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Raymond Soltysek
05:50 PM on 06/17/2010
Given that they can't seem to stop the spill, this could well end up like the Gates of Hell in Turkmenistan, a natural gas leak that has been burning for 40 years.
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PoliSci2008
I Don't Want Facebook!!
04:02 PM on 06/17/2010
It's the lesser of the two evils. At least with the burn, clean-up on the ground and sea surface can begin and remain clean, saving both the birds and fishes.

BP can then fully focus on capping the source of leak; the #1 concern.
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jockmama
01:46 PM on 06/17/2010
Great! In order to cut down on the amount of oil in our water, they transfer it to the air we breathe. As perfect an example of Severeid's Law as I've ever seen!
01:15 PM on 06/17/2010
I don't know where else to post this update from the region, so I'll post it here:

Garland Robinette reports today on WWL 870 A.M. live radio that Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser is saying today that the Coast Guard still doesn't have their act together regarding the "clean up".

Nungesser reports that several barges which had been outfitted with vaccuum pumps which were at work sucking up oil from the surface of the water, were halted today by the Coast Guard because they might not have enough fire extinguishers or life preservers.

Several coastal residents/spill workers became so upset they went home, got their Shop-Vacs "out their garages" , put them on private boats, returned to the scene, and started sucking up the oil themselves, ad hoc.

I don't know what the problem is with the Coast Guard....whether they don't have enough inspectors on the ground, or don't have enough people keeping up with who goes where, or don't have enough cellphone or satellite phone numbers for all their key people, or simply don't know the way to the nearest WalMart where they can buy a marine fire extinguisher or two and a couple life jackets...

but they better get their act together but quick because it looks like they won't be able to blame it on BP much longer.
04:01 PM on 06/17/2010
I am so saddened by this tragedy. It must be horrible to see such urgent need and then face incomprehensible delays when trying to help. I love the Gulf coast; my happiest childhood memories are summer vacations on Padre Island. I hope, and I will work towards this end, that this travesty will cause a real commitment to restoring the Mississippi delta and gulf coast wetlands. They are critical to our survival: all of us!
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janie@atthelake
Keep Austin Weird
02:33 PM on 06/20/2010
Then here is a smile for you sunny! You'll be happy to know that there is a program (Tx&P&D) for the Ridley turtles...on Padre...even a hot line, should you find a nest. South Texas has the occasional oil balls...though none from this horrible tragedy yet. This is from the Corpus Christi Caller on this years release. I live in Austin, but grew up on the Southern Texas in Rockport. http://www.caller.com/news/2010/jun/15/first-kemps-ridley-hatchings-being-released/
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04:19 PM on 06/17/2010
The entire government is staffed with incompetents ... who the h has been in charge for the last decade or so ... uh oh :)
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patmos68
12:07 PM on 06/17/2010
Pollution one way or the other. I think this is better than more oil in the wetlands.
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blackphoebe
06:01 PM on 06/17/2010
tankers... would be better this is a major health hazard for all life They need to fork out the dough to bring in tankers and suck up the oil. we need to make them do that
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RudyHaugeneder
11:11 AM on 06/17/2010
Double global warming whammy -- CO2 plus fire.
But, as offshore oil companies and workers might suggest, "worth the risk" compared to bad economics, even though the planet's medium-range future for humans is in doubt.
Ah well.
09:56 AM on 06/17/2010
Tool - Ænema

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCEeAn6_QJo

"Some say the end is near..."
08:44 AM on 06/17/2010
THATS IT!!!! Hand in ALL your car keys- and DESTROY ALL fuel oil/nat gas HEATERS!!!! We Americans NEED FOSSIL FUELS! This green crap thing aint happening in my grandchildren's days! Yes- start looking at alternative energy- YOU CANT PULL THE PLUG ON GAS -NOT NOW - NOT TOMORROW! BTW- I for one am glad to see them burn it off! The shut down on those rigs- WILL COST US TAXPAYERS in the longhaul- GET THEM GOING NOW- DRILL BITC_ DRILL!
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Lisa Clayton
09:32 AM on 06/17/2010
Crack is whack, buddy.
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TCPITS
One big global union of all the workers
09:48 AM on 06/17/2010
You are flailing around and yelling, the men in the white suits have been called. You were told not to go off your meds.
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aligatorhardt
Cut on the bias
07:11 AM on 06/17/2010
Why is the surface oil not scooped up, separated and processed instead or burning? Burning just transfers water pollution into air pollution, harming air breathing wildlife and human as well. We can't just consider the cheapest option as air pollution raises health costs on everyone.
08:24 AM on 06/17/2010
Probably because they can only remove a fraction of the oil that burning can remove.
From the NYT re. Skimming:
"A labor-intensive strategy that rarely recovers more than 5 percent to 10 percent of the oil. (As much as 25 percent can be recovered in sheltered areas with very calm water.) Large volumes of skimmed water often contain little oil. The collected oily water must be stored, cleaned as much as possible and ultimately disposed of."

