I’m starting with the NOAA offices and resources, but one question is overwhelming me and that came to mind when I saw a bunch of reporters (in a news report), all crowded in front of a window taking pictures of a house that is empty but had once been the home of the NY bomber recently arrested.
The question has to do with the “siege mentality” that seems to come over the central decision-makers when there is a disaster – in particular, the one in the Gulf of Mexico spewing oil right now. Are they treated the same way all those news photographers were doing to a window on an empty house? Is that why they get a mentality of hunkering down as if they are under siege?
I thought last night that the most intelligent thing which could be done right now about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico would be for everybody that can – to go and take pictures of everything they can possibly get a picture of, throughout the Gulf Coast region, on every coastal area, from every pier viewpoint and marshland and estuary and community to see the way it used to be.
It is history being made right now and it will never again be the same. People ought to be there recording the changeover for the purposes of history.
I really meant, as in “every American that can get there with a camera”. As great as the news images are and we are all grateful for them, there is only so much that a small group of news crews can cover.
It is an unimaginable degree of a huge kind of place, especially including all the immediate shore areas and communities along the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, Florida, the estuaries, the barrier islands, the marshlands, the Delta, the waterways and communities and people and wildlife and natural areas that were in the way of this oil spill – now they are this oil spill disaster.
– cricketdiane, 05-04-10
- Line Offices
- National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service
- National Marine Fisheries Service
- National Ocean Service
- National Weather Service
- Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
- Office of Program Planning and Integration
My Note –
Just to follow along with what I’m doing and where I am finding these things, I will continue to map it as I go along.
Then I had a thought about a photo that I had seen of Kazakhstan oil fields and somewhere awhile back, I had seen a historic photo of the same places. And, it was worth looking for it – so I put in a google search for
Kazakhstan oil fields wikipedia
The first on the list is this one –
Pages in category “Oil fields of Kazakhstan“. The following 6 pages are in this category, out of 6 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn …
Which yielded this –
(from the list)
ANd then I decided it would take several days to find the things I had seen – so I picked up this link at the bottom of the page instead – (I can always come back to finding those photos to post some other time – they are very interesting and of course, one is very industrial and the other pastoral, more or less.)
I had chosen this one – because it said TransOcean – and it is interesting, but it probably has little to do with the specific rig used on the Deepwater Horizon well which exploded killing 11 workers and then spewing out crude from its subsea blow-out preventer in three places –
However, this entry does have some information about the company.
Transocean John Shaw is a semi-submersible type of drilling rig. John Shaw was design by “Friede & Goldman” as a Self-Propelled Modified & Enhanced Pacesetter, built and delivered in 1982 by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Ltd. in Japan.
Currently holding a Panama flag, John Shaw was designed and outfitted to operate in harsh environments. The rig can operate at water depths up to 1,800 ft (549 m) and drill down to approximately 25,000 ft (7,620 m) using a 18 ¾ in, 10,000 PSI BOP and a 21 in OD marine riser.
Transocean LTD. NYSE: RIG is the world’s largest offshore drilling contractor. The company rents floating mobile drill rigs, along with the equipment and personnel for operations, to oil and gas companies at an average daily rate of $142,000 (2006). Transocean’s day rates extend as high as $650,000 for its deepwater drillships, which house dual activity derricks and can drill in ultra-deep ocean depths of 10,000 ft (3,000 m).
The company was spun-off from its parent, Birmingham, Alabama-based Sonat, Inc. in 1993 and was originally called Sonat Offshore Drilling, Inc. Sonat Offshore acquired the Norwegian group Transocean ASA in 1996 and adopted its name. In 2000 the company merged with Sedco Forex, and was renamed Transocean Sedco Forex. In 2001 the company bought Reading & Bates Falcon. The name of the company was simplified to Transocean in 2003. Sedco Forex was part of Schlumberger until 2000 when it was spun off. Sedco Forex was formed from the merger of two drilling companies, the Southeast Drilling Company (Sedco) and French drilling company Forex.
