NOAA Oil Slick Projection

May 20th, 2010 at 4:10 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Stormtracker Weather, Jason Smith - FOX10 Outdoors

Forecast for May 22, 2010, Issued May 20th, 2010

10 Responses to “NOAA Oil Slick Projection”

  1. Tom Thomas says:

    It’s a joke, it must be, this so called clean up effort in the golf coast. Watched the news and you have a bunch of fishermen with nothing more then sponges cleaning up a disaster. This is the best solution that they have devised in three weeks. Lets not forget that mile long soda straw that BP claims works great. The government is not doing anything, the state is dragging its feet and BP’s effort is pathetic. This is looking more and more like a conspiracy, but to what end.

    Le me not go there and just offer a solution that will work cheaply and effectively.

    First is to gather the needed parts that are readily available
    100 bubble top rubber pools. The pools in many backyards, simple and only cost $200-400 dollars to buy total $30,000
    Next 25 or so 25′ X 100′ tarps totals $1500
    More tarps 50 quantity 10′ X 100′ tarps $1000
    60 fishing boats with fishing net’s priced under contract. $5000 a week plus fuel per vessel. $300,000 per/week
    100 large dock bumpers $100 total $10,000
    25 barges augmented per/ specification
    Augmentation is accordingly
    Segmented into three semi-separate compartment
    back section plate runs from top of barge that is welded completely. To bottom of barge that is open in s number areas 2 feet from bottom or proper engineering that may be necessary. One small corner of top wall is cut open while the bottom of same corner is welded solid twice the length of top opening in corner.
    The front section of barge has a plate welded to bottom. The top section is open and a small section of bottom shall remain open
    The center section of barge is the pump receiving area. This area as well as the back is much smaller then front oil trapping area
    Barge separation works as such
    A pump fills the center section with a water oil mix. The walls are engineered that the water sinks and travels to back section of the barge where another pump continues to remove clean sea water.
    The lighter oil will move to the top of the separation barge and over the lower walls in the front of barge. There it can be pumped into a small tanker that travels from barge station to barge stations.
    Once this small tankers are filled it transfer its oil to a much larger tanker that once filled will take the oil to processing centers.
    There is a great deal more engineering that can be used to improve barge efficiency. Any first year engineer can easily design a highly efficient barge. So any further explanation should not be necessary.
    Implementation of main collection system using the pools
    Preparation of main collection area
    The initial problem with efforts so far is the 10 inch collector that are used. We need to extend that depth to at least 6 feet. This is accomplished by using 2, 3 foot pools attached together will easily reach that depth.
    Cut the pools so they can be laid flat. This means that the bottom of the will have to be cut in slices as a pizza. This will allow the pool to lay almost flat
    Then take two pools and attach them together. One bladder that will be filled as intended with air on top. The second is inverted and will be used as a ballast. The diamonds or bottoms are attached together so that they fill any gaps that the diamond cuts made. This will make on long piece 8 foot high or so. . An important fact, even though the bottom are sliced, they will still form A slight POCKET , attaching the pools in a manner that this pocket remains.
    Tape the seams with a waterproof marine tape. Very strong it should be stronger then the rubber material of the pools. You can use tape to reinforce the pool with tape also. Pool will be under great stress.
    You can also further strengthen pool by staggering joints
    Pool material will also have to be heat sealed to form air tight compartments of top and bottom
    Bottom will also be sealed in 5 or more places making a number of separate compartments
    The top part is filled with air as normal the bottom compartments are sliced and partially filled with sand for bouncy.
    This main section is to be about 100 feet long or longer if the engineer deems so.
    The secondary sections are to be used as funnel that will gather and move large areas into the main section. They are built as such
    There simple a single pool laid out with the end sealed. Then they are attached together to form a long catch line of maybe a 1000 feet on either side of main catch area.
    The bottom pizza area are folded and taped with sand ballast inside the bottom of pool material.
    The stress will be great so two other supports will be necessary.
    First support will be a backing of fish nets that are as long as the oil catch line. The main area may only be 100 feet or so . This main area is defined by twin boom fishing trawlers. The width of the boom arm defines the size of main catch area. The first one made should be kept small that is. That main area 100 feet with the outer areas only a couple hundred feet on either side of main catch area.
    The fish nets are to be supported by a number of dock bumpers strung along the nets horizontally as necessary.
    Since the fishing nets are very strong the first one should be tried without any secondary backing support
    Second backing supports (if necessary) is composed of the tarps. Traps perform a two fold operation. First creating an additional depth for the catch area and second strong supports for pool linings
    As an additional catch area
    How the pool catch area works, is it foresees the water to escape under the pool bladders leaving the oil to gather on top. Ideally it would be great if we could collect the oil a few inches deep or ideally a foot or more. The extended tarp may be necessary to allow the oil and water to separate. It may also concentrator oil that is under the water a number of feet and gives it a better chance to pool to the surface.
    It will also act as a further support for the pool bladder.
    Attaching the tarp if necessary
    Role the tarp over the top of the air pocket of pool and the dock buoys
    Tie the top to fishing nets just under the water line snuggling the buoy’s to net.
    Attach bottom as a continues loop to fishing nets according to engineering specks, or best estimation. Tarps can be easily modified in the field.
    Bottom should have a slight angle to easily pass water under tarp. Angle can easily be adjusted with net stringing.
    One area of concern is the transfer points from outer oil movers to the main collection area, this 5 to 10 foot area will need to be supported with a small net and tarp.
    Then again the pool should make that corner of the transfer nets to the main collection area. Its might all depend on how the fishing nets are tied together in those two important spots.

