Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Oil Spill Still off Louisiana Coast

Just got this latest location of the oil spill off the Louisiana coast. I am cautiously optimistic that this spill will be capped 80-90% this week and since this is light crude, they should be able to disperse it with chemicals according to this Oil Expert.

“The sky is not falling,” said Quenton R. Dokken, a marine biologist and the executive director of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation, a conservation group in Corpus Christi, Tex. “We’ve certainly stepped in a hole and we’re going to have to work ourselves out of it, but it isn’t the end of the Gulf of Mexico.”

Engineers said the type of oil pouring out is lighter than the heavy crude spilled by the Exxon Valdez, evaporates more quickly and is easier to burn. It also appears to respond to the use of dispersants, which break up globs of oil and help them sink. The oil is still capable of significant damage, particularly when it is churned up with water and forms a sort of mousse that floats and can travel long distances.

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