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Coast Guard: Oil leaking from well at blast site
My Way News ^ | Apr 24, 6:08 PM (ET) | By CAIN BURDEAU

Posted on 04/25/2010 4:24:55 AM PDT by Texas Fossil

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard discovered Saturday that oil is leaking from the damaged well that fed a massive rig that exploded this week off Louisiana's coast, while bad weather halted efforts to clean up the mess that threatens the area's fragile marine ecosystem.

As recently as Friday, the Coast Guard said no oil appeared to escaping from the well head on the ocean floor. Rear Adm. Mary Landry said the leak was a new discovery but could have begun when the rig sank on Thursday, two days after the initial explosion.

"This is a very serious spill, absolutely," Landry said.

Coast Guard and company officials estimate that as much as 1,000 barrels of oil is escaping each day after studying information from remotely operated vehicles and the size of the oil slick surrounding the blast site. The rainbow-colored sheen of oil stretched 20 miles by 20 miles on Saturday - about 25 times larger than it appeared to be a day earlier, Landry said.

(Excerpt) Read more at apnews.myway.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: coastguard; deephorz; energy; gulf; leak; offshoredrilling; oil; oilrig; oilspill; uscg
" The sunken rig may have as much as 700,000 gallons of diesel on board, and an undetermined amount of oil has spilled from the rig itself."

That might be the key in explaining the spill.

1 posted on 04/25/2010 4:24:55 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil
...bad weather halted efforts to clean up the mess that threatens the area's fragile marine ecosystem.

(banging my head on the desk)

"the 'mess'?"
Where the heck did this guy go to school. The mess' ain't exactly professional sentence structure. It may be okay in common usage like at a Bar, but in a newspaper? I'd fire his butt pdq. Along with whomever proof read this article.

And pleeeeeease. Stop with the tired and old "fragile ecosystem" bullcarp. Buy a new cliché thesaurus will ya, sheesh.

'Every time a Bulldozer starts up, another 'fragile ecosystem' is at risk of extinction.'

2 posted on 04/25/2010 4:45:24 AM PDT by Condor51 (SAT CONG!)
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To: Condor51

The Big Lie from the MSM continues

3 posted on 04/25/2010 4:55:34 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Texas Fossil
while bad weather halted efforts to clean up the mess that threatens the area's fragile marine ecosystem.

OMG, I didn't know the Gulf of Mexico was fragile.

Jeez, the hyperbole.

4 posted on 04/25/2010 4:58:04 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: Texas Fossil

Why is there so little noise from the don’t drill crowd? This would seem to be their Three Mile Island.


5 posted on 04/25/2010 5:15:46 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (2012, the end of our long national nightmare.)
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To: Texas Fossil

But later trips by the remotely operated vehicles, called ROVs, discovered oil shooting from the end of the pipe-like riser that had connected the rig to the blowout preventer.

A second, smaller leak was found in a section of drill pipe near the well head.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2499920/posts


6 posted on 04/25/2010 5:15:48 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: raybbr

“Jeez, the hyperbole”

Yeah, for sure. The enviro-nazis wildest wettest dreams have been answered. This incident will become their response to any attempted legislation to expand offshore drilling. Actually, 1,000 barrels per day is, as we say here in Texas, fly $hit in pepper. I wonder how much crude leakage naturally occurs during anh given day in the gulf? I’m betting it’s a lot more than 1,000 barrels.


7 posted on 04/25/2010 5:20:11 AM PDT by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: thackney

Thanks for update. I was/am sceptical about the article I posted. It is a news item, but coverage should be factual. Our MSM coverage never is.


8 posted on 04/25/2010 5:21:16 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: thackney

I’ll jes’ BeTcha’ an Alaskan land rig wouldn’t be so damaging to a “delicate ecosystem”


9 posted on 04/25/2010 5:46:06 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: snoringbear

10 posted on 04/25/2010 6:50:21 AM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (Sarah Palin "the Thrilla from Wasilla")
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To: Texas Fossil
the area's fragile marine ecosystem.

Have you ever noticed that you can't have a "marine ecosystem" that's not "fragile?" The modifier is de riguer when writing environmental alarmist stories.

11 posted on 04/25/2010 6:52:33 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Texas Fossil
threatens the area's fragile marine ecosystem -- 42,000 gallons of oil are "spewing each day."

The ideological issue of Marxist-Alinskyite-Leninist alien Democrat youths (MALADY) of 1960s campus rabble arguably now the the Establishment sound the alarm: Save the world! end oil drilling in the Gulf!

Where were they for the last 145 million years?

http://geology.com/news/2007/enormous-oil-seepage-in-the-gulf-of-mexico.shtml

"The Gulf of Mexico is an area where such natural seepage occurs at a very high rate. Of the 200,000 metric tons of oil seepage that is thought to occur each year, about 150,000 metric tons escapes from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico."

150,000 / 365 = 411 metric tons a day

411 * 2,205 pounds per metric ton = 906,255 pounds

At 7 pounds per gallon: 906,255 pounds / 7 = 129,465 gallons a day naturally.

42,000 is about 1/3.

The Gulf of Mexico was formed during the Late Jurassic period, that's something like 145 million years ago. Now assuming that seepage didn't start until one million years ago it means that with 1\3 more seepage the damage done in those million years will now take a mere 670,000 years by my figurin'.

By all means, let's stop drilling for oil. Get those life-ending contraptions out of the Gulf. Now! Power to the people! Bring it all down, man.

12 posted on 04/25/2010 6:55:32 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Texas Fossil
the area's fragile marine ecosystem.

Is there no robust ecosystem anywhere in the world?

13 posted on 04/25/2010 7:14:41 AM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: Donald Rumsfeld Fan

That should be on every front page.


14 posted on 04/25/2010 7:17:45 AM PDT by BloodnGuts
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To: Texas Fossil

This article has a picture of the end of the drill pipe with oil escaping.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8642518.stm


15 posted on 04/25/2010 7:18:49 AM PDT by esarlls3
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To: raybbr
OMG, I didn't know the Gulf of Mexico was fragile.

After all, all those Category 4 and 5 hurricanes did was slosh it a bit...it's still there!

16 posted on 04/25/2010 7:20:50 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

Logic tells me that drilling in the Gulf would REDUCE the pressure causing “seepage”, would it not? Hence LESS seepage.


17 posted on 04/25/2010 7:21:50 AM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: Texas Fossil

If this had happened a few years ago, Bush would be blamed for the whole thing. From the decision to be there in the first place to the response. We need to start blaming Obama for everything, including this.


18 posted on 04/25/2010 7:25:53 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: esarlls3

Thanks for the link.

Obozo said it is his administration’s number 1 priority. Is that reassuring?


19 posted on 04/25/2010 7:36:59 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Donald Rumsfeld Fan

“paved paradise”
http://www.physorg.com/news191397828.html

vob


20 posted on 04/25/2010 10:43:45 AM PDT by Vob (free radical community organizer)
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To: Donald Rumsfeld Fan
63% would be even greater if we didn't suck out our share and relieve the pressure.....("That's what she said")
21 posted on 04/25/2010 11:05:30 AM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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