Friday, December 3, 2010

The Gulf of Mexico is Dying

Explosive Gulf Oil Special Report: Crime, PSYOP, global impact (Slide-show)

  • December 2nd, 2010 3:23 pm ET

Deborah Dupré

Photos newly released prove that the BP-Government-Media has presented and is presenting to the public, against its best interest, a sophisticated Gulf of Mexico 'Oil Spill' illusion. New pictorial evidence tells the real story, truth about a crime against humanity and planet committed, aided by a Psychological Operation with a devastating global impact requiring a united and prompt paradigm shift toward renewable energy.
The report, "The Gulf is Dying, Special Report on the BP Gulf Oil Spill" is evidence-based through research and writing by Dr. Tom Termotto after participation in the Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference for over seven months. It and additional reports by Dr. Tomotto are available at Phoenix Rising from the Gulf.
This Special Report was made possible by BK Lim, Geohazards Specialist, whose research and analysis of BP's Gulf Oil Spill proved invaluable for the truth of this unprecedented environmental catastrophe according to Dr. Termotto.
To view the images related to Dr. Termotto's article below, please see the slide-show. Both the slide-show and report below have been published with grateful permission by the author.

A Special Report on the BP Gulf Oil Spill
By Dr. Tom Termotto
It is with deep regret that we publish this report.  We do not take this responsibility lightly, as the consequences of the following observations are of such great import and have such far-reaching ramifications for the entire planet.  Truly, the fate of the oceans of the world hangs in the balance, as does the future of humankind.
The Gulf of Mexico (GOM) does not exist in isolation and is, in fact, connected to the Seven Seas.  Hence, we publish these findings in order that the world community will come together to further contemplate this dire and demanding predicament.  We also do so with the hope that an appropriate global response will be formulated, and acted upon, for the sake of future generations.  It is the most basic responsibility for every civilization to leave their world in a better condition than that which they inherited from their forbears.
After conducting the Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference for over seven months, we can now disseminate the following information with the authority and confidence of those who have thoroughly investigated a crime scene.  There are many research articles, investigative reports and penetrating exposes archived at the following website.  Particularly those posted from August through November provide a unique body of evidence, many with compelling photo-documentaries, which portray the true state of affairs at the Macondo Prospect in the GOM.
The pictorial evidence tells the whole story.

Especially that the BP narrative is nothing but a corporate-created illusion – a web of fabrication spun in collaboration with the US Federal Government and Mainstream Media. Big Oil, as well as the Military-Industrial Complex, have aided and abetted this whole scheme and info blackout because the very future of the Oil & Gas Industry is at stake, as is the future of the US Empire which sprawls around the world and requires vast amounts of hydrocarbon fuel.

Should the truth seep out and into the mass consciousness – that the GOM is slowly but surely filling up with oil and gas – certainly many would rightly question the integrity, and sanity, of the whole venture, as well as the entire industry itself. And then perhaps the process would begin of transitioning the planet away from the hydrocarbon fuel paradigm altogether.
It’s not a pretty picture.
The various pictures, photos and diagrams that fill the many articles at the aforementioned website represent photo-evidence about the true state of affairs on the seafloor surrounding the Macondo Prospect in the Mississippi Canyon which is located in the Central Planning Area of the northern Gulf of Mexico.  The very dynamics of the dramatic changes and continuous evolution of the seafloor have been captured in ways that very few have ever seen.  These snapshots have given us a window of understanding into the true state of the underlying geological formations around the various wells drilled in the Macondo Prospect.
Although our many deductions may be difficult for the layperson to apprehend at first, to the trained eye these are but obvious conclusions which are simply the result of cause and effect.  In other words there is no dispute around the most serious geological changes which have occurred, and continue to occur, in the region around the Macondo wells.  The original predicament (an 87 day gushing well) was extremely serious, as grasped by the entire world, and the existing situation is only going to get progressively worse.
So, just what does this current picture look like.  Please click on the link below to view the relevant diagrams and read the commentary:

As the diagrams clearly indicate, the geology around the well bore has been blown. This occurred because of drilling contiguous to a salt dome(1), as well as because of the gas explosions which did much damage to the integrity of the well casing, cementing, well bore, well head, and foundation around the well head. Eighty-seven straight days of gushing hydrocarbon effluent under great pressure only served to further undermine the entire well system. Finally, when it was capped, putting the system back under pressure forced the upsurging hydrocarbons to find weaknesses throughout the greater system, which revealed all sorts of compromised, fractured and unsettled geology through which the hydrocarbons could travel all the way to the seafloor and into the GOM.

