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GULF AND OTHER OIL DISASTERS

Jul 21 14:19

6'4" Cop Bullies 4'11" Videographer as She Videos a BP Worker Taken Away in Ambulance

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This lady will be our guest on the radio show tomorrow.

Jul 21 11:51

Censored Gulf news: Scientists call on Obama to stop chem-spray

July 20, 5:51 "PMHuman Rights Examiner" by Deborah Dupre'

Scientists and public demand ending human rights violations in Gulf of Mexico region.

Over 100 scientists and academic institution, research laboratory, conservation organization leaders plus human rights defenders from as far away as Norway and Greece signed the Scientists Consensus Statement on the Use of Chemical Dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico calling for the Obama Administration to immediately halt chemical aerial spraying in the Gulf region. A public petition to end dispersant use is also gaining momentum.

Non-consensual human experiementation

Jul 21 10:44

Sea floor leaks

Jul 21 10:25

ROV Driving Through Clouds of Gas and Oil

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About 3 minutes into the video...

Jul 21 09:41

Senior EPA Analyst: “Government [Agencies] Have Been Sock Puppets for BP In This Cover Up”

We have people, wildlife—we have dolphins that are hemorrhaging. People who work near it are hemorrhaging internally. And that’s what dispersants are supposed to do. EPA now is taking the position that they really don’t know how dangerous it is, even though if you read the label, it tells you how dangerous it is. And, for example, in the Exxon Valdez case, people who worked with dispersants, most of them are dead now. The average death age is around fifty. It’s very dangerous, and it’s an economic—it’s an economic protector of BP, not an environmental protector of the public.

Jul 21 09:29

VIDEO: Bubbles Visible in Underwater Cams

Jul 21 08:31

BP testimony: Officials knew of key safety problem on rig

BP officials knew about a problem on a crucial well safety device at least three months before the catastrophic April 20 explosion in the Gulf of Mexico but failed to repair it, according to testimony Tuesday from the company's well manager.

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That is a criminal offense, and the BP officials need to go to jail.

Jul 21 07:56

BP: A Long, Bloody History of Reckless Greed

British Petroleum, the company responsible for the worst single-source environmental catastrophe in U.S. history, has over its 100-year history caused a number of environmental and workplace disasters. But the harm BP has caused goes further. In the early 1950s, BP and the British government convinced the U.S. to overthrow the democratic government of Iran - an action that has had disastrous consequences for Iran, the U.S., and the Middle East to this day.

Jul 20 22:39

Job losses in Gulf region could reach 100,000 or more

A July 19 report by Moody’s Analytics estimates that as many as 100,000 jobs and $7.4 billion could be lost in the Gulf region as a direct result of the BP oil spill. These numbers represent the high end of the estimated impact of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, according to the company.

Jul 20 11:53

FLASHBACK - ROV films oil leak coming from rock cracks on seafloor.

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This is from June, before the well was capped.

Jul 20 11:31

Top Expert: There Were No Natural Seeps Within 3 Kilometers of Blown Out Well

Berkeley engineering professor Bob Bea has very little confidence in what’s been said publicly about the seeps.

He’s troubled that we’re just now hearing about seeps three kilometers away, because a survey of the seabed conducted before BP drilled its well didn’t indicate anything like that.

Jul 20 10:20

BP's Scheme to Swindle the "Small People"

BP committed fraud in furnishing oil-spill-response data required to obtain a permit to enable them to drill the MC 252 location. The reality is they were not prepared to handle or control a blowout and resulting oil spill of this magnitude. Simply put, they lied.

"BP, in their haste to cut corners and save money in the completion process on the well location at MC 252, exhibited willful neglect in their duties to complete the well safely, which led to the blowout and explosion that killed 11 people. Eleven souls that will never come back. Eleven families with mothers and fathers and wives and children. Children who will never see their fathers again.

"This neglect and loss of life constitutes negligent homicide and all involved should be arrested and charged as such."

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This scenario will never happen. BP, with its monied, political clout, will never really pay the real compensation the families here deserve, and will never do the real remediation the Gulf needs to heal.

The taxpayers will wind up footing the bill, while BP executives are laughing all the way to the bank.

Jul 20 09:58

BP's Incentive: To Not Capture All the Oil.

hile they have every incentive to get the well killed, BP also has every incentive to not capture 100% of the well flow until they do. As soon as they do capture all the flow, then a real, measurable number will be in front of the public, and that's the last thing BP wants, since that number will then be used to extrapolate environmental damage, hence per barrel fines that will likely run to the tens of billions anyway. What bewilders me is why the government is letting them get away with it. Where is the Coast Guard, Steve Chu, the EPA, and the new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management? Where is the White House? Where is the main stream media? Are industry bloggers the only ones who are asking these questions?

