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1,000 Barrels of Ethanol Per Day Spilling Into Gulf

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Whoops, no that's oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico, of course.  Should environmentalists be worrying about source un-proven hypoxia (probably caused more by commercial and industrial pollution, lawn and golf course fertilization etc.) when we can worry about 1,000 barrels per day leaking into the waters off our coast?

 

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/oil-leak-continues-in-gulf-of-mexico-2010-04-26

 

"The oil well at the site of the sunken Deepwater Horizon oil rig continues to leak 1,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico, according to Mike Abendoff, a spokesman for the joint information center staff handling the accident."

 

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/04/25/oil.rig.explosion/index.html

 

"Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry said Saturday that fresh oil was leaking from two places at the well, which is about 5,000 feet deep, at the preliminary estimate of about 1,000 barrels or 42,000 gallons a day."

 

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/energy/6974381.html

 

"A slow-motion environmental disaster may be in the making with the discovery Saturday that 42,000 gallons a day of crude oil is spewing from a well on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico near where a huge drilling rig sank last week — and it could be months before it's stopped.

 

The spill, which a day earlier Coast Guard officials believed was contained within a 16-square-mile area on the surface, now covers some 400 square miles — slightly bigger than the city of Dallas — and could grow as the well continues to leak, Rear Adm. Mary Landry, commander of Coast Guard District 8, said Saturday.

 

“This is a very serious spill,” she said at a press conference, adding that governments of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida had been warned about the threat of oil coming ashore and invited to participate in the response.

 

Word of the expanding spill came as the Deep­water Horizon drilling rig was found capsized and lying on the sea floor about 1,500 feet northwest of the well, located roughly 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana.

 

The semi-submersible rig, which is owned and operated by Swiss-based Transocean and under lease to BP, sank Thursday morning after an apparent blowout late Tuesday night sent the facility up in flames. Of the 126 on board at the time, 11 are still missing and presumed dead; the rest were evacuated safely."

 

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My sister just moved back to where I was raised along the Chesapeake Bay. I keep thinking about how happy the people at Virginia Beach and the North Carolina coast are going to be someday when this happens there.

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I loved the way everyone from both parties and the press just want to sweep this one under the rug-- in a NY Times article today they went so far as to minimalize it by saying;

 

"At the rate of 42,000 gallons of oil a day, the leak would have to continue for 262 days to match the 11-million-gallon spill from the Exxon Valdez in 1989, the worst oil spill in United States history. "

 

Really--as if this is nothing? To me the point of this leak shows that as oil become more scarce, we have to drill deeper, we drill in more sensitive areas, and we have a whole lot more trouble with the sealing of blowouts etc. We will not likely hear battlecries from the nearby states that have major investment in oil and a lot of employment tied into oil-- this is a way of life for them. Do not take me wrong- we still need oil for now and drilling will go on--it just clearly points out how every day it gets tougher and alternatives are needed. Need I point out that BP is a foreign oil company operating in and off our shores?

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I think that the fish and sea life would be somewhat "happier" dealing with ethanol than petroleum...

 

Here's an interesting satellite view of the spill (what one can see so far ON the water):

 

http://money.cnn.com/2010/04/26/news/economy/oil_rig/index.htm

 

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Just imagine if a tropical storm came along just now and splashed that soup all over the Gulf Coast!!

 

Meanwhile, here is a photo of a young corn field:

 

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HAH--I just read a commenter refer to Obama's new oil policy as "Spill, Barry, Spill!"  (Reminiscent of Palin's "Drill, Baby, Drill!"  --How did they get on the same page$$$?)

 

http://www.truthout.org/spread-gulf-oil-spill-puts-fragile-louisiana-coast-alert58890

 

"Reports suggest that the oil spill is not expected to make landfall in the next three days at least. But the spill's long-term effect on the coast could be determined by the time needed to cap the leaks. The Louisiana coast is already one of the nation’s most fragile ecosystems, says Alex Kolker, a coastal geologist at both Tulane University and Louisiana University. “Whether those methods work or not is the big variable,” he says.

