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  (Source: Mother Jones)

Dead sea creatures are washing ashore, including endangered sea turtles and dolphins. This is one of the dolphin corpses that washed ashore.  (Source: Mother Jones)

Meanwhile, offshore, live dolphins are getting dangerous close to beaching themselves in an effort to escape the toxic spill.  (Source: AP)

BP is trying to clean up the spill by dumping "paper towels" -- special oil absorbant paper-based pads -- on the beach. BP and government officials are reportedly banning the media from unauthorized visits to coastal parks.  (Source: Mother Jones)
Dolphins, sea turtles, and sea birds are dying from the spill; as are local businesses

Marine scientists following wildlife in The Gulf of Mexico say they are witnessing a bizarre and perhaps unprecedented exodus of wildlife.  The creatures are fleeing the thick layers of oil and dispersants that are washing ashore from the wreck of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig that in late April exploded and began spilling oil into the Gulf.

Dolphins and whales, who can suffer organ damage, brain damage, fertility issues, and even death from exposure to the toxic vapors, are swimming into shallow waters, putting themselves in danger of being beached.  Meanwhile, mullets, crabs, rays, small fish, and oil-drenched sea birds are fleeing into the swamps surrounding the Gulf Coast.

Unfortunately the overcrowding may result in the creatures dying anyways from lack of oxygen or being picked off by hungry predators.  But the animals have little choice.  States Larry Crowder, a Duke University marine biologist, "A parallel would be: Why are the wildlife running to the edge of a forest on fire? There will be a lot of fish, sharks, turtles trying to get out of this water they detect is not suitable."

So far 783 birds, 353 turtles and 41 mammals (dolphins and whales) have died as a result of the spill.  There have been conflicting reports on the death tolls; some estimates from wildlife officials this week (such as a Monday morning interview aired on National Public Radio) claim much higher totals of dead sea birds -- as many as 2,000.

The deaths are tragic, but still have yet to approach the loss of life that resulted when the Exxon Valdez spilled its cargo of oil off the coast of Alaska in 1989.  That spill killed an estimated 250,000 birds and 2,800 otters.

Wildlife aren't the only thing dying in the region.  Scores of local businesses that rely on tourism, seafood, or boating are also also collapsing or close to collapse.  Under pressure from President Obama, BP has set up a compensation fund to pay off those who lost business, but it is not clear yet how fully or quickly claims are being filled.

Meanwhile an interesting twist has come in the cleanup attempts.  As BP waits for the completion of a lengthy relief well drilling operation, it has reportedly resorted to dropping oil absorbant paper-based pads on the shore that its workers refer to as "paper towels".  Mother Jones reporter Mac McClelland was the first to get pictures of the unusual approach.

Some (such as the anchors on NPR's Friday "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me") have criticized the fact that BP is cutting down trees to clean up the marine disaster.  Perhaps the use of "paper towels" shouldn't come as a surprise, though -- in the past BP has compared plugging the leaking well to plugging up a toilet.

Another point raised by McClelland is that BP contractors and government officials with state Department(s) of Wildlife and Fisheries have cordoned off the sea shore at wildlife shores and manned it with security guards to try to prevent reporters from unauthorized exploration the scene.  According to NPR radio, when contacted the officials claimed that they were indeed allowing reporters to check out the shore, but you merely had to apply for permits.  They say that unauthorized access could endanger the cleanup.  McClelland obviously gained access by other means, though -- his kayak.


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I don't see what the big deal is
By amanojaku on 6/21/2010 11:46:19 AM , Rating: 3
BP provided us with pre-oiled meat for the frying pan, and offered to cook it for us by boiling the ocean. Now it's providing the paper towels to wipe our faces with after the meal. BP is full of win!




RE: I don't see what the big deal is
By theplaidfad on 6/21/10, Rating: 0
RE: I don't see what the big deal is
By theplaidfad on 6/21/10, Rating: 0
RE: I don't see what the big deal is
By MozeeToby on 6/21/2010 4:28:51 PM , Rating: 3
It's called gallows humor. It is a very common, very normal reaction to stressful or uncomfortable situations. For Christ's sake, the Jews had jokes about the holocaust that they told while still locked concentration camps . Relax, get off the soap box, and reflect on the meaning of the word 'sarcasm' for a moment.


By Acanthus on 6/21/2010 7:43:45 PM , Rating: 1
6


By FaceMaster on 6/22/2010 6:39:16 PM , Rating: 3
I agree, it's the American way to laugh at everybody apart from themselves!


