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Comment And We--as a Public--Have a Right to Evidense (Score 1) 1123

I've heard of cases where people were charged for taping their arrests or interactions with police. I'd say if an officer compels an individual to not record the proceedings, the officer should be charged with obstruction of justice. The recording may have information pertinent should the case end up in court.

Comment Re:Environmentalism (Score 1) 593

Agreed: It is the estuaries and salt marshes. It's the coastlines that have the greatest biodiversity, and therefore the most activity. Most of the open ocean is quiet, when it comes to sea life. The shallow areas got the vegetation, the sunlight, etc. Sea grass cannot grow below a certain depth. It's these shallow muddy areas that fish thrive in, leave eggs, and birds feed. The water is warmer, and the sea grass beds are food for Manatees, as well as providing shallow warm areas to swim in.

What I saw in LA state made me and a buddy sick. I'd say 10 days, and it's here where I live.

I'll help with cleanup, but no more swimming, and time to sell everything off and immigrate to Australia.

Comment Re:This is horse shit (Score 1) 593

My taking is--if the emergency response equipment is not available--drilling should never have started. And, wow, I thought the Exxon Veldez was scary. Exxon was a one shot event. This gross misconduct is still going on, this very minute.

Some theorize the flow rate is even up to 4M gal/day. Recalling the Exxon Veldez, it was a one time shot of 10.8M petrol. This fiasco has been going on for > 30 days.

I really like the second paragraph, though I don't think it would adequately plug it. Maybe a layer of concrete--then toss them in--and more concrete.

Comment Mitigation? (Score 1) 593

Thirty-thousand horsepower pumps with high pressure drilling "mud", injected into the system, backwards. That is a lot of pressure feeding into ruptured pipes, which they think may be holding back the maximum flow. Could it make it worse? I'd say the possibility exists. It's an unknown.

As I understand it, the system failed on the well sealing process, when a cost savings measure was introduced: Replacement of the drilling "mud"--in the upper third of the column--with water to speed production. (It seems to me that "savings" were the whole idea behind the projects, at the expense of something you cannot put a price tag on.)

I'd say their "mud shot" will be met with failure, as well: Now you are resisting a high pressure flow on a source thousands of feet below the sea floor that has momentum.

Yet, BP has resisted scientific involvement, and even threatened reporters attempting to document the spill with arrest.

BP says there is no way to measure the flow, and that is a lie. We've had doppler radar since 1988, and I know doppler sonar would work; you can hear the difference in engine noise as they drive past. Doctors use the same tech to monitor cardiac conditions non-invasively. Yet they are not allowed in.

I'd say that the failure to release information should fall under Obstruction of Justice. Though I am certainly hoping that the courts are working hard to make an example out of these donkeys.

Comment Re:Nuke it. (Score 1) 334

I've thought of it, myself. Though we do have some non-nuclear options, especially if they are designed in such a shaped charge as to not make a crater, but create an intense shear in the horizontal plane. It would need to be thick enough to bury the pipe and stop the leak. A spherical shock-wave would probably only make things worse.

Our GBU-43/B has quite a punch at > 22k lbs material.

Comment Re:Oil at Key West already. (Score 1) 334

Also, I was out at a beach 4 mi north of Venice, FL today, and the volatiles were certainly killing the sea breeze. The bulk is still better than 100 nm off shore, but on a light WNW wind reach, it was enough to have you clearing your throat. (Worse than allergy season, BTW).

The water is still clean, but I fear it might not be there much longer.

I guess NOAA has to build a new computer model for trajectories further south of 27.1*N. Models last night definitely had an indication of loop current entrainment.

Looking at the size of this, I don't think that you can put a price tag on it. Even if they seized all assets--personal and corporate owned--it still wouldn't do justice. (Unless someone can make a time machine real quick, and have the place raided about 24 hours before.)

I've been tracking for some time, and I think 210,000 US gal / day is too low. My conservative estimate is 5x that, given rate of change on the size of the NOAA trajectory plots, and on some satellite imagery I've looked at.

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