What If It’s Already Too Late?

I’ve just about had it with all the news about the oil spill. In fact, after my post tonight, I don’t want to hear another word about it until BP and the Obama Administration get off their collective asses and start doing something, anything, to stop the leak and start cleaning up the oil that has already poured into the Gulf of Mexico.

There is a lot of news out there, and all of it sucks. There are bright spots, like the news that Kevin Costner and his group got the green light to start using their centrifuges to pull oil from the water. Of course, it’s not really a bright spot because it took 2 freaking months for someone to give the green light for that idea. Just think… If Costner had been given the go-ahead when he offered his help in the first place, 90% of the oil that has leaked from the blown well would have been contained. Have you seen the gulf lately?

 

Here’s a secret for you. I really don’t give a rat’s ass whose fault this is. BP was wrong to take shortcuts on safety. Our government was wrong for not making sure they adhered to safety standards. Our current president was (and still is) wrong for trying to pass the buck when it comes to sealing the well and the clean up. As of right now, I don’t care about them. None of them. We’ll have plenty of time to point fingers and assign blame after we get past the initial problem.

You remember the initial problem don’t you? The well is still blown. Oil is still pouring into the Gulf of Mexico. Up to 60,000 barrels of oil are leaking into the gulf every day! Don’t worry trying to do the math, the total is well over 145 million gallons of oil. Do you have any comprehension of how much damage that is causing?

 

I know many of you will think I am just venting, but I am tired of the finger pointing. I am tired of the inaction on the part of our Commander in Chief and most of all, I am tired of all the lies. Honestly, at this point, tired doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about everyone involved.

Did you know that severe problems started on the DeepWater Horizon oil rig back in February? Did you know that BP, the Minerals Management Service, and the Obama Administration were all very much aware of those problems two months before the well blew?

BP Plc was struggling to seal cracks in its Macondo well as far back as February, more than two months before an explosion killed 11 and spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

It took 10 days to plug the first cracks, according to reports BP filed with the Minerals Management Service that were later delivered to congressional investigators. Cracks in the surrounding rock continued to complicate the drilling operation during the ensuing weeks. Left unsealed, they can allow explosive natural gas to rush up the shaft.

On March 10, almost six weeks before the explosion, a BP executive emailed the MMS’s drilling engineer for the New Orleans district, telling him, “We’re in the midst of a well control situation.” Six weeks!

Now there’s word that things might just be worse than anyone, within the government or otherwise, is telling us. There may be no way to stop the flow of oil from the top.

First of all…set aside all your thoughts of plugging the well and stopping it from blowing out oil using any method from the top down. Plugs, big valves to just shut it off, pinching the pipe closed, installing a new bop or lmrp, shooting any epoxy in it, top kills with mud etc etc etc….forget that, it won’t be happening..it’s done and over. In fact actually opening up the well at the subsea source and allowing it to gush more is not only exactly what has happened, it was probably necessary, or so they think anyway.

You remember “Top Kill” don’t you? That was the operation where BP tried to pump tons and tons of mud into the well in an attempt to seal it. Top Kill failed and with it, our best chance of sealing the well from above. So what does this mean? If we cannot stop it from the top down, how do you think we would go about stopping it?

It means they will never cap the gusher after the wellhead. They cannot…the more they try and restrict the oil gushing out the bop?…the more it will transfer to the leaks below. Just like a leaky garden hose with a nozzle on it. When you open up the nozzle?…it doesn’t leak so bad, you close the nozzle?…it leaks real bad,
same dynamics. It is why they sawed the riser off…or tried to anyway…but they clipped it off, to relieve pressure on the leaks “down hole”. I’m sure there was a bit of panic time after they crimp/pinched off the large riser pipe and the Diamond wire saw got stuck and failed…because that crimp diverted pressure and flow to the rupture down below.

The article quoted above, from The Oil Drum, is well worth the read, because they explain everything in common sense terms. Once you read the entire article come back and finish. I can wait.

 

What if the fissures are leaking more than we think? What if the cracks are expanding due to the intense pressure of the oil and hydrates trying to escape? What happens when these leaks expand and increase the flow of oil and other substances into the gulf?

The damage to the Gulf of Mexico is already reaching irreparable levels. Endangered wildlife, carefully balanced ecosystems, and critical breeding grounds are all being destroyed. The loss of life will be unmeasurable, and we may never see things “return to normal” in many coastal areas. Just to be clear, I’m not even talking about the economic and environmental toll this will have on humans yet. Without even factoring humans into the equation, except the fact humans were responsible for this in the first place, the losses will be so tremendous that the world will never be the same. Ever.

It’s bad. It’s really bad. So what happens next? What happens if the “worst case scenario” actually happens? If I have learned one thing since 2008, it’s that the “worst case scenario” is more likely to happen than not. So what is next?

What happens next might just surprise you. I might even scare you. It should scare you. It scares me.

 

Geologists warned BP that the Deepwater Horizon exploratory rig might have been sitting directly over a huge underground reservoir of methane. Documents support the findings that a huge methane deposit is down there.

According to worried geologists, the first signs that the methane may burst its way through the bottom of the ocean would be fissures or cracks appearing on the ocean floor near the damaged well head.

Evidence of fissures opening up on the seabed have been captured by the robotic submersibles working to repair and contain the ruptured well. Smaller, independent plumes have also appeared outside the nearby radius of the bore hole itself.

According to some geological experts, BP’s operations set into motion a series of events that may be irreversible.

Is methane leaking from the fissures around the well head? Is it possible that this incredibly large methane lake could escape and make its way above ground? What would the release of that much methane do to the marine life in the gulf? What would it do to the men and women working in the gulf?

With the emerging evidence of fissures, the quiet fear now is the methane bubble rupturing the seabed and exploding into the Gulf waters. If the bubble escapes, every ship, drilling rig and structure within the region of the bubble will instantaneously sink. All the workers, engineers, Coast Guard personnel and marine biologists measuring the oil plumes’ advance will instantly perish.

As horrible as that is, what would follow is an event so potentially horrific that it equals in its fury the Indonesian tsunami that killed more than 600,000, or the destruction of Pompeii by Mt. Vesuvius.

Make sure you read the entire article quoted above, especially if you live in Florida. They make a serious argument that Florida just might not be the place to be if the methane erupts into the Gulf of Mexico.

Could this really happen? Could a tsunami take out the entire state of Florida? After reading several sites, in addition to the ones listed above, I believe it is indeed possible. But will it happen?

I have no idea. I don’t know what to believe anymore. I’ve heard so many lies, I don’t think anyone knows. No one involved with BP or within our own government has told the truth since day one.

 

It seems to me they were all working on the cover up two months before the rig even exploded.

An internal memo from BP states that 100,000 barrels per day could be leaking into the gulf. It seems they increase their estimates every other day. I don’t believe anyone knows, for certain, how much oil has leaked, is leaking, or will leak into the Gulf of Mexico.

I do believe, however, that I know what caused the explosion in the first place. Negligence.

I believe the operators of the rig, the management at BP, officials at the MMS, members of President Obama’s administration, and President Obama himself were all negligent when it came to matters pertaining to the Deepwater Horizon rig and they all must be held accountable, but not until we stop the leak and clean up as much of the oil as possible.

Until then, they need to stop pointing fingers, stop passing the buck, put on their gloves and starting getting some work done… Before it’s too late.