May 21st, 2010
09:40 AM ET

On the Radar: Oil spill, Clinton and North Korea, 'Lost'

Gulf oil spill - How bad is the environmental damage from the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? How will it affect plant and animal life - and for how long? Those are among the questions to be discussed at a congressional hearing scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET Friday.

Meanwhile, a BP official says a gusher of oil pouring from its damaged Gulf of Mexico well could be shut off as early as next week. BP Managing Director Bob Dudley said Thursday night the company will pump fluids into the well this weekend in the beginning of a process that - if successful - could lead to the leak finally being closed off in a matter of days. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports there is still some controversy over the cleanup - including BP's effort to use other substances to disperse the oil gushing from their pipes - and the fact that much of the dispersant remains sitting in an industrial park.

North Korea likely to top Clinton agenda in Asia - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that North Korea must faces consequences after a report that it fired a torpedo that sank a South Korean warship in March. Clinton was speaking in Tokyo, Japan, on the first leg of her weeklong tour in Asia. She said she was consulting with international allies to find the appropriate reaction. The trip also will take her to China and South Korea, where she's expected to discuss the situation regarding the warship.

Obama and clean cars - President Obama will sign a memorandum outlining the next steps in his vision for cleaner, more efficient cars at a ceremony Friday in the White House Rose Garden.

How should "Lost" end? - CNN asked iReporters to share what they would like to see in the series finale of “Lost” on Sunday, and they came up with some imaginative responses. How will "Lost" end? Can the smoke monster be defeated? Is Desmond the key to everything? iReporters give their take.

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  1. Protip

    I miss my clean oceans. Shame it won't be stopped by next week. It's nice to hope at least.

    May 21, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. BreakingNewsBlog.us

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    HAVE THEY REALIZED THAT WE ARE PRETTY CLOSE TO THE SUMMER AND THAT THIS OIL SPILL (IF NOT STOPPED NOW!) COULD, NOT ONLY, KILL THE GULF'S SEA AND NATURE, BUT ALSO THE WHOLE TOURISTIC ECONOMY OF THE GULF OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN US' BEACHES AND (WITH 30,000,000 MORE GALLONS SPILLED IN THE NEXT TEN DAYS) ALSO THE EUROPEAN AND AFRICAN SHORES AND TOURISM???
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    May 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Upset

      "Why don't people wake up about drilling for oil...we can make fuel safely with corn and soybeans grown right here in the United Stated. It is processed safely and helps are economy. Wake up greedy oil people!" Let's see you get this mess cleaned up............how many millions of creatures will die from this big mistake.

      May 22, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. YVONNE POWELL

    the dioxin from the oil spill will get in the drinking watershed in new Orleans. people will come down with hiv and cancer just like in Africa . health care is needed now to detox people.

    May 21, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. smith

    the problem is that you people who criticize the situation are probably driving around in your cars right now as we speak.If oil companies quit drilling for oil offshore and land based right now then tommorrow the price of gas would get to be over 5.00 a gallon and another thing to add is that accidents will happen thats why there called accidents and when you involve human nature they will happen.

    May 22, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. cojones

    We are DOOMED.!!!These M.F'ers BP executives WILL PAY. OFFF with their D%$#@ heads. Damn OIL DRILLERS FROM HELL!!!

    May 22, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cojones

    Mr. Smith: SO BE IT!!!!!! Remember the movie "AM I LEGEND". We are heading that way real soon. We were the richest nation in the world and we allow this to happen.???? Yo do not see this happening in Venezuela with Chavez at their command. They are a third world country and on top of that "COMMUNIST". Explain this one to me.!!!

    May 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cojones

    To Ivonne Powell and yes, and whom do you think should pay for this.??? BP, Transocean and Halliburton and throw on top of that DICK CHENEY, Bush and the Republican Party. I will like see Sarah P. getting on her knees to clean up too.!!

    May 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tony

    Do you recall that the GOP contender to the presidency wanted to increase off-shore drilling?
    The candidate who is meanwhile President opposed offshore drilling.
    A mere 1% chance of human failure is just too much a risk!

    Who will pay for the illnesses still to come from the food chain?
    From the sea, to fish, to other animal to humans... not to talk about the loss of natural life and income for thousands along the coast?

    Money cannot pay for health and life.

    But who will pay the cost of damage? The oil company? Its insurer?
    The tax payer?

    Can we not once and for all let the shareholders of those reckless companies such as Halliburton, BP and others pay for the damage?

