A Glimmer of Hope - After big 1979 spill, a stunning recovery

Friday, June 18, 2010

After big 1979 spill, a stunning recovery - Nation/World - NewsObserver.com

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Day 60, NEWS FLASH - The oil is still gushing.

YouTube - BP Gulf Oil Spill Disaster Cam - Huge Black Plumes Still Gushing

Hayward estimates size of oil field at 2B gallons

Drudge Reports - "First Dead Whale Found"

What's the plan?

Who's in Charge?

Oil Spill Surprise: Who's in charge of BP's oil rig safety? Not the USA

Against Gov. Bobby Jindal's Wishes, Crude-Sucking Barges Stopped by Coast Guard - ABC News

Oil spill highlights Government's subservience to big business

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BBC News - Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico in maps and graphics

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

BBC News - Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico in maps and graphics

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Day 57 - Scientists: Oil leaking up to 2.52M gallons daily

By RAY HENRY (AP), NEW ORLEANS —
Scientists provided a new estimate for the amount of oil gushing from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday that indicates it could be leaking up to 2.52 million gallons of crude a day. A government panel of scientists said that the ruptured well is leaking between 1.47 million and 2.52 million gallons of oil daily. The figures move the government's worst-case estimates more in line with what an independent team had previously thought was the maximum size of the spill.

Read the rest here- The Associated Press: Scientists: Oil leaking up to 2.52M gallons daily
These latest estimates indicate that the ruptured well is leaking between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels per day!!!

According to Wikipedia-
In their permit to drill the well, BP estimated the worst case flow at 162,000 barrels per day. BP initially estimated that the wellhead was leaking only 1,000 barrels a day. On April 28, 2010, based on satellite pictures, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated that the leak was likely 5,000 barrels a day. Geologist and oil industry consultant John Amos said a more realistic figure was 20,000 barrels a day and oceanographer Ian MacDonald and other sources using satellite imagery put the number as high as 25,000 barrels a day.
The White House was told within 24 hours of the explosion that 8,000 barrels a day could escape.

Barrel (volume) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Deepwater Horizon oil spill - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Day 56, Monday 6/14/2010 - Congress Releases BP Documents

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

MSNBC- Documents reveal BP's missteps before blowout
WSJ- BP Crew Focused on Costs
AP Release- BP cut corners in days before blowout
Brietbart- BP cut corners in days before blowout

House Energy and Commerce Committee released documents:
Chairmen Send Letter to BP CEO Prior to Hearing

    Letter to Tony Hayward, CEO,  BP
    BP - Application for Bypass
    BP Email from MMS approving permit revisions, April 16, 2010
    BP Email calling Macondo a nightmare well, April 14, 2010
    BP Email Exchange about Centralizers, April 16, 2010
    BP Email Exchange on Transporting Centralizers, April 16, 2010
    BP Email on Updated Lockdown Sleeve Procedure, April 16, 2010
    BP - Daily Operations Report, April 18, 2010
    BP - Drilling & Completions MOC Initiate
    BP Email - Long string saves time, March 25, 2010
    BP Email - String costs less than tieback, March 30, 2010
    BP - Production Casing & TA Options-Liner Preferred Long Version
    BP - Production Casing & TA Options-Liner Preferred Short Version
    BP - Production Casing TA Options-String Again Best Option
    Halliburton Email about Rearranging Centralizers, April 15, 2010
    Halliburton - Energy and Commerce Committee Staff Briefing, June 3, 2010
    Halliburton - Production Casing Design Report, April 15, 2010 (minor)
    Halliburton - Production Casing Design Report, April 15, 2010 (moderate)
    Halliburton - Production Casing Design Report, April 18, 2010 (severe)
    Macondo Prospect Well Information
    BP-Macondo Well Casing Production Operations
    Schlumberger Mississippi Canyon Block 252 Timeline
    Schlumberger - Cost of Completing Cement Bond Log v. Canceled Contingency
    Transocean Internal Investigation Update Interim Report, June 8, 2010 [Page 9 Updated on June 14, 2010]

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    Lt. Gen. Honoré : Declare World War III on oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

    By RUSSEL L. HONORE

    Special To The Tampa Tribune

    Published: June 8, 2010 (Day 50)-

    We must fight the BP oil spill more like World War III and less like a PR, brand-protection campaign.

    Initially, there was too much finger pointing about who was to blame, then who was in charge and then who really is in charge.

    The bottom line: BP approves all payments. How much money is paid to fishermen who can't fish? How much is paid to fishing boat crewmen? How much is paid to hotels, restaurants and fishing guides with no customers?

    You tell me, who really is in charge? It's like being mugged and allowing the mugger to decide your level of compensation.

    Again, we must fight this BP oil spill like WW III. We can start by declaring this a national disaster. The governors need to request this, and the president must approve it. The Stafford Act pays for compensation to people, and the Small Business Administration provides grants.
    Read the entire commentary here -Declare World War III on oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

    June 14, 2010 (Day 56)- Lt. Gen. Honoré appears on CNN Anderson Cooper 360 and draws up a battle plan. Here's the video:

    Anderson Cooper 360: Blog Archive - Honoré on oil: Declare World War III « - CNN.com Blogs

    Lt. Gen. Honoré has been saying this since at least Day 42. Here's video:
    CNN — May 31, 2010 — Season 1 Ep. 1 — CNN's Brooke Baldwin talks to retired Lt. General Russel Honoré and historian Douglas Brinkley about the oil spill. Honoré : "We've got to take this oil on like we are fighting a war".


