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Designing a Natural Pool with Fish Habitat

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Designing a Natural Pool with additional fish habitat area for the Sustainable Hemp Home Series.

Top View Natural Pool Design with Fish Habitat
Top View Natural Pool Design with Fish Habitat

Since the Hemp Home Designs are all about Sustainability.  Why wouldn’t the pool be as well and while we are at building a natural pool we might as well incorporate a fish habitat into the natural pool design.  This will allow the pool to serve as a food source in addition to the entertainment value.

Birdseye view Natural Swimming Pool Design
Birdseye view Natural Swimming Pool Design

Tips for natural pools supplied by Mother Earth News

Design Information

  • Reserving at least 50 percent of your pool’s surface area for shallow plants, either at one end or in a ring around the sides, eliminates the need for chlorine and expensive filters and pumps. You’ll want to separate the swimming area of your pool and the filtration area, or plant zone (see the illustration in the image gallery).
  • The water needs to circulate continuously for the plants’ roots to cleanse the pool. You also may need to aerate the water so the water organisms’ oxygen needs are met.
Without adequate oxygen, your pool could become stagnant, harboring odoriferous anaerobic bacteria.
  • Besides cleaning the water and making your pool beautiful to behold, the shallow plant zone warms the water quickly and provides habitat for frogs and many invertebrates. They’ll appreciate the shallow water for breeding grounds and repay the favor by eating mosquito larvae.

  • A rim within an inch of the water’s surface keeps plants in their place but allows water from the swimming area to move to the plant zone for filtering, As water passes through the fibrous root structure of the plants, bacteria concentrated on the plants’ roots act as a biological filter, removing contaminants and excess nutrients in the water. Decomposer organisms, also found in the plants’ root zones, consume the bacteria, effectively eliminating underwater waste buildup.

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Green Build – Gut Rehab of a 4 Family Masonry Building

But first I’ll give you a little background on the Building

Building History

There were many clues for determining the age of the building.

First Clue was the type of Bricks used.  When St Louis hosted the Worlds Fair.  The city planners realized that housing was going to be needed for everyone and started building all the brick homes that are still being utilized all over the city today.  It has to do with either the type of clay used to make the bricks or the way they ‘fired’ the bricks.  Either way when you have the type of brick as the ones in this building you have a building using bricks that were made in the Late 1800s or early 1900s.

Lumber: We have found that Douglas Fir was used 80% of the time.  True Dimensional Rough Sawn Lumber.

Nails: Hand Made Square various sizes

Plaster and Lathe

Tube and Knob Wiring

Water Cistern / Hand Pump

Gas Lighting

Rock Foundation

and more

Complete Rehab of a 4 Family Building with Garage and Warehouse

home was built in the late 1800s or early 1900s

  1. Basement Foundation Rock Foundation Repair
    1. Hint: If you can see daylight  coming thru the mortar  cracks as the building did in these pictures (you have problems and need to tuckpoint your rock foundation).
    2. See other rock foundation repair at Green Blog
  2. Removing the water damaged deck and back room addition
  3. Roofing
  4. Extensive Tuckpointing
  5. Rebuilding the back room
    1. Supporting the 2nd Floor and Roof (we used a total of 5 Support Posts in a 6 Foot Area)
    2. While Digging in the Pier Footings we found an old water tank/cistern that was used to supply water to a kitchen sink in the hand pump days.
      1. Water Collection for re-use is/was a normal part of everyday living in the days gone past.  The water was collected by the buildings eve troughs, gutters, and patio area (in the days gone past-they didn’t call it green building.  It was called survival.)
  6. Refinishing the Flooring
  7. Remodel of Kitchen/Bath
  8. Adding a Laundry Room
  9. Weather Proofing and more

Stay Tuned for Photos and Details on the Green Build Four Family Flat– perfect example on why Building Green is not only affordable but can be profitable as well.