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The questions raised here indicate what many have known for some time; BP is totally in control here, not the US government.

Jul 20 09:41

Is experimental well cap making disaster worse?

Oil and gas started seeping into the Gulf of Mexico again Sunday night, but this time more slowly, and scientists aren't sure whether the leaks mean the cap that stopped the flow last week is making things worse.

Jul 20 09:21

Oil lies becoming more preposterous

"I have worked with air, steam, and hydraulic leaks up to the 4,500 PSI (pounds per square inch) range," Landau wrote. "They were claiming wellhead pressures of up to 70,000 to 100,000 pounds per square inch. Now, they are claiming pressures of 6.5-7K PSI."

Jul 20 08:08

BP OIL SPILL CRISIS!! METHANE EXPERT SAYS SEA WATER FLAMMABLE!MUST WATCH!

Jul 20 08:06

Signs of the times: Oil-spill victims on Grand Isle post protest

If you want to know how residents here feel about the oil spill, just read the signs that are posted on seemingly every electrical pole, planted in front yards or hung on the 10-foot stilts that keep houses off the ground in case of flooding. Some are funny, like the six-painting SpongeBob series or the old toilet labeled "BP Headquarters." Some are angry: "Cannot fish or swim. How the hell are we suppose [sic] to feed our kids now?" Others strain for pointed puns, dubbing BP the "Bayou Polluters."

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One has to wonder just when the seething anger people are feeling about having had their lives and livelihoods taken away from them here will move beyond the painting of signs, and just what form it will take.

Jul 20 08:02

BP trying to legally ‘contaminate’ Gulf scientists: report

A BP plan to hire Gulf scientists could mean that there are fewer experts to testify against them when the oil spill case goes to trial.

The University of South Alabama turned does a BP offer to hire the entire marine science department after they obtained a copy of the contracts.

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Unflipping believable, but perfectly predictable.

Jul 20 07:45

Altered BP photo comes into question

A blogger has noticed that the oil giant altered a photograph of its Houston crisis room, cutting and pasting three underwater images into a wall of video feeds from remotely operated undersea vehicles. The altered photo is displayed prominently on the company's Web site.

Jul 20 07:36

BP Insider Admits Disaster Call Center Is A Diversion, Don't Even Take Notes...

Jul 20 02:55

BP photoshops fake photo of crisis command center, posts on main BP site

It looks like BP took a photo from 2001, and in order to make it look like the command center in July of 2010, they pasted pictures of the oil well leaking over the old photo.

Jul 19 14:29

Obama Spill Chief: BP Oil Well Leaking, Not Major Concern

Oil and gas are leaking from the cap on BP's ruptured oil well, but federal officials intend to leave it in place for now.

Jul 19 13:23

Feds find Multiple Methane , Oil Leaks From BOP and Sea Floor

Despite Multiple Methane And Oil Leaks From BOP and Sea Floor Feds Allow BP To Risk Uncontrolled BP Gulf Oil Spill Blowout
by Alexander Higgins - July 19, 2010 at 1:47 pm
As the condition of BP’s leaking oil well continues to deteriorate rapidly BP has tried desperately to prevent the Federal Government from monitoring the sea floor for oil and methane leaks.
But yesterday the Feds finally moved in with their own ships and equipment to monitor the sea floor.
The Government almost immediately found oil leaking from the sea floor along with multiple methane leaks but did not immediately inform the public of their findings.
However, it didn’t take long before an “anonymous government official” leaked the those findings to the media.

Jul 19 13:11

BP Moves the Goalpost for the Oil Well Integrity Test

In one sweeping statement, that the press let him get away with, Wells moved the target pressure down as much as 1,500 psi from the 9,000 psi to 7,500, much closer to the 6,700 psi they were holding, which is actually at the lower end of the ambiguity range we talked about on Friday. Wells did it again yesterday, moving the "good integrity" range number down to 6,000 psi to 7,500 psi, saying,

"But at this point there is no evidence that we have no integrity and that's very good and the fact that the pressure is continuing to rise is giving us more and more confidence that as we go through this process."

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How very Soviet of them.

Jul 19 13:09

Oil Cap Leaking: Seepage Detected Two Miles From Wellhead

The federal government Monday allowed BP to keep the cap shut tight on its ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well for another day despite news the well is leaking at the top and something is seeping from the sea floor nearby.

Jul 19 11:30

As Predicted, BP Tries to Pretend New Leak is a "Natural Seep"

Obviously, if there are natural oil or gas seeps nearby, there are already pre-existing channels up to the seafloor ... so that may very well be the path of least resistance for the subterranean oil to flow up to the seafloor.

Therefore, if there were a substantial breach in the well bore, nearby natural oil and gas seeps could very well increase in volume.

