Friday, the containment cap that is covering the oil spill appears to be bouncing and unstable in the Gulf of Mexico; the containment cap is moving more frequently because of the high winds and it should settle down this weekend as calmer weather approaches, according to BP spokesman Mark Proegler.
The containment cap may not be collecting as much oil because it is moving so much, according to Steven Wereley, a member of the Flow Rate Technical Group.
Hurricane Alex brought rains, strong winds and waves before it lost most of its strength over northeastern Mexico. Many states along the Gulf coast hoped to resume cleanup Friday after Hurricane Alex was downgraded to a tropical storm, but waves have created a dangerous sea and hundreds of oil skimmers were called in, according to the Coast Guard.
“We had to stand down because of the storm activity. Now that oil has been spewed all over the Chandeleur Islands,” said Craig Taffaro, the president of St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana. “We are going out again tomorrow to start cleaning it up. We have to go back out, basically start over,” he said Thursday, but delays may be held over until Saturday if weather doesn’t improve.
This week, the state of Louisiana asked BP to pay for the mental health costs of residents in the state because of the oil spill, but BP isn’t paying. Last week, the first suicide because of the oil spill and loss of income occurred in Louisiana. Captain William Allen Kruse committed suicide last Wednesday, after his life and lifestyle changed dramatically because of oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. For more on his story, click here.
Sunday morning, the first oily tar bars washed ashore in Mississippi; by Sunday afternoon a 23-person crew began to clean up the mess along the shores of Pascagoula, Mississippi. For more on that story, click here.
Hurricane Alex reached landfall Wednesday in northern Mexico, and heavy rains and winds did severe damage and killed at least two people. For more on that story and to see photos of the area, click here.
Thursday, a New Orleans judge is expected to rule if the government ban on deepwater drilling will continue in the Gulf of Mexico. Obama’s administration asked Judge Martin Feldman to delay his decision on lifting the ban until an appeals court can get to the case later this summer. The judge denied that request. For more on that story, click here.
A lawsuit was filed from a group of companies that state the government has no evidence that the existing operations pose a threat to the Gulf of Mexico, and asked that the ban be removed. The companies provide boats and equipment to the drilling industry. For more on that story, click here.
To see incredible photos of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, click here.
To see photos taken recently of the oil spill that hit the Louisiana coastline and the wildlife it has affected, click here.
Last week, a BP document was released by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts that gave the worst case scenario of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; the report stated that an estimated 100,000 barrels (or 4.2 million gallons) could leak into the ocean per day. The report was created after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and was submitted in May. For more on that story, click here.
BP shareholder class action lawsuit was filed last week in the Eastern District of Louisiana and the organizers of the suit hope to bring angry people all over the world together. The case alleges that BP was not conducting a safe operation in oil drilling, but misled the public by acting as though they were. For more information on that story, click here.
Actor Kevin Costner has invested about $26 million into his Ocean Therapy Solutions machine, and six of the machines were sent to the Gulf for testing. BP has ordered 32 more machines that recycle water to separate the oil. For more information on this story, click here.
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