Wednesday, June 16, 2010
New ContainmentSystem Flaring Oil and Gas on Q4000
BP is reporting, as of 1:00 AM on June 16th, that oil and gas is being flared aboard the Q4000. Oil is also being recovered via the LMRP. Although the company has been unable to provide an estimate of the recovery and flaring effort, independent and government scientists revised their leak numbers yet again. They now think as much as 60,000 barrels a day are/or have been leaking into the gulf through the damaged BOP. If this is true, at day 56, we're looking at a total spill of approximately 140 million gallons of oil, a number that now exceeds the 1979 spill of the Ixtoc I well.
Meanwhile, this morning a friend sent me an email that has been circulating the Internet. The email lays out a doomsday scenario based on the rantings of Dr. James Wickstrom, a super right wing radio evangelist from Michigan who believes, among other things, that Jews are the "Children of Satan."
Wickstrom's rant includes a load of bull about a giant gas bubble forming under the Gulf that will eventually explode and lead to a giant Tsunami. He recommends the evacuation of 40 million Gulf residents. Excuse me, but the guy is a complete and utter ass. He should find himself a nice deserted island somewhere in the South Pacific and maybe settle down with Helen Thomas.