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Arkansas oil spill is only a fraction of annual pipeline losses
L. A. Times, 12th April 2013
The images from Mayflower, Ark., after a March 29 oil spill were particularly repulsive: A river of black goo running through yards and down the street of a subdivision, and hundreds of workers arriving to clean up an industrial mess in a peaceful burg.

But the Exxon Mobil pipeline spill, initially estimated to have released at least 157,000 gallons of crude oil and driven more than 20 families from their homes, represents only a fraction of the regular oil losses from the huge network of pipelines stretching across the United States.

Between 2008 and 2012, U.S. pipelines spilled an average of more than 3.1 million gallons of hazardous liquids per year, according to data from the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the nation's pipeline regulator. Those spills -- most commonly caused by corrosion and equipment failure -- caused at least $1.5 billion in property damage altogether. [...] Exxon said Thursday the cause of the spill was still unknown...

The last time there were huge spills, a report stated, "two-and-a-half million miles of pipeline with only 100 inspectors". I presume this has not changed much, see Aging Gas Pipe at Risk of Explosion Nationwide. . I will repeat the basic fact that space weather causes increased pipeline corrosion, as it looks like the recent space weather blasts may have resulted in quite a few incidents.
Reference 1:
"Abstract. Geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) flowingin technological systems on the ground are a direct manifestationof space weather. Due to the proximity of very dynamicionospheric current systems, GIC are of special interestat high latitudes, where they have been known to causeproblems, for example, for normal operation of power transmissionsystems and buried pipelines."

April 2000 geomagnetic storm: ionospheric drivers of largegeomagnetically induced currents
A. Pulkkinen1, A. Thomson2, E. Clarke2, and A. McKay3
Annales Geophysicae (2003) 21: 709–717 c European Geosciences Union 2003

Reference 2:
"Abstract. Geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) in technological systems,such as electric power transmission systems, oil and gaspipelines, telecommunication cables and railway equipment,are a manifestation of space weather at the earth's surface. Inpower systems, GIC cause saturation of transformers, whichmay lead to problems in the operation of the system, and evento a collapse of the whole system and to permanent damages oftransformers. The best-known GIC effect occurred in March1989 when the Québec province in Canada suffered from anelectric black-out for about nine hours. The corrosion rate maybe increased in pipelines when GIC flows from the pipe intothe soil, and the associated voltages can disturb pipeline surveysand the cathodic protection. This paper summarizes GICeffects on power systems and pipelines."

Risto Pirjola, Ari Viljanen, Olaf Amm and Antti Pulkkinen
Finnish Meteorological Institute, Geophysical Research Division [1999]
See details of other recent US major spills below:

Bombshell: Gov’t agrees with blogs, BP not telling truth about devastation in Gulf — “It’s hard to stress the critical importance of these court filings”
Energy News, 4th September 2012
In a bombshell federal court filing, U.S. government lawyers are slamming British Petroleum for making false and misleading statements that seek to both dodge blame for 2010's Deepwater Horizon catastrophe and ignore the ongoing environmental devastation, from diseased dolphins to destroyed wetlands. [...]

In a separate filing, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange also accuses the oil company of misrepresentation and argues that BP committed “willful misconduct”

The truth has been quite obvious by examining the facts, but most people can't be bothered, even when it comes to the death of an ocean....

Oil spill is New Zealand's 'worst maritime disaster'
Oil leaking into the sea has increased by as much as ten-fold, with the government calling it New Zealand's worst ever maritime environmental disaster The Guardian, 11th October 2011
Fears that New Zealand could face a large-scale environmental crisis have escalated as the oil leaking from the container ship Rena into the sea off the Tauranga coast increased by as much as ten-fold.

The news came as the vessel's remaining crew were evacuated following a mayday alarm amid heavy swells. The New Zealand environment minister, Nick Smith, said the fresh release of oil into the sea meant the Rena spill was the country's most serious ever maritime environmental disaster.

Speaking at a media conference on Tuesday afternoon, he said the consequences had been "inevitable" since the ship ploughed into the Astrolabe reef in calm waters in the North Island Bay of Plenty last Wednesday morning.

Problems with GPS? Apparently, users are now told that GPS is no longer good enough and they need another backup due to space weather regularly causing severe degradation issues. At the same time, the increasing number of tanker collisions and even military subs colliding (GPS only used when subs surface) is getting noticeable... Obviously, this is besides the separate issue of oil pipelines leaking on a regular basis due to erosion caused by space weather.... Here are some interesting quotes:
Severe Space Weather Events--Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts
National Academies Press, January 2009

Quote 1: "GPS provides the fastest and most accurate method for mariners to determine their location. This is a significant benefit, given the nation’s reliance on imported oil carried by tankers and the environmental consequences of oil spills."

Quote 2: Businesses should avoid reliance on satellite navigation as the sole source of position data.

"The major risk is the potential to lose the satellite navigation signal completely. We expect that disturbed space weather conditions will become much more common in the period from 2012 to 2015 due to increasing solar activity. Therefore it is likely users will experience a loss of signal more often. In such cases, we may expect major position errors to arise, perhaps comparable to those caused by the transmission of competing radio signals, known as jamming. For example, a recent jamming test in the UK showed position errors of up to 20km.56 Businesses should avoid reliance on satellite navigation as the sole source of position data. It is essential to have a second system that uses a different technology. A good example is the enhanced-LORAN navigation systems57,such as that now being deployed in the UK."

Space Weather, Its impact on Earth & Implications for business
Lloyd's of London, November 2010
So what happened in less than two years, for experts to change their mind on promoting GPS? Please check the archives to find the links where a US Military official has publicly agonised over giving up GPS, plus the other strange mixed messages over the last yew years concerning GPS.

New Zealand oil spill reaches shore as bad weather holds up response
Tarballs appear on Bay of Plenty beaches as stricken freighter Rena threatens environmental catastrophe
The Guardian, 10th October 2011

Stricken ship cracks as captain faces NZ court (Video)
Yahoo News, 12th October 2011
So.... GPS and other navigation systems make people extremely lazy. People can't be bothered to actually look out and that applies to people driving cars too, as we have seen from examples of people ignoring signs and driving haplessly into lakes... However, we have an issue of hidden coral reefs that are well mapped, so I think GPS failing might help the Captain in his defence, unless of course, it was just sheer incompetence.

BP pipeline leaks oily mixture onto Alaskan tundra
Yahoo News, 18th July 2011
LONDON/ANCHORAGE (Reuters) - BP reported yet another pipeline leak at its Alaskan oilfields, frustrating the oil giant's attempts to rebuild its reputation after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

BP said on Monday that a pipeline at its 30,000 barrel per day Lisburne field, which is currently closed for maintenance, ruptured during testing and spilled a mixture of methanol and oily water onto the tundra.

The London-based company has a long history of oil spills at its Alaskan pipelines - accidents which have hurt its public image in the U.S., where around 40 percent of its assets are based.

Now, due to the worsening geomagnetic conditions on this planet, underneath the auroral electrojet in Alaska is exactly where we would expect to to see many pipeline failures due to geomagnetic currents causing corrosion.

China oil spill six times size of Singapore: govt
AFP News, 15th July 2011
BEIJING — A huge oil spill off the Chinese coast has now contaminated an area around six times the size of Singapore, state media reported Friday, as the government said it may seek compensation for the leak.

The spill from the oil field, which the United States' ConocoPhillips operates with China's state-run oil giant CNOOC, has polluted a total area of almost 4,250 square kilometres (1,650 square miles), government figures showed. [...]

The spill was kept secret by the authorities for several weeks before being made public this month, sparking suspicions of an official cover-up, and the disaster has triggered a furious public response in China. State media said the government was considering seeking compensation from ConocoPhillips over the spill.
I am sorry to point out some reality, but this is only going to get worse and worse until we decide to do business differently on this planet...

Oil Pipeline Breaks on Blackfeet Reservation; Significant Volume of Oil Floods Cut Bank River, Montana (Video)
Activist Post, 20th July 2011
"Plenty of people have heard of the recent oil spill on the Yellowstone River in Montana. Few are aware, however, that three weeks ago another leak formed a creek of crude running down to Cut Bank River just miles from Glacier National Park."
??? No I did not hear about the Yellowstone oil spill...

Oil and gas spills in North Sea every week, papers reveal
Documents list companies that caused more than 100 potentially lethal – and largely unpublicised – leaks in 2009 and 2010
The Guardian, 5th July 2011
Serious spills of oil and gas from North Sea platforms are occurring at the rate of one a week, undermining oil companies' claims to be doing everything possible to improve the safety of rigs.

Shell has emerged as one of the top offenders despite promising to clean up its act five years ago after a large accident in which two oil workers died.

Documents obtained by the Guardian record leaks voluntarily declared by the oil companies to the safety regulator, the Health and Safety Executive(HSE), in a database set up after the Piper Alpha disaster of 6 July 1988 which killed 167 workers. They reveal for the first time the names of companies that have caused more than 100 potentially lethal and largely unpublicised oil and gas spills in the North Sea in 2009 and 2010.

Space Weather is a major problem for those tasked with maintaining oil pipelines due to geomagnetic currents causing pipeline corrosion. This was something that I briefly mentioned in my book and I have only mentioned this on this blog when there have been major incidents. Whatever, I am amazed to read that there are now oil and gas spills every week in the North Sea. Under the auroral electroject in Alaska and the equatorial electroject in Africa, I could have believed that pipelines required a constant watch, but this comes as a surprise. Well, the way things are going, the planet will become inhabitable because the powers that be refuse to face reality, i.e. the current system of energy supply [no pun intended] is simply not suited to the rapid evolutionary changes on the planet.

The Gulf Was Alive and Boiling With Microbes Digesting the Oil
“If I had fallen in the water, I would have been eaten alive”
World Vision Portal, 2nd May 2011
From the April 29, 2011 Living Light Network broadcast of The Gulf Blue Plague Update with Michael Edward an exclusive interview with a BP Operations contracted Lead Operator on the Toisa Pisces containment and production ship, Paul Hebert, regarding his personal observations of the Gulf water boiling with microorganisms that were digesting the oil.

I can believe this is true... I did have a shock though as I listened for more information, see Gulf Blue Plague Realities: Deadly Radioactive Microbes. It seems that this type of oil has high amounts of uranium so it's radioactive too, this means that these microbes or microorganisms have likely quickly mutated and become really aggressive.... lovely... Maybe, we can now see why there have been some very strange mass demonstrations by the more intelligent dolphins...

Obama administration restricts findings on Gulf’s dead dolphins
Digital Journal, 28th March 2011
Biloxi - The Obama administration has issued a gag order on data over the recent spike of dead dolphins, including many stillborn infants, washing up on Mississippi and Alabama shorelines, and scientists say the restriction undermines the scientific process. An abnormal dolphin mortality this year along the Gulf coast has become part of a federal criminal investigation over last year’s BP oil spill disaster and as a result, has led the US government to clamp down on biologists’ findings, with orders to keep the results confidential.

The dolphin die-off, labeled an “unusual mortality event (UME),” resulted in wildlife biologists being contracted by the National Marine Fisheries Service to record the recent spike in dolphin deaths by collecting tissue samples and specimens for the agency, but late last month were privately ordered to keep their results under wraps.

Many have not forgotten the criminal pollution of the Gulf of Mexico with Corexit to stop BP having to pay massive fines. Here we have another insult in an effort to cover up the fact that dolphins are being killed alongside most of the other creatures that live in this ocean.

Mexican pipeline blast kills at least 27, 20th December 2010
At least 27 people were killed when a pipeline of Mexico’s state oil monopoly, Pemex, exploded in San Martín Texmelucan 60 miles south of Mexico City early on Sunday, authorities said.

Pemex said the explosion was probably caused when thieves “milked” the pipeline. A black market in petrol, diesel and jet fuel in Mexico is estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Pemex has also said that the country’s drug cartels have found a lucrative sideline by smuggling oil and other petroleum products into the US.

I have been waiting for more information on this story, but I was disturbed to read that the problem of 'thieves' is not quite what most would believe. So we read:
Suarez Coppel said there are some criminal groups that extract hydrocarbons using sophisticated technology that prevents officials from noticing the theft. The theft is usually carried out by people who work at the agency who have inside knowledge of the ducts.

Some 5,000 people were affected by the explosion, and Pemex has offered institutional support for them. This year alone, Pemex has detected at least 380 hidden valves, including 100 in this duct and 60 in the pipeline that goes from San Martin Texmelucan to Venta de Carpio, in the state of Mexico.

Pemex says cause of pipeline explosion remains unclear
Xinhua, 21st November 2010
So, these 'thieves' risk massive explosions, killing themselves and others. It's hard to know what to say to the insanity. The RT News video is horrific, see Massive pipeline blast turns streets into flaming rivers in Mexico.

Titanic victim of newly found steel-eating bacteria
CTV News, 7th December 2010
An iceberg may have sent it to the ocean floor, but a team of researchers are warning a newly discovered bacteria may be erasing evidence of the wreckage of the Titanic. According to Dalhousie University adjunct civil engineering professor Henrietta Mann, what now remains of the Titanic could be gone in 20 years or less.

