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KEA: Coeur d’Alene Basin Oil Spill?

We thought the Yellowstone River oil spill this past summer was a little close for comfort. Well, guess what. We got word late yesterday afternoon, with some additional information trickling in to us today that a 10-inch Conoco-Phillips pipeline, pumping unleaded gasoline from Billings to Spokane is suffering a “slow drop in pressure” somewhere between Pritchard and Cataldo.  The current focus of attention is in the Enaville to Cataldo stretch. From an email from Sandy Von Behren in Kootenai County’s Department of Emergency Management: “Yellowstone Pipeline (Conoco/Phillips) identified a small reduction in pressure in their 10” high pressure petroleum pipeline between Prichard and Cataldo this past Saturday.  Yellowstone reps have walked the entire line between Prichard and Cataldo and have not located any indication of the leak on the surface”/Terry Harris, Kootenai Environmental Alliance. More here. (Jesse Tinsley SR file photo: A great blue heron wolfs down a fish in the Medimont area of the chain lakes in the Coeur d’Alene River basin)


Activists Protest BP Oil Spill

Activists covered in oil protest British Petroleum’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in Mexico City today. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

Question: Have you ever been described as an activist in a media report?

Why They Wanted Dirk To Testify

Randy Stapilus/Ridenbaugh Press explains why Dirk Kempthorne was summoned to Washington to testify re: oil spill: During Kempthorne’s tenure, which ran for two and a half years up until January 2009, the agency had a string of problems. The New York Times reported this in September 2008 (after he’d been in charge more than two years): “As Congress prepares to debate expansion of drilling in taxpayer-owned coastal waters, the Interior Department agency that collects oil and gas royalties has been caught up in a wide-ranging ethics scandal — including allegations of financial self-dealing, accepting gifts from energy companies, cocaine use and sexual misconduct… . The reports portray a dysfunctional organization that has been riddled with conflicts of interest, unprofessional behavior and a free-for-all atmosphere for much of the Bush administration’s watch.” More here.

Question: Which adjective would you use to sum up Dirk Kempthorne’s career as a politician?

Oil Stops Flowing Into Gulf Of Mexico

Oil stopped flowing into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in nearly three months, as BP resumed a critical and repeatedly delayed integrity test Thursday of its well. BP could not guarantee that no oil would be released throughout the duration of the test, which will continue for at least 6 hours and could last up to 48 hours. “It felt very good not to see any oil go into the Gulf of Mexico,” BP senior vice president Kent Wells told reporters during a Thursday afternoon technical update. “Clearly, I’m trying to maintain a strict focus but we are very encouraged.” Oil stopped gushing at 2:25 p.m., Wells said, when engineers closed the choke line/USA Today. More here. (AP/BP photo)


Signe: New BP Containment Plan

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

APhoto Of The Day — 6.30.10

Performance artist Jesse Phillips-Fein, left, and Elana Jaroff perform “SpilLover” Wednesday in New York’s Times Square. During “SpilLover,” created by artist Josephine Decker, six performance artists will spend a couple of hours during the next five days in all white, delicately balancing full buckets of a mixture of water and food coloring resembling oil on their heads. Performed the five days leading up to Independence Day, the piece asks the questions: Will we smile and let ourselves be soaked? Can we achieve our independence from oil? You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Ramirez: Missing In Action

Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

Oil Spill Takes Toll On Sea Turtles

Robin Loznak/Robin Loznak Photography snapped this photo and reports: “An endangered Kemps Ridley sea turtle, which was rescued after being found coated with oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, is treated at the Audubon Nature Institute’s Center for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans on Thursday. Since the start of the oil spill the center has received 32 endangered live oiled sea turtles. Six dead turtles have been found and are currently undergoing testing to see if the oil spill caused their deaths.” More photos here. (Robin Loznak/ and Zuma Press)

Robin Loznak Dances With Oil Spills

As I mentioned here earlier this week, Robin Loznak and his camera are covering the devastation from the BP oil spill in the gulf. Here’s one of his photos. You can see others here. (Robin Loznak/ and Zuma Press/

HBO Poll: Obama Fails In Spill Response

Monday Poll: By two-to-one, you Merry Hucksters gave the Obama administration more F’s than A’s and B’s combined for its response to the BP oil spill. 104 of 229 respondents (45%) gave the president an F for his response to the oil spill, compared to 15 of 229 (7%) who gave him A’s and 37 of 229 (16%) who gave him B’s. 32 of 229 (14%) gave him C’s; 18 (8%) gave him D’s; and 23 (10%) gave him incompletes.

Today’s Poll (in lefthand rail): Did the vote in favor of Monday morning collaboration cause you to lose some faith in Superintendent Bauman & Cda school trustees?

APhoto Of The Day — 6.8.10

Sonja Daniel, who has a house on the Fort Morgan Peninsula, wears a mask Sunday as she sunbathes on the beach of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Baldwin County, Ala. Cleanup crews were working Sunday to remove tar balls and oily patches from the shoreline as managers at the refuge readied plans to construct dunes and berms to protect sensitive lagoons and wetlands. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Mobile Press Register, Kate Mercer)

HBO Poll: Rally Right ‘Negative,’ ‘Scary’

  • Weekend Poll: You Merry Hucksters consider the impact of Rally Right on Kootenai County politics to be “negative” or “scary.” 63 of 195 respondents (32%) said RR’s impact was “negative” and another 57 of 195 (29%) said they thought it was “scary.” 60 of 195 (31%) viewed the impact of the religious right group to be “positive.” 15 of 195 (8%) were undecide.
  • Today’s Question (from Lewiston Tribune, in lefthand rail): How would you grade the Obama administration’s response to the oil spill?

ICL: How Big Is That Oil Spill?

I’m more likely to learn of interesting websites while I’m on the web, but today I found this website over morning coffee while looking at the Idaho Statesman. This website, created by Andy Lintner of Royal Oak, MI, opens a Google map of the spill in the correct location. How to use the site isn’t totally obvious, but in the blank above enter a location (such as Idaho) and then hit “move the spill.” It’s pretty dramatic. Placed over Idaho, the spill goes from Boise way past Challis. To understand what’s happening in the world around us, putting things into a context we can relate to is always a challenge.  This site does that very well. /Rick Johnson, Idaho Conservation League. More here. (AP File Photo: A Brown Pelican is cleaned at the Fort Jackson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Buras, La.)

Question: How closely have you been following the story re: BP’s oil spill?

Waiting For Landfall

Workers in protective suits walk towards 14-month-old Hannah Cooney as they comb the beach at Dauphin Island, Ala., Friday. The community was bracing for a possible land fall of an oil spill caused by the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil platform more than three weeks ago. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Ramirez: Contained Damage

Michael Ramirez/Investor’s Business Daily

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