Jul 19 08:42

GOP senators: Obama failing in oil clean-up

Just days after BP temporarily plugged the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, Senate Republicans on Sunday lashed out at the Obama administration for failing to clean up America's soiled shoreline.

Jul 19 08:36

Gulf Oil Disaster: Is The Loop Current Breaking Down?

If true, this could be bad news for the thermohaline, i.e., Europe's ticket out of freezing. For starters.

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"The only solution we can see is to tax the American people into poverty with a carbon tax, because Al Gore needs those carbon credits to get our, I mean, his trading system up and running." -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 19 08:20

Bubbles Visible in Underwater Cams

As of this moment (11:06 Eastern Standard Time), bubbles are apparent near the blowout preventer from ROV2's Oceaneering video cam here:

Jul 19 08:12

Rig's Final Hours Probed

Federal authorities investigating BP PLC's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are zeroing in on bad decisions, missed warnings and worker disagreements in the hours before the April 20 inferno aboard the Deepwater Horizon that spawned one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.

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What the Federal Authorities seem to be ignoring is that this entire disaster would have been prevented if the Obama administration, instead of groveling before Israel, had used its first 400 days in office to "kick some ass" in the US Federal Minerals Management Service. The MMS had a long history of incompetence and corruption, accepting gifts (including sexual favors) from the very oil companies they were supposed to be supervising, doing drugs, and spending their time watching internet porn.

The oil drillers are no more safe than MMS is willing to force them to be. That is their job. So the root cause of this disaster rests squarely with the Federal Government.

Jul 19 07:56

Videos confirm additional leaks reported in seabed near capped well

When BP announced they had successfully capped the well and stopped the flow of oil that has been gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico since April 20, several scientists and industry experts were skeptical. It appears their skepticism has been confirmed by recent reports and videos that show oil and methane gas leaking from the seabed.

Jul 19 07:17

BP INDUCED CLIMATE CHANGE? The Loop Current May Be Breaking Down

As if everything we already know wasn't enough: Looks like the oil "spill" is causing the loop current -- upon which depends thermohaline circulation, (the Global Ocean Conveyor, or Gulf Stream) -- to break down.

links to pdf and sources at source

Jul 19 07:02

PRESSURE At The Wellhead: A Closer Look At Methane Seeps and Signatures

In a high compression well such as this one, the effluent is moving up the pipe at a very high speed due to the extraordinary pressures pushing up from below. The methane gas component of the upsurging hydrocarbon brew changes its state at this speed and affects the characteristics of the entire effluent coming up the pipe in the following way. As methane ascends, the bubbles expand causing a discernible acceleration in velocity. The interaction between effluent speed, geological debris and any additional bump from acceleration can give rise to catastrophic ejections, explosive potential, stretch and inline cavitations. All one has to do is examine an oil pipe which has sustained a similar flow rate to find evidence of this phenomena.

Jul 19 05:38

BP says seep detected in Gulf may not be from its well

Oil giant BP Plc said a seep detected in the Gulf of Mexico may not be related to its blown out Macondo well, which has caused the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Spokesman Robert Wine said on Monday that BP engineers were the source of information behind comments from the government's top official overseeing the spill response effort, Admiral Thad Allen, that a seep was detected "a distance from the well."

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Liar liar pants on fire!

Jul 18 21:59

Chris Landau: BP Cap will not stop leak from ocean floor

Jul 18 16:12

BP, feds clash over reopening capped Gulf oil well

An administration official familiar with the spill oversight, however, told The Associated Press that a seep and possible methane were found near the busted oil well. The official spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because an announcement about the next steps had not been made yet.

Jul 18 16:11

Official: Seep found near BP's blown out oil well

A federal official says scientists are concerned about a seep and possible methane near BP's busted oil well in the Gulf of Mexico

Both could be signs there are leaks in the well that's been capped off for three days.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because an announcement about the next steps had not been made yet.

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God DAMN, I am good! :)

Jul 18 11:46

Gulf oil spill: Fouling air as well as water?

Questions about air pollution related to the BP oil spill may get some clearer answers this coming week, as university researchers and a Louisiana environmental group release initial findings of their independent analysis of the Gulf region’s air quality.

Jul 18 11:23

Water Tested – Toxic Levels of Oil – Sample Explodes!

The accepted toxic level for oil is anything over 5 parts per million. Water from orange beach tested at 25 parts per million. The sand around Gulf Shores beach tested at an astonishing 211 parts per million. Remember, these beaches have been left open by officials who continue to claim the, “The beach is safe to swim.” Near Orange Beach, in the very area where kids were happily playing, the water tested a whopping 221 parts per million. How can the EPA and local officials continue to lets citizens frequent these toxic beaches?

Jul 18 11:04

Geologist: Depletion of Oil Reservoir "Unlikely"

While BP talks confidently about seismic tests for leaks beneath the seafloor, I am not so sure that a leak could be detected using seismic given the low-resolution of seismic tests.

