Gulf Oil Spill Map

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Gulf Oil Spill Map

Postby TomCotton » Mon May 10, 2010 11:13 pm

Here is a site that will give you some perspective about the size of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (as of 6 May according to the page at the time of this posting). You can input a city and it will superimpose the spill over that area.

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Re: Gulf Oil Spill Map

Postby Cassie » Wed May 12, 2010 7:45 pm

Wow :shock:

Shouldn't there have been a plan to stop the oil 'leak' already out there before this happened? It's not like this is the first oil rig to go belly-up. You would think if they were putting a hole in the earth they'd know how to quickly plug it if things went wrong :?

Oh and this:
Oil is spilling from a well 5000 feet below sea level, discharging 200,000 gallons of crude oil a day according to the official estimate (though over 2 million a day, by private estimates).


200,000 or 2 million? How could you be THAT far off?!
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Re: Gulf Oil Spill Map

Postby locksley » Wed May 26, 2010 9:40 pm

The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster's visible effects on wildlife have increased sharply in the past week, as wind and current conditions push the surface oil slick closer to the coastline. Heavy bands of oil have penetrated the coastal marshes of Louisiana, and the federal government has declared a fisheries disaster for Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Various agencies are keeping counts of dead and injured wildlife in the region (although it's likely that most will never be seen or found). Here are the federal government's numbers so far:

Sea Turtles

Three oiled sea turtles (a loggerhead and two Kemp's ridleys) were picked up in the water by staff of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization (NOAA) on May 21. They have been taken to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas for cleanup and rehabilitiation.

About 200 dead sea turtles have been found in the area affected by the oil leak since April 30, according to NOAA's National Ocean Service. Of 12 live, stranded sea turtles, two have died while being cared for after capture. "None of the dead or live stranded turtles have had visible evidence of external oil," according to the agency.

As reported in OnEarth, in early May the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) was investigating the possible role of shrimp trawling in the deaths of at least 35 Gulf turtles. Conservationists suspect that some shrimpers may have removed turtle excluder devices from their nets in order to maximize their catches before the oil spill forced closure of the fishery. It's unclear whether the NOAA and NMFS counts are referring to the same animals.

Marine Mammals

NOAA's National Ocean Service reports 20 confirmed dead dolphins in the area of the oil disaster. Nineteen had no visible signs of oil, according to the agency, while a dolphin found on May 24 is still being examined.

Birds

As of May 22, the National Fish and Wildlife Service (NFWS) had reported more than 60 birds affected by the oil spill, with 43 found dead.The agency counts 32 federal refuges for wildlife that are at risk from oil contamination, including seven in Texas. Dozens of species that call these areas home are federally listed as threatened or endangered, while the brown pelican -- Louisiana's state bird -- was just taken off the list in late 2009, after 29 years.

Follow our continuing coverage of the Oil Spill in the Gulf at

http://www.onearth.org/gulfspill.


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Re: Gulf Oil Spill Map

Postby lotrfotrttrotk » Wed May 26, 2010 11:05 pm

Shouldn't there have been a plan to stop the oil 'leak' already out there before this happened? It's not like this is the first oil rig to go belly-up.


UGH. Seriously!
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Re: Gulf Oil Spill Map

Postby barkybree » Wed May 26, 2010 11:29 pm

This is bad, BUT to answer Cassie's question, I think that when you're working at depths like that, and given the catastrophe that proceeded this (when was the last time an oil drilling platform exploded like that??), and the depth of the water, I think it's perfectly reasonable to consider that you couldn't plan for every contingency.

Which may have been reason to deny the permit in the first place but, well, we got our little addiction and all that. :roll:

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Re: Gulf Oil Spill Map

Postby Niamh Sage » Sat May 29, 2010 10:27 am

Over on LJ, Infrogmation, who is located in New Orleans, does a fairly regular round-up of articles and things on the BP oil disaster.

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Re: Gulf Oil Spill Map

Postby Padfoot » Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:23 am

Disaster is the right word.
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Re: Gulf Oil Spill Map

Postby Cassie » Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:48 pm

barkybree wrote:This is bad, BUT to answer Cassie's question, I think that when you're working at depths like that, and given the catastrophe that proceeded this (when was the last time an oil drilling platform exploded like that??), and the depth of the water, I think it's perfectly reasonable to consider that you couldn't plan for every contingency.

Which may have been reason to deny the permit in the first place but, well, we got our little addiction and all that. :roll:


All good points Barky ;)
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