    Update: US NORTHCOM may be in the process of executing a plan similar to that described by Honoré. From Intel Hub: USNORTHCOM Gears Up For Potential Attack On U.S. Soil :
    -USNORTHCOM has admitted that they are preparing military operations
    -they will be working with DHS, state and local law enforcement
    -the drill will be in the Gulf area supporting civilian authorities with fighting an unconventional foe

    The "unconventional foe" may describe "oil washing ashore"
    "They anticipate no infrastructure and possible extreme weather conditions" may simply mean "they are sending troops and hurricane season is approaching".
    -The survival of thousand Americans rests on this training
    -their could be a mass evacuation of the Gulf
    -there has (already) been reports of hardened troops building up in the Gulf

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    Day 55, Sunday 6/13/2010 - Obama Tells Politico the Oil Spill is Like 9-11… Then Goes Golfing for 4 Hours

    Monday, June 14, 2010

    The Politico
    The Gulf oil spill was like 9-11

    Read the full post at Gateway Pundit

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    Conspiracy Cause Theory C - Evidence Points To BP Oil Spill False Flag

    Prisonplanet.com - Evidence Points To BP Oil Spill False Flag

    - Sales of shares and stocks in days and weeks beforehand
    - Halliburton link, acquisition of cleanup company days before explosion
    - BP report cites undocumented tampering with well sealing equipment
    - Government uses disaster to push for Carbon Tax, Nationalization talk

    See the growing list of conspiracy theories here - Documented Disaster: BP Gulf Oil Disaster - List of Conspiracy Theories

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    May Levels of Toxic Gases in Gulf Back Up Claim Made by Lindsey Williams « Colonel6's Blog

    Sunday, June 13, 2010

    May Levels of Toxic Gases in Gulf Back Up Claim Made by Lindsey Williams « Colonel6's Blog

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    What caused the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon?

    Research Links-
    Deepwater Horizon: A chronology - CNN.com
    Heated Argument on Rig Before Blast « Colonel6's Blog
    What caused the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon?
    Timeline of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Deepwater Horizon oil spill - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Key Events That Led To Deepwater Blowout : NPR
    Survivor Recalls Deepwater Horizon Blast - 60 Minutes - CBS News

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    Key players on the rig leading up to the blowout

    The following people are reported to have been involved in the "skirmish" over drilling procedures which preceded the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

    Robert Kaluza - BP "company man," well site leader.
    According to The Atlantic, Kaluza said: "this is how it's going to be,"

    Donald Vidrine - BP "company man," BP's top official on the rig.

    Jimmy Harrell - Deepwater Horizon installation manager, a top employee of rig owner Transocean.
    Harrell quotes before the fire according to The Atlantic-
    Grumbling after the discussion: "I guess that's what we have those pincers for," referring to the blowout preventer on the sea floor that is supposed to be the last resort to prevent a leak in the event of an emergency.

    Harrell quotes after the fire according to The Atlantic-
    "Are you fucking happy? Are you fucking happy? The rig's on fire! I told you this was gonna happen."... "I am fucking calm,"... "You realize the rig is burning?"

    In addition, the following people have issued statements-

    Doug Brown - chief rig mechanic aboard the platform
    According to the AP-

    Doug Brown, chief rig mechanic aboard the platform, testified that the trouble began at a meeting hours before the blowout, with a "skirmish" between a BP official and rig workers who did not want to replace heavy drilling fluid in the well with saltwater.

    The switch presumably would have allowed the company to remove the fluid and use it for another project, but the seawater would have provided less weight to counteract the surging pressure from the ocean depths.

    Brown said the BP official, whom he identified only as the "company man," overruled the drillers, declaring, "This is how it's going to be." Brown said the top Transocean official on the rig grumbled, "Well, I guess that's what we have those pinchers for," which he took to be a reference to devices on the blowout preventer, the five-story piece of equipment that can slam a well shut in an emergency.
    Truitt Crawford - Transocean rig worker
    According to the AP-
    In a handwritten statement to the Coast Guard obtained by the AP, Transocean rig worker Truitt Crawford said: "I overheard upper management talking saying that BP was taking shortcuts by displacing the well with saltwater instead of mud without sealing the well with cement plugs, this is why it blew out."
    Mike Williams - Transocean's chief electronics technician
    According to The Atlantic-
    Transocean's chief electronics technician, Mike Williams, also recalled the argument but named a different BP "company man," BP's top official on the rig, Donald Vidrine.
    Sources-
    Heated Argument on Rig Before Blast « Colonel6's Blog
    'The Rig's on Fire! I Told You This Was Gonna Happen!' - National - The Atlantic
    Oil Rig Official Says He Tried to Activate Emergency System - NYTimes.com
    Oil Rig Official Says He Tried to Activate Emergency System - NYTimes.com
    AP Exclusive: Workers describe failures on oil rig
    Top BP official on oil rig takes the fifth; another says too sick to testify | Raw Story
    Half of the dueling duo will be absent in Coast Guard hearings today *Update* | NewsWatch: Energy | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

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    Disaster Defined

    An occurrence causing widespread destruction and distress; a catastrophe.

    A disaster is a perceived tragedy, being either a natural calamity or man-made catastrophe. It is a hazard which has come to fruition. A hazard, in turn, is a situation which poses a level of threat to life, health, property, or that may deleteriously affect society or an environment.

    In the modern world, the traditional view of natural disasters as punishments for human wickedness has given way to the scientific study of the causes of seemingly unpredictable acts of nature. In recent years, however, scholars have placed more emphasis on the roles played by greed and indifference to potential human suffering in many seemingly "natural" disasters.

    The excerpts above are from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language Fourth Edition, Wikipedia and the Encyclopedia of American History. Retrieved June 04, 2010, from Answers.com Web site: http://www.answers.com/topic/disaster


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