The news isn’t good. The top kills and junk shots haven’t worked. As of this writing, the so-called “live cam” from BP shows what looks like the same thing we saw from the first glimpse: black oil flowing out.
BP is expected to announce that it will move on to its next option, known as LMRP. You can click on that link to read BP’s technical “junk-jargon” on this next maneuver. It all sounds more like a crap shoot than anything else, but that’s my opinion. A time-buying crap shoot at that.
This is what the Gulf of Mexico looks like today, from SkyTruth.
Today the oil seems to be heading towards Florida.
University of South Florida researchers have discovered a huge plume of subsurface oil they say is heading from the Deepwater Horizon spill toward an underwater canyon whose currents would ferry it straight to Florida’s West Coast.
The plume – 22 miles long and more than 6 miles wide – is invisible, and can only be detected with special equipment and chemical tests.
But if it enters the DeSoto Canyon, it might spread droplets of oil throughout the ecosystem of West Florida’s waters, potentially washing the tiny plants and animals that feed larger organisms in a stew of toxic chemicals.
The plume reaching waters on the continental shelf could have a toxic effect on fish larvae, and we also may see a long term response as it cascades up the food web,” Hollander said.
The news comes as another oil-bearing threat to Florida’s shoreline – that stemming from the Loop Current – has begun to recede, at least for now.
Two weeks ago, satellite images and models showed oil beginning to enter the Loop, a powerful current that could transfer oil from into the Gulfstream, which passes through the Florida Keys and past Palm Beach. But the current’s northern tip has since split off, scientists say, with only a little oil having entered the main body of the current.
“Now it’s completely separated,” said Yonggang Liu, an oceanographer with USF. But “there’s a sign that shows it might reattach to the Loop Current in the next few days.”
This news comes to us in spite of the fact that BP is reportedly trying to keep the press and photographers from entering certain areas. Here’s why.
They’ve also tried to restrict the air space around the spill area, which brings me pause. I’m not sure why or how they intend to do that and what the reasoning is. Luckily, they can’t control it all. Yesterday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sent out another Hurricane Hunter from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa to see where the slick was spreading.
“I was shocked when we circled around Ground Zero today,” said Nick Shay, a scientist from the University of Miami working with NOAA. “It was a lot worse than I had envisioned.”
Shay says the spill is spreading to the south, which is good news for Florida’s panhandle, but bad news for the Keys. South Florida could see serious oil effects within a week.
NOAA also closed off more of the Gulf to fishing, including the popular West Florida Shelf. Now, 25 percent of the federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico are closed to fishing.
Here’s the latest trajectory through Monday.
The Gulf Is screwed.
– 6:00PM Post BP Press Conference