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Why 5 1/2 Days to Repair the Oil Pipe off the Louisiana Coastline?


Barge Hits Well Near Gulf, Sends Oil, Gas Spewing

Raw Video: New Spill in the Gulf Spews Oil

AssociatedPress | July 27, 2010

A tow boat slammed into an abandoned well north of a bay that had already been hit by crude from the Gulf oil spill. It sent a plume of oil and gas spewing into the air. (July 27)

Oil leak from well in Jefferson Parish capped


What took 5 1/2 days to cap this pipe? It was not miles off shore, nor was it deep under the water. Why did the event happen in the first place? From the initial article above:

“…The Coast Guard said the towboat Pere Ana C was pushing the barge on Mud Lake when it hit the wellhead about 1 a.m. No one was hurt.

The towboat captain told investigators the well was not lit as required, Coast Guard Capt. John Arenstam said…”

Why at that time, in the wee hours of the morning, was a barge and towboat moving on the waters, and what the heck is the captain talking about ‘not lit’? Where were HIS lights? Where were his charts? Where was his fathometer? Where were his brains?

Does not make sense unless…



Michigan Oil Spill Cleanup Boils Down to A Contest for Ideas Provided to the EPA!

The article US-Canada pipeline leaks oil into Michigan river details the event and it appears that nearly 1/2 day’s flowing supply was lost to the creek. It is not a comfort to see the EPA rear its ugly head in our Great Lakes as they have not done well in the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill (the EPA failed to inspect what it expected). The fact that this is not the first significant leak for Enbridge Energy Partners this year within the United States is also troubling. The symptoms from unqualified inspections and outright negligence are overwhelming and have led to:

Oily birds found after Calhoun County leak

WOODTV8 | July 26, 2010

MARSHALL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — An estimated 20,000 barrels — or 840,000 gallons — of oil have leaked from a pumping station into the Tallmadge Creek south of Marshall, an official with the pumping station’s owner said Monday evening.

The oil has moved into the Kalamazoo River at least as far as Ceresco, between Marshall and Battle Creek, as of 8 p.m. Monday. Oil could be seen coming down the dam in Ceresco and staining vegetation in the river.

An Enbridge Pipelines spokeswoman said she wasn’t certain how far the oil had traveled as of 9 p.m.

Neighbors alerted 24 Hour News 8 to oil-covered geese along the river between Marshall and Battle Creek.

“It just breaks your heart to see creatures suffering,” Sherri McGee said. “It’s just terrible. Somebody should be out here doing something.”

Enbridge spokeswoman Terri Larson said the company is aware of the birds and is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. People wanting to report endangered animals — or any oil issues — can contact Enbridge at 1-800-306-6837.

Crews were working to place barriers Monday night but we wondered: is the company confident that the barriers were be placed ahead of the oil?

“What I can say is we’re bringing our full resources to bear to contain and resolve this situation. Everything we can throw at this we are throwing at this,” Larson told 24 Hour News 8.


LIBERTYDOGG77 | July 26, 2010

Oil Spill In Michigan

lniewenhuis | July 28, 2010

This is footage from the Enbridge Energy Pipeline oil rupture near Marshall, Michigan, just 10 miles from where I live. The spill is flowing into the Kalamazoo River which flows through West Michigan and out to Lake Michigan. Last year, I walked all the way around Lake Michigan, a journey of over a 1,000 miles. Seeing this oil on its way to the lake horrifies me. Read more about my journey around Lake Michigan at: LakeTrek.Blogspot.com

Michigan State Police at Enbridge Oil Spill Press Conference

MichEMHS | August 01, 2010

F/Lt. Bonnie Kanicki-Wilson of the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division makes a statement at the 7-31-2010 press conference regarding the Enbridge oil spill in Calhoun county.

Michigan Oil Spill News And Updates

Just a few follow-up thoughts:

This article is ridiculous, since we don’t have a Pro-Active POTUS, but a slacker in reacting.

Where has PHMSA been during the cleanup, use of dispersants and disposal of oil in the Gulf of Mexico and now the ongoing situation in Michigan?

Why do disasters in the United States of America require a contest for answers? Because we have a weak White House administration that doesn’t have a clue!


What Is Up With Heavy E. Coli in Rivers, Lakes, Streams and Public Works in the United States?

Hmm? Contaminated 4th of July Celebration Sites and Family Fun Spots?

6/30/10 Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
St. Mary’s River via Water Advisory for Part of the St. Mary’s River

“…The Health Department says there are elevated levels of E. coli within the north shore of Sugar Island along the Lake George Channel…”

6/30/10  from Jefferson City, Missouri
Various Locations throughout the state via Mo. DNR closes 6 beaches for bacteria, high water

“…state swimming beaches after finding high levels of E. coli bacteria…”

6/30/10 Jefferson, Texas
Lake of the Pines via Businesses hit hard by E-Coli outbreak at Lake of the Pines

“…but a recent E-Coli outbreak has changed all…”

6/29/10 Beaverton, Michigan
Ross Lake Park via E. coli levels test high at Ross Lake beach

“…300 E. coli per 1mL of water. The advisory was to be in effect for 14 days but remained posted as of June 29…”

6/26/10 Benton, Arkansas
Saline River via Part of the Saline River Closed Because of E. Coli

“…E. coli level in a section of the Saline River near the Highway 5 bridge is three times the acceptable level…”

6/26/10 Chicago, Illinois
Crystal Lake via Crystal Lake Regatta postponed due to E. Coli levels

“…Officials close the beaches if they post two consecutive days of 235 or more colony forming units of E. coli per 100 milliliters of water in either the shallow or deep end…”

6/24/10 Kenesaw, Nebraska
Utilities Dept via Flooding slows trains

“…two water samples taken Monday showed the presence of E. coli bacteria, so another health warning was issued…”

6/20/10 Cincinnati, Ohio
Ohio River via Ohio River swimmer nearing halfway mark

“…The river still is polluted — with fecal coliform and e. coli among other harmful bacteria — but it varies day to day, according to the Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission. On June 8, the latest data available, amounts of those bacteria did not exceed safe levels at mile marker 470, just upriver from downtown Cincinnati. Ohio River swimmers also face debris, currents and other pathogens in addition to those bacteria that can make the river an unhealthy place to swim…”

A fairly up to the minute (but not all encompassing) report on  E. Coli  affected public areas, contaminated food, outbreaks, and more can also be found on E. Coli News.
Real-Time Water Quality via the USGS for your consideration.