Bayou St. Denis gusher to spew for 10-12 days
Complications push back capping of oil
After an inspection by Wild Well Control of Harahan, which was hired to shut off the wellhead, the company estimates it could take 10 to 12 days to cap the rig in Bayou St. Denis, the Coast Guard said Thursday in a news release. On Wednesday, officials had thought the leak could be capped within a few days
Anyone else have disaster fatigue?
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Don Young says
Don't shoot the messenger. I feel for you, Sharon, for having the report so much crap. Remember to heed Edward Abbey's credo:
"Be as I am a reluctant enthusiast…a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it's still here."
I went out to the country today and they are getting ready to set the rig up next to my place. blech! But I did get to spend time with my horses.
So glad you got time with your horses. Sorry about the rig going up. You are welcome to come over my way anytime you like, it is still somewhat country unless you are in my back yard at night, the Wright well gets pretty loud.
Mike H. says
You might be getting disaster fatigue, but it's the best time to push for stronger safety rules. It's been the same way in fire safety; It takes disasters to get things improved.
Hi, I've posted in other sections before because I think your site is great for keeping informed on issues that will be a priority for me as a Texas voter. I really think you should consider getting your information or at least the drilling areas of primary concern onto the water portal at Sourcewatch:
Sorry–I don't know how to make the link 'active.' Perhaps more Americans will read about drilling from citizens like you that are living right in the middle of it and make up their own minds instead of listening to slick soundbites by paid industry reps. One of my favorite political hypocrisies is that the same shills that depicted fearful families cowering before the gloomy debt-inducing for generations prospect of universal healthcare are the same folks that accuse concerned citizens (with contaminated drinking water) of fear mongering.
Thank you. I know about Source Watch but I didn't know about the Water page.
I was wondering how close is this leaking well to the BP well in the GOM?
Whether it’s Contaminated water from Hydraulic Fracing or Sars or Swine Flu or the Millennium Bug or the Exxon Valdez or Deepwater Horizon or – the biggest con of the lot – “Man Made Global Warming”, the trajectory followed by these scares is exactly the same: a vaguely plausible threat gets exaggerated by journalists, publicity- and funding-hungry “experts” and activists to the point where it seems very real and captures the public imagination; in steps the government keen to be seen to doing something to address this urgent new public concern; vast sums of money are squandered to deal with this non-existent threat; the story moves on to a new scare (repeat ad infinitum); afterwards it emerges that the supposed threat wasn’t nearly as great as had been supposed but this is rarely reported because the story has moved on.
Please provide the location of the rock you've been under.
Oh Deng, Oh un-knowledgable one–just wondering where all the ozing and leaking in the GOM is coming from? Any answers there–oh knowledgable one–if you know??
Well, under Deng's logic, wouldn't that make most Homeland Security and border control funding unnecessary?
Lead in imported toys? Who needs the Consumer Product Safety Commission–let's not fund them either. Don't forget about your food born pathogens either–nothing like a little green apple quick step to make you wish for those food inspectors. I mean you can't have it both ways can you?
The idea, Deng, is a reform that recognizes the safety and health concerns of the community/environment (in which drilling occurs) as a whole and the needs of profit-driven entities such as corporations. Would you knowingly work in an asbestos laden environment without following protective guidelines? Workers, such as my Dad, did prior to asbestos being regulated by the EPA and OSHA in the seventies. Too late for my dad, but I am proud that today hard workers like him are able to work without compromising their health and the health of their families.
Deng, dang you are such a troll.
This may be an opportune moment to alert people to another threat to the planet: dihydrogen monoxide.
Dihydrogen monoxide, or DHMO as it is referred to, is a major component of acid rain, contributes to the greenhouse effect, erodes our natural landscape and accelerates corrosion of metals. Unfortunately, it's already found in many foods and there are high concentrations in our rivers, lakes and seas. It has been known to cause electrical outages and has been a factor in traffic accidents by causing brake failure. It is fatal if inhaled and has been detected in malignant tumours.
The scientists are virtually screaming from the rooftops now. The debate is over! There's no longer any debate in the scientific community about this. But the political systems around the world have held this at arm's length because it's an inconvenient truth, because they don't want to accept that it's a moral imperative.
If we did not take action to solve this crisis, it could indeed threaten the future of human civilisation. That sounds shrill. It sounds hard to accept. I believe it's deadly accurate. But again, we can solve it. Future generations may well have occasion to ask themselves, "What were our parents thinking? Why didn't they wake up when they had a chance?" We have to hear that question from them, now.
Enough is enough. It's time to start the campaign to reduce DHMO.
Deng–Oh DA. Take your H2O WATER story and fold it into a conical shape and stuff it where the sun doesn't shine! You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time!
This is serious. Millions of people have died as result of DHMO in various accidents and natural disasters too. If I get a research grant I promise I will study to get the exact figures and find a solution. Deal? Oh, and please ban DHMO right now. Let's get active people! Don't just change the climate, change the system!!
Oh Deng one–you sound like a landman or one of those higher-up's in one of our state agencies!
Deng left out the purported use of DHMO by the intelligence agencies on prisoners…soooo… shall we get back to drill right?