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The News. It Vexes Me.

Update 2: @fofalex reports, “Dome going on riser leak I believe, they want to maintain access to the BOP, which they’re still trying to activate.” Running low on hair to pull out.

Update 1: Read this BBC article for a great rundown of the situation so far. The slick has hit Louisiana’s Chandeleur Islands, “the second oldest national wildlife refuge in the US.”

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WDSU New Orleans | Giant Box Close To Being Over Oil-Spewing Well

Statement 1: “Crews say a 100-ton concrete-and-steel box is close to being placed over a blown-out well on the Gulf floor in an unprecedented attempt to capture gushing oil.”

Statement 2: “undersea robots were placing buoys around the main oil leak to act as markers to help line up the 40-foot box.”

Which one is it? Can someone please tell me for certain whether the containment dome is going over the well head or the worst leak in the riser? If I have to see one more sure-of-itself news graphic that only confuses me further …

Of course, this is a purely academic exercise when the lowering of said “cofferdam” could be delayed thanks to stationary oil fumes that may catch fire in the case of a metal to metal spark.

Today’s NOAA oil spread map.

Meanwhile, Bubu in Milwaukee is doing his part to help capture the oil. Good thing Bubu is a poodle and not a black lab. I really should stop making fun. The simplest solutions are often the ones we overlook. Besides, it has to be better than dumping Corexit 9500 commercial dispersant, the ingredients of which are mostly unknown/confidential, into the water.

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