests that they are not seeing this is a toxic signal and that they are feeding in areas of the oil." Read Article


    TechnicalPlan_Draft4.2.01 -

    Gulf Disaster Fly-Over

    Gulf Oil Spill Whaleshark

    Gulf Current Cancun

    NOTE: The currents presently flow away from the Yucatan Peninsula pushing the oil and gunk Northward. To see the Ocean Forecast Map in realtime see: Oil Spill Animations & Forecasts.

    Concentrations of 0.0005 and Higher - June 18, 2010 - Google Earth version This animation, displayed using Google Earth software, provides sharpened contrast between comparatively clear ocean and areas of higher dye concentration by eliminating dye concentrations below 0.0005 (a dilution of 2,000 times relative to the source). As a result, the area covered in beige (most diluted) is reduced compared to the animations released on June 3, 2010 (see below), with some of the lowest concentrations becoming transparent.

    The animation shows one scenario of how oil released in the upper 65 feet of the ocean at the location of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on April 20 in the Gulf of Mexico could move. This is not a forecast, but rather, it illustrates a likely dispersal pathway of the oil for roughly four months following the spill. It assumes oil spilling continuously from April 20 to June 20. The colors represent a dilution factor ranging from red (most concentrated) to beige (most diluted).

    The simulations do not make any assumptions about the daily rate or total amount of oil spilled and the dilution factor does not attempt to estimate the actual barrels of oil at any spot. Instead, one unit per day of a liquid "dye tracer" is injected in the model at the spill site (injected continuously over the period April 20 through June 20). The animation shows possible scenarios of what might happen to dye released in the upper 65 feet of ocean at the spill site. The dilution factor depicts how dye released at the site of the spill will be progressively diluted as it is transported and mixed by ocean currents. For example, areas showing a dilution factor of 0.01 would have one-hundredth the concentration of oil present at the spill site.

    The animation is based on a computer model simulation, using a virtual dye, that assumes weather and current conditions similar to those that occur in a typical year. It is one of a set of six scenarios (view these below) that simulate possible pathways the oil might take under a variety of oceanic conditions. Each of the six scenarios shows the same overall movement of oil through the Gulf to the Atlantic and up the East Coast. However, the timing and fine-scale details differ, depending on the details of the ocean currents in the Gulf. (Visualization by Michael Burek, NCAR; based on model simulations.)
    Source: UCAR

    This animation shows one scenario of how oil released at the location of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on April 20 in the Gulf of Mexico may move in the upper 65 feet of the ocean. This is not a forecast, but rather, it illustrates a likely dispersal pathway of the oil for roughly four months following the spill. It assumes oil spilling continuously from April 20 to June 20. The colors represent a dilution factor ranging from red (most concentrated) to beige (most diluted).

    The simulations do not make any assumptions about the daily rate or total amount of oil spilled and the dilution factor does not attempt to estimate the actual barrels of oil at any spot. Instead, one unit per day of a liquid "dye tracer" is injected in the model at the spill site (injected continuously over the period April 20 through June 20). The animation shows possible scenarios of what might happen to dye released in the upper 65 feet of ocean at the spill site. The dilution factor depicts how dye released at the site of the spill will be progressively diluted as it is transported and mixed by ocean currents. For example, areas showing a dilution factor of 0.01 would have one-hundredth the concentration of oil present at the spill site.

    The animation is based on a computer model simulation, using a virtual dye, that assumes weather and current conditions similar to those that occur in a typical year. It is one of a set of six scenarios released today (animations and still images) that simulate possible pathways the oil might take under a variety of oceanic conditions. Each of the six scenarios shows the same overall movement of oil through the Gulf to the Atlantic and up the East Coast. However, the timing and fine-scale details differ, depending on the details of the ocean currents in the Gulf. (Visualization by Tim Scheitlin and Mary Haley, NCAR; based on model simulations.)
    Source: UCAR

    Cleanup Actions
    Global Green has spent the past few months working to enable greater media access, provide assistance to local fishing communities, protect injured wildlife and to lobby Congress to enforce tougher regulations on the oil and coal industries. Volunteer with Global Green or donate to their 100x100 campaign -- $100 to mark 100 days -- to support these efforts.

