Minerals Management Service (US federal government – Department of the Interior) – also see Bureau of Land Management, US
Minerals Management Service (US federal government)
and from last entry on right-hand sidebar –
Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Strategy
As part of President Obama’s comprehensive energy plan for the country, the Department of the Interior is pursuing a balanced, science-based strategy for exploring and developing oil and gas resources on the Outer Continental Shelf.
Under this strategy, Interior is expanding offshore oil and gas exploration and development in the right ways and in the right places, providing order and certainty to industry and investors, and delivering a fair return to American taxpayers for the use of their resources. The Obama Administration’s strategy uses science and new technologies to expand oil and gas production on the Outer Continental Shelf, while protecting fisheries, tourism, and places off our coasts that are too special to drill. The Administration is working to expand development and production in new areas, such as the Eastern Gulf of Mexico; significantly increase oil and gas exploration in frontier areas, such as the Arctic Ocean and areas in the Atlantic Ocean; and protect areas that are simply too special to drill, such as Alaska’s Bristol Bay.
- DEVELOP: We are opening new areas for offshore oil and gas development as part of a comprehensive energy plan for the country.
- EXPLORE: We are expanding offshore oil and gas exploration and scientific analysis to gather the information we need to develop resources in the right places and the right ways.
- PROTECT: We are protecting special places that are simply not appropriate for oil and gas drilling.
- Press Release
- Secretary Salazar’s Remarks
- President Obama’s Memorandum on Bristol Bay
- Q&A – General Overview
- Q&A 2007-2012 Five Year Program
- Q&A Proposed 2012-2017 Five Year Program
- OCS 5 Year Programs – What Happens Next
- DOJ Cover Letter Preliminary Revised Program, Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program 2007-2012 (PDF)
- Preliminary Revised Program Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program 2007-2012 ( PDF)
- Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Planning Area Acreage (PDF)
- Map of Estimated Undiscovered, Economically Recoverable Resources (PDF)
- The Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force
- Regional Information Pages
- Hi-Resolution Maps
- Federal Register Notices
My Note –
There was a press conference from maybe sometime today – just shown on CNN with Governor Bobby Jindal, Louisiana – sounds like they are getting on this thing now with a more comprehensive planning process which takes into account more of the overall dynamics, from winds and ocean currents affecting the oil spill expansion and hindering cleanup efforts, etc. – also more in line with the impacts that can be expected. I hope they do put some integrated thought into it that is more comprehensive and complete based in reality.
That was great to see and very encouraging. He has a level of seriousness about it that the situation demands – that is good. And, earlier today – a little while after 2.30 pm – CNN had a segment showing the crude oil equipment that failed to work – the Blow-Out Preventer which had been designed to stop gushing oil disasters like this one. The explanation and graphics CNN team used – very good. The clip is likely online somewhere with their materials on the CNN website. Will go find it later.
Aside from making lunch, (and eating it when it is done – at 5 in the evening) – the above materials from the Minerals Management Service along with the other resource group that I have open on another tab – Gulf Coast Oil Refineries are the things next that I want to resource.
Also, on my other computer – trying to find a story that broadcast on bloomberg’s Innovations show about a man creating things using controlled tornadoes and intentionally created whirlpools along with the mathematics he has discovered from it. This was on their show very recently and I’m trying to find it because it has some interesting possibilities for solutions in the Gulf of Mexico – considering it is all water-borne mcnasty and added toxic dispersal agents that were added into the mix.
I said on an earlier post about the oil spill in the Gulf Coast areas – that it is a massive problem of chemistry, and when a problem of chemistry is that massive – then it really becomes a matter of physics. I believe there are some solutions that will work and be workable.
Could a controlled whirlpool or waterspout be used to draw up and contain the oil and dispersant? There are these really interesting ways to take particulate matter from air and other materials (maybe liquids, I don’t know) which is done by vortex fans that drive the contaminants against the side of a containment vessel.