The reason, she says, is a new bacterial species that has been discovered munching on the wreck. Dubbed halomonas titanicae, the rust-eating bacteria was discovered in rusticles -- dark orange rust formations that resemble icicles -- that are covering the ship's submerged hull. Mann, who made the discovery in conjunction with University of Sevilla researcher Bhavleen Kaur, says the discovery poses as many questions as it answers.

"We don't know yet whether this species arrived aboard the RMS Titanic before or after it sank," Mann said in a statement. "We also don't know if these bacteria cause similar damage to offshore oil and gas pipelines.

Some folks this is a by-product of the synthetic oil eating bacteria added into Corexit that was introduced into the Gulf to clean up the oil spill. The timing is too much of a coincidence, but due to the short-sightedness of introducing a synthetic bacteria that can eat anything and everything, the conspiracy folk can hardly believe it too... Here are some more reports and info:

PBSNewsHour: Bacteria Gobbling Natural Gas in the Gulf
YouTube, 16th September 2010
"While attention in the Gulf has mostly focused on oil, the explosion and spill also released tremendous amounts of natural gas. David Valentine, a microbial geochemistry professor at UC Santa Barbara, and his research team, have been studying the behavior and distribution of these natural gases, their impacts on the ocean ecosystem and the bacteria that consumes them. He is the lead author in a study being published today by Science . He spoke to us while on the NOAA research vessel, (NOAA Ship Pisces)."

Amazing Live Cam Footage - Monster Fish and Nano-Fish in the Gulf of Mexico
YouTube, 6th December 2010
"6/12/2010 - Gulf of Mexico, Florida. Huge Fish Swallows and Swims Side by Side with Geo Fish. Other fish species look infected, disorientated and sick with white substance coming out of their mouths." Extra: This monster fish first appears in it's entirety at about 3:00.

Miami-area: Many large birds reported “floating in Biscayne Bay covered in oil” — “Biologists mind-boggled” (VIDEO)
Florida Oil, 10th November 2010
A passing boater contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Center after spotting the lethargic vultures floating in Biscayne Bay covered in oil.

Rescuers took the birds to the Bird of Prey Center at the Miami Science Museum for treatment. “We’re gonna give them fluids; warm them up. These birds are probably all hypothermic, so a lot of supportive care and none of them appear to have any fractures, said employee Meranda Dickey of the Miami Science Museum.

There is a real mystery here about these birds being found in the water covered in oil when they can't even swim properly. I am thinking maybe they tried to migrate but were overcome by the chemicals in the air or there was some geomagnetic storm and they ended up in the water. Since all the islands in the gulf are covered in oil too, maybe they struggled to find somewhere safe to land for a rest, so ended up in the water. Whatever happened, this whole Gulf crisis is just completely sickening... literally. See Turkey Vulture Migration Project... & this story from November 2008, where these Buzzards were having problems, see Turkey Vultures Fall from the Sky: Many Perish in Florida Bay For the latest, see below:

Wildlife officials rescue Turkey Vultures
WSVN Ch 7 News, 10th November 2010
Original news item

*Update* Miami wildlife officer: “Birds sporadically dispersed, floating southward, about a mile slick of them” — CBS reports 10 dead (VIDEOS & PHOTO)
Florida Oil, 10th November 2010

Riki Ott: ‘People Now Dropping Dead’ In the Gulf
The Intel Hub, 24th October 2010
On the sixth month anniversary of the oil disaster in the gulf, we are still seeing a total media blackout. The people particularly in Grand Isle have been poisoned by genocidal tyrants that care more about their pocketbooks than they care about human life or mother earth.
According to Riki Ott “The people that did evacuate (the gulf) are glad they did” And for good reason.”
She went on to state that deaths from the disaster are now a reality:
Riki said during an interview ” I am dealing with about 3 -4 autopsies right now… I know of people who’s esophagus’ are de-solving, disintegrating… I know of people with 4.75% of their lung capacity, with enlarged hearts… All of these people have oil in their bodies.”
It has been well documented that millions of gallons of toxic dispersants have been sprayed into the Gulf of Mexico; including near beaches, population centers, people, and boats.

The gulf oil spill is admittedly a Dept. of Defense operation as reported on by the Army Times and the Intel Hub early on.

I have not forgotten about the Gulf crisis ... More awful news:

“May spark a whole new debate”: Scientist “astonished” that he found so much crude — Questions whether NOAA “dramatically understated” amount of oil in Gulf (VIDEO)
Florida Oil Spill, 26th October 2010
Louisiana University scientists believe the government may have dramatically understated how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico…

Another Day, Another Enbridge Oil Spill
One Earth, 24th September 2010
The sense of déjà vu was as strong as the smell of oil fumes in the Chicago suburb of Romeoville. [...] Nearby residents voiced fear and incredulity that a large oil pipeline ran below their homes or businesses and was now leaking heavy crude. They speculated about when the oil flow would be stemmed, how widespread the damage would be, and how much the cleanup would cost. [...]

But both spills bolstered a growing public awareness that the pipeline network underlying America’s heartland is quite vulnerable to leaks and spills for any number of reasons. There were 89 spills on Enbridge Inc. pipelines last year, and four days after the Romeoville spill, another leak required an Enbridge pipeline to be closed near Buffalo. [...]

Investigations into both Enbridge spills are still ongoing, but preliminary reports indicate that the Michigan spill was possibly a result of corrosion causing a six-foot-long break, while the Romeoville pipeline suffered a 2.5-inch-long puncture on its bottom side, likely from a rock. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Matt Nicholson said investigators were surprised to find that pipeline 6A, a half century old, lays on a bed of large, sharp rocks. Nowadays pipelines are nestled in soft sand or gravel. [...]

“This web of pipelines have a remarkable tendency to not deliver their product where it’s supposed to go,” says NRDC Midwest program director Henry Henderson. “They dump it in rivers, in cities. It’s an insecure infrastructure on many points -- there are issues of how pipelines have been sited, how they are monitored, how they are tested, how they are regulated. We’ve got a system that is not delivering what it promises to deliver, and putting people at risk.” [...]

The general public is remarkably uninformed about the infrastructure that makes its way through their communities, and what’s inside it. That’s not accidental.”
A good article that has to be carefully read, but it really makes you wonder why pipeline problems have been so underreported. Anyway, I am very happy to see environmentalists noticing how bad the pipeline problem has become, but the news may be too distressing for many people. Pipelines cited under people's homes? Who knew? Photo gallery: Michigan Oil Spill

Degraded Oil From BP Spill Coats Gulf Seafloor
Live Science, 21st September 2010
NEW YORK - Now that BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well has been sealed, the long, hard work of assessing the damage begins even as the oil is dispersing throughout the Gulf. A research team from Columbia University in New York returned this past weekend (Sept. 17 to 19) from a tour of duty in the Gulf of Mexico with new data to attempt to measure the location and magnitude of subsurface oil plumes, and their effects on the marine ecosystem, which have recently been the focus of much debate. They found oil on the seafloor, evidence that it may be in the food chain, and signs that it may be hidden in large marine mammals. In spots, the "oily snow" — degraded oil and other organic material that clings to it — was up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) deep on the seafloor, said Columbia oceanographer Ajit Subramaniam.

I am still watching what is taking place in the Gulf of Mexico and the situation is just unbelievable. The mentality of just killing everything in sight with dispersants so that BP does not have to pay massive fines, is madness and scientists believe that the food chain will be completely destroyed. For the latest GOM news, this is still one of the best websites on the web, but personally, I am finding the news very very distressing. More news at:

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"Sea Snot" Explosion Caused by Gulf Oil Spill?
National Geographic News, 23rd September 2010
"The Gulf of Mexico oil spill sparked an explosion of sticky clumps of organic matter that scientists call sea snot, according to ongoing research."

Aging Gas Pipe at Risk of Explosion Nationwide
ABC News, 15th September 2010
The tragic explosion of a gas pipeline in a San Francisco suburb has shed light on a problem usually kept underground: Communities have expanded over pipes built decades earlier when no one lived there.

Utilities have been under pressure for years to better inspect and replace aging gas pipes — many of them laid years before sprawling communities were erected around them — that now are at risk of leaking or erupting.

But the effort has fallen short. Critics say the regulatory system is ripe for problems because the government largely leaves it up to the companies to do inspections, and utilities are reluctant to spend the money necessary to properly fix and replace decrepit pipelines. [...]

The challenge of ensuring pipeline safety is compounded by the sheer enormity of the nation's natural gas network. The federal pipeline agency says the U.S. has more than 2 million miles of pipelines — enough to circle the earth about 100 times.

The agency has only about 100 federal inspectors nationwide to ensure compliance, meaning there is no guarantee violators will be caught. "When you look at two-and-a-half million miles of pipeline with 100 inspectors, it's not reassuring," Weimer said. "To a grand degree the industry inspects and polices themselves."

...two-and-a-half million miles of pipeline with only 100 inspectors.... that's a major problem...
Reference 1:
"Abstract. Geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) flowing in technological systems on the ground are a direct manifestation of space weather. Due to the proximity of very dynamic ionospheric current systems, GIC are of special interest at high latitudes, where they have been known to cause problems, for example, for normal operation of power transmission systems and buried pipelines."

April 2000 geomagnetic storm: ionospheric drivers of large geomagnetically induced currents
A. Pulkkinen1, A. Thomson2, E. Clarke2, and A. McKay3
Annales Geophysicae (2003) 21: 709–717 c European Geosciences Union 2003

Reference 2:
"Abstract. Geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) in technological systems, such as electric power transmission systems, oil and gas pipelines, telecommunication cables and railway equipment, are a manifestation of space weather at the earth's surface. In power systems, GIC cause saturation of transformers, which may lead to problems in the operation of the system, and even to a collapse of the whole system and to permanent damages of transformers. The best-known GIC effect occurred in March 1989 when the Québec province in Canada suffered from an electric black-out for about nine hours. The corrosion rate may be increased in pipelines when GIC flows from the pipe into the soil, and the associated voltages can disturb pipeline surveys and the cathodic protection. This paper summarizes GIC effects on power systems and pipelines."

Risto Pirjola, Ari Viljanen, Olaf Amm and Antti Pulkkinen
Finnish Meteorological Institute, Geophysical Research Division [1999]

Aging gas pipe at risk of explosion nationwide
Yahoo News, 14th September 2010
SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The tragic explosion of a gas pipeline in a San Francisco suburb has shed light on a problem usually kept underground: Communities have expanded over pipes built decades earlier when no one lived there.

Utilities have been under pressure for years to better inspect and replace aging gas pipes — many of them laid years before sprawling communities were erected around them — that now are at risk of leaking or erupting.

But the effort has fallen short. Critics say the regulatory system is ripe for problems because the government largely leaves it up to the companies to do inspections, and utilities are reluctant to spend the money necessary to properly fix and replace decrepit pipelines. [...] Pipelines in heavily populated locations like San Bruno fall into a category the industry refers to as "high consequence areas."

OK, I realised when I was researching my book 'Tuning the Diamonds' that the world's pipeline infrastructure is at risk due to Space Weather, but until this disaster, most people were just not interested. However, I would like to say that it may be unfair to criticise Pacific Gas & Electric Co., because despite the effort to hide the truth, the evidence points to the fact that the pipeline in San Bruno was hit or ruptured by a meteor. As we know that the US military have classified fireball data, it is important to note that the authorities are particularly anxious to keep people unaware of the massive changes taking place in our solar system and thus affecting Earth. In effect, it means that unless energy suppliers become ultra viligant, many people are living above [potential] timebombs. Anyway, my efforts have not been in vain as I know a few people with the detective archetype have picked up information off my websites and are now busy digging for more and this is being aired on at least one major discussion forum. So, it seems that the word is now out. Good!

San Bruno: Dramatic New Video of San Bruno Fireball
KTVU News, 13th September 2010

It looks like we have an outdoor surveillance camera footage that has provided the proof that something exploded in the air and showered San Bruno with debris before the pipeline was ruptured and the gas ignited. What's more, it looks like rocks rather than a plane... This explains why people thought they heard or saw a plane and validates the reports of a meteor or fireball. Relief...

Surveillance Video Captures San Bruno Explosion, Fireball
Liveleak, September 2010
Another Video with wider angle, and better picture

Oil jumps above $77 on US crude pipeline leak
Yahoo News, 13th September 2010
SINGAPORE – Oil prices jumped above $77 a barrel Monday in Asia, extending gains for a second trading day after a leak forced the closure of a Chicago-area oil pipeline and disrupted supplies to U.S. Midwest refineries.

Benchmark crude for October delivery was up 70 cents to $77.15 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $2.20 to settle at $76.45 on Friday. Repair crews are closing in on the source of a leak but haven't found it yet, Sam Borries, on-scene coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said Sunday.

I don't even know what to say anymore, this is distressing... If I can find a link that lists the oil and gas related disasters for this year alone, I will post it, but I understand it now stands at 31.


Residents tell of start of San Bruno inferno
San Francisco Chronicle, 10th September 2010
They all thought it was an airplane. It wasn't. Freddy Tobar was upstairs in his kitchen getting ready to feed his Chihuahua Chiquita, when he heard popping sounds from under the ground and felt the house shaking. He looked outside and saw his backyard crumble into the earth. Trees disintegrated into flames. [...]

