BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

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Edited to add:  I am wondering whether the world would have reacted the same proactive way,if the same oil spill had happened not in US,but in some thrid world developing country.If not in US, a rich country,would BP have spent this much amount of money in cleanup and law suits? If not affected in a rich country,would you and me have bothered to the same extent,about those costal flora and fauna?

Big Oil’s real horror was not the spillage, which was common enough, but because it happened so close to the US. Millions of barrels of oil are spilled, jettisoned or wasted every year without much attention being paid.There are more than 2,000 major spillage sites in the Niger delta that have never been cleaned up; there are vast areas of the Colombian, Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon that have been devastated by spillages, the dumping of toxic materials and blowouts. Rivers and wells in Venezuela, Angola, Chad, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Uganda and Sudan have been badly polluted. Occidental, BP, Chevron, Shell and most other oil companies together face hundreds of outstanding lawsuits. Ecuador alone is seeking $30bn from Texaco.[………]

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I have been closely following the Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill ever sicne it happened..Initaially it seemed interesting on how the whole process is run,later it turned surprising as to how they are dealing with it,but now it has become a dangerous reality,something which both Government and others agencies are not able to deal with.. Today is 30 days since the disastrous blowout and massive spill that occurred on April 20 on BP’s Mississippi Canyon Block 252 well.[…]

The well has been flowing uncontrolled since at a rate that is far in excess of the 5,000 barrels per day claimed by the US Coast Guard, MMS, and BP.The well in question began leaking oil after an explosion occurred on the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20, killing 11 workers.After the explosion, oil began spewing out of the undersea gusher, located only 80 kilometres from the Louisiana coast. To date, at least seven million gallons have flowed out of the well, endangering the local environment and economy.

Lately,the authorities are trying to ‘Top-kill’ the oil well.

Top kill strategy

The top kill method involves pumping heavy mud into the spewing well, so that the flow of oil can be stopped. If successful, cement would then be used to cap the well.The same technique has been used to stop leaks in above-ground wells. But it has never been tested 1,500 metres underwater — the same depth where the well is located.

BP officials have put the odds of success at 60 to 70 per cent. But they won’t know for sure until the operation has been active for about 24 hours.”We’re doing everything we can to bring it to closure, and actually we’re executing this top kill job as efficiently and effectively as we can,” said BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles.

There is also a risk that the top kill operation could make the situation worse by causing additional leaks in the undersea well.Anil Kulkarni, a Penn State mechanical engineering professor, said that if the leak “ruptures all over, then it would be even more difficult to close it.”

You can watch Oil spill Live feeds,,top-kill and other operations, from remotely operated vehicles (ROV)here.[ A must watch,just to make you relaize how technology has enabled us to view something LIVE that is happening 5000 feet below sea-level. ]The images, from cameras on remotely-controlled submarines near the sea bed in 5,000 feet of water, are often hard to make out. When the scene clears, you can see the blow-out preventer – the system of valves intended to prevent releases of oil and gas, which failed in the accident – and a plume of drilling “mud” escaping from it.

Sharing some images  ( Pictures belong to those to took pains to click it,and not me..These days I am very much afraid of uploading others snaps,in fear of copyright violations)

BP oil spill shows need for biofuels, developers say

Images COPY-PASTED FROM

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/multimedia/gulfoil/?photos

http://industry.bnet.com/energy/10004233/bp-oil-spill-exclusive-last-four-minutes-of-the-deepwater-horizon-rig/?tag=shell;content

Edited to add :

BP officials, who along with government officials created the impression early in the day that the strategy was working, disclosed later that they had stopped pumping the night before when engineers saw that too much of the drilling fluid was escaping along with the oil.

It was the latest setback in the effort to shut off the leaking oil, which federal officials said was pouring into the gulf at a far higher rate than original estimates suggested.[………]

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  1. It is a very tragic situaton:(
    A setback to the countless lives of poor marine creatures and people whose lives depend on fishing and similar occupations. Something whose mal-effects shall last for the years to come.
    Thank you for sharing those pictures.
    Let’s hope they find a resolve to this serious situation soon.
    Wow! I have never seen so many tags to a post as this one.
    It’s my first visit to your blog Nimmy and I can see some very interesting topics here 🙂
    Keep up the good work 😀

    Cheers!!

      • Nimmy
      • May 28th, 2010

      Hi Chatterbox,welcome here 🙂

      Your name is interesting..

      Yes,it is sad that those creatures are going to suffer,for no reason of theirs.. They ahve equal right upon Earth,as we have..But who cares for them??

      Do come again..

  2. They (pictures) are real bad and gloomy too. Pity the environment?. No need. It will take revenge in its own way in the form of Hurricanes like Katrina.

    After devastating Cuba, before Katrina entered waters of Gulf of Mexico, it is continuously weakening and almost on the verge of death.

    Then what happened? American oil industry did it. How?

    Temperature of waters in Gulf of Mexico is 3 to 4 degrees higher than that of adjacent water body (Atlantic). So the weakening storm, once it entered the Gulf found all the energy from this excessive heat and grew to category 5 Hurricane.

    All kinds of waste is dumped in to this gulf by oil industries. It is not just oil industry even the shipping industry does. When they wash their ships using dirty detergents and chemicals (which are cheap) they dump all that waste in to the sea.

    This oil waste is not the one to mix with water easily and it increases the heat capacity of near by water significantly, enough to convert weak to strong and powerful.

    BP is a real bad corporation, this 4 th accident I am hearing of BP in this decade alone. One in Alaska Pipelines, another is blast in refinery in US, another in Indonesia I think. Only villain comparable to BP is Shell Corp which which literally destroyed the Eco system of Western Africa.

    • Well said … Its high time we realize all such things wil definitely hit bk @ us in the form of nature’s fury. Y r we blind to this reality 😦 😦

        • Nimmy
        • May 28th, 2010

        True Swaram..But as I said,when nature issues are discussed,general public has a adamant attitude of not caring about it as they expect water shortage,global warming etc etc not to happen in their lifetime…Who knows what is in store for us,before we close our eyes…

      • Nimmy
      • May 28th, 2010

      Wow,thatz a well put information..Never knew this..Thanks for sharing.. 🙂

      We human beings are only bothered about meeting our own needs and desires..Who cares about next generation?

      When enviornmental issues are discussed,the general attitude is “Ah,anyway its not going to happen in my lifetime,so why worry”

  3. To Madam,

    Can I write a e-mail to you about one current issue, it has nothing to do with theology or book, very interesting one and I am sure you must be following it. It has nothing to do with India.

    I am not going to post it, but it will be a good one and very provoking too if you write and post it here.

    It is your call.

      • Nimmy
      • May 28th, 2010

      Of course,pls do sent me mail… 🙂

  4. Its really sad to hear about this sister… We are keeping on polluting and destroying this world 😦 😦

      • Nimmy
      • June 4th, 2010

      So true Kanagu…

  5. Planetresource.net has a Eco friendly solution to clean up the tragedy British Petroleum has created, please watch the video animation:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60bdQQQ3iVw and pass this along to as many people as you know.

    One person can still make a difference in this world, is that simple interactions have a rippling effect. Each time this gets pass along, the hope in cleaning our planet is passed on.

      • Nimmy
      • June 11th, 2010

      🙂 thanks for coming

  6. it is really sad and horrific seeing the pics and the plight of the flora and fauna. 😦

  7. BP vs. the people takes place in New Orleans in Sept., that will tell the tale. Follow the money

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