The easiest way to think about it – might be the vacuum cleaner using that – very expensive, but very good vacuum cleaner. However, I found it on an EPA site being used in a drawing on an inline system to clean the air for a hyper-clean industry / manufacturing plant use. The air travels through a number of filters and filtering system processes, then hits this whirling tornado-like vortex fan which slings the particles out against the sides of its long cylinder container and forces the air out through an end pipe to the next part of the process. And, I think something like that combined with the knowledge about tornadic whirlpool action in controlled ways like was described on the bloomberg show – the company is I don’t know who – but showed numerous whirlpool shaped physical objects – art and engineered. It was amazing. The ideas that might become possible using all that? Hmmmm……
Going to go eat now, before continuing on the oil spill information and plans of the minerals management service, etc.
on CNN just now – 5.30 pm
Governor Haley Barbour says that the people are being led to believe this (oil spill) is a huge disaster and it isn’t really. I hate him sometimes . . .
People like Mr. Barbour make otherwise calamitous disasters into generations long catastrophic nightmares of horror that expand exponentially. I hate that.
Had a thought – did the blow-out preventer fail because of the 5000 foot depth? What depths are its usual placement before this? Are the shut-off elements involved with pressure types of switches, motions, on/off controls, etc.?
And, watching Mr. Carville and Mr. Rollins on the Wolfe Blitzer discussion about the oil spill devastation in how it influences oil drilling offshore generally, among other things – Mr. Carville said that both Katrina disaster and this one were engineering failures – “we need better engineering in America.”- paraphrased as good as I could go write it down.
That also leads to a better world of questions? If engineers, engineering groups, engineering schools and standards organizations are so extremely soul-searching conscientious about what they design, including architects, mechanical engineers, civil engineers, structural engineers, aeronautic engineers and every other applied science of engineering, then what happens in the process from conception to implementation?
And don’t tell me engineers aren’t conscientious – because they are and so are architects and structural engineers designing these contraptions and gizmos for the oil industry.
And then what happens? What happens in the decision making process in the companies using the knowledge and specific expertise of these engineers? Is there cutting corners from prudent design specs?
Is there cost-saving downgrades despite the safety considerations involved? Or do the sales staff or marketing groups pass off things not applicable for specific environments that are not appropriate to it just to get the sales and the market share?
What all happens along that process from the inception of an idea to meet a need in the marketplace to producing an end-product to be used in that application and sold specifically for it?
And how many decisions are being shadowed by trading volumes on the stock market for the shares of their companies, decisions made to cut corners in order to increase profits or market share or dividend payouts to shareholders?
What exactly makes an otherwise sane, rational business cut costs to the detriment of safety, to produce things that cause permanent damages across broad sectors of society and sell things that cause harm, or even death to people, wildlife, environments and destroy life and living in general? What could possibly be so important as to do that? Do they just get lost in the game or what?
Found it –
Biomimicry is the science and art of emulating nature’s best biological ideas to solve human problems.
( . . . ) the Department of the Interior is pursuing a balanced, science-based strategy for exploring and developing oil and gas resources on the Outer Continental Shelf. Under this strategy, Interior is expanding offshore oil and gas exploration and development in the right ways and in the right places, providing order and certainty to industry and investors, and delivering a fair return to American taxpayers for the use of their resources.
My Note –
Just heard a little of Secretary Clinton’s speech to the current United Nations nuclear non-proliferation event today – Amazing. Amen to what she said. I’ll have to look up that clip on CNN or CSPAN or over at the United Nations site.
Shows Google map of the Horizon site – (Gulf of Mexico)
and these links – which look pretty good to find some things later –
Click on the above MMS block for more information.
Decimal Degree Block Location 28.735225, -88.387379
Use above decimal degree location in Google Maps or Google Earth.
New York Times Oil Spill Movement Map – Oil Spill Daily Movement to the North and East.
Bird Rescue Twitter – follow the IBRRC bird rescue messages.
NOAA daily Deepwater Horizon Incident Report – Oil spill maps, links, and reports are updated each day.
Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office (LOSCO) – Louisiana’s lead office for oil spill response. They handle – Notifications, The State Oil Spill Contingency Plan, Area Contingency Plans, Oil Spill Response Drills, Partnering with Federal Agencies, Regional Response Teams, and Response Tools.
MODIS Rapid Response Photos – Space photo updates of the oil spill and other World features.
Deepwater Horizon Information – Deepwater Horizon Information and specs.
Semi-submersible rig information – Semi-submersible rig information on how they work and move.
Rig Zone – Rig Zone Stats on the Deepwater Horizon.
Cleaning the birds – IBRRC information and website of shore bird rescue from oil.
