New Oil Spill Off the Coast of Louisiana in the Gulf

Going green — By Stephanie on March 23, 2011 at 6:58 am

Not even a year after the massive BP Oil Spill, a new oil spill off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf has been discovered.  Over the past few days, crude oil has been washing into the white sand beaches near Grand Isle, giving vacationers a sight for which they didn’t bargain.

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Fresh oil spill in the Gulf in March 2011 (photo by Betty Doud)

As of the date of this publication, experts had not determined where the oil was coming from, although the theory is that a leaking drilling rig near Grand Isle is suspect.  But one thing is for certain – a new oil spill has emerged, and it is impacting the shorelines again. The Coast Guard has mobilized workers to lay boom in environmentally sensitive areas and cleanup crews will help as oil comes ashore.

Mike Roberts of the Louisiana Bayoukeepers commented:

“It looked like a huge amount of oil in the Gulf.  They could smell it from the airplane and I could smell it from the boat. This wasn’t just Mississippi River mud.”

Fears are mounting that the new oil spill off the coast will affect wildlife like last summer’s tragedy.  Bonny Schumaker with Of Wings of Care watched a pod of dolphins trying to keep one apparently mortally ill dolphin afloat in the the Gulf:

“There were dolphins and turtles and a large bull redfish lying dead on its back… They worked for a full 20 minutes trying to push this other one up, and eventually I guess they gave up.”

With memories from last year’s oil spill in the Gulf still fresh, the need to replace our fossil fuel addiction with renewable energy is even more clear than the muddy waters off the coast of Louisiana.

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  1. The oil spill has been caused, I beleive, by exploding hydrates in the Gulf bed. The earthquake in Japan oscillated Florida wells for a full two hours. That means it also disturbed the methane hydrates in the Gulf. There has probably been an explosion of them strong enough to breach the sea bed and release the oil. Yes it will come up from someones borehole, but the reason why is probably hydrate explosions that forced them their The Gulf sea bed has been weaken and deteriorated by 64 years of drilling.

    It is time to put the words methane hydrate in front of the public. They are words that have been in the oil and gas industry’s lexicon for years, since 1939 when they were first discovered forming in the Canol pipline in the Arctic. It is my strong and honestly held opinion based on provable facts- that while under certan circumstances they can and do form naturally all over the universe, the bulk of the hydrates that exist on earth today in the deep earth, where there is not naturally any water fresh enough for their formation, have been synthtically made by the oil and gas industry’s use of fresh water below the oil and the use of carbon dioxide to retort oil.

    At the time oil exploration began on earth the only place they could naturally form was Lake Baikal in Russia. It sits on a fault and methane periodically is thrust into it from magmatic activity below the fault. The lake is very deep, deep enough and cold enough to have the proper temperature pressure combination for hydrate formation. There they can form, and I believe have formed in the past and spread out. Lake Baikal is clearly the probable source of our past ice ages. Methane gas is a fearsome substance. It can suddenly subtract or add heat to our environment. . .up to a whopping 400 degrees F either way. The condition of the earth from oil and gas drilling for 160 years needs to be investigated all over the world and investigated now. there are signs that it is time to get everybody out of the pool; it is time to stop the wishful thinking that we can continue to degrade the substructure of earth to get the oil out. There were massive stores of methane hydrates in the exact poasition of the Japanase earthquake, according to methane hydrate scientists. When they break they migrate when possible to shallower waters, both the fresh water and the methane push everything up through fractures in the earth there both naturally and created by the oil and gas industry’s drilling techniques.

    It is my hinestly held opinion based on provable facts if the press would ever pick up a scientific report and read them that qwe are in dire jeopardy from the condition of our sea beds. the release of methane into the sea and air not only kills the sea live we eat, it kills the sea life that makes 98% of the air we breath.

    Methane hydrate is a really big story, really, really big. I wish journalists would wake up and smell this story of human hubris sooner not later, before it becomes the biggest human generated story ever

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