It’s been about a week since I posted anything about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, so I am going to post all of the links I have been saving for the past few days.
While BP says they are making another attempt that could “permanently cap the well, and capture all of the oil”, let’s look back on the past few days and see what’s really going on.
Obama Rejected Again
On Thursday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals told the Obama Administration to take a flying leap where deepwater drilling bans are concerned.
A U.S. appeals court on Thursday rejected the Obama administration’s request to stay a lower court decision to lift a six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the wake of the BP Plc oil spill.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, based in New Orleans, ruled about an hour after hearing arguments.
Its decision will likely prompt the Interior Department to quickly issue a revised moratorium order on deepwater drilling below 500 feet to address concerns raised by the federal courts.
If there is one thing the Obama Administration does well, is scramble. It seems they’re always trying to cover their asses or find an alternative solution with every single thing they put their grubby little hands on.
Once Again, Late To Their Own Party
How many stories have we heard about BP involving them dragging their feet?
Helix, the Houston-based owner of floating oil platforms and subsea wells, offered its Helix Producer I vessel in late April to help BP collect oil that has been gushing from the Macondo well since an April 20 rig explosion that killed 11 workers, Chief Executive Officer Owen Kratz said today in an interview. BP initially declined the offer, he said.
BP notified Helix June 10 that it wanted to lease the Helix Producer I platform to augment two other vessels that are receiving oil from the Macondo well, Kratz said. The delay meant Helix had to construct a collection tube from spare parts that will be plugged into a pipe just one-sixth the diameter of the main opening atop the well, he said.
The oil leak itself is the only thing quick and efficient that BP has done since April 20th.
Covering Up The Safety Excellence of BP
If it wasn’t for the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, BP would have been on-track to receive a 2010 safety commendation from the Minerals and Management Service! You go BP!
Shortly after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, we reported that the Minerals Management Service canceled its annual “Safety Award for Excellence” luncheon, which—rather embarrassingly—included BP as one of the finalists for a 2010 safety commendation. The SAFE event was never held, and MMS never did get around to announcing a winner.
Now Energy & Environment reports that the Department of Interior has scrubbed the evidence of BP’s finalist-status from its website.
I bet the staff over at the Department of the Interior are wishing they could whitewash BP’s entire existence from the minds of people everywhere.
Gulf Oil Spill Panel To Look At Root Causes
Don’t you just love that headline? Idiots I tell ya. It’s pretty obvious why the oil is spilling. Instead of looking at the cause, maybe they should focus on the solution?
The new presidential oil spill commission will focus on how safety, government oversight and the ability to clean up spills haven’t kept up with advances in drilling technology, the panel’s leaders say.
Oil Spill Workers Are Being Exposed To Some Nasty Stuff
Workers in the Gulf are being exposed to 2-butoxyethanol, and their lives are being put at risk.
In an under-the-radar release of new test results for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill workers, BP PLC is reporting potentially hazardous exposures to a now-discontinued dispersant chemical — a substance blamed for contributing to chronic health problems after the Exxon Valdez cleanup — among more than 20 percent of offshore responders.
They’re testing for more and more chemicals, but for some workers, it may be a little too late.
It just goes to prove, what you don’t know might kill you.
The Flyover by John L. Wathen
Here’s a longer version of a video I featured the other day. Pay attention people, this problem is NOT going away anytime soon.
No Freedom Of The Press On Federal Wildlife Refuge Property
Check out this video from Citizen Tube.
Apparently this same suspension of the First Amendment is being enforced near BP properties as well.
More Links You Should Read
As if I haven’t posted enough for you to read and digest tonight, you may want to look at these links as well.
Oil Is Not Hazardous
Oil in the water is making workers sick. Oil in your water, would make you sick. Yet, oil in a landfill is “not considered hazardous”.
Tons of oil-contaminated sand and debris arrived in a convoy of Waste Management trucks at Magnolia Landfill on Friday, a scene repeated at other landfills in the region.
Scott Hughes, spokesman for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, said Friday that three landfills in the state — Magnolia, Chastang in Mount Vernon, and Allied Waste Services Timberlands in Brewton — had been approved by the agency to take oil waste scraped and cleared from beaches.
Various forms of oil — tarballs, mousse, patties and globs — continue to be removed from shorelines by heavy equipment and by crews armed with shovels and plastic bags.
Late this week, oil struck all 32 miles of Gulf-front beaches in Baldwin County.
