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Whale of a Skimmer Not Ready to Attack Gulf Oil After Weekend of Testing
Nola.com ^ | 7/5/2010 | Times-Picayune Staff

Posted on 07/05/2010 12:23:28 PM PDT by Qbert

The behemoth Taiwanese oil skimmer, A Whale, is not yet ready attack the Gulf of Mexico oil spill after a weekend of testing proved inconclusive, said a statement this morning from TMT Shipping Offshore, owner of the ship.

"After an initial 48-hour testing period, results remain inconclusive in light of the rough sea state we are encountering," said Bob Grantham, spokesman for the company. "Over this same period, very few other skimmers have even been deployed. Therefore, working in close coordination with the US Coast Guard, we will be undertaking an additional testing period to make operational and technological adjustments aimed at improving skimming effectiveness given the actual conditions we are encountering in the Gulf."

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Alabama; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: al; la; ms; oilspill
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1 posted on 07/05/2010 12:23:36 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

Just damn.


2 posted on 07/05/2010 12:26:25 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: mware

This vessel could/should have been in the Gulf of Mexico sucking up this extremely toxic sludge days after the ‘Obamagusher’ began!


3 posted on 07/05/2010 12:29:43 PM PDT by jessduntno (I'm not a racist, you're just saying that because I'm white.)
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To: Qbert

Testing, more testing. What do we lose by letting it go out and try?


4 posted on 07/05/2010 12:30:22 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Qbert

I’ve seen a few of these articles today, but not one of them has said how A Whale has failed any tests.

They talk about rough seas in which hampers all cleanup, but they don’t say something like “A Whale only collects at half the rate expected”, which is still a lot faster than anything else we have out collecting).

It’s almost like the articles have been trying to blame A Whale for the rough sea problems.


5 posted on 07/05/2010 12:31:21 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Qbert
OK let me get this straight, the supposed worst ecological disaster in the history of mankind is taking place, according to the obama administration. A chance to stop it or diffuse it is available and instead of using it they will do a study first!

Take down the rules and open the gulf to anything and anybody, who wants to clean it up.

Unless of course this gov't wants the disaster to escalate.

6 posted on 07/05/2010 12:32:04 PM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: jessduntno

It did not mention in the article but I believe I heard that it could take in 1,000,000 gallons a day.


7 posted on 07/05/2010 12:33:50 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Qbert

Any person who can’t see the deliberate foot dragging of the administration at this point is in a state of denial.


8 posted on 07/05/2010 12:34:59 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Qbert

What total complete stupidity!

It was tested using fire fighting foam and worked perfectly.

Unleash the EPA from all its stupid rules. Fire the totally ineffective Lisa Jackson. (She, like most to the rest of Zer0’s administration are there solely because they’re black, but are in way over their heads.)

Start getting rid of the oil, before it hits the loop current.

Skim baby skim!


9 posted on 07/05/2010 12:35:08 PM PDT by Noob1999
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To: Truth29
What do we lose by letting it go out and try?

A crisis????

10 posted on 07/05/2010 12:35:13 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Kakaze

“OK let me get this straight, the supposed worst ecological disaster in the history of mankind is taking place, according to the obama administration. A chance to stop it or diffuse it is available and instead of using it they will do a study first!
Take down the rules and open the gulf to anything and anybody, who wants to clean it up.”

One would think. God help us all if we should ever have another 9/11 with Obumbler and his minions in charge...


11 posted on 07/05/2010 12:35:52 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Kakaze

You are RIGHT ON!!! From day one the big boats should been INVITED in, here on the coast we have some harsh words for this ‘so called’ administration, can’t say what I want to cause I would be thrown off FR....


12 posted on 07/05/2010 12:37:48 PM PDT by gulfcoast6
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To: Qbert

It wasn’t built by the UAW and isn’t operated by Teamsters.
So you can see Baraq’s aversion to using it........


13 posted on 07/05/2010 12:37:48 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Truth29

The Obama administration would lose the ability to turn the entire population of the Gulf region against “big oil”. That is what’s going on here. Extreme environmental and economic damage IS the goal here. Recently, miles of oil boom had been vandalized and cut up. Hmmmm.. Now WHO would do this and why? Hmmm... Obama’s lack of action is intentional.


14 posted on 07/05/2010 12:40:48 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: mware

Good point. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a President that was working for America instead of the leader of a coalition to destroy the country?