Jul 18 10:18

THE GULF WELL IS STILL LEAKING

Common sense (and engineering) will tell you that if you have a pipe with leaks, putting a cap on one leak simply drives the oil out the other leaks. From an environmental perspective this makes no sense, because the oil is still leaking out of the well, just in a different place. Of greater concern is that the oil can flow out into the surrounding rocks the way the mud did during the failed Top Kill procedure, forming what is called a subsurface blowout. This is a huge bubble of oil inside the rock. The danger is if the bubble ruptures and the oil collected over 80 days of leakage rushed to the surface of the gulf all at once. Such a surge of oil could easily engulf and founder the surface ships.

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Jul 18 10:16

Admiral Allen Orders Well Opened, BP Says It Will Keep Well Closed

BP will keep the cap closed until it fears the well is at risk, Operations Chief Doug Suttles said in a conference call this morning.

This contradicts orders from Admiral Allen to open the well and begin siphoning oil -- to avoid a possible pressure-buildup.

So who's behind the wheel? And is BP about to take a huge risk?

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Wasn't pressure buildup supposed to be a good thing?

Or is BP's show of defiance to give Obama more political cover?

Jul 18 09:19

As BP claims success in capping well Gulf economy in ruins

If the well is successfully capped, one can be certain that the US media will drop the story, "concerned" politicians will wind down their investigations, and BP and the oil industry as a whole will go back to raking in enormous profits on reckless drilling operations.

But what will be left of the Gulf?

The region faces a social, economic, and ecological catastrophe from which it will never recover under the current political set-up, dominated by two big-business parties and a government that at every level does the bidding of the financial and corporate elite. This basic fact has been amply demonstrated by the response to the spill itself, which from the beginning took as its overriding concerns the financial preservation of BP and the demands of the oil industry.

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By definition, corporations are entities without conscience.

Therefore, it is imperative that enlightened governments have rules and practices enforced to prevent the kind of disasters, both socioeconomic, and environmental, that we have witnessed with the Gulf oil spill catastrophe.

Obama had well over a year to take care of the MMS, and did absolutely nothing until well after the crisis hit.

At the end of the day, it will ultimately you and me footing the bill for the cleanup and remediation of this mess, and the quality of that clean up will most probably be cosmetic at best.

Just ask the people living in Prince William Sound just how well they're faring in the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster!

Jul 18 09:02

Porn, Meth, and Oil Company Parties

Instead of just inspecting offshore oil platforms, employees of the Minerals Management Service spent time trading links to Internet porn, shaking off crystal meth buzzes, and partying on the dime of the oil companies that they were supposed to be regulating, according to a new report released Monday by the Interior Department's Inspector General. The IG's investigation of MMS' Lake Charles office, in oil-ravaged Louisiana, found "a culture where the acceptance of gifts from oil and gas companies was widespread."

Jul 18 08:36

Seize BP

YES, I support the seizure of BP's assets to provide comprehensive compensation and relief for all affected people and for cleaning up the environment.

Jul 18 08:11

July 16, 2010: Oil Leaks from Ocean Floor near BP Wellhead

This is not "capped". BP stock certainly got a boost with their fake announcement that the oil stopped flowing. BP also continues to ignore the two other plumes spotted a few miles from the wellhead.

Senator Bill Nelson talked about the sea floor cracks and the potential for a sea floor collapse more than a month ago. So why hasn't the US government shared this information with the rest of the population? Why is CNN claiming the oil cap was a success? To avoid the mass panic that will come when the masses finally understand that nearly everything coming from the BP/Government spokespeople is just a series of lies, smoke and mirrors waiting to be gobbled up by a population of yellow ribbon armchair patriots consumers.

Jul 18 07:55

Obama Trying to Shift Oil Spill 'Off the Front Page,' Senator Says

Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter on Sunday accused President Obama of trying to move the BP oil disaster "off the front page," urging the public not to forget about the spill and the cleanup just because a new well cap seems to be working.

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The Well Cap is working to make it look like the problem is fixed, but it isn't. The leak has not been stopped; It has merely been moved.

Jul 18 07:42

ANOTHER VIDEO SHOWING OIL LEAKING FROM OCEAN FLOOR NEAR BP WELL HEAD.

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Folks, ABCNNBBCBS is trying to con America into thinking that the gulf disaster is over simply because the well head is capped. This propaganda is being put out because BP wants to limit their financial losses over this mess and Obama does not want the Gulf Disaster, which he caused by not reining in the MMS during the first 400 days of his Presidency, following him into the November election.

