Here are more snippets about the biggest impending disaster of all time.
by Wilma Subra
Odor Threshold for Hydrogen Sulfide: 0.5 ppb
Physical Reaction Symptoms: 5 to 10 ppb
Acute Physical Health Symptoms:
|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
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 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.
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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.
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.