Saturday, May 29, 2010
Super tankers can pump up concentrated pools of spilled oil.
This has been done in Saudi oil spills in the past.
The wild well in the Gulf is creating at least two types of oil plumes of some large volume.
One plume type is probably a hydrocarbon hydrate formed from the natural gas being injected in to the cold brine environment of the bottom of the gulf.
The other plume type is cold dense crude oil floating beneath the surface.
Under the rules of maritime salvage they are yours for the taking. They are free.
Better than that you can be paid for salvaging them by BP.
Wouldn't you love to have BP pay you to take their oil?
YOU WOULD BE A HERO TO AMERICA!
YOU WOULD SAVE YOUR OWN OILY ASS AND DRILLING RIGHTS IN THE GULF!
Damn talk about a good day. Stick it to BP. Be a genuine American hero. Make money. Get paid for making money. Get invited to the White House. ETC.
Better get on it quick however.
Chavez/Chevron reads these social media thinges too and he would love to stick it to America.
Please don't let him get there first.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Richard Shephard Aerial Photography
36 Main Street
Cummington, MA 01026
"Oil collecting at the mouth of one of the breeches on Elmer's Island, which connect directly to the bayous of Louisiana. There were no clean-up crews in sight and no one for at least a mile in either direction."
Visit his site for more photos including those of bottle nose dolphins and other large fish and animals killed by this so called "minor" ecological disaster.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
How and why do underwater oil plumes form?
Thursday, May 20, 2010
"... two experiments that help explain why and how an oil spill on the seafloor, similar to the current BP leak in the Gulf of Mexico, could form underwater oil plumes that do not rise to the surface.
The reasons include:
whether a spill is released in the form of a turbulent jet, or is under less pressure
the density of the surrounding water, due to temperature and salinity.
In both tests, the tank contains salt water that's denser at the bottom than at the top (bottom 1.06 g/cc, top 1.015g/cc). The first video shows a green-colored alcohol/water mixture being released into the tank; the second experiment shows red gauge oil being released. Both the oil and alcohol mixtures are about the same density (approximately 0.9g/cc) and are released at the same rate (about 0.8 gallons/minute).
As you can see, the first more turbulent jet is trapped underwater in a horizontal plume when it reaches the level where the surrounding water density changes; the second less turbulent jet is not trapped, and the oil rises to the surface.
The experiments were conducted by Richard McLaughlin, Ph.D., and Roberto Camassa, Ph.D., fluid dynamics experts in the mathematics department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"We've been thinking that the recent news about underwater oil plumes is very reminiscent of these jet experiments, in which the effect of the strong turbulence is creating an emulsion which can lead to an underwater trapping," McLaughlin said. "In videos of the actual oil leak in the Gulf, the turbulent oil jet looks quite similar to our alcohol jet." He added that with the addition of dispersants, the effect would be further amplified.
He and Camassa along with students in their summer lab have also analyzed video of the current spill to try to determine how much oil is leaking into the Gulf.
"We estimated the flow rate to be about 56,000 barrels per day, quite a bit higher than BP's estimate of 5,000 barrels per day, and closer to the estimate recently in the news of 70,000 barrels per day," Camassa said.
Both researchers are professors in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences. Camassa is also director of the Carolina Center for Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics."
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Click on the photos to enlarge.
See where the well is?
See the oil slick?
See the top of the Gulf Loop Current in middle of the bottom of the picture.
See where the Loop Current captures the oil slick and starts transporting it East.
The Loop Current
"The Loop Current is an area of warm water that comes up from the Caribbean, flowing past the Yucatan Peninsula and into the Gulf of Mexico. From there, it curves east across the Gulf and flows south parallel to the west Florida Coast. As it flows between Florida and Cuba it becomes the Florida Current as it moves through the Florida Straits, where it joins the Gulf Stream as it travels up the Atlantic Coast." --ENS
Not To Worry
"NOAA explained in a statement that in the time it would take for the Deepwater Horizon oil to travel to the vicinity of the Florida Straits, it would be "highly weathered" and both the natural process of evaporation and the application of chemical dispersants would reduce the oil volume.
The oil may get caught in a clockwise eddy in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, and not be carried to the Florida Straits at all, NOAA said.
Oil entrained in the Loop Current would require persistent onshore winds or an eddy on the edge of the Loop Current for it to reach the Florida shoreline. The weathered and diluted oil would likely appear in isolated locations in the form of tar balls, NOAA said. " ---ENS
Sounds like a sophisticated version of this:
"The ocean will take care of this on its own if it was left alone and left out there," Limbaugh said. "It's natural. It's as natural as the ocean water is."
So where does the loop go this time of year.
"What's the only oil on the beaches? Suntan oil," Halstead said.
Mr. President , Sir, do you friggin know how long your damn line is?
No, you don't seem to.
“If you were Mexican and the brother or sister of a U.S. citizen, your U.S. citizen sibling could file an immigrant petition for you. But because of the country-based quota system, you would have to wait approximately 131 years to reach the front of the line to receive your visa!”