    Mobile Baykeeper, an affiliate of Waterkeeper Alliance, is dedicating resources to educate potential volunteers on how to help and address the long-term environmental change needed in the Gulf region. Make a donation to these efforts.

    •The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has dedicated their resources to aiding the environment, wildlife and citizens of the Gulf region. Through August 5, for every dollar you donate to EDF, supporters Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham will donate two dollars, until they reach their $100,000 goal. The EDF proposes to encourage Congress to finish all restoration projects for which money has been set aside.

    •The Sierra Club is gathering volunteers to help with the cleanup efforts. Sign up online to volunteer and the Sierra Club will help you find the right opportunities for you.

    •The Coalition To Restore Coastal Louisiana is also helping to coordinate volunteers. You can register online to volunteer or make a donation.

    CrisisCamp's April 30 conference call compiled information about potential relief efforts -- review the meeting notes, containing volunteer information with nonprofits and information from government organizations. You can also continue to follow the CrisisCamp oil spill Twitter list for updates.

    Wildlife Actions

    •The National Wildlife Federation has set up mobile giving services to support their work in the Gulf Coast. Donors can send a text message with the code "WILDLIFE" to 20222 to automatically give a $10 donation to help wildlife affected by the oil spill.

    The National Audubon Society is asking concerned citizens to donate or volunteer. Sign up to get trained and volunteer to help local birds.

    •The Oiled Wildlife Care Network is recruiting volunteers on a state-by-state basis, information for which can be found on Deepwater Horizon's Facebook page.

    •The International Bird Rescue Research Center has deployed a professional rescue team to the Gulf Coast to help birds covered in oil. Though they are not accepting volunteers at this time, you can help by making a donation to support their ongoing wildfowl rehabilitation efforts or by adopting a bird through their website.

    Support For Gulf Citizens

    •The Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) has set up a fund to benefit Gulf fishermen and their families in the parishes of Plaquemines, St. Bernard, lower Jefferson, Terrebonne, and Lafourche. GNOF funds also support equipment and training for volunteers and the Louisiana SPCA to take care of pets that many families can no longer afford to care for.

    •Oxfam America is working to help affected communities with financial assistance, as well as protect local wetlands and marshes. Make a tax-deductible donation to Oxfam America.

    •Go to the Gulf! Businesses from Louisiana to Florida are hurting due to a lack of tourism. Put money back into the local economy -- SouthCoastUSA has resources from all Gulf states to help plan a trip to the region.

    Political Actions
    Give BP a call. Numbers are listed for their offices throughout the United States. The BP Volunteer Hotline has also set up numbers if you need to report injured wildlife or damage related to the spill. You can request volunteer information at 1-866-448-5816.

    •In addition to their volunteer opportunities, the Sierra Club is offering a chance to contact President Obama to call for an end to all offshore drilling proposals.

    Oceana's goal is to reach 500,000 names on a petition to stop offshore drilling permanently. A map on their website displays how much the oil has spread across the Gulf as well as the location of wildlife in relation to the spill.

    •Petition sites are packed with letters to politicians that you can sign on to. Care2's The Petition Site, aiming to encourage President Obama to reconsider his plan to expand offshore drilling and instead invest in clean energy resources, has surpassed their goal of 10,000 signatures, but is still encouraging citizens to add their voice to the cause. A similar petition can be found on TrueMajority.org.

    •Join the Facebook group 1 Million Strong Against Offshore Drilling. Check out the action page for more suggestions of how to lend your voice to the anti-drilling movement, and invite 100 of your friends to join as well.

    •If you want to do more after writing to your representatives, you can always boycott BP products. The main ones you use? Arco and ampm. If Americans stopped buying gas and products from these places, they'd feel it.

