We are experiencing extremely high tides here for the next few days. Not a good factor, at all.
The waves are so rough due to weather conditions, that they were not able to burn at all today.
The winds are so strong blowing from the Gulf, that I can smell the salt. The skimmers can not operate, nor can the emergency crews trying to stop the leaks.
I am going to go home from work, gather all my information, and let everyone know what's going on.
We have heard from the Chandeleur Island Boat Captains, that they are seeing huge hunks so big they are not able to determine the size of a really, really, sticky tar like substance.
Captain John is on every Emergency Response list there is. I have to have everything he owns cleaned and ready to throw in the Marine Corps bag in case he gets the call. He could be gone for days, weeks, no telling how long. Wish some of your were here we could pull it together in a flash. I will see that sunset though, regardless.
They are in Emergency Management meetings now as we speak. Due to wave actions they were not able to do much about the leaks either today, they are just gushing away, three leaks, one they can not even find. Pumping 5000 ( I was wrong earlier there are 42 gallons in a barrel of oil) barrels a day into the Gulf. So 210,000 gallons a day minimum. That's alot of oil, did you fill up with gas like I told you to? Last time these rigs were down from Katrina the prices sky-rocketed to $4-$5 a gallon.
I also wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for your sweet comments and emails, they are literally keeping my spirits so high, I feel hopeful, more hopeful, than I probably should. To know there are prayers, happy thoughts, voodoo dances, and incense burning going on in our honor is more comforting than you could ever know. It's been another whole day of swimming and flying, so let's just count on that having been done, and keeping pouring out the hope.
We love you all,
Captain John and his Bumpkin On A Swing