So what all of you Rivero's Rangers need to do is to grab this and every other video on YouTube that shows oil leaking up from the floor of the ocean and email the link to your friends and families and explain to them that BP and Thad Allen capped the well to get a pretty media picture knowing there was damage to the well casing 1000 feet down and that the oil would simply leak out there instead of the top.

Jul 17 18:00

MSNBC REPORTING THAT COREXIT IS KILLING CLEAN UP WORKERS!!

Corexit is a product line of solvents primarily used as a dispersant for breaking up oil slicks. It is produced by Nalco Holding Company which is associated with BP . Corexit 9500, four times more toxic than crude oil, is one of the most poisonous dispersants ever developed, and is up to 20 times more toxic than other dispersants, and only half as effective.

When Corexit 9500, with its 2.61 ppm toxicity level, is combined with the warm waters of the Gulf much of it will transition into a gaseous state that will be absorbed into clouds, to be released as toxic rain upon all of the Eastern United States

Jul 17 16:03

Methane Thought To Be Responsible For Mass Extinction

What caused the worst mass extinction in Earth's history 251 million years ago? An asteroid or comet colliding with Earth? A greenhouse effect? Volcanic eruptions in Siberia? Or an entirely different culprit? A Northwestern University chemical engineer believes the culprit may be an enormous explosion of methane (natural gas) erupting from the ocean depths.

Jul 17 16:03

FLASHBACK - Methane eruption blamed for mass extinction

A massive explosion of colourless, odourless natural gas erupting from the ocean depths may have caused the worst mass extinction in the Earth's history some 251 million years ago, according to U.S. geologists.

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This is what these bozos are messing with!

Jul 17 14:55

Another Obama Lie, ConRats Robbing $400 Million From Katrina Victims To Pay For BP Gulf Oil Spill

Congress Robbing $400 Million From Katrina Victims To Pay For BP Gulf Oil Spill
Posted by Alexander Higgins - July 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm -
Yes, Federal Government has repeatedly assured the public over and over again that BP will pay for every dime of costs related to the oil spill.
But as we have seen throughout this crisis the Government has repeatedly told the public one thing and has done another.
The lip service has even been echoed by President Obama himself on several occasions.

Jul 17 13:15

Water sample "exploded” when chemist tested for oil; “Most likely” methane or Corexit

[Another] sample was a spot in Orange Beach, where again, we found kids playing. and we found our highest content of oil and petroleum. 221 parts per million. …

When Naman added an organic solvent to separate the oil from the water [collected at Dauphin Island Marina, near some boom], just like he did with all the other samples, this sample exploded right in his lab. “It was almost instantaneous. Actually, maybe one second. that’s just weird.” The result surprised even our chemist.

“We think it most likely happened, either due to the presence of methanol, or methane gas. or the presence of the dispersant, Corexit.”

Jul 17 10:45

Gulf coast fishermen angry over oil claims ruling

Fishermen in Mississippi say they are angry that under the terms of BP's $20 billion oil spill fund, money they earn doing clean-up will be subtracted from their claim against the company.

Jul 17 06:34

CNN reports well has “weak points at 9,000? and “17,000 feet” that BP is likely “watching in the seismic”

Jul 17 06:32

Another video showing what looks like oil seeping up from ocean floor near BP well.

Jul 17 06:30

Oil coming from sea floor near BP well?

Jul 17 06:29

More oil seepage frm the ocean floor around the BP well head?

Jul 17 06:24

FLASHBACK - Gulf seafloor crack leak in slow motion shows oil coming from crack

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These was leakage from the sea floor back in June.

Jul 17 06:17

What is going on, here? More oil coming up through the sea floor?

Jul 16 23:41

Is oil leaking from the sea floor around the BP well?

Jul 16 21:14

Oil Dispersants have made Giant "super skimmer" useless

Giant "super skimmer" no help with Gulf oil spill
Reuters
2 hrs 22 mins ago
The company defended the performance of its vessel and said the large quantity of dispersants poured into the water near the source of the spill made skimming difficult.
"The particular conditions present in the Macondo spill did not afford the vessel the opportunity to recover a significant amount of oil," said a statement by Bob Grantham, spokesman for TMT Offshore.
"This is due to the highly dispersed nature of the oil in the Gulf. When dispersants are used in high volume, virtually from the point that oil leaves the well, it presents real challenges for high-volume skimming," Grantham said.

Jul 16 15:05

BP Paying Off Universities, Gulf Scientists To Silence Them

BP Paying Off Universities And Gulf Scientists In Mass To Hide Oil Spill Research Data From The Public
Posted by Alexander Higgins - July 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm
Perhaps even more startling is the scientists that BP isn’t paying off to keep quiet the Federal Government is.
A scientist who spoke to the Press-Register on condition of anonymity because he feared harming relationships with colleagues and government officials said he rejected a BP contract offer and was subsequently approached by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with a research grant offer. ...Other scientists told the newspaper that colleagues who signed on with BP have since been informed by federal officials that they will lose government funding for ongoing research efforts unrelated to the spill.

