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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 10:37 AM
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is there updated news on the Miss. oil spill?


CNNs 6 am show said nothing and no threads here that I've seen.

yesterday the spill was a huge mess. today?
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snappyturtle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 10:38 AM
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1. I haven't heard even the first word of this! Watch the market. n/t
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 10:43 AM
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2. Did a post on it yesterday ...
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 10:57 AM
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3. Of course not! We can't see that right now!
We need to start drilling offshore again and more importantly, we need to be able to swallow a load of bullshit about how much more advanced our drilling science is now! How can they shove that down our throats when we are seeing evidence to the contrary with our own lying eyes?
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 10:58 AM
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4. Go here for front page articles, pictures...140 barrels picked up, oiled birds spotted
http://www.nola.com /

http://blog.nola.com/updates/2008/07/after_spill_many_o...
A 100-mile stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed indefinitely to ship traffic this morning, as salvage workers drafted plans to remove a split fuel barge from beneath the Crescent City Connection in New Orleans and a half-dozen emergency spill contractors continued efforts to corral hundreds of thousands of gallons of thick, smelly fuel oil as it floated toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Meanwhile, residents of Algiers remained skeptical of the assurances given by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Sewerage & Water Board officials that their water is safe to drink, with many choosing to drink bottled water instead.

"We don't want to give a date right now" for reopening the river, said Coast Guard Capt. Lincoln Stroh, who controls shipping on the river as captain for the Port of New Orleans. "We're still talking in terms of days."...
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At midday Thursday, officials estimated that only 140 barrels of the 9,000 barrels in the barge had been picked up. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service scientists have already spotted several oiled birds and animals, and a wildlife rescue operation is being set up in Venice to remove the material from feathers and fur....(much more)



http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2008/07/spill_threat...
Wildlife refuge girds for effects of oil spill

At the southernmost fringe of the Mississippi River, a home base for more migratory birds each year than people who live in Kenner, wildlife managers are bracing for the worst. As the front end of a massive fuel oil spill continues its crawl toward the Gulf of Mexico, biologists at the wildlife refuge are seeing firsthand the challenges in containing the enormous plume that is only just arriving at this haven of marshland.

The fuel oil was dumped into the river after a collision early Wednesday between a tanker and a barge in New Orleans. The river remains closed between New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico.

As he piloted his boat out of the refuge's headquarters in Venice on Thursday, manager Jack Bohannan pointed out thick black chunks of oil and multicolored sheens near the river bank. A floating water hyacinth caked in thick black muck floated by. "Remember this is nothing compared to what's going to be happening," he said. "This is just a sign of things to come." ...(more)


Pictures
http://www.nola.com/katrinaphotos/tp/gallery.ssf?cgi-bi...
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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 10:59 AM
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5. yesterday they said barges were lined up out of sight
Edited on Fri Jul-25-08 10:59 AM by ensho

when barges get stopped money stops flowing

the barges were stopped during the upper midwest floods and now this

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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 11:10 AM
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6. Marketplace/NPR report, Reuters, AP
More @ each article and some picts @ Reuters & AP
http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/07/...

Well, you've got response workers up and down the river using small boats and what they're doing is they're putting out a boom, which is a material that sits on the top of the water and kind of corrals oil in different spots. I arrived in town last night and when I got close to the river in downtown New Orleans, there was a real strong smell of diesel oil, so we're monitoring that, and it's Louisiana in the summertime, so everyone's having to drink a lot of water, there's a lot of sweating going on out there, especially with our folks working directly with the oil because they've got to wear a lot of protective equipment to keep themselves safe, so that's one of our biggest concerns this time of the year....


http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN242008...
Spill closes Miss. River, shuts off exports

The largest petroleum spill to hit the Mississippi River since 2005's Hurricane Katrina snarled ship traffic on Thursday from New Orleans to the Gulf of Mexico and brought flows of grain and other key exports to a standstill.

The day after a ship collision shut down a 97 mile stretch of water, the river was a traffic jam of about 100 ships waiting to move along the vital link to Midwest grain elevators, coal terminals and other industrial facilities, Coast Guard officials said.

"Think in terms of days for the opening and think in terms of weeks for the cleanup," said Captain Lincoln Stroh of the U.S. Coast Guard. "Think in terms of weeks for the cleanup."

The river is a vital link carrying grain from production areas in the Midwest to export markets abroad. Between 55 and 65 percent of all U.S. corn, soybean and wheat exports leave from the Gulf of Mexico....

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jtTIoTTgEgRFnfAYDkbz...
About 200 ships were stacked up Friday and more were expected to join them at a bottleneck along the Mississippi River caused by a massive spill of heavy fuel oil at New Orleans
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Grain barges heading to the American heartland and a 2,000-passenger cruise ship set to dock in New Orleans Friday night were among the vessels unable to get to the 100 miles of river that has been closed since Wednesday.

It was unclear how the bottleneck would impact the flow of refined products from the 10 petroleum plants that line the river between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La....
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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 11:13 AM
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8. 2000 on a cruise ship - getting them off will be fun


thanks for the links
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 11:18 AM
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9. Wildlife is going to be affected also, I think. Be nice to get more recs, eh?
Oiled birds, bah.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 11:12 AM
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7. Just for fun, guess the candidate...
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/07/25/politics/main...
Nonetheless, even the most optimistic members of the (?) camp would have to concede that this week has not exactly gone smoothly. (?) had to play defense on national security when critics accused him of misstating the Iraq War timeline in an interview with CBS News. His planned trip to an oil rig to advocate for offshore drilling to lower gas prices was canceled thanks to hurricane Dolly. An oil spill on the Mississippi River made for a powerful talking point for opponents of his drilling plan. And he (once again) made reference to Czechoslovakia, despite the fact that that country has not existed for 15 years.
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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 11:40 AM
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10. Here's what the Times-Picayune has to say today
http://blog.nola.com/updates/2008/07/oil_spill_multimed...

It looks like the wildlife refuges downriver are getting ready for the spill to make its way there.
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