By CyborgTMT on 6/21/2010 4:28:13 PM , Rating: 2
sar·casm n.
1.A cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound.
2.A form of wit that is marked by the use of sarcastic language and is intended to make its victim the butt of contempt or ridicule.


RE: I don't see what the big deal is
By Mojo the Monkey on 6/21/2010 4:33:56 PM , Rating: 3
Get off your high horse and take it easy. You'll rupture an aneurysm in your brain.

Not even a really spiffy Top Hat could fix that problem.

But seriously, you're right, everyone should be solemn and angry all the time like you. What were we thinking, trying not to be sourpusses.


RE: I don't see what the big deal is
By theplaidfad on 6/21/10, Rating: -1
RE: I don't see what the big deal is
By knutjb on 6/21/2010 5:55:22 PM , Rating: 2
Please get off the political correctness diatribe. Yes it was tasteless, but so are many jokes on TV. It's that 1st amendment thing.


RE: I don't see what the big deal is
By theplaidfad on 6/21/10, Rating: -1
RE: I don't see what the big deal is
By amanojaku on 6/21/2010 9:19:28 PM , Rating: 5
The people, if any exist, who can fix this problem are already working on it. There's no point in getting angry at people for making jokes about a topic they have no control over. Other than making donations the best we can do is shrug and move on. Humor helps. Crying about it and assuming the rest of the world doesn't care only shows how out of touch you are.


By psaus42 on 6/22/2010 7:07:40 AM , Rating: 2
Here here
People need to lighten up. I don't like what is going on, and I think several people throughout the chain have f'd up. But humor and sarcasm tend to be needed most in a bad time.

Very tasteless joke, but I still laughed... following it with a frown for the bad situation.

"can't we all just get along?"


RE: I don't see what the big deal is
By theplaidfad on 6/22/10, Rating: -1
RE: I don't see what the big deal is
By neogrin on 6/22/10, Rating: 0
By amanojaku on 6/22/2010 4:08:43 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
that everyone downrates your post, not because the posts are actually "Not Worth Reading", but because we hate you personally.
Not EVERYONE, but definitely some people. In fact, someone did it to me today. I've suspected it for a while, but today I KNOW it happened, because I lost points on several posts in less than an HOUR. If these were posts that I put up today or yesterday I would just chalk it up to people not liking what I said. Thing is, several posts that are two weeks old or older lost points, too! And posts contradictory to mine were rated up, but no one's posted a comment to those articles in weeks.

There are clearly people on DT who read one comment they don't like, then rape you on every other comment they can. It's not like the scores mean anything (I value you guys' opinions, but it doesn't pay the rent :-), but it's pretty silly.

If it's not that then DT has a seriously broken scoring database.


By AstroGuardian on 6/23/2010 7:48:34 AM , Rating: 2
+1 Definitely!


By ClownPuncher on 6/21/2010 6:03:58 PM , Rating: 2
Is this a bad time for dead baby jokes, my pious and indignant friend?


By afkrotch on 6/21/2010 7:32:38 PM , Rating: 2
Whatever, go back to using your computer that has gold inside from strip mining, powered by the electricity from coal mining, inside your house created from deforestation.

The rest of us will go back to our light humour.


RE: I don't see what the big deal is
By bupkus on 6/22/2010 12:01:17 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
this ass-backwards society

yes, and I understand all too well your frustration with the ideologues
http://redwing.hutman.net/~mreed/warriorshtm/ideol...
who post here. I don't know whether to feel anger, sadness or pity for the intellectual shallowness of these "educated" posters.
Should the sea level rise to the point that refugees fleeing the coasts come tramping through these deniers' towns they'll probably just blame liberalism or conservatism or anyone other than themselves.


By AssBall on 6/21/2010 5:15:19 PM , Rating: 2
I thought they were just making sure there were enough dead animals around so that future generations can buy oil from them too. Makes good business sense.


RE: I don't see what the big deal is
By Smilin on 6/21/2010 5:16:37 PM , Rating: 2
Ok so if you find that crap funny (I did) then I would suggest:

www.twitter.com/BPGlobalPR


Paper towels?
By YashBudini on 6/21/2010 12:24:37 PM , Rating: 5
And people here are making fun of Kevin Costner's machines? What does that tell you?




