Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Crews cleaning oil residue from Louisiana wetlands

Crews using special vacuum devices are sucking pools of spilled Macondo crude oil residue out of Louisiana marshes, said US Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul D. Zukunft, federal onscene coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon response.

“At some point, we will let Mother Nature do the work,” Zukunft said, adding the USCG and other federal officials are working with state officials to mutually determine when “there is no net environmental benefit” to continuing to clean marsh areas.

During a Sept. 29 teleconference, Zukunft said 588 miles of shoreline remained oiled and are being cleaned. This includes both marshes and beaches.

In Louisiana, one particular marsh cleanup crew involves 600 people, he said. Nine marsh areas continue to be cleaned, and they are all in Louisiana. Zukunft described a heavy, black “sticky residue in marsh grass.”

An Apr. 20 blowout of the deepwater Macondo well resulted in a fire and explosion on Transocean Ltd.’s Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible, killing 11 workers and resulting in a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. No oil has spilled since the installation of a capping stack on July 15. BP operated the well.

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Blogger Danny said...

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September 29, 2010 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Harold said...

Leaving mother nature to take care of the Wetlands is irresponsible.
21 years after the Exxon Valdez there is oil in the soil.I don't get it, there are bio-products that will help such as SLF-100 from Ozona Environmental, this product is approved by OMRI (Organic Material Research Institute)Representatives from Ozona have submitted documentation on this product and have been waiting for months for an opportunity to demonstrate it. So far nothing.

October 1, 2010 at 11:21 AM  

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