Henry Sanchez was driving home from his three kids' back-to-school night at a nearby school when he approached the intersection of Claremont and Glenview. He looked through the windshield where just a few blocks ahead of him a flash of flame crossed the sky, followed by a deafening explosion.

Was this terrible incident caused by a meteor strike? I am struggling to believe that a large 24 inch gas pipe exploded in a residential area, especially when those who are more knowledgeable state that this is absurd, as the stated size is simply too big, but the fire experts say the flames were commensurate with natural gas. That locals say that the houses were shaking and not the ground, and since San Bruno is directly on top of the San Andreas fault, these people should be able to tell the difference. The reports of a plane indicate something came down but at the moment there is no evidence to suggest it was a plane but the meteor option is possible, especially as we have witnesses who thought they saw a plane and others on twitter claim to have seen a meteor. This article is the only report of an eyewitness in print that I can find, stating "a flash of flame crossed the sky". I watched the abc local 7 news as the scene was being streamed live and it was truly an apocalyptic scene. After three hours or so, it was just a huge number of fires.

Yes, if you are following this blog you will know that I keep on insisting that pipelines keep on exploding now because of severe Space Weather, but in this case, the strange reports by locals have to be taken into account. The twitter/internet chatter is that many heard a loud whooshing sound, then rattling of the walls and windows. Yes, the roaring noise that was heard could have been the gas escaping before it ignited, but this still cannot explain why people stated the walls and windows were shaking but not the floor and this could mean there was actually a meteor airburst that caused a gas pipeline to explode or even there was natural methane in the ground because locals had been complaining of the smell of gas for days. At the moment, I am still looking for answers because it's part of my analysis of what is taking place on this planet due to the evolutionary changes caused by Space Weather and the media accepted scenario of a huge gas pipe explosion just don't add up. Please note: if this was simply a case of pipeline corrosion, then there is a frightening prospect that more residential areas being supplied with natural gas will be going up in flames in a similar manner, because the no. of pipeline incidents is rising steeply and that is a fact. For reference: Update:
  • Another fireball was reported (today) the 10th September by the San Diego TV news, here is the YouTube link San Diego Meteor September 10, 2010. Well, despite the official stance to ignore or downplay the fireball/meteror/asteroid activity (we must also remember that fireball data is now classified in the United States), it certainly has been humming this week...
  • Early reports of a plane crash... Early on in this incident, the local news coverage and eye witnesses talked about a plane crash or something coming down and immediately dismissed the idea of a gas explosion... San Bruno Explosion, September 9, 2010, 6:38PM
  • This is video of the aftermath, but it does not show the full extent of the scene, Dan Bruno: Helicopter flyover of the fire damage.
  • The crater image 1 & image 2 & image 3
Update 2:
Blast raises questions on gas line safety, 11th September 2010

[...] In 2008, there were 44 significant accidents involving gas transmission or distribution pipelines, killing 365 people and injuring 1,553.

Transmission lines like the one that burst in San Bruno deliver natural gas from its source to distribution lines, which then carry it into neighborhoods before branching off into homes.

During the past two decades, there have been more than 5,600 significant pipeline accidents nationwide — including more than 1,000 in which someone was killed or required hospitalization, according to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

Experts say the nation’s 296,000 miles of onshore natural-gas lines routinely suffer breakdowns and failures.

More than 60 percent of the lines are 40 years old or older and almost half were installed in the 1950s and 1960s, according to a recent analysis by the Pipeline Safety Trust, a nonprofit advocacy group based in Bellingham, Wash.

Most of the older pipelines lack anticorrosion coatings that are prevalent in the industry today, said Carl Reimer, executive director of the trust, which was set up after a 1999 explosion that killed three people in Bellingham.

“The industry always says that if you take care of pipelines, they’ll last forever,’’ Reimer said. “But what we see over and over again is companies are not doing that, and corrosion and other factors are causing failures.’’

And once a high-pressure pipeline fails, he added, anything can trigger a deadly blast. A cigarette or rocks smashing as high-pressure gas shoots by. Even someone answering a cellphone can cause a spark, because it is battery-powered, Reimer said.

Comment: Actually, reading the details about pipeline safety, I am amazed at how many people have been killed...

Update 3:
  • I am starting to realise why a few metaphysical sources are exasperated by completely out of touch humans living on a planet that is changing right before their eyes. Here is a list of fireballs maintained by The American Meteor Society. At this time, I still prefer to think this devastation was caused by a meteor, or a plane going down and this is being covered up, than contemplate that the pipeline infrastructure is so poor in America that many people are in effect living on [potential] timebombs. Fireball Sightings Log: 2010
  • Aerial photo of the aftermath: San Bruno Neighbourhood Fire

Degraded oil in Mississippi Sound tests positive for dispersants, says lawyer, 31st August 2010
Lumpy, degraded oil collected in the Mississippi Sound has tested positive for several of the main ingredients in the Corexit dispersant used in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to scientists working for a New Orleans-based lawyer. Officials with the federal government and BP PLC have maintained throughout the oil spill that no dispersant products have been used near shorelines in Alabama or Mississippi.

It's starting to look like the suggestion that BP had hit an asphalt volcano is true. Forida Oil is still the best summary of the latest news re: the ongoing repercussions of the Gulf oil disaster.

Who's blowing up Iran's gas pipelines?
Telegraph, 18th August 2010
In the past few weeks Iran’s gas infrastructure, which is central to the country’s energy requirements, has been hit by a series of unexplained explosions.

The series of mysterious explosions began at the end of July when the state-owned Tehran Times reported that a pipeline carrying gas from Iran to Turkey had exploded near the eastern Turkish town of Dogubayazit. Iranian officials blamed the blast on Kurdish rebels.

This was followed earlier this month by reports in the Iranian press of an explosion in a gas pipeline on the outskirts of Tabriz. A few days later there was a more serious incident on August 4 when five people were killed when another gas pipeline exploded on the outskirts of the Pardis petrochemical plant. The explosion took place just a week after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had made an official visit to the complex. Finally, on August 10, a pipeline exploded in the city of Masjed Sleiman.

Maybe NOBODY is blowing up Iran's pipelines. Despite the political rumour making, pipelines are now blowing up in many different regions and the common factor is Space Weather that is generating telluric currents that corrode pipelines. This is a systemic problem and something that is a major inconvenience to those who want to maintain our current system of energy supply, despite the fact that 'clean energy' needs to be implemented to save the planet. I wrote briefly about this in my book, geomagnetic storms cause pipeline corrosion but with accelerating Space Weather the problem is getting ,more publicity. See Joyfire Space Weather

Scientists question U.S. estimate on BP oil fallout
Two university groups counter NOAA optimism that half is 'completely gone'
MSNBC News, 17th August 2010
MIAMI — Two new scientific reports Tuesday raised fresh fears about the environmental fallout from the world's worst offshore oil spill and questioned government assurances that most of the oil from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico was already gone.

In one of the reports, researchers at the University of Georgia said about three-quarters of the oil from BP's blown-out Macondo well was still lurking below the surface of the Gulf and may pose a threat to the ecosystem. Charles Hopkinson, who helped lead the investigation, said up to 79 percent of the 4.1 million barrels of oil that gushed from the broken well and was not captured directly at the wellhead remained in the Gulf. The report was based on an analysis of government estimates released on Aug. 2 that Hopkinson said had been widely misinterpreted as meaning that 75 percent of the oil spewed by the well had either evaporated, dissolved or been otherwise contained, leaving only about 25 percent.

"The idea that 75 percent of the oil is gone and is of no further concern to the environment is just absolutely incorrect," Hopkinson told reporters on a conference call.

Well, we know that the PTB think everyone is completely stupid, but many scientists refuse to be labelled as brain dead sheep. To their credit, even mainstream journalists won't swallow the BP lies. If you want to know the latest, over at Oil florida, the doomfest is in full swing.
Researchers say they saw 22-mile hydrocarbon plume in Gulf
CNN, 20 August 2010
Obviously these scientists refuse to "shut up"

Relief Wells Delayed ... New Tests Show "Gap" in Oil "Well Column" Causing Loss of Pressure ... Does the Government Have ANY IDEA What It's Doing?
Washington's Blog, 16th August 2010
An oil and gas industry veteran with 30 years experience who goes by the alias Fishgrease gave a pretty good recap of BP and the government's record of failure in capping the oil well:

  1. BP does a superhuman job of creating conditions favorable to loss of control of what is very possibly the largest well in the history ot the Gulf of Mexico. Result: Blowout. FAIL
  1. For more than a day, BP insists there is no leakage. Result: Wrong. FAIL
  1. BP admits that well is leaking. Says leak is 1000 BOPD. Result: Wrong. FAIL
  1. NOAA, USCG and independent groups say the leak sure looks more like 5000 BOPD. BP says... DEAL! It's 5000 BOPD! How silly of us! Result: Wrong. FAIL
[...] Things keep getting curiouser and curiouser with the Well that Won't Die.

Hmmm... the surrealness of Alice in Wonderland... Well, (excuse the pun), despite the smoke and mirrors, there is still a problem. This is a nice synopsis of the trail of BP's failures so far. Other related news:

Gulf Fishermen: Oil Tainted Our Waters, Our Trust
The Post Chronicle, 12th August 2010
""Fishermen here are calling it 'Voodoo seafood' because we are all cursed," [...] "We do not think it is safe but the state officials say it is. Who do you trust? The people that know these waters or the government?" [...] Some local fishermen say they are seeing strange behavior by marine life -- mullets, crabs and other creatures which normally stay well under water have been sighted congregating on the surface -- and they relate this to the spill."

Mystery oil spill hits south fishermen [Trinidad & Tobago]
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday, 11th August 2010
AN OIL spill at Kings Wharf, San Fernando, yesterday left scores of fishermen counting their losses as thousands of fishes, nets and their clothing were covered in what is suspected to be crude oil.

Frustrated fishermen said the oil began to surface at sea on Monday morning and continued to worsen late yesterday evening. “We came out as normal Monday morning to fish. Some of us went out into the waters and were forced to turn back. We could not continue to fish, because our entire boat was covered with black oil and the fishes we caught were also covered in oil..” fisherman Aziz Mohammed, 39, of Vesingny explained.

He further explained that he and all other fishermen were forced to pack up and return home. “We had to return home, and now to come back today (Tuesday) and the situation is worse. It is like more oil has surfaced. Look at my clothes, it is covered in black oil.” Mohammed, said. [...]

Fishermen however, are claiming that the oil was emanating from the LABDICO Industrial near La Brea as the direction of the wind had recently changed its course to the western direction. “There is a leak somewhere underground at LABDICO, and due to the west winds the oil has surfaced in South instead of Point Fortin,” the fisherman said. Meanwhile, along the Guapo/Cap-de-Ville main road in Point Fortin, residents awoke to the sight of black oil surrounding a fire hydrant. The residents in the area said yesterday was not the first time oil has surfaced above. “For years this has been happening at that particular location. The oil always comes up and forms a pool, then it is covered with sand and the oil slowly disappears.”the resident said. The area was yesterday cordoned off with caution tape.

OK, something major is going on... pipeline explosions, oil well blowouts, natural seeps and tanker collisions are accelerating and very quickly... I wrote in my book that space weather accelerates pipeline corrosion, but that this is a known problem and measures are taken to try and mitigate the environmental problem associated with geomagnetic storms. Since I wrote my book, as predicted by metaphysical sources space weather has greatly increased and hence it seems that the oil pipeline infrastructure is under systemic failure. Again, this is something that at least one respected metaphysical source was extremely specific about, well before I had completed enough research and written my book. Also:

Oil washes ashore on Brazil beach
BBC News, 10th August 2010
"Oil has washed up on the shore of five beaches in Brazil, east of the city of Rio de Janeiro. It is not yet known where the oil has come from but it is already damaging wildlife and tourism in the area."

Oil well blowout in Louisiana [US]
CNN Ireport, 11th August 2010

Oil blowout causes evacuations [Louisiana, US]
Houma Today, 12th august 2010

When University Scientists Found Underwater Oil Plumes, the Government Said Shut Up, Don't Tell Anyone ... and Then Tried to Discredit Them
Washingtons Blog, 10th August 2010
As I've previously reported, a senior EPA policy analyst says that NOAA and the EPA have been "sock puppets" for BP.

NOAA has repeatedly denied the existence of underwater oil plumes (see this and this), calculated the spill to be only 5,000 barrels a day, and buried core data on the oil spill. Now, university scientists have revealed the NOAA used strong-arm tactics to try to silence any information on underwater plumes. As the St. Petersburg Times reports:
The reaction that [the University of South Florida] announcement [of the discovery of huge underwater plumes] received from the Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the federal agencies that sponsored their research:

Shut up.
Comment: As I have said many times before, any government needs to be very careful if they think they can strong-arm the scientific community.

After US Oil Spill Disaster Now In Mumbai ,India
Hot Discovery News, 9th August 2010
MUMBAI: A foreign cargo ship, which collided with another vessel about 10 km off Mumbai harbour, tilted further spilling oil for the third day today as Navy and Coast Guard made hectic efforts to contain the leak."

