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Postby CHUCKX53 » Thu Apr 29, 2010 6:42 am


In light of the spreading Oil Spill from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig explosion near Louisiana on April 20, the reports are the Coast Guard has set the spreading oil slick on fire.

From USA TODAY / On Deadline..........

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2010/04/report-oil-spill-in-gulf-of-mexico-set-on-fire/1
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Sat May 01, 2010 8:59 pm


Oil Slick Expanding….From The Associated Press / Cumberland Times-News……..

http://times-news.com/local/x537291158/Expert-says-surface-area-of-oil-spill-has-tripled
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Sun May 09, 2010 2:14 pm


BP considering options after initial containment box failure….From the Associated Press……

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/may/09/091652/1st-try-divert-oil-aborted-tar-blobs-hit-ala/news-breaking/
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Wed May 12, 2010 4:39 am


Chronology of the spill and its impact:

* April 20, 2010 - Explosion and fire on Transocean Ltd's drilling rig Deepwater Horizon licensed to BP; 11 workers missing, 17 injured. The rig was drilling in BP's Macondo project 42 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana, beneath about 5,000 feet of water and 13,000 feet under the seabed. A blowout preventer, intended to prevent release of crude oil, failed to activate.
* April 22 - The Deepwater Horizon rig, valued at more than $560 million, sinks and a five-mile long oil slick is seen.
* April 23 - The U.S. Coast Guard suspends search for missing workers.
* April 25 - The Coast Guard says remote underwater cameras detect the well is leaking 1,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The agency calls the leak a "very serious spill" that threatens ecosystems along the Gulf Coast. It approves a plan to have remote underwater vehicles activate a blowout preventer and stop leak, but the effort fails.
* April 26 - BP's shares fall 2 percent on fears the cost of cleanup and legal claims will deal the London-based energy giant a heavy financial blow.
* April 27 - U.S. departments of Interior and Homeland Security announce joint investigation. Coast Guard says leaking crude may be set ablaze to slow the spread of oil in the Gulf.
* April 28 - The Coast Guard says the flow of oil is 5,000 barrels per day (bpd) (210,000 gallons/795,000 liters) -- five times greater than first estimated. A controlled burn is held on the giant oil slick.
* April 29 - Obama pledges "every single available resource," including the U.S. military, to contain the spill, which Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says is of "national significance." Obama also says BP is responsible for the cleanup. Louisiana declares state of emergency due to the threat to the state's natural resources.
* April 30 - An Obama aide says no drilling will be allowed in new areas, as the president had recently proposed, until the cause of the Deepwater Horizon accident is known.
* BP Chairman Tony Hayward says the company takes full responsibility and will pay all legitimate claims and the cost of the cleanup. The Interior Department orders safety inspections of all 30 deepwater drilling rigs and 47 deepwater production platforms.
* May 1 - Coast Guard says leak will affect the Gulf shore.
* May 2 - Obama visits the Gulf Coast to see cleanup efforts first hand. U.S. officials close areas affected by the spill to fishing for an initial period of 10 days. BP starts to drill a relief well alongside the failed well, a process that could take two to three months to complete.
* May 5 - A barge begins towing a 98-ton containment chamber to the site of the leak. BP says one of the three leaks has been shut off by capping a valve, but that would not cut the amount of oil gushing out.
* May 6 - Oil washes ashore on the Chandeleur Islands off the Louisiana coast, uninhabited barrier islands that are part of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge and important nesting and breeding areas for many bird species.
* May 7 - BP engineers use undersea robots to move the containment chamber over the larger of the two remaining leaks on the seabed. A fishing ban for federal waters off the Gulf is modified, expanded and extended to May 17.
* May 8 - BP's containment dome hits a snag when a buildup of crystallized gas forces engineers to postpone efforts to place the chamber over the oil leak and siphon oil to the surface. "Tar balls" suspected to come from the leak wash up along a half-mile stretch of Dauphin Island, Alabama.
* May 9 - BP says it might try to plug the undersea leak by pumping materials such as shredded up tires and golf balls into the well at high pressure, a method called a "junk shot."
* May 10 - Forecasts suggest the oil spill could move significantly west of the Mississippi River delta as brisk onshore winds prevail. BP announces plans to place a small containment dome, known as a "top hat," over the blown out well to funnel oil to the surface.
* May 11 - Executives with BP, Transocean and Halliburton appear at congressional hearings in Washington, where Senators criticize their safety records. The executives blame each other's companies for the explosion. The oil slick washes ashore on a third land mass: Louisiana's Port Eads area, on the southern edge of the Mississippi Delta.
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Thu May 20, 2010 10:51 am


One month after the fire and explosion, Oil now reaching the Louisiana coast.....

