Day 21 10 May 2010Posted by marisacat in DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, The Battle for New Orleans.
Close-up of mussels, Bathymodiolus childressi, from the Brine Pool. The expanded filaments on the mussel shells are byssal threads produced by the feet of the mussels and used to hold on to neighbors.
Image courtesy of Gulf of Mexico Expedition 2002
NOAA Ocean Explorer/ Photo from Miami Herald
From the Miami Herald, a McClatchy report:
BILOXI, Miss. — Nineteen days after oil started spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, experts appeared Sunday to have no certain plan for sealing anytime soon a runaway well 5,000 feet below the gulf’s surface.
Meanwhile, boychicks are a-prayin’
For now, making the cofferdam work is the priority, said Mark Proegler, a BP spokesman at a command center in Robert, La.
“I have every confidence we’ll find a good temporary solution,” Proegler said, while acknowledging that he could not give a time frame for when another solution could be in place. “We certainly have every hope and prayer that we find a solution as soon as possible to mitigate the oil flow.”
I for one have every confidence.
Surely 19 boats out there skimming is a TYPO?
Nineteen ships were plying the gulf, skimming oil from the surface, and the Coast Guard reported that it had recovered 91,000 barrels of an oil-water mix — about 10 percent of which is oil — from the spill.
Other reports floating around the Gulf are reporting much higher numbers of boats out there skimming…. Wonder which is right? Or is the idea to DESTROY the gulf so all the silly people begging for a livelihood on the water GO THE FUCK AWAY.
Have to wonder.
This being McClatchy we get some straight reporting… my confidence levels remain high.
It was [Coast Guard Commander] Allen who raised the possibility of using shredded tires and golf balls and other debris to help plug the gusher. He called the strategy a “junk shot,” designed to plug the blowout preventer — the safety mechanism that should have sealed off the well after the April 20 explosion.
“I think I hear an experiment,” said Robert Bea, an engineering professor at the University of California at Berkeley and oil pipeline expert who spent 18 years with Shell Oil. “They are pulling every trick known to bring this thing under control.” [but do they have a magician in the house? Mcat]
On Saturday, BP’s chief operating officer, Doug Suttles, said the process of injecting junk into the blowout preventer had “certain issues and challenges and risks with it.”
On Sunday, Proegler said only that the strategy was “another backup option. Subsea, we’re continuing to evaluate ways to overcome the challenges we encountered.”
He said there was no way to estimate when the leak would be contained and that no time has been set for another attempt to place the cofferdam.
“We’re trying to move as expeditiously as possible, but as safely as possible,” Proegler said. “We have every resource devoted to do this as quickly and safely as possible.”
Up a creek, no paddle. That is what I hear.
Somebody needs to leak some internal BP, Dept of the Interior memos. And fast.