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04-30-2010, 08:37 AM
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I just received this message from St. Tammany Parish:

Quote:Oil Spill Update

I have declared a parish-wide state of emergency as a precautionary measure concerning the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This declaration has been issued in preparation for any possible impact of oil along the coastline of St. Tammany.

The St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor the situation with the Coast Guard and the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. St. Tammany will follow all state protocols in dealing with oil spills and other environmental hazards.

Ongoing air quality testing is taking place throughout the Louisiana coastal areas by the EPA, the Louisiana DEQ and the Coast Guard. At this point, the EPA and Louisiana DEQ have determined there are no problems with air quality in any coastal areas, including St. Tammany Parish. However, citizens may smell oil in the air. If you have respiratory problems or other medical conditions, or if any smell makes you uncomfortable, officials are advising citizens to shelter in place in their homes and avoid prolonged outside contact.

We have established a plan to minimize the effect of potential oil on Lake Pontchartrain and coastal areas by blocking its path at the Rigolets and the Chef Menteur Pass. We will keep you updated as new information becomes available from the Coast Guard and state and federal agencies.

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04-30-2010, 10:41 AM
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I questioned my upper management on if our company had any plans on helping out how ever possible in shutting off the leak and in clean up efforts, they pretty much said that its not something they had considered.

I explained that this is not just a BP and Transocean problem but will affect the whole Oil and Gas industry in the long run and that the time to act is now.

I work for a multi-billion dollar company not some mom and pop operation or at least I thought so.
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04-30-2010, 10:59 AM (This post was last modified: 04-30-2010 11:00 AM by warwoman.)
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nightrider Wrote:I questioned my upper management on if our company had any plans on helping out how ever possible in shutting off the leak and in clean up efforts, they pretty much said that its not something they had considered.

I explained that this is not just a BP and Transocean problem but will affect the whole Oil and Gas industry in the long run and that the time to act is now.

I work for a multi-billion dollar company not some mom and pop operation or at least I thought so.

Thanks for your efforts. You are exactly right about it not being a BP/Transocean problem anymore. This could set back the entire oil industry and effectively do what environmentalists have wanted to do for a long time, that is shut down any near future thoughts of exploring or drilling where the oil is. Every major should be lining up to help stop this...NOW!!!
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04-30-2010, 11:55 AM
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Quote: Some oil begins to ooze ashore

