Posted by: drgeophysics | May 10, 2010

Gulf of Mexico oil spill–information and maps.

Live feed from well head.

A second live feed source.

A third live feed source.

Live feed from BP  (this link appears dead).

NOAA National Weather Service Decision Support Center.

The National Research Council’s Oil in the Sea III Inputs, Fates and Effects (2003) ; and Dagmar Schmidt Etkin’s Report “Analysis of U.S. Oil Spillage,” which API issued last August.

Deepwater oil spill-pressure tutorial.

Lessons not learned from 2003 Gulf of Mexico incident.

Using a tactical nuclear weapon to seal leak pathway.

Google map embedded mash up comparing oil spill to various geographical spatial reference regions.

The oil drum overview for people new to hydrocarbon production.  This is well worth carefully reviewing.

Updated May 9th.  1.4 million feet of staged boom, 23 helicopters, 14 fixed wing aircraft in operation.

The Independent analysis.  This will cost decades of off shore production (can you say Marcellus shale?).

An oilman looks this over and gives some speculation that is well presented.

LSU resources–Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

NASA image index of oil spill.

NOAA site for oil spill related data and information.

Welcome to the world at Peak Oil, a review of the Gulf Oil spill and how it shows our future.

Earlier MMS deep water oil spill test.  Summary from FDL. MMS report.

Clearly the situation was out of control for years given this report from the New York Times:

The federal Minerals Management Service gave permission to BP and dozens of other oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits from another agency that assesses threats to endangered species — and despite strong warnings from that agency about the impact the drilling was likely to have on the gulf.”

Here is the news story.

Selected References:

Clester, S.M., J.S. Hornafius, J. Scepan and J.E. Estes, Quantification of the relationship between natural gas seepage rates and surface oil volume in the Santa Barbara Channel, EOS Transactions of the American Geophysical Union 77 (1996), p. 420.

Cutler J. Cleveland (Lead Author); C Michael Hogan and Peter Saundry (Topic Editor);. 2010. “Deepwater Horizon oil spill.” In: Encyclopedia of Earth. Eds. Cutler J. Cleveland (Washington, D.C.: Environmental Information Coalition, National Council for Science and the Environment). [First published in the Encyclopedia of Earth May 24, 2010; Last revised May 30, 2010; Retrieved May 30, 2010],

Farwell, Christopher, Christopher M. Reddy, Emily Peacock, Robert K. Nelson, Libe Washburn and David L. Valentine, Weathering and the Fallout Plume of Heavy Oil from Strong Petroleum Seeps Near Coal Oil Point, CA, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2009, 43 (10), pp 3542–3548.

National Research Council Committee on Oil in the Sea. 2003.Oil in the Sea III: Inputs, Fates, and Effects. National Research Council Ocean Studies Board and Marine Board Divisions of Earth and Life Studies and Transportation Research Board. National Academy Press, Washington, DC, USA. 265 pp.

Schmidt Etkin, Dagmar; Analysis of U.S. Oil Spillage, API Publication 356, American Petroleum Institute, August 2009, Washington, D.C.

Wardlaw, George D., J. Samuel Arey, Christopher M. Reddy, Robert K. Nelson, G. Todd Ventura and David L. Valentine, Disentangling Oil Weathering at a Marine Seep Using GC×GC: Broad Metabolic Specificity Accompanies Subsurface Petroleum Biodegradation, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2008, 42 (19), pp 7166–7173.


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