(1)“The rock beds in the vicinity of a salt dome are highly fractured and permeable due to stress and deformation which occur as the salt dome thrusted upwards.” (Per BK Lim, Geohazards Specialist)
We also have faults* to deal with in this scenario of which there are both deep and shallow.  Depending on the current vital stats of the blown out well, especially its actual depth; the number, location and severity of the breaches throughout the well system; the pressure at the wellhead; as well as the type and status of geological formations/strata it has been drilled into, these faults will become prominently configured into the future stability of the whole region.  Larger faults can open up much greater opportunities for the hydrocarbons to find their way to the seafloor via cracks and crevices, craters and chasms.  In fact the numerous leaks and seeps throughout the seafloor surface, which are quite apparent from various ROV live-feeds, give testimony to sub-seafloor geological formations in great turmoil and undergoing unprecedented flux.
*“Once the oil gets into the shallow faulted zones, we have an uncontrollable situation.  The place where most of the oil and gas is coming out  is at the foot hills of the continental shelf as shown in figure 134-1 in the article “BP continues to dazzle us with their unlimited magic”.  The discovery by WHOI of the 22 mile long river of oil originated from these leaks.  So the leaks will be mainly along the faults where I have marked (shallow) in “What is going on at West Sirius” and deep strike-slip faults (red line)  on fig 134-1.” (Per BK Lim, Geohazards Specialist)
Just how bad is this situation? There are actually three different ongoing disasters – each more grave and challenging than the previous one – which must be considered when assessing the awesome destruction to the GOM by the Oil & Gas Industry.
I.  A single gushing well at 7o – 100,000 barrels per day of hydrocarbon effluent for 87 days into the GOM at the Macondo Prospect along with two smaller rogue wells
II. Numerous leaks and seeps within five to ten square miles of the Macondo well with an aggregate outflow of an unknown amount of hydrocarbon effluent per day into the GOM
III.  Countless gushers and spills, leaks and seeps, throughout the Gulf of Mexico, where drilling has been conducted for many decades, with an aggregate outflow that can not even be estimated, but is well in excess of any guesstimate which would ensure the slow and steady demise of the GOM.
It is the last scenario which we all face and to which there is no easy or obvious solution.  The truth be told, there currently does not exist the technology or machinery or equipment to repair the damage that has been wrought by the process of deep undersea drilling, especially when it is performed in the wrong place.  Therefore, wherever the oil and gas find points of entry into the GOM through the seafloor, these leaks and seeps will only continue to get worse.  Here’s why:
Methane gas mixed with saltwater and mud makes for a very potent corrosive agent.  Under high pressure it will find every point of egress through the rock and sediment formations all the way up to the seafloor where it will find any point of exit that is available.  The longer and more forcefully that it flows throughout the fractured area, which is dependent on the volume, temperature and pressure at the source of the hydrocarbons, the more its corrosive effects will widen, broaden and enlarge the channels, cracks and crevices throughout the sub-seafloor geology, thereby creating a predicament that no science, technology or equipment can remedy.
Dire realities of the methane hydrate predicament
The Macondo Prospect in the GOM is just one of many throughout the oceans of the world where the seafloor has beds of methane hydrate locked in place by very high pressure and low temperatures.  Likewise, there are myriad repositories and large “reservoirs” of methane clathrates in the sub-seafloor strata, and especially within the more superficial geological formations, which are being greatly impacted by all oil and gas drilling and extraction activities.  It does not take much imagination to understand how the upsurging hydrocarbons are quickly converting the hydrates to gas, thereby causing innumerable “micro-displacements”, the cumulative effect of which will translate to larger “macro-displacements” of rock, sediment and other geological formations.
When you factor in this constant vaporization of methane hydrates/clathrates both sub-seafloor as well as those scattered around the seafloor surface to the existing scenario, this devolving situation becomes that much more difficult to effectively remedy.  With the resulting shifts and resettling and reconfiguration of the entire seafloor terrain and underlying strata occurring in the wake of these dynamics, we are left with a situation that is not going to get better through the use of even more invasive technology and intrusive machinery.
QuestionHow many times can you grout a seafloor crack that was caused by an underlying superficial fault after drilling into an old mud volcano?Answer: “In the attempt to seal the oil from oozing through the faults, BP resorted to high pressure grouting.  Basically it is like cementing the cracks in the rock by injecting grout (cement mixture) at high pressure. The way they do this is by drilling an injection hole into the shallow rocks and pumping in the grout. The grout in “slurry” state will permeate into the cracks, cure and seal up the cracks. However it is not working because of the presence of gas and oil. It is like super-glue. You need to clean the surfaces before you apply the glue; otherwise it won’t stick and will come off eventually after a few days or weeks.
That is why we can see a few blown out craters – shown in my article – Is the last rite for the Macondo Well for real?” 
(Per BK Lim, Geohazards Specialist)
Likewise, how do you fill a newly emerging gash in the seafloor which is caused by a deep fault due to low level seismic activity, or worse, a full blown earthquake?!
Seismic activity in the GOM and the uptick in earthquakes in the
ississippi River Basin and surrounding region

The oil and gas platforms that were in operation throughout the northern Gulf of Mexico in 2006 (per Wikipedia).
We now come to the most serious issue regarding the relentless drilling for oil and gas throughout the Gulf of Mexico.  The map above clearly illustrates the density of drilling throughout the northern GOM as of 2006.  Likewise, the map below demonstrates the extraordinary and increasing intensity of these very same operations off the coast of Louisiana alone.