    Saw something here and don't see it now? Anything that has appeared on this page, but is now missing, has been moved to:
    Gulf Oil Disaster Archives

  • Monitoring Operation as well as "Response and Preparedness" for the Yucatan Peninsula coastline, which includes Cancun and the islands of Isla Holbox, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel, is under the supervision of the Mexican Navy Department, SEMARNAT, PROFEPA, ECOSUR and CINVESTAV.

    GOM Wildlife Satellite Tracking
    Seaturtle.org provides extremely valuable information about the movements of sea turtles and other animals in the Gulf of Mexico that will help us determine how they have been impacted by the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill and future oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico.

    GOM Cleanup Actions - Get Involved!
    Wildlife Adoption Program
    Project AWARE - How Can Divers Help?

    NOAA Oil Spill Response Daily Updates

    NOAA has launched a federal website meant to provide data and information with clarity and transparency – GeoPlatform.gov a one-stop shop for detailed near-real-time information about the response to the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill.

    Where is the Oil Spill?

    It's the largest environmental disaster in U.S. - and possibly world - history.

    But do you know exactly where it is? Could you point to a map and show where the oil rig sank?


    OIL SPILL TRACKING RESOURCES

    Gulf Coastal Ocean Observing System
    NY Times Tracking the Oil Spill in the Gulf
    Gulf Oil Spill Tracker
    Model Of Oil Spill From U South Florida
    US Dept of Interior Daily Impact Assessment
    UCAR Oil Spill Animations & Forecasts
    WBRZ Oil Spill Tracker, Baton Rouge
    ROFFS Oil Spill Monitoring
    Modeling Long Term Movement of Oil

    CSTARS Satellite Images of the Oil Spill
    Live feeds from the Gulf of Mexico ROVs
    Akamai BP Oil Spill Live Streams
    Frequency [tracking oil spill video]

    Track the Geco Topaz Seismic Ship
    NOAA Ship Tracker [Pisces]
    Marine Traffic [ship tracking]
    Sailwx [live marine info]

    OIL SPILL INFORMATION RESOURCES

    Gulf Oil Spill Health Hazards
    Deepwater Horizon Joint Investigation
    Academic Task Force
    Oil Spill Research and Monitoring Database
    The White House Blog: Deepwater BP Oil Spill
    EPA Response to BP Spill
    NASA Oil Spill Information and Imagery
    Florida Oil Spill Law
    MODIS Rapid Response System
    Gulf Emergency Summit
    Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Portal
    The College of Marine Science [Models]
    Rutgers University Fleet Deployments
    National Weather Service Support Page
    News Now [oil spill headlines collector]
    Thomas Jefferson DH Mission Report

    RELATED INFORMATION RESOURCES

    Glossary of Oil Drilling Terms
    Schlumberger MS Canyon Block 252 Timeline
    Tropical Atlantic - Water Vapor Loop
    BP Spill Solutions
    GOM Oil Spill Image Library
    GOM Lower Tertiary Play
    GOM Oil/Gas Fields/Pipelines
    AOML Ocean Conditions in the GOM
    Ocean Therapy Solutions (Kevin Costner)
    Types of Crude Oil
    The Oil Drum - Discussions Energy/Future
    Gulf Oil Spill Health Hazards
    The Weather Channel Oil Spill Page
    GLORIA Geology Interpretation Map
    Gulf of Mexico: A Mega-Province
    Map of Oil-Spills in History 1901 -2010
    UltraTech Spill Containment Products
    NASA GOM Satellite Images: FAQ
    Satellite Imaging of Oil Slicks - A Primer
    Timeline of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

    GOM Active Leases and Infrastructure
    US Gulf Wells/Bore-Holes (SAS/Graph map)
    Well Testing Application
    BP's 2009 Application to Drill Macondo Wells
    Well Activity Reports Online Query
    Oil Wells in this long/lat

    GULF BIRDS IN DANGER

    Bird species at risk along the fragile gulf coast include Louisiana's state bird, the Brown Pelican, Royal Terns, Caspian Terns, Beach-nesting shorebirds: American Oystercatcher, Wilson’s Plover, Snowy Plover; Marsh birds: Mottled Duck, Clapper Rail, Black Rail, Seaside Sparrow.

