cleanup containment and recovery of oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, cricketdiane, crude oil drilling accident Gulf Coast, disaster recovery, oil spill in Gulf of Mexico, solutions for commercial fishing and tourism in Gulf Coast areas affected by the oil spill
My Note –
This information is from the post prior to this one – I’m trying a grouping of like information with like information – And, then I’m going to do some additional solution generating for the industries along the coast affected by the oil spill – a continuation of what I wrote earlier today about possibilities for the businesses reeling from this event.
Also CNN just showed a few minutes ago – a video clip of the oil gushing out from the “riser” under the sea at 5000 feet and seriously high pressures that looks like the Iceland volcano in velocity and volume. It was on Wolf Blitzer about 10 minutes ago, (more or less). The video was released by BP today.
– cricketdiane, 05-12-10
About Recovery, Protection, Restoration and Containment of Oil Spill –
Page last updated at 16:03 GMT, Friday, 7 May 2010 17:03 UK
Underwater footage of oil spill in Gulf of Mexico
Page last updated at 16:03 GMT, Friday, 7 May 2010 17:03 UK
My Note –
It is my analysis that there is more like 11,500,000 gallons (or beyond that amount) of crude oil that has poured into the Gulf of Mexico from this Deepwater Horizon drilling explosion and three spewing leaks at a rate of slightly more than 500,000 gallons per day.
And, the reason they are saying what they are saying is because they want to say it – and with an oil spill covering over 2,000 square miles of surface area, plus the 325,000 gallons plus of dispersant that has been added which took some percentage of the volume and dispersed it throughout the subsurface waters – and the 3.5 million gallons of oil and water mix that has been sucked off the surface – that is more coverage volume than 210,000 gallons a day of crude oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico waters would do.
And, every photo of the Gulf of Mexico where the oil spill or the oil sheen or the oil slick or the crude oil streaks are showing – also show layers of that same oil down below the surface – in every single picture. They are lying. They’ve been lying from the start and they are lying now.
The video on this page shows that the labs are starting to find oil globs throughout the volume of Gulf Waters and on the Rick’s List CNN show earlier, they had a half bottle of the waters – straight from the Gulf of Mexico and it was not delightful and very apparently so. It isn’t possible to make a face like that so automagically and naturally unless it is a definitely ugly smell. And, they all had that expression – they described it as sort of a dead fish and crude oil petroleum mix. Yum – let’s send all the oil executives for a swim in it.
Here is the video – I’ll go find the other one from CNN –
Page last updated at 02:12 GMT, Saturday, 8 May 2010 03:12 UK
Robots under sea work to stop oil leak in US
This has a lot more besides the robot stuff – it is a really good video clip with lots of good information; a brief overview of the spill through May 8 – my note
National Guard troops build oil barrier to protect coast
Louisiana’s National Guard has been preparing a makeshift barrier to keep oil away from fragile marshes.
Troops used helicopters and bulldozers to make an embankment, in a bid to limit environmental damage on the coast.
My Note – In one of the articles among these today – it shows the barrier made with the cloth looking boxes that stand about waist high with a non-toxic absorbent for the oil inside that the National Guard was putting out and there was a picture with it all the way around a small barrier island – this video shows the National Guard with helicopters working to build a sand barrier to prevent the crude oil washing into the estuaries –
Why couldn’t they have done all this in the first place and why wasn’t it part of the petroleum industries “preparedness” plan to be used in this oil spill event?
It is now 23 days after the oil drilling accident of the Deepwater Horizon on April 20, 2010 that cause the gushing crude oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
Allentown Morning Call – Brian Callaway –
They’re using it to clean up the oil spill defiling the Gulf of Mexico. In the Lehigh Valley and elsewhere, hair stylists are bagging clippings left over …
Nevada Appeal – F.T. Norton –
A Carson City salon is taking part in an international effort to help clean up a devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Gina Gann, of the JC Penney …
Newser – Kevin Spak –
The Viking Poseidon lowers the top hat device at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana Tuesday, …
BP to use ‘top hat’ to stem Gulf of Mexico oil slick
Published: 11:24PM BST 10 May 2010
The company has incurred $350 million in costs so far from response, containment, relief well drilling and payments to Gulf Coast states, suggesting the final bill could be much higher than many analysts predicted.