Jul 16 14:41

Feds: Test results from well not as good as hoped

Allen said there are two possible reasons being debated by scientists on the project for why the pressure hasn't risen as high as desired: The reservoir that is the source of the oil could be depleting after a three-month spill, or there could be an undiscovered leak somewhere down in the well.

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Allen may be an admiral but it is clear he is no geologist. Oil reservoirs the size of Mount Everest do not deplete in just 3 months. Allen is trying to put a positive spin on the failure of the test by saying "the news is generally good", even though clearly, it is not.

Jul 16 14:34

Pressure Test Failing, Stopping Short of Target

As CBS News notes:

The federal pointman for the BP oil spill says results are short of ideal in the new cap but the oil will stay shut in for another 6 hours at least.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said on a Friday afternoon conference that pressure readings from the cap have not reached the level that would show there are no other leaks in the well.

Jul 16 12:13

BP Gulf Oil Spill Well Integrity Test Failing

BP Gulf Oil Spill Well Integrity Test Failing, 24 Hours Into Test Pressure Remains At 6,700 PSI
Posted by Alexander Higgins - July 16, 2010 at 10:00 am
As I reported yesterday an insider in the BP control room leaked to the Washington Post that the pressure inside BP’s blowout preventer had only risen to about 6700 psi.
He said that indicated that the well casing could be blown down hole although yesterday he cautioned that we needed to wait for about 24 hours to make that determination.
Fast forward to now and we are almost 24 hours into the test.
Apparently Kent Wells from BP isn’t aware that the pressure reading was leaked to the Washington Post yesterday because he just tweeted that the pressure inside the well is around 6,700 and still rising.

Jul 16 11:58

Welcome to Hell: An open letter to Mr. Clint Guidry of South Louisiana

Welcome to Hell: An open letter to Mr. Clint Guidry of South Louisiana
By Pubali Ray Chaudhuri
Jul 15, 2010, 00:22
This letter is sent as a wake-up call to all the Americans who are now feeling -- and rightfully so -- shafted by a system that has already cut large swaths of devastation in the world outside the U.S. (Yes, contrary to what many Americans think, there is a world outside the U.S.)... We are surprised, for instance, that hell should have come to South Louisiana. We understand when other nations struggle with high unemployment, food riots, chronic poverty, appalling rates of child malnutrition. That’s them. Those poor, benighted, backward nations. (Underneath is the unspoken assumption: it’s their own damn fault for not managing their affairs better).

Jul 16 10:48

Both Relief Well Blowout Preventers FAIL; Shear ram would not close, other testing problems

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a memorandum that problems were identified “in recent weeks” with blowout preventers on BP Plc’s relief wells…

In a 29-page memo to Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) dated Monday, Salazar said “performance problems” with the blowout preventers were found…

Salazar said in the memo that the discovery provided “more evidence that prior testing requirements were inadequate.” …

Transocean spokesman Guy Cantwell said in an email that the issues with the blowout preventers for the relief wells were now resolved. …

Jul 16 10:38

Rep. Markey says Congress unable to “PUBLICLY disclose” integrity of wellbore

"And, again, I wrote back there on June 23, so that we could publicly disclose what the integrity of the wellbore is, we could publicly disclose what the integrity of the geology around the wellbore, so that we could better understand. …"

Markey all but confirms that the government has knowledge of the condition of the wellbore, but is not permitted to release the information publicly.

Markey’s wrote the June 23 letter to pressure BP to publicly disclose the problems with the wellbore. This would have allowed the information to be released without Markey doing it directly.

However, the questions raised in his letter serves to inform the public about what Congress does know about the condition of the well, without directly stating the information as fact.

Jul 16 09:09

BP caps leaking well, but industry experts say it may not be a permanent fix

BP is now conducting integrity tests for up to 48 hours in order to determine whether or not there are additional leaks in the well bore deep beneath the seabed or in other areas of the ocean floor.

As early as May 31, after the top kill procedure failed, a BP official admitted to the Washington Post that "We discovered things that were broken in the sub-surface." He said that mud was making it "out to the side, into the formation." The official said he could not describe what was damaged in the well.

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This "capping" does not make any sense at all.

Adding this information to that below, we have breaks or weak spots in the well at 1000 feet, 7000 feet, and 190000 feet below the ocean floor. BP has already admitted there is a leak because that is where the drilling mud went durng the failed Top Kill operation.

So how can we be seeing building pressure in a well pipe BP has already admitted has at least one major hole in it?

None of this "Capping" is making any sense at all.

