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The oil slick from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and sinking is seen in the lower right area of this April 27, 2010 NASA photo in the Gulf of Mexico, around 20 miles of barrier islands and beaches in Louisiana. The U.S. Coast Guard announced plans to begin setting fire to the leaked oil to reduce the amount that can contaminate ecologically sensitive areas. Although the slick is less obvious than it was in earlier images, that is not necessarily a sign that it is smaller or more dispersed. UPI/NASA

The oil slick from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and sinking is seen in the lower right area of this April 27, 2010 NASA photo in the Gulf of Mexico

The oil slick from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and sinking is seen in the lower right area of this April 27, 2010 NASA photo in the Gulf of Mexico



Gulf spill prompts WWF look at Arctic

Published: April 30, 2010 at 10:59 AM


(has above satellite photo of the oil spill taken on April 27, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico – today is May 2 – 3, 2010 and the area of the spill has increased many times over and expanded.)


Army creates ultra-strength decontaminants
Published: April 28, 2010 at 6:06 PM

ABERDEEN, Md., April 28 (UPI) — U.S. chemists and military scientists say they have created a group of ultra-strength cleaners designed for use in the aftermath of a terrorist attack.

The researchers led by George Wagner at the Army’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Maryland said the cleaners are tough enough to neutralize nerve gas, mustard gas, radioactive isotopes and anthrax. But Wagner said the cleaners are also non-toxic, based on ingredients found in foods, cosmetics and other consumer products.

The scientists charged with developing the new decontaminant said they were initially faced with several problems in that chlorine- or lye-based decontamination agents are potentially hazardous and can react with chemical weapons and materials in the environment to form new toxic substances. So if the military needed to decontaminate a large area, the runoff from such chemicals could harm people and the environment.

To solve the problem the researchers said they created the Decon Green suite of decontamination agents, all of which use peroxides as their main ingredient. Peroxides are the same substances contained in many household cleaners and whitening toothpaste.

To bolster their effectiveness, the scientists said they mix the peroxides with bicarbonates or other non-toxic bases to produce peroxyanions — highly reactive ions that can clean just about anything.

That, said the researchers, ensures chemical weapons, such as nerve gas, will completely break down.

A detailed evaluation of the cleansers appears in the journal Industrial Engineering and Chemistry Research.



U.S. pressures BP over oil spill as Obama visits Gulf

Reuters – Caren Bohan, Paul Simao – ‎37 minutes ago‎
VENICE, Louisiana (Reuters) – A vast oil slick bore down on the Gulf Coast on Sunday, threatening an economic and ecological disaster as President Barack Obama sharpened his criticism of BP Plc and pressed the energy giant to halt the oil gushing from
The massive oil slick spreading in the Gulf of Mexico this week. By Ian Yarett | Newsweek Web Exclusive Apr 29, 2010

The massive oil slick spreading in the Gulf of Mexico this week. By Ian Yarett | Newsweek Web Exclusive Apr 29, 2010


Photo of oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on April 29, 2010, when they were planning to collect up and burn off 100 gallons at a time in controlled burning method of crude oil removal, my note.


Also my note –

How could anyone flying over that oil slick, knowing that a sub-sea source was pumping out thousands upon thousands of gallons a day – seeing how extensive it already was – How could anyone with a brain to use, think that burning off a hundred gallons at a time would solve the problem? Who are these people?

– cricketdiane


From that article –

As crude oil continues to leak from a giant oil rig that sank last week in the Gulf of Mexico, officials have begun burning some of the petroleum in an effort to prevent it from reaching land. The giant oil slick is now less than three miles from the Louisiana coast, and officials say it will inevitably reach the shoreline, likely by some time Friday.


(etc.) – April 29, – article continues – (excerpt)

Once a bird’s feathers get covered in oil, the animal loses its ability to regulate its body temperature and can die of hypothermia. According to Christopher Reddy, a marine chemist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, contamination of wildlife is particularly bad because the consistency of crude oil is thick and sticky, comparable to peanut butter, and can literally smother small animals.

The situation would worsen further if oil penetrates the barrier islands of the Delta region and gets into the estuaries behind them, which are extremely biologically rich and very sensitive. Should that happen, the oil could be nearly impossible to clean up without destroying the wetlands in the process.