    Map of Oil Spill in Relation to Important Bird Areas
    Gulf Oil Spill Birds

    (July 14) - Oil Hits Louisiana's Largest Seabird Nesting Area

    American Bird Conservancy
    International Bird Rescue Research Center

    Gulf Oil Cleanup Crews Trample Nesting Birds

    National Geographic News (July 6) - Standing on a white-sand beach at Florida's Gulf Islands National Seashore Thursday, blotchy stains from the Gulf oil spill could be seen creeping past the red-lettered "keep out" signs meant to protect nesting shorebirds.

    And, according to conservationists, some well-meaning cleanup crews who unknowingly walk into nesting habitat may be doing more harm than the oil itself, experts say. Read Article

    Oil Spill Could Trigger Massive Rescue
    Effort of Florida's Manatees

    Gulf Oil Spill Birds

    "We do know that the oil is toxic and depending on how weathered it is, it can have a lot of harmful effects if manatees come in contact with it," said Patrick Rose, executive director of Save the Manatee Club. Article & Video

    Meet Menhaden - Before This
    Ecologically Critical Fish Vanishes

    Ever heard of menhaden? Probably not, although perhaps you're familiar with the fish’s other names: bunker, pogies, mossbacks, bugmouths, alewifes, and fat-backs. You may be surprised to learn they’re the most important fish in the Atlantic and Gulf waters. Article & Video

    Millions Of Fish Wash Ashore In Gulfport

    (July 20 WDSU) - GULFPORT, Miss. -- Something besides oil washed ashore along a section of beach in Gulfport this week.

    Millions of small dead fish have washed ashore just east of Jones Park. The fish are believed to be Menhaden.

    Low oxygen levels in the water are typically to blame when large numbers of the tiny fish wash up dead, experts said. Harrison County leaders said it's too soon to tell if the fish-kill is related to the oil spill.

    “If it’s oil-related, the BP contractors will have to pick it up,” Harrison County Sand Beach Director Bobby Weaver said. “If not, we’ll dispatch a county crew to come down here and get it."

    By early Monday afternoon, sand beach crews started scooping up the dead fish and raking the sand. They were loaded on a dump truck and taken to the landfill.

    Animal Autopsies In Gulf Yield A Mystery

    (July 15) GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle lay belly-up on the metal autopsy table, as pallid as split-pea soup but for the bright orange X spray-painted on its shell, proof that it had been counted as part of the Gulf of Mexico’s continuing “unusual mortality event.”

    Under the practiced knife of Dr. Brian Stacy, a veterinary pathologist who estimates that he has dissected close to 1,000 turtles over the course of his career, the specimen began to reveal its secrets: First, as the breastplate was lifted away, a mass of shriveled organs in the puddle of stinking red liquid that is produced as decomposition advances. Next, the fat reserves indicating good health. Then, as Dr. Stacy sliced open the esophagus, the most revealing clue: a morsel of shrimp, the last thing the turtle ate.

    “You don’t see shrimp consumed as part of the normal diet” of Kemp’s ridleys, Dr. Stacy said.

    This turtle, found floating in the Mississippi Sound on June 18, is one of hundreds of dead creatures collected along the Gulf Coast since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. Swabbed for oil, tagged and wrapped in plastic “body bags” sealed with evidence tape, the carcasses — many times the number normally found at this time of year — are piling up in freezer trucks stationed along the coast, waiting for scientists like Dr. Stacy, who works for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to begin the process of determining what killed them. Read Article

    Oil Spill: Gulf Environment Trampled
    By Messy Cleanup Operation

    (July 21 Huffingtonpost) FOURCHON BEACH, La. — The 5,600 vessels taking part in the oil spill operation on the Gulf of Mexico make up the largest fleet assembled since the Allied invasion of Normandy, according to the Coast Guard.