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Air Sealing a Ceiling Electrical Junction Box

CAD Design-Weatherize-Insulate-Fire Block-Electrical Junction Box

Air Sealing Ceiling Electrical Junction Box
CAD Diagram explains how to Build and Air Tight Electrical Junction Box located in most Attics

Sealing Air Leaks

Warm air leaking into your home during the summer and out of your home during the winter and can waste a lot of your energy dollars. One of the quickest dollar-saving tasks you can do is caulk, seal, and weatherstrip all seams, cracks, and openings to the outside. You can save on your heating and cooling bill by reducing the air leaks in your home.

Hint: Use Fire Rated: 5/8″Fire Rated Drywall or Sheetrock with Fire Proof Caulking to Create the Air Tight Seal

Fire Proof /Air Tight Electrical Junction Box Cover used in Attics

Tips for Sealing Air Leaks

re-posted from:http://www.energysavers.gov/tips/insulation_sealing.cfm

Pie chart shows how air escapes from a typical home: 31% floors, ceiling, walls; 15% ducts; 14% fireplace; 13% plumbing penetrations, 11% doors; 10% windows; 4% fans and vents; 2% electric outlets.How Does the Air Escape?
Air infiltrates into and out of your home through every hole and crack. About one-third of this air infiltrates through openings in your ceilings, walls, and floors.
  • First, test your home for air tightness. On a windy day, carefully hold a lit incense stick or a smoke pen next to your windows, doors, electrical boxes, plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets, ceiling fixtures, attic hatches, and other locations where there is a possible air path to the outside. If the smoke stream travels horizontally, you have located an air leak that may need caulking, sealing, or weatherstripping.
  • Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air.
  • Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring penetrates through walls, floors, ceilings, and soffits over cabinets.
  • Install foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on walls.
  • Look for dirty spots in your insulation, which often indicate holes where air leaks into and out of your house. You can seal the holes with low-expansion spray foam made for this purpose.
  • Look for dirty spots on your ceiling paint and carpet, which may indicate air leaks at interior wall/ceiling joints and wall/floor joists. These joints can be caulked.
  • Install storm windows over single-pane windows or replace them with more efficient windows, such as double-pane. See Windows on page 18 for more information.
  • When the fireplace is not in use, keep the flue damper tightly closed. A chimney is designed specifically for smoke to escape, so until you close it, warm air escapes—24 hours a day!
  • For new construction, reduce exterior wall leaks by installing house wrap, taping the joints of exterior sheathing, and comprehensively caulking and sealing the exterior walls.
  • Use foam sealant around larger gaps around windows, baseboards, and other places where warm air may be leaking out.
  • Kitchen exhaust fan covers can keep air from leaking in when the exhaust fan is not in use. The covers typically attach via magnets for ease of replacement.
  • Replacing existing door bottoms and thresholds with ones that have pliable sealing gaskets is a great way to eliminate conditioned air leaking out from underneath the doors.
  • Fireplace flues are made from metal, and over time repeated heating and cooling can cause the metal to warp or break, creating a channel for hot or cold air loss. Inflatable chimney balloons are designed to fit beneath your fireplace flue during periods of non-use. They are made from several layers of durable plastic and can be removed easily and reused hundreds of times. Should you forget to remove the balloon before making a fire, the balloon will automatically deflate within seconds of coming into contact with heat.
Cutaway house illustration showing areas of home where air leaks. Refer to caption for list.Sources of Air Leaks in Your Home
Areas that leak air into and out of your home cost you lots of money. Check the areas listed below.

  1. Dropped ceiling
  2. Recessed light
  3. Attic entrance
  4. Sill plates
  1. Water and furnace flues
  2. All ducts
  3. Door frames
  4. Chimney flashing
  1. Window frames
  2. Electrical outlets and switches
  3. Plumbing and utility access
Scotts Contracting is available to assist you in improving your Home or Business Energy Demands.  Please use this form to Contact Scotty, Scotts Contracting to schedule a FREE Energy Analysis for your Property.

How Insulation Works-Typical-St Louis Brick Home used in Examples

CAD Drawing-Insulation-St Louis Brick Home-Examples

How Insulation Works
Top View: Brick Home with Zero Insulation
Brick Home Wall Detail with Zero Insulation
Brick Home with Insulation in Wall Cavity


Why Insulate Your House?