15 posted on 07/05/2010 12:43:02 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Noob1999

“What total complete stupidity!

It was tested using fire fighting foam and worked perfectly.

Unleash the EPA from all its stupid rules. Fire the totally ineffective Lisa Jackson. (She, like most to the rest of Zer0’s administration are there solely because they’re black, but are in way over their heads.)”

Great point. The GOP should come out blasting away at the EPA over this (especially with all the talk of cap and tax in the air). The EPA can’t see the forest (the greatest environmental disaster in our history) for the trees (its useless regulations supposedly enacted to “protect the environment”).


16 posted on 07/05/2010 12:44:08 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Truth29
Testing, more testing. What do we lose by letting it go out and try?

What are you...CRAZY??!!??

The bureaucrats must keep us safe from evil corporations who would kill us if it weren't for the...bureaucrats.

Help us Lisa Jackson...you're our only hope.

17 posted on 07/05/2010 12:53:30 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Qbert

OH well... and predictable.

Deem it so.


18 posted on 07/05/2010 12:55:11 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Qbert

“Unleash the EPA from all its stupid rules.”

Yeah that would be the day! A Whale’s discharge is only 99% oil free... not good enough, hence the continued testing. Rough seas: not for a 1000 footer... the smaller boats take in in the shorts with current conditions... A Whale takes oiled water in through slots in the bow... unlike other skimmers.


19 posted on 07/05/2010 12:55:28 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine .. now it is your turn..)
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To: Qbert
From further down the article: [company spokeshole] Being a newly developed tool to battle oil slicks, the A Whale, a 10-story-tall, 350-yard-long vessel, requires testing and adjustments before moving into action, he said.

This isn't EPA testing, or Coast Guard, it is testing by the company to see if the skimmer can pick up emulsified tars without clogging the openings, the filters and the ejection ports. They are likely going to attempt to keep the craft on the 'sheen' areas to avoid the tar mats which are nearly impossible to skim with a craft like this.

20 posted on 07/05/2010 12:59:09 PM PDT by kingu (Favorite Sticker: Lost hope, and Obama took my change.)
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To: Qbert

Like every other thing this administration does, study the problem till it becomes a big enough problem to need to sieze some more money.


21 posted on 07/05/2010 12:59:32 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Qbert
The EPA and this entire malign Administration is either stuck on stupid, or (more likely) stuck on criminal negligence.
22 posted on 07/05/2010 12:59:44 PM PDT by Gritty (Modern liberals might as well march around wearing jackboots and arm bands - Don Feder)
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To: Qbert
Did it pick up ANY oil? If so it did better than Obama and his whole crew of bureaucrats have done since April twentieth.

Of course it should have been on sight "Testing" by the end of April. That just didn't fit with the Obama administration need for a disaster.

23 posted on 07/05/2010 12:59:47 PM PDT by FreePaul
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To: Qbert
This is just more bureaucratic bullsh!t. Ask yourself this... wouldn't it be better to have this testing take place while the ship skims as it was designed to do and not just with conditions just right? I saw a film of the actual process and the thing works beautifully.

The EPA mandates 15 parts per million of oil in water output... A Whale emits 25 parts per million... this is all about 10 parts per million of oil... instead... we get 100% of what is escaping right now and it is staying in the Gulf. The only reason that they are delaying this all is because obama wants it that way. They delay and block at EVERY opportunity... not just in this case.

Ask yourself this... if Bush were President right now, would the government be an impediment to this cleanup or a partner in this endeavor... and why?

LLS

24 posted on 07/05/2010 12:59:47 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ( WOLVERINES!)
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To: Qbert

Time for a march on Washington,obama and his minions are doing this on purpose


25 posted on 07/05/2010 1:00:17 PM PDT by Charlespg
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To: Qbert

What in the world is going on with the coast guard!?!?! This bureaucratic mess is completely frustrating.


26 posted on 07/05/2010 1:06:15 PM PDT by EmilyGeiger (Psalm 33:12 "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,")
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To: kingu
This isn't EPA testing, or Coast Guard, it is testing by the company to see if the skimmer can pick up emulsified tars without clogging the openings, the filters and the ejection ports. They are likely going to attempt to keep the craft on the 'sheen' areas to avoid the tar mats which are nearly impossible to skim with a craft like this.

