(Above quote from U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar)
Please read this.
From the above link:
A confidential government report on the unfolding spill disaster in the Gulf makes clear the Coast Guard now fears the well could become an unchecked gusher shooting millions of gallons of oil per day into the Gulf.
The following is not public," reads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Emergency Ops document dated April 28. "Two additional release points were found today. If the riser pipe deteriorates further, the flow could become unchecked resulting in a release volume an order of magnitude higher than previously thought.
In scientific circles, an order of magnitude means something is 10 times larger. In this case, an order of magnitude higher would mean the volume of oil coming from the well could be 10 times higher than the 5,000 barrels a day coming out now. That would mean 50,000 barrels a day, or 2.1 million gallons a day. It appears the new leaks mentioned in the Wednesday release are the leaks reported to the public late Wednesday night."
Here's a summary of this afternoon's press conference in Robert, La., outlining the latest efforts to handle the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and subsequent leaking.
Gov. Bobby Jindal, who joins St. Bernard Parish president Craig Taffaro and Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser in Venice and other areas following the conference:
- there's a "second line of defense" along coastal wetlanads to anchor booms in place to "preserve fragile ecosystems"
- Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries closed Lower Breton Sound at 6 a.m. this morning, and Upper Breton Sound will be closed tonight
- the state has deployed 40 field biologists and 160 others, while 40 staff members from the Department of Environmental Quality and other perform continuous air sampling at the Kenner and Chalmette monitors.
- Jindal's office has activated the joint Dept. of Transportation and Social Services in case sheltering is necessary.
- Department of Corrrections is training inmates in oil cleanup efforts, and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is training National Guard members for cleanup.
- Department of Health and Hospitals have ordered to close oyterbeds along the east Louisiana coast, including harvesting areas 2-7.
- BP has employed 10 control teams.
- When asked if Louisiana will sue BP, Jindal said the focus is to mitigate damage and encourage BP to get assistance from the federal government. There will be time for claims later, he says.
Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security, who flew over effected areas before landing at the conference:
- "BP is the responsible party," and it will be "required to fund the cost of response and clean up operations," as well as "leverage additional assets" to lead the efforts: "It's time for BP to supplement current mobilization as slick oil moves to shore."
- "We're here to make sure resources are being used wisely and (at the) greatest effect of minimal environmental risk."
- says President Barack Obama has ordered every available resource be used in the cleanup and containment efforts
- has "anticipated a plan for worst case scenario since Day One"
- The spill is of "national significance, this means this is a substantial release of oil or hazardous substances which will require sustained involvement with senior officials across government."
Efforts in progress:
- chemical dispersants (of which 139,459 gallons have been used so far)
- 220,00 feet of boom has been deployed at six stations, with hundreds thousands of feet staged and waiting to be deployed.
- 1,900 personnel deployed
- 853,000 gallons of oily water collected with 300 vessels and dozens of aircraft
- Secretary of Defense has approved for two C130 aircraft to dispense oil-dispersing chemicals, and isen route. The aircraft are cable of covering 250 acres per flight, with three flights per day.
- Navy is ending additional booms and personnel.
- Napolitano: "We will continue to push BP, while taking steps to ensure protection of shoreline, wildlife and precious lands."
- "BP has a massive spill for which they are responsible. The oil threatens communites, wildlife and natural resources around the Gulf of Mexico."
- "Our focus remains, as it has for last the 10 days, is to oversee BP efforts to secure the wellhead and minimize the damage that could come."
- says he has pressed BP CEOs to work "smarter and faster to get the job done."
- "We cannot rest, we will not rest, until BP permanently seals the wellhead and cleans up every drop of oil."
- Has ordered the immediate inspections of all drilling operations in the gulf and to conduct a full and thorough test of operations and blowout safety.
- Today, Salazar will sign an executive order establishing an Outer Continental Shelf Safety review board to provide recommendations and steps for OCS safety and to "improve overall management."
- "Those responsible will be held accountable."
- launched a joint investigation with Homeland Security into cause of explosion
Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson:
- Air sampling began yesterday, water quality testing begins today: www.epa.gov/bpspill
- Additional air monitoring will look for other contaminants at two mobile labs
- The smell? "Probably due in part to spill," thanks to a "large sheen, thin layer, increased wave and wind activity," which moves odor instate.
Doug Suttles, BP chief operating officer:
- "Since this event began April 20, we've only had only 3 priorities: Stop the flow of oil, minimize the impact, and keep the public informed. ... We've utilized every technology available, we've applied every resource requested, we continue to try to stop the source of the flow, we continue to develop new options, both to address the continued flow of ol at the seabed but also to minimize the impact to the environment. We welcome every new idea and every flow of support, both from state and federal government. We had an idea submitted to us 48 hours ago about the subsea dispense of chemicals. That operation will begin in less than two hours (Ed. note: about 5 p.m.). As we speak, members of the Department of Defense are with our team in Houston looking for new ideas. ... Like everyone, we understand and completely agree we need to bring this event to closure as quickly as possible, and we need to address the impact as fully as we can, and BP's resources will be made available to do that."
- "We don't know what caused this event. The government has an investigation they initiated, we launched our own internal investigation, as well."
- BP spending $6 million to $7 million a day, and costs will increase as oil gets closer to shore.
This well was drilled with expectations if there were explosion and failure, a blowout preventer would close leaking. When that failed, BP took actions designed to take other actions along the riser on the well to close off oil flow. None of those worked. ... We need to move more speedily to protect wetlands, marshes, and the ecosystem here. Federal government stands not just to support BP but to move aggressively to support parishes, residents, affected areas, businesses, fishermen, stores, all who've had livelihoods endangered. ... We will make sure that response is there, it's strong, coordianted and designed to minimize harm."