From the Times News Line..........

http://www.timesnewsline.com/news/Gulf-of-Mexico-oil-spill---Oil-Reaches-Louisiana-Shore-1274376090/
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Postby Grover » Thu May 20, 2010 2:04 pm


...
19% of Gulf of Mexixo shut down to commercial fishing ...

Areas of the Florida coast NOT affected by the slick are
suffering tourist cancellations out of fear ...
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Eight lulus in a doozy, and sixteen doozies in a humdinger.

No one knows how many humdingers
there are in a lollapalooza."
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Mon May 24, 2010 11:09 pm


More than a month after the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon, the oil spill is finally being called a “Disaster” by the major network news outlets……

From CBS News……

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/05/24/eveningnews/main6515395.shtml?tag=contentBody;featuredPost-PE

Another story……..From Boston.com…..

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/05/hundreds_of_tho_1.html

The BP “Live” camera feed…..(If you can get it to work)……

http://globalwarming.house.gov/spillcam
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Wed May 26, 2010 2:01 pm


That one's not coming in for me either....I finally did get to see it on PBS Newshour Vis a link from YouTube......

http://www.youtube.com/pbsnewshour?feature=ticker
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Sun May 30, 2010 5:17 am


BP's latest attempt to stem the oil spill, the "Top Kill", has failed....

From Yahoo News.....

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_gulf_oil_spill
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:56 pm


Update on the timeline of events.....From The Telegraph....

*May 10 - BP admits it has dramatically underestimated the cost of the leak and that it has already reached around £240 million.
*May 12 - James Dupree, BP's senior vice president for the Gulf, admits during congressional hearings in the US that a safety valve protecting the oil well failed a key pressure test just hours before the explosion.
*May 17 - Shares rise as BP says it is capturing about a fifth of the estimated oil gushing from the ruptured well by using a pipe to divert it from the sea bed onto a ship.
*May 18 - Hayward claims the environmental impact of the spill will be "very, very modest". His reassurances coincide with the discovery of the first tar balls from the spill off Florida.
Experts begin to fear that currents could be directing a slick the size of Luxembourg towards US coastal areas.
The US government announces it is nearly tripling the size of an area in the Gulf of Mexico that is closed to fishing.
*May 28 - BP attempts a “top kill” operation to plug the spill. The company admits that the procedure has never before been attempted at such depths and its “ultimate success” is uncertain.
The total cost to the firm reaches around £638 million as Barack Obama states that BP would "pay every dime" for the damage caused and criticised the "cosy and sometimes corrupt" relationship between regulators and the oil industry.
*June 1 - BP shares tumble a further 15 per cent after it admits its “top kill” operation was unsuccessful. It emerges that the company has lost a quarter – £30 billion – of its market value since the explosion.
Meanwhile, documents emerge showing that the firm was given permission to drill in the Gulf of Mexico after promising it was equipped to deal with a spill 10 times larger than the current leak.
Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, announces he will visit the site of the spill for the first time on Tuesday, increasing speculation that a criminal investigation will be launched.
*June 7 - BP says a second containment system to stem the leak should be ready by "mid-June", as costs of the clean-up rise to £860 million and the total share-price slump reaches 30 per cent.
*June 8 - Norway bans new deepwater oil drilling in the North Sea in a sign that panic over BP's Gulf of Mexico spill is spreading.
Meanwhile the US President attacks Hayward, saying he should have been sacked for tactless comments made after the spill.
*June 9 - BP buys the top Google and Yahoo! search result for terms like "oil spill" in a bid to recover its public image.
Obama is accused of holding "his boot on the throat" of British pensioners after his attacks on BP are blamed for wiping billions off the company's value.
The firm's share price falls a further 17.35p to 391.55p – representing a 40 per cent drop on the 655p price of a share two months ago.
*June 10 - The US government signals it will take legal action to force BP to stop paying a dividend to shareholders. The company's shares tumble.
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:30 am


Updates on the Gulf Oil Spill timeline.....From various sources....

*June 12 - In a visit to Gulf Islands National Seashore, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar praised and encouraged professionals from the National Park Service (NPS) and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and volunteers who are working tirelessly to protect sensitive coastal areas and wildlife species threatened by the BP oil spill.
*June 13 - In the first 12 hours of June 13 (midnight to noon), approximately 7,720 barrels of oil were collected and 16.9 million cubic feet of natural gas were flared.
*June 14 -National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are taking additional steps to enhance inspection measures designed to ensure that seafood from the Gulf of Mexico reaching America’s tables is safe.The federal government, in conjunction with Gulf States’ regulatory agencies, is playing an active role in ensuring the safety of seafood harvested from federal and state waters. The federal government, led by FDA and NOAA, is taking a multi-pronged approach to ensure that seafood from Gulf waters is not contaminated by oil. The strategy includes precautionary closures, increased seafood testing inspections and a re-opening protocol.
*June 15 - President Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office and vows to make BP pay for the cleanup.BP is accused in Senate hearings of deliberately underestimating the amount of the seafloor oil gusher from day to resulting in a delay in mounting the necessary forces to deal with the blowout. Scientists provided a new estimate for the amount of oil gushing from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday that indicates it could be leaking up to 2.52 million gallons of crude a day. A government panel of scientists said that the ruptured well is leaking between 1.47 million and 2.52 million gallons daily of oil. The figures move the government’s worst-case estimates more in line with what an independent team had previously thought was the maximum size of the spill.
*June 16 - LA Governor Bobby Jindal took a helicopter out to the Northern end of the Chandeluers Island chain to see the state-led dredging operations under way there along with Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis and St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro. The leak is much bigger than originally reported. At first it was 1,000 BPD, then 5,000 BPD, and just recently the US government confirmed 20,000 to 40,000 barrels and later raised to 60,000 barrels per day. Independent scientists have suggested 70,000 to 120,000+.
*June 17 - After a meeting with BP executives at the White House, President Obama announced that BP has agreed to set up a $20 Billion escrow fund to pay claims and clean-up costs. A separate $100 million dollar fund will be set up to pay unemployed oil rig workers. An independent third party will oversee the $20 billion escrow fund. BP will add $5 billion to the fund each year for the next four years. The fund is neither a floor or a ceiling. A Former Safety Contractor on BP's Atlantis oil rig, in a June 17 Congressional hearing, called the Atlantis rig "a ticking time bomb" because of deficiencies similar to Deepwater Horizon.
*June 18 - BP reiterated its pledge to clean up the oil and gas spill in the Gulf of Mexico and to pay all legitimate claims arising from the spill, even though another party already is disputing its responsibility for costs associated with the Deepwater Horizon incident and the resulting spill.
*June 19 - BP states that it has paid $104 million to residents along the Gulf Coast for claims filed as a result of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP has issued more than 31,000 checks in the past seven weeks.
*June 20 - The Deepwater Horizon oil disaster is now either the third or fourth worst oil pollution event in world history depending on which measure is used to determine the rate of the flow of oil from the broken Macondo well. A BP estimate made after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon noted that as much as 100,000 barrels per day could pour into the ocean if the blowout preventer and wellhead were removed, a higher worst-case scenario than previously reported. That is the equivalent of an Ex xon Valdez oil spill every two and a half days and could mean more than 256 million gallons of oil has spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.
*June 22 - BP announced that it will donate the net revenue it receives from the sale of oil recovered from the MC252 spill to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). NFWF, whose mission is to preserve and restore America's native wildlife species and habitats, will direct this money to projects that bring the greatest benefit to the wildlife of the affected Gulf Coast States. BP will provide $5 million to NFWF immediately, to ensure that their work can begin even as initial oil collections from the Discoverer Enterprise enter the refining process.
*June 23 - At approximately 0845 CDT a discharge of liquids was observed from a diverter valve on the drillship Discoverer Enterprise, which is on station at the MC252 wellsite. As a precautionary measure, the lower marine riser package (LMRP) containment cap system, attached to the Discoverer Enterprise, has been moved off the Deepwater Horizon’s failed blow-out preventer (BOP) to ensure the safety of operations and allow the unexpected release of liquids to be analysed.
*June 26 - a total of approximately 22,750 barrels of oil were collected or flared by the two systems and 52.9 million cubic feet of gas were flared. Specifically, the LMRP containment system connected to the Discoverer Enterprise collected 14,730 barrels of oil, and the Q4000 flared an additional 8,020 barrels of oil. To date, the total volume of oil recovered or flared by containment systems is approximately 435,600 barrels.
*June 28, provided an update on developments in the response to the MC252 oil well incident in the Gulf of Mexico.Two systems continue to collect oil and gas flowing from the Deepwater Horizon’s failed blow-out preventer (BOP) and transport them to vessels on the surface. Costs of the oil spill rise to #100,000 a day as forcasters warns of approaching tropical storm Alex
*July 1- In an exclusive live online interview with the NewsHour's Ray Suarez, BP's chief of Gulf Coast restoration Bob Dudley said the company and the U.S. government are exploring "at least two options to divert the flow" of oil in the event that relief wells being drilled become the latest failures to kill the blown-out Gulf well. Calling the well polluting the Gulf of Mexico "just a very unusual problem," Dudley said the company's first relief well is now being drilled down vertically parallel to the blown-out well and must go another 600 feet before casing is added and another kill attempt is made.
*July 2 -Scientists are moving quickly to evaluate public health risks from the ongoing oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, says environmental policy analyst Dr. Maureen Lichtveld, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.