Seals, Sea lions, and Pinniped Rescue Resources – NOAA Directory of Hotline numbers for stranded seals and pinnipeds.
Note: “Please take a note of the situation and condition of the seal, from as far away as possible, and contact the nearest rescue/rehabilitation organization, SPCA, Parks official or the local police. If the seal needs rescuing then please try to keep people and dogs away from the seal until help arrives.” Source: pinnipeds.org
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill – Photos and NOAA information on that spill.
List of Oil Spills – Recorded worst oil spills.
Santa Barbara Oil Spill – What happened and lessons learned.
Questions about Oil Spills – What’s an oil spill?, What affects do oil spills have on sea birds and animals?, How many animals are recovering after a oil spill?, How long did it take to clean the up spill?.
Training for Emergency Responders and Planners – NOAA workshops and self-study options to spill response professionals in local, state, and federal governments and industry.
Ohmsett is the National Oil Spill Response Test Facility – This is the only facility of its kind where full-scale oil spill response equipment testing, research, and training can be conducted in a marine environment with oil under controlled environmental conditions. Variables such as waves, temperature, and oil types are able to be controlled.
Oil Spill Cleanup Methods – Information on a method or type of equipment used during the cleanup of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. Oil spill cleanup categories include: On The Water and On The Beach.
Oil Pollution Act of 1990 – The law stated that companies must have a “plan to prevent spills that may occur” and have a “detailed containment and cleanup plan” for oil spills.
Was this law bypassed in court?
The National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan – More commonly called the National Contingency Plan or NCP, is the United States federal government’s blueprint for responding to both oil spills and hazardous substance releases.
AREA THREATENED & ENDANGERED SPECIES
green sea turtle – Chelonia mydas
hawksbill sea turtle – Eretmochelys imbricata
Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle – Lepidochelys kempii
leatherback sea turtle – Dermochelys coriacea
loggerhead sea turtle – Caretta caretta
brown pelican – Pelecanus occidentalis
bald eagle – Haliaeetus leucocephalus
whooping crane – Grus americana
Eskimo curlew – Numenius borealis
piping plover – Charadrius melodus
interior least tern – Sterna antillarum athalassos
manatee – Trichechus manatus
blue whale – Balaenoptera musculus
finback whale – Balaenoptera physalus
Sei whale – Balaenoptera borealis
Alabama shad – Alosa alabamae
gulf sturgeon – Acipenser oxyrhinchus desotoi
pallid sturgeon – Scaphirhynchus albus
sperm whale – Physeter macrocephalus
Data source MMS, LSU, LAGIC. CCCarto takes no responsibility for accuracy of data. Use as reference only.
MODIS image of the day
: Fires on the Yucatan Peninsula
No wonder there is such a world-scale mess on any number of fronts.
Those are the fires just on the Yucatan Peninsula, didn’t check from date to double check that is today’s image. But, that is only one place . . .
From list on Minerals Management page
The Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force
On June 12, 2009, President Obama sent a memorandum to the heads of executive departments and federal agencies establishing an Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, led by the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The Task Force is charged with developing a recommendation for a national policy that ensures protection, maintenance, and restoration of oceans, our coasts and the Great Lakes. It will also recommend a framework for improved stewardship, and effective coastal and marine spatial planning.
The oceans, our coasts, and the Great Lakes provide jobs, food, energy resources, ecological services, recreation, and tourism opportunities, and play critical roles in our Nation’s transportation, economy, and trade, as well as the global mobility of our Armed Forces and the maintenance of international peace and security,” President Obama wrote in the memorandum. “We have a stewardship responsibility to maintain healthy, resilient, and sustainable oceans, coasts and Great Lakes resources for the benefit of this and future generations.”
“The challenges our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes are facing are complex, and to meet these challenges we must have the participation of a wide spectrum of views from within the federal government,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “The Task Force has a wealth of opportunity to make our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes healthier – both environmentally and economically.”
The recommendations and frameworks developed by the Task Force will be cost effective and improve coordination across federal agencies. The Chair will terminate the Task Force upon the completion of its duties.
The time period to submit comments to the Task Force has closed, but you can read comments from others.
Read the President’s Proclamation on National Oceans Month
From the left hand column –
Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force: Expert Briefings
The Task Force has undertaken a robust public engagement process to hear from and involve stakeholders and interested parties, which included hosting 38 expert roundtable meetings, listed below.
