Who's in Charge?
As an unprecedented amount of oil fouls the Gulf of Mexico, research scientists and ocean experts say the Obama administration's efforts to discover the magnitude of the damage are surprisingly uncoordinated.Shrimpers Poisoned by the Dispersant/Oil Mixture
If the government's higher estimates are accurate, the BP oil blowout already is the world's worst accidental oil spill ever.
Despite a spill that may already total more than 150 million gallons of oil, however, neither federal officials nor BP has mounted a speedy, focused inquiry to understand its impact.
-There's no comprehensive strategy for scientific inquiry in the Gulf. Therefore, there's no central system for organizing the research, sharing information or avoiding duplication.
-Two and a half months after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank, little is known about the present location of the plumes of oil and dispersants, where they're heading or how toxic the brew will be to creatures in its path. [editor's note: this is a leak, not a spill! It will only be a spill when the leak has stopped!]
BP Medical Unit leader first claims they are looking at long term health studies of the Exxon Valdez responders then admits there are no such studies available.
BP and Coast Guard Finally Admit Mysterious Second Pipe in BOP
1,500 square mile Methane dead zone discovered - entire area surveyed so far
Despite concerns that the integrity of the well and BOP are compromised...
BP intends to put a cap on the well to stop 100% of the flow.
My questions regarding that procedure are:
What will they do if they remove that cap and the well pipe and the second pipe, which some reports claim has shot up through the BOP, come shooting out?Oil Slicks reach Miami
Do they know the volume of oil coming out and at what pressure?
If not, how can they be sure they can remove the oil and natural gas fast enough so as not to apply back pressure to the system which we know is already leaking into the rock strata and up through the sea floor?
With pressures estimated by some to be far beyond our technical capabilities, how will they do this?
What will they do in the event of a hurricane or even a storm with high seas?
Loop Current predicted over leak site by July 15th
Dispersant/Oil mix penetrates cells and organs of organisms swimming through it
No test available for dispersants in sea food - currently the testing is for oil only!
Arsenic levels on the rise in the Gulf
Oil Slick at Mississippi Barrier Islands