Green lines represent active pipes (25,000 miles in all). Yellow dots represent oil rigs.
The map that follows, however, tells a story which demands the attention of every resident of the GOM coastline.  The video link below the map shows the development timeline of the successively deeper wells being drilled during the last decade.  Of course, with greater depths come much greater risks, as the technology and machinery have not been proportionately upgraded to accommodate the extraordinary demands and unforeseen contingencies of such a speculative and dangerous enterprise*.
*Oil and gas drilling in seawater depths of over 4000 feet, and through 15,000 to 25,000 feet of the earth’s crust and mantle, is considered extremely dangerous to those from whom reason and common sense have not yet fled.
Click on the map to enlarge.
It’s critical to understand the location and current activity of the various faults which exist throughout the GOM and how they connect to the New Madrid Fault Line, as well as other major faults at much greater distance.  There does appear to be a emerging uptick in earthquake activity in the greater Louisiana area, as well as contiguous regions in the GOM as demonstrated by unprecedented, albeit low level earthquakes.  Correlations between these earthquakes/seismic activity and major operations at the Macondo Prospect have been alluded to in our previous postings.
Now then, the question remains just how vulnerable has the GOM been made to a truly catastrophic event ending up with an overwhelming displacement of water (tidal wave) in the aftermath of an undersea earthquake.
There is no question that the ceaseless fracturing of the seafloor and fissuring of the sub-seafloor geology by the Oil & Gas Industry has set up a quite conducive environment for HUGE unintended consequences.  We leave it up to the experts to conduct the necessary risk assessments, which will most assuredly let loose a sea of red flags about what Big Oilhas done, and is currently doing, in the Gulf of Mexico.  Furthermore, we are deeply concerned that, if a permanent moratorium on all new oil and gas drilling and extraction in the GOM is not put into place poste haste, the coastal communities will remain in a very precarious situation.
Worsening GOM predicament is reflective of the status quo around the globe.
Now consider the following scenario: that this very same predicament, which we have all witnessed in the Gulf of Mexico, is happening wherever oil and gas drilling is conducted in the various water bodies throughout the planet.  Therefore we can multiply the Macondo Prospect disaster a hundred times and still not come close to the impacts that these ongoing gushers and spills, leaks and seeps are having the world over.
Perhaps the BP Gulf Oil Spill was the defining moment in modern history when all the nations of the world community were called by Mother Earth herself to begin transitioning the planet away from the Hydrocarbon Fuel Paradigm.  After all, we may never get another chance!
Tom Termotto
Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference
OilSpillSolution@comcast.netSKYPE: Gulf_Advocate
Author’s Note: This short reality check was made possible by BK Lim, Geohazards Specialist, whose research and analysis of the BP Gulf Oil Spill has proved invaluable to ferreting out the truth of this unprecedented environmental devastation.
BK provided figures 137-06 and 136-3, including the commentary, which only an experienced and highly skilled geohazards expert could furnish with authority.  He is also responsible for most of the articles/essays referred to and linked to in this post.
There are two very significant topics, which have been not been discussed in this report, that beg for acknowledgement and further attention in light of the title:
The Gulf of Mexico is Dying.
Both of these problems are highly consequential and therefore merit separate papers in order to give them the treatment they deserve, if we are to understand why the GOM is slowly dying.  Until those papers are completed, we offer the following short summaries:
#1  The wanton and indiscriminate use of the dispersant, Corexit, turned an extremely serious disaster into an unmitigated catastrophe.
How many times have we all heard that dispersed oil is at least four times more toxic than oil alone?  Here are the test results from the EPA study, as well as the link:
(1) 10.72 parts per million (ppm) of oil alone will kill 50% of the fish test species in a normal aquatic environment within 96 hours.
(2) 25.20 parts per million of dispersant (Corexit 9500) alone will kill 50% of the fish test species in a normal aquatic environment within 96 hours.
(3) 2.61 parts per million of dispersed oil (Corexit-laden) alone will kill 50% of the fish test species in a normal aquatic environment within 96 hours.
“Crude oil has proven toxicity at 1 part per million, with constituents like benzene exhibiting genotoxicity in the parts per billion range. The dispersants have made the oil “disappear,” according to the mainstream media, and yet we have marine toxicology documents PROVING that the dispersants PREVENT the natural break…down of some constituents of the oil, e.g. the lesser soluble hydrocarbons such as naphthalene.” (Per Gulf Oil Spill Truth)
Not only is the dispersed oil much more toxic, it is now virtually impossible to remediate in its current micronized or nano-sized state.  Disappeared they did to the oil, and so did they to the various technologies and methodologies which would have been effective in cleaning up oil alone.  Now we are left with a predicament that requires a form of mitigation which must be conceived, before it can be tried and tested.
In the meantime the entire GOM food chain (including those who continue to eat the seafood) is concentrating these newly formed toxic byproducts in their tissues, the effects of which will gradually wend their way through the bodies of each and every organism that is exposed to them.  Just how poisonous to life dispersed oil is we may not know for years, nor does any government-funded research institution seem to be in a hurry to find out!
Both Corexit 9500 and 9527 were sprayed liberally for many months both on the GOM surface, as well as undersea.  The officially reported amount is shown below; the covert spraying continues to this very day in volumes which can only be determined by reviewing the disbursement records at Nalco Holding Company.  The photo above (Fig. 137-06) , in addition to much anecdotal evidence, unequivocally demonstrates continued dispersant use up to this very day, which therefore indicates a much higher volume used throughout the GOM.
Surface dispersant used: 1, 072,514 gallons
Subsea dispersant used: 771,272 gallons
Total dispersant used: 1,843,786 gallons

Consider what Wikipedia has to say about 9527: “Corexit 9527, considered by the EPA to be an acute health hazard, is stated by its manufacturer to be potentially harmful to red blood cells, the kidneys and the liver, and may irritate eyes and skin.[14][24] The chemical 2-butoxyethanol, found in Corexit 9527, was identified as having caused lasting health problems in workers involved in the cleanup of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.[25] According to the Alaska Community Action on Toxics, the use of Corexit during the Exxon Valdez oil spill caused people “respiratory, nervous system, liver, kidney and blood disorders”.[16] Like 9527, 9500 can cause hemolysis (rupture of blood cells) and may also causeinternal bleeding.”[4]

Need we say more about how Corexit is contributing to the demise of the GOM?!