    Hordes of helicopters, bulldozers, Army trucks, ATVs, barges, dredges, airboats, workboats, cleanup crews, media, scientists and volunteers have descended on the beaches, blue waters and golden marshes of the Gulf Coast.

    That's a lot of propellers, anchors, tires, and feet for a fragile ecosystem to take, and a tough truth is emerging: In many places, the oil cleanup itself is causing environmental damage. Read Article

    For Oysters, a ‘Remedy’ Turned Catastrophe

    (July 21 NY Times) - In late April, just days into what has turned out to be the largest oil spill in American history, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, with the support of local parish officials, ordered the opening of giant valves on the Mississippi River, releasing torrents of freshwater that they hoped would push oil back out to sea.

    Now, reports indicate that the freshwater diversions have had a catastrophic impact on southeastern Louisiana’s oyster beds that is far in excess of the damage done by oil from the spill. Read Article

    Gulf Oil Spill Capture

    Oil Spill Capture

    A graphical look at the methods being used to combat the spread of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Full Article

    From The OilDrum
    First of all...set aside all your thoughts of plugging the well and stopping it from blowing out oil using any method from the top down. Plugs, big valves to just shut it off, pinching the pipe closed, installing a new bop or lmrp, shooting any epoxy in it, top kills with mud etc etc etc....forget that, it won't be happening..it's done and over. In fact actually opening up the well at the subsea source and allowing it to gush more is not only exactly what has happened, it was probably necessary, or so they think anyway. Read Article

    MEXICO CITY — Mexican officials fear the Gulf oil spill could reach their coasts if the leak is not stopped by August, when seasonal currents start to reverse and flow south. They also worry about the impact of the upcoming hurricane season.

    So far prevailing currents have carried at least 4 million gallons of spilled oil from a damaged BP well toward the north and east, away from Mexico and toward U.S. shores.

    But those currents start to shift by August, and by October the prevailing currents have reversed toward Mexico.

    Carlos Morales, the head of exploration and production for the state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos oil company, said Wednesday that if efforts to quickly block the leak with new valves or other devices fail, it could take four to five more months to drill another well that would relieve the pressure fueling the leak.

    "That is the range we are talking about, from a week or two to four to five months," Morales said at a news conference.

    He added that Mexico has sent several thousand meters (yards) of containment booms to the United States to help fight the spill. He said Mexico has about 120 official vessels in the Gulf that could participate in containment efforts if needed.

    Environment Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada also told local media that officials are concerned the hurricane season – which begins in the Atlantic on June 1 – could potentially stir up or spread the oil slick farther.

    Mexico's government is particularly worried about the potential impact on coastal lagoons along Mexico's northern Gulf coast.

    At least two species of sea turtles could be severely affected, including the endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, said the head of Mexico's governmental biodiversity council, Jose Sarukhan.

    "This is potentially a big problem ... because of the size of the (turtle) populations and their susceptibility to damage," he said.

    Mexico's Defense and Environment departments and the state oil company are carrying out a three-day drill of oil spill contingency procedures that concludes Thursday. The drills include containing and collecting simulated spills and helping affected wildlife.

    An April 20 explosion on BP's deepwater oil rig killed 11 men and unleashed a powerful gusher.

    On Tuesday, Elvira Quesada said that BP must be held responsible for the spill and that his staff is researching international environmental law to see what legal actions it might take.

    "It is important and necessary that such errors, omissions, accidents, do not go unpunished," he said. "The biodiversity that is affected is a biodiversity that is common to all beings on the planet."

    GULF COAST RESEARCH LABORATORY

    Photos from the Atlantic Bluefin research expedition in the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current

    Preliminary Sampling for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

    Research Needs to Assess Oil-Related Impacts on Whale Sharks in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

    Audio Reports from R/V Tommy Munro in the Gulf Loop Current

    This is the drilling platform which exploded and sank.

