Oil Blow Out In The Gulf – We hit 4 million barrels today

Here are more snippets about the biggest impending disaster of all time.


Evaluation of EPA Air Monitoring Results from Venice, LA for the period of April 28, 2010 – May 7, 2010

by Wilma Subra

Hydrogen Sulfide

Odor Threshold for Hydrogen Sulfide: 0.5 ppb
Physical Reaction Symptoms: 5 to 10 ppb

Acute Physical Health Symptoms:

Irritates eyes
Irritates nose, throat and lungs
Nausea, dizziness, confusion, headache
Venice Hydrogen Sulfide Air Monitoring Results for the period of April 28, 2010 – May 7, 2010
Date: Hydrogen Sulfide (parts per billion):
April 28 None Detected
April 29 No Data
April 30 No Data
May 1 No Data
May 2 30 ppb
May 3 1,192 ppb
May 4 46 ppb
May 5 1,010 ppb
May 6 1,000 ppb
May 7 280 ppb


Then there is the traditional finger pointing.




Oil executives face Congress on Gulf spill

By Timothy Gardner Timothy Gardner 1 hr 24 mins ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Protesters and angry lawmakers greeted top executives of companies involved with the Gulf of Mexico’s massive oil spill at a congressional hearing in which the company leaders were poised to blame each other for the unfolding environmental disaster.

Senate Energy Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman opened the hearing saying that senators were likely to hear that the oil rig explosion and oil spill were due to a “cascade of errors.”

Lamar McKay, president of BP America Inc, Steven Newman, president of Transocean Ltd, and Tim Probert, a senior executive of Halliburton Co, will face intense questions before two Senate committees.

Based on their written testimonies to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and to a later hearing of the Environment and Public Works Committee, the executives will blame each others’ companies for last month’s rig explosion and for the failure to control the oil slick threatening the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Arriving for the hearing, the executives were met by protesters holding signs saying “Boycott BP” and “BP Kills,” while six young women wore T-shirts with the words, “Energy shouldn’t cost lives.” Black tears were inked onto their faces. It is the first public inquiry into the oil spill.


People have even gotten into the comparison act.


How big is the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?

On April 20th, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon left 17 workers injured and 11 missing and presumed dead. Oil is spilling from a well 5000 feet below sea level, discharging 200,000 gallons of crude oil a day according to the official estimate (though over 2 million a day, by private estimates).

The spill covers at least 2500 square miles of ocean surface. You can see the extent of the damage here as of May 6th, just southeast of New Orleans.

But how big is the spill, really? It’s hard to get a sense of the true size when it’s over the ocean floor. Use the links below to see how large the spill is.

Compare to Manhattan Compare to San Francisco Compare to Paris Compare to London Compare to Rome Compare to Hawaii Compare to Washington, D.C.

Compare to your own city:


I couldn’t get it to work by the way but maybe you can…the pictures I saw that it generated were pretty cool. Finally this from Dick “the” Durbin.


Dear doug,

BP oil spill (AP photo)
Click here to take action.

Three years ago our online community effectively forced the world’s fourth largest corporation, oil-giant British Petroleum (BP), to clean up its act and protect the Great Lakes.

Now that same company is responsible for one of the most disastrous oil spills in U.S. history. By the time you’re done reading this message, another 500 gallons of toxic crude will have gushed into the Gulf of Mexico.

We must act once more to hold BP accountable.

Cleaning up BP’s mess — and compensating individuals and businesses devastated by the spill — could cost upwards of $12.5 billion. But if they expect American taxpayers, individuals and businesses to foot the bill, they have another thing coming.

Tell British Petroleum: Don’t even think about dragging your feet, passing the buck, or billing American taxpayers so much as one penny (or one pence) for this mess.

Sure, BP has pledged to pay all “necessary and appropriate” clean-up costs, as well as “legitimate and objectively verifiable claims” for injuries and losses resulting from the spill.

But what happens when the TV crews pack up their cameras and the nation’s attention shifts elsewhere?


Drop Dick a line and tell him, Right On Bro.


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