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<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">At the meeting Monday in Orange beach that was presented by Ed Thompson, BPDirectorof Crisis Management, he showed the computer model "forecast" of the slick getting smaller over the next couple days.<span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; font-size: small;">
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<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">Now, with oil still being released, How does 2+2=1? Even being a Yankee I know 2+2=4.<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
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<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">Well, when he was asked about how is it actually going to get smaller, he declared the wonderful news, that micro-bacterial agents, evaporation, and waves is what is causing it to actually start to decline in size, even though the well is still leaking more! Wonderful!<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
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<span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">But wait, I have one question. Hasn't micro-bacterial agents, evaporation, and waves been forces workingagainstthe size of the slick the entire time?<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">If they were enough to make it get smaller now, standard conclusion would be that it would have never grown past the size of a dinner plate in the first place, if these forces are not only strong enough to combat the existing oil, but greater than the amount of NEW oil being added to the slick daily.<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">Think about that. For real.<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">And slick size is not the only indicator. Slick density, or "thickness" of the slick so to speak. Gravity makes it spread out over the surface of the water,flatteningits self out. think of it as pouring oil on a table top. originally it is about 1/2 thick in one little pile, but instantly spreads out, and with a big enough table, and enough time, IF no other forces were are work on it, that oil would be micron thin over the surface.<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">Now if you had a guy at each end of the table, rocking it back in forth, you could almost keep that oil in a small area in the middle of the table. Or if you tilted the table one direction, but had a fan at the bottom of that table blowing upward, you could contain that oil in a smaller area. Same as waves, wind and currents.<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">Also 2 other important facts to think about. 1, the forecast are predicting the size of the<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">current<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">amount of oil on the surface. More is leaking a mile deep, and more is suspended in the watercolumnthat has not yet surfaced, but is continually.<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">2. About a dozen or so different "computer forecast models" are used to make these predictions, just as the ones used to forecasthurricanes. But isn't it strange how when we are shown on the news the models for hurricanes, they don't just pick one, they show us all of them, which the majority will make that "cone of probability"? But then you have a few really nutty ones, showing it going to China, or New York or something? I sure would like to see ALL of the computer models for this, not the one that they "hand pick" to show us.<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">Because I have a feeling we got the really nutty one, that doesn't make anysense.<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span style="font-style: italic; ">
<span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">Bottom line is, there is still a certain amount of oils out in the Gulf that is either floating, emulsified, sank, or suspended, with more being added every second. Doesn't matter if the slick is only 1 square mile, or 1 million square miles, that is only controlled by how "thick" the slick is.<span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">X amount of gallons of oil in the Gulf is still, X amount of gallons of oil in the Gulf.<span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">And I have a prediction. The foul weather "bunched up" the oil, and actually has kept the footprint of the slick from growingnoticeably. With the calm weather, taking away the effects of the wind, current, waves, emulsification, the slick footprint size is going to get larger as rapidly as it did in the beginning of this.<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">And I have seen comments that it is spreading out paper thin, so it will not be a problem. Well, if you have seen a little bit of seafoam on the surface of the water, but if the wind pushes the right direction, I have seen seafoam stacked 6 feet high on a beach. take paper, and let's say an 8 mile paper thin "oil sheen", and push it all into one are, up onto a beach. How many pieces of paper does it take just to make 1" thick??<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">And they say as of yesterday more than 1 million gallons of "oil-water mix" have been recovered. Not 1 million gallons of oil, only a percentage of that gallon is oil. I am curious as to out of the million gallons of "oily water", how many gallons of actual crude oil.<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">210,000 gallons per day x 15 days = 3,150,000 gallons so far in the Gulf. At best I would say the one million gallons of "oil-water mix" are only 50% oil.<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">And, according to one source,<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><p class="MsoNormal"><span class="apple-style-span"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: black; ">* More than 156,000 gallons of dispersant have been deployed. An additional 230,000 gallons are available.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><span class="apple-style-span"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: black; ">
</p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Arial; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: verdana, arial, tahoma; font-size: 12px; ">40.4% of the available dispersant has been deployed already. It can only be made so fast. And Sorbent boom, made withpolypropylene, fro small orders, is a minimum of 6-8 weeks out, large orders longer.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Arial; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: verdana, arial, tahoma; font-size: 12px; ">
</p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Arial; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: verdana, arial, tahoma; font-size: 12px; ">There is no more on hand. No suppliers have any. At all.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Arial; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: verdana, arial, tahoma; font-size: 12px; ">
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</p><p class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 12px; ">And according to the New York Times today:</p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: black; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: verdana, arial, tahoma; font-size: 12px; color: rgb(31, 80, 128); ">