Heating and cooling account for 50 to 70% of the energy used in the average American home. Inadequate insulation and air leakage are leading causes of energy waste in most homes. Insulation:

  • saves money and our nation’s limited energy resources
  • makes your house more comfortable by helping to maintain a uniform temperature throughout the house, and
  • makes walls, ceilings, and floors warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

The amount of energy you conserve will depend on several factors: your local climate; the size, shape, and construction of your house; the living habits of your family; the type and efficiency of the heating and cooling systems; and the fuel you use.

Once the energy savings have paid for the installation cost, energy conserved is money saved -saving energy will be even more important as utility rates go up.

This fact sheet will help you to understand how insulation works, what different types of insulation are available, and how much insulation makes sense for your climate. There are many other things you can do to conserve energy in your home as well. The Department of Energy offers many web sites(http://ornl.gov/sci/roofs+walls/insulation/ins_07.html) to help you save energy by sealing air leaks, selecting more energy-efficient appliances, etc.


How Insulation Works

How Insulation Works
  • Heat flows naturally from a warmer to a cooler space. In winter, the heat moves directly from all heated living spaces to the outdoors and to adjacent unheated attics, garages, and basements – wherever there is a difference in temperature.
  • During the summer, heat moves from outdoors to the house interior.
  • To maintain comfort, the heat lost in winter must be replaced by your heating system and the heat gained in summer must be removed by your air conditioner. Insulating ceilings, walls, and floors decreases the heating or cooling needed by providing an effective resistance to the flow of heat.
  • Reflective insulation or Radiant Barriers works by reducing the amount of energy that travels in the form of radiation. Some forms of reflective insulation also divide a space up into small regions to reduce air movement, or convection, but not to the same extent as batts, blankets, loose-fill, and foam.


Reference> http://ornl.gov/sci/roofs+walls/insulation/ins_01.html

Residential Solar Electric Systems for $132/month

My Solar Supplier is offering Residential Financing with

monthly payments lower than your current electricity bill from Ameren.

Payments as low as $132/month for a 5Kw system.

No down payment required. Not a leasing program.

Email me for the specifics at: scottscontracting@gmail.com or use the Form Below.

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Guest Post: Cool Weather- Energy Saving Laundry Device

Cool Weather Energy Savings

WANT TO SAVE MONEY AND ENERGY!?!

Have you ever looked at your dryer vent in the wintertime? A lot of heat is released everytime you use your dryer.
The Dryernet from Demo-airnet is now in Washington, mo. The Dryernet is a system that saves the heat from your dryer and releases it into your house during the cooler months. Depending on how much the clothes dryer is used, an average family of four could save about $20.00 per month on their heating bill. Only to be used on electric dryers.
Installthe Dryernet on the air vent for the clothes dryer and is vented into the laundry room, garage, utility room, or wherever you want free heat. Normally the HOT air is vented to the outside because with the screen for the dryer a lot of lint and dust escapes through the exhaust. With the Dryernet, the air is further filtered down to .5 microns hardly enough for you to smell the laundry smell.
The advantage of the Dryernet is that the user retains heat that would normally be vented outside and also releases humidity into the house which is much needed during the cooler seasons In most cases it also reduces drying time do to increased airflow.
To use the Dryernet simply disconnect your dryer vent hose from the vent pipe and pull the Dryernet over the end of the pipe. Pull the bungee cord firm around the pipe and use the clip to keep the bungee cord tight. You can make a nice frame for the hose and Dryernet or just lay the hose over the dryer as the picture shows. Use the dryer as you would anytime and after about 20-30 uses, take the Dryernet off the hose, put it into the washer and wash it. Put it back on wet and use your dryernet with the next washer load and it will dry. During warm weather, simply remove the Dryernet and reconnect your vent hose to the outside vent.
Purchase the Dryernet in Washington, MO at Bubba’s Shrimp and Seafood Market, 216 Elm Street. Bubba’s is the only place to purchase the Dryernet. Or go online at dryernet.com
By mail order; send a check to Bubba’s Shrimp, 216 Elm St, Washington, MO 63090. Call 636-388-2808 E-mail at dryernet The cost is $32.99 plus $3.25 shipping and handling. If mailed to a Missouri address, add sales tax of $2.50.

