Fog City 8 June 2010Posted by marisacat in California / Pacific Coast, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, San Francisco, The Battle for New Orleans.
Tip of Golden Gate bridge is seen
The tip of the Golden Gate bridge is seen above a blanket of fog in a view from Crissy Field in San Francisco Thursday, June 3, 2010.… (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
After three years of extra hot, airless, heat wave plagued and ‘burn baby burn’ summers, our natural summertime fog is back.
Better than a picture of another suffering bird… or clueless pol.
So, do you trust BP or your lyin’ eyes? 😆
Some scientists are taking issue with BP’s statement that a containment cap placed over a gushing well could be capturing “the vast majority” of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.
They suggest it’s misleading, if not irresponsible, to make such a statement when the company has acknowledged it doesn’t know how much oil is flowing from the busted well, or how much the spill rate has increased since engineers cut a riser pipe so it could properly fit the containment cap.
“I don’t see that as being a credible claim,” said Steve Wereley, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University and a member of the Flow Rate Technical Group, a national panel of scientists and engineers tasked with determining the spill size.
Well whoops… and here the so called gubmint crew is just picking different numbers than what the BP crew passes out.
Anyone? … to believe? Anywhere?
And yes let’s peek at the on-paper version of WCS (worst case scenario):
Leifer said based on the data he’s seen so far, the rate of flow from the broken well has increase since the initial April 20 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig, which killed 11 workers. He believes BP’s decision last week to sever the well’s damaged riser pipe in order to install the containment cap has increased the flow by far more than the 20 percent BP and government officials had predicted.
In fact, Leifer says, the well may be spewing what BP had called before the spill its worst-case scenario — as much as 100,000 barrels a day from a freely flowing pipe. [that is easy math, 420,000 gallons a day! 42 gallons to the barrel! -Mcat]
He said he’s seen no evidence from BP to date that would be inconsistent from that dire scenario.
Judging by live undersea videos, “it looks like a freely flowing pipe,” Leifer said. “From what it looks like right now it suggests to me they’re capturing a negligible fraction.”
It’s unclear how much oil is still escaping because scientists don’t have access to enough data and the video feeds show a “disorganized cloud” of oil shooting out of open vents in the containment cap and between the riser and the cap, Wereley said.
“It’s very difficult to judge flow rates from these multiple sources,” he said. “My position is that the claims (of capturing the ‘vast majority’ of oil) cannot be made because the flow is too complicated.”
It’s complicated alright… complicated with thieves and murderers.