    COREXIT

    Prompt deployment of Nalco COREXIT® oil spill dispersants is one very effective and proven method of minimizing the impact of a spill on the environment. When the COREXIT dispersants are deployed on the spilled oil, the oil is broken up into tiny bio-degradable droplets that immediately sink below the surface where they continue to disperse and bio-degrade. This quickly removes the spilled oil from surface drift…reducing direct exposure to birds, fish and sea animals in the spill environment. By keeping the oil from adhering to wildlife COREXIT dispersants effectively protect the environment.

    Nalco also offers a COREXIT technology designed for shoreline protection and cleaning. It has been specifically designed to remove a wide range of crude oil and petroleum products from contaminated shoreline surfaces, including certain vegetation. Major test programs at both Louisiana State University and the University of Miami clearly showed that COREXIT EC9580A can save mangroves and marsh grass if applied early after oiling.

    The senior policy analyst at the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response - and former the EPA ombudsman's chief investigator - agrees, telling Democracy Now today:

    Corexit is one of a number of dispersants, that are toxic, that are used to atomize the oil and force it down the water column so that it’s invisible to the eye. In this case, these dispersants were used in massive quantities, almost two million gallons so far, to hide the magnitude of the spill and save BP money. And the government—both EPA, NOAA, etc.—have been sock puppets for BP in this cover-up. Now, by hiding the amount of spill, BP is saving hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in fines, and so, from day one, there was tremendous economic incentive to use these dispersants to hide the magnitude of the gusher that’s been going on for almost three months.

    Watch video of interview:

  • EPA: Dispersants

  • Nalco Oil Dispersant Information

  • EPA's Toxicity Testing of Dispersants

    In Defiance of EPA Orders, BP Pumps Over 1 Million Gallons of Corexit, a Neurotoxin Pesticide, into the Gulf of Mexico.

    The main ingredient of Corexit is 2-Butoxyethanol which can make up to 60% of the dispersant and is known to be toxic to blood, kidneys, liver, and the central nervous system (CNS). 2-Butoxyethanol is also known to cause cancer, birth defects and has been found to cause genetic mutations and is a delayed chronic health hazard as well as an environmental hazardous material.

    Want facts? Check out the Material Safety Data Sheet for 2-Butoxyethanol at:

    http://www.sciencelab.com/xMSDS-2_Butoxyethanol-9923187

    Even the Dept of Transportation classifies 2-Butoxyethanol as “CLASS 6.1: Poisonous material” for transportation purposes.

    While the main ingredient, 2-Butoxyethanol, which makes up to 60% of Corexit is reason enough to cause concern, the other components of COREXIT 9500 and 9527 are:

    CAS Registry Number Chemical Name

    57-55-6
    1,2-Propanediol
    111-76-2
    2-butoxy-Ethanol
    577-11-7
    Butanedioic acid, 2-sulfo-, 1,4-bis(2-ethylhexyl) ester, sodium salt (1:1)
    1338-43-8
    Sorbitan, mono-(9Z)-9-octadecenoate
    9005-65-6
    Sorbitan, mono-(9Z)-9-octadecenoate, poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl) derivs.
    9005-70-3
    Sorbitan, tri-(9Z)-9-octadecenoate, poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl) derivs
    29911-28-2
    2-Propanol, 1-(2-butoxy-1-methylethoxy)-
    64742-47-8
    Distillates (petroleum), hydrotreated light

    The Monsanto - Nalco (Corexit) Connection
    The same man who is EVP and CFO of the evil corporate giant Monsanto -- the greatest threat to nature and life as we know it -- is also the Director of Nalco, the maker of the toxic, carcinogenic chemical Corexit? From the Daily Paul

    Benzene And Hydrogen Sulfide: The Real Dangers From The Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill?
    While most of the attention so far has been on the millions of gallons of oil that have escaped from the damaged BP rig in the Gulf of Mexico, many environmentalists are now wondering if the real danger to humans from this whole crisis may be the massive amounts of benzene and hydrogen sulfide that are escaping into the air. Read Article

