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BP Oil leak

Discussion in 'Topical Discussions (In Depth)' started by shades, Feb 24, 2011.



  1. shades

    shades Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    I know we often discuss current events then they dissappear, so what happened with the Deep Water Horizon BP Oil leak, did the world end as predicted?
     
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    GoldWampum Midas Member Midas Member

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    Gulf of Mexico Still Choked by BP Oil, Research Shows
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20110220..._mexico_still_choked_by_bp_oil_research_shows
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    <cite class="vcard"> Rachel Krech </cite> – <abbr title="2011-02-20T13:06:38-0800" class="timedate">Sun Feb 20, 4:06 pm ET</abbr>

    According to recent scientific evidence, large amounts of oil from the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year is still stuck on the bottom of the ocean basin floor, implying the spilled petroleum hasn't biodegraded as quickly as BP has stated. Samantha Joye, a top marine scientist from the University of Georgia, collected her own evidence and presented it at a scientific conference on Saturday.

    Joye spent December conducting submarine dives to study the ocean basin floor in the Gulf of Mexico and documented the destruction to living orgasms that live in the deep parts of the Gulf. BP has continued to comment about the remediation from the oil spill, specifically stating it will be back to normal by 2012. Joye and other scientists simply aren't convinced after the recent findings which contradicted their initial theories that microbes would have degraded the oil significantly by now. The top marine scientist, who conducted her research over several widespread areas, explained that so far these microbes have only consumed about 10 percent of the total oil originally spilled and that there's reason to be skeptical about it all being gone by next year.

    Most of Joye's research consisted of taking 250 ocean floor cores across 2,600 square miles of area. Some of the locations that were cored had already been studied by Joye and her team before the oil spill. They uncovered noticeable changes in the composition and were not surprised to see layers of oil that came directly from the BP oil spill.

    In Joye's presentation she showed slides with pictures of dead sea-dwelling organisms that died from being suffocated and covered in oil. Everything from starfish to worms to crabs were dead after being choked by filtering oil into their bodies. The marine scientist and many of her colleagues are continuing to refute BP's claims that the Gulf of Mexico ocean basin floor will be completely remediated by sometime in 2012 due to the slow progress thus far.

    This scientific research has come to light just as BP last week accused the administrator of their compensation fund of being too generous with pay out requirements. So far the compensation fund has paid out around $4 billion, but the rest could be around an additional $6 billion. The compensation fund has been under fire from state governments, citizens, environmental organizations and businesses over their slow response to filed claims requesting money after they were victimized by the BP oil spill. The administrator, Kenneth Feinburg, is hoping to beef up staff and make other administrative improvements to make the claim process quicker and answer more questions from those seeking compensation for oil spill damages. Although the fund has been given a $20 billion budget, only around $10 billion could be paid out in the end.

    Rachel Krech provides an in-depth look at current environmental issues and local Chicago news stories. As a college student from the Chicago suburbs pursuing two science degrees, she applies her knowledge and passion to both topics to garner further public awareness.
     
  3. shades

    shades Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    "living orgasms"? Slipped past the spell-checker... FAIL! :p

    I'm still waiting for my royalty check for coming up with the idea (LMRP) that solved this problem! BP? You listening? I could do with some cashola!
     
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    honu5050 Mother Lode Found Mother Lode

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    the volume of crude pushed into the gulf basin ? i don't see a good result . water & oil do not mix ....along with all the chems added.. long term problems. good luck with any cashola or help from a oil company their elitist goal is to lay waste the area then come in and grab it up from under you.
     
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    shades Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Wonder how many decades (or more) it takes for oil to break down at those depths and temperatures...
     
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    It's ok if you can't see it.
     
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    Small oil spill in Rhode Island a few years back, whole age-classes of baby lobsters washed up on shore dead as a result. Who knows what this will do to the Gulf fishery eventually, of course BP will be no longer paying damages.
     
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    shades Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Apparently they've put 20b aside. BP screwed up massively, but so did Halliburton and a bunch of others along the way. BP at least, admitted fault, spent the money, and there is money there for future claims. (devaluing every day of course as the Fed prints).
     
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    honu5050 Mother Lode Found Mother Lode

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    as the years go by the contamination will be pushed into the inlets and major damage will occur to wildlife vegetation and those making their living off same will of lost their lands which will be bought up cheep by corporate concerns such as BP. its all about putting the smaller bizzness out of action and controlling as in new world order.
     
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    When oil was free-flowing a guy I work with said "I don't know what all the fuss is about, oil is a 100% natural, product from the earth." I laughed. He's really right. We view it as a man made chemical but it's not. It does have dangerous affects though.
     
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    shades Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Oil locked underground is safe as houses, it's when it starts moving or is moved to the surface that the problems occur. Natural hydrocarbons released, can be just as deadly as man-made ones.
     
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    shades Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Fishermen will be the hardest hit industry, undoubtedly.
     

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