You are so full of it. The "company testing" is being done at the command of the EPA. And the idea that a thousand foot long ship designed to suck up a half-million gallons of spilled oil a day hasn't been thought through thoroughly by engineers, is absurd.

"Sheen areas"? "Tar mats"? "Nearly impossible to skim"? Your terms are as bogus as your implied experience and knowledge.

"A craft like this"? Biggest lie of all - "a craft like this" is DESIGNED for a problem LIKE THIS.

Go back to your government bunker and get more training.

27 posted on 07/05/2010 1:07:43 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: LibLieSlayer
Ask yourself this... if Bush were President right now, would the government be an impediment to this cleanup or a partner in this endeavor... and why?

No. GWB would have been on the phone with the Saudis and other countries experienced in oil cleanups, from Day One. He'd have waived the Jones Act and any other horse-manure laws and regulations that impede cleanup efforts.

28 posted on 07/05/2010 1:13:36 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: Kakaze
EPA's Lisa Jackson, ordered BP to trim down on their use of the chemicals being applied to the Gulf oil leak by 75 percent

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, EPA chief Lisa Jackson, and White House energy and climate advisor Carol Browner to lay out the company’s (BP) new long-term plans for cleaning up the disastrous spill and restoring the Gulf to pre-spill conditions

Before becoming EPA’s Administrator, (Lisa) Jackson served as Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine

Head of EPA, Lisa Jackson, to Attend LULAC 80th Annual Convention / LULAC, the oldest Hispanic organization in the U.S., and EPA are working together to protect human health and the environment

May 15 -

Jon Stewart Interviews EPA Head Lisa P. Jackson

29 posted on 07/05/2010 1:14:28 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Kakaze

Just saw clean up operations on Pensacola Beach. Our beaches are precious. We will continue to hold BP responsible.
8:59 PM Jul 3rd via mobile web

http://twitter.com/lisapjackson

Just finished town hall on EPAs role in oil spill response w/Essence editor Angela Burt Murray. Good questions abo http://twitpic.com/21u0b7
4:28 PM Jul 2nd via Twitpic

EPA followed through on its promise to perform peer-reviewed testing on dispersants. For results and more info: http://budurl.com/pjes
1:14 PM Jul 1st via web

******

Lisa P. Jackson Yesterday, we issued a directive to BP on how the company should manage recovered oil, contaminated materials and liquid and solid wastes from cleanup operations in the Gulf. For details on our directive:Waste Management on the Gulf Coastline | EPA Response to BP Spill in the Gulf of Mexico | US EPA
www.epa.gov

EPA deployed field teams to collect a small number of samples of oily debris, tar balls, mousse oil and other petroleum waste products that have washed up on the shore along the Gulf Coast. Preliminary results have only shown chemical constituents that are usually found in petroleum products and typ...
Friday at 11:46am ·

http://www.facebook.com/lisapjackson


30 posted on 07/05/2010 1:18:51 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Truth29
Testing, more testing. What do we lose by letting it go out and try?

Exactly! If it doesn't work they're not going to spend the money to stay out there. This has to be deliberate obstruction of clean up efforts. The list of plans and people who have been blocked from doing or trying anything is getting quite long.

31 posted on 07/05/2010 1:21:20 PM PDT by TigersEye (Greenhouse Theory is false. Totally debunked. "GH gases" is a non-sequitur.)
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To: Talisker
Go back to your government bunker and get more training.

Yes sir, I'll be sure to do that. Meanwhile, you might want to just do a google search of Bob Grantham, the company spokeshole, who stated that testing was required to configure the ship. It's only repeated on virtually every newswire. As for the rest, I defer to your considerable expertise and remain appropriately chastised.

32 posted on 07/05/2010 1:22:51 PM PDT by kingu (Favorite Sticker: Lost hope, and Obama took my change.)
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To: Qbert
God help us all if we should ever have another 9/11 with Obumbler and his minions in charge...

Someone posted a theory about the runaway well affecting an earthquake on the New Madrid fault. A connection between the two is crazy but what if a giant disaster like that did occur? With 0boyIwon in charge? That is a spine-chilling thought to say the least.

33 posted on 07/05/2010 1:28:42 PM PDT by TigersEye (Greenhouse Theory is false. Totally debunked. "GH gases" is a non-sequitur.)
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“God help us all if we should ever have another 9/11 with Obumbler and his minions in charge...”

