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2010-06-20 \Tucson\News\Columns\
What after BP? http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story
As well as dealing with the current oil well disaster, what needs to be done to prevent the next one?

Relief wells.  Ahead of time.

NPR interviewed Rick Steiner, Marine conservation consultant who was involved heavily in the cleanup of the Exxon ... read more

2010-06-16 \Tucson\News\Columns\
Bird Rescue photos http://www.ibrrc.org/
I hope people in the affected areas know to bring oiled birds to a wildlife rescuer.  The IBRRC says they have 90% success rate now with cleaning and releasing birds.  Their procedure is pretty involved.  Its a small ray of light but the photostream on ... read more

2010-06-16 Bird Rescue photos
http://www.ibrrc.org/
I hope people in the affected areas know to bring oiled birds to a wildlife rescuer.  The IBRRC says they have 90% success rate now with cleaning and releasing birds.  Their procedure is pretty involved.  Its a small ray of light but the photostream on flickr of the bird wash is something to look at.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ibrrc

They also have some statistics available about counts of live and dead birds that have been found in different areas.  Don't know how complete they are.
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2010-06-20 What after BP?
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127381814&ft=1&f=1004
As well as dealing with the current oil well disaster, what needs to be done to prevent the next one?

Relief wells.  Ahead of time.

NPR interviewed Rick Steiner, Marine conservation consultant who was involved heavily in the cleanup of the Exxon Valdez oil spill:

'[Steiner] argues that relief wells should be drilled simultaneously with production wells.

If that had happened, he says, the situation would be different now.

"They would've been weeks away from a kill of the well blowout, rather than months," Steiner says.'

NPR also points out that BP tried to ease even the fairly lax regulations that now exist in Canada for readiness to drill relief wells.  The US regulations, not unexpectedly, are far more lax and have no requirements even for readiness to drill the relief ...read more...
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