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April 23rd, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Coast Guard: No crude oil leaks in Gulf rig accident

(CNN) – Authorities are fearing a potential environmental disaster after an oil rig burning out of control in the Gulf of Mexico sank yesterday. Right now there's a five-mile slick of crude 40 miles off shore.

A number of specialized boats are heading to the area with skimmers and other equipment to minimize the impact. Rear Admiral Mary Landry, commander for the Coast Guard's 8th district, joined us on Friday's American Morning to discuss their efforts.

Filed under: Environment • Gulf Oil Spill • U.S.
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  1. TW

    I find your comments this morning regarding oil leaking from last weeks drilling accident absolutely un-responsible, and very poor journalism. To sit there and state the oil is "GUSHING" at 42,000 gallons a day into the Gulf of Mexico is utterly irresponsible. Yes this is a bad incident, and oil is not good for the environment, but check your facts. There are natural oil seeps in the gulf that put far more oil into the water every day, than this well. See the following from this morning’s Houston Chronicle!

    "Concern for marine life
    Dagmar Etkin, president of Environmental Research Consulting in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y, and an expert in oil spill analysis, said the spill, relative to the oil seepage that occurs naturally in the deposit-rich Gulf, so far hadn't reached catastrophic levels.

    “Crude oil seeps naturally into the U.S. portion of the Gulf of Mexico at a rate of about 1,500 to 4,000 barrels per day, most likely about 2,700 barrels per day,” Etkin said. “This also means that there are already extensive populations of naturally-occurring “oil-eating bacteria” in the Gulf that will help to break this down.”

    The light, sweet oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon site will evaporate and disperse to some extent on its own, but the impact on fisheries will need to be investigated.

    Doug Helton, an incident operations coordinator for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Emergency Response Division, said even though nearly 1 million barrels of oil are released naturally into the Gulf each year, the oil is dispersed over a large area.

    “It's uncertain how big this is going to be, but the worst case is potentially a very large spill if we have a release for months, which is one of the potential outcomes if they can't control the source,” Helton said."

    If CNN wants to act like an entertainment network, as opposed to a news organization, drop the word "News" from your name.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  2. Antony

    So drill, baby drill....
    How many more "accidents" like this we will need to suffer before we realize that protecting our environment must come first.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  3. Shane Daly

    Cant wait to be swimming in crude on the east coast and in Alaska now that we've opened up those areas for drilling.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:15 am |
  4. WHY

    We have oil rigs blowing up and coal mines blowing up, it's time to go green.

    April 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  5. Smith360

    There seems to be a lot of confusion or utter propaganda on this Oil Rig spill. A un-named Admiral that is being constantly 'quoted' is stating 'no crude oil is leaking from the actual drill site'. BS, even in this blog article the amount pouring out is 8,000 barrels every 24 hours.

    Instead News Media is focusing on the Diesel Spill that was stored on the Rig to power its equipment 700,000 gallons total. However apparently News Media does not realize Diesel Fuel is very easily broken down with oil spill applicants like simple detergent which breaks it down and helps to quickly dissolve it.

    Crude Oil however is much more difficult to dissolve and break down. News Media is in my opinion purposefully being misdirected about the horrible problem that is growing 5,000 beneath the Ocean's surface with each and everyday.

    The problem is far beneath the surface at the drill head leading into that Oil field. As Sea Water pours down into that Oil field, Crude Oil is pushed and forced out into the Ocean. This particular drill head is 5,000 feet beneath the surface and is likely sheltered by hundreds of tons of scrap steel formally known as the Trans-Oceanic drilling platform making it virtually impossible to prevent seawater from pouring into the underground Oil field there.

    The great Ocean pressure is likely to pour down into that Oil field and flush out millions of barrels of Crude Oil into the Ocean and there is very little if anything that can now be done to prevent that from occurring.

    A very similar situation exists offshore in Australia which has poured out some 9 Million gallons of Crude Oil, Exxon Valdez dumped some 12 Million gallons of Crude Oil in comparison. The foreign company owning that burned out rig has repeatedly tried and failed to repair the broken deep sea well pipe some 8,000 feet beneath the surface. That particular mess has produced a oil spill spreading some 9,000 square miles!!!

    The extreme Ocean pressures encountered with these deep water Oil wells really leaves no margins for the eventual well head failure or fractured well pipes. The Ocean pours into these Oil fields forcing out all of its contents in one gigantic oil spill and oil slick that stretches thousands of square miles fouling everything it touches.

    To all the Drill baby Drill zombies out there, deep Ocean depths leave you with absolutely ZERO MARGIN for ERRORs and with Oil Wells you occasionally have broken well pipes, fractures in the well head and errors that result in the immense Ocean pressure flooding into the deep Sea Oil field which pours that crude oil out into the Ocean.

    At these extreme depths (3,000' – 30,000' Ocean Depths), repairs are nearly impossible to implement depending on the well head condition or the well pipe fractures.

    April 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  6. christa

    All I can say is, thanks to the oil companies and the republicans, we now have an enviromental disaster in the gulf of mexico. Because greed poisons our enviroment. Now I wait for the next disaster in a coalmine and again on a rig. If these companies and their CEO's are so greedy, that a life is worth nothing for them. These CEO's should be sued, because their greed killed so many people in West Virginia and Louisianna. It is also a shame, that CNN does not report more about these things. Are you also on the side of the CEO's ?

    April 23, 2010 at 10:11 am |