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I went to an oil spill Q &A last night with local officials and I was chosen to ask three questions. My questions are in bold and the answers are below.  Feel free to post a comment!

1. Has there been talks about putting oxygen down into the sea floor to help the animals and/or to break up the oil faster via the algae growth?

Answer: NO. It was apparent to me that they are not concerned with the oxygen level (poor, innocent, animals!) as they are more with the lack of nitrogen and phosphorus.

Another problem with the oxygen, is that they are not sure how they could get oxygen down at that depth and a lot of the oil would already be on the sea floor. To me, it’s an obvious answer~ set up a pipe that is suspended mid sea and anchored into the sea floor with oxygen being released from the top AND at the bottom. When I offered that solution, that is when I was told that they were not so much worried about the oxygen than the lack of nitrogen and phosphorus. 😦

2. Does the Corexit dispersant have a smell to it? If not, how are they testing the seafood – since it appears that they are only sniffing the fish and looking for oil? (Dispersant is toxic as well).

Answer: The dispersant normally does not have a scent. There have been no real ways to test for the toxicity of the seafood in relation to the dispersant. (This is VERY concerning to me).

3. With the dispersant being biodegradable, is toxic rain a concern?

Answer. (Long pause). No. (No real further clarification, from my standpoint).

***I have to be honest when I state that I believe that toxic rain IS a very real possibility and will be continuing to look into it further.

If YOU have any questions regarding the oil spill, clean up efforts, wild life rescue, hurricane influenced actions and/or anything else, please send me a comment here and Ill do my best to answer it or find an answer to it.

NOAA stated on 05.17.10~ that the oil plumes subsea were “grossly exaggerated; some are even false.”  NOAA is currently testing the water for hydrocarbons which would be related to the oil droplets subsea.  They have yet to give an estimated time of completion for the water testing. When can we expect to have that completed?

ALSO; I would like NOAA to confirm in what manner are testing the water samples for not only hydrocarbons but residue from the dispersant; as my fear is that Corexit 9500 & 9527A are causing the oil droplets to become heavy and sink; which is why they may be seeing less oil on the surface. However, satellite imagery can only detect so deep into the water.

ADDITIONALLY; In what ways are they tracking the loop current~ that is; the loop current does not move in purely one direction based off of one factor.  Further, how they are tracking the light oil sheen that has entered the loop current as of today on the surface AND subsea?

FURTHER; In what manner are they tracking the loop current and is there is any way that the connection between the loop current and the gulf stream can be separated.

FINALLY; In what manner are you preparing for hurricane season that starts June 1st? How are you planning on forecasting the oil spread in relation to any passing through hurricanes AND how many hurricanes (% of bad ones can we expect for the 2010 hurricane season?

Today, I attended a teleconference with the Department of the Interior, BP and the US Coastguard.

I went into the conference with mixed emotions because I was hoping that the new riser insertion tool process would be successful and confused as to why I have not heard ANY news about it today.

After a comment of how there was only 25 minutes allowed for this teleconference due to time constraints, there was at least 15 minutes of general comments that anyone who was even remotely aware of the situation could have read on my blog.

BP has been hammered for the past two days as to why they are catering to Corexit alone and not allowing other alternative sources of *already approved EPA dispersants* who have been tested to be “less toxic” to be ordered.

It was said several times that “logistics” is a big factor. That is, the company closest to them, who has been pre-approved by the EPA, with the most amount of  dispersant on hand was the main determent in their selection process. The second determent was which dispersant they felt comfortable using in “large quantities”.

Allow me to translate.  BP and the Govt are catering to Corexit because they have used them for years and not even giving consideration to already approved EPA companies who can get the most dispersant to them with the lowest toxicity rate.

Noticing the uncomfortable and unsettling silence in the room, Suttles was quick to mention that there is a “new alternative”, Sea (C) Wrap 4, that is being looked at. That’s it. Not a lick of information further.

Funny how Sea Wrap can also be written like C-rap, and read as CRAP, which is exactly what BP is trying to feed us.

Another question was taken and clarification was asked about why the riser insertion tool that was attempted yesterday failed.

After much hemming and hawing, Suttles stated that as BP attempted to connect the drill pipe to insert the riser insertion tool, the frame bent so they had to pull the frame and tool back to the surface in order to re orientate the frame.

When asked if it was due to the pressure or temperature of the water at 5000 feet was the cause of the bending of the frame, Suttles replied, “No, that this was purely a mechanical failure, the insertion tool is back on the seabed and will attempt to connect tonight “.

Another call was taken asking for elaboration on the “mechanical failure”;

“As you can imagine, it is rather difficult mechanical act of taking a 5k foot long string and connect it into pipe.  Once we insert the tool into the pipe,  we will attempt to exclude the water so that we wont have the hydrate problems.

[chirp,chirp- chirp, chirp]

Then the question and answer session was over.

In conclusion, he mentions that “all information will be up at http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com”.

Based on my experience with that website, Im not holding my breath for answers.

As information comes available for the REAL reason for the mechanical failure and elaboration on the new dispersant, Sea Wrap 4, I will be updating my blog with the utmost speed and dedication.

Please check back for frequent updates as this is one of my missions in life to discover what is REALLY going on so that we dont make the same mistakes in the future. Our children’s future depends on it.

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