 

Mr. Kolker says the coast is especially in danger because it is breeding season for the region’s population of shore birds, waterfowl, and fish. A disruption will be “critical” for maintaining the shoreline’s health.

 

“A lot of these ecosystems are already degrading because area subsided and has not been replenished with new sediments,” he says.

 

The spill is located about 40 miles off the Louisiana coast. Various reports suggested that the oil covered a 1,800 square-mile area Monday."

 

"Last month President Obama ended a moratorium on oil and gas drilling and exploration from Delaware to central Florida in the Atlantic, as well as opening the eastern Gulf of Mexico. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told Reuters that despite last week’s oil spill the president “still continues to believe the great majority of that can be done safely, securely and without any harm to the environment.”

 

However some members of the president’s party are speaking up, saying the explosion may be evidence that the issue needs further review."

 

"WTC (What The Crude),

Mon, 04/26/2010 - 23:54 — Vic Anderson (not verified)

 

WTC (What The Crude), Clarence? This doesn't need questioning (like Normandy, Santa Barbara, Puget and Prince Williams Sounds, Valdez, PEMEX, and the Spanish coasts BEFORE THIS); it Needs PROHIBITION! After all, the DEM NAPPYS (No Account President and Party of Yoo're Screwed) can't even guarantee the BLOW-OUT preventers work on the BP's sunken Oil DRILLING PLATFORM wellhead OR Obamanible's "energetic" oral dictates, instead resulting in "Spill, Barry, Spill"!"

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Yeah just think if this was ethanol leaking,  we would never hear the end of it.

 

Well if it WAS pure alcohol spilling into the ocean waters, there would be negligible environmental impact! A barely measurable fraction of what damage is currently being done.

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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/04/26/crews-race-contain-oil-spill-rig-blast/?test=latestnews

 

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"In Pensacola, Florida, the easternmost point likely to be affected, beachgoers and business owners kept watch.

 

"I've been looking at this sand all morning and thinking about the oil spill," said Shelley Brunson after a morning swim at Pensacola Beach. "I am praying they clean it up fast and it doesn't come here."

 

Sal Pinzone, general manager of the fishing pier where anglers catch pompano and cobia, shows up at work at 5:30 every morning to watch the sun rise over the famous white-sand beach.

 

"We are all worried," he said. "If the spill does hit the beaches along the Gulf, it will shut down everything.""

 

I hear that they may even set fire to it, hoping it will burn out before reaching shore!  Wow, what a blaze--it's the size of Rhode Island now.

 

Or we could all switch to this:

 

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(Minnesota E85 Pumps Map)

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http://www.marinelog.com/DOCS/NEWSMMIX/2010apr00274.html

 

"April 27, 2010

NOAA issues update on Deepwater Horizon response

 

A NOAA update on the Deepwater Horizon response, released Tuesday evening, said that responders were again unsuccessful in using Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to trigger the blowout preventer (BOP), a series of valves that sits at the well head. Additional options are still being developed to trigger the BOP. The Unified Command is also considering using controlled burning to control oil floating on the surface.

 

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."

 

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/apr2010/2010-04-27-093.html

 

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"To reduce the threat of oil washing ashore, patches of floating oil would be contained within booms and set on fire, despite the air pollution that would result.

 

The explosion and oil spill come three weeks after President Barack Obama announced that he plans to open the Atlantic seaboard to offshore oil drilling, a plan to which environmentalists object.

 

Friends of the Earth Clean Vessels Campaign Director Marcie Keever said, "This tragedy is a stark reminder of the human, environmental, and economic costs of offshore oil drilling. Not only are oil spills extremely harmful to marine life, they also put coastal communities and local industries such as commercial and recreational fishing at risk."

 

More than 16,000 activists have now signed a Friends of the Earth petition to President Obama asking that he reconsider his offshore drilling approval.

 

"The explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon and the oil spill should dispel any assertions that expanded offshore oil drilling is either safe or environmentally friendly," said Keever. "President Obama should be advocating for clean energy alternatives, such as stronger fuel efficiency standards and investment in public transportation, that don't perpetuate our dependence on outdated, dirty fossil fuels."

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