*July 3 - The risk of weathered oil and tar balls from the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill coming to the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys remains low under current ocean and wind conditions. NOAA’s long-term projection model released yesterday focused on the possible long-term shoreline threats and not on current wind and ocean conditions in the Gulf of Mexico.
*July 4 - Work on the first relief well, which started May 2, continues. The well reached a depth of 17,725 feet on July 4 and a sixth ‘ranging’ run was completed. The second relief well, which started May 16, has now reached a measured depth of 13,871 feet. Both wells are still estimated to take approximately three months to complete from commencement of drilling.
*July 5 - BP costs for oil clean up to date exceeds $3.1 billion. A Coast Guard air crewman hoists a man into a HH-65C Dolphin helicopter after he was reported overboard from a decontamination vessel taking part in the Deepwater Horizon response effort the morning of July 5, 2010.
*July 6 - Governor Bobby Jindal blasted the federal government for again denying a defense plan proposed by local and state officials that would block oil from further damaging Louisana's fragile marshlands. Over the past weekend, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a plan to place rocks in the water that would stop oil from hitting the coast near Grand Isle – which leaves the area nearly unprotected from further oil impact. After a flyover of Lake Pontchartrain and a meeting today with local officials, Governor Jindal said it was unacceptable for the federal government to continue to deny state and local defense plans without proposing any of their own solutions. The Governor said officials from Jefferson Parish and Grand Isle would be resubmitting the rock plan for approval.
*July 7 - A new federal web portal was launched today—RestoreTheGulf.gov—dedicated to providing the American people with clear and accessible information and resources related to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill response and recovery. RestoreTheGulf.gov is designed to serve as a one-stop repository for news, data and operational updates related to administration-wide efforts to stop the BP oil leak and mitigate its impact on the environment, the economy and public health—unifying web resources across the administration and increasing public access to the latest information.
*July 8 - Initial analysis of BP claims data by the state's third party claims consultant indicates significant gaps in BP's claims performance, especially when it comes to keeping up with incoming claims and issuing checks to claimants. The data also shows that an increase in the number and amounts of payments increased directly following pressure from the state to speed up payments.
*July 9 -The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission chose to reinstitute a complete closure to recreational fishing in all Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries closure areas. This action by the commission reverses the Secretary of the Department's decision earlier this week to allow the recreational catch and release of finfish in closed areas.
*July 10 - Following a technical review, the National Incident Commander has approved the plan for BP to move ahead with replacing the existing lower marine riser package (LMRP) containment cap over the Deepwater Horizon’s failed blow-out preventer (BOP) with a new sealing cap assembly. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited Grand Isle Beach and New Orleans, Louisiana as part the Department's ongoing efforts to to address the public health and mental health aspects of the Gulf oil spill.
*July 11 - Following approval from the National Incident Commander, BP began replacing the existing lower marine riser package (LMRP) containment cap over the Deepwater Horizon's failed blow-out preventer with a new sealing cap assembly.
*July 12 - At the Administration’s direction, BP continues its “capping stack” procedure—designed to capture even greater quantities of oil than the current “top hat” system. In anticipation of increased oil flow following the removal of the top hat containment device, skimmers were surged to the well site—allowing crews to take advantage of good weather conditions and skim an estimated 25,500 barrels of oily water, double the amount collected the previous day.
*July 13 - The three ram capping stack was installed on the Deep Water Horizon LMRP at 7 p.m. CDT by BP The stack completes the installation of the new sealing cap. Following installation of the capping stack and in line with the procedure approved by the National Incident Commander and Unified Area Command, the well integrity test begin July 13 on the MC252 well. For the duration of the test, which will be a minimum of 6 hours and could extend up to 48 hours, the three ram capping stack will be closed and all sub-sea containment systems (namely, the Q4000 and Helix Producer) will be temporarily suspended, effectively shutting in the well. It is expected, although cannot be assured, that no oil will be released to the ocean for the duration of the test. This will not however be an indication that flow from the wellbore has been permanently stopped.
*July 14 - US senators call for an investigation of BP's Lybian interests, accusing the oil giant of lobbying for the early release of the convicted Lockerbie terrorist - with plans to use "blood money" to pay off victims of the Gulf spill.
*July 15 - BP begin the cruical 48-hour test of new oil containment cap in the Gulf.
*July 16 - BP shares soar at the announcement that the oil has stopped spewing out from the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since April.
*July 17 - The Fish and Wildlife Service is coordinating a project that involves digging up turtle nests along the Gulf of Mexico, incubating the eggs at the Kennedy Space Center and then releasing the hatchlings into the Atlantic Ocean on the east coast of Florida.
*July 18 - US government releases a letter to BP Chief Managing Director Bob Dudley, referring to "an unspecified seepage near the well", along with "undetermined anomalies at the well head".
*July 19 - Officials announced Monday that the new cap BP put in place last week to contain the massive oil leak spilling enormous amounts of crude into the Gulf of Mexico, would remain in place for at least one more day. Additionally, the oil giant said the cost of the spill has now reached $4 billion.
*July 20 -The federal government allowed BP to keep the cap shut tight on its ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well despite news the well is leaking at the top and something is seeping from the sea floor nearby. The Obama administration's point man for the spill, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, said that the company promised to watch closely for signs of new leaks around the mile-deep well, which has stopped gushing oil into the water since the experimental cap was closed Thursday. Officals state that the leaks "are not a cause for concern."
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:29 pm