Meanwhile, scientists have discovered a third leak from the damaged riser (the pipe that carried oil from the well to the surface) and upped their estimate of the leak’s magnitude by fivefold, from 1,000 barrels (42,000 gallons) to 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) a day.

(My Note – and now from satellite photos, scientists say that it may be more like 5s’s that amount actually, as reported yesterday on the news.)

( . . . )


Gulf of Mexico oil spill newsweek article on April 29, 2010, when they were planning to collect up and burn off 100 gallons at a time in controlled burning method of crude oil removal.


From Reuters – May 2, 2010 (today)

The swelling black tide threatens wildlife, beaches and one of the nation’s most fertile fishing grounds stretching across the Mississippi Delta from Louisiana to Florida.

“We a dealing with a massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster,” Obama said.

The president toured wetlands in Louisiana at risk from the oil spill, and flew over the coastal areas containing fisheries that could be most affected by the slick.


BP officials said shutting off the well nearly one mile underwater on the ocean floor is an extraordinarily complicated operation that could take weeks and months.

It was like performing “open heart surgery at 5,000 feet in the dark with robot-controlled submarines,” BP America Chairman and President Lamar McKay told ABC News.

( . . . )


My Note –

That group at BP is another bunch of people that someone needs to find out if they can find their own asses with both hands and their eyes open – just to see if their brains are capable of doing it, and yes – I find it pretty disgusting to see that this is the best, the “professional”, the preparedness that was prepared for this, the ready to use plan for oil spills from crude oil drilling and every other crude oil disaster, the “expert” way to get the job done and the manner the whole damn bunch expected would work when sooner or later it would be necessary.

– cricketdiane


(from article above)

Government officials are having difficulty guessing how much oil is spilling from the deepwater well, but have raised their initial estimate of 5,000 barrels a day.

“The worst case scenario is we could have 100,000 barrels (4.2 million gallons, or 15.9 million liters) flowing out (per day),” Salazar said.



CNN reporter from Venice, Louisiana central staging area reported earlier this evening that there were several dead sea turtles recovered today – it is being studied . . .


“We’ll take help from anyone,” company spokesman Doug Suttles said in an interview on NBC News. “We welcome the offer from the Department of Defense. We’re working with experts from across the industry. We welcome the help of the government. We’re not interested in where the idea comes from. We’re interested in how do we stop this flow and how do we stop it now.”

NEW ORLEANS, April 29 (UPI) — BP officials said Thursday they welcome help from any quarter, ( . . . )

Published: April 29, 2010 at 6:19 PM




Note – it sure doesn’t seem like it – looks like they are doing it the same way they planned to do it and continuing to depend on those things that are already known to not be working this time. Like the fisherman said on the video from CNN that I posted earlier today, they would do well to use the intelligent resources of those fishermen from the region because those are the specialists about these areas of the ocean – they know every nook and cranny.

The ways that BP are using the fishing boats is according to this plan of preparedness which isn’t working, hasn’t been working and never was likely to work in this kind of extreme event, in this volume and expanse of ocean, in these extreme conditions and for this much crude oil continuously pumping out of the sea floor from three pipes across many days (it may be months at this rate, based upon the results that their preparedness plan efforts are making in unsuccessfully fighting this oil spill.)

– cricketdiane


(Reuters) – The total bill related to the oil spill drifting toward Louisiana from a well operated by BP Plc in the Gulf of Mexico, could exceed $14 billion, analysts said.

BP said last week that it was spending $6 million a day on the clean up but admitted this figure would rise sharply when the slick hits land.

Neither the company or its 25 percent partner, explorer Anadarko Petroleum, have put an estimate on total costs, although BP CEO Tony Hayward told Reuters in an interview on Friday that he would pay all legitimate claims for damages.


BP and its partners in the oil block where the leaking well is located will have to cover the cleanup costs and damages on a basis proportionate to their shareholdings, which will leave BP with 65 percent of the bill.

The company self-insures through its own insurance company, named Jupiter. Contrary to press reports, Jupiter does not lay off risks onto reinsurers or syndicates at Lloyds of London, a spokesman said on Sunday.

Oil services provider Halliburton said it performed a variety of work on the rig.

If BP could prove that Halliburton or Cameron did something wrong, they could lay part of the blame on them, Mike Breard, an energy analyst with Hodges Capital Management in Dallas said last week.