Policy, Governance and Strategic Implementation Phase – 24 briefings
- Recreational Fishing – July 1, 2009
- NGOs (environment and conservation) – July 15, 2009
- Consortium on Ocean Leadership/Research and Science – July 16, 2009
- Recreational Boating – July 17, 2009
- Water Utilities – July 17, 2009
- Agriculture – July 21, 2009
- Ports – July 22, 2009
- Business Interests – July 22, 2009
- States/Intergovernmental – July 23, 2009
- Great Lakes – July 23, 2009
- Coastal Communities – July 24, 2009
- Shipping – July 27, 2009
- Renewable Energy – July 27, 2009
- Commercial Fishing (including aquaculture) – July 27, 2009
- Fossil Energy and Electricity – July 27, 2009
- Human Health – July 27, 2009
- Alaskan Tribes – July 27, 2009
- Atlantic Ocean Tribes – July 28, 2009
- Pacific Ocean Tribes – July 29, 2009
- Non-Treaty Fishing Tribes – July 30, 2009
- Fish Management Councils and Commissions – July 30, 2009
- National Security – July 30, 2009
- Ocean Observation Technology and Science – July 31, 2009
- Minority Serving Institutions – August 6, 2009
Marine and Coastal Spatial Planning Phase – 14 briefings
- Fossil Energy – September 17, 2009
- Renewable Energy – September 30, 2009
- States/Intergovernmental – October 1, 2009
- Fish Management Councils – October 2, 2009
- Commercial Fishing – October 8, 2009
- Shipping – October 9, 2009 (11 invitees)
- Recreational Fishing and Boating – October 13, 2009
- Aquaculture – October 14, 2009
- Science Data/Ecosystem Health – October 16, 2009
- Pacific Tribes and Native Alaskans – October 23, 2009
- Native Hawaiians – October 27, 2009
- NGOs (environmental and conservation) – October 27, 2009
- Atlantic Tribes – October 28, 2009
- National Security – October 29, 2009
Choosing this one next –
Ocean Policy Task Force: Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning
On December 14, 2009, President Obama’s Ocean Policy Task Force released its Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (Interim Framework) for a 60-day public review and comment period. With competing interests in the ocean, our coasts and the Great Lakes, the Interim Framework offers a comprehensive, integrated approach to planning and managing uses and activities. Under the Framework, coastal and marine spatial planning would be regional in scope, developed cooperatively among Federal, State, tribal, local authorities, and regional governance structures, with substantial stakeholder and public input.
The Interim Framework includes a number of important provisions that would significantly overhaul the Federal Government’s approach to coastal and marine planning, including:
- A New Approach to How We Use and Protect the Ocean, Coast, and Great Lakes. The Interim Framework is designed to: decrease user conflicts; improve planning and regulatory efficiencies and decrease their associated costs and delays; and preserve critical ecosystem function and services. The Interim Framework describes how such plans would be developed and implemented, and provides timeframes and steps for phased implementation of the framework.
- Moves us Away From Sector-by-Sector and Statute-by-Statute Decision-Making. While many existing permitting processes include aspects of coordinated planning, most focus solely on a limited range of management tools and outcomes (e.g., oil and gas leases, fishery management plans, and marine protected areas). Comprehensive marine spatial planning presents a more integrated, comprehensive, ecosystem-based, flexible, and proactive approach to planning and managing uses and activities.
- Brings Federal, State, and Tribal Partners Together in an Unprecedented Manner to Jointly Plan for the Future. The Interim Framework is not a top-down planning effort. Rather, it describes a new approach to Federal resource planning that is regionally based and developed cooperatively among Federal, State, tribal, and local authorities, and regional governance structures, through the establishment of nine regional planning bodies.
- Places Science-Based Information at the Heart of Decision-Making. Scientific data, information and knowledge, as well as relevant traditional knowledge, will be the underpinning of the regionally developed plans.
- Emphasizes Stakeholder and Public Participation. The planning process would be fully transparent and participatory – requiring frequent and robust stakeholder engagement throughout all steps of the process (i.e., development, adoption, implementation, adaptation and evaluation).