MSC Chitra has tilted 80 degrees and the total oil spill is nearly 50 tonnes, Arun Singh, Commandant (Operations), Coast Guard said. He said so far, 300 containers carrying oil have tumbled into the water. A worried Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said, "This is a serious issue. We have already filed cases against the captains of the two ships which are from abroad. Today, I am going to have an aerial look at the accident site"

Another oil related disaster?

Matt Simmons Has Died
Business Insider, 9th August 2010
Prominent oil investor Matt Simmons died of a heart attack last night at his home in North Haven, Maine, according to police reports. The famed energy banker was a prominent proponent of peak oil theory, and most recently got attention for his dire calls about the fate of the Gulf of Mexico. The debate about the effect of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill -- he thought it would be cataclysmic -- lead him to split with his old firm, Simmons & Co., of which he was the chairman emeritus. His legacy will no doubt be his work on peak oil and resource scarcity.

Since Matt Simmons was providing some extremely enlightening information about what was going on with the BP Oil spill, so I think it's appropriate to note his passing and I will state, thanks Matt for telling us the truth.

Simmons, energy investment banker, dies in Maine
AP, 10th August 2010
"An autopsy by the state medical examiner's office concluded Monday that he died from accidental drowning with heart disease as a contributing factor." OK, now this death is looking suspicious... As you can imagine, many bloggers have already assumed that Matt Simmons was killed, see YouTube, Matt Simmon's death: An Explanation

The Crime of the Century: What BP and US Government Don’t Want You to Know
Alexander Higgins Blog, 7th August 2010
Environmental activist Jerry Cope has spent the last few weeks traveling along the Gulf Coast and experiencing firsthand the contamination in the air and water. In an article published on Huffington Post, Cope argues that instead of celebrating the allegedly vanishing oil, we should be concerned about the disappearance of marine life in the Gulf. He describes the Gulf as a “kill zone” and looks into where the marine animals have gone, given that BP has reported a relatively low number of dead animals from the spill.

This is an amalgamation of various reports circulating the internet and source links are provided. A good roundup of current news on the BP oil disaster is at Florida Oil Spill Law link. Here is the latest YouTube video by James C. Fox, who is a documentary filmmaker, Reports reveal that BP is sinking all the oil with Corexit!! .

Again the quality of the sound at the beginning (0:58 - 1:40) disappears, but I suspect there was nothing wrong with the sound before the video hit YouTube... We find BP are still spraying dispersant at night to keep the oil on the bottom of the ocean, so it really makes you wonder how long that's going to be kept up. Anyway, at the end of this video the comment is interesting, "BP are not scared of the President, they are not scared of nobody." I could elaborate on what is going on but I won't bother as others do that adequately. Another similar article about the mysterious disappearance of sea life,

'Death Gyre' in the Gulf:
Mother Nature Network, 3rd August 2010
"Firsthand accounts and leaked photos of a secret BP processing facility -- possibly for dead animals -- point to a massive cover-up in the Gulf. An exclusive report."

An AUTOPSY of the BP Gulf Oil Well at the Macondo Prospect
Phoenix Rising from the Gulf, 3rd August 2010
Many have been asking about the current state of the previously gushing BP Oil Well at the Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico. The following questions have been coming fast and furiously since the well was capped. Is it still leaking at the wellhead? Has the wellhead been pierced? Are there other wells leaking in the region? Are there methane seeps in the area around the well? Are there other leaks in the area coming from this well? Has the well been breached? Is it beyond repair? How deep are the leaks and breaches?

This report is added because there is an excellent diagrammatic Illustration of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Blowout and explains why geologist Chris Landau claims that BP completely ruined the geological formation. It's taking a long time to get a clear picture of what has been taking place and the nuclear option might have been already utilised for all we know, but it's now become clear that a "dog and pony show" has been taking place. BP drilled two wells in Macondo Prospect 252, Well A that had been abandoned previously and the blow out took place at Well B. This has been fairly well established now with documents available in the public domain and GPS measurements of where these wells are located. For an indepth explanation see


BP Disaster: Russia’s Take
Pravda, 27th July 2010
"Dr. Sagalevich’s report was drawn up and presented to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. In this report, the investigator from the Shirshov Institute of Oceanology and the Russian Academy of Science has stated that the ocean floor has been irreparably damaged and that the planet must prepare for an ecological disaster “beyond all understanding”.

The reason why Dr. Sagalevich was called by BP is because he is the leading world expert in deepwater exploration, having been awarded the order of Lenin for the creation of the submersibles MIR-1 and MIR-2, which are capable of diving to a depth of 6 km, the deepest-reaching submarines in the world.

For Dr. Sagalevich, the oil pouring into the Gulf is not just coming from one source, as the media have been claiming, but fro 18 different places. According to the report, the Russian scientists called by the USA are forbidden to divulge their findings to the media – yet another source backing up the claim that there is a media blackout.

According to a report in Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russian experts are pressing the Americans to use a nuclear explosion to extinguish the well, before it destroys the Atlantic Ocean."
Well, BP think that hiding oil under the surface is clever but destroying an ocean is insane. This disaster is not over yet.

Source of Gulf Oil Plumes: 7 Miles from Deepwater Horizon
World Vision Portal, 28th July 2010
After reading the following, I'm sure everyone will also reach the same logical conclusion as I have based on the evidence, facts and truth I'm presenting here. All illustrations are taken directly from the referenced reports cited below.


At Latitude 28/40/00 N and Longitude 88/26/00 W [decimal Latitude 28.6666 Longitude -88.4333] in the Gulf of Mexico is an ancient volcanic crater. It's geographically classified as an undersea hill and the common name given to it is the Biloxi Dome. It's located approximately 7 miles or about 12 kilometers southwest from the BP Deepwater Horizon well [Latitude 28/44/17 N Longitude 88/21/57 W].

In this satellite picture, the Biloxi Dome is at the center of the picture and looks like a shoe or an oblong shaped rim of a volcano:

NOAA Underwater Joint Analysis Group Study

NOAA (National Oceanographic and Aeronautical Administration) has now released their underwater study, the Joint Analysis Group (JAG) Review, which examined subsurface oil in and around the BP Deepwater Horizon well #1 - located in Mississippi Canyon block 252 - from May 19 to June 19, 2010.

Their report presented data collected by five research vessels; the R/V Brooks McCall, R/V Ocean Veritas, R/V Walton Smith, R/V Thomas Jefferson, and R/V Gordon Gunter.

They used a scientific method called Fluorometry to measure for underwater oil. Fluorescence Spectroscopy - a/k/a Fluorometry or Spectrofluorometry - is a type of electromagnetic spectroscopy which analyzes fluorescence. It usually utilizes a beam of ultraviolet light that excites the electrons in molecules of certain compounds and causes them to emit light of a lower energy, such as visible light. For more information on how this works, see

Conclusions made from their report stated that their Fluorometry measurements showed the presence of oil at a depth between 1000 and 1300 meters. They also concluded that active oil seeps were mapped at about 12 kilometers southwest of the BP Deepwater Horizon wellhead.

A basic summary with technical data and NOAA's Review of Preliminary Data to Examine Subsurface Oil In the Vicinity of MC252#1 May 19 to June 19, 2010

Majority of spilled oil in Gulf of Mexico unaccounted for in government data
Washington Post, 29th July 2010
Back in May, BP's chief executive told a British newspaper that "the Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean," and the vast amounts of oil and chemical dispersants dumped into it were small by comparison. After he said that, BP's well leaked for two more months. Hayward's upbeat assessment was cast as one of many gaffes committed on his way to resignation. Now, 14 days after the well was closed and 100 days after the blowout, U.S. government scientists are working on calculations that could shed some light on Hayward's analysis (even if they can't shed light on why he said it). They are trying to figure out where all the oil went.

Obviously, this article was written for simpletons, with the mentality of out of sight and therefore out of mind. At Oil Florida, scientists and EPA representatives realise the extent of the awful crime perpetrated by BP.

Reporter locates significant amount of oil on and below surface heading towards land; BP, Feds no where to be found (VIDEO
Oil Florida, 29th July 2010

“Mass eradication” of sea turtle food source; “There were thousands of these guys dead on the surface” says oceanographer
Oil Florida, 29th July 2010

Oxygen levels in Florida bay less than two parts per million; “Some of the lowest readings we’ve ever had” says expert
Oil Florida, 29th July 2010

Legal Expert: Florida Keys fishing industry may be “devastated for eight to 15 years”
Oil Florida, 29th July 2010

*ALERT* Senior EPA Analyst: Feds think public can’t HANDLE THE TRUTH about toxic dispersants (VIDEO)
Oil Florida, 28th July 2010

Oil Spill Epidemic
Meta Oceanic Research, 27th July 2010
Why are oil spills suddenly occurring constantly, all over the world? Just this year, the environment has taken an unprecedented beating, from the oil industry alone. There's now a leak of an oil pipeline in the Kalamazoo River, Michigan. So far, an estimated 840,000 gallons of oil has gushed into a creek that directly flows into the river. Meanwhile, the Chinese oil spill has been contained before it reached international waters, the Chinese government assures us.

Yes, the stories are mounting up and maybe there is evidence that something fundamental is happening.


Michigan Oil Spill Among Largest In Midwest History: Kalamazoo Spill SOAKS Wildlife (VIDEO)
Huffington Post, 27th July 2010
Another pipeline failure... my view: pipeline erosion caused by Space Weather (extreme geomagnetic conditions)

Barge crashes into oil well in Gulf of Mexico, new oil leak reported
The Raw Story, 27th July 2010
This story is very dubious and the conclusion that some have come up with is that more abandoned wells are starting to blow... Thus, we await 'expert' opinion to confirm the truth.

Tug vessel hits abandoned gas well in Barataria Waterway
WWLTV News, 27th July 2010 Update!

Explosion on energy pipeline in southeast Texas
Dallas News, 28th July 2010

Freak wave hits Japanese oil tanker near Oman
BBC News, 28th July 2010

Scientists Confirm Underwater Plumes Are From Spill
New York Times, 23rd July 2010
Florida researchers said Friday that they had for the first time conclusively linked vast plumes of microscopic oil droplets drifting in the Gulf of Mexico to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The scientists, from the University of South Florida, matched samples taken from the plumes with oil from the leaking well provided by BP. The findings were the first direct confirmation that the plumes were linked to the spill, although federal scientists had said there was overwhelming circumstantial evidence tying them to BP’s well.

Obviously, this is what Matt Simmons has been explaining for at least 6 weeks and confirmed by oceanographers on the Thomas Jefferson research vessel. More reports:

Video: Breathing Toxic Oil Vapors? Rain burning the skin?
Before It's News, 23rd July 2010

BP Fish Oil Plus (puppet satire)
Natural News, 23rd July 2010

Tropical Storm Bonnie makes landfall in Florida
LA Times, 23rd July 2010
(CNN) - Strong winds hit southern Florida late Friday morning as Tropical Storm Bonnie made landfall near Biscayne Bay in southeastern Florida. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

The tropical storm watch for the northern Gulf of Mexico coast has been upgraded to a tropical storm warning. The warning area now includes the northwestern Bahamas, the southeast coast of Florida, including the Keys, the west coast of Florida as far north as Englewood and from Destin, Fla., to Morgan City, La. [...]

"No important change in strength is forecast while Bonnie is crossing the Florida peninsula," the hurricane center said in its 11 a.m. advisory. "However ? some slight strengthening is possible when the cyclone moves over the Gulf of Mexico late tonight and Saturday."

Here is further comments from some experts:

CNN at 8:15 a.m.: “Monster” storm gathering strength and headed for Gulf; 70% chance of development (VIDEO)
Oil Florida, 22nd July 2010

Matt Simmons says hurricane churning up underwater methane may be “greatest nightmare we’ve EVER SEEN” (VIDEO)
Oil Florida, 22nd July 2010

Weather Channel warns residents “as the hurricane moves INLAND it will pick up particles of oil”; “Oil on electrical wires and trees”
Oil Florida, 22nd July 2010

Tropical storm warnings discontinued
The Weather channel, 24th July 2010

Government says leak detected 'a distance from' oil well
CNN News, 19th July 2010
The federal government's oil spill response director says testing has revealed that there is a "detected seep a distance from the well" and has ordered BP to quickly notify the government if other leaks are found.

"When seeps are detected, you are directed to marshal resources, quickly investigate, and report findings to the government in no more than four hours," retired Adm. Thad Allen said in a letter to BP Chief Managing Director Bob Dudley. "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."

BP spokesman Mark Salt said Sunday night that he had no information about the leak mentioned in Allen's letter. The letter does not provide further details about where the leak was spotted or how big it is.

The news has now become a roller coaster of truth and falsehood, but Matt Simmons has been proven right AGAIN! Now, I am also starting to think that BP may not be completely to blame, and apparently BP are also starting to make this claim too. There is a possibility that drilling MAY have helped to fracture the rocks that act as natural reservoir caps and as a consequence, oil is seeping up to the ocean floor. Yet, these same reservoir rocks MIGHT have already been in a delicate state from the 5,000+ wells previously drilled, with many abandoned and unchecked in the gulf region. This scenario has to be considered as Space Weather, is steadily warming the globe from the inside and natural crustal displacements are to be expected. So when, BP did not bother with many safety precautions to save money, due to corporate greed and mismanagement, (like a car rolling down a steep hill with no brakes, as apparently, brakes are too expensive!) then inevitably, things went wrong and the whole world has been plunged into a major crisis. What is interesting to note, is how stupid and short sighted BP's cost cutting now looks.

