Die Baby, Die

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sea turtles have begun to wash ashore dead along the Gulf States where oil continues to leak from an uncontrolled gusher on the sea floor, some 5,000 feet below the surface.

The best-case scenario for region is at least another week of spillage of the rust colored sludge — providing British Petroleum latest scheme to siphon away the floating fingers of crude oil from a blown well a mile damaged more than a week ago when an oil righ caught fire and sank into the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers.

However, the plan to lower 74-ton, concrete-and-metal boxes being built to capture the oil and siphon it to a barge waiting at the surface will need at least another six to eight days to get in place.

Crews continued to lay boom in what increasingly feels like a futile effort to slow down the spill, with all ideas to contain the flow thus far failing.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said:

I’ve been in Pensacola and I am very, very concerned about this filth in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s not a spill, it’s a flow. Envision sort of an underground volcano of oil and it keeps spewing over 200,000 gallons every single day, if not more.”

Fishermen from the mouth of the Mississippi River to the Florida Panhandle got the feared news that more than 6,800 square miles of Federal fishing areas were closed, destroying their livelihood for at least 10 days. The slick is also precariously close to a key shipping lane that feeds goods and materials to the interior of the U.S. by the Mississippi River.

But it is the wildlife who have already started to pay the ultimate price with the first birds found covered with oil and in Gulf Shore, MS, at least 20 dead sea turtles were found on the state’s beaches. Some of the dead reptiles are endangered Kemps Ridley turtles.

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27 Responses to Die Baby, Die

  1. TOM339 says:

    News reports say thanks to the volume of the leak coupled with prevailing storms and wind, it is now possible for the spill to move east and around the state of Florida and up the East Coast.

    This would be unprecedented and a national security issue.

  2. feminazi says:

    I thought by the end of the second decade of the 21st century we would have fuel sources for the cars, boats and airplanes that have nothing to do with fossil fuel. Fossil fuel is a huge improvement over steam engines used by trains a century ago, and horse-drawn buggies to move people in cities and towns but that was then and today, we need to think smarter. Our addiction to oil will be our downfall.

  3. Matteo says:

    Please read and then call or write the Obama White House and say in no uncertain terms: no, new oil rigs off the east or west coasts or in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Gulf of Mexico oil gushers could kill the Earth’s oceans in their entirety if this leak isn’t stopped.


    First they have to get the oil rig off the hole to get at it in order to try to cap it. Do you know the level of effort it will take to move that wrecked oil rig, sitting under 5,000 feet of water? That operation alone would take years and hundreds of millions to accomplish. Then, how do you cap that hole in the muddy ocean floor? There just is no way. No way.

    The only piece of human technology that might address this is a nuclear bomb. I’m not kidding. If they put a nuke down there in the right spot it might seal up the hole. Nothing short of that will work.

    If we can’t cap that hole that oil is going to destroy the oceans of the world. It only takes one quart of motor oil to make 250,000 gallons of ocean water toxic to wildlife. Are you starting to get the magnitude of this?

  4. Big Hank says:

    Are you starting to get the magnitude of this?

    Thanks for posting this link, Matteo. I am speechless to think the oil leak could become a global matter that results in the death of all the oceans on earth.

    Like Feminazi said. We can’t go on addicted to oil. If there is a silver lining to the Gulf spill, maybe it will force Americans to demand more from out elected lawmakers.

  5. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Call me paranoid but isn’t it curious how an SUV mysteriously pops up in Times Square with explosive goodies in the back, forcing the braindead MSM to halt their coverage of the oil leak and focus instead on poor, victimized New York City?

    Coverage of the oil spill went from 24/7 to 2 minutes each hour.

    Just saying…..

  6. Chad Lebanon says:

    Detonate a nuke in the spigot? Is this engineer out of his bloody mind?

    And what if it doesn’t work and blows a hole 10 times larger in the surface of the earth? If we can’t cap a tiny hole, how the hell would we cap a hole ten times larger?

  7. Arizona Leatherneck,

    Not me, Arizona. I don’t think you’re paranoid at all.

    In fact, I think we’re fools not to connect the dots at a time when we have what may turn out to be the worst environmental and ecological disaster in history unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Bait and switch is a time honored tradition. Especially in the age of information.

  8. Woodcliffe says:

    If the government planted the SUV in Times Square, then as far as I’m concerned, this is tantamount to the Feds declaring war on the American people and the people of the world.

  9. Harry says:

    No wonder the “drill baby, drill” crowd has been MIA lately. Even they’re not stupid enough to push the issue.

  10. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    Well, if one good thing came from this mess its that Barry-O ran away from new offshore drilling faster than a black man in Mississippi running away from the KKK in 1940.

  11. VicoDANIEL says:

    People keep asking, “Why didn’t BP have a plan for precisely this sort of disaster?”

    The answer is simple.

    British Petroleum lobbied hard the Bush junta and the U.S. Congress to not be forced to buy the $500K shut-off device that would have prevented this scenario from happening.

