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The *New Gulf Coast Oil Spill Forum

A forum for discussion surrounding the Gulf Coast Oil Spill, including response efforts, collaboration, information sharing, visualization, general preparedness, and public safety.

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Coast Guard report

Started by Henry Brown Apr 9, 2011. 0 Replies

From Tampa Bay WTSPSt. Petersburg, Florida -- The Coast Guard has quietly released…Continue

Status of the Recovery Effort

Started by Henry Brown Mar 28, 2011. 0 Replies

From EPAGulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Opens State Information Call LinesRelease date:…Continue

Clean up finished?!?!

Started by Henry Brown Feb 14, 2011. 0 Replies


final oil spill report

Started by Henry Brown Jan 12, 2011. 0 Replies

Would upload the 17 Megabyte file but.... this URL gives one the option to download the…Continue

Times Picayune - Oil Spill Feed (New Orleans Newspaper)

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Comment by Sara Estes Cohen on April 20, 2011 at 3:50pm
So, we find ourselves one year from day one of the oil spill. What have we learned? What have we done with the information mentioned throughout this group? How can we better leverage lessons learned from the experience to ensure better response, preparedness, recovery, and resilience in the future?

I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Comment by Andrew Krzmarzick on October 20, 2010 at 8:26am
Chris Bennett shares some insights from his participation in the 20th Clean Gulf Oil Spill Conference:

He captures 4 videos of citizen inventions designed to clean up the Gulf...check 'em out!
Comment by Andrew Krzmarzick on October 8, 2010 at 8:16am
Saw this event that may interest folks here:

Causes of BP Oil Spill
Energy Department (DOE); Office of Fossil Energy (F.R. Page 60097) - Meeting [ 01:00 pm, 10/13/2010 ]
Energy Department (DOE); Office of Fossil Energy (F.R. Page 60097) holds a meeting of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling to discuss relevant facts and circumstances concerning the root causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, fire, and oil spill, and options to guard against, and mitigate the impact of, any oil spills associated with offshore drilling in the future.
Location: The Westin Grand, 2350 M Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Contact: Christopher Smith, 202-586-0716, (+WAFE016+)
Comment by Lara Coutinho on October 4, 2010 at 1:37pm
Is anyone here going to the Green Gov symposium this week? I'm having the darndest time finding anyone. I can't go ya see, and I'd like to talk to someone who *is*!
Comment by Sara Estes Cohen on September 14, 2010 at 10:20am
Thanks Henry - good information.
Comment by Sara Estes Cohen on September 14, 2010 at 10:19am
Comment by Henry Brown on September 7, 2010 at 1:56pm
Small but interesting numbers

From the Mobile Press Register:

MOBILE, Ala. -- The number of residents reporting oil-related health affects from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill continues to rise in coastal Alabama.

At least 211 people have gone to local emergency rooms, clinics and urgent care centers since May 14 complaining of ailments thought to be related to the oil spill, Alabama Department of Public Health officials reported today.

That compares with 85,237 patients treated for non-trauma care overall during that period. Health officials are conducting surveillance to monitor effects related to the spill at more than 20 sites in Mobile and Baldwin counties.

Comment by Sara Estes Cohen on September 2, 2010 at 3:22pm
The new oilspill. Let's start this conversation from the beginning...

GRAND ISLE, La. — A mile-long sheen is now visible where an offshore petroleum platform exploded and burned Thursday off Louisiana, the Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Coklough said the sheen, about 100 feet wide, was spotted near the platform owned by Houston-based Mariner Energy Inc.

No one was killed in the explosion, which was spotted by a commercial helicopter flying over the site Thursday morning.

All 13 people aboard the rig were found floating in the water in survival gear, Coast Guard spokesman Chief Petty Officer John Edwards said.

The platform was in about 340 feet of water, considered shallow water and far less than the roughly 5,000 feet where BP's well spewed oil and gas for three months after an April rig explosion.

The crew were rescued from the water by an offshore service vessel, the Crystal Clear, and taken to a nearby platform, said Coast Guard Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Eisai.

All were being flown to a hospital in Houma to be checked over. Ben-Eisai said one person was injured, but Mariner Energy said there were no injuries.
"Mariner has notified and is working with regulatory authorities in response to this incident. The cause is not known, and an investigation will be undertaken," the company said in a statement. Mariner earlier said that an initial flyover showed now spill.

It said the platform was located on Vermilion Block 380, approximately 100 miles off the Louisiana coast.

The platform is a fixed petroleum platform that was in production at the time of the fire.

It was producing about 58,800 gallons of oil and 900,000 cubic feet of gas per day. The platform can store 4,200 gallons of oil.

Seven Coast Guard helicopters, two airplanes and three cutters were dispatched to the scene from New Orleans, Houston and Mobile, Ala., Ben-Iesau said.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said President Barack Obama was in a national security meeting and did not know whether Obama had been informed of the explosion.

"We obviously have response assets ready for deployment should we receive reports of pollution in the water," Gibbs said.

Mariner Energy focuses on oil and gas exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico. In April, Apache Corp., another independent petroleum company, announced plans to buy Mariner in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $3.9 billion, including the assumption of about $1.2 billion of Mariner's debt. That deal is pending.

Apache spokesman Bob Dye said the platform is in shallow water. Responding to any oil spill in shallow water would be much easier than in deep water, where crews depend on remote-operated vehicles access equipment on the sea floor.
A company report said the well was drilled in the third quarter of 2008 in 340 feet of water.

The platform is about 200 miles west of BP's blown-out well. On Friday, BP was expected to begin the process of removing the cap and failed blowout preventer, another step toward completion of a relief well that would put a finals eal on the well. The BP-leased rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, killing 11 people and setting off a three-month leak that totaled 206 million gallons of oil.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
Comment by Sara Estes Cohen on September 2, 2010 at 3:17pm
As a side note...originially, with the first story, "the platform wasn't producing any oil." An hour later, now there is a "sheen"...and, according to this report, "It was producing about 58,800 gallons of oil and 900,000 cubic feet of gas per day. The platform can store 4,200 gallons of oil."
Comment by Andrew Krzmarzick on September 1, 2010 at 8:27am
New Chris Bennett Crisis Blog on disaster preparedness for pets:

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