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Gulf Oil Wells Have Been Leaking Since 2004 Hurricane

Environment  (tags: energy, environment, environmental impact, Gulf Oil Spill, media, news, NOAA, Taylor Energy Company )

- 2231 days ago -
Oil has been gushing from a group of wells south of New Orleans since a platform at the site was wiped out by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, and it appears that nothing is being done to staunch or control the leaking.


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Elke H (97)
Friday June 7, 2013, 6:28 pm
To tell the truth, nothing surprises me anymore. Who has oversight? Is anyone in charge?

Judy C (91)
Friday June 7, 2013, 9:46 pm
Thanks, Elke. Apparently this oil leak is being monitored, but nothing has been done about it since 2011. From the article:

Oil has been gushing from a group of wells south of New Orleans since a platform at the site was wiped out by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, and it appears that nothing is being done to staunch or control the leaking.

Efforts to cap the ruptures seem to have been abandoned in 2011. Instead of working to clean up or stop the spill, driller Taylor Energy Company is now providing the government with daily updates about the resultant slick.

Even those updates appear to be half-baked. A long ribbon of oil can clearly be seen spilling out from the site, but Taylor Energy claims itís much smaller than does NOAA.

On June 1, NOAA reported to the Coast Guard that the slick was 20.2 miles long and a mile wide.

That same day, a routine report filed by someone whom activists assume to be a Taylor Energy consultant stated that the slick was 6.5 miles long.

Even if the lower estimate were correct, it should be bad enough to set off alarm bells somewhere in the federal government. But this is the environmentally battered Gulf of Mexico, where petrochemical accidents are an everyday occurrence.

Edo R (71)
Saturday June 8, 2013, 12:50 am
Thanks for sharing!

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 5:49 am
Welcome to our world down here. Now you know why I will never eat anything out of the Gulf and haven't for a long long time.

Andre Yokers (6)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 8:38 am
We need to try to raise awareness of this and other similar environmental disasters.

Frances Darcy (92)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 8:47 am
My goodness, this is terrible.....and still it continues

Mike H (252)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 9:32 am
Money rules! Environment and wildlife suffers!

S S (0)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 9:33 am
Thank you.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 12:15 pm
I've known about this for sometime now. But this is the ongoing pollution to our eco systems they don't want the people to know about.

An article dated May 8, 2013

Fish caught off the coast of the Lone Star State contain unsafe mercury levels, the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) warned Tuesday

In the first consumption advisory issued by Texas since last September, when it warned the public not to eat Blue marlin caught in state coastal waters, the TDSHS said women of childbearing age, including women who are nursing and children under 12, should not consumer certain other species of fish caught off the coast.

The new advisory recommends women past childbearing age and men limit their consumption of fish from all waters off the Texas coast to no more than one or two meals per month. For purposes of the warnings, TDSHS figures a meal includes no more than an 8-ounce serving.

Why? Mercury levels too high.

Mercury is both a naturally occurring element and it a byproduct of human activity. If consumed on a regular basis, mercury can cause harm to the central nervous system, especially in children, among whom exposure begins before they are born.

Symptoms include liver damage, tingling of the skin, loss of coordination, visual and hearing impairment, slurred speech and brain and central nervous damage.

Indeed a natural element, and when the Earth is in balance this is not an issue for us. However, by adding more into our food systems this is now a problem.

How many people will learn of this advice?

But no one is going to be held responsible for the damage that will be caused. And this is just one article among others.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 12:44 pm
I'm not surprised, unfortunately. This shows, once again, that drilling in the Arctic would undoubtedly lead to catastrophes. Thank you, Judy, for telling us.

tiffany t (142)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 12:45 pm
noted and shared

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 12:49 pm
Sadly noted

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 1:40 pm
Thanks so much for posting, Judy.....and Dandelion for the additional info. I've also sworn off fish since the Gulf Geyser and Fukushima. This is just a terrible catastrophe for those dependent on their livelihood by fishing there, as well as everyone else threatened by poisoning. Almost worse is the article I just read at Truthout explaining that Pres. Obama could've taken Bill Clinton's advice at the time of the Gulf Geyser to just destroy the well, rather than "cap" it for future use. Destroying it would have stopped the damage 3 months earlier by shutting down the geyser, but destroying it for future use by BP. Sigh!

Marie Russell-Barker (13)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 2:18 pm
Thanks for the information, I guess they are waiting until it start leaking. LOL why are we still holding on to dirty oil and coal for our energy we should shut down the leaky old wells and start building a better tomorrow with wne solar. Really come on we can and must do better than this or we will not have an earty to live on. Other countries are moving on while we stand back a watch oh and complain some of you are waiting on Armigating to come. You didn't read where it is stated that man will be his own worst enemy and we are!

Birgit W (160)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 3:22 pm
We are really the worst creatures on Earth.
I wonder how much longer we can go on like this.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 4:39 pm
Thank you!

Shera D. (0)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 7:08 pm
wow nice :)

greenplanet e (155)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 10:13 pm
Yeah, it would be good if we could change to solar/wind/tidal and leave oil in the Earth's crust.

R T (14)
Monday June 10, 2013, 6:41 am
Hang on, how can this be? The Oil companies have assured us, over and over, that drilling in the oceans is completely safe so we must be mistaken. Even the Govt believes it is safe.

When will Governments wake up and realise that there is no such thing as 'SAFE' when it comes to drilling for oil (especially in the sea) or Fracking. Big oil does not have safe in their dictionary only '$Profit$', it's only the unreasonable man in the street trying to make life difficult for them that use this strange word "SAFE'.

Past Member (0)
Monday June 10, 2013, 7:13 am
Just dreadful. Humans are a disgrace. It never ends. Thx Judy

Jamie Clemons (282)
Monday June 10, 2013, 1:59 pm
Earth to humans don't worry you won't be here very long.

Russell R (87)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 11:47 am it is not gone! this is April 2013

Sergio Padilla (65)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 10:22 am
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