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</p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: black; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: verdana, arial, tahoma; font-size: 12px; color: rgb(31, 80, 128); "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 15px; "><nyt_byline></nyt_byline></p><h6 class="byline" style="margin-top: 2px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 0px; color: rgb(128, 128, 128); font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.2em; font-weight: normal; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; ">By SAM DOLNICK andLIZ ROBBINS</h6><h6 class="dateline" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; color: rgb(128, 128, 128); font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.2em; font-weight: normal; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; ">Published: May 5, 2010</h6><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: black; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; font-size: 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 15px; "></p><h1 class="articleHeadline" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 8px; margin-left: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 2.4em; line-height: 1.083em; font-weight: normal; "><nyt_headline version="1.0" type=" ">BP Says One Oil Leak of Three Is Shut Off</nyt_headline></h1><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: black; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: verdana, arial, tahoma; font-size: 12px; color: rgb(31, 80, 128); ">
</p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 15px; "><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.467em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">The report of progress in containing the leak came as BP, which is responsible for cleaning up the vastoil spillresulting from the fatal explosion and fire that destroyed the rig it was leasing, acknowledged that the flow of oil could become vastly larger than initially estimated.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.467em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">In a closed-door briefing for members of Congress, a senior BP executive conceded Tuesday that the ruptured oil well could conceivably spill as much as 60,000 barrels a day of oil,more than 10 times the estimate of the current flow.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.467em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">The scope of the problem has grown drastically since the rig, the Deepwater Horizon, sank into the gulf. Now, the discussion with BP on Capitol Hill is certain to intensify pressure on the company, which is facing a crisis similar to what theToyota MotorCompany had with uncontrolled acceleration ? despite its efforts to control the damage to its reputation as a corporate citizen, the problem may be worsening.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.467em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">Amid growing uncertainty about the extent of the leak, and when it might be stanched, pressure on BP intensified on multiple fronts Tuesday, from increasingly frustrated residents of the Gulf Coast to federal, state and local officials demanding more from the company.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.467em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">The company considered a broad advertising campaign, but top BP executives rejected the idea before planning even started. ?In our view, the big glossy expressions of regret don?t have a lot of credibility,? said Andrew Gowers, a BP spokesman.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.467em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">Instead, the company has dispatched executives to hold town meetings in the affected region, and it has turned to lower-profile social media outlets to trumpet its cleanup efforts and moves to organize volunteers.</p><nyt_author_id></nyt_author_id><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: black; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: verdana, arial, tahoma; font-size: 12px; color: rgb(31, 80, 128); "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; line-height: 22px; ">Sam Dolnick reported from Baton Rouge, La., and Liz Robbins reported from New York. Campbell Robertson contributed reporting from New Orleans, John M. Broder from Washington, and Clifford Krauss from Houston. Sewell Chan contributed reporting from Washington.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: black; ">
</p><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">Oopsy dasie! Our bad, we underestimated (yet again) the extent, and it is actually 2,520,000 gallons per day! Or, thirty seven million eight hundred thousand gallons so far. And ummmm...1 million gallons of the "mix" has been collected?
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">Even if that were 100% oil they were collecting, that is<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">2.7% collected.<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small; "><span style="font-style: italic; ">
<span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large; ">1st, 1000 barrels, then 5,000 barrels, now 60,000 barrels per day?<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large; ">
<span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 12px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; ">Really though? you "underestimated" (in your favor) by 6000%????? Error of margin, 6000%?? WTF??<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 12px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 1px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 1px; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 12px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Lucida Sans', 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'MS Sans Serif', sans-serif; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 12px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(31, 80, 128); font-weight: normal; font-size: 12px; "><span style="font-style: italic; "><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; ">
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 12px; ">Now, for the record I am not saying the world is ending. But misinformation is being fed from both ends. I am actually for drilling off our shores. I am sure many disagree with me on my take on this, and I won't get mad at you for that. Just don't get mad at me for my thoughts, and be rude to me for my thoughts, and I'll give you the samecourtesy.
 

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I saw somewhere that in previous spills all cleanup efforts were only able to recover 10% of the amount spilled.
 

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The BP Rep on tonight's Channel 3 news said there is no way they really know how much oil is spewing out. I honestly believe if it was on the "sky is falling" side of things then the oil would have been all over land by now. I mean come on it's been two weeks since this started and no major landfall of oil anywhere yet not even in Louisiana? This is certainly bad but to what extreme I'm notsure we'll know for quite some time.
 
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