    Can we not once create some more justice and let those bleed who sucked up profits for decades?

    I hope more public conscience will finally penalize the reckless shareholder brood of the oil companies who halt before nothing. It must hurt where they will feel it most: Their money!

    They do not respect man and nature. Maybe offshore drilling will finally become a matter of the past?!

    May 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 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.

    May 22, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • 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

      May 22, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Smith in Oregon

    A great many of crude Oil's Petrol Chemicals are carcinogenic. The main component of Gasoline is Benzine which is a KNOWN carcinogenic. Chemical dispersant's are often as toxic and poisonous as the crude oil on the environment, mammals and sea-life. Those that contain Wood Alcohol (Methanol) are as toxic if not more toxic, poisoning everything that consumes it.

    After 19 Years some 6 MILLION gallons of toxic crude Oil remains still floating in the Persian Gulf since the 1991 ordered dumping of 11 Million gallons by Saddam Hussein. Even after 19 Years, and all of the dispersant's, vacuuming and crude Oil spill removal available and fully used, some 50% still REMAINS killing all fish, sea and aquatic life that comes into that large dead zone.

    Other than the fact the Gulf of Mexico Spill is exponentially larger, a very large amount of that crude Oil is still going to be present well after 20 years, killing sea-life, mammals, birds and poisoning those that consume them. It's really pathetic and sad to already see the BP spin-misters hawking their fantasy that Nature's microbes will clean up the filthy, poisonous and very toxic heavy crude Oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico wetlands. In one HUNDRED YEARS you mean BP spin mister? Perhaps the BP spin misters could sit down with a CNN anchor that recently hawked how good Louisiana oil spill regional seafood is to eat with munching on a asphalt roof tile for a true comparison test.

    I find it entirely ironic that after the enormous Republican led corporate commercial fishing fleets have nearly exhausted a large number of species of fish including Bluefin tuna by overfishing them for many decades, what is now saving many fish species from such greedy predation is the large and growing amounts of toxins and chemical poisons found in those fish.

    The amounts of mercury, cadmium, and hundreds of pesticides and toxic chemicals absorbed and found in a wide range of fish severely limits the country's those greedy corporate fishing industry's can sell those heavily contaminated seafood to. It seems fewer country's are buying seafood filled with toxic elements and chemicals which directly result in outbreaks of health problems in their citizens, go figure!

    May 23, 2010 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Elhi

    In several previous comments, I have already predicted that the Gulf oil spill will end up being a 30,000,000 plus gallon spill, in terms of the heavier components of the crude that will remain in the water ( i.e., from which motor oil and lubricants can be made ). The total spill, in terms of the flow rate, is much greater than this, roughly 150,000,000 gallons. It's just that eighty percent of the flow consists of natural gas bubbles, ice crystal hydrates, and light weight petroleum volatiles, all of which evaporate upon reaching the surface, the equivalent air pollution of smoking 12 trillion cigarettes.

    This spill is unlike any other in terms of its ultimate impact upon deep sea marine life, sperm whales for example. The full environmental impact will not be known for decades. And No. It won't be stopped next week. The pressures at 5,000 feet under water are too enormous. When a gusher like that occurs with surface ground drilling, there is relatively little subsidence because atmospheric pressure is much less than water pressure. This is a monster that's feeding on itself, in terms of its inability to achieve natural pressure equalization, which will occur some time in August, in terms of the flow stopping of its own accord. What makes deep water oil strikes such rich producers is that they are self-pumping for the longest time, upwards of a billion total gallons for a reserve this large.

    Whether to view the Gulf as half empty or half full is a question that remains to be answered. The full environmental impact will not be known for at least a decade. We may realistically have to focus our attention on harvesting the oil, and let all the affected aquatic life heal itself naturally over the next half century. Ending this comment on an optimistic note, think of all the tourists that love to hunt for the seashells that wash up on the shores of Sanibel Island. Over the next several years, the treasure trove will be unbelievable. No limit on your take. And they'll already be lubricated and ready for display.

    May 23, 2010 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rakan

    I think the cost will exceed 100 boillin. I don't think BP can handle the whole tab anymore then Exxon handled the whole tab for the cost of the Exxon Valdez spill. But we should then hold the British Government accountable for the remainder of the tab. Fair is fair when our Companies cause disasters such as the bhopal disaster (Union Carbide) they picked up the cost and the US gave the country much needed aid.

    April 24, 2012 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |