Day 255 - Jesse Ventura Brings Gulf Oil Spill Theories To Mainstream America

Thursday, December 30, 2010

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Jesse Ventura brings the truth about the Gulf oil spill to mainstream America


Day 145 - Bottom kill - this weekend

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The 'bottom kill' procedure, in which the well is filled with mud and cement, will start this weekend — closing for good the well that spewed 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil spill: Final seal of BP well to begin -


Day 137 - Failed blowout preventer removed from well

Saturday, September 4, 2010

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U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District External Affairs
Story - BusinessWeek

BP PLC said the blowout preventer that failed to stop oil from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico was removed from the company's well on Friday afternoon.

The process of raising it to the surface was to be painstaking because engineers want to make sure not to damage or drop the contraption. The blowout preventer wasn't expected to reach the surface until Saturday, at which point government investigators will take possession of it.

The blowout preventer is considered a key piece of evidence in the spill investigation. Investigators will examine it and hope to gain insight into why the device failed to prevent the spill. Late Friday, the government said another blowout preventer had successfully been placed on the blown-out well.


Federal inquiry takes aim at BP's corporate culture on safety

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Testimony... showed that five high-ranking BP officials supervising the well drilling by the Deepwater Horizon each had less than six months of experience in their jobs.

Source article: Deepwater Horizon, gulf oil spill: Federal inquiry takes aim at BP's corporate culture on safety -


Evidence experts to oversee blowout preventer recovery

McClatchy news from Friday, August 27, 2010

WASHINGTON — A criminal evidence recovery team from the Justice Department will be on hand Saturday as BP begins the multi-day task of disconnecting the failed blowout preventer from its Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and lifting it to the surface.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the Obama administration's point man on the Gulf oil disaster, said the Justice Department team would be joined in supervising the recovery 48 miles off the Lousiana coast by representatives of a joint Coast Guard-Interior Department commission that is investigating the causes of the April 20 explosion that killed 11 oilrig workers and triggered the gusher that cost the Gulf coast economy billions of dollars in damage.

"They've been allowed unfettered access to observe and record the entire removal process and the recovery process as this takes places," Allen said Friday during a briefing for reporters.

Read more: Evidence experts to oversee blowout preventer recovery | McClatchy


NOAA Scientist: Release of Oil Spill Report done by White House, Not NOAA

Friday, August 20, 2010

Dr. Bill Lehr, yesterday told a group of Congressional staff investigators on a conference call that a controversial National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report claiming that nearly three-quarters of the oil from the Gulf oil spill has already been addressed was released by White House officials and not scientists at NOAA.

The NOAA scientist told congressional investigators that the data backing up the assertions made in the report is still unavailable and that peer review of the report is still not complete. Officials at an August 4 White House press briefing had said that the report had been thoroughly peer reviewed.

Read the rest here - NOAA Scientist: Release of Oil Spill Report done by White House, Not NOAA


Deepwater Horizon oil plume more than twice all natural seeps in the northern Gulf of Mexico  Published: Thursday, August 19, 2010, 2:00 PM     Updated: Thursday, August 19, 2010, 8:42 PM

In a peer-reviewed article published today in Sciencexpress, an online research magazine, the scientists say the concentration of toxic constituents of oil found in the plume indicate that twice as much oil was being supplied by the wellhead to that plume than was released by all natural petroleum seeps in the northern Gulf of Mexico, which means the plume itself could not have been created by the seeps.


Major study charts long-lasting oil plume in Gulf

Health and Science Wire -
By SETH BORENSTEIN - AP Science Writer
WASHINGTON -- A 22-mile-long invisible mist of oil is meandering far below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, where it will probably loiter for months or more, scientists reported Thursday in the first conclusive evidence of an underwater plume from the BP spill.
The most worrisome part is the slow pace at which the oil is breaking down in the cold, 40-degree water, making it a long-lasting but unseen threat to vulnerable marine life, experts said.
Earlier this month, top federal officials declared the oil in the spill was mostly "gone," and it is gone in the sense you can't see it. But the chemical ingredients of the oil persist more than a half-mile beneath the surface, researchers found.

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Gulf Coast beach closings, oil slick and fishing ban map

Friday, August 6, 2010


Oil Spill Whoppers

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

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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.

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