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TalkingDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 11:39 PM
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Using hay and straw for Gulf Oil spill?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5SxX2EntEo

Anybody have an inkling how effective this might be?

Using hair makes sense. We all know that hair will soak up lots of oil. But I don't have experience using hay.
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shraby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 11:41 PM
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1. I mentioned feathers the other day and du'ers poked fun
Edited on Fri May-07-10 11:42 PM by shraby
at me, but feathers will hold a lot of liquid.
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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 12:01 AM
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2. BP is spraying surfactants into the Gulf waters to hide the spill
Edited on Sat May-08-10 12:06 AM by kenny blankenship
BP dumps hundreds of thousands of gallons of surfactants on oil spill to sink and hide oil slick

Spray it forward.

What are we dumping into the Gulf to fix the oil spill?

by Tom Philpot

In addition to the indignity of oil oozing into its depths at a rate of at least 5,000 barrels per day, the Gulf of Mexico is now enduring a heavy rain of mystery chemicals.

BP and the U.S. Coast Guard are dumping large amounts of "dispersants" both on the surface and underwater, in a desperate attempt to control the ongoing spill. Dispersants are surfactants, not unlike what you use on your dishes, that break oil down into small droplets that sink into the water. .

How much are they dumping? Lots. According to ProPublica, "BP has already bought up more than a third of the world's supply" of dispersants. On Thursday alone, ProPublica reports, emergency workers dropped 100,000 gallons of the stuff into the Gulf.

(snip)

Propublica did manage to identify one product currently being used, called Corexit, which includes 2-butoxyethanol, a "compound associated with headaches, vomiting and reproductive problems at high doses."



The oil treated with surfactants breaks up in little droplets and sinks instead of floating as sludge. If BP had spill collection boom equipment it is supposed to have, the floating oil spill could be contained and collected by skimming the sludge off the top of the water, and it could thus be kept from washing ashore. But BP doesn't have that equipment. So it couldn't contain the slick. Instead it is trying to sink the oil in order to lessen the visual impact. And it is poisoning the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The oil will wash ashore more slowly -less spectacularly- and it will poison the ecosystem of the Gulf at all levels.
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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 12:11 AM
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4. they would not be doing this without the consent of the highest office of our nation!
think about that..
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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 12:07 AM
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3. it was announced on Fla Local news on WEDNESDAY ..THAT HAY WAS BEING PUT ON BEACHES
hay bails were being put on some beaches to use on the shoreline and in the water should the oil come close to many Fla beaches. They said the oil could attach to the hay or that is what they were hoping for in some beach communities.
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tomm2thumbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 12:15 AM
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5. it's gonna stick to something - better hay than wildlife
Edited on Sat May-08-10 12:15 AM by tomm2thumbs
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