It’s not the Sharks that you need to worry about…

17 May

Like the minks and feather boas that Mae West wore… it’s all about “flowing plumes”…

But not plumes of feathers, this time.

There are GIANT plumes of oil forming under the waters of the  Gulf of Mexico.

When Summer starts to roll in, all hearts and minds turn to the beach…

At least that’s what happens here in Mississippi. The Gulf is our respite from the heat, the humity and the boredom of living in a place where there isn’t really anything else to do, unless you like casinos… or drinking…

Around here… tourism has become as extinct as the Tyrannosaurus.

As Spring Break turns to Summer Vacation, around here, we all start humming “the theme song…”

“Duh-dum… duh-dum… duh-dum, duh-dum, duh-dum…”

And we start watching the tide, looking for fins…

But, this year… it isn’t the sharks you have to worry about, in the Gulf Of Mexico…

No, I’m not making this up.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/16/us/16oil.html?

They keep telling that “It isn’t that bad…”

I can’t imagine it getting much worse.

“Scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots. The discovery is fresh evidence that the leak from the broken undersea well could be substantially worse than estimates that the government and BP have given…”

Well, DUH!

“The plumes are depleting the oxygen dissolved in the gulf, worrying scientists, who fear that the oxygen level could eventually fall so low as to kill off much of the sea life near the plumes.

And.. everywhere the plumes spread, in effect sterilizing huge tracts of “sea territory”.

Dr. Joye said the oxygen had already dropped 30 percent near some of the plumes in the month that the broken oil well had been flowing. “If you keep those kinds of rates up, you could draw the oxygen down to very low levels that are dangerous to animals in a couple of months,” she said Saturday. “That is alarming.” ”

And I’ll remind you that they’ve said repeatedly that it will take months to stop the leak, if they can, at all…

Scientists studying video of the gushing oil well have tentatively calculated that it could be flowing at a rate of 25,000 to 80,000 barrels of oil a day. The latter figure would be 3.4 million gallons a day. But the government, working from satellite images of the ocean surface, has calculated a flow rate of only 5,000 barrels a day.

Gee, does this surprise anyone?

From what I’ve seen, the Gov’t response has been half-assed since this started.

After all, Obama and BP are pals. You only have to look at Obama’s “Donation” listing, to prove that.  BP is up there in the “Mt. Everest Air” of that list…

Once again, those knuckledraggers in DC don’t seem to get the real picture. I suspect that it’s because they live on another planet. “Planet Posh” (not related to the Spice Girls), where all they have to worry about is whether or not their martini’s are dry enough, while their minions prep them with “propaganda” to spout at the “media junkets.”

They won’t breathe the toxic fumes, or have to wade in the sludge, except in front of a national news camera (for about thirty seconds) as they get their “congressional moments in the sun.”

They won’t have to work tirelessly to dispose of all the bodies, bodies of all the sea creatures killed by this horror.

They won’t have to till their gardens under, (in our case, my family’s hedge against inflation and the failing economy), as those plants filter out the toxic chemicals in the air and then “store” it in the produce, making it all contaminated and inedible.

Don’t worry… “We’re making a big deal out of nothing. It’s not going to be that bad…”

Apparently, British Petroleum doesn’t want to know how bad it is, either…

BP has resisted entreaties from scientists that they be allowed to use sophisticated instruments at the ocean floor that would give a far more accurate picture of how much oil is really gushing from the well.

“The answer is no to that,” a BP spokesman, Tom Mueller, said on Saturday. “We’re not going to take any extra efforts now to calculate flow there at this point. It’s not relevant to the response effort, and it might even detract from the response effort.”

Of course not. Knowing how large the spill is, and what the potential for damage is, couldn’t possibly be useful in trying to create a solution… Oy, what a bunch of idiots…

Wait, it COULD expose them to more losses, in litigation… Or even pave the way for their eventual demise, as this gets completely out of control. Oh… now I get it…

And while we’re on the topic of permission… why do we even need British Petroleum’s permission to inspect the damage? I don’t recall them waving around a deed to the Gulf of Mexico.

It occurs to me that “the greater good” is served by defining the danger. The Southern Coast of America is at stake here.

“The undersea plumes may go a long way toward explaining the discrepancy between the flow estimates, suggesting that much of the oil emerging from the well could be lingering far below the sea surface.

The scientists on the Pelican mission, which is backed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the federal agency that monitors the health of the oceans, are not certain why that would be. They say they suspect the heavy use of chemical dispersants, which BP has injected into the stream of oil emerging from the well, may have broken the oil up into droplets too small to rise rapidly.”

“Many scientists had hoped the dispersants would cause oil droplets to spread so widely that they would be less of a problem in any one place. If it turns out that is not happening, the strategy could come under greater scrutiny. Dispersants have never been used in an oil leak of this size a mile under the ocean, and their effects at such depth are largely unknown.”

Yet, BP continues to dump hundreds of thousands of gallons of that toxic garbage into the sea… despite the fact that is is doing little good, at all.

The coming days in the Gulf Of Mexico, on American beaches, are going to make us remember times in history, days like “D-Day…”

Scientists are estimating that this could prove to be the largest oil spill (and clean up) in the history of  oil production.

WE are going to see days (that turn into months, perhaps even years) when valiant people, determined to succeed against all odds… are sorely tested.

Cross your fingers…

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