Transocean employs 26,300 people, and has a fleet of 136 vessels and units (March, 2009). It was incorporated in the Cayman Islands, the principal office is in Houston, Texas. On December 8, 2008, shareholders voted to move its incorporation from the Caymans to Zug, Switzerland. The company has offices in 20 countries, with major offices in Stavanger, Aberdeen, Perth, Brazil, Indonesia and Malaysia.
On July 23, 2007, Transocean announced a merger with GlobalSantaFe Corporation. The merger was completed on November 27, 2007.
Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion
On April 21, 2010, a fire was reported on a Transocean-owned semisubmersible drilling rig named Deepwater Horizon, made by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea. The Deepwater Horizon is a Reading & Bates Falcon RBS8D design, a firm that was acquired by Transocean in 2001. The fire was at 10:00 p.m. CST in the US sector of the Gulf of Mexico. The rig was 41 mi (66 km) off Lousiana coast. The majority of the 126 member crew escaped from the rig but eleven were reported missing after the explosion. Seven people were critically injured and hospitalized. The US Coast Guard launched a rescue operation after the explosion.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Thursday April 29, as the oil slick grew and headed toward the most important and most sensitive wetlands in North America, threatening to destroy wildlife and the livelihood of thousands of fishermen. The head of BP Group told CNN’s Brian Todd on April 28 that the accident could have been prevented, and focused blame on rig owner Transocean. 
My Note –
I popped over to one of the other tabs I have open and am repeating this here to continue along the lines of who are the people that develop these things for marine environments and how do they do it?
Marine Engineering involves the design, construction, installation, operation and support of the systems and equipment which propel and control marine vehicles, and of the systems which make a vehicle or structure habitable for crew, passengers and cargo.
Marine Engineering is allied to mechanical engineering, although the modern marine engineer requires knowledge (and hands-on experience) with electrical, electronic, pneumatic, hydraulic, chemistry, control engineering, naval architecture or ship design, process engineering, steam generation, gas turbines and even nuclear technology on certain military vessels.
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There are also training centres at post-secondary institutions that offer marine engineering programs, such as Georgian College’s [[Great Lakes Intreas such as Autonomous Underwater Vehicle research; Marine renewable energy research; and careers related to the Offshore Oil and Gas extraction and Cable Laying industries.
My Note –
I had the UPI site open on my other computer and found an article from one of those middle blocks with things from around the country and from Atlanta newspapers – I might have Texas as my home zone on that computer or who knows where. The article that came from it was from Lubbock, Texas – I’m emailing the two-mile long web address for it over to my other computer that is this one – very confusing.
It means that when I brought up the UPI site on this computer, it didn’t show the site I was trying to find in order to show it here. And then I found this –
Iranian officials offered their oil workers to help prevent an ecological disaster from an oil spill off the southern coast of the United States.
My Note –
Earlier on CNN’s AC360, Anderson Cooper was interviewing, “Brownie” from the FEMA directorship of Hurricane Katrina. It is in the same category of the story above and Rush Limbaugh’s comments about letting the oil dissolve in the Gulf of Mexico without intervention as part of the “Natural Process.” I guess Haley Barbour’s comments could be in the same group actually. But, the strangest of all of it, is the pervasive paranoia that their oil industry goodies in the Gulf of Mexico or elsewhere will be removed from the control of those who have been enjoying them without conscience.
Mr. Brown and a number of others are putting their beliefs into some very perverse ideas that have crossed the line of delusion. And, there he is against the changes in safety that are needed. The oil drillers could be doing it in better ways – why is that so hard for them to get?
The rigs could have those acoustic shutoff mechanisms on the blow-out preventers. There could be re-engineering on things that aren’t working right. The plans for disasters could actually be designed to work even in a worst case scenario. The command center decision-making process could be better at taking in current information from the sources around them that are “on the ground” and aware of available and nearby community resources and equipment. The decision-making process could do an incredibly better job of taking in information from the local leaders, local people and those in the communities affected by these disasters and making use of that information.
All of the systems would be in better shape if they had a more inclusive menu of options, solutions and available resources, innovative things that could work and any number of the vast array of information and resources that could be brought to bear on the disaster to effectively deal with it quickly and successfully. There are oil companies across the Gulf of Mexico and both onshore and offshore developments that are paying the smallest pittance to the states whose resources they are taking for their own profit making machine.
