Monday, April 26, 2010
It Ain't Looking Good
The latest update: We are where the red star is on the map.
The oil is escaping from two leaks in a drilling pipe about 5,000 feet below the surface. The leaks threaten hundreds of miles of coastline in four states, with waters that are home to dolphins, sea birds, and prime fishing and tourism areas.
If crews cannot stop the leak quickly, they might need to drill another well to redirect the oil, a laborious process that could take weeks while oil washes up along a broad stretch of shore, from the white-sand beaches of Florida's Panhandle to the swamps of Louisiana. We are direct center of the two locations.
As of Monday afternoon, an area 48 miles long and 39 miles wide (TWICE AS BIG AS YESTERDAY YA'LL) was covered by oil that leaked from the site of the rig, which was owned by Transocean Ltd. and operated by BP PLC. The rig is pumping approximately 42,000 gallons of oil a day, into the Gulf. The 32 skim boats are able to skim about 11,000 gallons of an oily watery mix a day at maximum. 1/2 oil, 1/2 water equals about 5,500 gallons a day. Can you do the math? 13% of what is being pumped into the Gulf. To make matters worse the skim boats have not been able to work the entire weekend due to weather conditions being unsafe after all those bad storms we had.
The U.S. spill, moving slowly north and spreading east and west, was about 30 miles from the Chandeleur Islands off the Louisiana coast Tuesday. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration said oil would not reach the coast for several days. The Coast Guard said kinks in the pipe were helping stem the flow of oil.
Officials say there will be no shoreline impact from an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico for at least another three days.
Sperm whales have been spotted in the oil, they do not appear to be in distress at this time, but there is no real way to determine this. There are grave concerns, and measures are being taken to protect the wildlife in these areas.
It is likely to destroy the beaches for an extended period of time,once it reaches shore.
It's like a hurricane out there brewing, and we are just waiting to see where it hits. I am heartbroken, it's nesting season for the turtles, mating season for the dolphins, and these whales are pumping oil through their bodies.
I will keep you updated, our tourism and fishing is our livelihoods here. Please say a prayer for the people who depend on these industries to feed their families, especially the oyster harvesters. Like the other animals, this will effect the oysters for years.
Without fishing, I will need you all to rotate shifts babysitting the Captain. Makes me sick, makes me sick. My dolphins............
Big Kiss BP! Big kiss!