Gulf Oil Spill Live Blog – #3

May 2, 2010 6 comments

The oil spill is expected the accelerate the already dramatic land loss in the Louisiana Delta. (Image courtesy of Times Picayune)

05/06/2010 2:44 PM CST:  Here is a video with Dr. Ed Overton, the expert who joined us on this month’s podcast.  He is also featured in a Rachel Maddow video that is being emailed around, but I did not want to subject our readers to that.

05/06/2010 2:08 PM CST: We have released a preliminary episode of our podcast discussing the oil leak.

05/05/2010 8:31 PM CST: Will the oil slick effect bass fishermen?  It already has–at least economically.  What a trip to see Serigne’s marina in the WSJ.  Many a bass has been caught in that area.  On a separate note, it is a amazing how lucky we have been with this thing not coming ashore yet.  The NOAA 48 hour forecast shows it heading to the West of the Mississippi River mouth.

05/05/2010 8:11 PM CST: Are frantic shrimpers killing endangered turtles?  The theory sounds extremely plausible to me…

05/05/2010 8:07 PM CST: It would not surprise me if the pogy kills are a result of the dispersant–the effects of which are largely untested from what is reported.

05/05/2010 3:23 PM CST:  As mentioned earlier, Mike Tidwell, author of Bayou Farewell, was originally scheduled to appear on our podcast to discuss the oil spill, but he basically dumped us for Katie Couric.  (Which is totally understandable–and yes, we were able to find a different big-named guest to fill in.)  Here is the interview Mike did with Katie:

05/05/2010 2:58 PM CSTThis is a very interesting idea.  By diverting fresh water into Lake Pontchartrain, the oil contaminates could hopefully be kept out of the lake.  The most infuriating part of this article is the concern over the freshwater diversion killing oyster beds.  Oyster beds can grow back for goodness sake!  But diverting water into Lake Pontchartrain keeps less water from flowing down to the mouth of the Mississippi River–which is the area that needs all the current they can get since it is the part of the coast closest to the “ground zero”, aka the leak.

05/03/2010 10:04 PM CST: This is an interesting article on the dispersants being used on the oil.  It is basically trading one form of pollution for another.  But what is interesting to me is the lengths they are having to go to to get enough of the actual chemical.

05/03/2010 10:18 AM CST: Famous author Mike Tidwell postponed our podcast recording today so that he could be interviewed by Katie Couric on CBS news instead.  I assume Mike’s people have not explained to him what a high-powered media power The Armchair Anglers Podcast has become–he should have told Katie that he had a more important obligation!

Seriously, we understand Mike’s reasons for rescheduling and look forward to having him on in the near future.  We are working on a “plan b”…

05/03/2010 10:16 AM CST: This geologist at SkyTruth says that this oil spill has already eclipsed the Valdez spill.

05/03/2010 10:44 PM CST: Click to see  NOAA Oil Slick Forecast (1899_TMF24-2010-05-03-1130)

05/03/2010 2:35 PM CST: More good news.

05/03/2010 2:33 PM CST: Our disaster preparedness shines again.

05/03/2010 11:18 AM CST: We have been so fortunate that the oil sheen has not hit the Biloxi marsh so far, at least according to this USA Today map and forecast.   Good news, the wind forecast is favorable so that they will have a chance of actually cleaning some up for the next few days.

05/03/2010 8:58 AM CSTThis article in the WSJ talks about the expected long-term affects on wildlife.  Keep in mind that the WSJ is hardly the Sierra Club’s favorite publication…

05/02/2010 11:34 AM CST: Many are pointing out the the oil spill isn’t really a spill at all–it is a leak.  I concede this point, but am not going to edit previous post to correct.

05/02/2010 11:22 AM CST:  We will be recording our podcast this week.  Please email us questions to ask our panel of experts about the oil spill.  If your email is read on air you will win prizes from Culprit Fishing Products–the new sponsor of our backlash segment.

05/02/2010 11:21 AM CSTDon’t forget to vote in our poll, which ask if this will be the worst eco-disaster in American history.

05/02/2010 10:47 AM CST:  The Louisiana coast is dying because Mississippi River fresh water and sediment is being leveed all the way to the continental shelf, where it is dumped and wasted.  The marsh is dying because it is not built for a salt water only environment.  The Louisiana coast would have a chance of surviving the oil spill if only we would let fresh water mix with salt, so that the area is returned to it’s natural state.   Be you a left wing tree hugger or a right wing blood thirsty hunter, or anyone in between, you should want to preserve the Louisiana coast.

