BP oil disaster continuing

This video from the USA is called Halliburton Investigated for Gulf Spill Role.

Amid growing popular anger over BP’s disastrous response to the gulf coast oil spill, the Obama administration came to the company’s defense on Monday, while again rejecting any federal takeover of the recovery: here.

BP Oil Spill: Residents of Marrero, La., Share Their Frustration and Fears: here.

Daniel Beltra in the Gulf of New Mexico discusses the Deepwater Horizon cleanup effort, the threat to the food chain and the difficulties authorities are making for journalists: here.

BP makes enough profit in four days to cover the costs of the spill cleanup thus far: here.

Obama’s Sluggish Oil Spill Response: here.

76 percent: Americans who disapprove of the way BP has handled the oil spill. A slight majority — 51 percent — also disapprove of Obama’s performance in the disaster, and support for “increased drilling for oil and natural gas offshore in U.S. waters” has fallen dramatically. Already, 316 birds have been found dead on the Gulf Coast, with another 41 found alive but “oiled”: here.

Sitting here in Massachusetts, it’s hard to get perspective on the impact of the spill – but I’m trying to stay connected using some of these online tools: here.

As BP’s broken underwater oil well in the Gulf of Mexico continues to gush over 100,000 barrels of oil per day into the fragile ecosystem, and as sheets of the thick sticky crude start to fill the delicate marsh lands of the Mississippi Delta – Greenpeace UK has launched an art competition to redesign the BP corporate logo: here.

BP’s Oil Slick: LACMA Woes: here.

Britain: As the Tate Modern celebrated its 10th Anniversary, art activists from the group Liberate Tate released balloons carrying oil-soaked fake birds and dead fish in protest of the museums ties to British Petroleum. With the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reaching its 1 month point today and still gushing, this action couldn’t have more appropriate timing: here.

A young heron sits dying on an island impacted by oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in Barataria Bay, just inside the the coast of Louisiana, Sunday, May 23, 2010. The is home to hundreds of herons, brown pelicans, terns, gulls and roseate spoonbills: photos here.

WASHINGTON, DC, May 20, 2010 – Two engineers with extensive experience in the oil industry said on Capitol Hill today that Shell Oil’s plans to begin drilling off the coast of Alaska in less than six weeks are fraught with risks that have not been adequately addressed by the company: here.

A tanker and a bulk carrier have collided in Malaysian waters off the coast of Singapore resulting in an oil spill, the island’s port authority has said: here.

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  1. Friday, May 21, 2010 | Modified: Monday, May 24, 2010, 9:36am EDT

    Spill off N.C. would make Gulf look easy

    The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area – by Frank Vinluan Contributing writer

    The full environmental impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast has yet to be known, but experts say a similar spill off of North Carolina would be far more difficult to contain.

    Currents of warm water flow from the Gulf up along the Eastern Seaboard converging off the North Carolina coast with colder water flowing from the Northeast, said Larry Cahoon, a professor of biology and marine biology at UNC-Wilmington.

    Those currents, combined with the frequency of hurricanes and nor’easters, make for a volatile mix dangerous for ships and challenging for oil spill containment.

    “There’s a reason they call it the ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic,” Cahoon said of the sinking of more than 1,000 ships off the North Carolina coast since records have been kept in 1526. “The Gulf of Mexico is a lake by comparison.”

    Cahoon recently served on a state legislative research subcommittee charged with evaluating energy exploration off the North Carolina Coast. The subcommittee’s report was completed on April 13, just days after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded. The report was presented to the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission on May 19.

    Doug Rader, chief oceans scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund and co-chair of the North Carolina legislative subcommittee, said there was not a lot of data about the impact of offshore drilling off North Carolina 20 years ago. But there has been considerable research since.

    Offshore exploration could impact the tourism industry. The subcommittee report said that in 2008, visitors spent $17 billion in a tourism industry that supports over 190,000 jobs.

    Exploration could also affect the state’s fishing industry and other marine life, Rader said. Exploratory equipment available only in the last decade has discovered deep water coral reefs off the North Carolina coast. The discovery doesn’t mean that drilling should not happen, Rader said. It just means any oil and gas exploration should be done with strict limits.

    Some of the most significant limiting factors to offshore drilling are actually on land. North Carolina does not have the land-based infrastructure that the Gulf Coast has, Cahoon said. Its ports are small, and eastern North Carolina has no oil pipeline.

    If exploration were to happen off the Outer Banks, the economic benefits would not be felt in the port cities of Wilmington or Morehead City. They would likely flow to another coastal community such as Norfolk, Va., that already has extensive port and pipeline infrastructure.

    In the meantime, oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill may yet reach North Carolina from the Gulf. Jane Lubchenco, administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said the main oil slick is northwest of the current location of the loop current that flows up from the Gulf of Mexico.

    But she added that the current is dynamic and its position may change. She also noted that tar balls have already been found washing ashore in the Florida Keys. That is an example of what could happen in other areas of Florida and along the East Coast if oil is picked up by the current.

    The oil industry’s last hard took at energy exploration off North Carolina’s Outer Banks was in 1988, Cahoon said, when Mobil Corp. obtained a lease for an area off Cape Hatteras.

    Frank Vinluan wites for the Triangle Business Journal, a sister publication.



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