Them old BP Blues

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Re: Them old BP Blues

Post by alan » Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:50 am

Happy to hear it. Local businesses relied on payments for loss tourist revenue during that season.
After all this time, I still sometimes see small dark particles washed ashore--not just in one area, but all along the beach. They don't smell bad, but litter the otherwise beautiful white sand.

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Re: Them old BP Blues

Post by Kim OHara » Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:51 pm

There's a new doco on the Deepwater Horizon disaster - http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/03 ... m-festival.
'The Great Invisible' Wins Best Doc Award at SXSW Film Festival
The BP oil spill documentary follows the lives of those in the Gulf Coast who have been affected by one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history.
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Re: Them old BP Blues

Post by Kim OHara » Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:59 am

This looks like a never-ending story. The latest episode just appeered on Think Progress:
BP Tries To Pay Less For The Gulf Oil Spill, Again
BP is asking a federal judge to cap the amount of Gulf oil spill-related fines it must pay at $12 billion, which is almost a third less than the amount U.S. prosecutors are seeking from the company. ...
BP also tried last month to avoid some of the steeper fines associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which killed 11 people and spilled an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. ...
Scientists are still working to determine the impact the Deepwater Horizon oil spill had on the Gulf, but some of the findings so far have been grim. Last month, a study discovered a 1,235-square-mile “bathub ring” of oil on the deep ocean’s floor, an oily patch that’s about twice the size of the city of Houston, Texas. That finding came just days after BP argued in Politico that it “didn’t ruin the Gulf.”
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/1 ... zon-spill/

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Re: Them old BP Blues

Post by Kim OHara » Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:00 am

The story continues:
Millions of gallons of oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill didn’t get cleaned up, and instead settled in the sediment of the Gulf of Mexico’s floor, a new study has found.

The study, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, found that 6 to 10 million gallons of oil from the spill are buried in the seafloor. The researchers measured the amount of carbon 14 — a radioactive carbon isotope that’s found in organic material but not found in oil — in an approximately 24,000 km² area of sediment near the spill site, a process which allowed them to see what parts of the sediment were low in carbon 14 and thus contained oil.

The study sought to determine two things: whether oil had, in fact, settled on the seafloor, and how much of it had settled. ... Regardless of the amount, however, Chanton said that sedimentation was a “new phenomenon” that hadn’t been heavily observed or studied after previous oil spills.

“Everyone thinks oil is very buoyant and that it just floats on the surface,” Chanton said. So in the past, sedimentation of oil hasn’t been a main concern for scientists and cleanup workers. The federal Oil Budget Calculator, which was developed to determine where the oil of the Deepwater Horizon spill ended up in the short term, didn’t include efforts to figure out how much of the oil ended up in the Gulf’s sediment.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/0 ... -sediment/
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Post by Kim OHara » Tue Mar 31, 2015 4:51 am

... and the wildlife is still paying:
At least 20 animal species are still suffering from the effects of the largest oil spill in U.S. history nearly five years after it occurred, according to a National Wildlife Federation report released Monday.

The common loon, blue crab, red snapper, and sperm whale are among the animals named in the NWF’s report, Five Years And Counting: Gulf Wildlife in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster. Those animals only make up a small portion of the 13,000 species in the Gulf, the federation’s president told reporters on a phone call Monday, implying the difficulty of determining the spill’s total long-term impact on animals.

“Given the significant quantity of oil remaining on the floor of the Gulf and the unprecedented large-scale use of dispersal during the spill, it will be years or even decades before the full impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster is known,” the report said. “It is clear that robust scientific monitoring of the Gulf ecosystem and its wildlife populations must continue — and that restoration of degraded ecosystems should begin as soon as possible.”

The report comes just a few days after BP filed papers in federal court arguing its businesses would be threatened by fines for its historic April 2010 spill, which saw an estimated 210 million gallons of oil gush into the Gulf of Mexico.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/0 ... g-animals/

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Re: Them old BP Blues

Post by Kim OHara » Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:59 am

Can't help necro-ing this thread - sorry - but you will see why.
BP claims an oil spill off Australia's coast would be a 'welcome boost' to local economies
By Nicole Hasham
6 April 2018 — 2:36pm

Coastal towns would benefit from an oil spill in the pristine Great Australian Bight because the clean up would boost their economies, energy giant BP has claimed as part of its controversial bid to drill in the sensitive marine zone. ...
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And the news item is legitimate! It's in our equivalent of the NYT - https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal ... 4z867.html
...BP made the statements in an environment plan submitted to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority in March 2016.

The company had been seeking to drill two wells off the South Australian coast, raising fears of an environmental disaster akin to BP's 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. ...
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