Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Oil Drilling News


At least two male baby dolphins among four found on Horn Island

"That brings the total to 18 the number of infant or stillborn deaths with the birthing season still weeks away."

Gulf floor fouled by bacterial oil feast

Engineering to Navigate Next Disaster

"One major research concern is the huge clouds and plumes of hydrocarbons that formed in the Gulf waters up to 2,500 feet below the surface after the April 3, 2010, Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion.

The authors say the plumes appear to have been caused by the use of dispersants applied directly at the wellhead, some 5,000 feet below the surface. The application of dispersants at those depths is unique to this spill and something that needs to be understood, the researchers say. Previously dispersants were sprayed only on surface slicks."