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Old 05-04-2010, 02:36 PM
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Here is what I have found so far, a huge gas bubble came up the riser and enveloped the platform, the electrical was shut down but a emergency generator came on for some reason then "Boom".
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We canít even count the amount of money lost. Here is an example: The Emerald Coast Poker Run, all the money they donate to the childrenís fund. (No Poker Run, No Money) Blaming everyone is not going to help anything, letís Pray they get it shut off soon and the cleanup is quick. I volunteered with the Tri State Bird Rescue to try and help. For the good of boating and everything else we should all think about how to help clean this mess up.
EC isnt until August. Don;'t you think it may be ok by then???..
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EC isnt until August. Don;'t you think it may be ok by then???..
Who knows? I hope so! I'm ready to burn some gas not clean birds.
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EC isnt until August. Don;'t you think it may be ok by then???..
Depends on your definition of 'ok'.

There's still oil on the beaches of Prince William Sound 22 years after the fact. Even after all the money spent on cleanup, best estimates say they only got 20% of it. Actual number is probably closer to 12-15.
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So what do we do now?????

We're still dependant on oil so what's the alternative....that's the real discussion....

Are we all destined to have electric motors in our bilge with the cabins lined with batteries???? And where do we get the energy to charge/re-charge the batteries....and all the toxic chemicals and rare metals and compounds that are used to produce these batteries???

There is no easy solution in my opinion....

In the meantime I'm going boating and enjoying my blower engines!
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ditto on the blowers and the sound of v8's and 10's...can't imagine buying a boat with some sort of hybrid engine with goofy looking solar cells on the deck
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So what do we do now?????

We're still dependant on oil so what's the alternative....that's the real discussion....

Are we all destined to have electric motors in our bilge with the cabins lined with batteries???? And where do we get the energy to charge/re-charge the batteries....and all the toxic chemicals and rare metals and compounds that are used to produce these batteries???

There is no easy solution in my opinion....

In the meantime I'm going boating and enjoying my blower engines!
There you go, there is not enough wind and solar let only batteries to supply everything.

I like the bio algae fuel they are working with, uses the CO2 from power plants to grow!
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We could use the flux capacitor in a Delorean.... oh wait that was a movie
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Correct, with a tiny bit of discipline and a whole bunch of money private industry can employ modern technology oil skimmers, we could nail that thing and be turning it into gasoline in a week.

<The drum type skimmers seem to be the most effective and intrigue me the most. >

Think about it - free oil!

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All I've seen out there are those orange barriers that do no good in any water over 1'-2'. However, this company has some other systems that might work in the Gulf;

http://mavideniz.com.tr/product/Disp...t_Systems.html
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Here's a good article on the economy of the affected region.

Some of the highlights:

• Gulf tourism: 620,000 jobs and $9 billion in wages.

• Recreational fishing trips: 25 million in 2006, with 40% of the total U.S. marine recreational fishing catch from the Gulf.

• The Gulf's commercial seafood industry: $21 billion.

• Gulf commercial fishing: 14 percent of U.S. commercial fishery landings.

• Gulf shellfish: 56 percent of U.S. oyster landings, 35 percent of its blue claw crabs, 83 percent of U.S. shrimp landings.

• 4,000 oil and gas platforms in the Gulf, with 100,000 workers.

• 27% of U.S. crude oil production.

• Six of the nation's top 10 ports are on the Gulf Coast: South Louisiana; Houston, Beaumont, and Corpus Christi, Texas; Mobile, Alabama; and New Orleans. All together, they handled 740 million tons of cargo in 2009.

Also, as was pointed out in another article I read today, our national economy is barely moving into recovery mode. There are much wider implications for the negative effect this mess will have the nation as a whole.

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BREAKING: Large Air Spill At Wind Farm. No Threats Reported. Some Claim To Enjoy The Breeze.
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