RE: Paper towels?
By tallcool1 on 6/21/2010 12:54:41 PM , Rating: 4
BP tries to clean up coffee spill...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AAa0gd7ClM


RE: Paper towels?
By hyvonen on 6/22/2010 2:04:56 AM , Rating: 2
Awesome!


RE: Paper towels?
By psaus42 on 6/22/2010 5:47:47 AM , Rating: 2
Why youtube was invented
Thank you UCB (upright citizen's brigade)


Paper towels to mop up crude oil??
By phazers on 6/21/2010 12:47:24 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm, I bet Scott or Bounty would pay bigtime to feature their paper towels in use:

Scene: Tony Hayward in an apron: "Bounty - the quicker picker-upper! Now great for sponging off that sea turtle without ripping or shredding!"




RE: Paper towels to mop up crude oil??
By marvdmartian on 6/21/2010 2:36:10 PM , Rating: 2
If these are what I think they are, then calling them paper towels is just poor journalism.

Having worked in the fuels field, I'm pretty familiar with absorbant pads, which is what the picture seems to be showing. These are pretty good for what they're designed for, since they'll pick up petroleum products and not water (which is handy during any spill).

However, trying to pick up a spill of this magnitude, even with absorbant pads, is much akin to simply using paper towels. There's a whole bunch of land that will have to be dug up and replaced, with the crapped up soil either being burned or bio-remediated. And that effort will be nothing compared to all the loss of wildlife that will occur.


By droplets on 6/21/2010 5:24:44 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
calling them paper towels is just poor journalism


In the article it says that's what BP refers to them as. But, the headline is calls them that directly, without quotes.

I guess I'm bit jades to sensationalized headlines on DT, but I still check it daily.


Boil the land and burn the sea
By HostileEffect on 6/21/2010 11:59:01 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, I know the title is backwards but this is just an entertaining thought.

If the well expands, allowing the majority of the oil to float to the surface and someone lights a match, that would make for an interesting light show.




RE: Boil the land and burn the sea
By rcc on 6/21/2010 2:41:04 PM , Rating: 2
It would take more than a match to get it lit. But, if they did, and could keep to going, you'd have a black pall of smoke that would put LA or London from 20-30 years ago to shame.


"Dead animals pile up"
By bill4 on 6/21/2010 8:44:24 PM , Rating: 2
Oh Mick, you're such a shill.

There is next to zero environmental damage from the BP oil spill, period. Zero. None. Period.




RE: "Dead animals pile up"
By Bateluer on 6/22/2010 7:09:01 AM , Rating: 2
Um, what?


One Sheet......
By themaster08 on 6/21/2010 4:45:19 PM , Rating: 2
Kitty litter!
By sleepeeg3 on 6/21/2010 9:56:57 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously! It's what many mechanics recommend for absorbing heavy duty automotive oils, like transmission fluid. Throw it down, vacuum it up. Only problem is if itself is hazardous.




Prevent Unauthorized reports ?
By chick0n on 6/21/2010 11:01:10 PM , Rating: 2
[quote]Another point raised by McClelland is that BP contractors and government officials with state Department(s) of Wildlife and Fisheries have cordoned off the sea shore at wildlife shores and manned it with security guards to try to prevent reporters from unauthorized exploration the scene.[/quote]

What happen to freedom of speech/the right to know ? I thought US-fucking-A is da country of freedom ? Talk so much shit about other countries like China and crap ?

Karma is a bitch.




Slight Error
By Shauni on 6/23/2010 1:14:11 AM , Rating: 2
Can't believe I created an account just for this....

But "Mac" is a she, not a he. Check the bottom of the linked article.




Chocolate Ducks
By monkeyman1140 on 6/24/2010 12:30:14 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks, BP, for all the Chocolate Ducks!




RE Govt takeover
By bill4 on 6/21/10, Rating: 0
HAY GUISE
By driver01z on 6/28/10, Rating: 0
Nice Yacht, Tony...
By MrBlastman on 6/21/10, Rating: -1
RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By mdogs444 on 6/21/2010 12:03:44 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
Mr. Anthony Hayward thought that this past weekend was an excellent time to take a mini-vacation and go watch the yacht races


quote:
Fine example there, Tony.


While President Obama thought it was a fine time to go golfing....again. Stop being a hypocritical asshat.
http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communitybl...


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By MrBlastman on 6/21/2010 12:07:46 PM , Rating: 1
Whoa, hey I never once spouted any hypocrisy, I sure hope you were directing your anger at our choaded "savior" Obama.

