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May 28th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Monitoring the gulf oil spill & cleanup

(CNN) – It may be years before we know the full extent of damage from the Gulf oil spill. There's no doubt the impact on fish, wildlife and the environment has been devastating. So, can this coast recover? Doug Inkley is a senior scientist with the National Wildlife Federation and has been monitoring the spill and cleanup efforts. He joined us on Friday's American Morning to give us his assessment.

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

    I worked on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill for 3 years, as a monitor for the State of Alaska. There is only one thing that will make recovery of the oil in the Gulf possible, they must slow the migration of the slicks, and at the same time make them more easly recovered. Sorbent boom will not do this. But, blowing loose sorbent material over the oil slick will. This chopped and blown sorbent material will attach and attract the oil, skimmers then can retieve the saturated sorbent material and remove it from the water.
    The current dispersents which are being used are designed to sink the oil into the water colom, and allow it to mix with suspended sediments in the water colom which makes the oil heavier than water and allows it to simk, (out of sight out of mind).
    Once the oil hits the beach the chances of cleaning it is minimal, it must be intercepted before the land fall..
    If someone reads this who has an ear, please pass it on..john

    June 4, 2010 at 2:17 am |
  2. Ruth Ann Carroll

    Have the experts considered placing heavy concrete jersey barriers along beaches to stop oil spread beyond high tide or even low tide? They would help prevent surge damage during big storms. These barriers would especially help protect fragile wetlands if combined with some sort of filters to allow tidal movement of uncontaminated water. Jersey barriers
    are readily available in huge quantities and different sizes, can be quickly installed, and can be recycled later.

    Also, why not drop the world's biggest wrecking ball onto the leaking pipe to either plug it or crush it closed? If it still leaks, add more cement and the dome. Here's a huge plus: the ball can be repositioned if necessary.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  3. Paul Castillo

    Kiran, concerning the oilspill I have to admit I haven't really thought much about it, to occupied thinking about you. Just a little joke. U do a good Job, keep up the good work, stay on tv.

    June 1, 2010 at 7:27 am |
  4. Joseph Daniel Brian Lawlor

    Correct..merely the tip of the iceberg...Haiti and Chile merely tip of iceberg in that area as the oil spill is in that area....

    Good morning Jim and Christine....

    May 31, 2010 at 6:22 am |
  5. Lawrence C Salazar

    Wondering why CNN will not report whats bothering me. Which is why did BP. Oil use Corexit Dispersant in American Waters when its banned in UK. waters, and why you do not report on it.

    May 31, 2010 at 6:05 am |
  6. Lawrence C Salazar

    Wondering why CNN will not report whats bothering my which is why did BP use Corexit Dispersant in American Waters when its banned in UK. waters, and why you do not report on it.


    May 31, 2010 at 6:03 am |
  7. rod loe

    Comment on just a small portion of BP'a problem on sealing this terrible oil leak..
    Rule of thumb is 1 lb of pressue for 2 ft of fall or heighth of water (Fresh) (salt water being heavier), with this thought in mind the well head is 5280 ft below the surface divided by 2 equels approx 2700 lbs of water pressure on the top of the pipe and oil.. Now with the volume and force that we see the oil coming out of that pipe. What is the pressure of the oil ( it has to be exceeding 2700 lbs by alot) ??
    Back up and think how hard it is to stop the water coming out of your garden hose which has ONLY 30 to 50 lbs of pressure. Now figure out how to plug the end of that hose from across your yard.
    What i am saying is this is gonna take some real brainstorming to figure this out ,, which I truly hope they can come up with an idea that will work,, but this will not be easy in any way ,, so instead of complaining about them not doing anything.. Why can't these complaining people put their heads together and try to help get this problem stopped,, then we can get on with the job of cleaning up this mess. And continue the thinking portion of how to get the job completed

    May 30, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  8. Smith in Oregon

    Why Did Bush-Cheney slap an impossibly high tariff on importing Alcohol for directly adding to America's Gasoline from Brazil?

    America's Ethanol plants are extremely far from even approaching what is needed for America's massive need for Ethanol being added to all Gasoline at 10% or higher blended mixtures, so it can't be that America doesn't have a critical need for Hundreds of Millions of extra gallons of Ethanol from Brazil.

    Brazil has rural community's with vast poverty and it would certainly seem they would sincerely want to sell America as much Ethanol from its massive sugar cane distillery's as they wish to export.

    America certainly has presented itself as a friend to Brazil and it certainly is in America's best interest to substitute 4-6 gallons of Middle East Crude War Oil with a Gallon of Ethanol. And Ethanol needs no refinement, only a simple blend mixing with the available Gasoline.

    So why did Bush-Cheney screw Brazil and the American People by slapping on a impossibly high tariff on Brazil's exports of Ethanol?

    Was it the result of a crass and callous favor to Bush-Cheney's friends in the Big Oil industry, or something entirely nefarious which began when Bush Sr. was running the CIA up and down South America?

    Meanwhile thanks to this latest Bush-Cheney landmine, Brazil is now making polite overtures to Iran. It seems Bush-Cheney turning their backs on Brazil did not go un-noticed, go figure!

    President Obama should reverse and lift the heavy handed Ethanol tariff against Brazil and in good faith bargaining purchase as much Ethanol from Brazil as Brazil is willing to export. America needs Brazil to remain a friend and ally in South America. The existing Bush-Cheney landmine has exploded on Brazil's relationship with America and has driven them into the open arms of Iran which is now harming all Americans.

    May 29, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
  9. Rich Goodrich

    So if this isn't the WORST IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD! What is?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  10. j

    this is for consumers purchasing seafood:
    this is not a good time to buy seafood , this product is highly perishable and will not last in markets or restuarants more than 3 days .... this is real simple to keep cost down , ... DO NOT !! buy seafood products at this time , .... SUPPLY AND DEMAND is in strong affect now
    carson city

    May 28, 2010 at 10:50 am |