Attn: All Keys Oil Spill Volunteers
Please read all the info below all the latest news on the spill.
BP's first efforts to contain the oil gusher have failed.
This means that the oil is still pouring into the ocean
and also means that we must be even more vigilant
in protecting the keys and in being prepared.
If anyone knows a private pilot who can volunteer
in the Keys please email firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE PRINT OUT THE FLYER ON HTTP://WWW.KEYSSPILL.COM
MAKE COPIES AND HAND OUT, WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS
Biloxi, Mississippi (CNN) -- The effort to place a massive
containment dome over a gushing underwater wellhead in the Gulf of
Mexico was dealt a setback when a large volume of hydrates --
icelike crystals that form when gas combines with water --
accumulated inside the vessel, a BP official said Saturday.
The dome was moved off to the side of the wellhead and is resting
on the seabed while crews work to overcome the challenge, a process
expected to take at least two days, BP's chief operations officer
Doug Suttles said.
Suttles declined to call it a failed operation but said "What we
attempted to do last night didn't work."
Suttles said the gas hydrates are lighter than water and, as a
result, made the dome buoyant. The crystals also blocked the top of
the dome, which would prevent oil from being funneled up to a drill
"We did anticipate hydrates being a problem, but not this
significant [of one]," he said.
Also Saturday, response crews discovered tar balls on a beach on
Dauphin Island, Alabama, and sent them to a lab to determine if
they're from the Gulf Coast oil slick.
The analysis could take 48 hours to complete, the Deepwater Horizon
Incident Joint Information Center said Saturday.
******* US FISH AND WILDLIFE NEWS *********
Breton National Wildlife Refuge Over-flights Prohibited
Beach-nesting Birds of the Gulf information
* Breton National Wildlife Refuge remains closed to public
entry. Sheen and emulsified oil continue to be present. Booms
holding as intended as of Friday night protecting pelican nesting
islandsSearch and rescue for oiled birds continues.
* The Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Team (SCAT) continues
conducting overflights and shoreline surveys on the Chandeleur
* So far, 20 wildlife teams have been deployed out of the Houma
(LA.) Command Center for wildlife recovery and related activities.
* Twenty four national wildlife refuges could potentially be
* Weather expected to deteriorate Saturday evening and into
* 177 Service personnel are involved in the oil spill response.
* Current efforts to mitigate impacts to refuges and wildlife
in Louisiana continue as well as significant ongoing work to
prepare for potential impacts on Mississippi, Alabama and the west
coast of Florida.
* Refuges along Florida's west coast continue planning efforts
as the third Incident Command Post is established in St. Petersburg.
* Breton National Wildlife Refuge - All three nesting islands
have boom totaling 14,200 feet surrounding the shoreline as a
* Delta National Wildlife Refuge - Roughly 16,700 feet of boom
has been placed on sensitive marsh areas in the refuge. Daily
flights are ongoing to assess the location of oil, status of boom,
and impacts on wildlife and habitat.
* Wildlife surveys and aerial flights continue over Breton NWR.
The Spill by the numbers
* Total Vessels (including tugs and skimmers): 270
* Boom deployed: 923,000 feet
* Boom available: 1,300,000 feet
* Oil and Water Mix - Recovered: Approximately 2.1 million
* Dispersant Used : 290,000 gallons
* Dispersant available: 185,000 gallons
* Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV): 4
* Overall Personnel Responding: 10,000
* In addition to the overall personnel responding, more than
2,500 volunteers have been trained to assist in the response effort.
10 staging areas are in place and ready to protect sensitive
shorelines. These areas include:
* Biloxi, Miss.
* Pensacola, Fla.
* Venice, La.
* Pascagoula, Miss.
* Port Sulphur, La.
* Port Fourchon, La.
* Gulfport, Miss.
* Dauphin Island, Ala.
* Shell Beach, La.
* Slidell, La.
The Keysspill.com team
Abritt Publishing, 13484 SW 144 Ter, Miami, Fl 33186, USA
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