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Thread subject: Tri-State is in LA already
Name Date Message
Melanie 04/30/10 04:12 pm It's not on the Tri-State website, but Huffington Post reports they are on the scene and already cleaning birds. National Geographic reports they are firing off canons to drive birds away from the shoreline.
Anne UK1 04/30/10 05:05 pm It looks as if this is going to be disastrous for wildlife. And I hear on the news just now that a second oil rig has overturned.

Terrible :(
martyc35 04/30/10 06:09 pm On the second rig, an update from the U.S. Coastguard:

"The MIDU has a 20,000-gallon diesel fuel capacity, and while there is no current estimate on how much fuel was on board at the time of the incident, on-scene Coast Guard pollution investigators have determined that the rig is not leaking fuel at this time. As a precaution, 500 feet of containment boom has been deployed around the rig, with an additional 500 feet arriving to provide a secondary string within the canal."

I hope this is good news, as the situation with the first rig is pretty bad.
Marty
Anne UK1 04/30/10 06:16 pm Oh that sounds better than I'd first thought Marty. Just storage rather than a drilling rig? Thank goodness for that. Let's hope they keep whatever's on board safely contained, because there's more than enough to deal with already.

What a year it's been for earthquakes, volcanoes and now this.
FOB Webmaster 04/30/10 08:26 pm The National Wildlife Refuge Association sent this out:

"If you are an authorized rehabilitation expert with the appropriate permits for this type work, please contact Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, Inc.. Tri-State has been hired by BP to lead cleanup for birds and its telephone number is 302-737-7241, and the email is hstout@tristatebird.org."
Melanie 04/30/10 09:54 pm I don't think this is a storage rig - it's an actual drill site and that's why it's dumping something to the tune of 200,000 gallons of crude a day (dodn't hold my feet to the fire but it's definitly in the hundreds of thousands of gallons a day. It did have a diesel storage on site that started leaking but that's not the crude that's hittin Louisiana now. They expect this to go on for a while so it's only going to get worse.

It's the same kind of rig as what failed in Australia recentlyan d they are now looking at good old Halliburton because they were responsible for pouring the concrete at the well head for both platforms. Both had blowouts and serious spills.

I'm so angry over this I could spit.
Marie 05/01/10 12:46 am It is such a tragedy for wildlife . Imagine the numbers of bird and marine mammal deaths in this area of the Gulf due to crude oil. More than ever we have to stop drilling in the sea and start looking at alternative cleaner forms of energy. I am so upset too and hopefully some good will come out of this dreadful accident or will human GREED reign supreme once again.

Anne UK1 05/01/10 03:08 am It's the second one that's just storage Melanie and luckily it's not been too bad - Reuters

The first one is a real disaster :(((
Celeste 05/01/10 05:20 am The whole thing makes me cringe, and reminds me constantly that there are many who never give a hoot about wildlife, never realizing that what effects our wildlife will trickle down to "us".
martyc35 05/01/10 01:00 pm That HALLIBURTON had an incompetent hand in this obscene tragedy does not surprise me one bit. We in CA have staunchly opposed off-shore drilling ever since the horrible Santa Barbara spill in the 60s, and then the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989, which only increased our opposition, and the spill in the Shetland Islands, and the recent wreck of a tanker right on top of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia, and numerous others. I hope this will be a real lesson learned and no more drilling and endangering of such sensitive coasts will take place. Some say that Norway has conquered the pitfalls with superior technology, but perhaps they have just been lucky so far in the North Sea. Anyway, with volcanos erupting and plates shifting, and new nonfossil fuel technologies developing, it is definitely time to wean ourselves away from dependence on oil and nonrenewable energy sources. A very thorough examination of the ecological problem HERE.
marty

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