Mr Hayward rejected the notion that BP, one of the world’s largest oil companies, was ill prepared to deal with such an incident.
“Frankly, it’s been far more effective than any spill response hitherto in terms of containment offshore and preventing oil from getting to the shore. That is a fact,” he said.
My Note –
Yeah, right Mr. Hayward and Mr. Suttles – every damn thing is going like you believe it is – where are you getting that information? Aren’t you capable of understanding that it isn’t going right and the Gulf of Mexico is now a crude oil dump because of the ways you have done things and failed to adequately do things at every stage of the process?
What is it going to take for our CEOs and Business Leaders to “get it” about the effects, the affects, the ripples of effects, and the nightmares that their actions and decisions are causing to happen?
– cricketdiane, 05-12-10
About Curdling Crude Oil Prices in Wall Street – Manipulation, Speculation and Price Gouging – from Oil Spill in the Gulf –
Wall Street Journal – Spencer Swartz –
Those concerns have pushed crude prices sharply lower over the past week. … World crude supply remains more than ample. Crude production this year from …
PARIS — The IEA on Wednesday lowered its projection for global oil demand this year in the face of a credit crisis in Europe and elsewhere that could drown …
Oil rebounds to above $77 a barrel – MarketWatch
And this –
The Associated Press – Alex Kennedy –
Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 10 cents to $76.27 a barrel at late … Crude traders have been eyeing how the euro reacts after European …
Crude Oil Falls for a Second Day on European Bailout Skepticism – BusinessWeek
Crude oil for June sheds 0.6% to settle at $76.37 – MarketWatch
OIL FUTURES: ‘Oversold’ Crude Rebounds Above $77/Bbl – Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal – Wall Street Journal
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Wall Street Journal – Mari Iwata –
TOKYO (Dow Jones)–Crude oil futures were supported around $75.50 a barrel Wednesday in Asia after extending overnight …
Crude oil futures slip further after API data – MarketWatch
Crude Feels Dollar Pressure – TheStreet.com
Crude oil finds support above $75.40 – NASDAQ
India Infoline.com – Saudi Gazette
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Wall Street Journal – Spencer Swartz –
Those concerns have pushed crude prices sharply lower over the past week. … World crude supply remains more than ample. Crude production this year from …
(but – )
There are already spinmasters working to make the people across the US understand that the price of gasoline at the pump will be going up because of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico, my note
BusinessWeek – Margot Habiby –
States along the Gulf of Mexico accounted for 58 percent of US oil imports, … “The interesting thing will be if the oil spill prevents imports or reduces …
Politico – Dianna Heitz –
AP As crews continue to try to stop the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, proponents of alternative energy sources see the possibility that their …“
But she added that one of the biggest factors may be the price of gas at the pump, if it surges again to more than $4 a gallon this summer, which experts have said is a possibility, given the immeasurable amount of oil that has spilled into the Gulf Coast.”
My Note –
So, how is that a possibility when the crude oil barrel price is around 76.50 or something today?
The oil companies, Wall Street speculators and traders are the opportunistic assholes – and using this as an excuse to jack up the oil prices at the pumps over the summer time (as always- remember 2007 – 2008) – but now – there is an excuse to drive it even higher.
The speculators and traders just do not care – after putting independent truckers out of business and entire businesses of a great variety simply by raising the pump price of diesel above $5.00 a gallon and gasoline above $4.00 a gallon that summer – and then their profits were like 300% or something – no. That’s bullshit.
As if Wall Street players and their gambling crap hasn’t already done enough damage, the last thing we need on top of all this unemployment and business bankruptcies and foreclosures and everything else – is for the bastards in Wall Street to speculate their asses off at our expense on the crude oil and take it into the stratosphere again. They are worse than our worst enemy.
About the Businesses and People Who Caused the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico –
Palm Beach Post – Sonja Isger –
… Beach County Environmental Coalition is urging people to boycott BP gasoline in response to the oil spill at the company’s well in the Gulf of Mexico. …
BP’s brand plunges from Deepwater to Ground Zero
Wed, 12 May 2010 | By Stuart Smith
I’m beginning to feel sorry for Andrew Gowers. Having had an exemplary career at the Financial Times, he had the misfortune to become its editor.