Shares in BP have fallen around 13 percent since the accident, wiping out $20 billion of the company’s market value.

Shares in Anadarko, Transocean, Cameron and Halliburton have also been hit.

If regulators find any wrongdoing or incompetence on the part of the companies involved, it could levy fines, although analysts said that going by previous fines, these would likely be in the range of tens of millions — immaterial to the total bill.

Exxon Mobil was hit with $5 billion in punitive damages after the its tanker Valdez leaked 258,000 barrels of heavy crude into Prince William Sound in Alaska in 1989. The award was based on the fact Exxon had not taken due care when it employed a man with a drinking problem to skipper its tanker.

However, the damages against it were subsequently reduced to around $500 million on appeal. – (my note, each of those whose livelihoods were destroyed by the Exxon Valdez oil leak were paid less than $15,000 each after tens of years to get any of it.)



From Wall Street Journal –

  • MAY 3, 2010

When Mr. Hayward took over BP’s leadership from John Browne three years ago this week, the company was at one of the lowest points in its history: badly run, accident-prone and accused in the aftermath of a deadly explosion at its Texas City refinery of putting profits before safety. Mr. Hayward turned BP around, boosting production, cutting costs and significantly reducing on-the-job injuries. Last month, he was confident enough to talk of an irreversible “change of culture” at BP.

( . . . )

As the extent of the disaster unfolded, Mr. Hayward’s crisis team gathered on the sixth floor of BP’s London headquarters. “Tony just had this icy stare,” says one person present. “At one point he said: “What the hell have we done to deserve this?”

BP’s initial reaction was measured. It was a Transocean rig, and the blast was the contractor’s responsibility. Responding to that, Transocean said in a statement it was investigating the explosion: “We can’t get ahead of ourselves with respect to the facts of this incident and to do so would be speculation.”

( . . . )

But BP continued to run afoul of U.S. regulators. In October last year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration hit BP with $87 million in penalties for failing to fix safety hazards at Texas City, the site of the 2005 explosion. A few months later, it slapped on another fine over lapses at another refinery, in Toledo, Ohio.

“The most shocking thing is that more than four years after the blast, BP still had very serious problems not only in Texas City but in other refineries as well,” said Jordan Barab, deputy assistant secretary of labor for OSHA. “There is a systemic safety problem across the company.”


Write to Guy Chazan at guy.chazan@wsj.com



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How much does a barrel of oil cost? On Nymex, about $86. If oil is currently spewing uncontrolled into the Gulf of Mexico, more like thousands. But who pays?

Right now, anyone connected with the Deepwater Horizon disaster on April 20 does. Since then, an aggregate $36 billion has been wiped off the market capitalizations …


How to Clean Up From BP’s Mess


In September of that year, (2009) BP announced a new, “giant” oil find, Tiber, in the Gulf of Mexico. The well, the deepest ever at 35,000 feet, was drilled by Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon—the same rig that blew up in recent days. BP also entered Iraq and offshore Brazil, one of the world’s hottest exploration areas.

“This is a business that had swung too far in the direction of pixie dust,” says Robert Talbut, chief investment officer at Royal London Asset Management, a BP shareholder. “John Browne was a superstar CEO. Hayward sees himself as someone who’s getting on with the business.”

At last month’s annual shareholders’ meeting, Mr. Hayward decried the glitz of BP’s previous culture, saying: “We thought it was all about doing deals and the latest flashiest viewgraph presentation.”

One of the first things Mr. Hayward did upon becoming CEO was commission Bain & Co., the management consulting firm, to “hold a mirror” up to BP. “They said: ‘This is the most complicated enterprise we’ve ever come across,” he says. “They had mapped 10,000 organizational interfaces—one for every 10 people.”



Junk Bond Sales Set Record as Spreads Show Investor Doubts: Credit Markets

BP Widens Efforts to Stem Gulf of Mexico Spill; Obama Visits Disaster Zone

BP Oil Leak May Prompt New Ship Rules, Frontline Says

Oil Spill’s ‘Fisheries Failure’ May Signal End of Coastal Towns


Diabetes Death Watch Slipped Into Health Law by Lilly, Novo

“For drug companies, it is often as important to ‘sell’ the disease as it is to sell the cure,” said Jack Scannell, a Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. analyst, in an e-mail. “Much of the growth in the diabetes drug sales has come from earlier diagnosis, more aggressive treatment, and higher prices.”


