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A 14-Year-Long Oil Spill Nobody Talks About Could Become One Of The Worst In US History

The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill has become the defining image of the environmental perils associated with offshore oil drilling. However, well away from the TV cameras and public outrage, a lesser-known oil spill is going on right now and it has the potential to become the one of the worst in US history.

The "Taylor leak" started hemorrhaging oil into the Gulf Of Mexico around 16 kilometers (10 miles) off the coast of Louisiana in 2004, after Hurricane Ivan caused a mammoth submarine landslide. Some 14 years on, with just nine of the 25 leaking wells plugged, it’s still spewing tens of thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf every single day.

The quantities of oil are still a matter of contention and secrecy, but most estimates suggest it will become one of the worst offshore disasters in US history, as The Washington Post reports.

A big investigation by the Associated Press (AP) in 2015 found that the oil leak was far worse – over 20 times worse in terms of oil quantity – than Taylor Energy had originally reported. A recent AP report has said that a court filing submitted by Federal government lawyers suggest between 37,000 to 113,000 liters (8,140 to 24,860 gallons) of oil is leaking daily from multiple wells around a drilling platform. The federal lawyers cite a report made by a scientist who studied satellite images of the area and sampled oil at the site.

Read more: https://www.iflscience.com/environment/a-14yearlong-oil-spill-nobody-talks-about-could-become-one-of-the-worst-in-us-history/

Heavy band of oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill seen during an overflight on May 12, 2010 NOAA
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Oct 26, 2018, 03:04 AM (1 replies)

Ford recalls nearly 1.5M Focuses because engines can stall

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling nearly 1.5 million Focus compact cars in North America because a fuel system problem can cause the engines to stall without warning.

The recall covers cars from the 2012 through 2018 model years with 2-liter four-cylinder engines.

Ford says a valve in the fuel system can stick in the open position, causing too much vacuum, and an engine control computer may not detect the problem. Excessive vacuum can cause the gas tank to deform, as well as other problems.

The recall came after the U.S. government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration presented owner complaints to Ford. About 1.3 million of the recalled vehicles are in the U.S.

Dealers will reprogram the computer with new software that will detect a stuck valve, which the company says will take care of the problem in most cases. They’ll also inspect the valve, a carbon canister and gas tank and replace them if needed.

More: https://wtop.com/recalls/2018/10/ford-recalls-nearly-1-3m-focuses-because-engines-can-stall/
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Oct 26, 2018, 02:52 AM (0 replies)

The Daily Show: Filling the Swamp

The Daily Show takes stock of some of the most corrupt and unqualified people to make it into Donald Trump's orbit, including Scott Pruitt, Stephen Miller and Brett Kavanaugh.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Oct 26, 2018, 02:26 AM (3 replies)

Seth Meyers - Trump Says He's "Being Nice" While Lying About Health Care: A Closer Look

Seth takes a closer look at President Trump's closing argument for the midterms: lying about health care, immigration and a made-up tax cut.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Oct 25, 2018, 11:54 PM (0 replies)

Seth Meyers - Suspicious Packages Sent to Top Democrats, John Mayer's Sex Partners - Monologue 10/24

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Oct 25, 2018, 11:30 PM (3 replies)

WP: Can Beto O'Rourke really beat Ted Cruz in Texas?

Beto O’Rourke has the hype. But can he beat Ted Cruz in Texas? The odds are stacked against him. The Washington Post has followed the Senate race in Texas since April, visiting 20 cities and towns across the state. O’Rourke has represented El Paso in Congress since 2013. Cruz was elected to the Senate in the same election cycle. They are now facing off in one of the highest profile races of the 2018 midterm elections.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Oct 25, 2018, 11:22 PM (7 replies)

The Daily Show: Julian Castro - "An Unlikely Journey" to 2020

Julián Castro discusses the role of public service in his upbringing, how to connect with Latino voters and the kinds of tactics that will work against Donald Trump in 2020.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Oct 25, 2018, 11:16 PM (0 replies)

Stephen Colbert - Monologue and Opening - 10/24/18

Stephen Reveals A Sketch Of The Serial Bomber

The Late Show has obtained an approximated sketch of the bomber responsible for sending explosive devices to the Obama, Clintons, CNN and others.

Meanwhile... Pumpkin Spiced Wings, Steve Bannon, And Halloween

There are things in the world to talk about other than Donald Trump, which would probably be news to Donald Trump.

Tuesday The 6th: Voting Day

No horror movie you'll see this October will be as terrifying as what's coming in November: voter suppression.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Oct 25, 2018, 03:57 AM (2 replies)

Seth Meyers - Democrats, CNN Targeted by Bombs; Trump's Caravan Lies: A Closer Look

Seth takes a closer look at the explosive devices sent to top Democratic politicians and CNN, and at the president lying about immigration to scare people.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Oct 24, 2018, 10:50 PM (7 replies)

Jimmy Fallon: Guest Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah Is Lupita Nyong'o's Son

Trevor Noah chats with Jimmy about the differences in heckling around the world, the almost inappropriate title he wanted for his Netflix special and how Lupita Nyong'o became his mom in the film adaptation of his memoir.

Trevor Noah Brings The Daily Show to Miami

Trevor Noah talks about taking The Daily Show to Miami and the unpredictability of doing a live show for the 2018 midterm elections.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Oct 24, 2018, 10:36 PM (0 replies)
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