[Image: 043010spillprogress.jpg] Credit: NOAA
Some oil begins to ooze ashore

by Cain Burdeau / Associated Press
wwltv.com
Posted on April 30, 2010 at 6:08 AM
Updated today at 9:57 AM
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Oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico was oozing into Louisiana's ecologically rich wetlands Friday as storms threatened to frustrate desperate protection efforts. The White House put a hold on any new offshore oil projects until the rig disaster that caused the spill is explained.
Crews in boats were patrolling coastal marshes early Friday looking for areas where the oil has flowed in, the Coast Guard said.
The National Weather Service predicted winds, high tides and waves through Sunday that could push oil deep into the inlets, ponds and lakes that line the boot of southeast Louisiana. Seas of 6 to 7 feet were pushing tides several feet above normal toward the coast, compounded by thunderstorms expected in the area Friday.
Crews are unable to skim oil from the surface or burn it off for the next couple of days because of the weather, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Sally Brice-O'Hara said on ABC's "Good Morning America."
Waves may also wash over booms strung out just off shorelines to stop the oil, said Tom McKenzie, a spokesman for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is hoping booms will keep oil off the Chandeleur Islands, part of a national wildlife refuge.
"The challenge is, are they going to hold up in any kind of serious weather," McKenzie said. "And if there's oil, will the oil overcome the barriers even though they're ... executed well?"
A top adviser to President Barack Obama said Friday that no new oil drilling would be allowed until authorities learn what caused the explosion of the rig Deepwater Horizon. David Axelrod told ABC's "Good Morning America" that "no additional drilling has been authorized and none will until we find out what has happened here." Obama recently lifted a drilling moratorium for many offshore areas, including the Atlantic and Gulf areas.
Two Air Force C-130s were sent to Mississippi and were awaiting orders to start dumping chemicals on the oil spill. The Navy also sent equipment for the cleanup and Pentagon officials were talking with the Department of Homeland Security to figure out what other help the military could give.
The leak from a blown-out well a mile underwater is five times bigger than first believed. Faint fingers of oily sheen began reaching the Mississippi River delta late Thursday, lapping the Louisiana shoreline in long, thin lines. Thicker oil was farther offshore. Officials have said they would do everything to keep the Mississippi River open to traffic.
The Coast Guard defended the federal response so far. Asked on all three network television morning shows Friday whether the government has done enough to push oil company BP PLC to plug the underwater leak and protect the coast, Brice-O'Hara said theresponse led by the Coast Guard has been rapid, sustained and has adapted as the threat grew since a drill rig exploded and sank last week, causing the seafloor spill.
The oil slick could become the nation's worst environmental disaster in decades, threatening to eclipse even the Exxon Valdez in scope. It imperils hundreds of species of fish, birds and other wildlife along the Gulf Coast, one of the world's richest seafood grounds, teeming with shrimp, oysters and other marine life.
"It is of grave concern," David Kennedy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told The Associated Press about the spill. "I am frightened. This is a very, very big thing. And the efforts that are going to be required to do anything about it, especially if it continues on, are just mind-boggling."
Oil clumps seabirds' feathers, leaving them without insulation -- and when they preen, they swallow it. Prolonged contact with the skin can cause burns, said Nils Warnock, a spill recovery supervisor with the California Oiled Wildlife Care Network at the University of California-Davis. Oil swallowed by animals can cause anemia, hemorrhaging and other problems, said Jay Holcomb,
executive director of the International Bird Rescue Research Center in California.
The spewing oil -- about 210,000 gallons a day -- comes from a well drilled by the rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded in flames April 20 and sank two days later. BP was operating the rig that was owned by Transocean Ltd. The Coast Guard is working with BP to deploy floating booms, skimmers and chemical dispersants, and set controlled fires to burn the oil off the water's surface.
The leak from the ocean floor proved to be far bigger than initially reported, contributing to a growing sense among some in Louisiana that the government failed them again, just as it did during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. President Obama dispatched Cabinet officials to deal with the crisis.
Cade Thomas, a fishing guide in Venice, worried that his livelihood will be destroyed. He said he did not know whether to blame the Coast Guard, the government or BP.
"They lied to us. They came out and said it was leaking 1,000 barrels when I think they knew it was more. And they weren't proactive," he said. "As soon as it blew up, they should have started wrapping it with booms."
BP shares continued falling early Friday. Shares were down 2 percent in early trading on the London Stock Exchange, a day after dropping 7 percent in London. In New York on Thursday, BP shares fell $4.78 to close at $52.56, taking the fall in the company's market value to about $25 billion since the explosion.
Government officials said the well 40 miles offshore is spewing about 5,000 barrels, or 200,000 gallons, a day into the gulf.
At that rate, the spill could eclipse the worst oil spill in U.S. history -- the 11 million gallons that leaked from the grounded tanker Exxon Valdez in Alaska's Prince William Sound in 1989 -- in the three months it could take to drill a relief well and plug the gushing well 5,000 feet underwater on the sea floor. Ultimately, the spill could grow much larger than the Valdez because Gulf of Mexico wells tap deposits that hold many times more oil than a single tanker.
BP has requested more resources from the Defense Department, especially underwater equipment that might be better than what is commercially available. A BP executive said the corporation would "take help from anyone." That includes fishermen who could be hired to help deploy containment boom.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency so officials could begin preparing for the oil's impact. He also asked the federal government if he could call up 6,000 National Guard troops to help.


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04-30-2010, 12:35 PM
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04-30-2010, 01:12 PM
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CNN is down here on Dauphin Island

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04-30-2010, 01:21 PM
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04-30-2010, 01:57 PM
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04-30-2010, 02:31 PM
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OilSpillVolunteers.com


[url="http://www.oilspillvolunteers.com/index.php"]Home
[/url]Volunteer registration form
News
Volunteer Opportunities
Links

Volunteer count is 661
April 30, 2010

This web site went into operation at 23:20 last night. The volunteer registration form is now in operation.
Please pardon the rough format of this site; it will be refined in the next few days. We'll be adding:
  • Mailing list information
  • List of cleanup organizations
  • Phone numbers to report oiled wildlife
  • Spill location and movement forecast
Suggestions and assistance are welcomed.

This web site provides a place for people to volunteer to assist in cleanup operations related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Organizations working on the cleanup may register here to be connected with volunteers.
Volunteers - Please register using this form. Provide complete as much of the form as possible and indicate whether your contact information can be shared directly with cleanup organizations.
Cleanup Organizations - Please send email to "[email protected]" describing your needs and activities.
If you've signed up and had a question - Please be patient, we'll be in touch as soon as possible.
Forecast location of the spill at 1800 CDT on Saturday 5/1/2010. The red color shows where oil will reach the shore. The Chandeleur Islands and Louisiana marshes will be affected. For additional higher detail plots, see the Roffer's site on the links page.
[Image: current.forecast.jpg]
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04-30-2010, 02:31 PM
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Maybe you "oilfield trash" folks can explain something to me. All we've heard in the recent past is how drilling has gotten so much safer,with new technology supposed to prevent something like this from happening. You know,from new procedures to improved equipment such as state of the art BOP's and such. Can anybody hazard a guess as to what happened? I know there was talk about a mishap while cementing the well,but does anybody here have a good guess?

another question that is nagging at me,is why are "SWAT" teams being brought into play on rigs? where are they from? Are they the "SWAT" teams you see on any local police force,or are they from another agency? What other use could they have other than to protect rigs....from what??
What the hell is going on???? Anybody have a guess?
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