My Note – couldn’t resist, just had to post it when I saw that one. cricketdiane



The slick may cause tankers to be diverted, tying up ships, bolstering rates and spurring owners to seek compensation for having to clean their vessels, said Ben Goggin, a freight derivatives broker at SSY Futures Ltd., a unit of the world’s second-largest shipbroker.

Derivatives tied to the cost of shipping West African crude to the U.S. jumped on speculation tankers will be delayed as they avoid the slick, he said.


SkyNews video on this page – worth seeing – from April 30, 2010

includes incredible aerial photography of the coast, and parts of the spill along with the burning off some of it when that was tried (which burned off about 100 gallons and put filth into the air for miles, my note.)

From Times Online
April 30, 2010

US bans offshore drilling as Deepwater Horizon slick hits land


The US today banned all new offshore drilling as crude oil from the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig began lapping at the shores of sensitive marshland at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Speaking on US television, David Axelrod, a White House senior adviser, declared that no company would be allowed to proceed with exploration in new areas off the US coast until an investigation into the cause of the disaster had been completed.

He said: “No additional drilling has been authorised and none will until we find out what happened … and whether there was something unique and preventable here.”


A selection of the 40 greatest nature images of all time

Slide Show

My Note – right now

National Geographic is showing the April 14, 2010 volcano and the 300+ small magnitude earthquakes that occurred under the glacier immediately prior to the eruption (the one that grounded all the planes in most of Europe.)



Forecast for oil spill expansion – for May 3, 2010 from NOAA

Strong SE winds of 20-25 kts are expected to continue today, but are forecasted to lighten and become more southerly over the following few days.

These winds will continue to bring oil towards the shoreline. Oil was seen on both overflights yesterday 5-10 nm offshore and to the south of the Mississippi Delta in the convergence between fresh and saltwater, as far west as Southwest Pass. Breton Sound also continues to be threatened by oil throughout the forecast period.


May 2 (Bloomberg) — BP Plc, the owner of the Gulf of Mexico Macondo well that has been leaking crude 5,000 feet below the water’s surface for 11 days, will try a battery of methods in the next two weeks to stem the flow, which remains unmetered.

Plans include chemical injections, containment domes and new pressure equipment, Bob Fryar, senior vice president BP’s operations in Angola, said today at a press conference in Houston. The company said there is no way of knowing the spill’s volume because of a lack of pressure data.

BP, based in London, said it hasn’t been able to use the so-called blowout preventer, which may have become corroded with sand. Pressure is being applied to the apparatus to seal the leak, Fryar said. BP may also try to “snap on” a second blowout-preventer stack, he said.

The first of two domes to contain the crude at the sea floor will be put on one of three leaks in six to eight days, BP said. The second dome will take eight to 12 days. A valve, which the company said may be in place in 24 hours, will be tried on the most significant leak.



FROM NOAA site –

Deepwater Horizon Incident, Gulf of Mexico

Deepwater Horizon Cumulative Trajectory Map Icon 2010-05-02
Jump down to Current Trajectory Maps on this page for full-sized versions.

As the nation’s leading scientific resource for oil spills, NOAA has been on the scene of the Deepwater Horizon spill from the start, providing coordinated scientific weather and biological response services to federal, state and local organizations. More

Current Trajectory Maps • top




“Oil continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico at an estimated to 5000 barrels (210,000 gallons) per day from three leaks in damaged piping on the sea floor.”

(from above page link – NOAA)


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My Note –

You may need these – please consider using them before giving money to any scheme or charity that isn’t clearly legitimate – or becoming vulnerable to loan schemes supposed to “help” you or your business through the Gulf oil spill disaster. Call for friends or relatives about to get involved in such a scheme, if they won’t call and ask the necessary dumb questions. Site is easy to use and manned all the time.

Sending people volunteering on the Gulf Coast to help with wildlife and marine animal clean up – or giving those kinds of groups, a whole bunch of Dawn dish soaps and brushes is one thing, before sending money – check first to see if the organization is legitimate and doing the worthy things you want for your money.

– cricketdiane


from World Ocean Observatory – Directory



Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands

The Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands was first mobilized in 2001 to help the world’s governments highlight issues related to oceans, coasts, and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) on the agenda of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), and was later formalized at the WSSD in Johannesburg.

