June 7th, 2010
10:15 AM ET

On the Radar: Oil disaster, van der Sloot, Apple's big day

Gulf oil disaster – As oil continues to spill into the Gulf, the government is looking for answers, and it will happen today in the form of a slew of hearings. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce will open shop on the bayou Monday morning, holding a hearing in Chalmette, Louisiana. The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a field hearing on "Local Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill" near ground zero for the growing disaster. About the same time, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's response manager to the oil spill disaster, will be in Washington briefing President Obama and the Cabinet on the administration's ongoing response to the incident.

And if there wasn't enough attention on the Gulf - with trouble for the seafood and tourism industries and pictures of birds, fish and animals killed by floating oil in the Gulf of Mexico showing up - scientists now say they have found evidence of another danger lurking under water. The University of South Florida recently discovered a second oil plume in the northeastern part of the Gulf. The first plume was found by Mississippi universities in early May.

 

Terror arrests Two New Jersey men arrested at a New York airport planned to travel to Somalia to "wage violent jihad," and had expressed a willingness to commit violent acts in the United States, according to prosecutors and a federal criminal complaint.

Midwest storms - Seven people were killed in Ohio as severe thunderstorms and tornadoes raked the Midwest on Saturday and early Sunday, authorities said. The deaths came in Wood County when a tornado touched down overnight.

Joran van der Sloot – A Peruvian judge says the investigation of murder suspect Joran van der Sloot will be extended for another week. He's jailed on suspicion of killing a woman last week. He once was the suspect in the disappearance of American Natalee Holloway in Aruba five years ago.  Peruvian authorities released a video in which van der Sloot, who now has a lawyer, is seen entering a hotel room with Stephany Flores Ramirez.

A big day for Apple ... and consumers - Apple fanatics will have their eyes glued to live blogs and Twitter feeds on Monday as the technology giant gears up for big announcements. The Cupertino, California, company - known for its sleek, mod gadgets - is widely expected to unveil a new version of its popular iPhone at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. A keynote address from Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs, will start at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET). The company does not allow live video of the event, but you can follow the minute-by-minute action on our Twitter account, @cnntech, as well as on technology sites such as Ars Technica, Wired, CNET and Gizmodo. The new CNN Tech homepage also will incorporate live posts from inside the event at the Moscone Center.

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Gale Witt

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/CONTACT/
    Contact President Obama and let him know how upset we are at the lack of initiative being taken in getting this situation stopped immediately. Oil is big money and even though our gulf coast is being killed the BP officials, Washington officials and lobbyists in Washington are still pulling the strings in getting this stopped.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

      .
      OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
      .
      the BP's "cap" CLEARLY is a DRAMATICALLY WRONG idea!!!
      .
      don't wait more DAYS or WEEKS to do something better!!!
      .
      take a look and adopt NOW my NEW idea just published!!!
      .
      it can STOP up to 100% of the leak in a matter of days!!!
      .
      http://bit.ly/c8y9GX
      .
      OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
      .

      June 7, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Wilfred Brimly

      I dont think your idea of a giant Depends undergarment is going to stop it

      June 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Craig N. Barthelmas

    Subject: PRO-ACTIVE OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN, Dated: 10 May, 2010

    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Here’s a contingency plan that has patented technology and a process that really works.

