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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Today in BP Oil Disaster: Day 44

Posted By on Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 3:21 PM

  • And, over night, the saw got stuck. "The goal is later on today to finish that cut," says Thad Allen, "and be able to put a containment device over the top of the wellhead, and start containing the oil.
  • But look up in the sky, New Orleans. @BPGlobalPR has a message flying above for us: "GET WELL SOON! BP CARES!"
  • New Orleans native and hip-hop star Master P talks to
  • “It's definitely something that's another tragedy for our community. ... [You] have to realize we have to prepare for this but, you never know when something like the oil spill will happen.”

    Master P. surveyed the damages the delicate marshlands and hundreds of miles of Louisiana coastline that has already been damaged by the massive oil spill.

    “It's out of control and it's killing the animals and the business people that do fishing in that area,” Master P. said. “People don't realize how this is it's going to effect the entire country."

  • Meanwhile, an oil slick approaches the Florida coast and could reach Pensacola beaches — Escambia County's deputy chief of neighborhood and community services Keith Wilkins says "It's inevitable that we will see it on the beaches" — as soon as today. Florida officials say a request for $150,000 for cleanup equipment has gone unanswered for more than three weeks.
  • Despite BP's chief executive Tony Hayward refuting evidence of oil plumes, well, duh, they exist.

    Apparently Mr. Hayward is not familiar with the results of a test conducted in Norway, in which his company took part, that suggested exactly the opposite would happen when oil was released in very deep water.

  • And those plumes, combining both dispersant and oil, pose a significant risk to coral reefs:

    The composition and distribution of these plumes remain a mystery, and several government research vessels are aggressively pursuing them in the gulf. Scientists believe that the plumes are not pure oil, but most likely a haze of oil droplets, natural gas and the dispersant chemical Corexit, 210,000 gallons of which has been mixed into the jet of oil streaming from the seafloor.

    This oily haze could prove highly toxic to coral reefs. Both oil and dispersants, which chemically resemble dishwashing detergent, hamper the ability of corals to colonize and reproduce. And these effects are amplified when the two are mixed.

  • Rep. Charlie Melancon wants Hayward out, Trump-style. On ABC's Good Morning America, Melancon said: "I was watching this week as the CEO of BP said he wants his life back. I'm to the point where I wish the board would call him back."

  • Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) vessel Thomas Jefferson embarks on its 10-day research mission. The NOAA team will "take water samples and test advanced methods for detecting submerged oil while gathering oceanographic data in the area’s coastal waters," according to a release.
  • And Fox & Friends continues to be terrible.
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