The Global Forum is a response to perceived needs:
• for fostering cross-sectoral dialogue on ocean issues among governments,  NGOs, international organizations, and the private and scientific sectors
• for constant advocacy fo roceans at the highest political levels
• for taking an ecosystem-based and integrated approach to oceans governance at national, regional, and global levels

Since 2001, the Global Forum has involved ocean experts representing all sectors from 105 countries to advance the global oceans agenda by: 1) promoting the implementation of inter-national agreements related to oceans, coasts, and SIDS, especially the goals emanating from the 2002 WSSD; 2) analyzing new emerging issues such as improving the governance regime for ocean areas beyond national jurisdiction and addressing the impacts of climate change; and 3) promoting international consensus-building on unresolved ocean issues.

The Global Oceans Conferences provide the major opportunity for all sectors of the global oceans community– governments, international agencies, nongovernmental organizations, industry, and scientific groups– to address the major policy issues affecting the oceans at global, regional, and national levels and to make progress in advancing the global oceans agenda.

The Global Forum has organized four Global Conferences (in 2001, 2003, and 2006 at UNESCO in Paris and in 2008 in Hanoi, Vietnam); organized the Ocean Policy Summit in Lisbon in 2005 documenting experiences with integrated oceans governance in countries and regions around the world; prepared a number of “report cards” on the implementation of the WSSD ocean targets and of the 1994 Barbados Programme of Action for SIDS; reports on ocean issues in island states; reports on capacity development needs on ocean and coastal management in different world regions; and provided a series of Internet information services, including periodic newsletters.

In late 2006, the Global Forum began a strategic planning effort in collaboration with governments, United Nations agencies, NGOs, industry, and scientific groups, to advance the global oceans agenda over the ten-year period to 2016. Twelve Multi- national Expert Working Groups, involving 254 experts from 72 countries, are considering the major global oceans issues, identifying strategic opportunities for advancing the global goal/target in the next decade, and recommending priority action steps for implementation by national and international decisionmakers.

The 5th Global Oceans Conference will be held at UNESCO Paris in May 2010. For information, contact mbalgos@udel.edu.

World Ocean Network

The World Ocean Network is an association of aquariums, science centers, environmental institutions, and non-governmental organizations in Europe, North and South America, Africa, and the East with a common mission to advance public understanding the oceans. WON is the Education and Outreach Program for the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands.

WON creates and promotes a variety of awareness programs for the oceans to include conferences, shared programs, information packages and youth forums, an ocean leadership institute, a sustainable fish campaign, a passport for Citizens of the Oceans, and the promotion of WORLD OCEAN DAY on June 8 each year, recognized by the United Nations as a date on which organizations and individuals around the world can express their support of the sustainable ocean through public events, beach clean-ups, festivals of the sea, and other local efforts to galvanize and focus ocean interests.

(from Partners page – World Ocean Observatory – Directory)




Geoclip presents on its website a Continental USA Atlas by state and county. This Atlas presents many indicators (demography, education, employment, income, etc.).



On the right, you will find a demo from across the Atlantic – Continental USA map by state and county, based on data found on the Internet. In particular, there are on this interactive USA map several wonderful typologies proposed by the USDA (Department of Agriculture)
USA map - map of US

This interactive atlas of the USA can be found on the above link – it has population demographics through 2005. The right hand sidebar includes parameter choices through the arrow down window menus. It allows saving and printing the maps. This is a free demo they offer to encourage use of the GeoClip statistics modeling service. There are other available maps also on this page.

My Note –

It is interesting, that is why I am including it – there are CIA FactBook pages for the Gulf Coast, USDA / Department of Agriculture databases about the region and of course, numerous wide ranging wikipedia entries. Be sure to check the entry for Jambalaya – very nifty.

– cricketdiane



Cajun Jambalaya originates from Louisiana’s rural, low-lying swamp country where crawfish, shrimp, oysters, alligator, duck, turtle, boar, venison, and other wild game were readily available. Any variety or combination of meats, including chicken or turkey may be used to make jambalaya. Cajun Jambalaya is known as “Brown Jambalaya” in the New Orleans area; to Cajuns it is simply known as “Jambalaya.” Cajun Jambalaya has more of a smoky and spicy flavor than its cousin Creole Jambalaya. The White French Creoles introduced jambalaya to the Cajuns and it began to show up in Cajun cuisine. But since tomatoes were rarely used in Cajun cooking, the Cajuns omitted the tomato and developed browning of the meat for color. The country song written by Hank Williams documents this type of dish.

