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April 30th, 2010
10:38 AM ET

Looming environmental disaster

(CNN) -There are reports today of oil washing ashore on Louisiana's coastline, which is home to hundreds of species of wildlife. Environmental health and toxicology professor at Tulane University, Luann White, and president of Dean Blanchard Seafood, Dean Blanchard, joined us on Friday's American Morning to talk about the impact this spill could have on the environment.

Filed under: Environment • Gulf Oil Spill
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  1. john doe

    This is not a simple spill, they drilled a hole into the earth, the oil is leaking into the oceans, all for a profit, How much will you drive up gas prices now??? But you made this mess now clean it up BP!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 3, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  2. Edisto

    All those politicians that screamed "Drill Baby Drill" should have to spend a week cleaning this mess up and look into the eyes of all God's dying creatures...

    May 3, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  3. Wade

    This is absolutely the worst thing that could happen in the Gulf. I don,t Know if Oceaneering International has been consulted at the point. However I had the opportunity to work for them for a few years and in my opinion they are the Leaders in subsea technology, and employ some of the brightest minds in the business. I can only imagine that they have been consulted regarding this disaster! If you have never looked at there Website it,s worth taking a look at!! Just go to Oceaneering International, They have over the years developed many tools for subsea applications, and can not imagine they are not somehow involved in a solution. If anyone subsea company can find a solution, my money is on Oceaneering. Hope They Can Help!!

    May 3, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  4. Scott Gould

    So BP Is apparently claiming that they will abide by the 1990 law that states they are responsible for paying for the clean up of this spill. however, will they also be responsible for making sure that the U.S. govt. isn't paying for food stamps and welfare for all of the fishing famillies on the coast that they may have permanently put out of business. The US must not give another bailout to a gigantic company, BP MUST repay these fishermen, and not with one of those phony situations where they pay for retraining, I'm sorry a 50 year old fisherman should be forced to try to retrain to get a minimum wage job. They need to make the situation whole, and if that includes paying off these families for 10 years of lost income as well as school funding for their children who cannot now go into the family business, then so be it.

    May 3, 2010 at 7:02 am |
  5. Bonnie

    With the on-going environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, is there any effort being made to inspect other oil rigs that are still in operation in the gulf? The British Petroleum oil rig that sank in the gulf apparently did not adequate safety features ie working shut off valves. All oil platforms/operations should be mandated to inspection and shut down until such inspections are completed.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:59 am |
  6. Gustroh

    The oil spill is not a spill. A spill is a finite amount that can be contained. A gusher that lies 5000 feet below the surface of the ocean is a pending end to life on earth.
    People worry about their livelyhood and the impending price of shrimp. They better shut that gusher down before the entire planet is covered in oil... fire hazards anyone?

    May 2, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  7. Smith in Oregon

    As news from the horrific Burn Pits in Afghanistan and Iraqi US Military bases comes to America along with hundreds if not thousands of possibly pulmonary disabled soldiers, it is not surprising to learn that Bush-Cheney's pal's at Halliburton are the contractors and providers of that severe Health Problem.

    And just when America thought they could turn the page on the horrific Republican administration led formerly by Bush-Cheney, Halliburton KBR rears it's ugly image once again in being implicated with the horrendous spreading heavy crude Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    More than two dozen class action lawsuits have already been filed after the explosion against BP PLC, the British company that leased the Deepwater Horizon rig, against the rig's owner, Transocean Ltd. and against Halliburton.

    It seems Halliburton was responsible for cementing the drill pipe down in the deep sea well head several hours before the explosion and rupture of that same area occurred.

    Cement is used at two stages of the deep-water drilling process. It is used to fill gaps between the well pipe and the hole drilled into the seabed so as to prevent any seepage of oil and gas. And it is used to temporarily plug an exploration hole before production begins. At the time of the accident, the Halliburton statement said, "well operations had not yet reached the point requiring the placement of the final cement plug which would enable the planned temporary abandonment of the well."

    BP has their spin misters stating 3 Billion dollars in cleanup costs could be spent. However, 20 BILLION dollars per year is generated by commercial fishery's in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida in those impacted areas which could be shut down entirely for DECADES.

    That would push the cost to over 200 BILLION Dollars plus 1 Million direct and indirect American Jobs LOST.

    Folks, the true full cost of burning and using Fossil Fuel is not cheap, it is far more expensive when obtained and used responsibly.

    May 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  8. JMC

    This guy doesn't have a clue what bp is going through to try in stop this well from spilling oil into the gulf. And it's obivous that he has no clue about drilling a Sub Sea deepwater well. Do people relize and understand that there's never been a sub sea well blowout in the Gulf Of Mexico this is new the bp as well as any other oil company that operates in the Gulf Of Mexico. Please stop bashing bp they're doing the best they can, do really think for one minute that they want to be spending this kind of money everyday to try and stop it and to clean up the mess it's making.

    April 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  9. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The oil companies destroyed our coast line and killed peoples means of support but they are not finished yet they still have to put the final nail in the coffin with raising our gas prices to pay for there screw up .

    April 30, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  10. howie

    greed triumphs again... excellent job BP and trans ocean. good luck getting them to pay for clean up or any fine, when will we learn?

    April 30, 2010 at 10:44 am |