I suppose, you could liken his term to that of a Choad. Fat and full of agenda but, in the end, falls far short of providing any significant "meat." ;)

I hate him amongst the best of them, but, I also truly believe that it is fully up to BP to fix this mess, NOT our Government. Our government has enough to deal with currently, the bill and all of its responsibility should completely fall upon BP, Transocean (to the lesser extent) and the others involved in this whole mess.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By spwrozek on 6/21/2010 12:09:33 PM , Rating: 2
Hasn't BP said that they are paying for everything since day one?


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By MrBlastman on 6/21/2010 12:12:43 PM , Rating: 1
Yes--so what does Obama have do with anything in my original post? Here's a clue--NOTHING.

No poing in dragging his sorry butt into the middle of this. This mess has nothing to do with politics. The best thing Obama can do right now is shut up and let the oil people do their jobs (while hopefully not vacationing).


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By kfonda on 6/21/2010 7:53:42 PM , Rating: 5
Problem is he doesn't know how to shut up. Statements like 'I have been in charge since day one' and 'we will keep our boot on the neck of BP' don't help. Tony Hayward has about as much to do with stopping the leak as Obama does. The two of them should go off to some deserted island and beat each other silly.

What Obama should be doing is putting the Army Corp of Engineers in charge of preventing the oil from getting to the shore and the clean up. They should leave stopping the leak to BP and concentrate on the clean up (sending the bill to BP). Having a Coast Guard admiral in charge makes no sense.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By Scabies on 6/21/2010 8:19:31 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
What Obama should be doing is putting the Army Corp of Engineers in charge of preventing the oil from getting to the shore and the clean up.


this. further, does the US Navy have nothing in their inventory that could be of assistance? Like the DSRV just taking up space in San Diego? I wouldn't be surprised if there were an underwater salvaging submersible that was made for destroying or recovering sensitive components to subs/ships lost in hypothetical accidents. Or civilian contractors with similar experience.

Oh wait, forgot, this is BPs fault and BPs problem. No government assistance so they (along with Louisiana, Florida, and eventually the mid-north Atlantic) learn their lesson.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By tastyratz on 6/22/2010 8:34:43 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, you never mentioned Obama and really his power here is limited anyways.

While the big wig of BP may have his hands tied its a publicity statement to be out ironically watching sea ship sports (say that 5 times fast) during a state of crisis. Just not wise when your under the spotlight.

Personally I think BP is doing "everything they can" to make people think they are doing everything they can. They aren't dedicating the kind of manpower and resources I am sure they are capable of... that last little bit more.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By Samus on 6/22/10, Rating: -1
RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By mdogs444 on 6/21/2010 12:32:19 PM , Rating: 4
LOL - sorry Blastman, I was jumping to conclusions on you. I assumed (wrongfully) that you were only blaming Hayward, not Obama for taking off. My apologies.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By JasonMick (blog) on 6/21/10, Rating: 0
RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By The Raven on 6/21/2010 12:42:38 PM , Rating: 2
Although I agree that Obama's skeptics have been too hard on him, I have to say that the gov't has basically declared (over the years) that they are supposed to be there 24/7, ready for any emergency that occurs in the private sector. And I'm not clear exactly where you're being sarcastic here but no one thought that the bank bailouts 'should have'/ 'should have had to' happen (depending if you think they should've been bailed out or not). That is to say, no one thought we should've been in the situation that warranted them in the first place.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By Anoxanmore on 6/21/2010 1:21:44 PM , Rating: 1
Except, this is in international waters, and therefore the US government has no authority in said waters. :/

People keep forgetting that part.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By ZachDontScare on 6/21/2010 2:33:58 PM , Rating: 3
hmm, no, its in US territory. Its about 50 miles out if I recall correctly, and I believe the US claims 200 miles in the Gulf. Plus, the oil is hitting US territory, which clearly makes it a US government matter.

Technically, I believe what matters in maritime issues is where the platform/boat is chartered. ie, what flag is on the platform. That determine's whos law applies.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By aharris on 6/21/2010 3:40:31 PM , Rating: 1
Not to mention BP's American headquarters are located in Houston, TX. This absolutely warrants US Government jurisdiction.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By The Raven on 6/21/2010 2:51:23 PM , Rating: 2
No I'm not forgetting that. Think about who's shores that this is affecting Einstein. That is the disaster we are talking about here, no? I don't know where you are, but here in the States we are most concerned about the loss of our coastal wildlife and loss of the livelihood of the locals.

