July 6th, 2010
12:52 PM ET

Despite choppy Gulf weather, optimism for oil cleanup efforts

[Updated at 5:43 p.m.] Crews are in the process of connecting a vessel to the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, said newly retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen. The hookup has been partially completed.

The vessel Helix Producer could draw up to 53,000 barrels of oil a day when it becomes operational, Allen said in Houston, where he traveled to meet with BP
officials.

[Posted at 12:52 p.m.] Despite rough weather, the man leading the federal response to the oil disaster believes that the placement of a new containment cap and the deployment of key air and sea resources will eventually stop the massive amounts of oil now gushing from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Newly retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen told CNN on Tuesday that over the next seven to 10 days, officials will be monitoring weather patterns to determine when to try to install the cap, a process that will involve unbolting the jagged edge that exists on the structure now. Once completed, the new containment cap, he said, will achieve a perfect seal and keep oil from escaping.

Allen said the new cap "would let us get to a capture rate of 80,000 barrels a day," and said he was planning a trip to Houston, Texas, to talk to BP officials about the plan.

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  1. Shasha

    http://blog.ted.com/2008/05/paul_stamets.php
    6 ways Mushrooms can save the world.

    It'll take you about 18 minutes to go through this video, but it is chalked full of helpful information.

    At some point in the video, you will be shown how mycelium growth can help solve the oil crisis.

    This is an excerpt from the video showing a very related experiment:
    "Battelle Laboratories and I joined up, in Bellingham, Washington, there were 4 piles saturated with diesel and other petroleum waste. One was a control pile, one pile was treated with enzymes, one pile was treated with a bacteria, and our pile we inoculated with mushroom mycelium.

    (photo of oil getting captured by mycelium ring)

    The mycelium absorbs the oil. The mycelium is producing enzymes - peroxydases - that break carbon-hydrogen bonds. These're the same bonds that hold hydrocarbons together. So the mycelium become saturated with the oil, and then, when we returned 6 weeks later, all the tarps were removed, all the other piles were dead, dark, and stinky. We came back to our pile, it was covered with hundreds of pounds of oyster mushrooms –

    (photo of their pile, covered in mushrooms)

    – and the color changed to a light form. The enzymes re-manufactured the hydrocarbons into carbohydrates - fungal sugars.

    (photo of giant & healthy mushroom on the pile)

    Some of these mushrooms are very happy mushrooms. They're very large. They're showing how much nutrition that they could've obtained.

    But something else happened, which was an epiphany in my life. They sporulated, the spores attract insects, the insects laid eggs, eggs became larvae. Birds then came, bringing in seeds, and our pile became an oasis of life.

    (shot of their pile with grass growing on it)

    Whereas the other 3 piles were dead, dark, and stinky, and the PAH's - the aromatic hydrocarbons - went from 10 thousand parts per million to less than 200 in 8 weeks. The last image we don't have - the entire pile was a green berm of life. These are gateway species. Vanguard species that open the door for other biological communities. "

    I agree with Paul Staments, if we are to make an ecological difference in this world we should look into the beneficial aspects of mycelium.

    July 6, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      in the latest update of this article you can see a CLEAR IMAGE of the (fast, simple and easy) modification of the BP's tool that would have allowed them to STOP the oil spill in the EARLY DAYS of May
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      July 6, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

      @BreakingNews

      Zero science (CHECK)
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      5 year old imagination with a crayon (CHECK)
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      Crappy idea that BP, US Gov, any government, any company won't take (CHECK)
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      Someone who doesn't know how to skip lines and puts idiotic periods (CHECK)

      you are a complete joke. Get an education first.

      July 6, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
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      qwerasdf: "you are a complete joke"
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      said by a BP-guy sounds incredibly ironic... :)
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      July 6, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Smith in Oregon

    Like Boss Hog in Dukes of Hazzard, Louisiana residents and politicians have been big on feeding from the Big Oil payoff food dish. For decades the direct dredging by Gas and Oil drillers of the Swamps and Marshes thru-out Louisiana have resulted in the loss of 2,000 miles of Wetlands.

    And the Swamp Parish Presidents of Louisiana want us to feel sympathy for them losing 20 miles of Maaarsh due to the current Louisiana BP Oil gusher? Why didn't these self-righteous individuals clamp some sane and reasonable legislation on Big Oil before as they watched Oil and Gas dredges destroy 2,000 Miles of Louisiana Wetlands while collecting the greedy profits?

    Wasn't Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal leading the charge for Big Oil profits during the exact same time that Wetlands, and Marshes were disappearing because of Oil and Gas dredging PRIOR to the current Louisiana BP Oil gusher?

    July 7, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse | Reply

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