#2  The deeper the geological source of the hydrocarbons, the more radioactive isotopes present in the oil and gas.
To be continued -

43 Responses to The Gulf of Mexico is Dying

  1. BK Lim says:
    Dr Tom,
    An excellent article that should spur the world to act and act fast. But do the govt of the first world countries care? Do the oil companies (other than BP) and the industry really care?
    In all honesty and through the countless efforts I have tried to bring up the safety and data fraud issues – first among fellow colleagues, within the geohazards companies, to the consulting QC companies, to the oil companies and lastly to the governments and regulatory bodies in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Australia; all efforts have been unsuccessful. Even in the months before the Montara Mega Oil Spill in Australia in August 2009 and Macondo BP’s Mega Oil Spill on 20 April 2010, our warnings of oil-related disasters due to an industry-wide apathy to Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) issues all fell on deaf ears. This is a risky business with high stakes. But all the companies (from contractors to QC consultants to Oil companies to Regulators) had all been blinded by greed and high oil prices. The higher the oil prices, the less regard to HSE.
    In the last 5 months, we have seen exactly the same reaction by BP, Anadarko, Transocean, Halliburton and the US Govt – APATHY.
    • Thank you, BK. It’s been a real honor working with you all these months on the BP Gulf Oil Spill.
      Of course, this piece could only have been written with your great tutelage and mentoring. We have all learned so much from your ongoing tutorial on undersea geohazards and the like.
      We are most grateful to you for your undying commitment, exemplary courage, and keenly insightful analysis of all things having to do with oil and gas drilling.
      With great respect,
      Tom T in Tallahassee
      Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference
  2. Tom says:
    This piece started with integrity and devolved into a oil based “Inconvenient Truth.” It ends up no better the Al Gore does with his climate warming gambit. To take what happened in the GOM and conjecture that the same is happening everywhere oil wells exist is the same non-science that AGW people use. By his own statements, the best solution for the GOM right now is the same one that BK Lim suggested ages ago – drill a half dozen wells into the reservoir and and pump it as fast as can be tapped. Will the floor collapse? Who knows, but the oil will cease seeping if the pressure is reduced. This piece sounds like it was an attempt to tie in the GOM to bolster the AGW crowd and their carbon tax. Until we find a way to tap into an energy source that can replace carbon fuels, we need to develop the safety technology that allows tapping the carbon fuels as safely as possible. This caterwauling over oil serves no purpose unless the purpose is going back to the 1800s population levels, and I would like to think about 5 billion people might resent that being the only choice.
    • Tom, you apparently did not read the article above. And, if you did, you have arrived at an understanding which is completely out of touch with the realities on the ground (seafloor).
      Please feel free to seek further clarification from BK Lim. If you are still not clear, then you may direct your inquiries to us at:
      • Tom says:
        Did I read it all? No. Did you? I can say, however, I have read every piece that BK Lim has written, including when the comment was made that you can’t put the cork in it, so the best thing to do is drill more wells and start relieving the pressure.
        I can only say the same thing. This piece is a condemnation of carbon fuels, not of the oil industry “as it could be” with adequate research and development for safer practices. I agree that there is more then enough oil “on shore” to supply the needs and that drilling off shore isn’t really necessary at this time. But this is not about where oil should be drilled, it’s about condemning carbon fuels and the impact on the global climate by innuendo. This is a carbon based world with a carbon based ecology. It’s time to wake up to the reality that with higher carbon dioxide, plants flourish, with lower, they don’t. But when it comes to energy, until you have a working alternative, and please don’t talk about solar and wind farms, there is little alternative. At least carbon fuels “waste” is naturally recycled, which you can’t say for the nuclear industry.
    • BK Lim says:
      I wasn’t really sure where you were heading to in your first comment. I take AGW to be the abbreviation for Al Gore’s Global Warming. If you are wondering or poking for evidence that our work has been funded by some vested AGW interests, be informed that you are just wasting your time. We were all drawn together by our common quest to unearth the truth and our disgust for the unscrupulous profiteering and exploitation of our home planet through covert means disguised as economic development, technical advancement, safety, political stability, poverty eradication and all other good intentions.
      It may be hard for those with selfish interests working purely on monetary rewards (be it from oil companies or the global warming syndicate or the CO2-carbon Tax advocates) to understand but there are millions if not hundreds of millions out of the 6 billion people on this planet who care enough not to forsake their integrity, conscience and humanity if they only know whole truth. That is why they (the powers that be, TPTB) are so scared of the truth. See how they panicked on news of the wikileaks because beneath the “powdered and whitewashed” complimentary messages were the raw ugly truths.
      As Howard T Lewis and many others had pointed out, decades of indoctrinations by vested interests had kept the population divisive, apart and bickering in order for the “evil few” to pull the puppets strings, to plot political and economic schemes behind the turmoil. Divide and Rule. How many of the “explosive bombs” of racial resentment, social discontentment, political differences and religious sentiments had been initially sparked by those who had to the most to profit?
      That’s why whenever a truth movement gets traction, there is so much “dirt and half-truths” dumped on it to prevent it from ever sprouting beyond its infancy. Who is more dangerous? Tony Hayward of BP who was ultimately responsible for the Mass Destruction in the Gulf or Julian Assange of Wikileaks for whistle-blowing? Why was warrant of arrest issued for Julian Assange and not the other?