In the wake of a complex and expensive libel case, he was ’let go’ by senior management in 2005. With contacts like his, though, a glittering future in PR beckoned.
And so it proved, when he became head of communications at the London office of bluechip investment bank Lehman Brothers. How was he to know that, within two years, he would be at the epicentre of the global financial meltdown?
Never mind, pick yourself up, dust yourself down and move on to… BP. Weeks later, the Gulf of Mexico explodes into uncontrollable life.
Avoiding reference to Jonah, I’ll confine myself to the observation that, for a man with Gowers’ peerless experience of crisis management, he seems to have been pretty slow on the uptake. Yes, he’s been indefatigable on the airwaves; mainly pointing out it’s not all BP’s fault.
( . . . )
Did it really take that long to determine this oil spill is quite possibly the worst-ever man-made ecological disaster?
(you’d just have to read this one – you won’t believe it . . . strangely funny now, my note)
From Wikipedia entry about Halliburton –
In 2002, Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reports were completed to measure the amount of chemicals emitted from Halliburton’s Harris County, Texas facility. The TRI is a publicly available EPA database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and waste management activities reported annually by certain industries as well as federal facilities. The facility had 230 TRI air releases in 2001 and 245 in 2002.
Halliburton may also be implicated in the oil spills in the Timor Sea off Australia in August 2009 and in the gulf of Mexico in April 2010 for improper cementing. An investigation is underway as to the cause of the Australia spill.
As in BP, TransOcean and Halliburton
that all had some part in causing the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico along with Cameron who made the blowout preventer that failed and the Minerals Management group or whoever else decided it didn’t need an acoustic switch on the blowout preventer as required by many other countries
– my note, cricketdiane
The Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico was not the first safety problem that oil rig operator Transocean has suffered in recent years. …
Ship captain saw ‘black rain’ before drill rig blast
By the CNN Wire Staff
May 11, 2010 — Updated 2342 GMT (0742 HKT)
Kenner, Louisiana (CNN) — A “black rain” of drilling fluid and a roar of escaping gas erupted from the doomed Deepwater Horizon shortly before the explosion that sank the oil rig, the captain of a nearby ship testified Tuesday.
Alwin Landry’s supply vessel Damon Bankston was alongside Deepwater Horizon at the time of the blast. Landry said the first sign of trouble was when drilling “mud” — a mixture used to pressurize and lubricate the drills — began falling onto the stern of his ship.
The federal Minerals Management Service, the Interior Department agency that oversees offshore oil exploration, inspects drill rigs once a month, MMS inspector Eric Neal told the panel. Test results from the rig’s blowout preventer, a massive device meant to cut off the well in an emergency, and drilling mud weights are reviewed as part of that process, he said.
( . . .)
About the Legislators Investigating Oil Drilling and the Crude Oil Spill –
Congress Looks for Answers After Gulf Oil Spill – U.S. News & World Report
By the CNN Wire Staff Washington (CNN) — Executives from BP, Transocean and Halliburton are back in the hot seat Wednesday as a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee questions them about the Gulf Coast oil spill.
Rush to drill deeper carries added risks Washington Post
Xinhua – Zhang Mingyu
MEXICO CITY, May 11 (Xinhua) — Mexico and the United States have agreed to create a work group to evaluate whether a spreading Gulf oil spill damaged the …
About the Effects and Impacts of the Oil Spill on Wildlife, Marine life and Birds in the Gulf of Mexico –
New York Times – Nathanial Gronewold – May 10, 2010
UNITED NATIONS — Governments are largely ignoring a biodiversity protection treaty they signed 17 years ago, allowing the rate of species decline to continue at an alarming rate, the United Nations said in a report …
Nature loss ‘to damage economies’ BBC News
Published: 7:00AM BST 12 May 2010
Gulf of Mexico oil spill: dead dolphins found washed up on US coast
US wildlife officials are investigating whether the deaths of six dolphins on the Gulf Coast are related to the massive oil spill.