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Green Roofs for Homes

Scotts Contracting is available for the building of your Green Roof. Scotty is available to supply a Free Green Estimate for your Roofing Projects- large or small. With more than 50 different Green Roofing options available at my preferred Roofing Supplier, RSG- Roofing Supply Group, in St Louis. I can build a Green Roof on most every budget.

Green House

Green is a great in commercial roofing, but what about for residential roofing?

Brett Hall/Joe Hall Roofing

Source: REPLACEMENT CONTRACTOR Magazine
Publication date: May 12, 2010

By Jim Cory

Ask a roofer what a green roof on a commercial building is and he probably has a clear idea of the options. It could be a vegetation roof installed on top of a water-proofing system or a roofing system designed to save on the cost of heating and cooling the building. Or it could be both. Many such systems exist because there’s a market for them. Commercial building owners budget to replace their roofs on a regular basis, and reducing energy consumption, as well as prolonging the life of the roof and thus of the building, is always a goal.

Residential Green

But for residential steep-slope roofs, where exactly does green fit in? Obviously no one is going to plant a garden on a gable roof, since it would all slide off in the first hard rain. So is the concept of green roofing restricted to commercial roofing applications?

In Naples, Fla., roofer Ken Kelly, president of Kelly Roofing, doesn’t think so. He is convinced that green is the way to go with residential roofing customers, so much so that he puts green roofing front and center on the company website. “Commercial customers are the ones with the deep pockets,” he says. “They can afford the $500,000 photovoltaic system or the 5,000-square-foot roof garden. But green is as big an issue in residential as it is in commercial roofing. Homeowners are asking more questions about green than our commercial customers.” Driven by changes in the Florida building code and a desire to save on air conditioning bills, Kelly Roofing customers are amenable to suggestions that green products such as solar-powered attic fans be included in their re-roofing jobs.

Interest, Awareness Vary by Market

For those working on residential roofs, green means a new roof installed with attention paid to emissivity – the degree to which the roof reflects heat and sunlight away from the building – reduced energy consumption, and the recycling of tear-off materials. Different products, different practices. Once incorporated into a company’s procedures, customers are often open to these. But cost remains an issue, and not all homeowners are open to green roofing or green roofing products.

Roofers who attend trade shows and read trade magazines may know about green roofing products, but homeowners generally know little. “It hasn’t taken off like it has in commercial,” says Chris Kamis, owner of Absolute Roofing & Construction, in Parma, Ohio, which divides its business about evenly between commercial and residential jobs. Other companies find similar.

“The customer never brings it up,” notes Brett Hall, president of Joe Hall Roofing, a Pantego, Texas, company that also does both commercial and residential roofs. Hall says that it’s up to him to introduce homeowners to the subject of cooling the roof with enhanced ventilation and different shingle colors. And if people are getting a new roof because they’re planning to move, as is often the case, “it’s not that popular a subject. Why invest in something when they can never recoup the cost?”

Demonstrate by Example

Customers may not know that much about the subject, but Absolute Roofing is no stranger to green. Five years ago the company installed the roofing, siding, and gutters at Eco-Village, a 20-townhouse pilot project sponsored by the city of Cleveland and partly funded with federal money. In that case, the cost of using green products was a factor in landing the company the job, but not the only factor.

What was more important were LEED points earned by the builder/designer. And a year ago Absolute Roofing won the business of a Cleveland-area homeowner who required the bidders to show that they would recycle roofing tear-off. Absolute Roofing & Construction did so and won the job. But projects like these are rare. In many residential jobs, which make up 50% of the company’s business, green for Absolute Roofing means installing shingles that absorb heat and are eligible for tax credits under the 2009-2010 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Kamis notes that one popular request in the green building line is rain barrels, which capture rainwater run-off and store it for reuse. Solar would be on the agenda, if the price put it within the average homeowner’s reach. “Some people are a lot more sensitive about it than others,” says Rod Menzel, co-owner of GreatWay Roofing, in Moorpark, Calif. “Some have the money to be environmentally friendly and green, and others don’t.”

