Wednesday, May 19, 2010

95,000 barrels a day

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser and La. Gov. Bobby Jindal tour through the Roseau Grasses that mark the coastline of Southeast Louisiana at Pass a Loutre at the mouth of the Mississippi River where oil has washed ashore, Wednesday, May 19, 2010.

"Everything that that blanket of oil is covering today will die," he said. "All of the bugs that the fish come in to eat, all of the critters in the marsh will die. And that marsh will die. There's no way to clean it up."

h/t to FishOutofWater at Daily Kos

WASHINGTON — The latest video footage of the leaking Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico show that oil is escaping at the rate of 95,000 barrels — 4 million gallons — a day, nearly 20 times greater than the 5,000 barrel a day estimate BP and government scientists have been citing for nearly three weeks, an engineering professor told a congressional hearing Wednesday.
--Renee Schoof at McClatchy Newspapers

h/t to Jed Lewison at Daily Kos

As we ponder the disaster in our part of the world, let us remember others.
Cyclone nears India's southeast coast
AFP - ‎10 minutes ago‎
HYDERABAD, India - A severe cyclone packing winds of 110 kilometres an hour closed in on India's southeast coast Thursday as tens of thousands of residents evacuated their homes fearing major storm damage.
Господи помилуй
Κυριε ελεησον
Seigneur, aies pitié.

-the BB


David said...

the sadest thing about the destruction of the Gulf is that it was completely avoidable- this, unlike the cyclone is a man made disaster, and I can't help but wonder if anyone has even stoped to question their own individual dependency on petrolium; their complicity in the West's insatiable oil greed.
this is not the first destruction of a drilling platform, tankers have wrecked and spilt, nations have gone to war over oil, pundits have warned of limited reserves,and still the West's oil appretites grow rather than diminish.
yesterday, walking to the metro we ended up noticing the alarming percentage of vehicles coming the other way with just a single occupant- non-stop traffic and probably less than one percent with two occupants.
words of the old 60's protest song come to mind 'when will we ever learn? when will we ever learn?'

it's margaret said...

And the EPA is now recalling the dispersant they have been using, saying it might be good for the beaches but not so good for the ocean....

Lord, have mercy.