Hey it’s only day 68, what’s the hurry. Obama should be golfing.
Extra credit question, to think about as you read this article, isn’t it time we ignore the EPA and just try anything that might work? Common sense, something bureaucracies lack in large quantity.
And why weren’t skimmers worldwide called into duty by the ‘day one’ Obama crew? Didn’t Obama know his own EPA says the secret to cleaning up oil spills is to never let the oil reach the beaches or estuaries. Oh yeah, the Jones Act thing, that Bush waived almost immediately after Katrina. Obama had to get clearance from his union buddies. The whole claptrap Jones Act should be repealed.
If only someone at the federal government had a brain …
Skimmer ship “A Whale” at a dock in Virginia.
But it’s not a done deal yet — A massive oil-skimming ship is headed for the Gulf:
“The ship — the length of 3 1/2 football fields (about a 1000 feet) and 10 stories high — is designed to collect up to 500,000 barrels of oily water a day through 12 vents on either side of its bow. It docked in Norfolk en route to the Gulf from Portugal, where it was retrofitted to skim the seas. The ship and its crew of 32 were to leave Virginia waters Friday evening.
The owners of the “A Whale” said the ship features a new skimming approach that has never been attempted on such a large scale. They are anxious to put it to its first test in the Gulf.
The converted oil tanker has the capacity of holding 2 million barrels, but would limit its holding tanks to 1 million barrels for environmental reasons. Oil skimmed up by the tanker would be separated from seawater, then transferred to another vessel.
Its owners claim the ship could gulp oily water at a daily rate that nearly matches the skimming total to date in the Gulf.
Nobu Su, CEO and founder of TMT group, compared the massive ship to a whale scooping up small fish. He said cappuccino-colored oily water would be processed through several tanks to extract oil the color of espresso.
He said the ship was engineered to skim oil shortly after its construction in South Korea this year after he recognized the “catastrophic” oil spill would require extraordinary measures.
“I believe this spill is unprecedented and you need an unprecedented solution,” said T.K. Ong, senior vice president for TMT.”
The ship will need a Jones Act waiver, EPA approval, and review by a “number of government agencies” before it could begin work. According to the article, it will take 3 days for the ship to travel from Virginia to the Gulf and they hope to have approvals by then.
Photos at the link above.