  • Oil dispersant does not pose environmental threat, early EPA findings suggest
  • EPA Dispersants

  • New BP Data Show 20% of Gulf Spill Responders Exposed to Chemical That Sickened Valdez Workers

  • Dead Zone in Gulf Linked to Oil

  • (July 14) - Gulf Seafood Gets Chemically Tested for Oil, Not Dispersant

    CONSORTIUM

    BP is testing a non-naturally occurring bacteria in the Gulf which, has the ability to eat oil. The bacteria is reported to be called "Consortium". We do not know if this is the official name as the technique is also known as a "consortium of bacteria".

    The important role that layers of cianobacteria (photosynthetic microorganisms) play in the process of degradation in oil spillages at sea or along the coat is widely known. However recent research undertaken by the Environmental Microbiology Group at the UAB has shown that these cianobacteria, specifically Microcoleus chthonoplastes coming from the Ebro Delta, cannot do this alone but need to create a consortium with three bacteria.

    OIL POSES THREAT TO WHALE SHARKS, TUNA

    Gulf Oil Spill Isla Holbox

    HOW YOU CAN HELP

    The Alabama Coastal Foundation is collecting contact information from volunteers for cleanup efforts along the Alabama coast should the oil spill reach the state's shores. Call 251-990-6002

    The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program is looking for volunteers to help reduce the potential impact of the oil spill in Mobile Bay. Call 251-431-6409.

    The Mobile Baykeeper is collecting contact information for volunteers to respond anywhere along the Gulf Coast, if needed. Call 251-433-4229.

    Save Our Seabirds is a Florida bird rescue group that is looking for support as its response team prepares to help oiled wildlife. Call 941-388-3010.

    The National Wildlife Federation is looking for volunteers and support to help spot distressed or oiled wildlife, and to assist in the cleanup and restoration efforts along the coast of Louisiana. You can text the word "NWF" to 20222. That'll donate $10 to the National Wildlife Federation through your phone bill.

    In addition to the wildlife specific organizations, others are also looking to assist with the effects of the oil spill.

    The Greater New Orleans Foundation, which serves the 13 parishes that comprise New Orleans, has opened the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund, which will offer emergency grants to nonprofit organizations helping the victims of the oil spill, and address the long-term economic, environmental, and cultural effects of the disaster.

    The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana's mission is to help restore and protect a sustainable coastal Louisiana. They are accepting volunteers and support to assist with spill recovery efforts.

    The Gulf Coast states likely to be affected have also set up sites where information about volunteering can be found: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.

    United Way has launched the Gulf Recovery Fund, which is providing emergency assistance and long term recovery support for the communities devastated by this oil spill. Those who need help or want to volunteer to help can dial 2-1-1. You can donate to this fund by going to liveunited.org/gulfrecovery, or text the word "United" to 50555 to donate $10 from your mobile phone.

    The Nature Conservancy has committed to the long-term restoration work needed in the Gulf and states along its coast, and has launched their Fund for Gulf Coast Restoration to support this effort. The Fund was set up to aid in re-establishing critical habitats such as marshes, seagrass beds, oyster reefs, and coastal wetlands. You can text the word "coast" to 50555. That'll donate $10 through your mobile phone.

    The Gulf Coast Fund has created special emergency grants in response to the oil disaster. The organization is distributing these grants to registered non-profit groups engaged in community-lead responses to this crisis. Call 212-812-4361.

    Save Our Gulf is a campaign by the Waterkeeper Alliance to support and coordinate efforts to protect the Gulf Coast. Their fund supports Waterkeepers from Texas to Florida who are working to hold back this oil spill from their waterways and communities.

    The First Response Team of America is working with the National Guard in Southern Louisiana to build dams to hold back the oil from the fragile coastal habitats.

    Out of the Gushing Oil, the Scammers Swirl

    (July 8) - Scroll through Craigslist in cities along the Florida Panhandle and in Alabama, and dozens of ads appear with offers for expensive training guaranteed to net jobs cleaning up oil.

