When we last left our ongoing story of why The Brightest Minds in Govt. Science were giving BP permission to keep ****ing around playing with their broken oil well, instead of completing the Bottom Kill cementing, BP was observed to be moving Giant Tools towards the Macondo 252 Deepwater Horizon oil well again, then Adm. Allen had to give out matching narrative after a few news cycles as to what the fooking h*ll they were really doing.
We’ll do the bottom kill when we’re ready, Harry. – Adm. Thad “Patton” Allen
They wanted to look inside the old BOP, and go fishing and pull the old drill pipe out of the well bore. Bottom kill, schmottom kill, the Lawyers need evidence to sue each other for the next 2 decades.
So far, they took the very top lid off the new BOP and Stacking Ram they mounted on the old one, and peered inside, and noticed that the brand new BOP and 3 blade Stacking Ram had 1 Shear Ram that was stuck in a half open, half shut position so they couldn’t get down and look into the other parts.
Yes, their brand new BOP toy wasn’t working already.
Okay. No problemo. Just spend a week trying to jimmy the the thing open again.
Because the Original is always so much better than anything I could ever hope to make up:
The Further Adventures of Macondo 252, Oil Well of Doom
Hit the theme music:
If I had to do the same again, I would, my friend, Fernando !
Remember this, back in June on the 23rd ?
Uncapped BP Well before installation of new blow out protector assembly.
And then in July, they finally got a new spool, cap n stack and a spankin’ new Blow Out Protector on the thing to cap the well and shut it off almost 3 months after it blew ? And everybody went Halleleujah ?
Federal Government and NOAA’s Lubchenco & team of expert scientists announce rest of oil in Gulf of Mexico is naturally biodegrading. Oil is disappeared ! As of Wed, Aug 4th. https://www.docudharma.com/diar…
From Plume to Pie Chart, 6/1/2010 to 8/4/2010. In Amerika, Oil Spill Cleans You !
Except that 650 miles of shoreline in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida remained oiled, and 57,539 square miles, or 24% of the Gulf of Mexico, is closed to fishing, per their own press release. http://ht.ly/2loZg
August 4, 2010, Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Response, Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center
Federal Science Report Details Fate of Oil from BP Spill
WASHINGTON – The vast majority of the oil from the BP oil spill has either evaporated or been burned, skimmed, recovered from the wellhead or dispersed using chemicals – much of which is in the process of being degraded. Much of this is the direct result of the federal response efforts.
A third (33 percent) of the total amount of oil released in the Deepwater Horizon/BP spill was captured or mitigated by the Unified Command recovery operations, including burning, skimming, chemical dispersion and direct recovery from the wellhead, according to a federal science report released today.
An additional 25 percent of the total oil naturally evaporated or dissolved, and 16 percent was dispersed naturally into microscopic droplets. The residual amount, just over one quarter (26 percent), is either on or just below the surface as residue and weathered tarballs, has washed ashore or been collected from the shore, or is buried in sand and sediments. Dispersed and residual oil remain in the system until they degrade through a number of natural processes. Early indications are that the oil is degrading quickly.
These estimates were derived by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of the Interior (DOI), who jointly developed what’s known as an Oil Budget Calculator, to provide measurements and best estimates of what happened to the spilled oil. The calculator is based on 4.9 million barrels of oil released into the Gulf, the government’s Flow Rate Technical Group estimate from Monday. More than 25 of the best government and independent scientists contributed to or reviewed the calculator and its calculation methods.
“Teams of scientists and experts have been carefully tracking the oil since day one of this spill, and based on the data from those efforts and their collective expertise, they have been able to provide these useful and educated estimates about the fate of the oil,” says Jane Lubchenco, under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “Less oil on the surface does not mean that there isn’t oil still in the water column or that our beaches and marshes aren’t still at risk. Knowing generally what happened to the oil helps us better understand areas of risk and likely impacts.”
The estimates do not make conclusions about the long-term impacts of oil on the Gulf. Fully understanding the damages and impacts of the spill on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem is something that will take time and continued monitoring and research.
Dispersion increases the likelihood that the oil will be biodegraded, both in the water column and at the surface. While there is more analysis to be done to quantify the rate of biodegradation in the Gulf, early observations and preliminary research results from a number of scientists show that the oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill is biodegrading quickly. Scientists from NOAA, EPA, DOE, and academic scientists are working to calculate more precise estimates of this rate.
