Top Hat Number 10 to be installed this weekend.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

NEW ORLEANS – Undersea robots manipulated by engineers a mile above were expected to begin work Saturday removing the containmentcap over the gushing well head in the Gulf of Mexico to replace it with a tighter-fitting cap that could funnel all the oil to tankers at the surface.
If all goes according to plan, the tandem of the tighter cap and the tankers could keep all the oil from polluting the fragile Gulf as soon as Monday.
But it would be only a temporary solution to the catastrophe unleashed by a drilling rig explosion nearly 12 weeks ago. It won't plug the busted well and it remains uncertain that it will succeed.
When the cap is removed, oil will flow mostly unabated into the water for about 48 hours — long enough for as much as 5 million gallons to gush out — until the new cap is installed.
The hope for a permanent solution remains with two relief wells intended to plug it completely far beneath the seafloor.
"I use the word 'contained,'" said retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen. "'Stop' is when we put the plug in down below."
If all goes well, it could still be a week before they really know if the cap is containing most of the spill, Coast Guard Capt. James McPherson said Saturday. Testing has to be done on the new cap if and when it's in place to make sure it can withstand the pressure of the gushing oil.
Crews using remote-controlled submarines plan to swap out the cap over the weekend, taking advantage of a window of good weather following weeks of delays caused by choppy seas.
The cap now in use was installed June 4, but because it had to be fitted over a jagged cut in the well pipe, it allows some crude to escape. The new cap — dubbed "Top Hat Number 10" — follows 80 days of failures to contain or plug the leak.
Feds cautious on timing for new cap in Gulf leak - Yahoo! News


Infowars - Toxic Gulf: Citizen Journos Do What Corporate Media Will Not

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Gulf is being poisoned by BP’s usage of the dispersants even after the EPA asked them to stop back in May.
Read the article HERE.


Federal government continues to block local efforts to protect local land

"We don't have time for meetings, we don't have time for red tape," Jindal has said. "Get in the game to win."

Jindal has used similar highly critical language to poke at the Obama administration for more than a month.

"No is not a plan," the governor said at a press conference today.

BP Oil Spill: Plan Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Supports Draws Criticism from Federal Government and Scientists - ABC News


Accounts of the events immediately before and after the Deepwater Horizon explosion

There Was 'Nobody in Charge'


Day 80, NEWS FLASH - The oil is still gushing.

This tracker widget was found on Barack Obama's Oil Spill's Blog


Our Government-Regulated Oil Spill

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Read the article at Scragged


Gulf oil spill likely to reach Florida Keys

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Read the story at the LA Times.


Understanding the BP Blowout and Its Implications

Here's a link to a document by Bill White: Understanding the BP Blowout and Its Implications


PBS Live Tracker

Disaster Defined

An occurrence causing widespread destruction and distress; a catastrophe.

A disaster is a perceived tragedy, being either a natural calamity or man-made catastrophe. It is a hazard which has come to fruition. A hazard, in turn, is a situation which poses a level of threat to life, health, property, or that may deleteriously affect society or an environment.

In the modern world, the traditional view of natural disasters as punishments for human wickedness has given way to the scientific study of the causes of seemingly unpredictable acts of nature. In recent years, however, scholars have placed more emphasis on the roles played by greed and indifference to potential human suffering in many seemingly "natural" disasters.

The excerpts above are from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language Fourth Edition, Wikipedia and the Encyclopedia of American History. Retrieved June 04, 2010, from Web site:

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