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Oil slick may hit Louisiana coast by Friday, Coast Guard says

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Federal officials said Wednesday they expect the first oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill to hit the tip of Louisiana by Friday morning if winds from the southeast continue.

The U.S. Coast Guard  Wednesday released the latest map of the spill and the slick's projected landfall.

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry said BP is expected to conduct a burn-off of oil and has deployed 100,000 feet of booms, with another 500,000 feet available. Dispersants also are being used, she and BP officials said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

"We have not run out of boom. We have not run out of anything. We have everything we need," Landry said.

An estimated 1,000 barrels of oil a day have been leaking into Gulf of Mexico waters since the Deepwater Horizon oil platform burned and sank last week.

Doug Suttles, chief operating officer for exploration and production at BP, which leased the rig, said an on-site burn "should happen at any point.... We fully expect we'll have a burn today."

Seven whales have been observed in the area, but none showed signs of distress, federal officials said.

-- Geoff Mohan

 
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james Bond is Awesome

Good Morning America reported this morning that 1. This rig DOES NOT HAVE A SHUT OFF valve to stop the continued oil leak and 2. It is not expected to have the oil leak stopped TILL SOMETIME NEXT WEEK. I would think one of the first things ANY BODY AT BP would think of is having some sort of shut off valve in case of an accident. This is going to be a major environmental catastrophe in the Gulf Of Mexico to the fish and wildlife. It is going to really be sad to see the sugar white sands along the Gulf Coast turn black. However, I am sure the CEO's at BP have no concern as they are raking in the profits and paying themself's million dollar bonuses and pensions.

And BP (along with Goldman Sachs and Chevron) is leading the charge to destroy our deserts with their Big Solar projects. Do you people still trust them to "save the planet" or will you finally see what corrupt, incompetent, money-grubbing mercenaries they are, and STOP THE SLAUGHTER OF THE DESERTS FOR BIG ENERGY PROFITS?

Solar panels on roofs produce the same power at the same time of day, right where it is needed, and can be installed far cheaper than Big Solar and Big Transmission (with more of the money going to jobs, less to polluting construction in wilderness). Since Big Solar has not been required to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in state-level permitting fees, we all know there is plenty of surplus state money to throw at clean energy - let's get it thrown at US via AB 811 loans and feed in tariffs.

We have a chance to free ourselves from most of the Big Energy jerks who have destroyed the economy and the environment, so why aren't we taking it? Support point of use solutions and protest ANY Big Energy projects that enrich BP and their buddies at the cost of the environment and us, the ratepayers and taxpayers.

The recent Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico is spilling massive amounts of crude oil into the sea and is threatening the environment and those people who depend on the wetlands for their livelihood, such as fishermen and lobstermen. There is also the issue of a possible loss of revenue for the hospitality industry and other industries in which people are affected and wages could be lost, all of which lead to potential damage claims. Sadly, other oil rig workers are leaving the site and losing wages, but they have valid fears that the spill will catch fire. The tragedy is also raising very serious environmental concerns, and could threaten the fragile ecosystem of the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts, which serve as nurseries for fish and shrimp and habitat for birds. The disaster is in violation of a number of environmental acts, including the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act and is among the worst offshore drilling disasters in recent U.S. history, and could be the deadliest. More information on this tragedy and its devastating effects on our environment can be found at http://www.oil-rig-explosions.com/

Drill baby drill!!!!

I am just so glad we have all sorts of filters on refinery smoke stacks. And I am so glad we have that little seal around the gassing hose that prevents a drop of oil from escaping into the atmosphere and harm the environment. Everything is so well thought out to prevent the tiny little escapes of a drop of Oil and Gas from escaping into the atmosphere. Billions of dollars and tons of engineering skills are spent to prevent only the minute inconsequential drops of oil from harming our otherwise pristine environments!!??!!?


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