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July 27, 2010 – Comments (14)

Has adapted once again. 

The numbers don't lie: two weeks ago, skimmers picked up about 25,000 barrels of oily water. Last Thursday, they gathered just 200 barrels.

Still, it doesn't mean that all the oil that gushed for weeks is gone. Thousands of small oil patches remain below the surface, but experts say an astonishing amount has disappeared, reabsorbed into the environment.

"[It's] mother nature doing her job," said Ed Overton, a professor of environmental studies at Louisiana State University.

The world is not going to end after all, and I think it's safe to pull up UltraLong's fantastic blog on the oversold oil companies and see what's still for sale. You may have jumped in already, but I like to be conservative.

David in Qatar

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#1) On July 27, 2010 at 1:19 AM, SockMarket (41.61) wrote:

just a thought. there isn't anything to absorb it out there except:

1) bacteria, and there aren't enough oil eating ones to take up all, or even most of that oil

2) fish and other sea creatures

3) water

4) plants

5) rocks

3&5 don't hold very much for a long time, so:

so it is still in the ecosystem regardless... oil may not reach the beaches but it doesn't mean its effects are gone. It will take years, probably even decades for this whole thing to pan out, sorry for the bad pun (oil pan, for those who aren't thinking along the lines of a pun) but I don't think this actually reduces the affect any. It simply shifts the location

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#2) On July 27, 2010 at 1:28 AM, whereaminow (24.34) wrote:

In a completely unrelated story, it looks like the media is trying to turn the Wikileaks issue into an issue about Wikileaks itself instead of the content that was acquired.  Interesting... Will the dead-stream-media even investigate the contents?

I got a kick out of the Pakistan intelligence community story.  Theyr'e shocked, shocked, mind you, that they would be helping the Taliban.  Um, who created the Taliban?  If you said Pakistan Intelligence go to the front of the class.  In other words, this isn't news - just a sad reflection on the state of journalism and how little viewers actually know about current events.

Ever have someone tell you with pride how knowledgeable they are of current events because the watch the news?  Yeah, those people are idiots.

David in Qatar

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#3) On July 27, 2010 at 1:37 AM, whereaminow (24.34) wrote:

daniel,

I'm sure of that, and I'm no fan of our government mandated oil cartel.  I just think it is quite amazing that Mother Nature always seems to hold up quite well.  This isn't the first oil spill in history after all.

David in Qatar

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#4) On July 27, 2010 at 6:15 AM, devoish (97.09) wrote:

I am glad that all that oil has gone to a happy place where it will help plankton and seal life to grow up big and strong and healthy, not weak and small and small and toxic to its predators.

A person should probably wait a few days (or years) to write a "happy happy" post such as this until it is known where the oil went, the level of toxiticy left behind, and the actual impact on populations of bottom dwellers and the rest of the sea life.

Have a nice day.

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#5) On July 27, 2010 at 6:15 AM, devoish (97.09) wrote:

http://www.nrdc.org/energy/gulfspill/belowsurface.asp 

 

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#6) On July 27, 2010 at 6:23 AM, devoish (97.09) wrote:

It is a relief to hear that mama Nature is up to any task we throw at her -

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.grinningplanet.com/2005/05-17/dead_zone_NASA_copyright1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.grinningplanet.com/2005/05-17/gulf-of-mexico-dead-zone-usa-global-article.htm&usg=__i44tBB0kYbtyaFr6IH1a1K4IFlc=&h=210&w=280&sz=9&hl=en&start=14&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=Zroja1cNvdmuBM:&tbnh=86&tbnw=114&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dgulf%2Bdead%2Bzone%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX%26rlz%3D1T4TSHB_enUS280US283%26tbs%3Disch:1 

 

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#7) On July 27, 2010 at 6:31 AM, whereaminow (24.34) wrote:

That's an interesting picture.  It looks a lot like the one here.  It makes me wonder if they just took a map of oil wells and draped the colors of the "dead" zone over the top of it.  For example, why does it end at exactly the same point where oil drilling ends?  Is there some magic in the water on the AL/MS border that keeps the fish alive? 