    1. We found a pre-processed material and developed an action plan that would have extracted up to 95% of the oil spill contaminants from seeded surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico, before it hit land fall.
    2. Our product is a, “Modified Oil Spill Environmental Sponge” dubbed M.O.S.E.S., it is a ¼” to ½” product that can be used to absorb oil contaminants from both “fresh water and salt water” surface oil spills. Our tests have concluded that one ton of product will absorb 125 gallons of oil in less than one hour. Simply put it will absorb approximately one half of its weight in oil. M.O.S.E.S. collects/absorbs oil not water. After saturation M.O.S.E.S. will only contain about 1.4% water. It creates no added impact on marine life or the environment. It also poses no threat to other kinds of wildlife including humans. A fifteen minute test will prove this process works.
    3. Our plan is full circle and includes staging, seeding, re-claiming and re-processing all of the contaminated oil’s and seed materials back into re-usable fuels and commodities.
    4. Due to the urgencies to reduce the impact on the environment and the magnitude of this spill, our plan required partnering with the Coast Guard and other organizations that were already being used to provide staging, seeding and reclaim operations.
    5. Seeding operations were to be handled in essentially the same way they were being done, with minor and/or no modifications to airborne or aquatic equipment that would handle spreading ¼” to ½” particulates.
    6. Re-claim operations required the same booms, scoops, pumps and barge operations, that were being used.
    7. Re-processing operations proposed a permanent emissions free plant for processing oil, sand and other like materials into re-usable fuels and commodities. The plant would take approximately ninety to one hundred and fifty days to construct and would become a permanent part of a states fast action response to future oil spills.
    8. Our plan would have first, assisted with the on-going damage control operations in the gulf; second, it could have been put into operation within seven days; third, it would have become a $30,000,000.00 per year financial benefit to the communities that embraced staging and plant processing operations.
    9. This plan will greatly reduced the time and costs associated with this kind of oil spill in the future. We are confident that this type of pro-active plan would become a template for other high risk (oceanic) areas.
    So, why was this plan given no consideration at all? It is not a question of if another spill will happen, but when! The only excuses we have been able to come up with that, we are sure you are going to here are, as follows:
    a. BP, News Networks and Government Agencies didn’t have the time to consider a pro-active long term plan?
    b. We were crack pots when, this technology is patented and the product could be tested in fifteen minutes?
    c. BP has it under control as, they have done this before? Yes and, crazy is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results! We need to get past these smoke screens and prepare for future spills.
    Thank you for your time and consideration. We’d love to receive some constructive input from anyone who is listening.
    Craig N. Barthelmas, Verizon Cell: [313] 682-1428, E-Mail: GE1RE22@aol.com
    CC: BP., CNN, FOX NEWS, NOAA, Governors of: AL., FL., LA., MS., And TX.

    June 7, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Craig N. Barthelmas

      ATTENTION!! The PRO-ACTIVE OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN listed above will not plug oil leaks but, it will address five major problems; two of witch, are concerns that have not been addressed in the media or in the government.
      1. It truly is a LONG TERM-CONTINGENCY PLAN. It will help the community rebuild revenues while providing a fast action operational plan for future oil spills. Yes! Future oil spills will surely occur, despite future prevention efforts!
      2. This plan is full circle and would included staging, seeding, re-claiming and re-processing all of the contaminated oil’s, oil filled sands and seed materials back into re-usable fuels and commodities.
      3. It creates no added impact on marine life or the environment. It also poses no threat to humans and/or other forms of wildlife. Oil, feed stock and sand processing are near emissions free processes.
      4. It will generate $30,000,000.00 worth of new revenues for the communities that embrace staging and plant processing operations. The plant would remain in full operation after the clean-up is done.
      5. It will also add about forty new jobs to the community. This is not only a plan to help with short term clean up’s, it will also have a positive long term and lasting effect on the community as well.
      We all know that BP has been feeding us misinformation and then trying to mobilize volunteers to help minimize their cost. Yes! We sent BP and other agencies this plan. Operations of this nature have a price tag associated with them and so, it would appear that they have no wish to spend anything on spills they can’t control or that won’t go back into their pockets. The OMRS-100 technology is patented and, M.O.S.E.S. (The oil absorbent) can be tested in less than fifteen minutes!
      As always our government is seeking a short term quickie (political talk) so we can get a long term scr**ing! Has anyone mentioned where they (BP) plan to put and/or dispose of all of that contaminated; oil, sand and material? We are pretty sure that without intervention it will be in somebody’s back yard, neatly hidden from sight, killing something else. Don’t you think that any oil spill plan should at least consider: Prevention, Mobilization, Extraction and Disposal Operations?
      Thank you for your time. We would love to receive some constructive input from anyone who is as concerned as we are.
      Craig N. Barthelmas, Verizon Cell: [313] 682-1428, E-Mail: GE1RE22@aol.com

      June 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. damiao

    Unfortunately the reallity is....we are helping to destroy the planet...http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com

    June 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. georginashenton

    Yeah, it's totally creepy. I have had this nagging thought since this happened... Perhaps he's killed on every anniversary of Holloway's death. It's just that he got caught... this time. The guy is absolutely a sociopath.

