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You Are Tired Of Hearing About It

So you are sick and tired of hearing me rant about the BP oil well spewing oil into the Gulf, so I guess I should talk about something else.

How about Another Gulf oil spill

The Deepwater Horizon is not the only well leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico for the last month.

A nearby drilling rig, the Ocean Saratoga, has been leaking since at least April 30, according to a federal document.

While the leak is decidedly smaller than the Deepwater Horizon spill, a 10-mile-long slick emanating from the Ocean Saratoga is visible from space in multiple images gathered by Skytruth.org, which monitors environmental problems using satellites.

Federal officials did not immediately respond when asked about the size of the leak, how long it had been flowing, or whether it was possible to plug it.

Of course, the fact that all of this oil is leaking into the Gulf from wells doesn’t stop people from worrying about lost oil jobs.

Sorry, but we don’t profit from the drilling and it has put oil on our beaches, about which we care a great deal. Florida has an official 12% unemployment rate which translates into a real rate of un- or under-employment of almost 1 in 4 Florida workers. The summer tourist season gave people some hope about the possibility of earning some cash, and now we have oil on our beaches.

I guess we can’t depend on the government to tell us when industry has these problems, so now we have to depend on volunteers scanning satellite photos.

June 7, 2010   10 Comments

A Million Gallons A Day

Gulf Gusher symbolThe flow rate on the Well from Hell keeps going up but you have to have your pencil ready and mind engaged when BP hints at the truth

Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Monday at the White House that the government still doesn’t know how much oil is leaking from the damaged Gulf well despite the addition of a containment cap last week, but that BP hopes to pump up to 20,000 barrels (840,000 gallons) of oil a day to the surface.

His comments indicate that government panel’s estimates of a flow of 12,000 to 19,000 barrels daily are likely low — concerns first reported by the NewsHour.

There is still going to be oil leaking into the Gulf because BP isn’t even competent enough to cut a pipe in a professional manner, and BP only talks about recovering a “majority” of the oil that is leaking. A million gallons per day is a very conservative estimate.

BP has also poured a million gallons of Corexit dispersant into the Gulf, despite being told to find something else.

June 7, 2010   Comments Off on A Million Gallons A Day