---Prakash Khatri, the nation’s first Ombudsman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (2003-2008)
Now add the X millions of illegal immigrant already here to your line. Just how long a line would it be now Mr. President.
We elect our public servants to solve problems, not to bull shit about them.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
But Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) blocked the effort, saying it would make drilling too expensive for smaller companies. "Big Oil would love to have these caps there so they can shut out all the independents," he said..."
Dementia at best, Jimmy you done lost your mind.
2. "Mississippi's Haley Barbour, a well-connected former Washington lobbyist, has calmly said the oil slick looming offshore is just a sheen in most places and there's no reason for people to panic....
Barbour, 62, is a second-term governor who was in office during Katrina and was widely praised for his response to the storm. He's now chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Barbour has said the oil spill is "not Armageddon," but he believes news coverage has hurt tourism in his state.....
Oil has not started washing up on shore in any large quantities, and Barbour likened much of the spill to the gasoline sheen commonly found around ski boats...."
3. Embattled Chief Executive of BP Tony Hayward come up with some controversial comments regarding the oil spill in Gulf of Mexico.... “…everything we can see at this moment suggests that the overall environmental impact will be very, very modest.”... “…The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to total water volume."
What you have to understand is that these fools actually believe what they are saying. They actually believe that they will be proven right in their opinions and assessments. Even as they are being proven wrong they continue to believe. What can you do with people in powerful places that behave this way?
Sunday, May 16, 2010
In modern times, it is most common in Pentecostal and charismatic churches. The gesture is also seen in Catholic worship, esoteric sects, and in certain forms of exorcism ritual. It is commonly used in small group renewal weekend settings such as Cursillo. It is common in some charismatic churches during praiseful singing as well.
In more radical thought, the orant gesture is seen as a way of surrendering to the powers that be and submitting to the intrinsic patterns of the universe. As a component of cosmic religion, orant is almost a form of meditation, and a symbol of conscious change. In looking up with arms spread open, an orant practitioner would theoretically feel the chaos of the universe, and yet remain in perfect solace.
Orante: Jesus Walk
Symbolism is a marvelous thing. Often we adopt a symbol for one reason and then explain away that reason as we move further away from it in time.
Yes the Orans Posture is pre-Christian but was every bit of a religious symbol as it is now. But, what did it mean?
Friday, May 14, 2010
For millions of years sea life has been forming methane hydrates as it dies.
It is in layer upon layer at the bottoms of the worlds oceans. What happens when our upper world drills into that lower world?
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Vivienne our foster cat is one year old today. When I walked outside with my coffee this morning the first thing I heard was a plaintiff meow. She was back up the tree she climbed last week and would not come down.
So I spent the morning trying to get her down.
This video is of Vivienne up the tree!
This video is why I have spent the afternoon in bed fortified with pain killers.
Yes, Vivienne is now down out of the tree.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
We pretty much did that by allowing a group of oil companies to drill holes in a surface of our earth less well understood than the surface of the moon. Now we can see that they were using technology designed for earth to explore the "moon" of the the deep ocean.
These aren't bad people, as they themselves know. It is not enough to say that they are "greedy" and "stupid", and full of "self importance", and "hubris", and potentially "criminal" in their actions, because our own Government gave them permission to explore this "moon". Why? Maybe because those responsible in our Government were greedy, stupid, full of self importance, hubris, criminal,and...did I mention criminal.
What would we do to NASA if they let the Union Pacific Railroad take over moon transport tomorrow?
Everybody is pointing figures:
WASHINGTON (AP) — BP PLC told Congress Tuesday its massive Gulf oil spill was caused by the failure of a key safety device made by another company.In turn, that company said BP was in charge, and that a third company that poured concrete to plug the exploratory well didn't do it right. The third company, which was plugging the well in anticipation of future production, says it was only following BP's plan.The blame game shot into the open Tuesday as the Senate began a hearing into the oil spill that has been contaminating water in the Gulf of Mexico for three weeks and threatens sensitive marshes and marine life from Louisiana to Florida.Executives of the three companies, testifying before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, acknowledged investigators have yet to pinpoint definitively the cause of the well explosion April 20 or why the oil was not contained, but they spent little time before trying to shift responsibility for the environmental crisis to each other....
"Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, the panel's ranking Republican, said the future of domestic oil development in this country rests with finding out what went wrong, correcting the failures and shortcomings and assuring the public offshore drilling can be conducted safely.Murkowski and several other senators made clear they didn't like the finger pointing."I would suggest to all three of you that we are all in this together," she told the executives, who were sitting shoulder to shoulder at the witness table, "because this incident will have impact on developing of our energy policy for this country""...
"Lamar McKay, chairman of BP America, pointedly noting that it did not own the rig and that "responsibility for the safety of drilling operations" belonged to Transocean.Of the 126 people on the Deepwater Horizon rig when it was engulfed in flames, only seven were BP employees, he said.But Transocean CEO Steven Newman emphasized BP's role."Offshore oil and gas production projects begin and end with the operator, in this case BP," said Newman. His said it was BP that prepared the drilling plan and BP that gave the go-ahead to fill the well pipe with sea water before a final cement cap was installed, reducing the downward pressure.The executives said this was a practice that was being used frequently and that BP got approval from the federal Minerals Management Service."...
