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 .dej
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dej.."So how much of the harmful components of the oil haven't been cleaned up (or never surfaced) is a good question."

According to the latest estimates, somewhere over 75% remains out there, most of which is in cold water right now where the breakdown process will be slow.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2010/08/noaa-official-concedes-majority-of-gulf-oil-still-there.html
There is a link in the piece to go to the testimonials.

Yikes.

Thanks for the info.
 FrankNStein902
Joined: 12/26/2009
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Posted: 9/29/2010 8:51:16 AM
Republicans Block Oil Spill Commission From Having Subpeona Powers
September 27, 2010 04:00 PM

The Republicans really just have no shame. The Democrats asked for unanimous consent in the Senate to pass legislation that would give the BP Oil Spill Commission subpoena power -- and surprise, surprise! Guess who stood up for them and objected? Wingnut Teabagger King Jim DeMint. Republicans don't want BP executives or any of the rest of them to have to testify under oath.

I'd be surprised if that commission was going to yield any news we haven't already heard anyway from those executives who did nothing but stonewall the last time they testified before a Congressional committee, but it looks like the Republicans don't want to take any chances and assure the committee will be toothless.


http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/republicans-block-oil-spill-commission-hav
 .dej
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Posted: 9/29/2010 8:52:35 AM
We should just strike down the bill of rights, huh? They are null and void for certain tax brackets.
 mr.evil
Joined: 11/14/2009
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Posted: 9/29/2010 9:07:21 AM
Again why does that surprise anyone when the republicans suppress this?

It was Cheney and shrub who let the "drill baby drill" crowd loose early in their administration. Why then would you believe it would change now? Somehow they believe there will be one place on the planet, reserved for the uber wealthy that won't be affected by ecological disasters that affect everywhere else.

Why would BP testify? Because they want more business here. BUT that was before the well was capped. Now in BP's mind, it's time to move on, that's even what their sweet little ad campaign says, "we're here till it's all cleaned up, we promise"! Now be clear, there is a huge difference between "clean up" and "liability".

The lawyers have taken over, as well as their spin machine. If they testify, they maybe liable if things prove out to be neglience, or use of defective equipment.

Since the story has moved from page 1, to just near the obits, and plant section of the papers, why let it move back. Better to have the republicans, end run the subpeonas, then to just not show up. Foreign executives are not subject to the laws of the USA. It would be a PR nightmare if they didn't show, but this way it takes the onus off them, and puts it on our own legislaters. Joe and jane average, think the spill is over.

They're too busy watching "dancing with the stars" to bother with this sh1t now, so it won't affect the baggers and republicans in november. So it's back to the "potomac 2 step" and business as usual. They gotta get that graft..err campaign contributions doncha know.
 .dej
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Posted: 9/30/2010 1:26:17 PM
What the hell are you talking about?
 Earthpuppy
Joined: 2/9/2008
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Posted: 10/3/2010 5:54:59 AM
The spill was far worse than previous guesstimates and lies indicated.


Chemical and Engineering News October 1, 2010

http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/88/i39/8839notw7.html

Oil Spill's Size Swells
Deepwater Horizon: Magnitude of gulf accident is far larger than previous estimates

By Elizabeth K. Wilson

Nearly 185 million gal of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico during BP's Deepwater Horizon spill, a number that's at least an order of magnitude higher than previous estimates, scientists report in Science
(DOI: 10.1126/science.1195840). This is the first independent, peer-reviewed paper to assess the spill's magnitude.

The report comes on the heels of BP's Sept. 18 announcement that it had finally installed a permanent concrete plug on the damaged well more than five months after an explosion tore a hole in the well and killed 11 workers.

To estimate the spill's size, marine geophysicists Timothy J. Crone and Maya Tolstoy of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University studied high-resolution videos of the fountain of oil pouring into the ocean and used fluid dynamics to estimate the flow rates. Their estimate, they caution, is still a ballpark figure, with an error margin of 20%.

The work "finally gives us a reading on what the magnitude of the disaster was," Florida State University oceanography professor Ian MacDonald tells C&EN. Until now, "we haven't had that."

The Flow Rate Technical Group, a consortium of federal and academic scientists assembled by the government and led by U.S. Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt, has released four reports estimating the spill magnitude. On Aug. 2, the group issued a press release reporting flow rates similar to those from Crone and Tolstoy. The consortium's final report has not yet been disclosed.

MacDonald adds that the technical group's agreement with the published work is "heartening."