    Not all the jobs are real. Not all the training is legitimate.

    Neither are claims by at least two publicly traded companies that say they were involved in cleanup operations from the Gulf oil spill.

    Just as the earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters prompted an outpouring of financial help, people looking for a quick profit have surfaced since oil began gushing after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in April, preying on people who are unemployed, looking to make fast cash in the stock market or donate to the needy. Read Article

    Descartan que derrame de
    petróleo afecte costas de QR

    CANCÚN, MX.- El director del Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (ICMyL) Unidad Puerto Morelos, Roberto Iglesias, refutó la interpretación que se ha dado al modelo del Centro Nacional para la Investigación Atmosférica de Estados Unidos (NCAR), que pronostica que el inmenso derrame de petróleo en el Golfo de México afectará las costas del Caribe mexicano en agosto próximo.

    El investigador explicó que dicho modelo no es un "modelo de proyección, sino de simulación", por lo que no se puede asegurar que prediga afectaciones a las playas de Cancún o Isla Mujeres, sobre todo porque de acuerdo con las corrientes que cita, será "muy difícil" que el petróleo penetre sobre la corriente del Golfo.

    "En realidad los que deben estar muy preocupados son en Europa, porque las corrientes se llevarán el petróleo hacia las costas del norte de ese continente", dijo.

    Iglesias Prieto, una de las voces más reconocidas y respetadas a nivel internacional en el ámbito científico, citó la explicación que Jeff Masters, experto en Meteorología, da sobre el fenómeno.

    Masters, co-fundador de la empresa Weather Wunderground escribió que la llamada Corriente del Golfo, incidirá en los rangos de dispersión del derrame petrolero, el cual se expandirá afectando el sur y norte del estado norteamericano de Carolina, así como la Florida, como sitio con "eventualmente mayor afectación".

    Si bien Masters habla de que la mancha de crudo -según el modelo- se dirigirá hacia el norte de la Península de Yucatán, Cuba y las Bahamas, indica también que otra corriente, la de "Lazo" (Loop Current) intervendrá para jalarla hacia las costas de Francia, España y Portugal en un año; para entonces estará "demasiado diluido".

    Con Iglesias Prieto coincidió el Premio en Divulgación Científica, Juan José Morales, quien consideró que el sistema de corrientes descrito o referido por el NCAR, "como que no cuadra con lo que se sabe en cuanto a los flujos de las corrientes de circulación".

    Explicó que la Corriente del Golfo pasa por el Canal de Yucatán y sale por el Estrecho de la Florida; en esa corriente existen pequeñas corrientes y remolinos que se desprenden de corrientes principales.

    "Ahí se encuentra con la Corriente de Lazo, que recibe su nombre porque es una curva muy pronunciada. Del Canal de Yucatán sube por el lado este del Golfo, da una curva pronunciada hasta casi regresar y sale por el Estrecho de La Florida, sin regresan a la Península.

    "La Corriente del Golfo va de adentro hacia fuera. Podríamos suponer que uno de los remolinos que se forman ahí puede llevar contaminantes a Texas o Veracruz, pero que esa corriente traiga el petróleo hacia las costas de Quintana Roo sería muy difícil; yo diría que prácticamente improbable", señaló. (Fuente: El Periódico)

    More Than 27,000 Abandoned Wells in Gulf

    AOL NEWS
    (July 7) - More than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells lurk in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades. No one - not industry, not government - is checking to see if they are leaking, an Associated Press investigation shows.

    The oldest of these wells were abandoned in the late 1940s, raising the prospect that many deteriorating sealing jobs are already failing.

    The AP investigation uncovered particular concern with 3,500 of the neglected wells - those characterized in federal government records as "temporarily abandoned." Article & Video

    BP accused of 'buying academic silence'

    (July 22 BBC) - The head of the American Association of Professors has accused BP of trying to "buy" the best scientists and academics to help its defence against litigation after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Read Article

    Copy of a contract offered to scientists by BP

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