Kelly Roofing found that the suggestion of switching from a shingle to a metal or tile roof in a re-roofing job — the metal product the company installs qualifies for tax credits — met with great receptivity from homeowners once the cost of installing a roof with any of those materials became relatively similar. Because green is all over Kelly Roofing’s website, “our customers are expecting us to mention green in our presentation and to follow that up with some sort of green product,” Kelly says. The company, which does business in a market where failure to recycle shingle tear-off results in a $500 fine, has “Follow Me To The Recycling Center” painted on the back of all its trucks.

Green in Increments

Other green products popular with roofing and home improvement contractors include radiant heat barriers, which reduce heat transfer through the attic by as much as 95%. Menzel says that there are a number of roofing systems his company uses to reduce heating and cooling costs in commercial products ? far fewer in residential. “We use the Solaris shingle by CertainTeed,” he says — an Energy Star-qualified product that meets both emissivity and reflectivity standards. GreatWay Roofing has also seen strong demand for those same solar-powered attic fans, a hot product at this year’s International Roofing Expo in New Orleans. But when it comes to big-ticket green items — say renewable energy projects such as solar systems to power the house — most residential roofers hang back. “There are some awesome ideas out there,” Kamis says. “But there’s not enough interest to make them practical and affordable in the market.”Other home improvement companies are looking at eco-friendly roofing products that can be installed without committing to the cost of a totally green roof. Matt Weiner, general manager of Moonworks, in Rhode Island, says that his company is looking at products such as reflective shingles, although “in the Northeast it doesn’t make that much difference.” What does intrigue him, he says, are photovoltaic cells that can be integrated into an asphalt shingle roof. “It’s a way to bring a greener product to the marketplace and differentiate us,” he says. And in the end, a means to greater profitability and a higher close rate.

Not For the Faint of Heart

Hall brings up the subject of green roofing to let prospects know what kind of upgrade options are available when buying a new roof. “When we’re talking about green, we’re talking about ways to conserve energy in your home that relate to roofing,” he says. It’s as simple as that. And in Texas, where shingle recycling facilities are few, if they exist at all, the major opportunity for green roofing is in increasing emissivity and energy loss, which is chiefly caused by the roof baking away while air conditioning bills go up, up, up. “In Texas, green is emissivity. That’s where they start having some return on investment,” Hall says.

To prove the point, the president of Joe Hall Roofing decided to design the new home he is moving into this August with the greenest possible roof. That roof material is standing seam metal painted with a cool pigment. Underneath it is ice-and-water shield covering all the decking. Key to keeping the roof much cooler is the 1-inch pocket of air between that OSB decking and the 1-inch polyiso insulation panel. The roof system is fully vented, with removable soffit vents, for cleaning. The next step: a photovoltaic array on the roof.

Besides radically reducing what would typically be a $1,000 a month air conditioning bill during the summer, Hall will use the house to show prospects what green roofing looks like, what it feels like, and how well it works.

—Jim Cory, editor, REPLACEMENT CONTRACTOR.

Computer Contest- Win Computer- Green Essay

Friday, July 23rd 2010,Contest Ends July 31st, 2010

– Win a New Computer – Write Green Essay –

Green Contest: Win a New Computer

Green Contest: Win a New Computer. Tell Us Your Green Story. Green IS more than just hype or the latest marketing ploy… it’s a way of life – and a way to save money – by being more efficient and doing your part to be a good steward of our environment.

Big companies make headlines with their big environmental initiatives, but we know that small business are making an impact every day with their individual choices – saving energy and ultimately saving the earth. We want to know more about what you’re doing and have put together a little contest fun…

dc7900new.pngWe want you to tell us one of two things:

  1. What has your business done to “go green” and why should you win a new green computer from HP?
  2. If you are not a “green” company (yet) tell us why this new green computer from HP will help you begin.

