Oil Cap “working” while brown pelicans die


June 6, 2010

Oil Cap “working” while brown pelicans die

ON BARATARIA BAY, La. – The recent containment cap fitted onto a leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico is capturing 10,000 barrels of oil per day, BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward said Sunday. The federal government’s response manager to the Gulf oil dis

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aster said Sunday that BP has made progress, but cautioned it was too early to call the effort a success. Hayward, the subject of speculation that he may be forced out of his position due to the political fallout from the environmental disaster, also told the BBC that he had strong support from BP’s board.

On Saturday, BP had increased the amount of oil it was funneling to about 420,000 gallons while the federal authorities estimate that 798,000 gallons of crude are gushing into the sea every day.

Brown Pelican Tragedy

Wildlife experts are scrambling to save the brown pelican, which were only recently removed from the endangered species list in November. Brown pelicans are the only species of pelican that dive into the water for fish, putting them at greater risk for death by oiling. Heavily oiled birds can die from exposure, by ingesting the toxic crude, or by drowning. One wildlife expert at the bird rehabilitation center at Fort Jackson likens oiling to trying to swimming while wearing a raincoat.

As of noon, June 5, 57 “visibly oiled” birds have been found dead since the oil spill began April 20 with the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion off the Louisiana coast, according to government reports. The death toll, like the 156 visibly oiled birds found alive so far, has more than doubled since June 4, figures reflected in the accounts of boatmen, biologists and rescuers at Grand Isle on Saturday.

Florida Sen. George LeMieux, a Republican, demanded that BP donate $1 billion for a cleanup fund for the five Gulf states and said that President Obama “needs to push them to do that.”

“I want to see this president more engaged here on the ground, working through problems,” LeMieux said.

Publisher: Salient News


1 comment on “Oil Cap “working” while brown pelicans die”

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NOT only BP hasn’t solved NOTHING with its wellhead “cap” but, the live video of the oil that still spills copiously from the well, seems very much similar to the flames and smoke that came out from the Twin Towers on 9/11
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http://www.deepwaterbp.com/
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despite the optimistic claims BP has clearly FAILED again to stop the oil spill, since, 45 days after and four different methods adopted, also the “cap” hasn’t solved the problem, because, only 10,000 barrels (or 50% of the 20,000 barrels spewed every day from the BP well) is now collected by the cap’s top pipe, while, now, BP aims (read: “hopes”) to contain “90%” of the oil leak (that STILL gushes copiously from the cap bottom and will increase very much when the four vents atop the “containment” cap will be closed) but, also assuming the leak will fall to 10-30%, it, anyway, means, that several millions more gallons will be spilled in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Atlantic ocean, until the new well will be finished in mid-August (as “promised” by BP…) to divert the oil flux from the damaged well
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well, despite I’m SURE that BP still won’t listen any suggestion from me or other, I’ve developed a further, cheap and simple idea to quickly CLOSE the wellhead and to STOP NOW up to 100% of the oil leak, and NOT only the expected/hoped “90%” using the (current) BP’s “cap” system
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my new idea uses a TRUE cap (without any kind of pipe to gather the oil) to be inserted in the cutted riser on the top of the wellhead to (finally and completely) CLOSE it
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http://bit.ly/c8y9GX
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