A Gift that Keeps on Dosing

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Forecasts, at least for the moment, are predicting a mostly westward trajectory for tropical storm Alex. Such tracking should keep it away from the bulk of the Deepwater Horizon spill and thus avoid or at least delay the massive toxin emulsion mixing experiment everyone fears. Fortune, for now.

There are worries over oil-laced rainfall from whatever storms that DO hit the large, ever-increasing spill area. Already there have been a couple of (frustratingly ambiguous) video clips of sheening rainwater from a thunderstorm in New Orleans.

But I’d expect that the biggest danger would come from a heavy storm surge that could dump massive amounts of oil emulsion over significant chunks of coastline. Those sickening photos of the beaches at Pensacola and Gulf Islands park (Ft. Pickens area) convey only a fraction of the damage that might occur even in a moderate storm surge. Having seen the reach of such surges at that very spot I am especially prone to gloom right now.

During hurricane Katrina, storm surge effects in the New Orleans area acted to stir, transport and distribute large quantities of toxic sediments across land and waterways. Even a medium size hurricane churning around the ever-increasing DWH spill area could easily surge our new batch of toxins over wide areas. The result of that toxin dosing won’t be subtle or ambiguous, and will linger for years. Those Chernobyl comparisons might not be far off the mark. Wormwood, indeed.


Written by nullsequence

June 27, 2010 at 7:38 am

Posted in travesty

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