Tell us in 300 words or less OR 2 minutes or less, and you could win an Ultra Slim desktop PC with 22″ wide screen display from HP.
How to enter:


Enter through Friday, July 31, 2009

Tell us what your company has done to go green, or how this HP computer would help you get started,

OR

Create a video telling us the same thing (2 minutes or shorter, please) and post it to YouTube

Use this form to enter the GREEN contest!

We’ll be posting the best entries here along with links to the videos, so enter early! The winner will be announced on Monday, August 3rd.

About the prize:

HP Compaq dc7900 Desktop PC with HP L2245wg 22″ EPEAT Gold display

The HP Compaq dc7900 Business Desktop PC is designed for businesses that require best-in-class lifecycle management, solutions that help keep you up and running more securely, as well as specialized designs to fit your individual needs. Plus, you can rely on the engineering experience built in so you can make the right choice and spend more time concentrating on your business success.

KEEP THE ENTRIES COMING!

We’re getting some great contest entries and it’s not too late to enter. Here’s a sampling from some of our early submissions:

“MSS recently performed their annual benefit renewal using a variety of the iLinc conferencing tools, video and replay capabilities. This allowed field consultants and employees to participate in the renewal process based on their individual schedules versus attending onsite meetings. The use of iLinc allowed the employees to sit with their spouse and review the benefits package presentation versus going home and communicating from notes and information presented at a corporate meeting.”
– MSS Technologies, Inc.

“Back in the Philippines where I grew up, it wasn’t necessarily for ecological reasons. It was because of the scarce resources. Even waste and garbage piles are picked on by poor families in the hopes of being able to salvage something to use or resell. I am really glad that here in the US, it is now not only acceptable but also praised if one is not being wasteful . . . In our company, we practice the “reduce, re-use, recycle” mantra. Some of the things we do to go green:
1. Minimize paper files and paper copies. Instead of paper, we use soft copies as much as possible or do transactions online or via phone. (Invoices, bills, receipts, payments).
2. We re-use paper internally if the back side is blank and re-usable.
3. We encourage biking and walking for our employees.
4. During department meetings, we minimize the use of disposable items and pre-packaged or small-packaged goods.
5. We let our computers “sleep” when not in use…
– Auxillium West

“For all 10 employees we offer a transit subsidy equal to 100% of their monthly commute (tax-free commuter benefit), employees are encourage to take transit to meetings, etc whenever possible, office paper is 100% recycled paper (and we print 2-sided, or reuse for scrap paer when needed), drinking cups are biodegradable and corn-based, marketing material is all recycled – paper and plastic, we use green cleaning supplies whenever possible, take advantage of power saving options on all technology.”
– CommuterLink

“So many traditional metalsmithing practices use very toxic chemicals. But DeAnna Cochran takes her mission one step further in regards to making a difference. Designs are also green. They are made from reclaimed metals and materials and packaged in eco-friendly materials. It doesn’t stop there. The Artist now utilizes “green” back office practices such as only printing on recycled paper (when they do print), recycling 90% of back office waste, and eco-friendly non-toxic jewelry production processes. The artist is constantly searching for ways to make her business green in everything from eliminating her commute (she runs a studio that is an extension of her personal residence) to ensuring that everything in her studio is as eco-friendly as possible. She even recently eliminated particular designs that were using a gold plating process that has a tendency to release toxic chemicals. How did she communicate to her retailers? She let them know that the process was not safe for her, her family, or the environment. ”
– DeAnna Cochran Jewelry

“…and I keep records, such as purchases and receipts from sales. Keeping records of everything accumulates much paperwork, and this computer will help us eliminate paperwork and transfer the existing paperwork onto the computer, thus, saving paper. This will not only help with efficiency, but help us do our part of helping the environment and being an environmentally-conscious business.”
– DNS Electronics

Scott’s Contracting
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here is my Entry Essay:

I will utilize the computer to promote Green-Eco Friendly Products, Information, and Services. Because I am:

Scotts Contracting St Louis Renewable Energy
Green Builder Handy Man Construction Service-Saint Louis M0

We Promote- Green Products and Green Building Services-Design Sales Installation Construction-
Renewable Energy Producing Systems-

Green is the NEW GOLD !!!

