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by George Heymann

Gulf Oil Spill in perspective!

Original posted May 10, 2010

(July 12, 2010) Today BP provided an update on developments with regard to the Deepwater Horizon oil well incident. This past weekend BP began replacing the existing containment cap over the the failed blow-out preventer with a new sealing cap assembly.  **Video after the break**

BP explained “Installation of the sealing cap is proceeding as planned. The Discoverer Enterprise removed the LMRP cap at approximately 12:40 PM CDT on Saturday, July 10. Initial steps included the removal of six bolts along with the LMRP’s flange. A transition spool was subsequently installed on the existing flange. The next step is to install a capping stack that has three closing rams.”


As encouraging as this seems BP always prefaces their statements with the caveat that “these containment systems have never been deployed at these depths or under these conditions, and their efficiency and ability to contain or flare the oil and gas cannot be assured.”

So we must remain cautiously optimistic and hope they are successful. Greenpeace insists that the oil disaster exposes the need for an immediate halt to new offshore oil drilling. “The Deepwater Horizon tragedy shows that BP is conducting a massive experiment both by drilling so deep and by it’s attempts to stop the spill,” said Paul Horsman, Greenpeace oil spill expert.

“As countless millions of gallons of crude oil continue to spread into the Gulf of Mexico with no end in sight, it is outrageous that plans for Shell to move forward with offshore oil drilling in pristine waters of the Alaskan Arctic have not been stopped,” said John Hocevar, Greenpeace Oceans Campaign Director, “The courts have failed to protect the Arctic from the oil industry’s continued assault, so now it’s up to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to pull the plug on this risky and potentially disastrous plan.”

(Update: June 11, 2010) It’s hard to get a sense of the size of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill until you get to map the oil spill over your hometown. It’s definitely an eye-opening experience. I’ve mapped the spill over the state of Colorado centered, over Pueblo, using the tool created by Paul Rademacher, a Google engineer.

I’ve posted side-by-side screen captures that demonstrate how the oil spill has grown and continues to do so at an alarming rate. In both panels I’ve mapped the oil spill as centered over Pueblo, CO. In the panel to the left, the area of the oil spill is still south of Colorado Springs and north of Walsenburg. In the right panel, mapping the data just 30 days later the oil spill is north of Colorado Springs with parts of the spill reaching just southeast of Denver and south into New Mexico. In both examples the oil spill is to scale to the land area, but the maps are not to scale with each other.

Click here to map your hometown.

It’s not only the size of the spill but the devastation the spill is leaving in its wake. I feel a deep sense of loss for our country as a result of this tragic oil spill especially for those in states that have been directly impacted!

For more information on the Gulf Oil Spill and other environmental concerns see http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/

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