Date: 2010/123 – 05/03/10 (today’s date)
from this one on the gallery of images found on this page -rollover the images to find where they are on the globe which will appear just below it, my note –
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration
President Obama recognizes the importance of the Louisiana and Mississippi coastal region to the economic, cultural, and environmental integrity of the nation. The high rate of coastal wetland and barrier island loss in Louisiana and Mississippi, combined with the vulnerability of the region to coastal storms and climate change, threaten major population centers and valuable commercial and environmental resources. Bold and decisive action is needed now to curtail the rate of ecosystem loss in the area and, where possible, to restore the ecosystems and the services they provide.
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Working Group
In October 2009, President Obama formed the Louisiana‐Mississippi Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Working Group, co‐led by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and comprising senior‐level officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Departments of the Army (USACE), Homeland Security, the Interior, and Transportation. The Working Group has spent the past six months engaging with the States, local governments, and the public and has developed a Roadmap for Restoring Ecosystem Resiliency and Sustainability in the Louisiana and Mississippi Coast.
Roadmap for Restoring Ecosystem Resiliency and Sustainability
On March 4, 2010, Obama Administration officials released a Roadmap for Restoring Ecosystem Resiliency and Sustainability in the Louisiana and Mississippi Coasts that emphasizes the protection and restoration of coastal ecosystems as a key element to the long-term safety and viability of the region. In keeping with President Obama’s effort to cut through red tape and ensure residents of the Gulf Coast have access to the tools and funds they need to rebuild, the Roadmap outlines Federal actions over the next eighteen months to address policy, process, and legal hurdles to coastal restoration in the region and lays the foundation for a long-term vision achieved jointly with the States.
(Maybe some music to get the Goldman Sachs blasted Blankfein shit out of my head – and no, it won’t be nice music either – maybe electronica screaming shock music or something . . . , my note)
Going back to this page from the MODIS Terra page – (two back on my tab)
Found here –
The free maps available through that page of the major locations of the 6659 active and removed oil platforms and rigs, of which 819 are still fully manned.
(Look down the page to find them – there are several groups)
These maps cover the Gulf Coast oil rigs and offshore pipelines of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
Many of these platforms and oil rigs were either sunk or set adrift after hurricane Katrina and Rita struck this area of the gulf in August/Sept. 2005.
The Gulf of Mexico normally pumps about 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) of US crude, a quarter of domestic output and equivalent to nearly 2 percent of global oil production.
My Note –
The aromatic hydrocarbons are unsaturated hydrocarbons which have one or more planar six-carbon rings called benzene rings, to which hydrogen atoms are attached with the formula CnHn. They tend to burn with a sooty flame, and many have a sweet aroma. Some are carcinogenic.
Gulf Coast Region Maps Showing Tracts and Oil Platforms
Related Oil and Gulf Coast Links:
Oil and Natural Gas Prices Crude Oil and Commodity Prices
Historic Hurricane Tracks – Paths of large hurricanes.
*NEW* TEXAS COAST REFINERIES *NEW* – These refineries are of great concern with the increase in hurricanes this year.
Removing platforms – Steps involved in removing a offshore platform.
Gas and fuel prices – International Energy Price Information for spots around the World.
Strategic Petroleum Reserve – Information on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Hurricane Information – Hurricane damage and strength rankings.
What drives a Hurricane??? Answer: Latent heat – The fuel for latent heat is the mid latitudes very warm waters.
(from the site above)
My Note- From my other documents – earlier notes last year and Jan this year on energy research –
Open Tab – for Department of Energy (DOE)
– there are some incredible databases in this group
EnergyFiles Web Sites – Searchable index of thousands of web pages and PDF files linked to EnergyFiles
DOE Information Bridge – Searchable and downloadable bibliographic records and full text of DOE research report literature from 1995 forward
DOE R&D Accomplishments Database – Searchable and downloadable bibliographic records and full text reports of past DOE R&D accomplishments
DOE R&D Project Summaries – Searchable database containing over 20,000 ongoing R&D projects within the Department of Energy, in energy research, fossil energy, environmental management, energy efficiency, renewable energy and more
Energy Citations Database – Bibliographic records for energy and energy-related STI from the DOE and its predecessor agencies, ERDA and AEC, from 1948 to the present
Federal R&D Project Summaries – Research summary and awards data from across the Federal Government
E-prints on Web Sites
E-prints in Databases
My Note –
I will continue on the next post – this one is getting a bit unwieldy –