Thick oil now invades mash lands on coastal Louisiana. Governor Bobby Jindal said, “The day we have feared is upon us”. This was much more than tar balls or light sheen. This is heavy oil now in the delicate ecosystem. See the latest pictures in the slide show below.
The spread of the oil north and also south in the loop current, has forced NOAA to close 19% of the Gulf water to fishing. See the maps here.
As the fight to contain the source of the leak continues 40 miles off shore at the site of the Deepwater Horizon explosion. BP now says that it is capturing 210,000 gallons of oil a day from the 21 inch pipe inserted last weekend and connected to a mile long tube siphoned into a ship on the surface. That is the same number as the combined estimate with the Coast Guard, but more oil than that has been leaking. Mark Proegler, a spokesman for BP PLC says that is the same number as their estimate leaking into the Gulf of Mexico each day since the April 20th explosion of the Deepwater Horizon . He would not state how much more is leaking above and beyond the 6 million gallons estimate to have been added to the Gulf of Mexico. See the latest videos of the leak here:
Video of oil spill and leak under water: Compare 4 videos and slowing the flow
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BP has told US Representative Edward Markey (Chair of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming) that it will release a live feed of the gushing source of the oil spill that is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.
Oil spill flaring video: Update from the Joint Information Center,
Gas from damaged Deepwater Horizon wellhead is burned by the drillship Discoverer Enterprise in a process known as flaring. Keep Reading »
“This may be BP’s footage, but it’s America’s ocean. Now anyone will be able to see the real-time effects the BP spill is having on our ocean,” the Massachusetts congressman said in a statement released Wednesday. “This footage will aid analysis by independent scientists blocked by BP from coming to see the spill.”
Check back here to when this is made available.
BP: Kill Shot Instead of Junk Shot
As BP continues to drill two separate wells to tap into the deep oil well under the Gulf of Mexico, it has opted to cancel it’s plan on the ‘junk shot’, which would fill the pipe with golf balls and rubber. Instead, they will employ the ‘kill shot’ This may be conducted as soon as Sunday. See the graphics in this slide show.
According to a press release:
That process requires injecting 40 barrels a minute of “kill mud” into the broken well and then sealing it with cement. The material will be pumped at high pressure down the choke and kill lines of the blowout preventer, which failed to seal the well after the rig exploded on April 20, to push the oil back into the reservoir. Choke and kill lines are used to control the amount and pressure of drilling mud in the wellbore, so that surges of oil and natural gas can be kept under control.
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- BP CEO (video) discusses efforts to contain oil: See Cofferdam containment unit sent into Gulf
- Oil spill comes onshore in Louisiana (pictures)
- Oil spill forecast now part of a Florida TV weather report (video)