Jul 16 08:23

Psychopaths in the Gulf

We have not learned what to do about the world's psychopaths so we will see our civilization ripped asunder. Psychopaths and sociopaths have little choice but to hurt others as well as the environment because it is in their very nature to do so. These vicious individuals and the institutions they manage are at war with the peoples of the world and there is little defense against them. The very nature of our civilization encourages these people to seek the pinnacles of power and they certainly found just that inside the oil companies.

Jul 16 08:21

FLASHBACK - Sen. Bill Nelson: Reports of oil seeping up from seabed, well casing may be pierced.

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Jul 16 08:18

FLASHBACK - BP Official Admits Damage To Gulf Oil ‘Well Casing’ Below Seabed

On June 7th, Senator Bill Nelson told MSNBC that he’s investigating reports of oil seeping up from additional leak points on the seafloor: Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL): Andrea we’re looking into something new right now, that there’s reports of oil that’s seeping up from the seabed… which would indicate, if that’s true, that the well casing itself is actually pierced… underneath the seabed. So, you know, the problems could be just enormous with what we’re facing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Capping that pipe may make BP look good right now and help Obama put the Gulf Disaster behind him ahead of the November Elections, but they may be setting the gulf up for an even worse disaster by creating a huge pressurized pool of oil only 1000 feet below the sea floor.

One more thing. By capping the well at the top, the pressure inside the bore is increasing, up to the 8000 PSI being touted as a sign of success. That means that the two relief wells are going to be drilling into much greater pressure and will have to overcome that increased pressure in order to pump in the drilling mud and cement. The likelihood of success for the relief wells is decreased by this capping procedure.

None of this "Capping" is making any sense at all.

Jul 16 05:13

[Pic] I'm with stupid

Jul 15 14:32

WE ALREADY KNEW LAST MAY THERE IS A BREECH IN THE WELL CASING BELOW THE SURFACE

Sources at two companies involved with the well said that BP also discovered new damage inside the well below the seafloor and that, as a result, some of the drilling mud that was successfully forced into the well was going off to the side into rock formations.

"We discovered things that were broken in the sub-surface," said a BP official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. He said that mud was making it "out to the side, into the formation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, there is no way this cap is stopping the flow of oil. It may not be coming out where the cameras are, which is great for BP and Obama, but if the drilling mud was leaking out to the side, then so too is the oil. A subsurface blowout is forming 1000 feet down under the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. Sooner or later the accumulating oil bubble will blow through the ocean floor in a massive spill event. Maybe Obama is hoping it won't happen until November 5th.

Jul 15 14:11

BP Has Stopped the Oil From Flowing ... But Is It Only Temporary?

However, numerous industry experts have warned that there is no upside to temporarily capping the well as part of the well integrity test, and that it might actually cause the well to blw out.

Admiral Thad Allen previously said that the test will be considered a success if pressure in the well stays at 8,000 psi or higher for 48 hours. So we won't know for a couple of days whether the test has succeeded.

Jul 15 14:11

Chemical Dispersants and Crude Oil - Efficacy and Toxicity

One of the striking controversies about the massive BP Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout has been alarm raised about chemical dispersants used to hold spilled crude oil deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Prospects for oil’s direct harm to the environment, the economy, and coastal society were immediately obvious. But why were people so concerned that dispersing the oil was bad—worse than allowing it to come onshore? Is this just a case of “out of sight, out of mind” to benefit the oil company, or are there larger benefits that reduce the harms to other interests?

Jul 15 13:26

Visit StopTheSpraying.org

Jul 15 12:32

Expert suspects BP has ulterior motive behind oil well cap

Cavnar believes that BP's true goal is to make it harder to measure the flow of oil from the damaged well, because under the Clean Water Act, it will be liable for civil penalties of up to $4300 for every barrel spilled.

"While they have every incentive to get the well killed, BP also has every incentive to not capture 100% of the well flow until they do," Cavnar wrote last week at Huffington Post. "As soon as they do capture all the flow, then a real, measurable number will be in front of the public, and that's the last thing BP wants, since that number will then be used to extrapolate environmental damage, hence per barrel fines that will likely run to the tens of billions anyway."

Jul 15 11:30

Oil hits Louisiana's largest seabird nesting area

Biologists say oil has smeared at least 300-400 pelicans and bunchopelshundreds of terns in the largest seabird nesting area along the Louisiana coast — marking a sharp and sudden escalation in wildlife harmed by BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The finding underscores that official tallies of birds impacted by the spill could be significantly underestimating the scope of damage.

Jul 15 06:58

Goldman, BP sued over alleged SemGroup conspiracy

More than 80 independent oil and gas producers have sued units of Goldman Sachs Group Inc and BP Plc, alleging they conspired with SemGroup LP to defraud the plaintiffs of money owed for oil and gas delivered prior to the energy trader's 2008 bankruptcy.