It is well known that bacteria that break down the dispersed and weathered surface oil are abundant in the Gulf of Mexico in large part because of the warm water, the favorable nutrient and oxygen levels, and the fact that oil enters the Gulf of Mexico through natural seeps regularly.
Residual oil is also degraded and weathered by a number of physical and biological processes. Microbes consume the oil, and wave action, sun, currents and continued evaporation and dissolution continue to break down the residual oil in the water and on shorelines.
The oil budget calculations are based on direct measurements wherever possible and the best available scientific estimates where measurements were not possible. The numbers for direct recovery and burns were measured directly and reported in daily operational reports. The skimming numbers were also based on daily reported estimates. The rest of the numbers were based on previous scientific analyses, best available information and a broad range of scientific expertise. These estimates will continue to be refined as additional information becomes available.
7/9/2010 Gulf of Mexico 6 days before the leaking well was capped. photo NASA
67% of this is going to go away all by itself, naturally, according to the finest scientific minds available. Image from NOAA and the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center.
BP and Your Federal Government, welcome you to the Gulf of Mexico’s Dia de los Cortadores de Pipa celebration for the first day of Hurricane Season.
His Tools Are Bigger Than Your Tools
And the sooner he can get this done:
ROV moving under the BOP with headlights as pincer arm prepares to grasp pipe for the saw to cut
June 1, 2010. Tues afternoon. BP Starts Cutting the Pipes coming out of the BOP of the Deepwater Horizon. Oil spill of the Deepwater Horizon, day 41.
The Sooner he can go on to getting his life back.
Poor Baby. BP CEO Tony Hayward laments the distraction that 2 million gallons of oil a day can cause when it hits our nation’s biggest marine nursery for subtropical fish, mammals, and birds.
BP CEO Tony Hayward: “We’re sorry.
We’re sorry for the massive disruption this caused to their lives. I…. we’re…. there’s no on who wants this thing over more than I do. I want my life back .”
narrator: Life here may never be the same. The water and all that lives in and around (shows oiled pelican) could be harmed for years. So on this holiday weekend some people in New Orleans protested.
bullhorn: we’re trying to clean up this mess
woman with umbrella: I’m filled with anxiety every night and I hope that BP executives feel the same way, unfortunately I doubt that they do.
Meanwhile, Rear Admiral Mary Landry, lately famous for shepherding the Lost, er, BP’s hapless spokesperson Doug Suttles, thru the official press conferences, has been put back on duty with the Coast Guard to prepare for Hurricane Season. http://www.deepwaterhorizonres…
Just as Attorney General Eric Holder announces a criminal investigation into what BP was doing, and the President issues another sternly worded statement.
“We will closely examine the actions of those involved in the spill. If we find evidence of illegal behavior, we will be extremely forceful in our response.” Holder said in New Orleans.
The president said that if laws are insufficient, they’ll be changed. He said that if government oversight wasn’t tough enough, that will change, too.
Laws, schmaws. What about policy. Who opened more coastal offshore areas to bidding leases? And enforcement of existing safety checks. Who’s MMS signed off on the well design ?
This from the same guy who couldn’t find anybody doing anything criminally wrong with Jack Abramoff’s old unindicted co conspirators, nor from the mercenary and CIA rendition & torture crews since his boss has been in office. Did I mention that Abramoff was a long time lobbyist for foreign energy interests ?
It’s all good !
Pass the candles. Prepare the offerings.
edit update 5:30 pm PDT:
Per the Alabama Dept of Health pdf link in the first comment, oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill has now officially reached the coastline of Alabama, near Dauphin Island, closing the offshore oyster beds, and fishing grounds of that state. You can beach, but don’t get in the water or swim, and seek medical advice if you have trouble breathing. They didn’t say what legal advice to seek if you have trouble earning a living.
Warning. Not. Snark. BP has hired the former press secretary for ex VP Dick Cheney to be their new spokesperson for US media relations. Anne Womack Kolton, formerly of the Brunswick Group , also defended Dick Cheney’s secret Energy Task Force, http://emptywheel.firedoglake…. and ran public affairs in the Dept of Energy under George W Bush.