    How the system works is quite easy, the fishing boats work together. The two outer boats have one end of the long net of 1000 feet. The other end is attached to one boom arm of the main fishing boat. The other side is connected also in like manner. This should cover a swatch of ocean of 2000 feet. If this works easily you could even attach another set of trawlers on either side extending the area 4000 feet. Are these distance may be unpracticed, that is why a smaller area is warranted for the first system. If this smaller design works then maybe attach a 1000 boomer to either side or only one side and see how that works. Increasing the size as possible.

    If all works and is viable the first barge should be ready and send out immediately to start the processing of oil. Test the and see if that needs any tweaking. Don’t wait until a week before the next barge is started but tweak it after completion, simple torch or a little welding should be require to tweak the design. Save time fly me out and I can easily design a separation barge that should work quite well from start. As well as the pool and netting oil collection system.

    Most likely BP is going to drag it’s feet as well as the feds so it’s up to the states to pick up the initiative. Governors the fishing industries is a 10 billion industry in the golf. Not to mention the welfare & unemployment benefits that your state will be require to pay out. YOU maybe are looking at a BILLION dollars minim lose for each state surrounding the golf. So Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida all need to take action. Not only this wacky ideal should be enacted put most every other goofy ideal should be tried. The states are responsible as much as PB and the Feds. Every one looses is this tragedy is not stopped today. The facts are that cleanup cost escalates if this oil reaches land. The cleanup will becomes 10 times more deadly and expensive.

    So States of the Golf cost you can wait for the Fed’s to come to your rescue just like they did for Katrina, Haiti. received more aid then New Orleans. The decision is up to you today, do something, or more to the point many of all things, Or you can continue to wait for help that will never come.

    Tom Thomas

  2. Turkuu Tom says:

    Consider this: If W were the sitting President the liberal media/press would be castigating him without mercy hourly/daily. The reports from CNN/NBC/CBS regarding no help from the federal government and the President would be rampant.
    Yet, Mr. O sits on his buns while LA begins dredging last week without federal help. The liberal media declines to criticize their hero, their kingpin. One wonders if Mr. O recalls that LA did not support him in last year’s election?
    Mr. O, where art thou?

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  7. Chris Crumpton says:

    Seriously,I want to know how we can send a probe out into space to intercept an asteroid to take samples and get it back home,but our great technological minds can not plug a 14″ pipe.Really?!We can clone anything,yet we can’t effectively clean oil.We can make a bomb that recreates the birth of the sun,Yet we can not find a solution to THIS problem.It’s an embarrassment to mankind.

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