BP oil spill: US orders new emergency plan as seepage detected near capped well
The Telegraph, 19th July 2010

Matt Simmons on King World News - 17th July 2010 MP3 Download
Is this the only honest voice from the oil industry? This man has been proven right time and time again!

Matt Simmons roundup of recent interviews - be warned, he is shorting BP stock! here
Oil Florida, 21st July 2010

China seals oil port after spill; PetroChina cuts runs
Times Live, 19th July 2010
One of China's biggest ports, Dalian, shut on Monday after an pipeline explosion triggered a major offshore oil spill, forcing a refinery to cut processing and importers to divert cargoes elsewhere.

The aftermath of the weekend fire could disrupt shipments of oil, iron ore and soy and add to pressure for stricter environmental standards in China, already reeling from a toxic copper mine leak in the south of the country which burst into headlines last week amid accusations of a cover up.

The fire began on Friday while a crude oil tanker was being off-loaded.

I dedicated less than 2 pages in my book about Space Weather corroding pipelines caused by geomagnetically induced currents that also can damage national grid transformers, but a google search for "pipeline explosion" gives 139,000 results. Obviously this does mean there is plenty of relevant information available but a careful search is required to do a proper analysis. Whatever, for a while now, there have been weekly reports of oil and gas related accidents and explosions, but it would be more interesting to plot the data up and see if there is a trend. Here is an update with some terrible pictures from Yahoo News:

Large China oil spill threatens sea life, water Yahoo News, July 2010

BP buys up Gulf scientists for legal defense, roiling academic community, 16th July 2010
For the last few weeks, BP has been offering signing bonuses and lucrative pay to prominent scientists from public universities around the Gulf Coast to aid its defense against spill litigation.

BP PLC attempted to hire the entire marine sciences department at one Alabama university, according to scientists involved in discussions with the company's lawyers. The university declined because of confidentiality restrictions that the company sought on any research.

The Press-Register obtained a copy of a contract offered to scientists by BP. It prohibits the scientists from publishing their research, sharing it with other scientists or speaking about the data that they collect for at least the next three years.

"We told them there was no way we would agree to any kind of restrictions on the data we collect. It was pretty clear we wouldn't be hearing from them again after that," said Bob Shipp, head of marine sciences at the University of South Alabama. "We didn't like the perception of the university representing BP in any fashion." [...] Wiygul, who examined the BP contract for the Press-Register, described it as "exceptionally one-sided."

"This is not an agreement to do research for BP," Wiygul said. "This is an agreement to join BP's legal team. You agree to communicate with BP through their attorneys and to take orders from their attorneys. "The purpose is to maintain any information or data that goes back and forth as privileged."

Unbelievable! As I have said before, upsetting the academic community is a very bad idea, scientists already have credibility issues due to Climategate and an assortment of other scandals. Here is someone who is being very outspoken

Dr Ricki Ott (Toxicologist) A message to BP workers and residents in the Gulf
YouTube, 16th July 2010

News 5 Investigates: Testing The Water, 16th July 2010 Video spoiler: sample explodes in the laboratory before it could be tested! Methane? Well we know that the MSM are now trawling the blogosphere for leads and it looks like someone paid attention and did their own testing to come up with an explosive story...

Matt Simons -- BOP is a red herring, a different hole in floor still producing 120,000 barrels a day
KPFK Radio, 15th July 2010
MP3 Download: Matt Simmons on the Daily Briefing, starts at 2:15

Sorry Ain't Enough No More (bp oil spill song)
YouTube, 12th July 2010 Going viral

Why BP is readying a 'super weapon' to avert escalating Gulf nightmar
Helium News, 14th July 2010
In a desperate attempt to stop a huge area of the Gulf ocean floor from possibly rupturing due to subterranean methane gas (leading to a calamity no human has ever seen) BP has ripped a page from science fiction books.

The giant oil company is now quietly preparing to test a small nuclear device in a frenzied rush against time to quell a cascading catastrophe. If successful they will have the capability to detonate a controlled fusion generated pulse.

While the world watches BP's attempt to contain the oil gusher at the former Deepwater Horizon site, company officials have given the green light on an astounding plan to use what is known as a nuclear EPFCG charge if all else fails. Sea floor compromised

Reports still indicate that methane is flooding the Gulf waters at a rate one million times more than normal, and the NOAA research vessel, Thomas Jefferson has reported spotting new fissures. [1]

BP’s secret Omega Plan kicked off in earnest on July 7th, 2010. According to sources on the base the British Geological Survey (BGS), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), BP and Halliburton have set up a test site at one of the drill rigs. While the plan would admittedly only be executed if a worst case scenario seemed imminent, some geo-chemists have expressed concerns that detonating an EPFCG in the Gulf might ignite the methane.

At the moment, I am treating this story like science fiction, but the technology talk of nuclear device to create an EMP that will fuse rock is inline with mutterings from all sorts of people from the last 6 weeks or so. We can only conclude there MAY be some truth in this story, because it is now obvious that there is desperation to stop oil leaking from the cracked ocean floor not just leaking wells. Yet, what should stick out a mile here is: who says that BP officials can give the go ahead for using a nuclear device? Meanwhile,

Work on both relief wells halted; BP worried tests “could cause the back side of the relief well to be blown out” (VIDEO) Bad News?
Oil Florida, 14th July 2010

Chris Landau: BP Cap will not stop leak from ocean floor
OpEd News, 14th July 2010

MSNBC July 15: Matt Simmons still says BP covering up MASSIVE HOLE miles away, cap test is "absurd"
MSNBC Video direct link

Oil Expert Cavnar: “They know this well can’t be shut in for a long period of time” (VIDEO)
Oil Florida, July 16th, 2010

Both *Relief Well* Blowout Preventers FAIL; Shear ram would not close, other testing problems
Oil Florida, July 16th, 2010

Crude Awakening ~ Summer 2010
Jane Fulton Alt, Fine Art Photography, July 2010
Living on the shores of Lake Michigan, I am acutely aware of the disastrous toll the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has taken on all forms of life, especially as our beaches opened to the 2010 swimming season. This environmental, social and economic catastrophe highlights a much larger problem that has inflicted untold suffering as we exploit the earth’s resources worldwide.

We are all responsible for leading lives that create demand for unsustainable energy. We are also all responsible for the solution and we must work together to protect the balance of life.

Art and Video.

TEDxOilSpill Expedition
TEDxOilSpill Expedition News, July 2010
This is a week-long project to document the current situation in the Gulf of Mexico and bring a first hand report back to the TEDxOilSpill event in Washington DC on June 28th.

We'll be working on land, air, and maybe even on boat. Our team is composed of several talented photographers and videographers. In addition to documentation of oil on the water and on the beach, we're particularly interested in the human side of the equation and will be talking to some of the people most affected by the catastrophe in the Gulf. We'll also be documenting any and all evidence of media interference by BP, the Coast Guard, or other officials.

Some rare pictures that would be convict the photographer as a felon if they were taken now.

Oil/Water samples from Gulf...VERY TOXIC
YouTube News, 6th July 2010
Oil and water samples were taken from both the Shores of Grand Isle and from 20 miles out. The preliminary analysis was done at an academic analytical chemistry laboratory.

Looking for the likely pollutants from the deep water Horizon Oil spill. It was focused on the detection of benzene and propylene glycol. Benzene and other highly toxic contaminants were very low however the concentration of propylene glycol was between 360 and 440 parts per million. Just 25 parts per million is know to kill most fish and propylene glycol is just one of many ingredients found in Corexit. In short, the Gulf is being poisoned by BP's usage of the dispersants even after the EPA asked them to stop back in May. We are willing to provide ANY respected/known laboratory these samples or provide them with more. This is very serious to all people and marine life in and around the Gulf.

This video was done by James C. Fox, who is a documentary filmmaker, so I don't know why the quality of this video is not brilliant. The sound disappears after the introduction until 3:20, but we now know from laboratory tests that Corexit is poisoning everything in the Gulf. Just in case this disappears off YouTube, here is a GLP link Oil/Water samples from Gulf VERY TOXIC

Slideshow: Galveston tar balls came from Deepwater Horizon News, 5th July 2010
GALVESTON — The Texas General Land Office confirmed Monday the tar balls found along the shores of Crystal Beach on Bolivar Peninsula are from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Over the weekend, officials heard rumored reports of tar balls washing ashore. Officials performed rushed tests on samples collected and have since confirmed the oil is from the massive spill in the Gulf.

Wow! So, why are people allowing their kids to swim in the oceans, there are reports of kids coming out of the water with oil in their mounths, absolutely unbelievable! Maybe this is some evidence that this 'oil spill' is not exactly what we have been told to believe.

Photos of the Week ~~ BP's latest product... turtle soup in oil
Desertpeace, 4th July 2010

MSNBC: Hundreds of Gulf swimmers complain of illnes
The Last Outpost, 4th July

Kindra Arnesen Exposes BP! Claims Loophole
This woman is a real fighter...

“Horrifying”: Florida children “with tarballs on their face… tar in their eyes” (VIDEO)
No actual pics of the kids

Defying warnings, swimmers still take to oiled Gulf waters
Miami Herald, 4th July 2010
“You know what?” she asked. “If I still see these little fish alive, I’m OK. When the bait fish are all dead, I’m not letting my kids in.”
This women is very likely to get a Darwin Award in the very near future...

Oh No, It Just Can’t Be – Gulf Disaster
Into the Ashes, 2nd July 2010
I received this note: “Thanks for the Gulf update! But you forgot one important recommendation – MOVE OUT OF THERE IMMEDIATELY! Pack up your wife and kids and get the heck out of there NOW!!!

Many already in those Gulf States are being slowly poisoned, but now with the new storm or anyone storm yet to come they will get well oiled and gassed with many, many VOCs from the heavy rain and wind. People need to get out of there! Curious don’t you think that with all they know, all the articles and news about people getting ill, crops and landscapes dying inland from the toxic rain falling there in the last few weeks, that there has been NO mass exodus of people leaving those affected areas?”

Kind of extreme don’t you think? Don’t you think it’s better to wait for an evacuation order from the government? I don’t think so because if you wait for the government to warn about dangerous toxic exposures you are waiting on an organization famous for allowing industry, doctors and dentists to expose the public to massive amounts of chemicals and heavy metals. Sorry to be a spoiler on a holiday weekend but it is really not time to party and relax; it’s time to make plans to deal with an emergency the likes of which has never been seen.

Folks are leaving. To be honest, I never thought things would turn so bad, but we have to look at the facts; the bandits in charge of the United States have created a massive disaster, economic and environmental, but US citizens by allowing the winner takes all mentality to take precedence, have allowed this to manifest. So, every day looks more and more like the fall of Atlantis, (but, apparently, the demise of Atlantis was mercifully quick). So, if we look in terms of payback for all the wars around the world over resources that were instigated by greed, this payback is looking ominous. Please remember, the average American had 20X the resources of the average of the rest of the world. Today, there are women and children being killed by the US military dropping bombs in countries that have done them no wrong. This LOOKS like payback and it LOOKS like it is going to be terrible.

Kindra Arnesen is getting the heck outta dodge!
This woman has seen the writing on the wall.

American Sheeple - Special Publication
This is an excellent summary of information.

My Vision of the Destruction of America
Apocalyptic vision, circa, 1954

Dolphin 'superpod' seen by wildlife spotters off Skye
A pod of about 1,000 dolphins was spotted off the north east coast of Skye

BBC News, 2nd July 2010
A group of wildlife spotters have encountered a massive pod of dolphins on a boat trip off the north coast of Skye.

The boat's owner Nick Davies, who operates out of Gairloch on the mainland, estimated there were about 1,000 short-beaked common dolphin. He said he had only seen such a sight once before in 15 years of operating. Last June, a "superpod" of more than 400 short-beaked common dolphin was recorded in the Moray Firth.

Mr Davies said the Skye pod included adults, juveniles and calves. He said: "They were everywhere you looked for as far as you could see. "There was five square miles where they just filled the sea."

It is thought the massive pod was created when smaller ones grouped together to chase a huge shoal of fish. The pod spotted last June was thought to be a "massive migration" into the North Sea.

Interestingly, PSIGuy at GLP was predicting that the whales and dolphins are going to start protesting about the spill in the Gulf, if this is what is happening with this mass rally, I am impressed! See this video for why the dolphins could be extremely displeased with humans...

Biologists find 'dead zones' around BP oil spill in Gulf
The Guardian, 30th June 2010,
"Methane at 100,000 times normal levels have been creating oxygen-depleted areas devoid of life near BP's Deepwater Horizon spill, according to two independent scientists"
"Scientists are confronting growing evidence that BP's ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico is creating oxygen-depleted "dead zones" where fish and other marine life cannot survive.