      When I first started to study and analyse the BP’s mega oil disaster, many wrote to me about the conspiracy to bum off the population at the gulf for a sinister reason. I could not believe then that such a grand evil scheme could be conceived much less executed. Now, after 5 months I am not so sure. “Accidental Disaster” could be a new way of getting out of a financial crisis for a company in a tight spot. Arson which had been the conventional favourite is now easily identified by forensic investigation. Financial scams like Madoff, Enron, Countrywide and other fraudulent tricks had been used and dried up. Offshore disasters look like an interesting and attractive option to exploit given the impunity status.
      There had been persistent rumors of “empty” survey vessels being sunk for insurance claims. Underwater equipment “deliberately lost” at sea can be another lucrative mode of compensation since the internal components are more valuable than the rusted shells of mal-functioned equipment. “Accidental Disaster” could have been manufactured and there are enough people in the industry blinded by short financial incentives to look the other way. Welcome to the age of “Mass Deception & Robbery in broad daylight”.
      ~~~~~quote from Tom~~~~~
      “This piece is a condemnation of carbon fuels, not of the oil industry “as it could be” with adequate research and development for safer practices.”
      NO this article was not written in support of one industry over another as you (TOM) have tried to insinuate. It is written to bare the truth, to convince people of the unthinkable; that people could be evil enough to cover up their crime of mass destruction and not think of the future disastrous consequence of their actions. Most of us cannot fathom the abyss of immorality we have sunk ourselves into, in the pursuit of insane material wealth, power and position. Our revelations are supposed to wake up the population into taking actions and giving Mother Nature a helping hand in the right direction. Those of us who worked hard on this cause sacrificed more than you can imagine. We give without the expectation of financial returns, rewards or coercion. Nothing is more powerful than that.
      More than 100 years of over-dependence on oil has proliferated sufficient viral parasites to control the top management of the oil industry to bring it to the present ZOMBIE state of health; looks good on the outside but rotten to the core. I am speaking from experience here. There are enough regulations, researches and safety procedures for the oil industry to operate safely. But that is not the real problem. It is the enforcement of these regulations, the prostitution of principles and integrity, the self preservation and greed that had permeated industry-wide. If you are in the industry and are still oblivious to all these, then you are like 90% of the oil industry employees – too highly paid and too afraid to lose the material wealth and creature comfort especially in today’s uncertain economic times.
      The same corruption, prostitution and parasitic control would also set in at any industry over-depended by the world like oil is. If water is as limited as oil the same would happen to the Water Industry. We need to solve the problems with oil now. We have millions of people all over the world involved in the oil industry. Any transition to a new energy has to be gradual. We are locked up in this desperate over-dependence on oil because of the deliberate delay in transitioning to a new energy. Even as soon as the prospect of a new energy is viable, the price of oil will drop. There is definitely a deliberate and concerted effort to keep Us Hooked On OIL to keep the oil companies hugely profitable and maintain their grip on the economy and people.
      ~~~~~~quote from Tom~~~~~~
      “But this is not about where oil should be drilled, it’s about condemning carbon fuels and the impact on the global climate by innuendo.”
      The geology, geotechnical circumstances and geohazards do make the difference. The earth is not uniform. So you are definitely wrong here. I do not see any condemnation of carbon fuels by innuendo but the message that BP was criminal in covering up the disaster was loud and clear.
      ~~~~quote from Tom~~~~~
      “By his own statements, the best solution for the GOM right now is the same one that BK Lim suggested ages ago – drill a half dozen wells into the reservoir and pump it as fast as can be tapped. Will the floor collapse? Who knows, but the oil will cease seeping if the pressure is reduced.”
      I don’t know about “ages ago” since I suggested it only about 3 months ago. Given the uncontrollable seepage, extensive corrosive erosion and eventual destruction of the shallow environment (the genie cannot be put back into the bottle), the alternative of depleting the reservoir as fast as possible seems like an attractive option to me. Would you rather have the oil in the sea and spread it around the world. And in the process release methane that had taken millions of years to accumulate in a few years? Even for non-scientists it is a no-brainer that the world’s climate will go haywire with such an exponential increase in methane in the atmosphere. We cannot extract the oil in an economical manner as in normal production, it has to be done quickly and safely without compromise.
      Oil in reservoir exists in the interstitial pore spaces between sand grains. Removing the high pressured oil through properly sealed wells to subsea pumping stations or storage units, does not collapse the reservoir formation. On the other hand, allowing oil, gas and brine fluid gushing uncontrollably through the open well bore does enlarge the vertical conduit to allow greater volume of fluid to escape. Erosion and underground explosion (cavitation) do cause damage and undermine stability of the shelf edges and domes.
      So what is the choice?
      • Tom says:
        The point is this – all the finger pointing and all the name calling and all the waving of fists in the air and all the talk about whose fault it is, seems to me to be nothing more then “feel good” stuff. It accomplishes nothing what so ever. You might as well be asking for Tom Thumb to rise from the dead and put his thumb in the hole to stop the leak. You are correct in saying that the only hope we have of averting further damage from this fouled up, very possibly intentional situation is to rally the forces to bleed the damn reservoir and at least there might be a chance that the ecological damage can reverse itself over the next millennium. All the talking about blame won’t bring back the past, and it isn’t going to change the future. This isn’t just a financial disaster, this is something else. There must be someone, somewhere that can do something about the attempt to fix the problem by bleeding the oil. Can you give them 4 good places to drill wells successfully? Hell, the Russians might be more then willing to show us how to do it, just to rub our noses in our own incompetence.
