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May 12th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

Oil slick threatens oyster business

(CNN) – In the next three minutes, about the time it will take for you to watch this report, nearly 500 more gallons of fresh crude oil will have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, making the massive oil slick that much more of a menace.

The growing environmental threat has been well-documented, but now we're beginning to see the economic fallout. Our Reynolds Wolf reports from the Mississippi coast where an oyster processing plant has suddenly become a shell of its former self.

Filed under: Business • Environment • Gulf Oil Spill
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Roger

    Did anyone see the interview this morning on CNN with Doug Suttles, Chief Operating Officer, BP. Quote"I started working on this hours after it happened", and "Now, we are bringing in the best minds", and "We are throwing all the resources available."
    My question"Why are they just "now" bringing in the "best minds" in the business? Why not "hours" after this disaster happened, since Mr. Suttles was on the job?" It boggles the mind that the "best minds", or "experts" who must, or should know everything about this spill, have not been able to come to a solution. If they would put their pride away and listen to the public who have as good if not better solutions, this leak could have already been solved. Give the public all the information available and let someone suggest a solution to the problem. And, then TRY IT.
    The experts will be amazed.
    If you want my solution please click on the story "Saving Dolphin Island". It is posted there.

    May 14, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Any Gulf Coast chemical plant operator or drill hand will tell stories of company production quotas trumping environmental concerns. This is the "dirty secret" that is quietly kept in higher, middle and lower management circles. Corporation profits and production quota profits are the driving force behind this.

    The BP CEO was asked about abnormal pressures in the drill head, followed by a query as to why an operations were not shut down when said abnormal pressures became apparent. The question was artfully dodged. Why? Company profits, production quotas and production bonuses trump environmental concerns.

    May 14, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  3. kentucky girl

    would you raise your eyebrows if you suddenly found out your neighbor was producing pornography? Illegal right? and how is that illeagal different from (illeagal) immigrants? People need to get back to basics and decide right from wrong is what they look at not well one thing is wrong and the other is wrong but its ok. hmmmm sounds like the answer is obvious.

    May 14, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  4. nancy

    Not only are the oyster beds threatened, the whole way of making a living along the La. coastline is being threatened! Why the heck is it taking so long to get this under control?? Where were the SAFETY shut off valves? Why was BP drilling lower than their permit allowed anyway?

    May 14, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  5. rick

    It seems that the focus has been on saving the oil well. If the oil company can accurately get a containment valve to the spill, they should be able to get something simpler there to permanently shut it down. And couldnt they have done that 30 days ago? Perhaps its time for our government to take control and do just that!

    May 14, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  6. Tina

    With all the new technology out there, I can't believe there was not better safe guards, to prevent this disaster. Like, maybe, shut off valves above and below the surface, and maybe routine inspections to make sure the safe guards work. Or was this, in their eyes, too costly? These questions need to be addressed before we allow any off shore drilling. ALL OF THE WELLS NEED TO BE INSPECTED AND SAFEGUARDED. Unfortunately, we all tend to be reactive, instead of proactive. Example, the New Orleans Levy's'. We were told years in advance of Katrina just how unsafe they were in the case of a hurricane. And now we have an impact that will be with us not for just days or months, but years. Hurricane season is less than a month away. I dread to think of the scenario, if this is not cleaned up soon. BP is not the only one who should be made to pay. ALL those involved are responsible with that well are financially as well as morally.

    May 13, 2010 at 6:08 am |
  7. WHM

    Unroll bubble wrap a couple of feet under the oil. When the wrap floats to the surface it will take the oil with it. Then pore Peet Moss on top of it and pull the plastic, oil and Peet Moss out of the water.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:53 am |
  8. joe barbosa

    The US has an excellent rail sys. why not load rail cars from 6 or 7 states with Fill , gravel or rocks send them down south. Fill up large barges. do it so that you have one leaving the dock every 30 min 24-7 dropping them over the leak and buried the oil back in the ground where it belongs. Sooner or later it would stop the leak and put people to work.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:51 pm |
  9. Smith in Oregon

    Since it appears the deep sea submarine photos of the actual main deep water gusher and breech in the Mercado Oil field is Highly Restricted and for some strange un-American reason Highly Classified, only rumors from those that have seen and reviewed those photos has surfaced.

    They are privately stating the main opening is gigantic and the cavity into the Mercado Oil field is enormous, making the 'public' version of a 200,000 gallons a day spewing out highly dubious.

    That which is gushing out at many thousands of pounds per square inch is a mixture of heavy crude Oil and sand which would cut, rip and destroy nearly anything and any material it comes into contact with in a very short period of time.

    If those rumors are true or accurate, it would make sealing the gigantic hole and enormous cavity extremely difficult if not impossible before all 2 Billion gallons of crude oil in the Mercado Oil field is forced out into the Gulf of Mexico.

    May 12, 2010 at 8:01 pm |
  10. chuck

    It makes me angry and saddened to realize how profoundly this is going to affect hard working people. It also makes me especially angry to hear people launch into tirades about too much big government and our not needing "all this regulation." This story (and the dozens like it that will be in the news for months to come) should be enough to make people see that effective regulation of the energy industry has yet to begin. And there should be support for beginning very soon.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  11. Priscilla Asbury

    Very interested in man that turned oil into dirt.
    Only Cnn has the power to get hold of all the state goveners
    What could it hurt to try?BP has already used poisonous chemicals.

    The whole thing has made me sick.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:37 pm |