The spill's magnitude has been hotly debated, with ever more detailed studies resulting in increasing estimates. Early estimates of about 42,000 gal per day were soon eclipsed by new reports. A report released by the Flow Rate Technical Group on May 27 estimated the flow rate at between 50,000 and 80,000 gal per day. In comparison, Crone and Tolstoy estimate that during times of greatest flow, more than 2.5 million gal per day was escaping into the ocean.

Meanwhile, the White House has commissioned a research effort to study the effects of the spill on the environment. It will be headed by noted marine biologist Jane Lubchenco, the administrator of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.

Lubchenco tells C&EN that the agreement between the work of the Flow Rate Technical Group, which includes NOAA scientists, and the published research, "is valuable information for the public, and adds confidence in our collective efforts."

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 scorpiomover
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Posted: 10/13/2010 3:09:50 PM
FYI, according to BBC news, deep-water drilling off the Gulf of Mexico is open again. It's going to have a lot more rules. But it's open for business.
 Earthpuppy
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Posted: 10/13/2010 7:14:42 PM
I was covered up with work during the Carter and Clinton administrations, and desperate for it during the trickled upon years of Raygun and then the bankrupted years of chickenBush II. Same dynamics, same chickenhawks, same blame games, same deregulations and consequences. Same deficit spending on military ventures.

But Raygun and Obama share some surprisingly common ground in this mucked up thing we call American Politics.
http://www.americamagazine.org/blog/entry.cfm?blog_id=2&entry_id=3383
 _Icon_
Joined: 5/18/2008
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Posted: 10/15/2010 12:39:12 PM
The Gulf of Mexico has always had dead zones in it from all the crap that comes tumbling down the Mississippi River. You know when the coral turns white because all the critters have died and theres nothing left but those sea worms? Dead coral, from river sludge.

I am attending a shrimp boil and fish fry on Galveston Island later this month. It is being hosted in order to show that the seafood from the Gulf is still viable. The recent cool snap here in Texas has made the oysters extra plump and huge, but it still won't offset the demand caused by the fact that the Louisiana oyster beds are dead.

We can expect seafood prices to rise sky-high soon. After the party, I'll come back and report on the quality of the food.
 Earthpuppy
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Posted: 10/15/2010 2:02:53 PM
Be careful Inconoclast...Keep charcoal tablets handy and do not hesitate to go to the ER if in doubt. The worst food poisoning I ever experienced came fresh from the Gulf. How to lose 10 pounds in 24 hours. The oysters were the culprit then. The dead zone, already at record size is now expected to expand the hypoxia from the slick laying on the bottom, working it's way up the food chain and into higher water columns over time.

The FDA is not testing for certain substances, perhaps because of political motivations.
http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2010/08/guest-post-fda-not-testing-gulf-seafood-for-mercury-arsenic-or-other-heavy-metals-because-we-do-not-expect-to-see-an-increase-based-on-this-spill.html
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Posted: 10/15/2010 2:50:13 PM
Thanks for the warning. I take it seriously and I'll be hyper-alert, I promise.
 Earthpuppy
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Posted: 10/15/2010 4:24:20 PM
If it tastes odd...follow your gut and don't swallow. That's where my senses failed me at they time. We were celebrating a birthday after a grand day on the beach. Alcohol may have played a role in losing that gut judgement of the tongue and gut. I've seen people eat "organic cleaning products", Mad Deer (via JCD..mad cow crossovers), drink contaminated tapwater and river water, and all sorts of public displays of incincerity to make a point. They cross the line when the industry shills entice civilians to consume organisms of mass destruction. Are the organizers sincere, informed, and privvy to the best science when doing such a protest against public opinion? Some things may be worth dying for. Somehow this one smells fishy from afar.
 Earthpuppy
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Posted: 10/15/2010 6:29:17 PM
Fossil fuels concentrate Mercury, depending on the source, sometimes more, sometimes less. Most of the mercury contamination that blankets the planet right now was released from fossil fuels, made more bioavailable, and accumulative in higher organisms.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6TGF-4T4J883-6&_user=10&_coverDate=05%2F15%2F2009&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_origin=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId=1500122244&_rerunOrigin=google&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=b32488edda218540bd2491d6fb9dc594&searchtype=a

Forests and other ecosystems have accumulated mercury from the age of fossil fuel combustion and when we re-release that Mercury by buring forests, we are resuspending fossil fuel sources.

We torched the Gulf in a moment of panic. Same principles apply when we torch other mercury sinks.
http://www.mindfully.org/Air/Mercury-Smoke-Biomass.htm

Sorry you didn't care to know these things paul.
 Earthpuppy
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Posted: 10/16/2010 6:53:05 AM
Well paul..Humans are the primary cause of deforestation, wildfires, extinctions, pollution, draining aquifers, poisoning rivers and the dead zone, soil depletion, WMDs, the 80,000 untested and widely used man-made chemicals that we introduce into our environs, and a host of other anthropogenic assaults on the natural world.