        As for projecting the GOM disaster as being likely many other places, exactly how many places are they drilling wells right now that have been determined to have been the site of an asteroid strike? I rather suspect that in truth, the Gulf is a very unique environment based on that.
        I’ll not try again here, though, since it is obvious that the detective work and finger pointing is far more interesting then trying to find a way to bring sanity back to the Gulf and a glimmer of hope to those millions that have lost their roots, their present, and their future.
        By the way, BK, I thoroughly have enjoyed the thoughtful presentation of the Gulf disaster, and how it came about. It is a beautifully laid out case, and I don’t see too many holes in the logic. But as I said, I’d rather see a masterful plan to save what was left of the Gulf. Any ideas on how to get the sunken oil off the floor and into container ships? I assume that it can still be processed in the same manner as, say Venezuelan heavy oil, or has the use of the dispersants made it useless for any of it’s many uses?
      • BK Lim says:
        Tom, thank you for bringing up these important issues.
        What is the point of exposing these man-made faults (more accurately willful negligence) on the part of BP on this disaster but on a larger extension, every level of the oil industry worldwide? Even if “Tom Thumb could put his thumb on the hole to stop the leak” another man-made disaster could be out there in the making. There is no shortage of BP in the greedy global multinational corps. That’s how they get so big in the first place.
        So a solution without prevention is just part of a revolution of fix and break. This Gulf Mega Oil spill is not the only one. There had been countless other near-misses that have never been brought to light outside company levels. Future oil disasters could be even worse than the BP’s Gulf because high oil prices and technological advances had made it possible to explore bigger potential reservoirs in more dangerous places. High stakes mean high speed high speed exploration. Corners are cut not so much for the material saving but the time saved. When Big PAPA cut corners, many opportunities open up down the line for the little Napoleons to make easy bucks. The system’s check and balance looks good on paper but really it is as good as the paper the rules are written on if they are not carried out in spirit on the ground. Good ethics give way to improprieties. Good professionals with conscience and integrity get replaced by “scheming white collar crooks”.
        Many including me had written in to BP and the Gulf Response Relief efforts without ever getting even an acknowledgement. There are sound ways to solve the problem but BP turned them down because the white collar crooks willfully responsible for the disaster would end up in jail. Sure outwardly BP tried to give the impression that they were trying to save the situation but if you read carefully the actions, they were merely trying to save the few Assh0les.
        The whole disaster – from the day BP started on the application of permit to the present – is an open book of what you should not do to cause a disaster and how to cover it up if a disaster did happen. There are other “BP Wanabes” watching the outcome of this disaster. If BP and Tony Hayward can pull this off, the world has just given the green light for the next one. There will be millions who share your view to let it be; let the rich and crooked have their ways and hope for the “crumbs” that fall your way. We prefer to tell the truth and let the main populace decide their fate instead of being led by “blinded sheep in a herd”.
        Solution without prevention is unacceptable. It is reminiscent of the battle cry of the early colony days – No taxation without representation.
  3. Thomas Blaney says:
    Anyone doubting collusion of the oil industry, media and government to limit the perception of the magnitude of the Macondo disaster may want to try another explanation for the following:
    Using nothing more than the internet from home on an old computer and basic engineering knowledge, I found a document on BP’s website that showed they already had a portable, clamp-on, sonar flow meter capable of precisely measuring every gallon of oil, hydrocarbons and gas two years ago — even on what remained of the Macondo.
    I have tried in vain since early June to get the attention of anyone in the major media.
    BP partnered with a company by the name of CiDRA, which changed its name to Expro. This pre-blowout Expro Meters product video will blow your mind:
    You might think a demonstration for the whole world to watch would be worth more publicity than another silly petroleum convention. It was marketed in Canada during the peak of the spill, with no mention at all by the major media.
    “Key technologies on show for Expro at Canada shows”
    Published Jun 10, 2010, in
    They were already building a $2M training facility in CT.
    “Expro has created a Centre of Excellence in Aberdeen, providing specialist training to employees on its innovative sonar metering systems.”
    From Rigzone, July 29, 2010:
    RFK Jr. mentioned that the NRDC will be using this in their lawsuits when he was a guest on Keith Olberman’s Countdown show on MSNBC, July 1st. I guess I will have to be satisfied with that. Wikileaks is not accepting new submissions for awhile.
    There was also a consistent pattern to BP’s failed efforts to contain the Gulf oil leak that the media completely ignored. It was cheaper for BP to hide the true magnitude of the disaster than to recover and refine the oil.
    • The excuse BP used for why the leaking around the riser could not be stopped, was that it was bent and there was no flange to bolt a secure connection to. Yet the final solution, was to bolt a containment cap to the flange on top of the BOP which had been visible on the video the entire time. No questions were ever asked.
    • The “Top Hat” was a total waste of time and failed because it immediately clogged up with frozen methane hydrates. Methane hydrate forms well above 3,000 feet and litters the sea floor around the world below that depth. How did the “experts” not know the same thing would happen at 5,000 feet? No questions were ever asked.
    Formation of methane hydrates:
    • The diameter of the riser and the drill shaft inside were given from the beginning. Using the pipe size, the distance the spill traveled in one second could be fairly closely approximated once the video was ordered released. Tenth grade math is all that is necessary to show that the spill volume was at least 50,000 – 70,000 barrels per day. No one ever explained how simple that estimate was arrived at. In the end, it turned out to be the most accurate. Tenth grade math is apparently over the heads of all the talking heads of the corporate media.