Sure there is a concern for the general health of the ocean, but that is not the emergency we are talking about here.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By Anoxanmore on 6/21/10, Rating: 0
RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By knutjb on 6/21/10, Rating: 0
RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By rcc on 6/21/2010 2:25:51 PM , Rating: 4
You are absolutely correct. The US government doesn't have the knowledge to plug the leak. Evidently, no one does. OJT sucks when it comes to emergencies.

However, the US government is responsible for protecting it's people, and it is capable of mobilizing far more bodies with a broader range of skills than BP could hope to. Efforts that certainly could and should be charged back to BP once the crisis has passed. Finger pointing is great, and can even useful, and accurate. But when a disaster strikes, it's time to pull together and resolve the issues. Counting coup can come later.

I guess it annoys be because of the way the media plays things. In the aftermath of Katrina they were yelling and squawking about inadequate federal response. This go around, they are conspicuous in their silence, with far less federal activity in sight.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By Reclaimer77 on 6/21/2010 5:32:14 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I guess it annoys be because of the way the media plays things. In the aftermath of Katrina they were yelling and squawking about inadequate federal response. This go around, they are conspicuous in their silence, with far less federal activity in sight.


Well of course. That's typical in how there is a double standard between media responses of Democrat and Republican presidential coverage.

I mean, this spill went thirty days before a single federal authority, much less the president, was on the scene. I don't care weather or not they could have "done something", that's unacceptable. Our tax money goes to agencies who, supposedly, are experts in this kind of thing or at least have jurisdiction.

This administration rather shake down BP in Congress and further demonize corporations, meanwhile oil is still leaking. Is BP really getting the full cooperation and support of the federal government on this?


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By knutjb on 6/21/2010 6:22:52 PM , Rating: 3
You forget the President is acting like his disaster response started and the beginning because the Coast Guard responded to the drilling rig's disastrous fire.

The question needs to be split the disaster response between the accident response and the clean up response. He will refuse to answer that one because it would clearly identify a failure.

I don't see the media getting past their political biases, let alone asking their hero such a question.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By bety on 6/21/2010 4:48:57 PM , Rating: 2
Make no mistkae, we are at WAR right now...or darn well should be; and we are getting out butts royally kicked. The repercussions are that devastating....

Obama's response has been....impotent, careless, lax, flaccid, incompetent....it's been beyond words at this point. A few late showboating speeches....neither BP, nor smart citizens take him seriously at this point.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By Reclaimer77 on 6/21/2010 5:24:20 PM , Rating: 3
lol Jason, you are SO in the tank man.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By bill4 on 6/21/2010 8:47:26 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, Mick really let his true ultra-leftist Obama apologist ways be known here. Pathetic.

And the pics are from "Mother Jone", isn't that some shady ultra-left wing site?

I wouldn't be surprised at all if environmentalists killed all those animals and staged the pics themselves. I'm dead serious. We've seen the types of tactics left wingers like Mick use in the press to advance their agenda.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By hyvonen on 6/22/2010 1:54:29 AM , Rating: 3
Idiot. Jason pretty much stated the obvious in a sarcastic way, and he's absolutely right.

It's your anti-democrat, anti-Obama, anti-government (unless it's republican-dominated, of course) ass is just too blind to see both sides of the story.

Obama really wasn't the one deciding that safety regulations can be ignored. You're a dumbass thinking that this is in any way Obama's fault.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By sgw2n5 on 6/21/2010 2:36:48 PM , Rating: 1
What, in your butthurt neocon opinion, should Obama do? Swim 5000 ft down in the gulf and plug the hole up with his cock?


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By mdogs444 on 6/21/2010 3:38:03 PM , Rating: 3
Evidentally you think Tony Hayward in a suit is going to do that.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By cruisin3style on 6/21/2010 2:53:06 PM , Rating: 1
While I have NO IDEA where Obama came from in your remarks compared to the OP's, I do have one thing to say:

Bush landing on an aircraft carrier to "mission accomplished"

and....you're done.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By aharris on 6/21/2010 3:42:13 PM , Rating: 1
True story.

Someone else rate this guy up, lest we forget history's lessons!


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By spwrozek on 6/21/2010 12:08:00 PM , Rating: 1
And Obama was at the Sox/Nats game...