There are 3,000 to 5,000 dolphins in and around Mississippi waters and an estimated 75,000 in the Gulf of Mexico. Federal officials reported that about a dozen birds, fouled and sickened by oil, had been rescued, and that two had been rehabilitated enough to be released.
Dozens of dead sea turtles have also been found.
The oil slick passes through the protective barrier around the Chandeleur Islands Photo: AFP/GETTY IMAGES – Telegraph UK
About the Effects and Impacts of the Oil Spill on Commercial Fishing, Various Businesses, and Tourism in the Gulf of Mexico –
Brewton Standard –
The black gold floating on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico threatening beaches of three coastal states has left charter for hire companies digging for pocket change.
As oil continues to seep from below the ocean’s surface following the destruction of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform off the coast of Louisiana late last month, those same charter companies have been docked, anxiously awaiting word that the leak has been contained.
Escambia County native and owner of Sea Spray Charters, Capt. Bill Staff Jr., has already seen the effects of the oil spill over the last two weeks and fears it will only get worse as the oil leak continues.
“It’s already hard to make a living, and if we take much more, it’s going to be almost impossible,” Staff said Tuesday, a day originally scheduled for a charter trip.
(etc. – bitching about the media hype over an oil spill he can’t see and the fact that the government is causing the problem when there isn’t really any oil, etc., etc., etc. and how it has hurt his business and then he says this – my note)
Fortunately for Staff, some of his fishing charters booked so far this month have continued as scheduled. In fact, he fished Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and was not hindered by the oil. Customers left happy after catching numerous fish, Staff said.
“I’ve probably been more fortunate than most having the least cancellations because some have had more,” Staff said. “It’s the same or worse for everybody.”
So far, six charter trips with Sea Spray Charters have been canceled. With each trip averaging $3,500 to $4,000 in revenue, it has already put a dent in the company’s budget to the tune of nearly $24,000.
(But apparently many of them haven’t canceled, so does he understand that the waters of Alabama are connected fluidly to the waters of Louisiana and that fish don’t stay in Alabama waters to get whatever they eat? – does he know they don’t have state lines in the fish world? – my note)
“If they don’t stop the leak, as the summer comes along, we get a lot of West wind and current, normally in June, which will bring it all back,” Staff said. “That’s what got people worried. If they could stop it, I think it would go away quick.”
Officials with numerous governmental agencies have been working with BP to try to contain the oil spill. Cleanup efforts have included burning some of the oil, using barriers to try to contain it and a 100-ton steel-and-concrete box to cover a deepwater oil well, which was aborted after deep-sea ice crystals, encased it.
As for the future of drilling offshore, Staff is still in favor of it, but believes regulations should be in place to prevent disasters such as the Deep Horizon explosion, which killed 11 people.
“It’s been such a long, rough winter, we were looking forward to a decent year. This is pretty devastating. I make my living around those oil rigs and I’m not against offshore drilling, but I think they need some more precautionary measures. Even though we were still way off with our bookings, it was looking better than last year.”
My Note –
I understand – I had a friend one time that explained to me how he knew there was no grade on the railroad track from here to Atlanta – he had walked it and never saw the level change, so therefore, there was no confidence he could give to anyone about it, nor to any other source of information, (like a map with the relief shown), or a book with information in it or anything else.
Finally, he went to the guys running the train and asked them if there was a grade between here and Atlanta. And, after he talked awhile with them, he came back shaking his head. He just could not imagine that the level tracks he saw and that he had walked himself, that never changed up or down – could actually be on an angle.
That taught me to understand why perception isn’t everything. The perception of it, even when others agree with that perception, doesn’t mean that what is perceived is the factual representation of what is – and partly because the putting together of those perceptions may not be taking everything into account in some way. I do understand. The oil over the horizon. The people not coming to rent that man’s boat and his friend’s boats that depend on them to have a livelihood and their families dependent on them. Yes, I do understand.
But they sold this day to the oil companies a long time ago and they knew it would come and what could happen as a result. I do know the choice was already made to harvest oil in the nation’s oceans and coastal areas knowing it could be at the expense of every other industry and business, community and family also dependent on those waters. They knew the wildlife and marine wildlife, who could not go anywhere else and had no choice in the matter would be subjected to it when something disastrous happened and they knew it would happen sooner or later.