    • Rock is still heavier than water. Logic 101 demands admitting that the water depth alone of blowouts is irrelevant. If they had been drilling in 500 feet of water and hit oil at the same depth, the pressure at the well head would have been considerably greater.
    • All the methods that failed to stop the Macondo well, also failed at Ixtoc I in 1979, at only 160 feet. Red Adair and his divers also failed to operate the BOP manually. For the ROV operators on the surface, it is the same video game they are playing at 100 feet, or 10,000 feet. This was confirmed to me over the telephone by an Expro sonar flow meter engineer, who claimed to have no knowledge of the product video on the Expro corporate website, or that they were marketing the portable sonar meter in Canada at the time — delivered anywhere in the world, at up to 10,000 feet, installed without interruption in about an hour.
  4. Gregg Hall says:
    Dr. Tom and BK, Excellent work. I appreciate you both and enjoy our conversations. We all know the truth about what is going on offshore and we also know that if it were known to the masses there would be mass hysteria. Personally, I ‘ll be leaving very soon…
    • Hey Gregg, thanks much – very much – for all the GREAT work you have done as well.
      Without you on the ground (beach) capturing the evidence for all the world to see, we would not have the credibility to speak about these weighty matters.
      BK and I both wish you well in your new life.
      Tom T
  5. Ellen says:
    Nowhere to run, I don’t think, Gregg. It’ll catch up to everyone eventually. The only thing that makes sense to me now:
    • Helena says:
      Literally hundreds of sweet girls like Kiesha years ago, and little boys as well, were carefully programmed by CIA International Mind Control Forces, using various techniques – with or without their parents’ knowledge – so that they would grow up to present these New Age beliefs to the public, when they became mature adults. These covert activities were especially prevalent in Native, indigenous communities worldwide. There was not only cruelty, genocide, and sexual abuse “on the reservation”. The true secret horror was the implantation of false memories and false minds. The times of crisis in which we live were planned ahead of time, by those who want to take full control of us and our world, through the callous manipulation of events, and people. Now these puppet-spokespeople are emerging to prevent the masses of the population from joining together in open revolt. “Love” sounds so wonderful. What normal person wouldn’t rather believe that the answer is “Love,” rather than “Fight”. Everything I have written here is all too conceivable, if you do the research, and if you accept the truth about the monsters among us with whom we are dealing.
  6. With this atrocity’s irreversible ongoing effects, one can see a parallel of tragedy within the ignorance of our society. While we remember times of youth that a sibling may have pulled the wool over our eyes, this giant trick within our society has so fooled humanity that once uncovered, the horrific truth leaves only a gasp in the stomach so far reaching that no amount of psychotropic drugs could subside. The only place to look is within. Finding that space that we can allow ourselves to go, almost by force today, looking to happier days gone by, is all that’s left. Gathering our scattered brains to remember the true nature of our purpose while kiddiegarten forwards of the 50′s and religious memories get passed around, we’ve hardly begun to wake up the masses to the realization of what we’ve allowed to occur. Our whales can hardly weep…90% gone…what kind of hell have we created? Thank you all for paying attention. My little group grows…and as we share info and sites, we are preparing for ways to participate more and more as we move toward the Mayan predictions of a pole shift, while scientists now speak out and the internet brings us the truth, whether rich in lies or reality…that which we watch is still a choice. Thank you for the harsh reality. Time for the shift in our hearts to attend to Mother Earth.
  7. Ellen says:
    We are the ones we have been waiting for.
  8. josephbc69 says:
    Good evening!
    As I wrote in my May 23rd initial article for, this blow-out cannot be contained. While humans can “cap it” or attempt in other ways to slow the flow, the fact is that these immense pressures will find a way of relief, most likely by fluids migrating to the next weakest link [Liebig's Law of the Minimum].
    As I wrote then and in my second article shortly afterward, we must expect that not only will the GoM be killed off, but that this will eventually enter the Atlantic Loop, strike the UK next, then Spain and Europe. If the contamination were a limited quantity, natural processes could eventually mitigate it, albeit over considerable time, and certainly not in our lifetimes. However, the relentless addition of these poisons to already overburdened ecosystems is the fatal event.
    The criminally immense use of Corexit dispersant was another fatal error, one which has begun to poison all life-forms exposed to it, on land and sea.
    All best, J
  9. anadianant says:
    The frustrating thing for me, as an innovator, is that it is impossible to get heard above the din.
    I’ve stated before, here on this site even and all over the web, where I felt it would find resonance, that I have the answers to this Oil driven madness.
    A lot of the design work I’ve done is based on a core re-understanding of the human body and it’s functional parts. I’ve developed methods to bring the power back to us (who are now weak from the effects of the age of the machine).
    My designs, which I call Oilternative Engineering (tongue firmly in cheek), solve the problems of the industrial age in a graceful way as yet unseen in the world. Combining the insights of the likes of Tesla, Viktor Schauberger and Fuller, the designs (which have both fast retrofit and fast refit so they can dove-tail into current machines), tackle the problems caused by this broken design paradigm, of which the GOM (which I wrote extensively about also) is but a run-away symptom in every field of human endeavour.
    But in this time, near impossible to get heard. Some of my meeting stories are hair-raising examples of what is wrong with the system, here and abroad.
    I’ve made repeated calls for some or many people from all around the world to join me in whatever way possible. It’d take a year and maybe 5 million $ in todays money.
    Imagine that, peanuts both in terms of time and money.
    Leaves me feeling that folks would just rather complain and meet their justs end with iPad in hand, never having done anything except complain.
