June 11th, 2010

Bitch please

Well, isn't this the shit!

Literally, just heard on the radio here in Baton Rouge.  Billy Nungesser, the Parish President of Plaquemines Parish, went down to inspect the oil clean up and busted two BP employees playing egg toss with pelican eggs.  That is our state bird that just came off the endangered species list.  He just reported this to congress.

Also, according to BP, the nature of the oil is so hazardous that clean-up personnel can only work 20 minutes out of every hour.  That wouldn't be so bad, except that they are working their whole crew at one time instead of rotating them out every 20 minutes.

Because you know, they are going to f-off for a good portion of the 20 minutes - like to throw pelican eggs.  Yeah, they are so doing a good job of cleaning up. 

And back to the oil...

Did I every mention that I have a minor in Coastal Science?  I used to really want to get on with the Woods Hole Oceonographic Institute.  They send out the big research vessels.  I got to go out into the Gulf on a small research vessel out of LUMCON in Cocodrie to do some sampling for a class.

I just can't say enough how sad and bad, for everyone, this is.  Once this stuff really spreads into the Gulf Stream, the next step is the North Atlantic Current.

Right now, this is an American problem, but it could likely become a world problem.

New oil numbers may do more harm to fish, wildlife

By SETH BORENSTEIN and HARRY R. WEBER, Associated Press Writers Seth Borenstein And Harry R. Weber, Associated Press Writers 45 mins ago

HOUSTON – New numbers showing the amount of oil gushing from a well in the Gulf of Mexico may be double as much as previously thought means the crude is likely to travel farther away, threatening more birds, fish and other wildlife that call the fragile waters their home, scientists said Friday.

The new figures could mean about 40 million gallons to more than 100 million gallons of oil have already fouled the Gulf's delicate ecosystem and are affecting people who live, work and play along the coast from Louisiana to Florida — and perhaps beyond.

More oil means the giant gooey cloud can spread out over a greater distance, having far worse consequences for the environment, said Paul Montagna, a marine biologist at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.

"Doubling the amount of oil does not have a linear effect, it doesn't double the consequences, it may instead have quadruple the consequences," Montagna, who studies the Gulf of Mexico deep sea reefs and other underwater ecosystems, said.


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And it just gets better

My brother works off shore.  He mans a monitor when there are divers down and does mechanic work on small submersibles.

The captan of the boat that was bringing him off of his rig into Port Fushon was trying to dock and hit a natural gas pipe.  It ruptured.  He's okay, but they are all in the hospital getting checked over, then have to go to some sort of lung clinic to have their lungs checked out for damage. Some of the guys passed out from breathing too much gas.  There was a little oil leaked, but not much.

What is going on today...