That is why it is so confusing to me why we can’t fund a solution to this mess and give mother nature a chance to fight this oil spill.

This article talks about projects that would give mother nature that fighting chance.

The price tag for the coastal restoration project is 4 Billion dollars.  It was funded with 35.6 million dollars.

Money is flying out the door from Washington at an insane pace, and we can’t pay the bill to save our own land?

I don’t get it.  Consider this:

  • 2010 Federal Budget = 3,552,000,000,000
  • Requested funds = 4,000,000,000

4 billion sounds like a lot of money–and it is.  But you mean the federal government can’t spend .11% (yes, notice the decimal–one tenth of one percent) to fix a problem that the Corps of Engineers caused in the first place?

I don’t get it.

05/02/2010 10:21 AM CST: “So this is going to kill the land that is already dying”, my wife said last night–pretty much summing up the exact situation we are in.  I highly recommend spending seven minutes to view this swish presentation developed by Dan Swenson of the Times Picayune.  That presentation will give you an understanding of the already bad situation before the oil spill made it much worse.  I will post images later but I am having technical difficulties.

This is going to kill the land that is already dying. –Mrs. Crawford

05/02/1010 10:15 AM CST: I use a WordPress plug-in that automatically generates links to “possibly related post” around WordPress.com.  You will notice that since the oil spill there are many post floating around the blogosphere cleverly titled “Spill Baby Spill”, which smugly criticize those of us (yes, this includes me) that ever uttered “drill baby drill”.  I call BS on these bloggers.  I didn’t sign up for this, nor did anyone else who dislikes $4 a gallon gas.  Even America’s Wetland–a non-profit organization working to save the Louisiana Delta–recognizes that we need fuel in the modern world.  They reiterated this in a recent statement.

05/02/2010 10:10 AM CST:  The Gulf oil spill is going to be a long-lasting event that we will be watching for months to come.  I will post comments, analysis and links in live-blog format, starting fresh each week.  This marks the third calendar week of the oil spill.   I am going to change the format of the live-blogs so that it reads newest to oldest, the opposite of how I did this during week 2.

VOTE!–Will the oil spill be the worst eco-disaster in history?

April 30, 2010 1 comment
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Louisiana Oil Spill Coverage – Live Blog #2

April 30, 2010 4 comments

We will do our best to keep our readers informed about Transocean oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Some of the coverage from major networks leads me to believe that they do not fully realize the damaging scope of this event, or the serious environmental impact this is going to have.

Clint and I are changing plans for the May podcast episode so that we can give this topic the attention it deserves.  It looks like the May podcast will exclusively cover this topic.  Tentative guest include Mike Tidwell, author of Bayou Farewell, Andy Crawford of the LouisianaSportsman.com, and an oil and gas expert from LSU geo engineering dept.

Stay tuned as I will attempt provide interesting links.  I invite our readers to submit links about the topic in the comments section below.

04/30/2010 1:12 PM CST

4/30/2010 3:30 PM CST

I have made several phone calls to biologists to try to ascertain the effect the crude oil will have on the marsh vegetation holding the Louisiana coastline together.  It depends on so many factors none can say for certain…it depends on how diluted the oil is.   The truth is no one knows for certain what the long term damages will be.  If they can’t plug the leak it is going to be very bad.  The WSJ says that the leak might be 25,000 barrels a day…5X higher than the 5,000 barrels originally reported.

4/30/2010 5:27 PM

  • The phrase, “worst environmental disaster in American history” is being used more and more frequently.  Click here for example.
  • Anyone who ever uttered “drill baby drill” is getting hammered by the  Huffington Post and similar news outlets.
  • The LA Times actually has some good coverage of this.  I refused to post a link earlier because I thought they had Greenpeace ads all over their site, turns out it says “Greenspace“–a special section of their paper.

04/30/2010 7:04 PM CST

  • This is the first report I have read about plans to actually stop the leaking.   Two weeks is the best case scenario to stop the leaking.  That means this will trump Valdez by a long shot.

04/30/2010 9:39 PM CST

New Poll — Will this be the worst eco-disaster in history?

4/30/2010 10:46 PM CST

Nola.com reports that the State of Louisiana has closed fishing from the Mississippi River mouth to the Mississippi state line.

