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Botanical Garden, 10AM
Art exhibit and sale en plein air
Alex Beard Studio, 5PM
Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening
Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM
Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle
Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM
Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party
New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM
Coastal scientist discusses his work
Smoothie King Center, 7PM
The Birds and the Mavs go head to head
Allways Lounge, 7PM
Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night
2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM
Cocktails for a cause
Saenger Theatre, 8PM
The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds"
Catahoula Hotel, 8PM
Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!
BJs in the Bywater, 8PM
Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo
Bar Redux, 9PM
NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts
Howlin Wolf, 10PM
Bronx hip hop comes south
Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM
Live art in the air
Ogden Museum, 6PM
Feat. Mia Borders
New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM
Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain
Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM
Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume
Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM
8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden
The Republlic, 7PM
Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show
Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM
DIY rock, pop, punk show
Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM
Joy Theater, 8PM
The Carver, 9PM
NOLA brass all-stars
Gasa Gasa, 9PM
Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support
Allways Lounge, 10:30PM
Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers
One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM
80s dance party
Gulf Gas Leak, Big Oozy Sheens Revisited
These are sheen times in the Gulf of Mexico. Recent appearances of oil and natural gas on the surface of the water have created both mystery and intrigue, but a pair of Tuesday developments might help to answer some questions. Crews continued work to permanently seal a well that leaked natural gas last week, while scientists pinned the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon as the culprit in a series of mystery sheens during 2012.
The Talos Energy well that crews lost control of last week has been temporarily sealed off by a bridge plug, and is no longer discharging any chemicals, according to the federal Bureau of Safety and Energy Enforcement. Crews will continue work to permanently kill the well this week, which was leaking natural gas condensate that produced a four mile by 3/4 mile sheen. The well is located about 70 miles southwest of Port Fourchon.
By the end of the leak, which lasted from Monday, July 7, through Thursday, July 11, company officials said "less than 10 barrels" of natural gas condensate had flowed into the Gulf. According to the Bureau, the sheen was no longer visible when the U.S. Coast Guard flew over the site over the weekend, according to the Bureau.
"The discharge from the well was mainly water, with small amounts of gas and light condensate. Although the discharge levels were low, we take any release of hydrocarbons into the environment very seriously and, in an abundance of caution, decided to take aggressive action," Talos Energy CEO Tim Duncan said in a statement.
No one was injured when the crews lost control of the well. The workers were attempting to permanently plug and abandon the well, which had not been active since 1998.
Meanwhile, over at the site where the Deepwater Horizon blew in 2010, a set of mystery sheens bubbled up from the Gulf in the fall of 2012. Initial fears held that the Macondo well, which was capped in the fall of 2010 to end the monthslong oil disaster, could still be leaking. However, a team of scientists traced the oil to BP-owned wreckage at the bottom of the Gulf, according to an article published this week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
Using a patented method of "fingerprinting" the oil sheen, the researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) traced the oil to the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig itself, rather than the well. The oil was trapped inside the sunken rig, the researchers concluded.
The crews analyzed 14 sheens skimmed from the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. While confirming the oil was from the Macondo well, the researchers also found industrial chemicals called olefins that are used in the drilling process, but not found in crude oil. The leaks likely came due to corrosion, as the metal in the rig sprung holes over time while sitting on the seafloor, the scientists said.
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