Now, the historical dive site is threatened by the leaking oil rig more than 100 miles away that continues to spew an estimated 210,000 gallons (5,000 barrels) of crude into the Gulf every day.
As of Wednesday afternoon, thhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poisson_integral_formulae oil spill was stretched from the northeast side of the Mississippi Delta to about 60 miles off Pensacola, Florida, according to Charlie Henry of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
(Today is Friday, my note)
Hammock is encouraged by the news, but repeated the words of so many business owners on the Gulf Coast.
“This oil will be devastating to us,” he said. “If this oil shows up here it will definitely shut down a big industry in the panhandle.”
And this video shows what the water looks like near the barrier islands of Louisiana –
Video: Water quality off Louisiana’s coast
// <![CDATA[// // <![CDATA[// No oil was expected to impact the shores of Pensacola beach and beyond through the weekend, Escambia County’s disaster response team said Thursday.
Wednesday was a perfect day for filming an underwater dive. The Gulf of Mexico looked like a lake, the sun was bright and marine life could be seen as the boat made its way to the dive site.
So the Pensacola team plans to post video of Wednesday’s dive on the Internet to show people that the oil spill has not impacted this Gulf Coast community. Not yet anyway.
Oil spill threatens world’s largest artificial reef
// ]]>May 7, 2010 — Updated 1707 GMT (0107 HKT)
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You hear it’s massive – but that word oftentimes is used too loosely. In this case, it is sadly the right choice.
(read this one definitely – )
“Within minutes, it was below us – the oil stretched out in long, rust-colored streaks, tentacle after tentacle like the arms of a dozen octopus.”
Gulf oil spill – A massive dome began its descent into the Gulf of Mexico to cap a gushing oil leak about 5,000 feet below the surface, a BP official said Friday. CNN will take a look at how the dome would work and what impact the spill is having on tourism in the Pensacola, Florida, region as well as continue to bring you the latest developments on the oil spill.
(more from CNN blogs – )
On the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard will continue its efforts to disperse and contain the massive oil slick that has started to reach Louisiana’s outer islands. The Coast Guard performed four controlled burns, dropped 28,000 gallons of dispersant chemical and skimmed 8,000 barrels of an oil-water mix on Thursday, said Petty Officer Brandon Blackwell.
BP workers have suspended a four-story oil-containment dome above the sea floor some 5,000 feet deep and are using remote-controlled submersible craft to prepare for placing it over the untapped wellhead, the Coast Guard said Friday afternoon.
Gulf Oil slick could cost insurers over a billion dollars according to bloomberg – cleanup could cost $14 billion dollars from this one Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster
from 2.45 pm bloomberg story and from 4.41 am CNNI story – 18″ deep oil surface where they saw it and beads of oil floating about through the water (see video above) – 05-07-10
My Note –
They are making history today as they place the containment dome over one of the crude oil well heads and its blow-out preventer on the seabed of the Gulf of Mexico at one mile depth. They will make history if it does work and they will make history if it doesn’t.
The efforts in that engineering and application scheme will be offering the knowledge and information that will go with us forward in future events of crude oil drilling and disaster, both. And, that knowledge to all we know about deep sea offshore drilling is being added right now as they work to position a tremendously bulky, and unwieldy containment structure in an extreme and hostile environment.
The sea depth pressures, the underwater currents that are vast and powerful, the sea bed irregularities and composition – (they expect the “box” to drop 15 feet into the sea bed – that is what the side plates are supposed to do – stop the unit at a 15 feet into the floor of the Gulf of Mexico level and force it to sit at that surface rather than sinking to China before stopping).
The entire process has been history making and “thinking on their feet” design to fit (sort of). This had been tried in lower depths where an oil spill from a well-head of some kind had a problem – but the equation becomes different in total darkness at a depth of 5000 feet where the currents stream like powerful motors pushing against every piece of equipment and the pressures are one ton per square inch?
Is that the right number – one ton per square inch? I expect it probably is, the environment of ocean depths can implode our equipment even as elegant sea creatures wander about through it – better design makes all the difference and the designer of those creatures did an extremely good job. In our designed equipment under the ocean’s extremes exhibits a variety of unexpected behaviors from switches that fail, to pressurized systems that fail to balance with the external pressures with the least excuse to fail, materials do not act in the same ways that they do where they are built on above-sea pressure environments.
It is history being made today as they work with this extreme environment under the sea with this incredibly intricate operation they are attempting. This event will be in mechanical and structural engineering books as an example of whatever works or doesn’t about it – for literally decades that stretch out before us.
And the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – regardless of the valiant efforts will be in every single brochure, corporate presentation, history book, solar and wind technology brochure and sales material – and countless documents generated by government agencies, Congressional offices and academics.
It is history as it happens. And, every part of it will be with us for a long, long time from the parts that are working to the consequences of the parts that don’t or didn’t or couldn’t have but we thought they would and on and on. Whatever are the outcomes, the oil is in the Gulf of Mexico across massive marine environments and the dispersal is being dropped into the waters of the Gulf Coast that is toxic and the gushing oil was not stopped in the 16 – 17 days that it has been allowed to expand and continue unabated. Those are the facts, among others that we will never be able to fix unless we make a quantum breakthrough in what we understand about making it right.
– cricketdiane, 05-07-10
Marine biologist and oil spill expert Dr. Rick Steiner believes the booms put in place by BP to prevent the oil from spreading are not working.
Expert: Protective booms not stopping spilled oil.
Oil spill expert and marine biologist Rick Steiner shows oil he collected from the water in Breton Sound near Venice, La. In his left hand is a dead zooplankton.
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Fishermen Rob Lewis and Dexter Strange, right, unload crab traps from their boats after having to dump their catch in Shell Beach, La.
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Oil blobs and oil sheen float in the waters of Chandeleur Sound, La. Cleanup and containment of the massive oil slick resumed Tuesday as winds eased in the Gulf and people along beaches and bayous wait to find out just how badly it might damage the delicate coast.
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