Hughes said the waste is not considered hazardous, by landfill standards.
How long do you think it will be until someone announces the bags containing the oil have been breached and the ground water has been contaminated with… get this… oil?
There Is No Clean Water
The farther out you travel, the more oil you find. Is there any clean water remaining in the Gulf of Mexico?
Corexit May Be Damaging Our Food Supply
Check out these two videos, then check your own backyard.
Oil Is Seeping Into Lake Pontchartrain
Because of the ineffective leadership in the White House, this beautiful body of water is at risk.
For the first time since the accident, oil from the ruptured well is seeping into Lake Pontchartrain, threatening another environmental disaster for the huge body of water that was rescued from pollution in 1990s to become, once more, a bountiful fishing ground and a popular spot for boating and swimming.
Five Million Buoyant Particles
Check out this research from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Fire In Your Throat
What happens if you don’t use a respirator down near the Gulf?
Mr. Sandman, Bring Me The Truth
Is BP trucking in sand to cover up the truth? Sounds like a sand job to me.
I wonder what would be happening right now if the Obama Administration had actually started working in the Gulf rather than the golf course two months ago.
Here are a few videos to watch and some links to follow to keep yourself updated about the DeepWater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf Of Mexico.
If you watched the video last night, you’ll understand the importance of passing on every piece of information, especially when some of it seems a bit ‘different’ than anything else you’ve heard from anyone in the government.
How far inland will Toxic Rain spread?
Have you looked at the 3-D Models of the Oil Spill?
How widespread (and deep) has the oil spread?
Did you know that authorities are cracking down on people taking photos from public roads? And Democrat leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives are rejecting Republican visits to the areas affected by the oil spill.
What happens when the oil reaches the Atlantic? What happens when the entire Atlantic and Gulf food chains are completely destroyed? No wonder the Obama Administration doesn’t want anyone showing us what’s really going on down there.
Are you wondering why you haven’t seen more photos of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?
Why hasn’t the media been showing you the latest videos of the clean up effort?
Take a look at this video from Anderson Cooper and CNN.
It doesn’t get much bigger or more disastrous than the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but the fact that the press is no longer allowed to report this story means there is a bigger and much more disastrous story brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Since when is it permissible to suspend the First Amendment?
Barack Obama has been manipulating the media since he took office. There is no excuse for this, and we, the American people, should be ashamed of ourselves for letting him get away with this kind of bullshit.
How many of our freedoms will we willingly part with until we take a stand? How far will we allow the government to go in stripping us of our rights before we say enough is enough? How many gallons of crude oil must leak before the most dangerous administration in our nation’s history is called out for their actions?
Enough is enough.
Take one busy day, add several errands to the mix, and stir it all with a small dose of spotty DSL service and you get one very quick post this evening.
The never ending flow of oil coming from the DeepWater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico coupled with the never ending flow of incompetence coming from the Obama administration in Washington, D.C. is producing the single worst catastrophe the United States has ever seen.
While I take the night off, read the following links. You may find them quite interesting.
The Well From Hell – An interesting read which touches on each of the scenarios that people have been speculating about.
Panic Brews – Sometimes silence is not golden. In fact, right now silence is fueling speculation that there is much, much, more to the story.
I have several thoughts I want to write about that cannot wait until my next Thursday Thoughts post. Maybe I’ll start doing a “Saturday Summary” each week to summarize some more thoughts since they don’t always come to me by Thursday each week.
Are people really surprised when allegations of wrongdoing are brought against John Oxendine? Really?
11Alive News has learned the University of Georgia Office of Legal Affairs is weighing its options on the Oxendine campaign’s use of school trademarks.
Republican candidate for Governor John Oxendine has been featuring the Georgia “G” and use of the word, “Dawgs” on stickers, banners and campaign signs.
The article states that many campaigns are using the logo, but 11alive chose only to post an example of Oxendine’s use. Interesting. Are they trying to make it sound like it’s excusable because “everyone is doing it” or were they trying to make an example of Ox?
Either way, it’s wrong, and he should stop using the logo.
The last person we need in any elected position is a lobbyist, no matter whether they are ethical or not.
Conservative Republican candidate Darwin Carter of Alma, Georgia on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 has filed an ethics complaint against CEO/Lobbyist Gary Black for failure to disclose the use of his office as CEO/Lobbyist for the Georgia Agribusiness Council (not-for-profit) to run for Commissioner of Agriculture. Additionally, Carter charges that Black’s lobbying firm, Georgia Agribusiness Council (GAC) is a nonprofit 501c6 corporation and according to the IRS, should pay taxes on their extensive partisan political work.