Yes, he would just have all the twin towers employees get under their desks and wait.


34 posted on 07/05/2010 1:29:16 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Qbert

Just wait for Alex’s sister to make it into the Gomex at the end of this week and hit Teaxs/LA.


35 posted on 07/05/2010 1:30:27 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Obama is Dangerclown The Manchild)
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To: kcvl

How appropriate...she is on Comedy Central explaining her job...that is all this white house and government is...Comedy Central.


36 posted on 07/05/2010 1:32:44 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Obama is Dangerclown The Manchild)
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To: Yaelle
What in Heaven's name are they testing?

Do we think for one moment the designers built a huge ship that simply doesn't work as designed?

Do we think the owners bought this huge ship without knowing it would work?

I smell a rat in the oily dunes....Is that you....Oily "O"?

37 posted on 07/05/2010 1:38:49 PM PDT by cbkaty (Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy---W Churchill)
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To: kingu

Sorry,

Followed your knowing guidance (except didn’t use lefty Google) and determined that testing is at Coast Guard, BP(corporation with $ 20 B gun at their head), and EPA direction.

http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/07/giant_oil_skimmer_being_tested.html


38 posted on 07/05/2010 1:45:37 PM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: rfp1234

100% correct and the “why” I was seeking is because obama wants it that way.

LLS


39 posted on 07/05/2010 1:47:26 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ( WOLVERINES!)
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To: Qbert

The guy who obstructed BAIPA is now obstructing the cleanup.

He is a sociopath, but one who effects his carnage through inaction.


40 posted on 07/05/2010 1:57:44 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (How many Michael Steele gaffes does it take to make a pattern?)
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To: TigersEye

“...what if a giant disaster like that did occur? With 0boyIwon in charge?”

That’s when ObaMao hits the Internet kill-switch to further hinder the rescue efforts, unfortunately...


41 posted on 07/05/2010 2:18:53 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: historyrepeatz

Recently, miles of oil boom had been vandalized and cut up. Hmmmm.. Now WHO would do this and why?

Source?

42 posted on 07/05/2010 2:35:51 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: combat_boots; historyrepeatz

http://www.katc.com/news/boom-vandalism/

sounds like mostly local yahoos trying to get out to their favorite fishing holes


43 posted on 07/05/2010 3:06:00 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: nascarnation

Moreover, we aren’t that crazy about the Taiwanese these days. Money grubbing capitalist running dogs.


44 posted on 07/05/2010 3:11:11 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Hitler Was Their Fate and their Fate Could Not Be Stayed. Von Braustitch.)
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To: combat_boots

Here’s a source for oil boom vandalism on 26 May 2020:
http://www.nwfdailynews.com/articles/boom-29355-oil-blocking.html

Fox News cable reported more oil boom vandalism which occurred over the last 2 or 3 days but I can’t find source for that one. Nonetheless, it’s a problem, with more than one occurrence.


45 posted on 07/05/2010 3:25:28 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: Qbert

If this ship works at all, 0bama will have to answer why he waited 70+ days to allow this thing to operate. There is no way this will be approved for cleanup. In fact, it will be destroyed by the administration and the lap dog media as a distraction and a waste of time from speeches about cleaning up the gulf.


46 posted on 07/05/2010 3:32:07 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: cbkaty
This boat wasn't "designed" originally as a skimmer - it was converted to be a skimmer only after the spill. The owners didn't buy it to be a skimmer, they bought it to be an iron ore carrier.
47 posted on 07/05/2010 4:33:25 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: Qbert
Excellent summary at this link...

Obama’s deliberate Katrina

48 posted on 07/05/2010 4:37:18 PM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29. Over 250 roll call votes missed and counting...)
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To: Qbert

“After an initial 48-hour testing period, results remain inconclusive in light of the rough sea state we are encountering,” said Bob Grantham, spokesman for the company.

Rough seas my a$$. According to the buoy in the vicinity of the spill the seas are 3 ft.
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=42040


49 posted on 07/05/2010 4:44:15 PM PDT by orlop9
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To: ConservaTexan

The ship didn’t exist 70+ days ago. Not as a skimmer, at least. It was not converted to become a skimmer until after the spill.


50 posted on 07/05/2010 4:59:16 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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