There have been choices made and everybody seemed to agree to them. Voices that didn’t agree were cast aside. This is the trade-off that the choice gave us. I know it is not what I would’ve wanted. I get amazed at all kinds of things that are also available to move things that we could be using – and I don’t mean ethanol. But, there are some of the most brilliant people throughout America and they’ve just forgotten, that’s all. They’ve just forgotten how to fix things and design solutions and make things right out of the biggest messes somebody made before they got there.
they’ve just forgotten that they know how to do it . . .
Now – either those folks with boats down there in the Gulf of Mexico can learn to talk science – because there are going to be a bunch of scientists coming out there to take samples, look at stuff, record stuff, take pictures and they will want to see it all – give ‘em a good boat ride for a reasonable fee and be able talk to them – (or at least, to understand what they are trying to say)
Or – start taking photos of what is and isn’t screwed up down there and sell the photos to the world who are desperate to have them as this situation is unfolding – (it is literally history in the making every moment) – and go out in your boat to get pictures, walk on the beach and get them, walk up through town and get them – then sell the durn photos of things – including fish you used to run around there being able to catch.
And, there are going to be a massive number of government officials who will end up having to charter a boat from somebody to go look at all this stuff – sooner than later, undoubtedly – regardless of what they think – they are not going to be walking on water and they gotta get there somehow.
But, beyond that – take eco-tours out to see the crap. Provide the latex or non-latex gloves or whatever won’t melt in crude oil, and some sample water bottles, litmus paper and a cheap two dollar magnifying glass from the dollar store – and call it an eco-tour.
Sell bottles of the oil / water from the Gulf of Mexico online – well, maybe not – I don’t think you can send that in the mail since its a toxic chemical now. That would fall under the Homeland Security thing . . .
However – they apparently need a better design for a blowout preventer, and they obviously need a plan that works better than this one which somebody will be paid to produce – it could be the fishermen along the Coast that come up with that plan or at least, one part of that plan, and gets paid for it as good as anybody – at least they would have a clue that the oil company safety and cleanup specialists didn’t have.
And the fishermen and their family members know how important it is. The same is true for the members of the communities along the coast involved in tourism or anything else.
Either – do the sane thing and get your boat, your mama, your daddy, your relations, your dog, your boat and your fishing poles and get out of there, because it is getting more dangerous by the day – or make the situation work in your favor with the new facts that are true now. And, be creative.
And, on a last note – by the way – they were selling paper made out of elephant dung and people were buying it as if it were made of gold – so don’t tell me that we can’t work this situation.
– cricketdiane, 05-12-10
That was from earlier and I’ve had another thought or two about it –
1. The, “I survived the oil spill” – tshirts and ballcaps.
2. Specifically Eco-Tourism tour packages which include special tours of special areas of interest and has rooms to stay in across a scenic route of damaged and non-damaged areas, maybe with a bus tour from one place to another at a group package rate for oceanographic university groups, high school volunteer groups, etc.
3. International Eco-Tours for the science groups that would like to see it.
4. Smushed oil and sand paperweights encased in clear acrylic – originally taken from the actual beaches from the oil spill and with a brass plate that gives the date and event and place where it came from specifically.
5. Kite cameras using disposable cameras that can get pictures of the ocean from above – not my idea – there was a story on CNN several days ago about a geek of my favorite variety was out on the Gulf Coast doing it with his camera and something he rigged up with a kite.
6. Another encased in acrylic product with a before the oil spill clam shell and another with the black crude oil on it with an explanation of the life of a clam and how it affects them when an oil spill happens, how they filter water, etc.
7. Hunka Chunks Galleries, Museums online, websites, collections could be made with nothing but photographs of oil blobs coming onshore, or of the whole collection of dead and wounded, injured and oiled animals and birds could be a website group or museum or art gallery all by itself. That sounds so terrible, but given that it is history . . .
8. I suppose that scuba divers don’t want to get out into the areas of the Gulf of Mexico where the oil globs are floating throughout the water column, but they could get some good pictures – that with any luck, can never be taken anywhere again. It would make a really good recreational boating package to take the scuba crews and their photography equipment out there (with special safety issues considered.)