It is sort of like listening to a bunch of forth grade boys out on the school play ground explaining to the teacher why they are all dirty and have bloody noses.
Oil is a commodity. There is really no such thing as "domestic oil". If BP had by some miracle brought that well into production that oil would not have gone directly into the gas tanks of American cars buying gas in Kansas. It would have gone into the commodity pool of world oil being traded world wide. Drill Baby-Drill is a triple lie at best.
The Senate, The Government Regulatory Agencies, Wall Street, The Chicago Traders, and so forth and so on, want this to be solved and swept out of public view as fast as it can be. Then they can go back to business as usual. Trouble is they way over reached on this one. They poked a big hole in one of mother earth's vital arteries.
Government should now do what Government was created to do, protect those it governs by consensus. Not those who buy them whores, or send them on trips to exotic places, or finances their individual appetites, but We The People, and despite the SCOTUS thinking corporations are not included.
In 1995 during the tragedy of Katrina, eight million gallons of oil were spilled into the Gulf of Mexico and the waters of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Corporate interest and Government culpability in this tragedy were masked by the immediate human suffering caused by the same storm. Now here we are again. How much more can we all endure?
How much more till we damage the Gulf beyond repair in our life time?
Every time I post on this subject I feel like a toad croaking in a polluted swamp.
We truly are ALL of us in this together. What shall we do?
Saturday, May 8, 2010
"As scientists around the world learn more about this material, new concerns surface. For example, ocean-based oil-drilling operations sometimes encounter methane hydrate deposits. As a drill spins through the hydrate, the process can cause it to dissociate. The freed gas may explode, causing the drilling crew to lose control of the well. Another concern is that unstable hydrate layers could give way beneath oil platforms or, on a larger scale, even cause tsunamis."
--- Science & Technology Review March 1999
As I have discussed this in various forms I have discovered that people have simply never heard of the ice that burns, Methane Hydrate. The BP keep talking like this is water ice with methane in it. Bullshit, it is highly volatile compound that may or may not have water ice in it. Take a look at this article from 1999 discussing the "little known material" and the dangers it poses to oil drilling. METHANE HYDRATES: A Surprising Compound
Here is a facebook conversation that started last night before BP announce this:
Deep-sea ice crystals stymie Gulf oil leak fix.
Junior Bear Was it Halliburton after all? Pressure, Volume, Temperature, at 5000 below sea level Boyle's Law formed in the year 1622 still applies. When cement cures it gets warm, methane hydrates are frozen crystalline at 5000 feet and very compact. A couple of cubic feet of methane at 5000 feet under the ocean is one damn big bubble of gas on the surface.
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Lynn D. Minton
Bermuda Triangle Bomb !
Yesterday at 10:29pm ·
A big fart from Cheney?
Yesterday at 10:53pm ·
Jeannie Alford Hagy
Good grief, Junior. I didn't know you knew all those big words. You're getting too smart for me!
3 hours ago ·
I'm going to have to change my password. Fatman hyjacks my site sometimes. He has serious problems with his alter ego shifts on occasion. I'll have to watch him closer.
2 hours ago ·
Fatman says he is sorry. He will just use duress directly on me when he wants to say something. Sometimes this relationship is a bummer!
2 hours ago ·
Fatman says methane burps are real and do happen, especially on deep water slopes. It is possible that if the burp (fart/bomb) is large enough anything, ships, fish, logs, plankton, airplanes, above it will lose buoyancy and sink. Would that be called the Cheney Effect?
2 hours ago ·
Lynn D. Minton
JB - Gotta quick hanging out with cross-duressers !!! Their guages all swing violently - we'll never keep up...
about an hour ago ·
Dang, Fatman was right, it is the methane hydrates that they can't figure out. That big old dome they put down there is now clogged with frozen hydrates, and they have set it aside on the sea floor.
37 minutes ago ·
Holy mackerel and sacred salmon, they want to heat up the water around the dome to release the clog. Fatman says he hopes someone is taking video when the BP ship falls through the water like a rock. The Cheney Effect just keeps on giving. Is it an accident when stupidity kills a ship load of people. CNN get your cameras ready.
31 minutes ago ·
Drlobojo tells me that if that big dome thing becomes packed with hydrate it will float to the surface. But along the way the melting methane will expand violently and shoot the thing up. He predicts that BP may have their own space station. This could be fun. Never underestimate the entertainment value of dumb.
24 minutes ago ·
KEEP CNN ON THIS WEEKEND, THE STORY COULD BE A REAL BLAST!!!!
Friday, May 7, 2010
They have been covered by all of the sediment layers shown in the cliff photos since they were buried.
There are several prominent "Ghost Forest" along the Oregon coast. These pictures are of one that doesn't seem to be recorded anywhere.
Some of the Ghost Forest stumps may look like just old limbs or trees washed up onto the beach. Closer examination however may reveal that they are actually the ancient submerged root system in the process of being uncovered.