BP Attempts Static Kill To Permanently Plug Damaged Oil Well
The news is good so far in the Gulf . . . . finally!
BP began plugging the damaged oil well today with a “static kill” by pumping mud into it. Early reports are encouraging.
Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Wednesday he has “high confidence” that no more oil will leak from BP’s Gulf of Mexico well, hours after BP announced that the well had reached “static condition” after pumping heavy drilling mud into it.
BP called the outcome a “significant milestone” in its efforts to permanently seal the well.
The energy giant began the “static kill” procedure at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday and workers stopped pumping mud in after about eight hours after the effort achieved its “desired outcome.”
Let’s hope we’ve seen the end of this nightmare.
Pelicans covered in oil
Some of the other photos out there are much worse, but it’s heartbreaking to see these pelicans covered in oil.
Meanwhile, oil spill protests are heating up against BP.
We’ve added more depressing photos after the jump.
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Tags: animals covered in oil, BP, BP disaster, BP oil spill, brown pelicans, Fort Jackson Rehabilitation Center, Louisiana, oil pollution, oil spill, oil spill disaster, oil spill photos, pelican oil photos, pelicans covered in oil, pollution, Queen Bess Island Pelican Rookery, wildlife
President Obama arrives in New Orleans as BP tries to contain the spill
President Barack Obama is greeted by Florida Governor Charlie Crist, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, upon Obama’s arrival in New Orleans this afternoon. Obama traveled to the Louisiana gulf coast to further assess damage from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Meanwhile, BP is still working on an effort to capture the oil spewing from the sea floor.
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Tags: Admiral Thad Allen, BP, Charlie Crist, Deepwater Horizon, gulf coast, Lisa Jackson, New Orleans, oil, oil pollution, oil spill, President Barack Obama
Shrimp season is over
Shrimp boats sit in the Venice Marina after the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced that the shrimp season in the territorial seas of the central coast of Louisiana from Four Bayou Pass to Freshwater Bayou were closed effective sunset Saturday due to the recent oil spill.
Expect prices to rise for shrimp and crab. We’re just beginning to see the devastation from the oil spill.
Meanwhile, BP is mulling its options to contain the spill after recent efforts failed.
Oil spill may result in ecological disaster
The photo above shows birds flying over a wildlife protected area, south of Venice, Louisiana. The United States scrambled on Friday to ward off an ecological disaster that could cost billions of dollars as a huge, spreading oil spill reached coastal Louisiana, imperiling wildlife and seafood areas.
Rescue crews are already rescuing the first bird coated with oil from the spill. Meanwhile, government officials have been criticizing BP, while the Obama administration said that any future drilling plans will be delayed pending an investigation of this disaster.
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Tags: birds, BP oil spill, coastal areas, coastal Louisiana, drill baby drill, ecological disaster, Gulf oil spill, Louisiana, oil drilling, oil spill, pollution, Venice, wildlife, wildlife protected area