These are some serious allegations. It doesn’t matter to me if he is guilty or not, I don’t trust lobbyists anyway.
Jan Brewer is an awesome governor. She never hesitates to tell it like it is.
There are 2000 oil skimmers in the United States. 20 of them are in use right now in the Gulf of Mexico. The fact that we are not utilizing every resource to contain this spill shows just how negligent the Obama administration has been since this disaster began.
17 countries have offered help 21 times since the DeepWater Horizon rig exploded in April. Every offer of assistance has been turned down. In addition to being the most negligent administration in the history of the United States, it is also the most destructive. Had these offers of help been accepted from day one, we wouldn’t have oil seeping 6-inches into the beaches along the Gulf shore, hundreds if not thousands of birds wouldn’t be dying, and the economy of the southern gulf states wouldn’t be in shambles.
The Obama administration truly is an abomination.
How quick do you think federal authorities can evacuate Tampa Bay, Florida?
As FEMA and other government agencies prepare for what is now being called the worst oil spill disaster in history, plans to evacuate the Tampa Bay area are in place.
The plans would be announced in the event of a controlled burn of surface oil in the Gulf of Mexico, or if wind or other conditions are expected to take toxic fumes through Tampa Bay.
Let’s see… The oil has already started killing forms of life we haven’t even discovered and they are talking about a “controlled burn”? I’m no expert, but something tells me that lighting the entire Gulf of Mexico on fire is a really bad idea.
The entire Gulf of Mexico might not be on fire yet, but it sounds like someone’s working on a lethal solution for endangered sea turtles. Watch this…
If I heard him correctly, BP brought in a group of people to help rescue the turtles, but then in frustration that the rescuers were “present”, they cut the program short. I think we have a President who voted “present” for a long time. Stupid is as stupid does.
Speaking of stupid… If you looked in the dictionary under the word “stupid” you might find the photograph of a county supervisor from Wisconsin.
Peggy West was speaking during a hearing to decide whether or not Milwaukee will boycott Arizona because of their new immigration law. This is what she had to say about the great state of Arizona.
If this was Texas, which is a state that is directly on the border with Mexico, and they were calling for a measure like this saying that they had a major issue with undocumented people flooding their borders, I would have to look twice at this. But this is a state that is a ways removed from the border.
Did you catch that? She actually said that Arizona is not a border state. Then, when someone called her on it she said she “misspoke”. That’s not misspeaking, that plain, unadulterated, genuine stupidity.
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.
Did you know that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has closed, or at least recommended that U.S. Citizens enter at their own risk, a very large piece of land in Southern Arizona. The Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and the area surrounding it have been closed off, 80 miles north of the Mexican border, because of Mexican drug dealers operating in the area.
According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife this area is about 3500 acres in size. Our concern for public safety is paramount. The situation in this zone has reached a point where continued public use of the area is not prudent. The Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge has been adversely affected by border-related activities. The international border with Mexico has also become increasingly violent.
That’s right. Land within the United States, along the south side of I-8, 80 miles north of the Mexican border is now closed to Americans.
How long do we ignore the border issue? How long do we wait? Do we wait until they take Tucson? What about Phoenix? This is one of the most ridiculous, yet frightening, things I have ever heard. It’s time we secure the border. Now!
I’m sure you’ve had a chance to watch President Obama’s “energy” speech by now. I bet you had an eerily familiar feeling while watching it, didn’t you?
It looks like an actual cleanup effort is about to begin.
Actor Kevin Costner says having BP use his company’s device to help clean up the Gulf oil spill is “not a Hollywood ending for me.”
BP has contracted with Costner and Ocean Therapy Solutions to use 32 of the centrifuge machines designed to separate oil from water.
The company says the device can fit on fishing boats or docks, where it can separate 200 gallons per minute.
With 32 centrifuges at work, Ocean Therapy Solutions can separate 6,400 gallons of water and oil per minute. Imagine how things would be if Costner and his team were allowed to start helping immediately after the spill began.
I’m already working on tomorrow’s post. I discovered a major security issue on a rather important website this evening. I am not going to discuss it yet, as I am waiting to be contacted by the people running the website, but needless to say I was shocked with the information I was able to uncover.