Burning can remove 98% of the oil.
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TCPITS
One big global union of all the workers
09:49 AM on 06/17/2010
Because water pollution was not enough?
04:04 AM on 06/17/2010
This is too big for BP to fix. The government won't admit it because they are then seen to be complicit in allowing self-regulation, which equals negligence of their duty to protect people. That is the role of government, and then I am told I can be arrested for trying to help clean up? Insane.
06:51 AM on 06/17/2010
Privatising or the selling of government services means exactly that, the ability of government to respond to these kinds of disasters is gone. Lap it up, small limited government, this is what it looks like in reality, nothing but a feeding trough for major corporations who will not retain emergency services because it is not profitable to do so. They will eventually set up incompetent money sucking services that might almost fix the problem after a whole lot of trial and error, once fixed the services are shut down again, not profitable to keep them going.
Privatisation and deregulation, expect much more of the same, with US corporate profits counted in the lives of dead Americans. Self regulation, the corporations take the profits and shove the losses back on the taxpayer.
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TCPITS
One big global union of all the workers
09:50 AM on 06/17/2010
Fanned. You get it.
ClaudiaL
GOP, keep your small gov't out of my womb
01:22 AM on 06/17/2010
Oh sure, use the poor fishermen/shrimpers to do your dirty burns without protective gear, no less. We small people are but serfs to big corporations.
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Dnietz
politics is obsolete
01:59 AM on 06/17/2010
yes exactly

just like those people that get foreclosed and evicted from their homes, but the bank pays them (chump change) to clean up before leaving
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TCPITS
One big global union of all the workers
09:53 AM on 06/17/2010
Serfs is too medieval. They are workers with such a false consciousness they think they will all become millionaires in the "free market". As if... Fanned
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ChicagoBob
Save the Earth-It's the only planet with chocolate
11:45 PM on 06/16/2010
20,000 to 50,000 barrels a day being 'spilled.'

"...burning up to 3,000 barrels in a single burn."

Let me do the math for you. That's a minimum of 7 to 17 such burns a day IF all the oil is on the surface and can be rounded up by the booms, which is very doubtful, indeed.

7 to 17 burns a day for how many days? Months and months most likely.

This is not the solution.

Bring out the nukes.
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Querent
I say the things that have to be said.
03:17 AM on 06/20/2010
Bring out the nukes? You had me going there for a minute, until I realized you were batshit insane.
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TXfemmom
Grandma with eye on the future
11:43 PM on 06/16/2010
Excuse me, but burning of oil creates and releases huge amounts of TOXIC gases. Those gases are going into the environment and they are going to follow the winds and we are going to be breathing that stuff. Why can't they just put that dome that didn't suck up the oil over the fumes, and have them pipe it into the BP headquarters?
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TCPITS
One big global union of all the workers
09:54 AM on 06/17/2010
heh
11:09 PM on 06/16/2010
We're effin effed.
ClaudiaL
GOP, keep your small gov't out of my womb
01:15 AM on 06/17/2010
You got that effin right. Fanned!
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TCPITS
One big global union of all the workers
09:55 AM on 06/17/2010
Without a kiss. Fan number 8
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10:11 PM on 06/16/2010
Matthew Simmons, an oil industry veteran and founder of the Ocean Energy Institute, talks with Bloomberg's Lori Rothman about the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Simmon's claims that the planned relief wells will fail and that unless people are content to have 120,000 barrels of oil per week to continue flowing out of that bore into the Gulf for the next 25-30 years, the use of a Small Bore Nuclear Device is now the "only option" to stop the flow of oil. Simmons also feels that oil may now have contaminated 40% of the entire Gulf of Mexico.

Story and Video: http://www.sott.net/articles/show/210576-Oil-Industry-Veteran-Explains-Why-Nuclear-Option-For-Gulf-Spill-Is-Only-Option-Left
10:42 PM on 06/16/2010
So, what do you know about this guy, really?

Did you know, for instance, that he was one of George W. Bush's energy advisers?

Hmmmm?

Insofar as I can determine, he's the ONLY one to hold such an opinion on the relief wells, a tried and true technology as opposed to "Small Bore Nuclear Device".

Boy, oh, boy, they're coming out of the woodwork now, aren't they?

C'mon. Do your homework before you post.
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12:35 AM on 06/17/2010
I know who MS is. I have spoken with him on 3 occasions during my career. He knows what he is talking about. Just because he advised GWB does not call his experience and credentials into question, unless you consider Bloomberg to be 'alternative/fringe' media. With all good wishes. BTC
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aligatorhardt
Cut on the bias
07:20 AM on 06/17/2010
A newscaster on CNN mentioned this as a solution the other night. Do we need any more evidence that science skills are not being taught in our schools? Do lies from the nuclear industry go unchallenged? Is money for a few contractors worth more than life itself?