In two separate research voyages, independent scientists have detected what were described as "astonishingly high" levels of methane, or natural gas, bubbling from the well site, setting off a chain of reactions that suck the oxygen out of the water. In some cases, methane concentrations are 100,000 times normal levels.*

Apocalypse Now for Whales and Dolphins in Gulf of Mexico
YouTube Video at SOTT

Corexit is Eating Through Boats in the Gulf
Excellent video

Hurricane Alex churns toward Mexican coast
CNN, 30th June 2010
Hurricane Alex churned through the western Gulf of Mexico overnight, slowly picking up steam as officials in northeastern Mexico and southern Texas made preparations.

The Category 1 storm, which became the first June hurricane to form on the Atlantic side of the United States since 1995, is expected to make landfall Wednesday evening. At 5 a.m. ET, Alex was moving west-northwest at 7 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and was about 235 miles southeast of Brownsville, Texas, and 175 miles east of La Pesca, Mexico. President Obama issued a federal emergency declaration for Texas ahead of the expected arrival of Alex, the White House said Tuesday night.

After listening to Matt Simmons, you really have to wonder... So, now we wait to see what happens when gale force winds blow across the shoreline.

FEMA Prepares For Landfall Of Hurricane Alex, 30th June 2010
Alex – first Atlantic Hurricane of 2010
Satellite Radar animation

Public health concerns rise along US Gulf Coast
RT News, 1st July 2010
"What can go wrong will go wrong. Such is the case for the Gulf Coast and the unending saga of the BP oil spill that’s now in its eleventh week. [...]

Winds from Hurricane Alex are pushing tar balls as large as apples onto Gulf Coast beaches. This has stopped cleanup efforts momentarily and even undone some of the spill control. As one marine scientist put it, “We lost all the progress we made.” YouTube version Gulf Coast, grab your gas masks!

World's largest skimmer arrives in Gulf as Alex disrupts oil cleanup
CNN, 1st July 2010
Alex is expected to blow liquid oil onshore! Amazing weather report!
How can this happen!?! Logical thinkers tell people what to expect and they are vilified in the media and then people are given no official warning of the same massive dangers until it's too late!!!! How many people have got gas masks? Absolutely unbelievable! The RT & CNN news pieces are basically telling people nicely that BP has poisoned the environment and you will probably get sick and most likely you will probably die soon after! At times, it's almost feels like these news reports are parody, telling the sheeple what's about to happen to them....

The Gulf of Mexico
Inexplicata, 29th June 2010
The oil industry has the talents of the best geologists and geotechnicians at its service, and is the employer of choice for these disciplines. However, one wonders if an effort to keep the location of a major petroleum strike confidential -- having invested millions in 2--D and 3-D seismic mapping -- BP's quest for oil led it to pierce the main chamber, or a subsidiary one, of an unusual geological phenomenon discovered six years ago.

In the spring of 2003, the German research vessel RV Sonne was engaged in a routine survey of the underwater geological feature known as the Campeche Escarpment at a depths in excess of three thousand meters. Previous imagery of this location had shown the presence of intriguing traces of oil floating in the sea, and the oceanographic vessel deployed a complex video and still camera system to get a better idea of the phenomenon. [...]

The team’s dutiful research into this geological puzzle yielded unexpected results. All their data suggested that the “volcano” they had discovered spewed asphalt instead of lava – something they had never witnessed before. Several kilograms of random samples from the seabed only confirmed their astonishing discovery.

The underwater feature was given the name Chapapote, the Nahuatl term for tar. [...]

Natural tar deposits, millions of years old, are often associated with oil fields, emitting large bubbles of gas. This new geological feature presented signs of natural methane hydrates and hydrocarbons.

These findings were published in Science, May 14, 2004.

Comment: Some FACTS! There has been lots of speculation, but this is the first article I have come across that has cited scientific research that implies that BP has really hit a asphalt volcano in the Gulf of Mexico. This research was even published in Science, so I really don't understand how this 'mistake' could have been made... Hells bells!

Rare 1970s BP Offshore Oil Strike board game donated to toy museum
Saffron Walden Reporter, 6th July 2010
I suppose to the 'Powers That Be' destroying the planet is just another game...

Department of Energy: Segments of Oil Well Casing Were Violently Ejected Upwards Into the Blowout Preventer
Washington Blogspot, 28th June 2010
Oil industry expert Matt Simmons has said for many weeks that the well casing was destroyed by the initial explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig. He said that when oil wells blow out, the casing often shoots up above ground. He has been ridiculed by many because no one has seen well casing on the seafloor. But the Department of Energy has just partly exonerated Simmons.

It's interesting that Simmons spoke the truth and there were immediate attempts to discredit him, but now he is being exonerated. He has just given another amazing interview and states that BP have been lying all along and things are dire.

TruNews Interview of Matt Simmons on BP Oil Crisis 28th June 2010 1-6
Incredible interview!
Matthew Simmons interview start at 7:52. He says that BP has been lying from the start and that the real problem is an open hole 10 miles away. The US government has been duped as they believed BP, but the facts did not stack up and so they only started to realise that BP were lying about 2 weeks ago. At this point, they sent out crews to check what was really going on. He now estimates that the largest oil slick is 400 feet deep, 120 miles wide and maybe 10 miles wide of thick sludge on the sea floor. Simmons talks about hurricanes in part 3 churning up the massive lake of oil that is now covering 40% of the Gulf of Mexico and releasing deadly toxins that are worse than mustard gas. Simmons says a couple of times that BP top executives will end up in jail for manslaughter, but he also talks about the culture of saving money and cost cutting which is an attitude that is still very ingrained. Simmons talks about the real possibilities of biggest power blackout in the history of America, fuel shortage and water desalinisation plants shutting down, plus much more. The interviewer Rick Wiles, is so shocked that Simmons is being allowed to ramble but the information is still sensational. He says that if someone wrote this as a sci-fi book, no one would have believed it possible, but it's happening.... Videos 1- 6 on GLP, here

Download TruNews Interview of Matt Simmons on BP Oil Crisis 28th June 2010 MP3

Senasational Claims By Matt Simmons About The BP Leak
The Big Picture, 30th May 2010
People are now so shocked by what Simmons is saying that people are looking for evidence to backup what he says. There is a quote from Bloomberg News (28th) that has gone unnoticed: "James H. Cowan Jr., a professor at Louisiana State University, said his crew on Wednesday found a plume of oil in a section of the gulf 75 miles northwest of the source of the leak.

Cowan said that his crew sent a remotely controlled submarine into the water, and found it full of oily globules, from the size of a thumbnail to the size of a golf ball. Unlike the plume found east of the leak — in which the oil was so dissolved that contaminated water appeared clear — Cowan said the oil at this site was so thick that it covered the lights on the submarine. [...]

This discovery seems to confirm the fears of some scientists that — because of the depth of the leak and the heavy use of chemical “dispersants” — this spill was behaving differently than others. Instead of floating on top of the water, it may be moving beneath it."

Costner cleanup device gets high marks from BP
Yahoo News, 25th June 2010 (late entry, will re-file later)
It was treated as an oddball twist in the otherwise wrenching saga of the BP oil spill when Kevin Costner stepped forward to promote a device he said could work wonders in containing the spill's damage. But as Henry Fountain explains in the New York Times, the gadget in question — an oil-separating centrifuge — marks a major breakthrough in spill cleanup technology. And BP, after trial runs with the device, is ordering 32 more of the Costner-endorsed centrifuges to aid the Gulf cleanup.

The "Waterworld" actor has invested some $20 million and spent the past 15 years in developing the centrifuges. He helped found a manufacturing company, Ocean Therapy Solutions, to advance his brother's research in spill cleanup technology. In testimony before Congress this month, Costner walked through the device's operation—explaining how it spins oil-contaminated water at a rapid speed, so as to separate out the oil and capture it in a containment tank:

Well, Kevin Costner is so high profile, with machines ready to go that BP dare not ignore this offer. However, it really makes you wonder about the sick state of the oil industry that obviously was not too bothered about promptly cleaning up their own mess and how that was achieved. Well, I am sure many think Costner is a true American hero, Hollywood style!

3rd UPDATE: Gulf Oil Workers Being Evacuated Due To Tropical Storm Alex
Wall Street Journal, 28th June 2010
HOUSTON (Dow Jones)--Tropical Storm Alex, expected to become a hurricane Tuesday, seems to be headed on a path away from the bulk of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico's oil and gas production and refining infrastructure. But some production impact will be felt as one of the largest energy producers in the Gulf said Monday it was shutting down several platforms as a precaution.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) said it had pulled 700 workers from its Gulf operations, and some 835 workers remained offshore. The company is shutting in production from its Western and Central Gulf of Mexico assets to prepare for the potential full evacuation of personnel Tuesday. The company started pulling workers from the Gulf over the weekend. The company didn't specify how much production would be shut or how many platforms were being evacuated.

At 11 a.m. EDT, Alex was located about 85 miles west-northwest of Campeche, Mexico, in the western Gulf of Mexico, and was heading towards southern Texas and northern Mexico. Most U.S. offshore oil and gas platforms are located in the eastern part of the Gulf, far from Alex's forecast path. [...]

While the storm's winds are expected to stay far to the west of the Deepwater Horizon spill, high seas are likely to become an issue this week, said Kent Wells, a senior vice president with BP, in a press briefing. [...] A hurricane watch was issued for parts of the south Texas Gulf coastline area and parts of northern Mexico, the National Hurricane Center reported Monday on its website.

See below:

Tropical Storm Alex crosses the Yucatan Peninsula - GoesSat_June28_28_2010
"HD GOES Satellite view over 2 days as Tropical Storm Alex crosses the Yucatan Peninsula. It hit Belize with 65 mph winds, then weakened as it reemerged over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico with 35 mph winds."

Alex Storm Surge
"Tropical system "Alex" moves west while "surge" dissociates and moves east into Gulf of Mexico making landfall on Louisiana coast. This map is from"

NOAA Hurricane Center: Coastal Watches/Warnings and 5-Day Forecast Cone for Storm Center

Butterfly Effect, Oil Gusher & Edge of Chaos: World Wide Summit?
Huffington Post, 25th June 2010
Does the flap of a Butterfly's wings in Brazil set off a Tornado in Texas? How we strive for predictability, which eludes us more than ever before, yet we don't often stop to ask ourselves: why? According to the Butterfly Effect, the slightest disturbance in one part of the world can trigger a chain of events that create a hurricane in another part of the world. [...]

It is clear that the disturbance to the natural environment caused by the oil gusher is more than the flapping of the butterfly's wing, which represents but a small change in the initial condition of the system. Given the change that the unprecedented oil gusher is bringing about in the global ecosystem, this is likely to cause a chain of events leading to substantial large-scale phenomena. Had this butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different. It leads to the possibility of "Chaos", that whatever is the most unexpected thing at the time happens, ie, a true "Black Swan". As a result, nothing is predictable and even the slightest action can have the most complex reaction.

The author is talking about Black Swans so I could not resist, yes it's very pseudointellectual to talk about the butterfly effect, but this is really a Black Swan Event (and ironically, covered in oil). BP had no idea that their corporate greed and cutting corners would have such a massive detrimental impact and one could almost argue that there is clearly a lazy attitude that presided that if they do screw up it does not matter anyway. Unfortunately for them, they got this very badly wrong, it does matter. So, do you think the Chinese and Russians want a planet that is so badly degraded through human stupidity that it might not be able to support human life? We have talk of a world summit here but the American government could not even bring themselves to accept international offers of help at an early stage, almost like they are plotting their own demise, Atlantis V2.

Reaching too Far, Delving too Deep: The Well from Hell
BP Knows it will get Worse, much Worse

Global Researcher, 27th June 2010
The Dwarves dug too greedily and too deep. You know what they awoke in the darkness of Khazad-dum... shadow and flame. — Saruman, The Lord of the Rings
There is something primordial about BP's quest for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. It's an Icarus-like story of super-ambition; of reaching too far, delving too deep. I don't know if you've stopped to contemplate what BP was trying to do... The well itself started 5,000 feet below the surface. That's the depth of the Grand Canyon from the rim. And then the company attempted to drill more than 30,000 feet below that — Mt. Everest would give 972 feet to spare. Furthermore, the company sought oil in a dangerous area of the seabed.

Others have already made this comparison with the book Lord of the Rings, here is a quote from GLP:
I have finally figured out the sentence that has bugged me all this time!
to paraphase--- "The dwarves were greedy and they DUG TOO DEEP"!
Lord of the Rings in the Mines Of Moria!
I swear in my mind, this is what it seems.
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 801199

"In Tolkiens first sequel of the triology, Silmarillion, Mordorth (1st evil entity) Spews black tar and gas out of his cavern...all crops, trees, lands are destroyed over night, and it keeps almost sounded like oil...and thus the trolls, etc...easily conquered. All that part of the world was abandoned by men and elves...." link
Sometimes, stories are not stories, they are prophecies...

More related reports:

Status Report: BP Slick in Gulf
YouTube, 26th June 2010
"This was the most emotionally disturbing video I have ever done! A flight over the BP Slick Source where I saw at least 100 Dolphins in the oil, some dying. I also photographed a Sperm Whale covered in oil all around it's blow hole."

