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The BP oil spill in the gulf

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by alexd, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    Red Lobster voice: ... all you can eat oil slick shrimp, stuffed with melted cheese!....


    (CNN) -- As a sunken rig continues to spew 42,000 gallons of oil a day off the Louisiana coast, health and fishing industry experts say seafood will remain safe to eat.

    "No one should be worrying about whether the shrimp they're having for dinner is going to have oil on it," said Mike Voisin, the past president of the National Fisheries Institute, a nonprofit organization that tracks the fishing industry and advocates seafood safety regulations.

    There is the possibility, though, that the slick could move inland, threatening sea life in estuaries and seriously damaging the ecosystem.

    "We're very concerned that east of the Mississippi River, based on currents and winds we're dealing with now, this oil will reach the shore," said Chuck Wilson, a Louisiana State University oceanography and coastal sciences professor.

    "That could be a huge environmental problem and a significant financial blow to fisheries," he said. "But your food will be safe."

    Voisin agrees on the safety issue.

    "First, no company wants to put that kind of product on the market," Voisin said. "And those areas that have oil in them will be blocked by state health officials and not harvested."

    Forty percent of the fish harvested in the lower 48 states comes from the Gulf of Mexico. But most seafood -- 80 percent -- consumed in the United States is imported, he said.

    It has been a week since an explosion rocked the Deepwater Horizon, leaving 11 workers missing and presumed dead. The rig sank Thursday, and the leak was first spotted Saturday. Since last weekend, efforts to contain the spill have failed, mostly because of uncooperative winds, officials have said.

    If the oil spill continues, nature will take its course and fish such as tuna and shrimp will instinctually migrate away from polluted waters, Voisin said.

    The Coast Guard has said the spill occupies an area approximately 42 miles by 80 miles, and is roughly 40 miles offshore.

    Oysters, which Voisin now harvests at his company in Houma, Louisiana, are most at risk because they can't move on their own and oil can get trapped in their gills.

    But their shells protect their innards, said experts, who stressed that an oyster with an oily sheen isn't necessarily unviable.

    That's where sophisticated oil-detecting instruments come into play.

    One popular tool is called a gas chromatographer. Health workers and harvesters routinely use them to measure whether seafood has any trace of hydrocarbons, said Dr. Barbara Blakistone, the National Fisheries Institute's scientific affairs director.

    "You can sample a section of water or, if you want to test each individual oyster, that's possible," she said. "But I think, perhaps in this case, they might have a pretty good idea how much oil they are dealing with."

    BP, which was operating the rig, has said it is sending submarine-like robots about 5,000 feet underwater to close the rig's valves. That's extremely deep. Navy attack submarines dive to only 2,000 feet, according to military analysts.

    The Coast Guard has also approved BP's attempt to remotely activate a large valve at the top of the well to stop the leakage.

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and officials in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama are monitoring BP's progress and the spread of the slick.

    Any of those authorities, Wilson said, could order the blockage of certain areas of the gulf from harvest.
  2. mariazmess

    mariazmess TRIBE Member

    yet another reason a vomit emoticon is necessary in the Tribe selection.

    [​IMG] :(
  3. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

  4. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    The US coast guard is now talking about setting it on fire. WTF.

    Red Lobster voice: "succulent boiled Louisiana shrimp with oil and garlic..."
  5. JAR

    JAR TRIBE Member

    The vast majority of the shrimp sold in North America is farm raised in Asia, so this oil spill won't affect it. It's already full of toxins, pesticides and hormones.
  6. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    ah well then, light it up!
  7. WestsideWax

    WestsideWax TRIBE Promoter

    Well hey, as long as humans get their fill of petroleum-free grub, everything's good in the world!
  8. atbell

    atbell TRIBE Member

    I bet they just slip right down into your stomac though....
  9. Dialog

    Dialog TRIBE Member

    ...and probably don't stop slipping until they're back in water :O
  10. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

  11. PAUZE

    PAUZE TRIBE Promoter

  12. Bass-Invader

    Bass-Invader TRIBE Member

    That might actually be a better idea than just letting it slime everything. Perhaps it will end up like this though: Derweze - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  13. <FresHFunK>

    <FresHFunK> TRIBE Member

    That shit is "Fucked up"! That thing has be burning for almost 40 years? Well i guess they must have some kick ass BBQ Parties!
  14. glych t.anomaly

    glych t.anomaly TRIBE Member

    they are saying its more like 210 000 gallons a day, which is basically going to equal that of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in just over a month if they cant plug the wells and stop the leaking.


    really fucking sad.

  15. skin deep

    skin deep TRIBE Member

    Gizmodo/gawker link pls.
  16. ndrwrld

    ndrwrld TRIBE Member

    100,000 barrels a day.
  17. Bass-Invader

    Bass-Invader TRIBE Member

  18. ndrwrld

    ndrwrld TRIBE Member

    on global new, just heard 200,000 gallons a day.
    i cannot fathom how much that is.
  19. Bass-Invader

    Bass-Invader TRIBE Member

    5-7000 barrels.
  20. skin deep

    skin deep TRIBE Member

  21. ndrwrld

    ndrwrld TRIBE Member

    i'm hoping he won't be re elected next year, as it's clear he's a fucking idiot.
  22. Zorro

    Zorro TRIBE Member

    Exxon Valdez story on nature of things right now.
  23. erika

    erika TRIBE Member

    on the "bright" side of things, Obama is putting a stop to any additional off-shore drilling - small mercies...
  24. SJN

    SJN TRIBE Member

    The well is spewing about 5,000 barrels of oil a day, according to some estimates. But officials admit that it is nearly impossible to be sure how much is leaking.
    There have been warnings that within weeks the spill could eclipse the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster as the worst in US history.

    source: BBC News - Gulf oil slick may be 'unprecedented disaster' - Obama
    Last edited: May 2, 2010
  25. <FresHFunK>

    <FresHFunK> TRIBE Member

    "Walker said the sheen could collect on beaches and in estuaries, but it will evaporate within a week."

    I don't know about anyone else but I have never seen oil evaporate within a month let alone a week. This guy is a Fuck-Tard and should be punted in the nuts for saying such rubbish. Oil doesn't just go away naturally in a week. This guy is clearly a Pud! Look at his shit-eating grin. "It's not so bad, I don’t understand why everyone is so upset?" May be because you’re destroying our planet and raping us at the pumps at the same time? It will be years before it will be safe to eat the fish out of those waters and that clown is shrugging it off like he leaked a bit of oil on his driveway. What a joke.

    Policies imposed on the people = Profit for Politicians!

    They make me sick. I wonder how much of a kick back he received from the oil company for that little speech?
    Some one should kick his ass for being such a tard!

    Read more: Taylor expects spill to break up naturally - Oil Spill - SunHerald.com

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