    You see, “Old Europe,” those Latte and espresso drinking elites in Brussels, Paris, London, Oslo and Frankfurt demanded the device be in place before oil exploration permits were issued for the North Sea. But alas, no such requirement was placed on EXXON-Mobil, BP, Chevron, Amerada Hess or Shell, even though they report profits in the billions each quarter and could easily afford a $500K device to shut off an oil geyser.

    Ain’t America grand?


  12. Ryan Dumas says:

    If only there were a way to harvest energy from the wind or sun, alas, no such methods exist…

  13. bradfrmphnx says:

    It won’t take an atomic bomb to stop this. But it will take a week or two. This is a sad situation all the way around, especially for the wildlife. They are like spokes on a wheel, you take away enough of them and pretty soon the wheel won’t work.

    AZ Leatherneck…that’s a pretty good assumption. I wouldn’t have thought of that. But I don’t think our govt. did it. (although I wouldn’t put it past them) If anything I think BP may have had a hand in it. BP should have to pay for all the damages they are causing. I expect gas prices to go through the roof now.

  14. lea-lea says:

    $2.99 a gallon two week ago.
    $3.06 a gallon one week ago.
    $3.15 a gallon this morning.

    If sweet crude reaches $100 dollars a barrel, we will be paying more than $5.00 a gallon by July 4th and enriching Arab nations who hate us and think we’re fools anyway.

  15. Brigadoon says:

    If gas reaches $5.00 a gallon you wave buh bye to any hope of an economic recovery because prices that high will be a dagger in the heart of the U.S. economy.

  16. Rachel says:

    All those poor little creatures. Unwilling victims of our addiction to non-renewable fossil fuel. Do we ever learn? Will we destroy the entire world before we do?

  17. Dartanyon1971 says:

    For whatever it’s worth. Call BP Consumer Relations and tell them in no uncertain terms to cap it, and clean up this God damned mess.


  18. Jolly Roger says:

    Just FYI, it is also being said that the collapsed rig is a quarter mile from the well. I suppose we’ll learn soon enough what the actual story is.

  19. Jolly Roger says:

    It only takes one quart of motor oil to make 250,000 gallons of ocean water toxic to wildlife.

    Eh, maybe, but think about all the tankers we sank in WWII. I believe this is something that we can recover from, if we get to it fast enough.

  20. Mets Fan says:

    According to the Washington Post, local residents hired by BP and working on cleanup efforts are being required to sign waivers limiting liability in case of injury, or confidentiality agreements.

    The price of silence is steep. Call it servitude.

  21. I seriously doubt our own government planted that SUV in Times Square. That’s paranoid talk.

    For anyone who reads Tom Clancy, Lee Child or followed news stories like the OKC bombing, you already know the items used in that bomb are very popular with militia types in the nineties.

    And guess who’s railing against the government now? You betcha.

  22. Idaho Librul says:

    This is an epic event. An environmental 9/11.

    The Feds have banned all commercial fishing in region, and with the summer tourist season almost here, many proprietors fear they will lose so much revenue that their businesses will go belly-up.

    I’m just curious? Have either of the drill baby, drill blowhards — Michael Steele and Sarah Palin, announced a huge $$$ donation to the Red Cross to help with relief?

    Oh yeah, crickets. That is their contribution. Crickets.

  23. chlost says:

    From what I understand, not only was BP able to avoid buying and installing the valve, but they were not required, and do not have, any liability insurance coverage for handling this disaster. Thus, I would imagine that the costs of the cleanup will be taken from their cash reserves, and/or revenue. Thus, the cost of gasoline will have to increase in order to “reimburse” BP for these expenses. How could we not require insurance as a prerequisite for a permit to operate an oil rig in Gulf of Mexico waters? We are too stupid to be trusted with drilling oil close to our shores or in wildlife areas such as Alaska, or anywhere!

  24. fran says:

    Halliburton has it’s hand in this– they install the cement base for the drilling.

    Their web site says:
    “Halliburton continues to assist in efforts to identify the factors that may have lead up to the disaster, but it is premature and irresponsible to speculate on any specific causal issues.”

    Well Sure! Not only might Halliburton have had a hand in the making of this disaster, but they stand to profit from charging money to create the “fix”. Plus they would not want to be irresponsible by assuming any liability.

    What a win-win situation for Halliburton- do shoddy work, cause oil spills, then charge extra for the clean up.

    All the finger pointing & proper laying of blame, or money paid can not undo the damage to the Ocean, ecosystems & planet in general.

  25. DMason says:

    Humans aren’t good at anticipating disaster. It seems to take a catastrophe for us to think creatively and move the goal post ahead. As long as I remember, the debate between fossil fuel and conservation, the environment and alternative energy has raged. Maybe the Gulf mess will decide the debate for us?

  26. What’s an oil spill? Move along, nothing to see here.

  27. Walk on Socks says:

    British Petroleum and the Obama Administration are the luckiest people in the world.

    Now that the “Times Square Terrorist” has been caught and arrested, the corporate media covers nothing else.

    Oil spill? Ecological disaster? Ruined economy?

    Pish, pish, pish! It’s terrorism, baby, 24/7.

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