9. I was trying to think whether a piece of some type of paper, acrylic or black acetate would pick up the oil sheen and its “pretty rainbow colors” as Mary Landrieu (D-La.) described it. I’m not sure what would work, but if two of those pieces of acrylic could be sandwiched together with the oily water in between in a micro sheen – and sealed properly, it might make a good part of some product to sell concerning the oil spill.
10. It might have to be licensed from the Cameron company, but it might be a nice little souvenir to have miniature versions of the blowout preventer cast in metal at 3-4 inches tall or something – maybe a tiny working model for executive gifts – oil drilling platforms might make a nice miniature too, but probably are too intricate to be worthwhile unless sold for hundreds of dollars each (or more, although that’s a thought.)
11. Reports packages with photos and educational materials, all slicked up that describe the oil spill, the disaster that caused it and the cleanup and containment efforts, the descriptions of towns, people, industries and communities affected by it – in a nice package that can be sold to classrooms, school systems, museums, education programs about oceanography, marine life and ecology – would bring thousands of dollars easily and probably more like hundreds of thousands of dollars easily considering the number of those end-users that will need them.
12. There are book materials that are going to be required for everything from history books to science books to magazines and publications throughout every industry, every type of school system and every business that goes forward from this day concerning the impacts and events of these unfolding moments with the oil industry, the drilling in the coastal waters, the dangers and explosions and fumes and mistakes and oil spills, the real requirements for safety and cleanup – for containment and challenging the mess it makes, etc.
13. For tourism, there are groups of legislators, state agency officials, state business leaders and decision-makers, scientists, ecologists, marine specialists, oceanographers, oil industry specialists and analysts, geologists, toxicologists, health specialists that will be studying it, veterinary science health professionals, volunteers, beach and ocean protector associations, and a multitude of others who will be coming to access the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and the oil spill to understand its impacts – there are the customers for the tourism industry along the Gulf Coast.
14. Airplane flights, helicopter flights over the oil slick are obviously a good part of eco-tourism and scientific requirements as are commercial boats to use, possibly air boats to get into the marshes (I’m not sure), flat-bottom boats, equipment rentals of all kinds for photography and sample equipment that may not have already been in the area which will be needed or replaced or at hand immediately available.
There is no way to run home and get a tripod that has been fouled or broken, to grab another sd card for the camera, get a different telephoto lens to get a picture because it has crude oil in the one somebody brought with them – or to run into a city to get a box of sample bottles or whatever else is needed for scientific industry from tweezers to hand protectors – latex gloves, non-latex gloves, protective clothing, shoes appropriate to the task – galoshes or waders or protective coverings. All these are business products that could make a living where fishing may not do that anymore.
15. Bicycles, ATVs, oil-free electric vehicles, dune buggies style vehicles, electric golf carts, electric Cushman vehicles, TUG trucks and whatever other moving without petroleum vehicles including those powered by solar cells can be offered for rental in these coastal areas for people to use.
16. All types of business could be seriously affected by the oil spill in the Gulf, so restaurants, tourist based retailers, souvenir shops, beach attire shops and others dependent on the fishing industry being in full swing or the normal kinds of tourist industries being in full swing can flex to this new situation with the change or addition of specialized scuba gear rentals (if that is possible to do in the Gulf now), specialized hand cleaners to get the oil off the skin and off clothing or shoes or equipment, eco-tourism based souvenirs and healthy environment themed stuff.
17. Restaurants can create “crude oil crud” brownie desserts, menu items with themed-names like the clean air biscuits that offer 30 miles to the biscuit, oil geyser whiskey froth drinks, exceptional vegetarian specialties using something besides beans and nuts, broth and brisket of beef with oil on the side – whatever works. There is room for a vast array of specially themed desserts and dishes in this, if it is embraced as what it is and the historic frame of reference it does have, is given credence.
18. Information that could be collected and sold as a package because of this oil spill include activities packages, science experiments and instructions with their needed goodies for the experiments in small backpack sized, mobile units at different levels of educational basis, and volunteer survival kits for going out in the field to help and having what is needed at hand including handwipes in a waterproof case, sunscreen, hats, protective gloves, re-fillable drinkable water jug easy to carry and leakproof, brushes to scrape sand without making a mess, an odd washcloth or two (or 100% cotton cloth), an emergency 911 – GPS beeper tied into the call for help system and maybe, a set of synthetic cloths specific to oil cleanup and recovery needs.