After the apparently successful capping of the well in mid-July, this past week saw these positive developments in the quest to kill this well once and for all. In the first phase of the so-called 'Static Kill', mud was pumped into the well to block any more leakage, a move that was being reported on Tuesday and Wednesday on national media outlets.

On Thursday, BP began forcing cement down into the well, a process that took 6 hours.

From CNN, August 5........

STATIC KILL WILL VIRTUALLY ASSURE NO MORE OIL LEAK

BP finished pouring cement down its crippled well in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday in an operation known as a "static kill," completing the job earlier than expected.

The government official overseeing the effort is sounding increasingly optimistic that the end is in sight in the drive to seal the well once and for all.

BP began pouring cement into its undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico at 9:15 a.m. ET Thursday, and it finished pouring it at 3:15 p.m. That followed 2,300 barrels of heavy drilling mud, poured down from a ship on the surface Tuesday.

Before word came that the cementing had been completed, retired Adm. Thad Allen said the development would amount to a "significant milestone" in the long-running fight against the BP oil spill.


The oil company is also proceeding with plans to finish the relief wells, and also pump mud and cement down into the bottom of the capped well from them as insurance......

From CNN, August 6........

RELIEF WELL BOTTOM KILL TO FOLLOW TOP KILL IN GULF OIL SPILL

The beginning of the end could be little more than a week away for the capped, sunken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico - that is, if the latest timeline for permanently killing the ruptured well holds up.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the head of the government's oil spill response, said Friday that BP tentatively expects to intercept the ruptured well through the closer of two relief wells around August 14 or 15.

While the "static kill" that involved pumping mud and cement into the upper part the pipe earlier in the week could potentially plug the well for good, Allen has instructed BP to proceed with a final "bottom kill." That's when more mud and cement will be poured into the well through one of two relief wells. The bottom kill amounts to an insurance policy.
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:34 pm


The Inevitable Aftermath...."Presidential oil spill panel must have subpoena power".....

One opinion from Vindy.com.........

http://www.vindy.com/news/2010/sep/30/presidential-oil-spill-panel-must-have-s/
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