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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:22 pm 
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http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... =129782098

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Scientists on a research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico are discovering a substantial layer of oily sediment stretching for dozens of miles in all directions. Their discovery suggests that a lot of oil from the Deepwater Horizon didn't simply evaporate or dissipate into the water — it has settled to the sea floor.


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"A lot of fish go down to the bottom and eat and then come back up," Hollander says. "And if all their food sources are derived from the bottom, then indeed you could have this impact."


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"...we haven't even sampled close to the wellhead yet..."

More at the link - and on NPR now.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:48 pm 
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http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/09/a-free-ev-for-ex-bp-boss-hayward/

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Eco-friendly provocateurs want to help ousted BP CEO Tony Hayward get his life back with a little gift to accompany his golden parachute: an electric car.


They put down a deposit for him on a Nissan Leaf.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 11:57 am 
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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/20/us/20well.html?_r=1

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U.S. Says BP Well Is Finally ‘Dead’

The U.S. government declared BP’s Macondo oil well dead on Sunday, nearly five months after the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico began.

“We can finally announce that the Macondo 252 well is effectively dead,” Thad W. Allen, the former Coast Guard admiral who leads the federal spill response, said in a statement. The well, he said, “poses no continuing threat to the Gulf of Mexico.”

Crews aboard the Development Driller III drill rig conducted a successful pressure test early Sunday on cement that had been pumped into the bottom of the once-gushing well through a relief well. The tests confirmed that the cement formed an effective, and final, seal to prevent oil and gas from coming up from a formation about 13,000 below the seabed.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:31 am 
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"We achieved an important milestone in our response to the BP oil spill -- the final termination of the damaged well that sat deep under the Gulf of Mexico," President Barack Obama said in a statement today.

Unfortunately, BP's cover-up of the extent of the damage in the Gulf continues.

As you'll see in this video, government officials are still doing everything they can to prevent the public from investigating the state of their national parks and beaches.

Despite Obama's promised to "remain committed to doing everything possible to make sure the Gulf Coast recovers fully from this disaster," many are skeptical that BP will live fulfill its pledge to clean up the oil and to pay all legitimate claims arising from the crisis.


http://www.care2.com/causes/environment/blog/government-workers-threaten-man-looking-for-beached-bp-oil/


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 3:42 pm 
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Submarine trip to the Gulf floor...



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We should be seeing a cacophony of life here, with creatures dreamed up for a sci-fi movie. But on this moonscape "there's nothing crawling around on the surface of the bottom; there's just worm tubes that are collapsed over..." Dr Mandy Joy, an oceanographer, is leading this National Science Foundation expedition to the heart of this spill and the grave of many a sea creature...


Core samples show 3-4 inches of oil foam covering the entire surface.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:01 pm 
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Core samples show 3-4 inches of oil foam covering the entire surface.

Sad. :|

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:57 pm 
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A Sierra Club call to action generated this text to Senator Hutchison (R-TX):
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With the one year anniversary of the BP oil disaster approaching in April, Gulf Coast communities are still waiting for action from Congress. I am grateful for the work the National Oil Spill Commission and its staff did to recommend a plan for action that includes many elements supported by environmental and community groups, now Congress must implement it.

In particular, the establishment of a Gulf of Mexico Regional Citizens Advisory Council will give Gulf Coast residents a voice in oil industry decisions. Directing that 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines from the BP disaster must be used for ecological restoration in the Gulf Coast, where a Public Advisory Committee will have a say in their use, will ensure that affected communities have the resources and input necessary for restoration. Last, regulatory reforms that increase environmental and safety protections, while also strengthening industry accountability and emergency preparedness, are essential to prevent future oil drilling disasters on U.S. coasts.

I urge you to act quickly on the Oil Spill Commission's recommendations to both support necessary restoration in the Gulf Coast and to protect our shores from Big Oil negligence.

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January 12, 2011 10:54 AM Subject: Constituent Response From Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

Dear Friend:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. I welcome your thoughts and comments.

The Deepwater Horizon caught fire on April 20, 2010 after an explosion. It sank into 5,000 feet in the Gulf. Nearly four months after oil began leaking into the ocean, BP has temporarily capped the well. However, the well will not be permanently sealed until BP can complete its relief well and the damaged well can be pumped full of cement.

In early July, “tar balls” washed ashore in the Galveston area. This resulted in minimal damage. My staff coordinated with the U.S. Coast Guard, the Texas General Land Office and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to determine whether more oil was making its way to the shores of Texas. I am happy to report that the Coast Guard and the DOI determined that the tar balls had clung to a ship responding to the clean up and oil slicks were not expected to wash onto our Texas shores.

In light of the spill, BP has set up a $20 billion escrow fund to pay clean-up costs and damage claims to people impacted by the oil leak. The $20 billion escrow account is currently managed by President Obama's pay czar, Mr. Kenneth Feinberg. To date, BP has paid more than $6 million worth of claims to Texans. This month, I met with the Chairman and President of BP, Mr. Lamar McKay, to ensure BP paid all legitimate claims to those impacted by the oil spill.

This disaster demonstrated that BP and the Administration lacked a clear and effective response plan. The oil may be temporarily halted; however this disaster is far from over. Until all claims are satisfied and the tragic reminders of this spill are gone, I will continue to hold BP responsible.

I believe that responsible legislation is required to prevent an event like this from occurring in the future. In order accomplish this, industry and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle must work together to guarantee that proper safeguards are in place. I am committed to work with my colleagues to develop sensible legislation that will address safety concerns, without putting our nation’s domestic energy suppliers out of business.
If you have any problems with your claims to BP, or any other problems related to the oil spill, please contact one of my local offices so we may best assist you. A complete list of my state offices can be found at http://hutchison.senate.gov/offices.html.

You may be certain I will keep your views on the Gulf oil spill in mind. I appreciate hearing from you, and I hope that you will not hesitate to contact me on any issue that is important to you.

Sincerely,
Kay Bailey Hutchison
United States Senator


Should someone let Washington know that the well was sealed, and then stick around to teach geography? Not to mention that the letter was about the spill commission findings, not about how to process a claim. :roll:


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:07 pm 
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http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.htm?programID=11-P13-00006&segmentID=3

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Months after BP’s well was capped, the health effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill may just be starting to surface. Residents across the Gulf Coast report mysterious ailments, and some blood samples show traces of chemicals related to the oil. But as Living on Earth’s Jeff Young reports, firm answers are hard to come by and frustration is growing in coastal communiti


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:11 am 
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http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-02-mic ... fraid.html

http://academy.asm.org/images/stories/d ... Spills.pdf

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Everything you wanted to know about microbes and oil spills but were afraid to ask

February 17, 2011 Is it true that microbes cleaned up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? Can bacteria really "eat" oil, and if so, how? To help clear up the confusion the American Academy of Microbiology has brought together the nation's leading experts to consider and answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding microbes and oil spills.

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I put down my reservation for the Leaf on the same day as the BP oil disaster occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil industry has made their way through all the red tape to allow themselves to resume oil drilling in the Gulf faster than I can get my non oil consuming car parked in the garage.

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