19. Other information resources that could be sold as a result of this spill include the “activist package” with names of legislators responsible to the areas affected, company names and addresses that are drilling or servicing the oil business in the Gulf of Mexico, legislative offices and committee email addresses and phone numbers that deal with these things such as the Energy committee, Environment subcommittee, etc. The activist package could include agencies and specific offices that are involved in the regulation of these areas, offices around the world that are engaged in the environment and the regulation of environmental issues such as those at the UN and International Oceanographic community, and associations, organizations, companies, databases of information and environmental government agencies of countries around the world.
20. There is also information needed that reports “in the field” on how the efforts and studies are being made by people in the scientific and marine wildlife groups (and others) that record what they are doing, why it shows them what it does, how they do it, what they do with the information and samples once they get back to the base labs, where they coordinate that research and how they gather the cohesive integrated facts about the samples as they get them. There is no way they can do all of what they do and write and photograph themselves doing all of it in a comprehensive way. Their reports and required efforts have a specific focus involved with what they are doing. As a matter of recording history and for the education of our children as well as the public who is not there and the rest of the scientific international communities – there is a definite and certain need for the actual recording of the process that is going on right now to study this monumental oil spill and ecological disaster. That is a product needed for a price, too.
21. Face masks are going to be required and face scarves that hinder the smell or filter the smell will be needed in a place or two along the Gulf Coast, especially where boats and volunteers are going out into the region of the oil spill where the crude oil petroleum fumes are a constant part of the process.
The continuing hour-by-hour and day-by-day affront of those fumes to the human body are known to be damaging and sickening and accumulative.
The areas where those masks and filtering scarves are needed can be given a place to purchase them along with whatever replacement filters go with them and other protective gear, safe hand cleaners, baby wipes (believe it or not – a lot of them have a chemistry that takes crude oil off hands safely), other needed tools for the cleanup from small shovels like the Coleman army camp shovels, to sand rakes with metal rather than plastic tines (the plastic tines get quickly crapped up permanently with curds of crude oil and can’t be cleaned), oil spill quickie digital cameras of the cheapy variety, and disposable but safely re-fillable containers for drinking water, for samples and carrying packs specific to them, along with things that people are asking for who are working to do the cleanup, containment, recovery, study, journalism, photography, science, recording and eco-tourism in the affected areas.
– cricketdiane, 05-12-10
Now, when I said “we can work this,” that is exactly what I mean. When I can have this many interpretations of things that will make a difference in the economic survival of those in the affected areas – I am only one person and there are people all over the United States and all over the world that want good things in this, too – with many, many other ideas and concepts to offer.
Let’s work this. Let’s help make it right. Let’s help make it better. Let’s make it work. And, let’s together, straighten out this mess, and get our vehicles running on something else. Ted Turner is right – we’ve been studying it for 200 years and using the same thing. I’m all for using what works but once a thing is the only thing to use – then the damages that happen when it isn’t working are expanded in an exponential manner comprehensively. There must be progress beyond petroleum and the progress that has been made needs to be brought online en masse as quickly as possible.
“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” – just means, “Anything worth doing is worth doing half-assed.” No. No. No. No. And, the way we used to say it when things worked – and worked better than they do now – was, “Anything worth doing is worth doing right, the first time, this time, every time.”
And, then we worked from there – always working to make it better and have more options on the menu rather than fewer at every step of the way.
How about we do that again?
Note – going to go get a bath and get cleaned up so I can walk up to the store and buy some groceries. Be back later – I will write down the ideas that might wander through my mind and post them later tonight sometime. Please consider doing the same wherever you are – wherever you can – whatever part it may help to solve in this crisis of historic magnitude for our nation and our future generations. (and however strange or outlandish the idea might be – just put it out into the world anyway, because you never know if it might actually work or create the inspiration that leads someone else to design something that ends up working. Thanks for being on the team.)
And, yes – this means you.