The first appearance of any variant of the word “jambalaya” in any language occurred in “Leis amours de Vanus; vo, Lou paysan oou théâtré,” by Fortuné (Fourtunat) Chailan, first published in Provencal in 1837. The earliest appearance of the word in print in English occurs in the May 1849 issue of the American Agriculturalist, page 161, where Solon Robinson refers to a recipe for “Hopping Johnny (jambalaya).” Jambalaya did not appear in a cookbook until 1878, when The Gulf City Cook Book, by the Ladies of the St. Francis Street Methodist Episcopal Church, was printed in South Mobile, Alabama. It contains a recipe for “JAM BOLAYA.”

During the third term of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the dish caused a feud between the president and friends of the Presidential family, the Richardsons of Virginia, because the family sent a dish to FDR, and the man had to refuse it, citing that he was allergic to crawfish.

In 1968, Louisiana Governor John J. McKeithen proclaimed Gonzales, Louisiana, the Jambalaya Capital of the World. Every Spring (season), the annual Jambalaya Festival is held in Gonzales. The 2008 world jambalaya champion was Jody Elisar of Gonzales Louisiana.[1]


The Dictionary of American Food and Drink offers this creative old wives’ tale about the origin of the word “jambalaya”:

Late one evening a traveling gentleman stopped by a New Orleans inn which had little food remaining from the evening meal. The traveler instructed the cook, “Jean, balayez!” or “Jean, sweep something together!” in the local dialect. The guest pronounced the resulting hodge-podge dish as “Jean balayez.”


Jambalaya, like gumbo is another one of those classic, one-pot Louisiana meals heavily influenced by the Creoles and Cajuns. Its closest relative is the saffron scented and tinted paella found in Spanish cuisine. Because saffron wasn’t exactly available on this side of the Atlantic, substitutions were made. Never yellow, the Creoles turned it red with the addition of tomatoes and seafood, while the Cajun versions were made brown with generous amounts of poultry, pork, and game. Also, like gumbo, there is no right or wrong, and it is the perfect dish to throw in any leftover or scraps of meat and vegetables.

(includes entire recipe on this page)


uses –

2 lbs Louisiana crawfish tails


Now, that’s going to be rather hard to come by unless the smell and taste of petroleum crude won’t hurt none . . .


A way of life. A beauty of wetlands unsurpassed. Hmmm ……



Crawfish & Tasso Jambalaya
Talk about tasty – Crawfish and Tasso Jambalaya is always a crowd favorite!

Jambalaya, like gumbo is another one of those classic, one-pot Louisiana meals heavily influenced by the Creoles and Cajuns. Never yellow, the Creoles turned it red with the addition of tomatoes and seafood, while the Cajun versions were made brown with generous amounts of poultry, pork, and game.

* 3 tbsp vegetable oil
* 1 lb tasso ham, diced
* 2 cups onions, chopped
* 1/2 cup celery, chopped
* 1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
* 1 tbsp garlic, minced
* 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
* 2 cups white rice
* 6 cups chicken stock
* 4 bay leaves
* 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
* 2 tsp of your favorite Creole or Cajun seasoning
* 2 lbs Louisiana crawfish tails
* 1 cup green onions, sliced
* salt and black pepper to taste


Heat a heavy 6 to 8 quart stock pot or cast iron Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil and sauté tasso until browned on all sides. If the residue at the bottom of the pan is getting heavy or sticking, add 2 tbsp water and scrape until it is clean again. Add onions and sauté until brown and caramelized, 10 minutes. Add celery, bell peppers, and garlic. Sauté these vegetables until soft and translucent, 5-7 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, rice and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the stock, bay leaves, Worcestershire, and Creole or Cajun seasoning. Bring the liquid up to a boil, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer without stirring for 25 to 30 minutes. When the rice is tender or all of the liquid has been absorbed, turn heat off. Adjust salt, black pepper and hot sauce to taste. Stir in the crawfish tails and green onions and cover. Let the jambalaya rest for 10 minutes to allow the rice to fluff. Serve while hot.



