Happy Earth Day

Submitted by Charles Frost on Thu, 04/22/2010 - 20:56.

RIP! Drill baby drill?!?!

Living in Louisiana I had many friends who worked on the offshore rigs in the Gulf - horrible life - as hard as legal work may be, and very dangerous. People don't realize what it takes to pull from the ground and process the gasoline we waste - beyond war over oil, lives wasted drilling, and processing, and the harm to the environment - everything about oil is disgusting, dangerous and harmful to all who touch it, all though the supply chain and out your tailpipe.

RIP to those who died this week on a burning oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico to fill the gastanks in Ohio of "environmentalists" driving around town talking about how green they are.

Drill baby drill?!?!

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...what threatens to be a huge oil spill

From Associate Press today:

The sinking of the Deepwater Horizon, which burned violently until the gulf itself extinguished the fire, could unleash more than 300,000 of gallons of crude a day into the water. The environmental hazards would be greatest if the spill were to reach the Louisiana coast, some 50 miles away.

More thorough coverage is provided by the London Times, at Timesonline, under "Environment":

The spill is being fed by an estimated 13,000 gallons of oil and gas that were pumping every hour from a pipe running up from an oil reservoir more than 2 miles (3km) beneath the seabed.

Guy Cantwell, a spokesman for Transocean, the Swiss company that owned the rig, said that engineers were trying to cut off the uncontrolled flow of oil using a subsea robot. He said that the robot, equipped with cameras and remote-controlled arms, was being used to try to activate a device on the seafloor, 5,000ft (1,500m) below the surface, that is designed automatically to clamp shut over the base of a pipe that connects the rig with the seabed.

The robot was being deployed remotely from a ship close to the site of the disaster, 50 miles off the coast off Louisiana. If the effort fails the only alternative is to drill a “relief well” intersecting the original well. Mud and cement could then be injected inside to cap it. Such an operation, however, could take weeks or even months.

BP, Transocean and the US Coast Guard were planning to use booms, skimmers and chemicals to control what threatens to be a huge oil spill.

US regulators pledged to begin an investigation into the accident, which appears to have been caused by a “blowout” — an uncontrolled release of gas or oil that forced its way up the well pipe and caught fire, destroying the rig.

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