Gulf Coast Oil Slick Closes In On Land

A rapid response team will investigate unconfirmed reports that oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico has reached the Chandeleur Islands off Louisiana's coast.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Erik Swanson says the response team will deploy Thursday to assess the situation.

Two satellite images taken Wednesday morning indicated oil has reached the Mississippi Delta and the Chandeleur Islands.

The news comes as a 100-ton concrete-and-steel contraption designed to siphon off the oil fouling the Gulf is being hauled to the spot in the sea where a blown-out well is spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons of petroleum a day.

Engineers hope it'll be the best short-term solution to controlling the leak that has only worsened since it began two weeks ago.


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  • by Derek Location: Greenville on May 8, 2010 at 05:05 AM
    OSOC, are you not keeping up with the news? You can stop listening to Rush Limbaugh anytime now.... turns out that the workers on the platform, the fortunate ones to survive, explained what happened "'Swoosh, boom, run' Up on the rig, the first thing workers noticed was the seawater in the drill column suddenly shooting back out at them, rocketing 240 feet in the air. Then, the gas surfaced. Then the oil. "What we had learned when I worked as a drill rig laborer was swoosh, boom, run," Bea said. "The swoosh is the gas, boom is the explosion and run is what you better be doing." The gas flooded into an adjoining room with exposed ignition sources, he said." (from MSNBC.com). So when are you going to stop drinking the BS spin koolaid? You accuse others of spinning the truth, but here you pulled the typical conservative response. Happy reading!
  • by Slick Location: Winterville on May 6, 2010 at 10:01 AM
    Poor misguided souls. Oil is the most important substance on the planet. It is our power source and the only way to economic self sufficiency. The rest of the world is not going to stop using it and the further restriction of its use will only hamper us and turn us into the 3rd world country so many seem to want. With the regulations that were in place the distance was safe but guess what, the government dropped the ball and didn't have the booms that were mandated over 15 years ago. They could have saved the coast but the government failed to follow the regulations they set forth for themselves! Yet another reason we should not rely on them for anything because they are incompetent from the top down.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on May 6, 2010 at 09:47 AM
    John, as you have read any of my posts on this subject, anyone that owns a car, house powered with gas or electricity is with sin. The point is, you cannot bankrupt a country while this stuff is developed. In the meantime, bicycles and walking doesn't make it to work for those that have to go miles and miles. So, when you say unwise activities, understand, options right now are what they are. Of all the things that mankind can damage this earth, the earth will resilently, rebound. Audra, I am still out how an oil rig can mysteriously, blow up at night...why? History and odds. There are over 3000 oil rigs operating many many years in the gulf without any mishap or spill. Cap and Trade is getting ready to be shoved down Americans throats and this happens. Activist environmentalists, like John, would love for this to happen just to make a point of it. If they will ram Japanese Whale ships, why not blow up an oil rig....
  • by ANNON on May 6, 2010 at 09:43 AM
    Really John? I do care about the earth too but be realistic. We can't all ride bikes or walk to work if we live more than 30 miles from it. And forbid if we want to travel outside of our great state to go visit family or even take a vacation! I have no guilty conscience for having a life. I recycle and have the utmost respect for what God has created. So where do you get your energy source from have you installed that windmill in yor backyard yet?
  • by John Location: Greenville on May 6, 2010 at 06:11 AM
    If we care at all about this magnificent earth that God gave us, we will take much better care of it. We will adopt clean energies. We will ride bicycles and walk. And we will relegate oil-addicted cars to museums, where they belong.Don't be mad at me for saying this. I know how much people love to defend their unwise activities to protect their guilty conscience.
  • by Audra Location: Greenville, visiting on May 6, 2010 at 05:13 AM
    Interesting headline, considering it reached land Friday. Anyway, it's about friggin' time - they spent enough piddling around initially "watching to see if" it would leak. They could have just assumed that & been working on a solution earlier, but no. They had to wait & make sure they damaged the environment before making a move to stop it. God forbid they should lose a dime on unnecessary measures. *eye roll* I guess BP is eating their car salesman line of BS from a yr ago, downplaying the risk of this location. Let's recap: "Due to the distance to shore (48 miles) & the response capabilities that would be implemented, no significant adverse impacts are expected." OOPS. I guess calling it "unlikely to virtually impossible" beforehand, & then "unprecedented" afterward is supposed to alleviate their culpability. I see them blaming choppy waters for the booms failing containment.. Has it never been observed it's choppy there before? Great plan.
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