Thousands of Dead Birds Collected Off the Gulf of Mexico

As of Tuesday, 3,634 birds collected off the Gulf of Mexico were dead. Of these dead birds, 1,226 were visibly oiled. This is according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

For the first time the wildlife service is breaking down the species of oiled birds collected, either alive and dead, in the Gulf of Mexico since the April 20 BP oil spill.

The largest number of dead birds were laughing gulls (1,591), followed by brown pelicans (376) and northern gannets (182).

Those birds fortunate enough to have been rescued alive are taken to rehabilitation centers in Hammond, Louisiana; Gulfport, Mississippi; Theodore, Alabama; and Pensacola, Florida where they undergo several washings, feedings, and the collection of vital health information.

According to the Fish and Wildlife Service the birds stay at the rehabilitation centers until their natural body oils are replenished and they have sufficiently recovered to be fit for release.

The rehabilitated birds are banded and released into suitable habitats along the coast where they are not likely to get oiled again.

BP Oil Spill Live Feed Upate: Oil Well Integrity Test Continues

BP Oil Spill Live Feed Upate: Oil Well Integrity Tests Continues – BP continues with its monitoring on the pressure of the new oil spill cap earlier installed in the MC252 exploratory oil well. Initially, it was set at 6 to 48 hours. On July 15, a lot of people were surprised to see that the oil spill stopped for the first time as witnessed in the snapshot of the BP oil spill live feed below:

However, as BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said: “It’s far from the finish line. … It’s not the time to celebrate.” This was not permanent as BP needs to monitor if the oil spill cap can hold the pressure of the oil leak.

The pressure inside the oil well recently has been measured at approximately 6,792 pounds per square inch and continues to increase slowly. Both the Q4000 and Helix Producer sub-sea containment systems have been temporarily suspended. Data gathered during the test is currently being reviewed by the government agencies including the Federal Science Team to determine what are the next steps needed to contain this oil spill. After the test, both the Q4000 and Helix Producer oil containment systems are expected to resume capturing and flaring oil and gas.

Meanwhile, work and relief efforts continue to collect and disperse oil that has reached the surface of the sea in order to protect the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico. To date, these operations have recovered a total of approximately 807,143 barrels (33.9 million gallons) of oily liquid.

BP Oil Spill Live Feed Update: BP Carried Out Integrity Test on New Oil Spill Cap

BP Oil Spill Live Feed Update: BP Carried Out Integrity Test on New Oil Spill Cap – BP is currently on pressure to find the latest oil spill solution that would put a permanent halt to the oil leak in Gulf of Mexico. Their credit ratings and stock prices have been badly affected by the oil spill notwithstanding the huge costs of oil spill claims from the government and from those injured. They have implemented various oil spill solutions in the past which includes the huge oil containment dome, the oil separators project of Kevin Costner, the top hat solution, and the LMRP containment system.

In its latest effort to contain the oil spill, BP is currently back into one of its first oil spill solutions. BP has implemented a new oil spill cap on the MC252 well to replace the previous one installed in the Lower Marine Riser Package or LMRP. This was done last Sunday June 11 as witnessed in the BP oil spill live feed where the live cam showed the new oil spill cap being lowered into the oil leak by remote robots.

Upon installation, BP is now set to start its so called integrity test to know if the oil spill cap can handle the pressure at such depths in the ocean floor. According to BP, this test will run between 6 to 48 hours. All of the test results will then be gathered to determine what are the next steps of BP to needed to do in case this oil spill solution failed once again.

Currently, the two oil spill containment vessels Q4000 and Helix Producer have recovered a combined amount of approximately 17,060 oil barrels from the oil leak.

BP Oil Spill Live Feed Update Shows New Oil Spill Cap Deployed Stopped Oil Spill

BP Oil Spill Live Feed Update Shows New Oil Spill Cap Deployed Stopped Oil Spill – Did the BP oil spill really stop? This is the question mostly asked by people who wanted to get a news update of the current BP oil spill which which started in the Gulf of Mexico last April and now reached Louisiana, and other nearby states.

After 85 days and 184 million of gallons of continuous oil leak and after implementing several oil spill solutions, finally the BP oil spill for the first time has stopped flowing. This was clearly seen in the BP oil spill live feed shot shown above which was taken July 15 . According to BP, the oil spill stopped flowing at around 3:25pm Eastern Time when the last valve in their latest oil spill cap was shut off.

However, this was not permanent as BP needs to monitor if the oil spill cap can hold the pressure of the oil leak. As BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said: “It’s far from the finish line. … It’s not the time to celebrate.”

Possible problems might still arise from the sealed oil leak. There were a lot of “Ifs” and these should be addressed by BP immediately so that they could move on with their next steps. What if the oil spill cap suddenly broke? What if there would be a broken pipe? And worst, what if the oil would be forced down into the ocean bed rock which could rupture the sea floor?

Since this was just a temporary oil spill solution, BP said that the next 48 hours would be crucial. Their scientists and engineers were on stand by monitoring the pressure changes. High pressure would mean that the oil spill cap was effective in containing the oil spill  while low pressure could mean that there were still unnoticed broken oil pipes. BP is set to have another press release at around 9:30am CDT on July 16, 2010 regarding the results of their monitoring.

If you want to witness the BP oil spill live feed, there are several live cams here capturing the live images of the BP oil spill. As you can see, it is indeed stopped. Will this be the end of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill? Let’s hope and pray.