‘Gag-inducing’ Fuel Smell Wafting over New Orleans

Friday, April 30, 2010


The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans has been overwhelmed by a “pungent smell” and that officials believe is the onslaught of the massive oil spill, pushed ashore by 20 mph winds, now five times larger than originally thought.

The White House announced Thursday that it would take a more active role in trying to contain the looming ecological and environmental disaster. At a White House news briefing, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano labeled the accident “a spill of national significance.” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency.

Meanwhile, fingers of oily sheen had reached the fragile Mississippi River delta late Thursday with thicker oil was about five miles offshore. Migrating birds and others nesting on the shoreline, such as pelicans, and even river otters and mink living on Louisiana’s barrier marshes were among the animals being hit first by the massive oil spill. Oil clumps seabirds’ feathers, leaving them without insulation and when they preen, they swallow it. Prolonged contact with the skin can cause burns. The oil slick imperils one of the world’s richest seafood grounds, teeming with shrimp, oysters and other marine life.

The spewing oil, about 210,000 gallons a day, comes from a well drilled by the rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded in flames April 20, killing 11 workers and sank two days later. British Petroleum was operating the rig owned by Transocean Ltd.

President Obama recently bowed to Republican and oil industry pressure to open huge swaths of U.S. shoreline to new oil exploration. From New Jersey, running south to Florida, and along the eastern Gulf of Mexico, would under Obama’s new energy plan, would be approved for developed and exploration.

But the mantra of “drill, baby drill,” may soon ring hollow as the latest oil rig disaster has the potential to dwarf the catastrophic Exxon Valdez oil spill.

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11 Responses to ‘Gag-inducing’ Fuel Smell Wafting over New Orleans

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    It’s simply mind-boggling to me that a decade into the 21st century and the USA is still sucking petroleum out of the earth and not looking at alternatives like electric and hydrogen to fuel our cars and trucks. I had thought Obama would be smarter on this issue but he seems to be committed to following George W. Bush down the same energy policy path.

  2. Vivzzz says:

    Why is British Petroleum drilling off the shore of Louisiana when I just paid $3.05 a gallon for regular gasoline to drive to work?

    Isn’t the North Sea enough for BP?

  3. Rachel says:

    If anything good can come from this it is a reversal by the Obama administration and it’s pledge to open the east coast and Gulf coasts to more oil drilling. While it is true that we need energy, it’s time to embrace new technologies and get off the oil spigot.

  4. Jolly Roger says:

    I strongly suspect the only people who will continue the “drill, baby, drill” bullshit are Caribou Barbie and her inbred worshipers.

  5. fran says:

    This is a huge disaster, but will they learn anything from it??
    Apparently BP should have put a remote cap on the well, but did not. They have 33 miles of flotation boom laid out, in a spill covering over 300 miles.

    The Alaska disasta’ delivered these words of wisdom:

    The same week the “catastrophic” oil platform exploded, killed 11 people, sank & was spewing oil into the Gulf, 3 days later, Palin delivered her pre fabbed speech of how we need to :

    “open up all of America’s continental shelves to drilling.”

    “Production of our resources means security for Americans and jobs for American workers,” she said.
    She also called for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and addressed head-on environmentalists against her plan. She argued America has more stringent environmental restrictions than many of the foreign governments we currently rely on for oil.

    “So environmentalists are kind of hypocritical on this one,” she said. “I don’t know how environmentalists can sleep at night.”

    >>>> Not a word about those who lost their lives. And now the “jobs” she is talking about will be those of trying to remove oil from wildlife & sensitive estuaries & literally hundreds of species that will suffer.

    I wonder if Palin is still reading the same damned script or someone told the idiot maybe she should drop the offshore oil, drill baby drill pitch for now?

    Oh well, Sarah can continue to collect her $75,000 to $100,000 speaking fees & that’s all that really matters, right?

  6. Dmitris says:

    Beyond the destruction to animals, birds and sea life, this is a region not yet fully recovered from Hurricane Katrina. I heard someone say new contracts had just been signed in Gulfport, AL to rebuild casinos and add thousands of jobs and millions of dollars to the local economy. Now this happens. BP still isn’t saying what made the rig explode in the first place. Call me cynical but how complicated can it be to suss out?

  7. What bothers me isn’t the drilling but the lax regulations on these oil rigs. If Venezuela and other countries can implement devices that shut off the pump in the event there’s a disaster how come our government can’t make companies do this?

    BP gambled that the cost of a $5ook emergency shutoff was worth more to the bottom line than the cost of an oil leak and we’re taking the loss.

  8. Chad Lebanon says:

    Ed Schultz just reported BP pocketed $5.6 billion in profits in the first quarter of 2010.

    So, it goes without question BP should pay the entire cost of cleaning up this mess, claims filed by men and women who make their living fishing in the region and will lose their livelihood, and resorts and tourism in the area not able to book guests. Finally, homeowners who have beach front and river properties who will see their ground water soiled.

  9. bradfrmphnx says:

    BP is on check from the Obama administration. They want them to pay for at least some of the cleanup. They should have to pay for it all. And they should have to pay damages to the thousands of people who will be out of work because of them. I expect they will get off lock, stock, and barrel. And to make things worse, will raise the price of our gas because of the “shortage” that this will bring. We need a lot of things is this country, but we need clean energy in the world even more.

  10. feminazi says:

    My daughter and I took a day trip to Roanoke while I was in Virginia seeing the family. The people we spoke to there said they do not, under any circumstances, wish to see oil rigs off the coast of Virginia. The area is dotted with pristine beaches and wet lands, and they are worried about an oil spill like the one in the Gulf of Mexico harming the area they call home.

  11. At least it wasn’t a volcano, says Bobby.

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