This is just breaking within the past hour or so.
Below is the press release from the ‘Restore the Gulf.gov’ site along with the initial draft agreement.
Still looking at the news articles just coming online.
Aug 18 2010
Two weeks ago we were being told the majority of the Oil Spilled was “mostly” gone …
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs points to a pie chart on the BP oil spill during the Daily White House Press Briefing, Washington, DC.
AFP/ Getty Images
Now, University of South Florida, Marine Scientists are reporting Science has a different tale, to tell …
Aug 06 2010
The oil has gone? Tell that to Gulf coast residents
By Rupert Cornwell, independent.co.uk — 6 August 2010
And though only a quarter of the 4.9m barrels reckoned to have leaked is still unaccounted, that represents the equivalent of five Exxon Valdez, the tanker whose spill caused an environmental catastrophe in Alaska in 1989.
“There are still boats out there every day working, finding turtles with oil on them and seeing grass lines with oil in it,” charter boat captain Randy Boggs, of Orange Beach in Alabama, told the Associated Press. “All the oil isn’t accounted for. There are millions of pounds of tar balls and oil on the bottom.”
Turns out, This — TIMES 5 —
IS mostly STILL There! … lurking somewhere, just below the surface …
Jun 12 2010
Let’s see, Maybe the NYTimes will help …
Last week, Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida, tried to bring a small group of journalists with him on a trip he was taking through the gulf on a Coast Guard vessel. Mr. Nelson’s office said the Coast Guard agreed to accommodate the reporters and camera operators. But at about 10 p.m. on the evening before the trip, someone from the Department of Homeland Security’s legislative affairs office called the senator’s office to tell them that no journalists would be allowed.
“They said it was the Department of Homeland Security’s response-wide policy not to allow elected officials and media on the same ‘federal asset,'” said Bryan Gulley, a spokesman for the senator.
Capt. Ron LaBrec, a Coast Guard spokesman, said that about a week into the cleanup response, the Coast Guard started enforcing a policy that prohibits news media from accompanying candidates for public office on visits to government facilities, “to help manage the large number of requests for media embeds and visits by elected officials.”
Reason 10) Elected officials and Media on the same ‘federal asset,’ are not allowed.
Reason 9) Easier to manage requests for ‘media embeds’ and visits by elected officials.
Jun 10 2010
Hot off the Presses …
Scoop: Gulf well may be gushing 25,000 to 30,000 barrels
By Joel Achenbach, washingtonpost.com — June 10, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
Just filed to the web some new figures we obtained this afternoon from the federal government that suggest the Deepwater Horizon well is gushing more oil than previously estimated.
The Flow Rate Technical Group has about five subgroups, and the one that is looking at the video of the leak, the so-called plume team,
has come up with an estimate of 20,000 to 40,000 barrels a day,
with the most likely range being 25,000 to 30,000 barrels.
The team had earlier estimated the flow at 12,000 to 25,000 barrels.
May 22 2010
Science is one of those subjects I’m passionate about. Without Science, we’d still be casting spells, and coaxing The Fates.
If we’re not careful, we may be headed back to those “bad old days”.
Scientists Fault Lack of Studies Over Gulf Oil Spill
Justin Gillis, NYTimes – 05/19/2010
“It seems baffling that we don’t know how much oil is being spilled,” Sylvia Earle, a famed oceanographer, said Wednesday on Capitol Hill. “It seems baffling that we don’t know where the oil is in the water column.”
The administration acknowledges that its scientific resources are stretched by the disaster, but contends that it is moving to get better information, including a more complete picture of the underwater plumes.
“We’re in the early stages of doing that, and we do not have a comprehensive understanding as of yet of where that oil is,” Jane Lubchenco, the NOAA administrator, told Congress on Wednesday. “But we are devoting all possible resources to understanding where the oil is and what its impact might be.”
Maybe NOAA was too busy, texting BP?
May 19 2010
BP has claimed that the new 4 inch Pipe inserted into the 21 Riser pipe is siphoning off 20% of the leaking oil. And then they updated that figure to 40% the next day.
Sounds good on the Morning News, but how did they get those numbers?
And those calcs ended up: roughly 4.4% of the larger [inner] area would be covered by the smaller [outer] area — BUT all that was just a Red Herring — it turns out due to this BP picture (and its large rubber gaskets)
Looks good on Paper. Could the insert pipe with its many rubber stoppers actually be blocking up to 40% of the leaking oil from the larger pipe?
Yet one wonders, where did that 40% number come from, especially since BP is not all that keen on measuring and monitoring?
Sep 30 2009
This Press Release, from General Shinseki and the VA, is just coming out and hitting subscriber in-boxes as well as being posted on the VA site:
Aug 27 2009
As brought to you by their “Dear Leader” of their Political Cult:
Today Rush Limbaugh used Ted Kennedy’s death to keep pushing the “death book” tale, that claim being spread on the right that Obama’s veteran’s agency is distributing manuals urging veterans to hurry up and die.