The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Disastor

This spill has just entered a new phaze, the cleanup must happen at a different level now…but it must happen…we might need some data to guide the cleanup now. This summary is from the good folks at NRDC.

This mornings summary
BP has advanced to the final lap of permanently killing the source of the world’s worst offshore oil spill. Engineers are down to the final tricky 100 feet before the relief well intercepts with the broken well and the ‘bottom kill’ can begin permanently seal the leaking well. That may happen at the end of this week. But there are still plenty of obstacles hovering overhead – the biggest one is a new weather system that could blow up into a tropical storm. Forecasters don’t think it’ll turn into a hurricane, and BP hasn’t made plans to suspend drilling. On land, there are a myriad of issues still to be resolved. BP and the federal government are about to reach an agreement where more Gulf drilling will help pay for Gulf cleanup – a way to fund the $20 billion escrow account BP agreed to set up to pay oil spill victims. There are complaints that BP is still not moving fast enough on 39,000 claims for damage payments from folks in the Gulf.

Quotable Quote
“We expect that sometime before the end of the week we will be able to … commence the kill,” National Incident commander Thad Allen said.

And this one
“We are keeping a very close eye on the weather and will adjust if necessary,” BP spokesman John Curry said Monday.

National News

AP: Tropical storm may blow up in Gulf
The National Hurricane Center is watching a cluster of thunderstorms in the far eastern Gulf of Mexico that forecasters say may pass near the oil spill site, just as BP’s drills the final 100 feet of a relief well that it hopes – if the weather holds up – will intersect with the broken one as early as Friday.

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AP: Gulf relief well down to final tricky 100 feet

The drill is about as wide as a grapefruit, the target is the size of half a dartboard, and it now lies less than 100 feet away. John Wright, the engineer guiding the drill three miles under the surface of the Gulf, has capped 40 wells around the world and has never missed yet.

Read more from Jeffrey Collins

Also see

AOL News: BP set to finish relief well this week

CNN: ‘One more run’ for relief well before moving in for the kill, Allen says

Incident Commander Adm. Thad Allen said drillers would make “one more run,” and hope to intercept, then pump cement into the main well as early as the end of the week, permanently sealing the crippled well but company officials said their struggle against the spill’s extensive environmental and economic damage is far from over.

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AP: White House officials press BP on claims

Top White House officials told BP executives Monday to move quickly on paying state and local government claims in the Gulf and stay committed to long term recovery from the oil spill there.

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Wall Street Journal: Gulf drilling to pay for Gulf cleanup
The Obama administration and BP are close to a deal to use future revenues from the oil giant’s Gulf of Mexico operations to guarantee its $20 billion cleanup and compensation fund, a move that would give both sides an incentive to continue production in the Gulf. The issue of collateral is the last detail to be ironed out. It is a prickly political issue because it could make the administration and BP partners of sorts in developing Gulf drilling.

Read more from Monica Langley

Washington Post: Thad Allen’s 3-D plan to rescue the Gulf
National Incident Commander Thad Allen recognized he was too worried about the air traffic over the Gulf because it wasn’t coordinated. So he developed a rescue plan that includes the land, the sea and the air.

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AP: Nearly 40,000 BP claims in limbo

Where’s the money? The clamoring is getting louder and louder as Gulf residents wait and wait for claims to be filled. From the wedding planner whose brides have walked away from beachside ceremonies to oyster farmers – 39,000 claims are still unanswered.

Read more from Brian Skoloff and Brian Mohr

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And read this one

Examiner: Reprieve for people, pets and shelters impacted by oil spill

107 medium and large-sized dogs made the long journey from nine shelters in Louisiana to Madison, N.J., to start new lives with new families.

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WUSF: Greenpeace ship to search for Gulf oil spill

It’s billed as a three-month expedition to find the “truth” about what’s happening under the Gulf’s waves. The environmental group Greenpeace is launching the “Arctic Sunrise” on Thursday from St. Petersburg. The ship will ply the waters of the Gulf, looking for where the oil is, how much remains, and where it’s going.

Read more from Steve Newborn

CBS News: Evidence of Gulf contamination in blue crab

To assess how heavy a blow the BP oil spill has dealt the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are closely watching a staple of the seafood industry and primary indicator of the ecosystem’s health: the blue crab. Weeks ago scientists began finding specks of oil in crab larvae.

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The BP oil spill’s impact on vulnerable minority communities

Reps. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) and Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-La.) write that the damage to the Gulf is not just to the environment. “What is equally disastrous, but less frequently reported, is the impact to the physical health, economy and livelihoods of communities living adjacent to the Gulf Coast. Among these communities, perhaps the most vulnerable are thousands of Southeast Asian and African-American families. The adverse effects experienced by this population are potent and unique.”

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Huffington Post: Gulf Coast priest “We have to change our values”

Rev. Harold Roberts calls on people of the Gulf Coast to make a change in their values to cope with the aftermath of Katrina and BP.


Huntsville Times: Plugging the oil spill is just the beginning
In many respects, the most worrisome part of the Gulf oil spill saga lies ahead, writes the Huntsville Times.

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Los Angeles Times; Native people fight to survive oil spill

The Atakapa-Ishak people live just above water. There are no roads, no sidewalks, no mailboxes, just a stand of houses sprouting from spits of land in a sea of marsh grass. The only path in or out of Grand Bayou is by boat. First Katrina, and now the oil spill and they are trying to keep their way of life from vanishing altogether.

Read more from Molly Hennessey-Fiske


>Photo: oil still near Pass a Loutre

> NOAA spill trajectory through Thursday



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