Lawrence Solomon: Avertible catastrophe
Financial Post, 25th June 2010
How U.S. labour and ­environmental rules blocked Dutch spill-cleanup technology

Top 15 Dumbest Quotes About the Gulf Oil Spill - The Most Ridiculous and Delusional Statements About BP's Oil Spill Disaster
Political Humor, June 2010

Matt Simmons: 20 Million People In Gulf States May Have To Evacuate
Each day, another way to define worst-case for oil spill

The Washington Post, 23rd June 2010
An enduring feature of the gulf oil spill is that, even when you think you've heard the worst-case scenario, there's always another that's even more dire.

The base-line measures of the crisis have steadily worsened. The estimated flow rate keeps rising. The well is like something deranged, stronger than anyone anticipated. BP executives last month said they had a 60 to 70 percent chance of killing it with mud, but the well spit the mud out and kept blowing.

The net effect is that nothing about this well seems crazy anymore. Week by week, the truth of this disaster has drifted toward the stamping ground of the alarmists.

The most disturbing of the worst-case scenarios, one that is unsubstantiated but is driving much of the blog discussion, is that the Deepwater Horizon well has been so badly damaged that it has spawned multiple leaks from the seafloor, making containment impossible and a long-term solution much more complicated.

Well, talk of evacuations have been going on for weeks now and 2 potential hurricanes are now brewing, I have posted enough information about how bad things are, but it could get a whole lot worse. I am sorry to say that people are predicting millions dead. I imagine it will made up from those who are most vulnerable and those who believe the U.S. government and MSM the most. The Katrina hurricane was just warm-up. Anyway, the reports of the U.S government refusing international offers of help implies that if they accept offers, it won't be so easy for them to cover up the scale of this disaster and then if the Gulf goes BOOM then they have a liability issue, (but see the Jones Act info below). It seems they are trying to minimise this and they don't seem to matter if it's their own citizens that get killed. Well this is all so sick and twisted as to defy comprehension. Sorry, but I am not going to speculate on the reasons, there is plenty of theories elsewhere.

NOAA Hurricance Center
Two hurricanes forming, 25th June 2PM EDT 80% chance of formation

Hurricane advisory map 25 June 2010, 18:45 UTC

An Oilicane?
Energy Tribune, 21st June 2010
By meterologist Art Horn

Senator LeMieux on BP spill
Offers of international help turned down, but why?

30 International Offers Of Oil Spill Support Obama Has Thrown Out The Window
Business Insider, 22nd June 2010
Nice slide show of offers turned down

Concerns Grow Over Long-Term Health Effects of Oil Spill
Fox News, 24th June 2010

Here's The Real Reason America Refused International Help On The Oil Spill
Business Insider, 9th June 2010
Explanation of the Jones Act

BP-style horrors coming your way Important New Links
Asia Times, 24th June 2010
On June 15, in their testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the chief executives of America's leading oil companies argued that BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico was an aberration - something that would not have occurred with proper corporate oversight and will not happen again once proper safeguards are put in place.

This is fallacious, if not an outright lie. The Deepwater Horizon explosion was the inevitable result of a relentless effort to extract oil from ever deeper and more hazardous locations. In fact, as long as the industry continues its relentless, reckless pursuit of "extreme energy" - oil, natural gas, coal, and uranium obtained from geologically, environmentally, and politically unsafe areas - more such calamities are destined to occur. [...]

When a dozen American oil workers are executed and a like number held hostage by a newly announced rebel group, the president addresses the nation from the Oval Office, declares that US energy security is at risk, and sends 20,000 Marines and Army troops into the delta to join the Special Operations forces already there. Major port facilities are quickly secured, but

the American expeditionary force soon finds itself literally in an oil quagmire, an almost unimaginable landscape of oil spills in which they find themselves fighting a set of interlocked insurgencies that show no sign of fading. Casualties rise as they attempt to protect far-flung pipelines in an impenetrable swamp not unlike the Mekong Delta of Vietnam War fame.

Well, this article is giving the reason why future oil catastrophes are much more likely if we stay the course... but there are some home truths thrown in for general consumption....

CDC advises “Everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid areas affected by spill; Expert says crude oil contains “some of the most toxic chemicals that we know”
Florida Oil Spill Law, 22nd June 2010
"“It’s completely scientifically dishonest to pooh-pooh the potential here when you are talking about some of the most toxic chemicals that we know,” said Kramer, who is founder and president of consulting firm Epidemiology International in Hunt Valley, Maryland."

Oil spill: Aerial footage of Pensacola Beach [6:54] Terrible!, 23rd June 2010
"Aerial video footage taken by personnel aboard an Escambia County Sheriff's Office helicopter helps to illustrate the extent of the oil and tar that blanketed Pensacola Beach on Wednesday."

Kids Playing in Oil Covered Destin Beach Fl June 23rd 2010
I-Witness Video

Kindra Arnesan - Gulf Emergency Summit - 19th June 2010
Video: Louisiana Woman Tells It How It Is! With Attitude!!

BP are already complaining that the clean-up operation is too expensive and they need to cut costs! That's how these idiots got into this mess in the first place!

Louisiana Official Furious at Obama: 'They All Need to Rot in Hell for This'
Fox News, 24th June 2010 Officials playing politics while Rome burns

Shell Oil ex-CEO: “Whole casing system is deteriorating”, “We’re just getting a gusher” Video: Excellent summary and comments from ex-Shell boss
Florida Oil Spill Law, 24th June 2010

Shep Smith Rages On Fox News Colleague For Defending BP (VIDEO)
Huffington Post, 25th June 2010
I think there are going to be more screaming fits as this progresses

Tropical Storm May Threaten BP’s Cleanup, Spread Oil (Update2)
Bloomberg Business Week, 22nd June 2010
June 22 (Bloomberg) -- The first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season may enter the Gulf of Mexico as soon as next week, possibly disrupting BP Plc’s efforts to clean up the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

A system of thunderstorms in the Caribbean may strengthen into a tropical storm this week before heading into the Gulf between Mexico and Cuba, said Jim Rouiller, a senior energy meteorologist at Planalytics Inc. in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.

The storm currently has a 40 percent chance of developing, according to the National Hurricane Center.

We simply don't know what will happen but I would worry about an unstable well that has been out of control for 2 months, in a geologically active area... People are extremely rattled and the rumourmill has turned into fact within weeks on this one. Unless there is some kind of miracle were are seeing an escalating Hollywood style apocalypse. One rumour I heard and I am only stating it because it is logical if they nuke this well and it goes wrong, but there is a chance of an underwater landslide and a tsunami, and variations on this theme, so the military folk are urging their families to move north of I-20. Check it out on the map. Sorry folks, but when geologists talk about Armageddon they are not joking... more back up doom below:

Has BP Summoned the Fires of Hell?
Rick Ackerman, 14th June 2010

The real consequences of an ocean floor collapse
Huliq News, 22nd June 2010

Could Gulf Oil Leak Lead to Methane-Bubble Tsunami? BP Responds Update
Politics Daily, 22nd June 2010
BP's View: "BP America spokesman Robert Wine told Surge Desk that Matai's claims were unfounded, saying: "Of course there's natural gas down there. That's what's coming up, that's what we've been burning this whole time. It's what caused the explosion in the first place, after all, so where does this idea of another bubble or explosion come from? It is a bit difficult to comment on the claims of unspecified geologists."
Word must spread very fast these days for BP to comment and one must assume that the information is coming from geologists who are frankly in shock...

Problem With Cap Causes More Oil to Gush in Gulf
New York Times, 23rd June 2010

Methane in Gulf "astonishingly high": U.S. scientist
Reuters, 22nd June 2010

History Channel Mega Disasters - Methane Explosion
"History Channel "Mega Disasters" series. This explores the controversial paper published by Northwestern University's Gregory Ryskin. His thesis: the oceans periodically produce massive eruptions of explosive methane gas... enough to cause global catastrophe on a regular basis!"

Deepwater Horizon Rig Oil Spill Monitoring
"We thank NOAA, NASA and ESA for providing our society with such wonderful Earth observing satellite data."

Egypt oil spill threatens Red Sea marine life
Yahoo News, 20th June 2010
CAIRO (AFP) – An oil spill off the Egyptian Red Sea coast of Hurghada threatening to damage marine life in the area has prompted environmental agencies to demand tighter regulation of offshore oil platforms.

Large quantities of oil have appeared in recent days around the resorts of Hurghada which draw millions of tourists who come to dive or snorkle, according to the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Agency.

"It started four or five days ago and the companies responsible didn't notify anyone. It is catastrophic," HEPCA Managing Director Amr Ali told AFP.

The spill was caused by leakage from an offshore oil platform north of Hurghada and has polluted protected areas and showed up on tourist beach resorts. "The companies have said they will pay damages, but it is the environmental damage that we are concerned about," Ali said, declining to name the companies for legal reasons.

Probably pipeline corrosion due to Space Weather, it's now a major problem, something I pointed out in my book that was published in September 2006. Certain technological infrastructure is not able to cope, but of course, the money makers are too greedy and stupid to realise that they were fighting a losing battle... Apparently, BP is a long term offender here too, most likely this will knock the share price... see article with map Oil spills poison the Red Sea

Oil Coating Seafloor and Killing Fish, Crabs ... and the American Dream
Washington's Blog, 20th June 2010

BP ‘burning sea turtles alive’
The Raw Story, 20th June 2010
"A rare and endangered species of sea turtle is being burned alive in BP's controlled burns of the oil swirling around the Gulf of Mexico, and a boat captain tasked with saving them says the company has blocked rescue efforts."
More great PR from BP

Where is the Oil Spill?
Washington's Blog, 18th June 2010
It's the largest environmental disaster in U.S. - and possibly world - history. But do you know exactly where it is? Could you point to a map and show where the oil rig sank?

Do you know what the topography of the surrounding area is? Hint: If you think it's flat seafloor - as implied by BPs drawings - you'd be wrong (the spill site is actually located within a giant canyon system, rather than on flat ground). This essay will provide some basic orientation as to ground zero for the oil spill. [...]
  • (1) The spill site is located in a steep canyon;
  • (2) There are hundreds of feet of loose mud and muck on top of the sea floor in this area; and
  • (3) Many deepwater, oi-rich areas within the Gulf are tectonically active.

Excellent information... But, how the hell did BP get permission to drill at this location. Unbelievable! More...

Chris Landau: B.P., Halliburton and Transocean Have Unleashed Armageddon and Now There is No Stopping It
OpEd News, 11th June 2010

Gulf oil full of methane, adding new concerns
AP, 18th June 2010
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- It is an overlooked danger in the oil spill crisis: The crude gushing from the well contains vast amounts of natural gas that could pose a serious threat to the Gulf of Mexico's fragile ecosystem.

The oil emanating from the seafloor contains about 40 percent methane, compared with about 5 percent found in typical oil deposits, said John Kessler, a Texas A&M University oceanographer who is studying the impact of methane from the spill.

That means huge quantities of methane have entered the Gulf, scientists say, potentially suffocating marine life and creating "dead zones" where oxygen is so depleted that nothing lives.

"This is the most vigorous methane eruption in modern human history," Kessler said. Methane is a colorless, odorless and flammable substance that is a major component in the natural gas used to heat people's homes. Petroleum engineers typically burn off excess gas attached to crude before the oil is shipped off to the refinery. That's exactly what BP has done as it has captured more than 7.5 million gallons of crude from the breached well.

So, what we have here is a methane bomb. Every day, this is getting more and more apocalyptic... What's worse is people believe that it is likely to blow...

Did BP Start Losing Containment of the Oil Well in February?
Washington's Blog, 17th June 2010
A good summary of the evidence, we read: "...massive evidence that BP has been criminally negligent."

Deep sea methane: Energy Saviour Or Impending Disaster?
Science Notes , 2004 Proof that oil companies and drillers knew the risks were high.
"Normally, the pressure of hundreds of meters of water above keeps the frozen methane stable. But heat flowing from oil drilling and pipelines has the potential to slowly destabilize it, with possibly disastrous results: Melting hydrate might trigger underwater landslides as it decomposes. Scientists hypothesize, in fact, that 8,000 years ago, decomposing hydrate helped to generate a gigantic landslide under the North Sea. The resulting tsunami scoured the Norwegian fjords and scattered seafloor sediment across Holland and Scotland. While no one is predicting that drilling could catalyze an event of such catastrophic proportions, an underwater slide in an oil field could cause enormous environmental damage from oil spills that couldn’t be easily stopped."

BP scaring the crap out of people: dispersants having laxative effect on Floridians
Before It's News, 17th June 2010
"Air reeking of petroleum and oil fumes, rain tainted by petrochemicals and carcinogenic volatile organic compounds, combined with a predicted intense hurricane season and the possibility of a 20 milewide,[by 5 miles,] 10 foot high natural gas field in the Gulf exploding with catastrophic results, has become the perfect storm of disasters."

The Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill Is Making A Lot Of People Really Sick
End of the Amwrican Dream, 16th June 2010
"The most common symptoms being reported by oil spill disaster workers include vomiting, dizziness, headaches and shortness of breath."