David in Qatar:

 

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#8) On July 27, 2010 at 6:36 AM, whereaminow (24.34) wrote:

Nah, after a closer look, they are slightly different.  Not quite sure what it has to do with my point, but thanks for sharing.

And I will have an awesome day! (Actually it's almost over.. oh well, I'll save it for tomorrow.)

David in Qatar

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#9) On July 27, 2010 at 7:29 AM, cthomas1017 (97.56) wrote:

Oil beneath the surface is just another of those shrill, unscientific theories that get regurgitated by the environmentalists who are more about pushing socialist propaganda than looking at facts.

The fact is that this isn't the worst eco-disaster in the history of the world.  The fact is that there aren't massive amounts of fish or flora washing up on the beaches.  The fact is that there isn't massive amounts of oil washing up on the beaches.  So the only thing these people can come up with is their fantasy that "IT REALLY IS BAD!  WE JUST DON"T HAVE ANY EVIDENCE!"  At least when Alstry does it, he doesn't have to manufacture data or claim that it's hidden behind the door that you can't really see.

These eco-terrorists are simply manufacturing concepts and data and using it to exploit the same fears that causes people to believe urban legends that were debunked 20 years ago.

So let's all chant the mantra...  "There really are fish dying.  You just can't see them.  There really is oil washing up on the beaches.  It's just really clear and odorless.  The entire eco-system in the Gulf of Mexico is destroyed.  It's just that you can't observe it.  And all the clean up workers have died and the news media hasn't reported it because they all died too.  And so did all their families.  That's why you don't hear about it.  They all died.  The people who claim they are still alive are just being paid by BP and the Obama administration to say that they survived.  But we know they couldn't have, because THIS IS THE WORST ECO-DISASTER EVER!!!!"

Now that I think about it, Alstry hasn't been posting as much lately. 

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#10) On July 27, 2010 at 8:42 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

From the time we are born this planet is trying to kill us. Take a moment to think about all the things this planet can throw at us: rain, lightning, lava, wind, dust, bacteria, viruses, two party systems, sharks, tigers, penis fishes, Saturday Night Football, sushi, tar pits, Ford Pintos, burned popcorn, freezing temperatures, broiling heat, forest fires, Valentine's Day...The list of horrors is endless!!! 

As a form of revenge I'm all for cracking the sea floor and letting the oil run amok. This planet is a murderous b!tch, she had earned a black eye. Bring it on Gaia! I'm not going out without a fight!

Unmedicatedly Yours,

Cato

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#11) On July 27, 2010 at 9:23 AM, whereaminow (24.34) wrote:

well this has sparked some unusual conversation.  i'm not sayin i don't like it, but it's out there :)

David in Qatar

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#12) On July 27, 2010 at 11:54 AM, nzsvz9 (< 20) wrote:

David,

The ecosystem will (as you describe) adapt - it is just a matter of time. This is an "ecological disaster" for the time it affects the flora and fauna, and people of the area - but it will not be permanent. The mechanics of chemistry, geology, and the blessings of biology will handle this over time. This does not mean we should ignore it and let natural processes handle it; no, if we can accelerate or mitigate the immediate effects, then the responsible party (primarily BP) should do so (to make things whole as reasonably possible) - and it appears they are.

The greater effect here seems to be the economic impact on the region - to the fisheries, tourism, oil exploration/production, and related ancillary businesses. It has yet to be seen if the economic impact is greater than the ecological impact.

Known as hung juror without prognostication ability, or just nzsvz9

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#13) On July 27, 2010 at 1:02 PM, blake303 (29.30) wrote:

cthomas1017 (30.38) wrote: Oil beneath the surface is just another of those shrill, unscientific theories that get regurgitated by the environmentalists who are more about pushing socialist propaganda than looking at facts.

 

Oil beneath the surface is an unscientific theory? Ask some Prince Edward Sound herring fisherman about the facts. 

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#14) On July 27, 2010 at 2:21 PM, starbucks4ever (98.67) wrote:

I think the actual damage to the environment is going to be very small. But the Obama team is going to recruit every tree hugger and make a mountain out of a molehill to fine BP for all it's worth, so BP is not such a bargain as many believe. 

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