Jul 15 06:53

NOAA Hoarding Key Data On Oil Spill Damage

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is hoarding vast amounts of raw data that independent marine researchers say could help both the public and scientists better understand the extent of the damage being caused by the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In most cases, NOAA insists on putting the data through a ponderous, many-weeks-long vetting process before making it public.

In other cases, NOAA actually intended to keep the data secret indefinitely. But officials told the Huffington Post on Tuesday that they have now decided to release it -- though when remains unclear.

BP, incidentally, gets to see all this data right away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence of) surprise here, particularly when this data is election-year kryptonite for the Obama administration, which had well over a year to get the MMS sorted out.

Jul 14 22:20

BP Fixing New Cap Leak as It Prepares to Start Gulf Well Test

BP Plc said it will begin a pressure test of its gushing Gulf of Mexico well after fixing a leak that erupted while it was shutting off oil flow with a new containment cap.

The leak was detected in a “choke line” leading from the stack of valves that makes up the cap installed July 12 on the Macondo well, BP said in a statement yesterday. BP said the leak had been “isolated” and was being repaired.

Jul 14 17:04

BP And Feds Stonewalling Congress About Well Bore Integrity, Sea Floor Leaks

BP And Feds Stonewalling Congress About Well Bore Integrity And BP Gulf Oil Spill Sea Floor Leaks
Contributed by Alexander Higgins (Reporter)
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 02:50
Experts are still warning that blown well casing and lack of well bore integrity could cause a massive underground blowout like the one that occurred during the IXTOC disaster.
Such an underground blowout or the existence of large leaks in the sea floor may even prevent the relief wells from working altogether.
That would mean that BP may never be able to stop the leaking well.

Jul 14 16:33

The Well Integrity Test Is Failing

Jul 14 15:05

Dispersants “more than the amount of oil spilled in any single accident prior to the BP disaster”

Reddy said he is also concerned about the total amount of dispersants used, which is unprecedented. He noted that 1 million barrels [42 million gallons] of dispersants have been applied to the Gulf of Mexico to fight this spill, more than the amount of oil spilled in any single accident prior to the BP disaster

Jul 14 11:25

New Satellite Images of Gulf: Oil reaches Mexico’s Yucutan, near Cancun (PHOTOS)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now it is an international crisis.

Jul 14 10:35

Government Stops Oil Well Integrity Test; Relief Well Drilling Temporarily Stopped

If BP and the government had been forthcoming about the oil spill, we wouldn't have to guess about what's going on, and we wouldn't worry that something bad is happening behind the scenes.

Jul 14 10:03

Is the CNN video of the BP oil cap real?

The sudden decision of BP to cap the well after telling us that nothing could be done until the relief wells were completed in August came as a surprise to me. Supposedly, there was no technology to cap a leak at this psi.

BP shares rose 9 percent with the news of the cap and their possible sale of assets in Alaska.

Jul 14 09:51

MSNBC: RELIEF WELLS SUSPENDED, not just the cap test; "Raises a lot of questions"

Jul 14 09:44

BP Oil Spill: Containment Cap to Be Tested, Environmental Devastation Spreads

As BP begins to test the new cap that the company hopes will finally contain its gushing leak in the Gulf of Mexico, crude oil continued to roll into sensitive coastal areas today, an assault on the environment that will last long after the leak is finally under control.

Jul 14 09:44

'Oil recovery and cleanup will extend to the autumn'

BP and the US national incident commander say there are no guarantees that they can cap the leaking wellhead, urging patience from Gulf residents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The cap doesn't look like it will work after all.

Jul 14 08:59

Michelle Antoinette's oil spill dress?

"Let them eat oil!"

Jul 14 08:54

BP Testing Delayed on Gulf Oil Fix

Engineers spent hours on a seismic survey, creating a map of the rock under the sea floor to spot potential dangers, like gas pockets. It also provides a baseline to compare with later surveys during and after the test to see if the pressure on the well is causing underground problems.

An unstable area around the wellbore could create bigger problems if the leak continued elsewhere in the well after the cap valves were shut, experts said.

It was unclear whether there was something in the results of the mapping that prompted officials to delay. Earlier, BP Vice President Kent Wells said he hadn't heard what the results were, but he felt "comfortable that they were good."

Jul 14 08:44

Toxic Dispersants Near Gulf Harm Humans and Wildlife

"Just days ago Barataria Bay was full of oil," Tracy informs while sweeping an arm out towards the south, where the large Bay sits, toxified, "Then they hit it with dispersants and the oil goes to the bottom. But then during the day, it heats up and the oil bubbles up to the surface."

Tracy, like many other shrimpers I will soon speak with, refers to this effect as that similar to a "Lava lamp."

"The oil, after they hit it with dispersants, moves around beneath the surface and they can’t track it," she continues, "They are using dispersants so they can minimize their liability."

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