05/01/2010 10:30 AM CST

Times Picayune Video: “We will lose miles of grass around the shoreline”

05/01/2010 10:40 AM CST

This Times Picayune reporter is the first I have heard that gets the big picture.  All the images of sick and dying birds, otters and raccoons are going to be heart breaking…but ultimately they could reproduce and repopulate.  If they have habitat that is…It is the permanent damage to the habitat (marsh grass), and unsexy organisms a the bottom of the food chain, that is going to cause irreparable damage to the entire eco system.  I don’t think it will ever be the same, which is why I voted “yes” in our oil spill pollClick here to see the Times Picayune video.

THIS LIVE BLOG IS CONTINUED HERE

Top 10 Podcasts–Why am I just now catching on?

April 29, 2010 10 comments

I had to watch a TV without a DVR the other day and it was an extremely painful experience.  The DVR has become such an essential part of the TV viewing experience—it really makes me wonder how we were able to function as a society without them.  Fast forwarding through commercials,  pausing when the phone rings, when the wife talks about what she found on sale, or when the kids’ light saber battle ends up in front of the TV.  How did I survive before I had DVR? Read more…

WSJ Reports Coast Guard to Burn Oil Slick

April 28, 2010 2 comments

In the center of the photo you see the massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico. The land to the left is Venice, LA, where Michael Iaconelli won his Bassmater Classic.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Coast Guard plans to burn parts of the 100 mile long by 45 miles wide oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.  They are trying to keep the oil from reaching land that is about 15 miles away.

Armchair anglers will recall that this is the area where Michael Iaconelli had his famous “never give up” moment in the 2003 Bassmaster Classic.

Considering erosion, the Mississippi River Delta has enough environmental problems already.

An area close to the slick is called the “Southwest Pass”, and marks where the biggest mouth of the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico.  This spot is arguably the best fishing spot in all of North America.

The Louisiana Delta is the richest estuary in North America, surpassing the everglades in importance to marine life and migratory birds.  Much of the Delta–especially Plaquemines Parish–has already succumbed to a terrible erosion problem.

What is my opinion? You have to think that burning the oil is a better solution than contaminating what little wetlands of Plaquemines Parish are left.

Although it is hard to fathom that we live in world where the government is concerned about the extra gas I burn when I drive through a drive-though—yet they are about to burn an oil slick the size of Jamaica!

I am surprised Al Gore isn’t on TV having a conniption fit about the air pollution this is going to create.

If you are an armchair angler and have watched any fishing shows on TV at all, you have probably seen several shows filmed in this area…bass fishing, inshore fishing, and offshore fishing.  This is a story worth watching…

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Smith Mountain Lake Lure Chat with Skeet Reese

April 27, 2010 4 comments

Skeet power fished when others finessed to win at SML. ( Photo: Seigo Saito / BASS)

Skeet Reese won the 2010 Blue Ridge Brawl on Smith Mountain Lake with a four day catch of 78-01.  He beat his nearest competitor by 15-09 lbs…A win like that in NASCAR that is called lapping the competition.

I caught up with Skeet as he he dodged tornadoes on his way to Florence, AL for the Alabama Charge on Lake Pickwick.

Bo Crawford (bocraw): Heading in to Smith Mountain Lake (SML), you had just lost a tournament by one solitary ounce [which is bad], but also had a commanding lead in the Toyota AOY Race [which is good].  How were you mentally heading in to the SML tournament?

Skeet Reese (Reese): The points lead doesn’t mean anything this early in the season–all you are trying to do is keep yourself in contention for the end of the season.  So going in to Smith Mountain Lake my goal was to have a good performance and a Top 10 finish.  I knew going in the potential of SML—having a history on that lake gave me understanding that allowed me to catch 20 lb bags that I wouldn’t have been able to do before. Read more…

Fearless Prediction: Pickwick will outfish Guntersville

April 25, 2010 2 comments

Bo thinks Guntersville will fish more like it did in 2006 and 2007 as opposed to 2009.

As I type Bassmater Elite Series Pros are arriving in Alabama for back-to-back Tennessee River tournaments.  The Lake Pickwick tournament starts Thursday, April 29, with Lake Guntersville following one week later.

Yes, you read the title of this post correctly.  I predict that the Lake Pickwick winning weight will be heavier than the Lake Guntersville winning weight for these upcoming tournaments.

Before you shop for straight jackets on my behalf, please allow me to elaborate.

LAKE GUNTERSVILE

I know you are thinking, “Whoa there Bo—didn’t Lake Guntersville produce legendary stringers last year at the exact same time”? Read more…

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