90% of forest fires are directly related to humans. There's one burning right now less than a mile from me in a steep canyon that will take days to bring under control. The fires around here, even natural ones from lightning strikes, tend to burn relatively cool and the forest recovers just fine compared to clear cutting and running huge machines roughshod over them.

Wood use for heating peaked over a century ago with a reprieve as we temporarily have used fossil fuels. Now however, a new round of massive deforestation is taking off to produce "green" energy via biomass incinerators for electricity. Everyone is jumping on the "green" bandwagon of biomass energy, despite the facts that there is more carbon emitted per BTU, the air pollution from fine particulates are far worse, and virtually none of the forestry, deforestation currently going on can be considered remotely sustainable. The new plan in Ohio for instance will create a demand for forests at the rate of 532% of annual growth. Same thing is happening in NC, MI, MA, WI, OR, and other states.

None of the current pulp and paper pine farms are in any way sustainable. The now require huge inputs of fossil fuel-based fertilization regimes to maintain growth after depleting soils. The new competitors, the biomass scammers, will also be needing to establish plantations at the expense of remaining forest cover. The plantations are as close to being a forest as a corn field is. GM Eucalyptus is now being touted as our salvation. Those plantations burn like roman candles and we have no godly idea what will happen to remaining native forest once the GM drift inevitably occurs.

The impending peak oil and coal cycles are pushing extremely poorly conceived ideas to the fore at the expense of real renewables, conservation and efficiency. The amount of mercury and radioactivity resuspended from this rush to burn will be extensive and detrimental to human and ecosystem health. Humans ARE the leading cause by far, of forest fires, deforestation, and devouring the annual solar input into flora.
 Earthpuppy
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Posted: 10/16/2010 11:05:37 AM
Actually, there is about 75% of the forested land than there was pre-Columbus infestation. While that does not sound so bad, monocultures and extremely simplified ecosystems are included in forest cover. Where there were once chestnut trees, elm, and other giants, there are now splindly remnants, far simpler in compostion, resiliency and vitality. We continue to import pestilence and disease that continue to decimate what remains. Pine farms are subject to brownouts from their propensity to help breed beetle outbreaks of biblical proportions. The pine farms are also sucking the last nutrients out of lands that may soon not be able to support even pine growth. Pine farms contain 90% less biodiversity than real forests. Some other considerations from the perspective of living in the "woodbasket", the South that provides 60% of forest products in the US.
•· The area of natural forest across the South declined from 356 million acres in colonial times to 182 million acres today.
•· Half of the forested wetlands of the South (35 million acres) have been lost.
•· Natural pine forests declined from 72 million acres in 1953 to 34 million acres in 1999.
•· Pine plantations have been displacing natural forests for the past 50 years and now occupy 32 million acres (15 percent) of the current Southern “forest.”
•· There are 14 forest community types in the South that have been reduced to less than 2% of their original range. Additionally, there are 25 forest community types that are at less than 15% of their original range and another 11 at less than 30% of their original range.
•· There are more threatened forested ecosystems in the South than any other region of the country.

In addition to the wetlands losses to pine farms, the pine farms disrupt hydrological cycles where they are established , drying up what were once year round stream flows. Pines also sequester half the carbon than real forests do.

With existing pressures, the loss of forests will continue to accelerate. The addition of the biomass energy scamsters will quickly double this rate of forest loss. Sprawl, mountain top removal, pestilence, disease and growing demands for forest products will reduce these woods to an increasingly small fraction of their current size.

As we panic about oil and coal running out, we have to come up with a plant that does not liquidate our life support system.
 Earthpuppy
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Posted: 10/16/2010 5:32:35 PM
Ya don't have to go all ad hominim Paul. I rarely acuse folkf of the flat earth society with burying their heads. I do try to present some semblence of supporting studies and conclusions and I note that these are not reciprocated in any credible ways.

It was not that long ago that the earth was flat, the center of the universe, that rivers could take all we could throw into them, infinite sinks of our sins, till they caught on fire and stunk of vast fish kills. The neo-flat-earthers still belive that aquifers are not being deleted, that most humans on the planet don't face food and water insecurity, that most species being doomed to extinction are not from human influences, and that most human over-population and consumption issues are not caused by humans.

