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BP Oil Spill Live Feed Update: The Oil Skimmer and New Orleans

Written by: on 7th July 2010 |
BP Oil Spill Live Feed Update: The Oil Skimmer and New Orleans  | read this item

BP Oil Spill Live Feed Update: The Oil Skimmer and New Orleans – The work for the largest oil skimmer in the world started July 2 in a task to clean and avoid further environmental damage at the Gulf of Mexico. That task however is proving to be more difficult as strong sea currents and weather became their enemies.

A massive cleanup is already being done in order to save marine life in the area and to avoid further injuries. A Taiwanese supertanker oil skimmer named “A Whale” arrived last July 2 to begin preliminary efforts to skim oil in the Gulf of Mexico. However strong winds and rough seas were making the skimming effort more difficult than expected. Such condition in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to remain for the days to come.

The Taiwanese supertanker oil skimmer named “A Whale” had to stop their work Tuesday as the weather became highly unstable for them. With this development a new threat arise. Oil tars had already encroached New Orleans through the famous Lake Pontchartrain.

About 1,700 pounds of oily waste had already been recovered in the 600-square-mile area of the lake. State authorities are adding more than 9,000 feet of special permeable booms to further protect the lake.

This is so far newest encroachment which the BP Oil spill had done in the past several weeks. An estimated of 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil continue to gush out from the damaged oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico since April 22.

1.9 to 3.6 million barrels of oil had already been released into the Gulf of Mexico making it worst than the Ixtoc oil spill that had dumped 3.3 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

The process of cleaning up the oil spill and preventing further territorial encroachment of the oil is being difficult than expected due to weather patterns in the area.

The Taiwanese skimmer is expected to resume operation as soon as the weather will permit them to do so. This vessel increased the increase the capture capacity to 53,000 barrels a day.

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