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Gulf oil spill swiftly balloons, could move east

Posted by on May. 2, 2010 at 6:33 AM
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VENICE, La. – A sense of doom settled over the American coastline from Louisiana to Florida on Saturday as a massive oil slick spewing from a ruptured well kept growing, and experts warned that an uncontrolled gusher could create a nightmare scenario if the Gulf Stream carries it toward the Atlantic.

President Barack Obama planned to visit the region Sunday to assess the situation amid growing criticism that the government and oil company BP PLC should have done more to stave off the disaster. Meanwhile, efforts to stem the flow and remove oil from the surface by skimming it, burning it or spiking it with chemicals to disperse it continued with little success.

"These people, we've been beaten down, disaster after disaster," said Matt O'Brien of Venice, whose fledgling wholesale shrimp dock business is under threat from the spill.

"They've all got a long stare in their eye," he said. "They come asking me what I think's going to happen. I ain't got no answers for them. I ain't got no answers for my investors. I ain't got no answers."

He wasn't alone. As the spill surged toward disastrous proportions, critical questions lingered: Who created the conditions that caused the gusher? Did BP and the government react robustly enough in its early days? And, most important, how can it be stopped before the damage gets worse?

The Coast Guard conceded Saturday that it's nearly impossible to know how much oil has gushed since the April 20 rig explosion, after saying earlier it was at least 1.6 million gallons — equivalent to about 2 1/2 Olympic-sized swimming pools. The blast killed 11 workers and threatened beaches, fragile marshes and marine mammals, along with fishing grounds that are among the world's most productive.

Even at that rate, the spill should eclipse the 1989 Exxon Valdez incident as the worst U.S. oil disaster in history in a matter of weeks. But a growing number of experts warned that the situation may already be much worse.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100501/ap_on_bi_ge/us_gulf_oil_spill

Every asshole who ever chanted 'Drill baby drill' should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup duty. -Bill Maher

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Della529
by on May. 2, 2010 at 7:49 AM

Inquiring minds want to know...

"Who created the conditions that caused the gusher? Did BP and the government react robustly enough in its early days? And, most important, how can it be stopped before the damage gets worse?"

tericared
by on May. 2, 2010 at 11:31 AM

 

Quoting Della529:

Inquiring minds want to know...

"Who created the conditions that caused the gusher? Did BP and the government react robustly enough in its early days? And, most important, how can it be stopped before the damage gets worse?"

 I dont think anyone has those answers...

Every asshole who ever chanted 'Drill baby drill' should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup duty. -Bill Maher

stormcris
by Christy on May. 2, 2010 at 2:39 PM

 

Quoting Della529:

Inquiring minds want to know...

"Who created the conditions that caused the gusher? Did BP and the government react robustly enough in its early days? And, most important, how can it be stopped before the damage gets worse?"

 Its somewhere on the net....They did not act in the best proactive manner ....The allegations, if true, are eyeopening.

Joqui
by Joqui on May. 2, 2010 at 3:00 PM

I wonder why more people aren't pissed about this?

LokisMama
by Bronze Member on May. 2, 2010 at 5:38 PM

I'm extremely pissed, mostly because if it keeps going the way it is, I'm going to be volunteering to clean up my own beaches here in St. Pete! 

Their design was flawed, their back up plan was/is flawed and they're saying that by the time they could dig that 'relief well' that they seem to think is their only option, the leak could have spilled over 4 million gallons into the gulf.  By comparison, the Exxon Valdez spilled over 11 million gallons. 

So yes, I'm pissed.  And worried and a little afraid.

Quoting Joqui:

I wonder why more people aren't pissed about this?



tericared
by on May. 2, 2010 at 7:04 PM

 LokisMama .back up plan,,,,ha ha ha what a joke.....Directed at them not you..

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