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Buzz: Super Tankers won’t work for cleanup

Buzz: Super Tankers won’t work for cleanup

Another email: First there is not any room for a super tanker at the location they have three Dynamic Position (DP) rigs and one 600-foot Drill ship. All the vessels out there are DP 2 class vessel. There are not any DP Class 2 supertankers that I'm aware of. It's OK to think that you might use [...]

Engineers believe relief wells should work

Engineers believe relief wells should work

Last week, I heard rumors that the relief wells that are being drilled to stop oil spewing from the Deepwater Horizon well might not work. The email discussed a similar accident off of Australia, known as the Montara spill, that began Aug. 21, 2009 and leaked as much as 85,000 gallons per day [...]

BP hires uber Barbie

BP hires uber Barbie

BP has found it has too many men speaking for it nationally and will now use its local BP Barbie approach nationwide. "BP Barbie" is my description for the various female community liaisons hired by the oil giant to deflect criticism and avoid answering any difficult questions. Instead of [...]

Road Trip notes: Dauphin Island

Road Trip notes: Dauphin Island

The Dauphin lsland trip was uneventful, but great background for later. The island is south of Mobile, past Bellingrath Gardens. It is wider than Santa Rosa Island and has grass and trees, which reminded me more of Sanibel Island than Pensacola Beach. The island is where Mobile Bay feeds into [...]

BP ad: We will make it right

BP ad: We will make it right

Full page ads are running across the country, except for the IN, that declare "BP has taken full responsibility for cleaning up the spill in the Gulf of Mexico." The black and white ad, which probably cost 25 percent of my total ad revenue in our May 27 issue, has a photo of workers laying boom. [...]

Next option has risk

Next option has risk

The new option that BP has for the Deepwater Horizon well is to cut off a kinked portion of the riser and attempt to lower a device over the area that will allow BP to try and capture a substantial amount of the oil leaking out. The President issued the following statement yesterday: "This [...]

Buzz: Crist moves TDC meeting

Buzz: Crist moves TDC meeting

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has moved the meeting with tourism officials from Northwest Florida from today to Sunday. It's anticipated that he will announce his plan to split the $25M that Tony Hayward said on May 17 he would give the state to help "Gulf region return to normal operations." BP had [...]

Coastkeeper update

Coastkeeper update

Press release: Flow rate update, with information from the Incident Command: The National Incident Command’s Flow Rate Technical Group (FRTG) has developed an independent estimate for the rate at which oil is flowing from BP’s leaking well. Using three different methodologies, the FRTG has [...]

City Attorney memo: City Council has some control over BP boom ops

City Attorney memo: City Council has some control over BP boom ops

Pensacola City Attorney Rusty Wells has sent the City Council a memo, "Pensacola-Based Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Cleanup Measures," that while the City can't stop BP from setting up its boom cleaning operations in Bayou Chico, it can require a surety or cash bond from BP to cover any cleanup [...]

FLRA launches Coast is Clear campaign

FLRA launches Coast is Clear campaign

While Gov. Crist plays politics and misses the opportunity to help Gulf Coast businesses on this four-day weekend and WEAR/Sinclair offers a too little-too late promo campaign with its sister stations, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) this week unveiled a marketing campaign [...]

WEAR TV will promote clean beaches next week

WEAR TV will promote clean beaches next week

Press release from WEAR TV: WEAR ABC 3 TO SPREAD THE WORD THAT OUR BEACHES ARE CLEAN AND CLEAR Pensacola, FL –WEAR ABC 3 is going to help get the word out that our beaches are clear and there's no OIL. On Wednesday, June 2, the Channel 3 News Team will put together a story telling [...]

Buzz: Crist drops match requirement

Buzz: Crist drops match requirement

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist may be rethinking his plans for spending the $25 million that BP gave the state for tourism advertising. A memorandum of understanding has been drafted for the Governor that will give Escambia County $1.4 million for tourism marketing. There will be no “matching funds" [...]

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