What exactly is Tony (or Obama) going to do? They have people working on it. It is going to have to be killed from the bottom. So now we wait.

As far as the cleanup goes I am not sure what else can be done. We refused help from European countries. We refused help from American companies. There is oil everywhere and we need ships and machines and booms and oil separators and people on the beaches and in the swamps.

Is BP or Tony an expert on environmental cleanup and response? Doubtful, so let's get someone in charge of that who knows what to do and how to utilize the resources to clean things up.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By bety on 6/21/2010 4:52:47 PM , Rating: 2
Provide leadership. By showing they understand that magnitude of the disaster, and the repercussions. By acting like a leader at war, and being on-site as much as possible, pressing emergency measures. We haven't been at this for YEARS, don't go out to meaningless, recreation events at this point. WORK. FOCUS. Their are workers out there, IN THE FIELD, who don't get to go to yacht races, ball games, and golfing....there are people suffering (not to mention animals)...they don't get to take fun days either.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By Smilin on 6/21/2010 5:20:45 PM , Rating: 2
Link to this refused help from Europe and American countries thing. Other than shooting down some stupid ideas I hadn't heard this.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By The Raven on 6/21/2010 12:28:08 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
BP should be in crysis mode


Frankly, I don't think he should be playing Crysis either ;-)
Holmes needs to get busy.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By MrBlastman on 6/21/2010 12:37:34 PM , Rating: 2
Good catch... if only I could come up with a clever reason why I spelled it wrong and imbedded Crysis in there, like:

Man, it'd be bitchin' if they could go all out alien cryo on that oil's butt and use the super awesome mega alien to go down there and nuke the bedazzle out of that pipe!

But, sadly, I must digress and simply finish it with a "no."

Good catch. I spelled that one wrong. :)


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By Scabies on 6/21/2010 1:00:24 PM , Rating: 2
cryo...

I remember reading in the Chernobyl accident that they pumped liquid nitrogen into the ground to keep the burning nuclear fuel from boring endlessly through the ground, since Soviet reactors of the day did not have containment measures in place under the reactor.

...could one inject liquid nitrogen into the earth around the shaft, freezing the oil inside, then properly saw off and weld in a new cap?


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By rcc on 6/21/2010 2:32:55 PM , Rating: 3
anything is possible I guess. Doing it at that depth would certainly be a challenge. And, chilling the steel in the pipe would certainly make it brittle.

Mostly, I thing the quantity of liquid nitrogen necessary would be a major problem.

Hmmm, random thought, if the pipe for the liquid nitrogen broke near the sea floor, how big an iceberg would you get, accelerating all the way up. : )


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By TSS on 6/21/2010 6:17:08 PM , Rating: 2
The idea is not a bad one. Nor are most of the ideas BP has come up with.

The biggest problem facing all these ideas is, it might work fine at the surface, but will it work 5000 feet down in the ocean? The general awnser seems to be no.

Though shoving a capsule into the pipe with highly pressurized liquid nitrogen then exploding it might work.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By hughlle on 6/22/2010 4:50:08 AM , Rating: 2
so you've never heard the concept of taking a step back and having a breather? he has not had a day off since the incident, i think that a days rest will probably allow him to be a bit ore productive the following day. maybe. which huge part of the cleanup operation was paused while he did this? it's not like he just killed off 1000 additional seals because of his day off.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By callmeroy on 6/22/2010 8:27:59 AM , Rating: 2
...and?

Seriously...so what..I read the same story (the media sucked it up..go figure)...so now he can't take a day off with his kid to go do whatever spending a day with his son..that's ridiculous.

And if you REALLY want to make that point, I'm sure any could provide a whole host of examples of CEOs and World Leaders throughout history who took a vacation during a massive crisis...it would just take some time with google or bing that's all.

And don't forget...our very own Congress...rarely interrupts their beloved summer and winter vacations -- even during national crisis.

In the end...how the F*ck does the CEO of BP taking a day off impact the oil spill for good or bad, aside from idiotic perception of the media? It doesn't..its not like Tony is out there cleaning it directly himself or if the people figuring out how to stop or slow the leak go "Oh man we have to wait until Tony is back tomorrow he took today off..."


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By teldar on 6/22/2010 9:35:21 AM , Rating: 2
Crysis is a video game. Crisis is an emergency.


RE: Nice Yacht, Tony...
By AntDX316 on 6/26/2010 4:03:55 PM , Rating: 2
The world is being prepped for 2012


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