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Old 05-03-2010, 05:07 AM
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They were on the rig?
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So glad they got off safe!
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The oil slick continues to grow in size, but remain over open Gulf waters with only small amounts of sheen impact the barrier islands along the Plaquemines Parish coast. The federal government forecast calls for the slick to shift more to the west by midweek, with increased threat to coastal areas in Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parish.

Federal authorities say the President has dispatched the secretaries of Commerce, Interior and Homeland Security, as well as the NOAA Administrator, to return to the Gulf Coast this week. They will be inspecting the ongoing, coordinated response efforts to mitigate the impact of the spill on public health, the environment and the economy. They will meet with business owners to discuss potential economic impacts of this spill across the Gulf Coast region.

Officials say that response crews continue to test a new technique to break up the oil before it reaches the surface. They are using remote controlled submarines to shoot subsurface dispersant at the oil leaking nearly a mile below the surface. Officials say they have seen "encouraging results so far." Nearly 3,000 gallons of subsea dispersants were applied. BP and NOAA continue to evaluate to determine the feasibility of future use of the subsea dispersants.

Crews hope to deploy a concrete and metal cone by the end of the week to place on top of the leaking oil well on the Gulf floor. The plan calls for using the massive structures to capture the oil and keep it from escaping into the Gulf by using pipes and hoses to pump the crude out of the cone to vessels on the surface. Like the use of subsea dispersants, this is an experimental procedure.

More than 2,000 volunteers have been trained to assist in the response effort to date. Volunteer recruitment efforts include outreach to local fishermen with boats, which can be used as vessels of opportunity to assist contractors in deploying boom. BP has indicated it will reimburse volunteers at the rate of $10 per hour. Contractors are also hiring people to support shoreline clean up. Contractor rates go as high as $18 per hour for supervisors.

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The first oil covered bird, a Northern Gannet or Morus bassanus, discovered following the BP oil rig disaster has been taken in for a thorough cleansing. Fortunately for the Gannet, a flock of lawyers have descended upon the Gulf coast states to save the day with much needed litigation.

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The first oil covered bird, a Northern Gannet or Morus bassanus, discovered following the BP oil rig disaster has been taken in for a thorough cleansing. Fortunately for the Gannet, a flock of lawyers have descended upon the Gulf coast states to save the day with much needed litigation.

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<Chuckle> Doncha know that litigation, being suffused with hot air is an ideal cure for slicks (or at least a purpose to which slicks can be directed).
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<Chuckle> Doncha know that litigation, being suffused with hot air is an ideal cure for slicks (or at least a purpose to which slicks can be directed).
I got an email from our Senator today with contact info for people who have been affected (fishermen, coastal businesses, etc.) links for volunteers and ideas for ways to combat the spill. Maybe you should write to the Magie! All of the lawyers and politicians could just blow lots of hot air over the Gulf and vaporize the spill!
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(ROBERT, La.) ó Yet another mix of risky undersea robot maneuvers, containment devices and longshot odds is being prepared to fight the uncontrolled gusher feeding the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

Six weeks after the catastrophe began, oil giant BP PLC is still casting about for a way to slow down the spewing, blown-out well underneath the Gulf of Mexico that's fouling beaches, wildlife and marshland. A relief well being drilled that's considered the most reliable solution is at least two months away.
(See pictures of critters caught in the Gulf oil spill.) http://www.time.com/time/photogaller...143349,00.html



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Presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs said the administration is ready to take over the handling of oil spill damage claims from BP if the British company doesn't set up an "independent entity" to do it.

Speaking from Washington, Gibbs said the oil giant's claims processing work has been unsatisfactory. He noted that Obama "has the legal authority" to make the claims process independent. And Gibbs also said "the best way to prevail upon BP is to take the claims process away from BP."

Interviewed on CBS's "The Early Show," Gibbs pledged "that will happen. ... The president will either legally compel them or come to an agreement with BP to get out of the claims process, give that to an independent entity."

Another White House official said that Obama, in the presentation, will outline a clear plan for responding to the spill and helping the country to surmount America's worst-ever environmental disaster.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, oil executives faced hearings in Congress on the disaster.

President Barack Obama headed to Florida on Tuesday after promising that life would return to normal for people on the stricken Gulf Coast, and BP said by the end of June it would contain three times as much oil spewing from a ruptured undersea well.

Obama plans a national address later Tuesday on the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. On a trip to Mississippi and Alabama on Monday, he assured residents that the government will "leave the Gulf Coast in better shape than it was before."
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Now that's what we need...the government deciding who should get the money. What a joke. I realize that BP may not be on the ball, but the last time the government hired an independent firm to investigate something was Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and look what happened there!
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The BP oil-spill disaster must be one of the most confounding experiences of President Barack Obama's adult life. It's not that the man can't handle a challenge: he dove into a brutal campaign fight with Hillary Clinton in 2008 and took on the grueling cause of health reform despite his advisers' warnings. But the undersea BP gusher confounds many of his strengths. The environment has never been one of Obama's chief passions. Unlike the intricacies of health care or America's strategic posture, the oil well is largely a managerial challenge, not an intellectual one ó and an inspirational call to action won't do much. What's more, the spill has put Obama in an absurd and impossible position. Pundits and Republicans are demanding that he do more, when in fact his power here is extremely limited ó something Obama understands and probably resents.

Perhaps that's why Obama's Oval Office speech Tuesday night seemed wan, even to some of his more reliable cheerleaders on cable television and in the blogosphere. Sure, Obama did an O.K. job explaining the scale of the government's response (30,000 personnel working across four states, plus 17,000 National Guardsmen deployed) to what he compared to "an epidemic, one that we will be fighting for months and even years." He conveyed toughness and decisive action with his plans for new management at the Minerals Management Service, a vow to extract fair compensation (with the help of a multibillion-dollar escrow account) from BP for the people suffering from the spill's effects and a promise to rebuild and restore the Gulf Coast. And his claim that BP in the next few weeks "should capture up to 90% of the oil leaking out of the well" at least showed the public a light at the end of the tunnel.

But since Obama's inability to stop the leak limited the power of his address, he did his best to make the moment one about something larger: a shift away from fossil fuels that would make deepwater drilling obsolete, as well as limiting the pace of climate change. This is where his strengths would come in. Sweeping energy reform is a matter of offering a big vision, mustering political will and grappling with complex intellectual and policy questions.


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