    June 8, 2010 at 2:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Craig N. Barthelmas

    Subject: PRO-ACTIVE OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN, Dated: 1814, this is an oil spill contingency plan that has a proven extraction process. If British Petroleum’s hired goons stop authorized U.S. press from filming on American Soil just one more time, History may repeat its self!

    THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS, by Johnny Horton: In 1814 we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip, we took a little bacon and we took a little beans, we caught the bloody British in a town in New Orleans

    We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin', there wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago we fired once more and they begin to runnin', on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    We looked down the river and we see'd the British come, there must have been a hundred of'em, beatin' on the drums They stepped so high, and they made their bugles ring, we stood by our cotton bales, and didn't say a thing

    We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin', there wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago we fired once more and they begin to runnin', on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    Old Hickory said we could take 'em by surprise if we didn't fire our muskets 'Till we looked 'em in the eye, we held our fire 'Till we see'd their faces well Then we opened up our squirrel guns And really gave 'em – well we

    Fired our guns and the British kept a-comin', there wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago we fired once more and they begin to runnin', on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    Yeah, they ran through the briars And they ran through the brambles And they ran through the bushes Where the rabbit couldn't go They ran so fast That the hounds couldn't catch 'em On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    We fired our cannon 'til the barrel melted down So we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round We filled his head with cannon balls, and powdered his behind And when we touched the powder off the gator lost his mind

    We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin', there wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago we fired once more and they begin to runnin', on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    Yeah, they ran through the briars And they ran through the brambles And they ran through the bushes Where the rabbit couldn't go They ran so fast That hounds couldn't catch 'em On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. Go Johnny!

    We posted a PRO-ACTIVE OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN, Dated: 10 May 2010, this is a post oil spill contingency plan that has a proven Oil Spill extraction process and a patented Hydro-Carbon (emissions free) recycling technology.

    We’ve found a pre-processed material and developed an action plan that will extract up to 98% of oil spill contaminants from the surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It also includes contingencies for, re-processing all of the oil drenched materials back into re-usable fuels and commodities creating, long term renewable energy revenues for the community.

    We all know that BP has been feeding us misinformation and then trying to minimize their cost by denying problems exist. Yes! We sent BP and other agencies our plan. Operations of this nature have a price tag associated with them and so, it would appear that they have no wish to spend anything on an oil spill they can’t control or that won’t go back into their pockets. This cannot be allowed to go on any longer! We have four suggestions to remedy this situation.

    a. Executive orders from the president to keep BP within five miles of their oil rig to work on plugging their oil well.
    b. Executive orders from the president keeping BP completely out of the state containment and clean-up process.
    c. Executive orders from the president to keep BP paying for the affected business and state clean-up’s, on time.
    d. Find a way to approve pro-active plans rapidly and, for God’s sake, make decisions without first consulting BP.

    To date, BP has not plugged the well, contained the oil spill or even moved quickly to approve state contingency plans to keep oil off their shores. BP needs to plug their damned hole and pay the states for containment and clean-up operations.

    Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Craig N. Barthelmas ge1re22@aol.com

    June 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. David Girgen

    Waco, TX
    I have been in the automotive and motorcycle industry for 30 years. I have been fortunate to have owned some of the most gas guzzeling vehiclles made. Muscle cars, Hot Rods, anything that burned gas, I made faster and as a result more power meant burning more fuel. The old joke my friends and I use to use was that "we burn fossil fuels for fun". Never have I been so embarassed to claim this. All of my working career I thought I was so lucky to have a job that was more like a hobby than work. I was born in New Orleans and have spent most of my life living on or near the Gulf Coast. I have to say that now I am trully embarassed to be in an industry that depends on burning fossil fuels. My home town (New Orleans LA) and the Gulf states in general will NEVER be the same. The Gulf will die as a result of the carelessness of the oil industries and the Federal Goverment. Because cars and motorcycles have been a passion of mine, it is a hard dessicion on my part to destroy the things that I have loved so much, but I will. I am not going to sell my collection but rather have them destroyed. That is how angry I am and this is the only thing that I can think of doing. No more high use fossil fuel vehicles for me. It's unreasonable to think one can survive in this world without a vehicle. But for the first time in my life I will replace a vehicle with the lowest emmision producing vehicle that I can find. I am trully embarrased that our country has let this happen.

    June 13, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse | Reply

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.