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#61 bobdrake12

  • Location:Los Angeles, California

Posted 19 July 2010 - 08:33 PM


Oil spill media blackout UPDATE for Tampa, Florida: Gulf oil spill sea floor leak now confirmed (excerpts)
July 19, 12:57 PMTampa Gulf Oil Spill Examiner MARYANN TOBIN

BP has confirmed that there is an oil leak on the sea floor several miles away from the Deepwater Horizon's damaged blowout preventer. The undisclosed specific location of the sub- sea leak is reported to be billowing oil and deadly methane gas.

While the live BP video feed has been focused on the BOP, some oil industry experts have suggested that the leak being reported today has been played down, despite a report from Florida Senator Bill Nelson last month. .

The third oil leak, which was admitted to by BP shorty after the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20,1020, may now be emerging from behind what many believe has been an oil spill media blackout.

On May 5, 2010 BP confirmed that one of three initial leaks had been plugged. The second leak is the one millions of people have been watching through the BP live video feed. However, the third leak has been virtually ignored.

In the early stages of the 90 day-old disaster, oil industry expert Matt Simmons told NBC News that a major area of seepage was coming from an area about 7 miles from the well. Simmons called it the “elephant behind the mouse.”

Residents in the Tampa Bay area have been concerned over the lack of available information on the potential risks from the disaster.


Edited by bobdrake12, 19 July 2010 - 08:51 PM.

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#62 bobdrake12 Re: BP Oil Spill Disaster

  • Location:Los Angeles, California

Posted 19 July 2010 - 08:51 PM


Feds: Cap on ruptured BP's oil well leaking (excerpts)

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press Writers Matthew Daly, Associated Press Writers 7 mins ago

WASHINGTON Oil is leaking from the cap on BP's ruptured oil well, but federal officials intend to leave it in place for now.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says Monday afternoon that the leaks are so far not a major concern.

He also says seepage about two miles away is likely not related to the ruptured well.

Allen says if there was a quick rise in pressure, they would open the well immediately to keep from creating leaks deep underground.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The federal government Monday allowed BP to keep the cap shut tight on its ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well for another day despite news the well is leaking at the top and something is seeping from the sea floor nearby.

The Obama administration's point man for the spill, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, said early Monday that the company promised to watch closely for signs of new leaks around the mile-deep well, which has stopped gushing oil into the water since the experimental cap was closed Thursday.

Late Sunday, Allen said something was detected seeping near the broken oil well and demanded in a sharply worded letter that BP step up monitoring of the ocean floor. Allen didn't say what was seeping. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday afternoon the seepage was about two miles from the well head. He also said the well head is leaking.

"We had some concerns ... about commitments that BP had made that we did not feel that they were adequately living up to in terms of that monitoring," Gibbs said. "That was dealt with last night on a call that lasted late into the evening."

The concern all along since pressure readings on the cap weren't as high as expected was a leak elsewhere in the well bore, meaning the cap may have to be reopened to prevent the environmental disaster from becoming even worse and harder to fix. An underground leak could let oil and gas escape uncontrolled through bedrock and mud.

"When seeps are detected, you are directed to marshal resources, quickly investigate, and report findings to the government in no more than four hours. I direct you to provide me a written procedure for opening the choke valve as quickly as possible without damaging the well should hydrocarbon seepage near the well head be confirmed," Allen said in a letter to BP Managing Director Bob Dudley.

When asked about the seepage and the monitoring, BP spokesman Mark Salt would only say that "we continue to work very closely with all government scientists on this."

Shares of BP PLC were down slightly Monday as investors worried about the seepage and an apparent rift between the oil giant and the U.S. officials in charge of the spill.

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#63 bobdrake12 Re: BP Oil Spill Disaster

  • Location:Los Angeles, California

Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:13 PM

New NOAA forecast: Loop Current NOT collapsing; BP Oil Spill

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Real-time Ocean Forecasting System shows the Loop Current's inverted U-shape will remain and not "break off" or "collapse" as has been reported by some news outlets. The Loop Current acts like a conveyor belt, bringing the warm waters of the Gulf through the Florida Straits north of Cuba and up the Eastern Seaboard.

But as of May 26, government officials claimed:

Michael Sole, secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, said that two disruptions in the loop current, which leads from the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf Stream off the southeast Florida coast, should keep the oil away, at least for now.

An eddy at the top of the current has drawn away the portion of the slick that had been caught in the current. And at the south end, another eddy has pinched off the current entirely, he said.

