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NOAA’s Oil Spill Response in the Gulf of Mexico

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NOAA and White House officials examine fish samples taken from spill area

As the nation’s leading scientific resource for oil spills, the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been on the scene of the BP spill from the start, providing coordinated scientific weather and biological response services to federal, state and local organizations.

NOAA has mobilized experts from across the agency to help contain the spreading oil spill and protect the Gulf of Mexico’s many marine mammals, sea turtles, fish, shellfish and other endangered marine life.

NOAA spill specialists are advising the U.S. Coast Guard on cleanup options as well as advising all affected federal, state and local partners on sensitive marine resources at risk in this area of the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally:

  • NOAA is predicting the oil spill’s trajectory and the path of the layers of oil floating on the surface. OR&R experts are conducting aerial surveys to update trajectory maps and visually track the movement of the spill.
  • NOAA’s National Weather Service is providing regular weather forecasts to a joint federal command center in Louisiana to facilitate operations planning and response efforts.
  • Experienced marine mammal spotters from NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center are participating in surveillance flights flown by the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations to assess the species and populations that may come in contact with the spill.
  • NOAA also is using experimental satellite data from our Satellite Analysis Branch to survey the extent of spill-related marine pollution.

As a major partner in the federal response to this evolving incident, NOAA will continue to provide the necessary coastal and marine expertise required for sound, timely decision-making and help protect the affected Gulf Coast communities and coastal marine environment.

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Method to corral the oil

It is understandable that the concrete cap was not a success on capturing the oil escaping from the broken pipe. I have made the suggestion before with no feedback. The oil could be captured and managed by connecting a fabric curtian of which the bottom would be weighted and the top and sides afixed with the buoyant material.
Refrain from using the dispersant, allow the crude to surface in the curtian. The curtila can be made from the same materials available for use when painting bridges and water towers. I believe that it is usually a nylon blend.
I would be happy to send drawings and additional ideas if there is any interest>

Thank you for the opportunity to present an option to resolve this catastrophic event.

Elizabeth M. Hoke

Escaping Dangerous Gases

What is the reading on the escaping gases from the oil well?

Benzine? Hydrogen Sulfide? Methylene Chloride?

Thank you for your help.