    I’ve written to governments, like Ireland, saying participation in this movement could have them be debt free and a world leader in short order.
    Very frustrating place to be in. Every day is a lost opportunity to recover. I have the ideas, the designs but it will take many, world over to really make it happen.
    Who is willing to step up? Anyone here? I even wrote to Rense, nice headliner, Indian claims to solve world energy problem. Not even a check back to establish possible credentials. Likewise multiple journalists all over the world.
    • Dear VivekAnand,
      Perhaps you will join us in forming a companion facebook page to the one which ends this article: Transitioning The Planet Away From The Hydrocarbon Fuel Paradigm.
      Our new advocacy, which you can help us inaugurate, goes by the title:
      Transitioning The World Toward A Safe And Sustainable Energy Platform. This new facebook group ought to be established by this eve.
      We would greatly value your input/feedback as to how to best proceed in this global endeavor, especially in the Eastern Hemisphere.
      Thanks for your many comments and suggestions.
      Tom T
    • BK Lim says:
      We all have similar experiences. Like Dr Tom said, join us in the conference and make the difference.
      BK Lim
  10. End Game Event says:
    Finally, an event that will change the greed and stupidity for Mankind. The oceans of the World will fill with oil in 10 years. Most sea life will be extinct. Mutations will occur. The atmosphere will become toxic to breath. Animals will die. Man will die.
  11. Glenn Landry says:
    You have it half right. You need to realize there is a GOD and He wants your beautiful heart and mind to believe in him. This world does need to wake up…
    And pull together to change a lot of these things
    God Bless You and God help us I pray everyday and ask more people to pray.
    Please pray and say the rosary.
    Ask and you will receive
    Love You
    Glenn Landry
  12. Gary says:
    Ummm! You mean DEAD
    I said day 3 LEAVE
    Its Gulf War II and we lost
    All hail the queen, be sure to send donations to her son’s weddings
    Remember its international waters, US does not own GOM
    BP sold 4 fields to pay for your deaths
  13. Gary says:
    Oh! forgot
    Al Bushomma & Satan 2012
  14. Gary says:
    Can we now oil-board Hayward and Co. for stupidity?
    1814 is not finished children.
    It’s Gulf War II; they have 7 month bio-attacked us.
    Are there any real people on this site or just robots?
  15. Ellen says:
    @Helena: Yes, I agree it’s impossible to tell what’s real. For instance, maybe you are a CIA agent…. Not saying at all that you are, just pointing out: why should I take your word instead of the Little Grandmother’s? I don’t know either of you..
  16. stixwiz says:
    We may be in serious need of off-planet assistance, though we certainly should not merely warm our chairs waiting for such an eventuality. At this point i cannot ascertain whether the seepage of hydrocarbons or the overlay of corexit is the greater danger. In any case i wouldn’t be eating seafood from the Gulf or even nearby waters and neither would i care to be living closer than my current 1,200 miles or so from the GOM. But if the oceans go, there is really little difference in a matter of just a few years. This whole thing is the result of materialistic philosophies based on ego and greed. Spiritual values got sucked up by organized religion and spat out by rationalism.
  17. Gregg Hall says:
    I am not running, I am merely changing my position on the battlefield. I began studying Sun Tzu many years ago and I know what to do and when and I listen to direction…
    As far as Helena’s comment, NOTHING could be farther from the truth… It is people like her who are the plants. There is no fighting nor changing the government, the ONLY answer is a change of consciousness for those who will remain to rebuild after the earth goes through Her cleansing cycle AGAIN.
    Believe what you want, but I KNOW what I speak is truth and I walk my truth not just talk it…
  18. Ellen says:
    Yes, Gregg. I agree, which is why I posted the video. Did you watch it?
  19. GulfStream says:
    Oil and Corexit in Gulf of Mexico Will Cause Frigid Weather in Scandinavia and UK because of effects on the Gulf Stream which keeps those high-latitude countries warm.
    In the North Atlantic, the normal oceanic currents travel westward into the Gulf of Mexico, loop clockwise, and then travel around Florida and up the east coast of north america, and then across to Scandinavia and the UK. The waters in the Gulf act as a great heat sink, absorbing the sun’s heat in the lower latitudes, and transporting that heat to the higher latitudes of Scandinavia and the UK.
    In the Gulf Stream, the warm water travels in a layer on the surface of the deeper cold water, and does not mix with it. The massive use of the surfactant Corexit in the Gulf of Mexico serves not only to mix the leaked oil in the Gulf with sea water, but additionally reduces the surface tension of the water itself, allowing the warm surface water in the Gulf Stream to mix with the deeper cold water, and this should destroy the warm Gulf Stream which has been keeping Scandinavia and the UK warm. Current satellite images of the Gulf Stream show that it is starting to disperse and break up in the north Atlantic, and the frigid temperatures now being experienced in the UK and Scandinavia are apparently a harbinger of very much worse weather conditions to come to these countries because of the Gulf of Mexico catastrophe.
  20. Rod says:
    Interesting article but more interesting is the fact that none of this has been reported on the #1 oil related site namely
    That is the site to go to, to separate truth from paranoia and mistruth.
    In fact they haven’t said much at all on the GOM since June 2010.
    I wonder why…
  21. maggie says:
    This is really scary stuff, worse than science fiction or a fictional horror story. How can this ever be cleaned up
  22. jeannie says:
    I’m crying as I write this but I want to thank you for this informative article. I knew the moment this event occurred that it was extremely serious………despite what the main stream media & BP was initially saying. This is truly sad and it will take a miracle to correct, not mankind. My heart goes out to the innocent sea creatures that have to suffer and bear the brunt of the selfishness of man. I’m not going to get too religious here but I know the times we are in………
  23. DR says:
    i would like to see if wikileaks has info on this.
  24. Ellen says:
    “i would like to see if wikileaks has info on this.” I had the same thought.
  25. Ellen says:
    “The Exxon Valdez Disaster: 20 Years Later ” by WWF. Some reasons that make sense to me why no drilling in Arctic waters should ever happen.

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