And yes, without stopping, without turning back, without any regard for the will of Wall Street small minded “Titans of financier shell games and other sophisticated financial cons” – we will provide for the fuel and energy needs to progress without being chained to the oil or coal industries in order to accomplish it. That would be a definite improvement compared to the dangers and costs associated with the use and monopoly of resources they’ve used as a chokehold on us all.
I was thinking the other day, that as much hot air and shitty thinking as there is in Goldman Sachs – we could harness that bunch of bad wind and probably not need any other source of jet fuels for a long time. But, it was just a thought.
From a comment made on my blog – (From Patrick)
And, from this one –
Agency proposals would address risks of unsafe coal ash disposal, while supporting safe forms of beneficial use.
(don’t know if they are for it or against it – the title looked interesting.)
I might look it up later – maybe at the EPA website.
And this show of geotextiles in 2011 –
One can construct a wraparound geotextile reinforced wall to the effect that 100% of the lateral load is carried by it and zero goes to the concrete, which now acts as a facing.October 7, 2009
A North Carolina town used a portfolio of geosynthetic erosion-control and reinforcement materials to restore a local streambank and relieve safety threats.August 1, 2009
History, performance, and design of geotextiles in levees: A report from New Orleans.June 1, 2009
History, performance, and design of geotextiles in levees: A report from New Orleans.April 1, 2009
Using such a geosynthetic material over the entire footprint of a building will simply not cure a uniformly weak subgrade soil.April 1, 2009
The Red River of the North in the twin cities of Grand Forks, N.D., and East Grand Forks, Minn. submerged 2 Upper Midwest towns 12 years ago. Now geotextile matting is part of the foundation for a sweeping urban levee and greenway.February 1, 2009
Proper construction of an MSE wall or slope requires the owner to rely on skilled professionals performing their responsibilities correctly.August 1, 2008
Reinforcement and deformation monitoring of a railway embankment in France.June 1, 2008
An existing railroad crossing in the Hallstadt section of railroad track 5100, from Bamberg to Hof (Saale), had to remain open for rail traffic, but had to be replaced by an underpass for the street.June 1, 2008
In the wake of ongoing public debate that continues to evaluate the construction designs of New Orleans area levees, the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) recently offered the following statement.June 1, 2008
Proper construction of the MSE wall/slope requires the owner to rely on skilled professionals performing their responsibilities correctly.June 1, 2008
During a particularly rainy 75-day period (mid-July through September 2005), the region experienced abundant rainfall in the wake of 7 powerful typhoons.April 1, 2008
Proper integration of the MSE wall/slope design into the overall site design requires the owner to communicate with, and effectively manage, three overlapping engineering disciplines.April 1, 2008
Beaches and coastal dunes at Las Coloradas, Mexico, were severely affected after Hurricane Wilma stormed through the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in October 2005.February 1, 2008
This project underscored the advantages of using geogrids to build many of the biggest retaining walls ever constructed in Chilpancingo, the capital city of the state of Guerrero, México.February 1, 2008
(There are more on a page two)
My Note –
I had the history international channel on and the show about sharpshooters was on a little bit ago – they showed the wonderful sharpshooters that would give an hour long demonstration of showmanship and marksmanship to entertain people that paid to come see it. I guess that has been going on throughout our history as a nation, and the examples of it that were included in this show about it were astonishing. It was great.
My computer crashed after putting the last things on this post, just before my note right here and I suppose it is time to get around to fixing it. There isn’t enough space in it and there isn’t enough RAM and there isn’t enough virtual memory, even though at one point I had increased it . . . and, …. and, ….. and, …. just everything. I’m glad it is working right this minute. I had stopped to read the comments posted to my blog and go see what they were sharing with me. One of the comments about the geotextiles and synthetic materials was absolutely phenomenal and the other comment, although it was a lead to their web post, that I read – was a hidden piece of well-written arguments for drilling up Alaska as far as the eye can see as if there is nothing to it. Oh well.
