and the collapsed rig is leaking…
there is a need for a massive response to this, or else the oil will migrate onto the coast, into the marshes and swamps, affecting the fragile coast and wildlife
ongoing watch over this is a must, God help our state
Posted on April 24, 2010 at 4:12 PM
Updated today at 5:52 PM
ROBERT, La. – Coast Guard officials confirmed that a drill pipe connected to the well head from the Deepwater Horizon is leaking oil. The amount of oil which has leaked is unknown, according to officials.
Nearly 1,000 barrels of oil is estimated to be leaking from the pipe for the past three days, according to Coast Guard officials. Two leaks were discovered by a robot earlier.
Rear Adm. Mary Landry warned that crews and officials must be prepared to react to and clean up a major oil spill.
“This oil as it comes to the surface, it is breaking up into smaller droplets; it’s not something clumpy and heavy. But when it reaches the surface, it’s actually kind of like a sheen; it’s not bubbling oil to the surface that easily noticeable,” said Charlie Henry from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “And since we had residual oil from the fire that was going on and other fuels that were on the vessel itself, we could not distinguish that there was new oil coming to the surface.
“It wasn’t until we had continual overflights that we were able to indentify that, yes, there is a source of the sheening that is not consistent with the residual oil.”
The oil is coming from a pipe which was connected to the Deepwater Horizon, the massive oil platform which exploded, burst into flames, burned for days and then sank into the Gulf of Mexico about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana.
As oil continues to emit from the leak, officials had to notify the Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. and as well as other states along the Gulf Coast, such as Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, which may be impacted by the spill.
The platform sank to the bottom of the sea floor, nearly 5,000 feet down from the surface, which will contribute to the difficulty in capping the leak.
Officials made the announcement at an afternoon press conference, a day after a Friday press briefing, where officials said that they did not believe oil was leaking at the site, as workers tried to contain the oil at the surface from the blast.
The best case scenario, according to officials, the leak could be capped in several days, though the worst case scenario could take months to cap.
So far, the sheen is 20 by 20 miles in size and about 40 miles off the coast. Officials said that approximately 30,000 gallons of oil and water mix was recovered in the cleanup.
A day earlier, rainy weather and rough seas slowed the clean up of a surface oil sheen and rescue workers officially ended the search for survivors of the 11 workers who have been missing since the platform erupted into flames Tuesday night.