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Documentation of Increasing Crude Leakage at Deepwater Horizon Blowout Site

10:01 am in Uncategorized by EdwardTeller

The Gulf of Mexico-Lower Mississippi River watchdog group, On Wings of Care, was able to take advantage of good flying, good photographing weather, and calm seas Sunday, to overfly the site of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout and spill area.  Here’s a short description of what was found there:

the most troubling vision today was the Macondo area itself.  The slick that we had first noticed last fall, which was spreading over the area within a half-mile or so of the scene of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, was huge today. It stretched over 7 nautical miles in the south-north direction and was almost a mile wide in some spots. There were some patches of rainbow sheen and even some weathered oil (brownish “mousse”), although overall it remained a light surface sheen.

The flight also took them over expanded coal terminals on the lower Mississippi, a new access road being bulldozed through wetlands, and another ongoing oil spill – the “chronic Taylor Energy slick.”

The blog entry about Sunday’s overflight contains a very large amount of photographs and supportive data, such as GPS coordinates, Google Earth plots and the aircraft’s flight log.  It is a must see, not just for the images of the obvious ongoing leakage spill at the Macondo site, but for a look of the sheer scale of the coal ports being rapidly expanded on the lower river, and of environmental degradation in the delta.

Back to writing an update on Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling fiasco.

Hat tip to Zach Roberts.

Exxon Valdez Oil on Alaska Beaches – July 4th 2010

12:45 pm in Uncategorized by EdwardTeller

Last weekend, while millions of Americans gorged on hot dogs, burgers, beers, cokes and fries, 2009 Alaska Muckraker of the Year, Jeanne Devon, 2009 Steve Gilliard Award winner, Shannyn Moore, and environmental writer-blogger Zach Roberts gagged on the fumes of oil that still reeks and seeps out of the intertidal zones on the shores of Knight Island, in Alaska’s once pristine Prince William Sound. Here’s Jeanne’s video:

Jeanne, Shannyn and Zach have all posted articles and photos at their blogs, and Shannyn will be talking about their experience on her radio program-webcast today, beginning right about now (12:10 p.m. PDT).

By the way, here’s a photo of the blighted denizen of Bligh Reef, the Exxon Valdez, uh – the Exxon Mediterranean, uh – the Sag River Mediterranean, uh – the Mediterranean uh – the Dong Fang Ocean. No matter how far the vessel can be distanced from its benighted name, Knight Island is still spoiled and polluted from the Exxon Valdez’s spewed cargo.

21 years and four months later.