I think it was very discouraging to read that last one and the computer then freezing up and crashing was a bit much. The arguments the person made seemed so intelligently written and then it was nothing more than another twisted reason to drill up Alaska and tear it all to hell with the Palin pipeline plans for the oil companies. Does their greed never end? Is there never a time or point at which it is enough for them? As much as I agree with cheap and abundant energy and fuel sources, it just isn’t that oil, natural gas, coal, or gasoline in particular are the only ways to do that and they’ve monopolized the need our society has for those resources.
Nothing else has been allowed to compete with them on a level playing field. What if the process that takes leftover turkey and chicken renderings which are waste anyway and waste lard products to make fuel oil is the best way to do it and could be far more economic and safe than petroleum and coal and natural gas? What if every landfill was legally required in every state and municipality to reclaim the methane they are emitting and at the very least add it to the natural gas options for energy? What is wrong with doing those things and making them competitive as energy and fuel sources? Why can’t we do something so that my children and grandchildren can play in the sun rather than having to stay inside because of the levels of air pollution everywhere they might live in the United States? Why can’t we do that?
Why can’t there be cars retrofitted to run on electricity and on oils made from algae farms? Why can’t we have cars that don’t look like battleships and tanks running down the roads eating up as much gas as they possibly can so they don’t miss out on their chance to get it and use it? Why is it that we have to put up with watching people’s last thirty years of work that produced amazing battery technologies and liquid fuels from algae and cars that don’t do it the same old way – be lost on some dusty shelf or endless cycles of studies for another thirty years? Why can’t we have strip mines turned into solar farms using all the shelves of what were roads carrying quarry products out of it to become a producing solar farm using the same space just the way it is? It is already made for it – why not?
The possibilities have existed for monorail systems and like the hanging upside down monorail train system in one city of Europe, some of these very successful and known safe designs have been around for over a hundred years. Why can’t we use them? Do the oil spills and accidents and explosions and destruction of the every last drop of wealth and national treasures have to happen? Do they really have to happen? For what? I do not agree with cap and trade. It is stupid. The only people who will pay it will be the people that are regular working families. Those companies are already rigging up ways to keep polluting _ (or in today’s bullshit propaganda – to maintain the same carbon footprint.)
There are already thousands upon thousands of plans to describe what they will do when that happens and how it will be passed along to people like me and like you and like our young families with their children – our grandchildren trying to work and make their way in life. What kind of hell is that going to create for people next? And for what end – how much money do the oil companies and mine owners and corporate shareholders need?
What planet do they plan to re-locate to? When the entire bay of New Orleans is now an oil-laden swamp – then what? Isn’t there something wrong with people who would make a choice to mine our national parks, drill for oil in our national preserves, fill our waters with toxic lethal chemicals and then persuade our legislators and business leaders to see things their way even when their actions created hell on earth for whole communities, killed off entire species of wildlife and literally killed people by the dozens? These things are not little things – they aren’t just a matter of maybe. What kind of people would do that? I do not understand.
And, if I could design something wonderful like fusion that could be used on cars and trucks to be retrofitted with some gizmo – why would I or anyone else even do it? Just so it could be corrupted and used to destroy people’s lives in some way, too – in the same way the great things about petroleum have been used to do that?
I do not understand.
I’m going to do something else for awhile now. Maybe tomorrow would be a better time to continue.
This is the comment on my blog that inspired my grief – because all he wants is what Sarah Palin and the Republican Party puppets and Goldman Sachs traders want – just drill Alaska for oil and the Mark Twain National Forest for lead and zinc – and on and on and on – They are the reason the permafrost looks like soot, and they were running the ship when the ship of the United States of America was run aground – but they don’t want to fix it nor let anybody else fix it either. Who are they?
From sandydec on Oil, Oil Everywhere and not a drop that’s worth a thing good in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico # [Pending]
See also today’s freespeech post: Emperor Nero in 2010: Drill, baby, drill! http://sandydec.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/emperor-nero-in-2010-drill-baby-drill/
My last note for tonight –
And, Mr. Limbaugh – dolphins aren’t made to swim in crude oil. I think that every one of those people who’ve made money off this oil drilling in the offshore Gulf of Mexico where the oil spill is – ought to have to trade places with the people who used to have their homes and businesses there. That’s what I think.