Crawfish Pies

Inline ImagePopularized by the Hank Williams song, “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”, these crustacean laced pastries have been known to inspire a Cajun One Step or Two. Anything baked or fried in pastry dough is bound to be good, so enter crawfish into the equation, and you’ll end up with a sure thing. This recipe is a breeze to make, especially considering you can use store bought pie shells or pastry dough.Read the full Recipe »




Anecdotal history of Jambalaya & recipes.

Jambalaya Recipe

Louisiana Recipe from my Grandfather

My grandfather cooks some of the best Jambalaya I’ve ever had. Thats saying alot being that I’m from the Jambalaya capitol of world in Gonzales, Louisiana. Cooking jambalaya is an art, a past time and a big part of our heritage so most people learn to do it at some point in their life. Most everyone does it a little differently but the only thing that we have in common is an agreement that it isn’t jambalaya unless its done in a cast iron pot or dutch oven. This is my grandfathers simple recipe that he’s been cooking for probably 50 years. He’s been living out around Gonzales since it was mostly swamp and dirt roads. He’s about as authentic Louisiana as it gets. I love hanging out with him and watching him cook it. He tells all his old stories about the Navy, how hard it was for him to win my 100% cajun french grandmother because they didn’t like non-Frenchmen dating their women, drinks his high balls and tells me he could easily win the Jambalaya Festival but he’s too old to worry about that. Its very good and easy with the secret to making it wonderful being cooking it over a wood fire.(of course a stove or gas flame works fine.) This recipe is for a small 8-10qt pot which will feed 8 people easily. You can double or triple it for bigger sizes.

Jambalaya Ingredients:

  • 4 big yellow onions chopped fine
  • about 8 cups water.
  • 4 cups rice
  • 1 bell pepper – chopped
  • 2-3 banana peppers – chopped – optional if you want a hot jambalaya
  • 3-5 crushed garlic cloves
  • 2 bundles green onions. – chopped
  • 2 lbs hot sausage – chopped
  • 1 whole chicken cut up or pork.
  • salt, pepper, red pepper, onion powder, whatever.(some people just use tonys but its a little too much salt for me)


From Mr. Jerry Odom’s blog in Jambalaysa land – with photos and you can even email him with your jambalaya questions – though this one doesn’t have the crawfish and shrimp and kitchen sink in it, my note – cricketdiane


Mapping Global Change –

GEOSTAT focuses on important aspects of statistical analysis of spatial and spatio-temporal data using open source / free GIS tools: R, SAGA GIS, GRASS GIS, Quantum GIS, GDAL, Google Earth and similar. The course participants learn how to move data back and forth between the different environments; how to produce scripts and automate analysis.

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Mapping Global Change

1st Conference on Spatial Statistics 2011

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T.Hengl – Fri, 03/19/2010 – 10:44
Start: 07/05/2010 09:00
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Kruislaan 308



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The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), University of Amsterdam is organizing two weeks of summer courses for post-graduate students.


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    Official Event Calendar of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Region, including Gulfport, Biloxi and More.
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  2. The Official Newsletter of The Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention

    Fall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is full of outdoor festivals and events …. Lighted boat parade down Bayou Bernard! The Parade begins in Gulfport Lake,
  1. Gulf Islands National Seashore, a Mississippi National Park near

    All areas of Gulf Islands National Seahore in Mississippi are reachable from Interstate 10. To get to Davis Bayou from Interstate 10 take exit 57 South to
    http://www.stateparks.com/gulf_islands.html – CachedSimilar

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Governor Barbour issues State of Emergency for Mississippi Gulf Coast
April 30, 2010 – Governor Haley Barbour issued today a State of Emergency for the Mississippi Gulf Coast in response to the oil spill moving toward the state’s coastline. He also ordered the Mississippi National Guard to aid local officials with emergency response.
Mississippi counties receive Federal Disaster Declaration
April 29, 2010 – Governor Haley Barbour today announced residents and business owners can access federal emergency assistance programs after President Obama issued a federal disaster declaration for five Mississippi counties.