Scotty the owner
-operates 4 Green and Eco Friendly Web Sites
-3 Seperate Green and Eco Friendly Blogs. Your Ad Can Be Found in its entirety Here> http://stlouisrenewableenergy.blogspot.com/2010/07/green-contest-win-new-computer.html
-Enrolled in On-line Continuing Green Education
-Plans to perform “Energy Auditing” for Home and Business
-Home Office Computer is 12 Years Old
-My Recycled Laptop is 5 yrs Old

If I won I would Promote Wining the Computer- Your Information and Any Information your Company provides on my Web Sites for a minimum of 1 year- With reviews.

My Sites-
http://www.stlouisrenewableenergy.com
http://www.stlouisrenewableenergy.blogspot.com – Over 300 Blog Posts
https://scottscontracting.wordpress.com/- Over 250 Blog Posts
http://scottscontracting.weebly.com/- Green Build Blog Along with Web Site

I applaud your Companies Efforts in encouraging Green and Eco Friendly Products.

Build Green-Scotty

July 23, 2010 2:01 PM

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7 June, 2010 15:43

1 step up, 1 step back: Spill may linger into fall

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By RAY HENRY and JAY REEVES, Associated Press Writers Ray Henry And Jay Reeves, Associated Press Writers – Sun Jun 6, 7:53 pm ET

NEW ORLEANS – A containment cap was capturing more and more of the crude pouring from a damaged oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, but that bit of hope was tempered Sunday by a sharp dose of pragmatism as the federal government’s point man warned the crisis could stretch into the fall.

The inverted funnel-like cap is being closely watched for whether it can make a serious dent in the flow of new oil. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, overseeing the government’s response to the spill, reserved judgment, saying he didn’t want to risk offering false encouragement.

Instead, he warned on CBS’ "Face the Nation" that the battle to contain the oil is likely to stretch into the fall. The cap will trap only so much of the oil, and relief wells being drilled won’t be completed until August. In the meantime, oil will continue to spew out.

"But even after that, there will be oil out there for months to come," Allen said.

"This will be well into the fall. This is a siege across the entire Gulf. This spill is holding everybody hostage, not only economically but physically. And it has to be attacked on all fronts," he said.

Since it was placed over the busted well on Thursday, the cap has been siphoning an increasing amount of oil. On Saturday, it funneled about 441,000 gallons to a tanker on the surface, up from about 250,000 gallons it captured Friday.

But it’s not clear how much is still escaping from the well that federal authorities at one point estimated was leaking between 500,000 gallons and 1 million gallons a day. Since the spill began nearly seven weeks ago, roughly 23 million to 49 million gallons of oil have leaked into the Gulf.

The prospect that the crisis could stretch beyond summer was devastating to residents along the Gulf, who are seeing thicker globs of oil show up in increasing volume all along the coastline.

In Ruth Dailey’s condominium in Gulf Shores, Ala., floors already are smeared with dark blotches of oil, she said, and things are only going to get worse.

"This is just the beginning," she said. "I have a beachfront condo for a reason. With this, no one will want to come."

Kelcey Forrestier, 23, of New Orleans, said she no longer trusts the word of either BP or the U.S. government in laying out the extent of the spill. But it is clear to Forrestier, just coming in off the water at Okaloosa Island, Fla., that the spill and its damage will last long into the future.

"Oil just doesn’t go away. Oil doesn’t disappear," said Forrestier, who just earned a biology degree. "It has to go somewhere and it’s going to come to the Gulf beaches."

BP chief executive Tony Hayward told the BBC on Sunday that he believed the cap was likely to capture "the majority, probably the vast majority" of the oil gushing from the well. The gradual increase in the amount being captured is deliberate, in an effort to prevent water from getting inside and forming a frozen slush that foiled a previous containment attempt.