The odd dichotomy of humans being the most significant species, and the least responsible is really odd, given our supposed sentience.
 Earthpuppy
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Posted: 10/23/2010 7:46:58 PM
The gift that keeps on killing...out of the headlines, but coming at us for years to come.
http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/10/massive_stretches_of_weathered.html
 xlr8ingmargo
Joined: 10/23/2010
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Posted: 11/8/2010 5:53:50 PM
Thank you kindly for the post to remind us the horror has only really just started.
 Earthpuppy
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Posted: 3/23/2011 12:39:06 PM
Nope...just another leaky well and corporate crime scene.
http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2011/03/houston_company_accepts_respon.html
 HFX_RGB
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Posted: 1/16/2015 7:56:20 AM
BP’s maximum fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill is cut by billions
Federal court rules that size of Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010 was smaller than the US government had claimed

Reuters
The Guardian, Friday 16 January 2015 08.52 GMT


BP will face a maximum fine of $13.7bn under the Clean Water Act for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, several billion less than feared.

Federal magistrate Carl Barbier ruled on Thursday that the size of the spill from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, the worst offshore spill in US history, was smaller than the government had claimed.

He said that it amounted to 3.19m barrels, well below the government’s estimate of 4.09m barrels, which could have led to penalties of up to $17.6bn.

US-listed shares of BP rose about 1% to $36.20 in after-hours trading as investors worried about the size of potential penalties breathed a sigh of relief.


Read more at:

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jan/16/bp-fine-oil-spill-gulf-mexico-cut-deepwater-horizon



And lets just thank the baby jesus that it looks like those investors will be ok and not give a sh*t about the effects that using ~1.8 million gallons of dispersants will have on the environment.
 satx78218
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Posted: 1/19/2015 9:41:14 AM
the govt should appeal the cut in estimated barrels spilled, go for the max $18B fine, payable in 90 days.
 satx78218
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Posted: 1/27/2015 8:53:33 AM
Real Value of Deepwater Horizon Disaster Payments Depend on BP’s Tax Deductions

Over 80 percent of the total money BP has paid in connection with the Gulf oil spill so far qualifies for tax deductions. Only the Department of Justice’s $4 billion criminal fine and the SEC’s $535 million penalty were explicitly non-deductible by law. Any Clean Water Act payments will likely be non-deductible, because they will qualify as legal penalties, and the EPA, unlike many agencies, tends to be explicit that such payments be regarded as penalties.

Federal tax law forbids fines and penalties to the government from being treated as tax deductions, but settlements negotiated with agencies often fail to spell out whether a payment is technically a penalty, and even some penalties can be deducted if companies can argue that they are not meant to be punitive.

Even after the current Clean Water Act charges are resolved, BP also has to settle its liabilities through the Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) process, which will likely cost the company several billion more dollars. Unlike the EPA, payments made under the NRDA process do not follow EPA processes, and have in the past been tax deductible. Therefore, any payment made through the NRDA process will likely have a significantly lowered value after taxes.

In 2011, BP claimed from $10 billion to $13 billion in tax credits and therefore paid no federal taxes that year. Because corporations aren’t required to report the details of tax deductions they claim, and settlement agreements don’t need to specify which payments will qualify for tax deductions, the public can’t determine how much BP has already claimed and how much they might claim in future years. BP’s total expenditure on addressing the Gulf oil spill has already exceeded the initial charges claimed in 2010, and thus BP will likely be able to file for additional tax credits.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/01/27/real-value-deepwater-horizon-disaster-payments-depend-bps-tax-deductions
 satx78218
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Posted: 2/1/2015 9:57:02 AM
Millions of gallons of BP oil found resting on the Gulf floor

Researchers at Florida State University identified some 6 to 10 million gallons of BP oil buried in the sediment at the bottom of the Gulf, covering a 9,300 square mile area southeast of the Mississippi Delta. Their findings, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, help solve the mystery of where all the oil went: a federal judge ruled that BP spilled about 134 million gallons of oil in total, although government estimates put that amount even higher.

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/30/millions_of_gallons_of_bp_oil_found_resting_on_the_gulf_floor/
 HFX_RGB
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Posted: 2/1/2015 9:58:24 AM

Millions of gallons of BP oil found resting on the Gulf floor


That is why they where so quick to use the disbursements, as that is all it does is attach to it, and drag it down.

Sweeping it under the rug.
 SeainaStorm
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Posted: 2/13/2015 7:42:36 PM
Do you mean dispersants, as in dispersing agents?

Bp used dispersing agents because it was mandated to use dispersing agents by the EPA National Contingency Plan, which is federal law. Bp quit using dispersing agents when it to was directed by federal agencies, which was the day the well was capped.
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