Mississippi Gulf Islands National Seashore

National Park Contact Information:
Gulf Islands National Seashore
1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, Mississippi   32563
Phone: 228-875-9057
Adopt-A-Park Contacts:
Photography: add your photos
Nature of the Area:
Marine Grass Bed Ecosystem:

The marine grass bed ecosystem grows throughout the protected seashore waters, where sandy bottoms, shell fragments and calm waters provide the proper habitat. The sea grasses occur in isolated patches usually less than several hundred acres in size. In the turbid Mississippi Sound waters, the sea grasses are rarely found in water deeper than 6 feet. These communities provide food for the marine ecosystem. In addition, they provide cover for many young fish. Although the grass beds make up only a small percentage of the total submerged lands around the Seashore islands, the fauna observed in association with them, especially the invertebrates, appears far greater than the more extensive sandy areas.

The sea grass community is very fragile and easily disturbed by human activity, such as propeller scarring and turbidity increases caused by dredging.

Storm activity, especially hurricanes, can also lead to extensive grass bed destruction. Prior to 1969, an estimated 20,000 acres of grass beds existed in the Mississippi Sound; however, much of this acreage was destroyed by hurricane Camille and the grass beds have not yet completely reestablished.

Before the passage of Camille through Mississippi Sound, three sea grass species were dominant along the Mississippi offshore islands. These species were shoal grass, manatee grass, and turtle grass. Large expanses (up to several hundred acres in size) of these sea grasses grew in conjunction with red, brown, and green algae. Due to extensive shifting sands and increased water turbulence, large expanses of sea grasses were lost during hurricane Camille, particularly around Ship Island. The grass beds along East and West Ship Island are generally found within 1,500 feet of the shoreline. Grass bed coverage along the sound side of Horn Island was also dramatically reduced by hurricane Camille. However, increased species diversity is found off Horn Island, with occasional patches of manatee and turtle grass. Petit Bois, which was the furthest from hurricane Camille, was least affected. Large expanses of diverse grass beds can still be found off the sound side shore of Petit Bois Island.

Submerged grass beds within the Davis Bayou area are restricted to small isolated bayous.

Barrier Island Ecosystem:

The barrier island ecosystem is found on East Ship Island, Cat Island, Horn Island and Petit Bois Island. This ecosystem consists of four major communities: beach/dune, interdunal, upland woody, and saltmarsh.

In several of the Seashore units the interdunal area is interspersed with frequent brackish ponds. The ponds occur in depressions caused by hurricane storm surges rushing across the island and gouging out shallow indentations in the sand. The density of the widgeon grass vegetation in these ponds varies from very dense to very sparse. The pond margins are vegetated by saltmarsh grass and cattail. Cattails are usually found where there is fresh water.

Upland/Lowland Hardwood and Pine Ecosystem:

The upland/lowland hardwood and pine ecosystem, a complex ecosystem composed of several vegetative communities, is located in the Davis Bayou unit. The location of these communities within the site is largely dependent on the relationship between water drainage and elevation.



Nearby Parks:
Horn Island National Wildlife Refuge (historical)
Shepard State Park
Gulf Marine State Park
Longfellow House National Historical Site
Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge
Breton National Wildlife Refuge


Related Links:
Gulf Islands National Seashore (National Park Service) – … 4:00 View all Facilities ? Fee Information View all Fees ? More than 80 percent of Gulf Islands National Seashore is under water, but the barrier islands are the most outstanding features to those …
Gulf Islands National Seashore – The Gulf Islands Home page has moved to http://www.nps.gov/guis/extended/home.htm. You can either click on the above link or your browser will automatically go to the new page in a few seconds. Please make a …
Bird Checklists of the United States – Bird Checklists of the United States Gulf Islands National Seashore Ocean Springs, Mississippi Gulf Breeze, Florida The … boundaries of Gulf Islands National Seashore, since its establishment …
Florida Public Lands: Gulf Islands National Seashore – Florida Public Lands: Gulf Islands National Seashore … 228-875-9057 Email: terry_colby@nps.gov INFORMATIONAL LINKS Gulf Islands National Seashore Gulf Islands National Seashore On-line …
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Gulf Islands National Seashore photo by Dewese Milstead

Gulf Islands National Seashore photo by Dewese Milstead



My Note –

There is no way I can look at pictures of the birds and animals of these Gulf Coastal areas and barrier islands right now with the crude oil heading to them. The slide above and photo gallery are from the National Park site – there are also maps of the coastal areas on that page.

– cricketdiane

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