There are vast plumes of oil and dispersant-coated oil
out in the Gulf. That stuff is going to be coming ashore for
months in volume --and for years in smaller amounts.
Only 2% of the oil makes it to the surface initially.
As to the "clean-up," this video is quite telling:
On a Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana barrier island “oil oozes from a foot or two underground,” according a report by Fox 8 New Orleans.
P.J. Hahn, the Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Director the compared it to “Jed Clampet’s oil — All we need is the theme song to ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’… Oil just started bubbling out.”
When revisiting the island with the news crew, Hahn dug into the ground “turning up thick, black oil that had not been heavily weathered and did not appear to have been dispersed.”
Here's a new article on the Tampa Tribune:
Beach beauty is skin-deep
by ROB SHAW tampatrib.com - Published: August 6, 2010
Just because the oil was cleaned up from the beaches doesn't mean it's gone.
The opposite is true, a University of South Florida professor says. In fact, he estimates cleanup work along Panhandle beaches and elsewhere across the Gulf Coast has removed only about 25 percent of the oil that has stained the shorelines.
"Twenty-five percent is pretty generous,'' said Ping Wang, an associate professor of geology at USF. "I stand behind my numbers.''
The oil came up in so many different forms – tar balls, tar patties, tar cakes, oil sheets and oil stains – that it was difficult, if not impossible, for workers to get up all of it either by hand or with machines, Wang said.
Much oil remains on or in those formerly pristine sands, he said. Some is buried beneath the sand; other remains in the form of stains; still other remains in the form of tiny tar balls that have been scattered about when larger areas of oil were cleaned up.
And it all needs to be taken care of, Wang believes.
"They should clean up the buried oil, they should clean up the tar balls,'' the associate professor said of BP, the oil company responsible for fighting the nation's worst environmental disaster which began April 20 with the explosion of a rig off the Louisiana coastline. "They need to show they are committed to return the beach back where it was.''
Officials with BP say that is exactly what they will do.
"We definitely do see the same things that he is seeing,'' Lucia Bustamante, a company spokesman, said of Wang. "That is being addressed as we speak. We are working on different solutions.''
Perhaps as soon as next week in Escambia County, an experimental machine called the "sand shark'' will be tested, she said. It's akin to a modified beach-cleaning machine that trucks the sand in on a conveyor belt, cleans it and returns it. It can go 18 inches deep, according to Bustamante.
"This is not an exact science,'' she said. "I don't think there is one silver bullet.''
Wang and other researchers have made five trips to the oil-tainted beaches. His report talks of buried oil being found up to 6 inches thick.
"Buried oil is much more difficult to clean because it is not directly visible, and buried to various depths,'' the report says. "In addition, buried oil will have a much longer-lasting effect because it will not be weathered by the sunlight as easily as the surface oil.''
Not everyone is noticing problems, however, with buried gunk under the surface of the sugar-white sands.
"We don't think we have any buried oil,'' said Gordon Goodin, a county commissioner in Santa Rosa, one county to the west of Escambia County, where the brunt of the oil invasion has occurred. "We have dug as deeply as we can and haven't found anything.''
What officials in those two counties are noticing, however, is what looks like "a congealed glob of Vaseline'' that is hovering just offshore, Goodin said. The worst of it is near Pensacola Pass, he added.
Wang said when workers do return to the sand, it will not be easy. But he says it is something that has to be done for the safety of those who like to play in the white sands.
"I wouldn't take my 7-year-old to go dig and build a sandcastle," he said.
The current speculation is that the reason the seeps are so
hard to see in the very dark original BP ROV feed is that BP
deliberately turned down the brightness on the public feed. _________________ Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when open.
The increasing seepage we have been seeing
is now very understandable and ominous.
The topside Static Kill which BP did on the well
looks increasingly like a mere band-aid on
the oil eruption.
But don't take my word for it.
Kent Wells has just admitted as much.
If the cement went into the rock, then the oil has been doing so too.
Tick, tick, tick....
Better bottom kill this soon as possible. If possible.
BP says 40 percent of cement went “into the
FORMATION and the rest remained in the casing”
August 7th, 2010 at 06:28 PM
BP’s Senior Vice President Kent Wells Technical briefing, August 6, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. EDT:
Kent Wells: We pumped just a little over 500 barrels of cement
down the casing. We talked — I think it was roughly about 200 barrels
into the formation and the rest remained in the casing.
There was no further elaboration by Mr. Wells. However, several reports have pondered the ramifications of materials escaping from the well into the surrounding formation.
Times-Picayune reported: “A seep of hydrocarbons could indicate that a fissure somewhere in the underground portion of the well could be letting oil or gas escape into the rock formation surrounding the well. A leak outside of the well would make it harder for responders to contain the oil and gas and could complicate the completion of the relief well.”
Wall Street Journal reported: “BP PLC has concluded that its “top-kill” attempt last week to seal its broken well in the Gulf of Mexico may have failed due to a malfunctioning disk inside the well about 1,000 feet below the ocean floor… The broken disk may have prevented the heavy drilling mud injected into the well last week from getting far enough down the well to overcome the pressure from the escaping oil and gas, people familiar with BP’s findings said. They said much of the drilling mud may also have escaped from the well into the rock formation outside the wellbore.
Houston Chronicle reported: “Well casing believed to have been damaged during the original blowout could create areas where the relief mud can escape into the rock formation creating a dangerous drop in pressure. ”
* Is the well dead?
* What is the pressure on the well? Now?
* If the well is open to the surface, what is that pressure?
* What was the pressure during the "static kill"? Did it change at any time? What was total volume pumped?
* What was the pressure during the bullhead cement job? Did you do the "hesitation squeeze" that Kent Wells mentioned in passing? What was displacement volume?
* How do you know all the cement went down the casing?
* What was the pressure on the well after the job?
* Why is the flex joint flange leaking?
* Why are the ROV feeds no longer provided in a decipherable resolution?
* Why are some ROV feeds not being provided?
* Has the well kicked since the bullhead cement job?
* What pressure did the bullhead cement job test to?
* Have you had to pump mud into the well since the bullhead cement job? How much?
* Why are clouds of debris continuing to obscure the view several days after the well was supposedly "static"?
* Were the rams of the old BOP opened for the static kill or bullhead cement job?
* If so, could you tell if the drill pipe fish stuck in the BOP dropped into the well?
* Can you close the blind shear rams now?
* What is the damage to the rams in the old BOP?
Not sure about the rock formations. Besides making more of a (hard to clean) mess what is implied?
I've no techno clue but I think something should or could be discerned by the rate/quality/etc of hydrocarbon seepage.
off topic but; There have been more crop circles. I'm suspicious as a recent one was of a pyramid with the eye on top. Looks like covert microwave technology to me. There was that alien face a few years back, in which the style was way to contemporary. Seems like they are playing games with us and slowly making it more obvious. Unless, they've technology whilst some other circles are still of unknown origin.
Lot of people there have done good work sleuthing
the ROV coordinates issue and I'd like to let them
know.... but I'm banned lol. Thnx. _________________ Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when open.
Joined: 07 Mar 2007 Posts: 554 Location: western pennsylvania
Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:10 pm Post subject:
just so we check all the details, on one of those early u-tube video talking about co-ordinates of wells A & B, there was a reply from someone who said
those co-oridinates are for the surface ship not the rov, i have no idea about if it is or isn't.
so we got scammed by watching tv pictures of tv pictures
just like July '69 _________________ Birth is the first example of " thinking outside the box"
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