"This is great news," Sole said, speaking at a news conference with Gov. Charlie Crist at the state's emergency operations center in Tallahassee. "And what it does is keep the oil from getting into the Florida Straits."

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#64 bobdrake12 Re: BP Oil Spill Disaster

  • Location:Los Angeles, California

Posted 22 July 2010 - 07:52 AM

Chris Landau - Oil Geologist 7.20.10 - On the Jeff Rense Show - MP3 Audio File

Edited by bobdrake12, 22 July 2010 - 07:52 AM.

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#65 bobdrake12 Re: BP Oil Spill Disaster

  • Location:Los Angeles, California

Posted 23 July 2010 - 10:28 PM


People bleeding internally, millions poisoned says 'EPA whistleblower' (excerpts)

July 21, 9:44 AM Human Rights Examiner Deborah Dupre'

"...we have dolphins that are hemorrhaging. People who work near it are hemorrhaging internally. And that’s what dispersants are supposed to do... Congressman Markey and Nadler, as well as Senator Mikulski, have been heroes... Mark Kaufman, EPA whistleblower, Democracy Now!

Poisoning millions of people

In its report, EPA Whistleblower Accuses Agency of Covering Up Effects of Dispersant in BP Oil Spill Cleanup, Democracy Now! states that "many lawmakers and advocacy groups say the Obama administration is not being candid about the lethal effects of dispersants," so Amy Goodman interviewed Hugh Kaufman, a senior policy analyst at the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response and a leading critic of the decision to use Corexit" who disclosed how the officials are lying about many things related to the catastrophe poisoning "millions of people." (Listen: Real Audio Strea or MP3 Download)

The rushed transcript includes Kaufman saying, "And I think the media now has to follow the money, just as they did in Watergate, and tell the American people who’s getting money for poisoning the millions of people in the Gulf.

While concerns over the impact of chemical dispersants continue to grow, Gulf Coast residents are outraged by a recent announcement that the $20 billion government-administered claim fund will subtract money cleanup workers earn by working for the cleanup effort from any future claims.

The "Vessels of Opportunity" program has employed hundreds of Gulf Coast out of work people because of the spill which Kaufman says is viewed as yet another way "to limit the number of lawsuits against BP."

"And the government—both EPA, NOAA, etc.—have been sock puppets for BP in this cover-up.

Kaufman concurs with MSNBC's report last week, that "sole purpose in the Gulf for dispersants is to keep a cover-up going for BP to try to hide the volume of oil that has been released and save them hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars of fines... not to protect the public health or environment. Quite the opposite.."

Red herring: No more tests needed. Corexit known to be dangerous.

"The largest ingredient in Corexit is oil. But there are other materials. And when the ingredients are mixed with oil, the combination of Corexit or any dispersant and oil is more toxic than the oil itself. But EPA has all that information.

"That’s a red herring issue being raised, that we have to somehow know more information. When you look at the label and you look at the toxicity sheets that come with it, the public knows enough to know that it’s very dangerous. The National Academy of Science has done work on it. Toxicologists from Exxon that developed it have published on it.

"So, we know enough to know that it’s very dangerous, and to say that we just have to know more about it is a red herring issue. We know plenty. It’s very dangerous."

Edited by bobdrake12, 23 July 2010 - 10:35 PM.

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#66 biknut Re: BP Oil Spill Disaster

  • Location:Dallas Texas

Posted 10 August 2010 - 03:26 AM

Oil guru Matthew Simmons dies in Maine

Mon Aug 9, 2:10 pm ET
BOSTON (Reuters) Matthew Simmons, who rattled the energy industry by arguing the world was rapidly approaching peak oil production capacity, died at his home in North Haven, Maine, the energy research group he founded said on Monday.

He died suddenly on Sunday, his Ocean Energy Institute said in a statement.

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#67 Watdh Re: BP Oil Spill Disaster

  • Location:Metroplex of Farmerville, LA

Posted 10 January 2012 - 10:59 AM

On a trip to HI in Aug. 2011 there were 3 different occasions where people asked about the FL panhandle beaches & their devastation due to the spill. Each time I would whip out my phone & show them a video of a recent trip there. Showing them the white beaches & marked sea turtle nest they were quiet shocked. My guess is that the news had the effects of the spill way over blown in the FL area. Not defending BP here, because they are know for there lack of concern for human life within their plants, they want to go green but stuffing their pockets with $ bills!
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