Saturday, May 29, 2010

How "the worst environmental catastrophe in all of human history" should be handled (hint: certainly not the way BP is doing it)

A Better Approach: BP will *not* be able to plug the oil gusher & EU/Russian reporting on the spill

Friday, May 28th, 2010

The European Union Times is reporting the true scale of BP’s oil spill, calling it “about to become the worst environmental catastrophe in all of human history threatening the entire eastern half of the North American continent with “total destruction”.”

Probably BP will *not* be able to plug the oil gusher due to the heavy pressure of water against the lighter oil at extreme ocean depth. The oil will travel clockwise around the Gulf current and then up the Eastern seaboard in the Gulf stream current. From there it will travel around the northern part of the Atlantic ocean and southwards. Any oil that is “dispersed” by evaporation will enter the atmospheric water and come down in rain.

BP and our government should stop trying to disperse the oil into the ocean and the atmosphere, and focus on how to sop up, sponge up, soak up, vacuum up, contain in whatever way, the oil and use it to make biofuel or send it to the refinery! The Obama administration should stop BP from using the dispersants and take over the clean-up, inviting every human being and nation and oil company to help in whatever way we can, and begin to clean out the oil from the ocean. Otherwise, this planet could be in serious trouble. It would be better for humanity to contain and recover the spill in the Gulf rather than disperse it into all our water world-wide.

Here is one idea for using hay & grass clippings to clean up the oil in a way it could be reused as fuel (*after* his “dispersant idea that is better than BPs but still not a good approach IMO.)

Someone should tell the politicians to read this EU article and to start looking for ways to get the oil *out* of the water and reuse it rather than disperse it into our ocean and atmospheric water because oil in water is toxic at just a few parts per Million. There will be plenty of time for the blame game *after* we work together to respond to the catastrophe.

Since when do we “disperse” any toxic spills? We **contain** them. This oil spill needs to be contained by finding ways to vacuum up, sop up, sponge up, or soak up, the oil from the water’s surface and prevent oil from getting into our atmosphere and into the world’s oceans.

A team of scientists and engineers working for the US administration and any volunteers that can be mustered, need to focus on containment and recovery and reprocessing of the oil.

Kathy Dopp
Town of Colonie, NY 12304
“One of the best ways to keep any conversation civil is to support the discussion with true facts.”


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