Oil Response Chief: Risk Now ‘Very, Very Low’ for Oil to Travel to Keys Via Loop Current;Risk ‘Will Go to Zero Once Well is Killed’
The head of the U.S. Government's response effort to mitigate the Transocean/BP oil spill said that with the oil leak capped there is now little chance of oil remnants reaching the Florida Keys and the South Florida mainland.
When the well is permanently sealed there will no longer be any danger of oil impacts to the region, said retired U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen during a news briefing in New Orleans Thursday.
Allen responded to South Florida “Sun Sentinel” reporter David Fleshler’s questions regarding future threats to the Keys and South Florida:
“Once the well is killed we will have secured the source of oil in relation to the (Transocean/BP) Macando well,” Allen said. “For the past several months there has been an eddy (Eddy Franklin) that has broken off from the Loop Current between the wellhead and where the current comes north and turns towards the Straits of Florida.
“So (that) eddy has created a hydraulic barrier between the wellhead and the Loop Current, and the chances that oil will become entrained in the Loop Current are very, very low and will go to zero as we continue to control the leakage at the well with the cap and ultimately kill it,” he said.
Allen said that even with all the oil that gushed between April 20 and July 15, he does not expect significant oil remnants to reach the Keys or South Florida.
“The recent storm, tropical depression Bonnie, drove most of the oil to the northwest,” he said. “This is all moving in the opposite direction where oil would need to be to enter the Loop Current.”
Allen’s comments are being carried in a Quicktime video file on the Florida Keys website at http://www.fla-keys.com/news/news.cfm?sid=7845 or via links off the website’s home page at http://www.fla-keys.com.
All of us are delighted to hear this news and know that our beloved dolphins and their island home will continue to be safe. We join everyone in hoping that the clean-up efforts in the affected areas are successful and that the long-term impacts of oil in those areas can be reduced. We applaud the efforts of all of the Gulf Coast residents who have worked so hard to take care of wildlife and the environment.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Posted by The DRC Family at 10:21 AM
Monday, July 26, 2010
Bright sunshine and beautiful dolphins. What a great Monday!
Talon helped a guest cool off during a Dolphin Encounter.
Awwww. How's that for some dolphin affection between Santini and Calusa?
These photographs were taken today, July 26th at Dolphin Research Center.
Posted by The DRC Family at 4:10 PM
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
We just have to share a cool new video shot over the weekend in the Florida Keys, and a terrific new ad. Check them out!
You can view additional videos, shot in recent weeks, at www.fla-keys.com.
No doubt about it. We live in paradise!
Posted by The DRC Family at 10:13 AM
Friday, July 9, 2010
Another great day, heading into a beautiful, oil-free weekend in the fabulous Florida Keys. The threat of impact from the oil spill remains very low and that makes all of us smile!
Aleta wishes all of you a wonderful weekend and hopes you come to visit soon!
Rainbow, or one of our other dolphin artists, will be happy to collaborate with you on a one-of-a-kind DolphinArt T-shirt!
These photos were taken today, July 9, 2010, at Dolphin Research Center.
Posted by The DRC Family at 4:19 PM
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Posted by The DRC Family at 4:32 PM
Friday, July 2, 2010
Dolphin Research Center and all of the Florida Keys think that still being oil free is another great reason to celebrate this 4th of July holiday weekend. The dolphins need no excuse to zoom around their clean lagoons!
Nothing like a great dolphin smooch to bring out a smile!
These photographs were taken at Dolphin Research Center on Friday, July 2nd and show that there's every reason to come on down and enjoy the Florida Keys.
See you soon!
Posted by The DRC Family at 1:40 PM