Allen was reluctant to characterize the degree of progress, saying much more had to be done.

"We need to underpromise and overdeliver," he said.

On Sunday, BP said it had closed one of four vents that are allowing oil to escape and preventing that water intake. The company said some of the remaining vents may remain open to keep the cap system stable.

Hayward told the BBC that the company hopes a second containment system will be in place by next weekend. Allen told CBS that the oil would stop flowing only when the existing well is plugged with cement once the relief wells have been completed.

Once the cap is fully operational, if it is ultimately successful, it could capture a maximum of 630,000 gallons of oil a day.

Besides installing the containment cap, BP officials have said they want a second option for siphoning off oil by next weekend. The plan would use lines and pipes that previously injected mud down into the well — one of several failed efforts over the past six-plus weeks to contain the leak — and instead use them to suck up oil and send it to a drilling rig on the ocean surface.

BP also wants to install by late June another system to help cope with hurricanes that could roar over the site of the damaged well. When finished, there would be a riser floating about 300 feet below the ocean’s surface — far enough below the water so it would not be disturbed by powerful hurricane winds and waves but close enough so ships forced to evacuate could easily reconnect to the pipes once the storm has passed.

None of these fixes will stop the well from leaking; they’re simply designed to capture what’s leaking until the relief wells can be drilled.

Since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana on April 20, killing 11 workers, BP PLC has tried and failed a number of efforts to contain the leak. In the past week, increasing quantities of thick oily sludge have been making their way farther east, washing up on some of the region’s hallmark white-sand beaches and coating marshes in black ooze. An observation flight spotted a sheen of oil 150 miles west of Tampa, but officials said Sunday they didn’t expect it to reach western Florida any time soon.

Already, cleanup crews along the coast were struggling to keep pace with oil washing up thicker and faster by the hour. The sight and smell of oil undermined any consolation offered by reports of progress at the wellhead. Instead, Gulf residents voiced frustration with the apparent holes in cleanup efforts.

At Gulf Shores, Dailey walked along a line of oil mixed with seaweed that stretched as far as the eye could see. Collecting bits of the rust-colored oil did nothing to ease her anger. Clumps of seaweed hiding tar balls make the scene appear better than it really is, she said. Pick up a piece of weed and often there’s oil underneath.

"They’re lying when they say they’re cleaning these beaches," said Dailey, of Huntsville. "They’re saying that because they still want people to come."

Eventually, workers used a big sand-sifting machine to clean the public beach, leaving it spotless, at least for a while.

But a couple miles away, workers cleaning a section of sand at a state park finished their work and left their refuse on the beach in the way of the incoming tide.

"Waves are washing over plastic bags filled with tar and oil. It’s crazy," said Mike Reynolds, a real estate agent and director of Share The Beach, a turtle conservation group.

At Pensacola Beach, Fla., the turquoise waves also were flecked with floating balls of tar. Buck Langston, who has been coming to the beach to collect shells for 38 years, watched as his family used improvised chopsticks to collect the tar in plastic containers.

"Yesterday it wasn’t like this, this heavy," said Langston, of Baton Rouge, La. "I don’t know why cleanup crews aren’t out here."

As hundreds of cars streamed through the toll booths at the entrance to the beach, a protester stood at the side of the road wearing a gas mask, lab coat, latex gloves and holding a "Drill Baby Drill" sign with tea bags hanging from the edges.

Shawn Luzmoor said he works at a local environmental lab and has been testing the oil and tar that is washing up on the beaches.

"It’s not safe and it’s not right what’s happening out there," he said.

Allen expressed similar frustration, ordering cleanup crews to the Alabama coastline over the weekend after surveying the scene from the air. But he acknowledged the relative futility of their efforts.

"It’s so widespread, and it’s intermittent," he said. "That’s what’s so challenging about this. Everyone wants certainty. With an oil spill like this, there isn’t any."

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Reeves reported from Gulf Shores. Associated Press writers Melissa Nelson in Pensacola Beach and Brendan Farrington in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., contributed to this report.