"The precautionary closure of the federal waters off the coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and part of Florida is a necessary action to insure the citizens of the United States and abroad that our seafood will maintain the highest level of quality we expect from the Gulf of Mexico. As chairman of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, I applaud Dr. Lubchenco's decision to insure everyone that all seafood in the Gulf is of the highest quality and is safe to eat."
The Gulf Coast river of oil has the potential to surpass the Exxon Valdez in terms of total gallons of oil -- making it the largest oil spill in U.S. history. When confronted with calculations supplied by whistle blowers at SkyTruth, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen didn't dispute the calculations at a phone press conference on Saturday, but said "any exact estimate is probably impossible at this point." This is a far cry from denials that were issued by BP and "unified command" at three previous phone press conferences, which we attended.
Dr. Ian MacDonald at FSU just produced a new spill-size estimate based on the US Coast Guard aerial over flight map of the oil slick on April 28, 2010. The bottom line: that map implies that on April 28, there was a total of 8.9 million gallons floating on the surface of the Gulf.
That implies a minimum average flow rate of slightly more than 1 million gallons of oil (26,000 barrels) per day from the leaking well on the seafloor. Since we're now in Day 11 of the spill, which began with a blowout and explosion on April 20, we estimate that by the end of the today 12.2 million gallons of oil, at a minimum, have been spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.
On top of it all, there is a leaked memo, obtained by environmental reporter Ben Raines.
A confidential government report on the unfolding spill disaster in the Gulf makes clear the Coast Guard now fears the well could become an unchecked gusher shooting millions of gallons of oil per day into the Gulf.
"The following is not public," reads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Emergency Response document dated April 28. "Two additional release points were found today in the tangled riser. If the riser pipe deteriorates further, the flow could become unchecked resulting in a release volume an order of magnitude higher than previously thought."
This obfuscation must stop. Obama should be held accountable, but woe to any who criticize him. There is no such thing as real freedom of the press or freedom of speech in this country.
The narcissist-in-chief yucked it up with the press and Hollywood last night and made a token appearance on the Gulf Coast today. This is no laughing matter. The arrogance. The hubris.
Goddesses are weeping for the Gulf.
And liberal politics rules.
Remember the ridicule elicited by this photo of a Republican President
Dare we say the same about out Homeland Security Chief Napolitano?