16 Burning Questions About Gulf Oil Spill...
Silicon Investor, 17th June 2010

New video shows evolution of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, April 20-June 13
University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
YouTube, 18th June 2010

How the ultimate BP Gulf disaster could kill millions This is not unrealistic...
"According to some geological experts, BP's operations set into motion a series of events that may be irreversible."
Richard Hoagland gave a good summary on Youtube link

Who Died And Made BP The King Of The Gulf Of Mexico?
Business Insider, 18th June 2010
"Over the last several weeks, members of the mainstream media attempting to cover the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been yelled at, harassed, kicked off public beaches and threatened with arrest. The Obama administration keeps promising "to improve media access", but so far their promises haven't seemed to make much difference. In fact, a recent AP report detailed several recent highly disturbing incidents of journalist intimidation...."

Cracks Show BP Battled Well Two Months Before Blast (Update1)
Bloomberg News, 17th June 2010
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.

“Once they realized they had oil down there, all the decisions they made were designed to get that oil at the lowest cost,” said Peter Galvin of the Center for Biological Diversity, which has been working with congressional investigators probing the disaster. “It’s been a doomed voyage from the beginning.” [...]

On March 10, BP executive Scherie Douglas e-mailed Frank Patton, the mineral service’s drilling engineer for the New Orleans district, telling him: “We’re in the midst of a well control situation.” The incident was a “showstopper,” said Robert Bea, an engineering professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who has consulted with the Interior Department on offshore drilling safety. “They damn near blew up the rig.”

Well, the rig blew up on April 20th, 6 weeks after a engineering expert had been shocked by BP's recklessness... So now we know why senior BP management sold their shares and Goldman Sachs sold 40% of their BP share holdings because things were looking very bad... This is a completely criminal...

BP Admits That - If It Tries to Cap the Leak - the Whole Well May Blow
Blacklisted News, 16th June 2010
3 interviews by MSNBC, CNN, Bloomberg News of oil experts who new the truth weeks ago...

Sea creatures flee oil spill, gather near shore
Yahoo News, 16th June 2010
Dolphins and sharks are showing up in surprisingly shallow water just off the Florida coast. Mullets, crabs, rays and small fish congregate by the thousands off an Alabama pier. Birds covered in oil are crawling deep into marshes, never to be seen again.

Marine scientists studying the effects of the BP disaster are seeing some strange — and troubling — phenomena. Fish and other wildlife are fleeing the oil out in the Gulf and clustering in cleaner waters along the coast. But that is not the hopeful sign it might appear to be, researchers say.

The animals' presence close to shore means their usual habitat is badly polluted, and the crowding could result in mass die-offs as fish run out of oxygen. Also, the animals could easily get devoured by predators.

There are complaints about the clean up efforts being for show purposes and people are getting paid to do literally nothing, but quite frankly, what's the point until the source of the oil spill is stopped? Unless we get a miracle, or the fractured wells and surrounding reservoir are nuked to seal the leak, as people don't believe the relief wells will work, (if the nuke actually works and informed opinion is divided about this too especially as the U.S. Military would be in charge (cough...)), then what is the point of cleaning up as it will be have to be done time and time again. The whole things is devasting... However, at the same time, BP and other oil companies have been comitting this kind of atrocity all over the planet and only certain incidents have had real publicity, as often it's only the poor that are most effected and so are ignored. Well, now the chickens have come home to roost because BP were allowed by the US Administration to behaved as irresponsibly as they have in other countries run by bandits.

# Oil Spill Threatens Native American Water Village
"National Geographic documentary video clip [5:14]

Dead whale found in Gulf of Mexico
Chron Business, 17th June 2010

BP and Halliburton's Role in the Gulf Oil Disaster-- Well Casing Horror Story
Global Research, 16th June 2010
Right from the beginning, it was reported right away-- that Halliburton's job was to cement and seal the well casing. But I misunderstood what that meant. I took it to mean that Halliburton's job was to seal the connection between the well-head and the top of the pipe that was drilled 18,000 feet into the ground. Wrong.

Halliburton's job was to seal the well casing. When a well like the Gulf disaster well on BP's Macondo prospect oil field is drilled, they start with a big hole-- about 22 inches in diameter. Then, after a few or five thousand feet, they go to a smaller diameter, say 16 inches, then 12 inches, 11 inches, 9 inches. That initial drilling hole is the well casing. It's like a several mile long inverted cone. When the well is completed, they put a heavier duty four inch pipe all the way down the well. That's what the oil is supposed to flow through.

Halliburton's job was to seal the well casing with concrete-- all three plus miles of casing, so the four inch pipe was surrounded with concrete. New disclosures make it clear that BP made decisions to cut costs which reduced the safety of the job Haliburton did.

I actually prefer the reports that are more technical because there is a need to establish the facts and so far, it's looking like BP decided to cut too many corners that led to an inevitable mega disaster. The fact that others are claiming they could have prevented the escalation is also extremely worrying, but this has escalated into a planetary sized catastrophe. More:

BP: 'Small People' Matter To Us, Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg Says (VIDEO)
Huffington Post, 16th June 2010

BP Chair: 'We Care About The Small People'
YouTube, 16th June 2010
I like this comment: "I think that's what Gulliver said? when he woke up and found himself tied up by the Lilliputians."

BP chief apologizes for "small people" remark
Reuters, 16th June 2010

Oil Industry Veteran Explains Why Nuclear Option For Gulf Spill Is Only Option Left
Bloomberg, 15th June 2010
"June 15 (Bloomberg) -- Matthew Simmons, founder of the Ocean Energy Institute, talks with Bloomberg's Lori Rothman about BP Plc's oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico and his view that the use of a "small-bore nuclear device" is now the "only option" to stop the flow of oil. (Source: Bloomberg)"

Could explosives seal off the Gulf oil leak?
BBC News, 15th June 2010
BP's engineers have tried several methods to block off the flow from the well that is causing the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Continue reading the main story Oil above the LMRP containment cap in the area of the cut riser pipe at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico (Reuters) Q&A: Franz Gayl

But oil continues to flow into the ocean, with potentially disastrous consequences for the environment. Now a former US military scientist has proposed a seemingly radical solution: detonating a massive bomb underwater to seal the leaking well. It sounds like an extreme measure, but could such a plan actually succeed?

This is starting to remind me of the fall of Atlantis and the misuse of natural resources that turned destructive. OK, this has been done on land before and worked, but I will warn that some people think it will create a massive tsunami and 50-200 miles inland will be lost. There are some possibe outcomes that are just completely catastrophic. The GLP board is famed for attracting conspiracy talk, but the doom meter is now off the scale...

BP: Oil Containment Efforts Resume After Ship Fire
ABC News, 15th June 2010
"A drill ship resumed siphoning off oil gushing from a blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday after a bolt of lightning struck the vessel and ignited a fire that halted containment efforts, the company said."

YouTube Video: An Atomic Bomb will stop the Gulf Oil Leak, LOOK!
"Here's some vintage USSR propaganda showing us how they extinguished a gas leak fire. The same technique could be used for the oil leak in the gulf. The Russians used nukes to put out fires like this a total of 5 times."

YouTube Video: Lake Peigneur (disappearing lake) History Channel footage
A drilling disaster explained

BP E-mail: Doomed Rig a "Nightmare Well"
CBS News, 14th June 2010
BP hoped to drill the well in 51 days for $96 million. But things ran way behind schedule and over budget, reports CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson.

Leasing the Deepwater Horizon cost BP a million dollars every two days. The day of the explosion, the rig was already 43 days late for its next job. Investigators say that may be why BP took so many risks. Like choosing a cheaper well casing over a safer option that would have cost $7 to $10 million more. [...]

On going the cheaper route, internal BP emails read: "saves a lot of time … saves a good deal of time/money." BP also rejected advice from Halliburton, the contractor hired to finish out the well. Halliburton recommended using 21 so-called "centralizers" to keep the well casing centered.

A BP official, John Guide, worried that would "take 10 hours ... I do not like this." Instead of 21, BP decided to use just six. Halliburton warned that would mean a well with "a severe gas flow problem." Of the risk, one BP Engineer, Brett Cocales, wrote: "who cares, it's done, end of story, will probably be fine."

This is some real confirmation that BP engineers had completely taken their eye off the ball, and were being dictated to by accountants. As I wrote previously, it seems that the mentality was "time is money" and when they were running late, engineers tried to cut corners with complete disregard to safety...

Tide of anger may turn an ecological tragedy into a political nightmare
The Guardian, 13th June 2010
"Fifty days in, the backlash from the BP oil spill is being felt on both sides of the Atlantic. As the special relationship comes under strain, Obama invests an unprecedented amount of presidential time on a visit to the Gulf, while Cameron faces rightwing flak"
BP will NEVER recover, the corporate strategy of lying and deceitfulness is untenable, it's all over....

Report: BP Hires Blackstone Group, Goldman Sachs To Defend Itself Against Takeover Attempts
Business Insider, 14th June 2010
"Fox Business reports that BP has hired two banks to defer any kind of takeover attempt a rival company (like ExxonMobil, perhaps) would make."
It's all over...

BP Call Center Employee Admits: 'We're A Diversion' (VIDEO)
Huffington Post, 14th June 2010
It's in the nature of customer service call centers to be unhelpful, but in the case of the Gulf oil spill, the frustration of Gulf Coast residents has been so overwhelming that one contract employee at the West Houston BP Call Center felt the need to come forward and voice her concerns with KHOU Channel 11 in Houston, Texas.

Speaking under the cloak of anonymity as "Janice," the call center employee describes the operation as nothing more than a "diversion." [...]

"We're a diversion to stop them from really getting to the corporate office, to the big people," said Janice. The calls come in from around the world, but it's the desperation of those on the Gulf Coast that has affected her the most.

"I don't want to get emotional, but it's so frustrating when these people live right there and nothing is being done to help them," the operator said. For weeks on end, 12 hours a day, there is a little secret that Janice said she has witnessed firsthand.

Apparently, the orginal KHOU Channel 11 news story and video has been pulled, but it is expected that this story will go viral on the internet, people are really sick of BP BS.

Stewart On Latest BP Developments: "We Are So F--ked" (VIDEO)
During last night's "Daily Show," Jon Stewart assessed the ongoing oil spill disaster and the new developments that have occurred. His conclusion: "We are so f--ked."
I have to agree, I'm with Costner...

BP's latest oil-spill cleaning tool: paper towels?
Yahoo News, 11th June 2010
From the time the oil from BP's busted well first came ashore in Grand Isle, Louisiana, Mother Jones reporter Mac McClelland has been snooping around, and posting what she's seen, smelled and heard there on the magazine's website and her Twitter page.

This week she traveled to Grande Terre, a small island just east of Grand Isle that BP has fought hard to keep reporters away from. She reached the island by kayak and was greeted by an odd spectacle:

There is some serious snooping going on from people who simply don't care about BP's image which has already been destroyed. I did see a video and comments, but at the time, I could not comprehend that this was true, if BP used hay then it would be more understandable...

Did BP Fail to Act on a Method to Stop the Oil Leak During Top Kill?
PRS Newswire, June 2010
NEW ORLEANS, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert Hunt, of Linear Power, Ltd., appeared before the Saint Bernard Parish Council in LA during their session on June 1st while the "Top Kill" was still underway where he warned the council that BP's plan to cut the riser pipe would increase the flow of oil two to three fold, which government experts now confirm has happened. Hunt stated that he had pleaded with BP to take immediate action to employ his plan to use strong magnets to stop the leaking oil.

Hunt also spoke to the Harrison County Mississippi Board of Supervisors during their June 7th meeting where they passed a resolution directed to BP, the Coast Guard, and the President requesting that they take immediate action upon ideas submitted to them by outside experts to find a solution to the leaking BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Well by experts like Hunt. Councilman at Large Wayne Landry of St. Bernard Parish confirmed that his council plans to pass a similar resolution. [...]

The magnetic top kill idea that Hunt and co-worker George Reed came up with uses concrete that is mixed using pieces of magnetic metal instead of rocks. Powerful permanent magnets that are unaffected by depth are placed on the outside the casing of the well at the leaks where they attract the metallic solids in the concrete pumped over the magnets that draw it to where it is needed and where it is held in place by the powerful magnetic field in order to overcome the pressure of the oil. Graphics of the magnetic top kill process may be seen at the Hunt affiliated websites below.

Psychopaths don't tend to think about what's best for everyone else... there is no win, win, win for these people i.e. I win, you win and we all win, it's not part of the neurological development in thinking and our society tends to love the psychopaths... whose motto is I win, you lose... If you are not sure, take a visit over to, they have been doing article after article about psychopaths in society for quite some time now.

BP Official Admits to Damage BENEATH THE SEA FLOOR
Washington Blog, 12th June 2010
As I noted Tuesday, there is growing evidence that BP's oil well - technically called the "well casing" or "well bore" - has suffered damage beneath the level of the sea floor.

The evidence is growing stronger and stronger that there is substantial damage beneath the sea floor. Indeed, it appears that BP officials themselves have admitted to such damage. This has enormous impacts on both the amount of oil leaking into the Gulf, and the prospects for quickly stopping the leak this summer.

Well, the rumours have been doing the rounds for some time now, but now everyone is talking, this is so serious as to be in the realms of a true apocalypse, in the modern-day meaning of the term. I have started to think that all along, BP management have been behaving and reacting in a knee jerk manner. It's like the tunnel vision was "drill, baby, drill", "time is money", and then when things go wrong, it's time to "cover-up". Please consider the calm and callous response by the BP CEO, Tony Hayward that fisherman who were being employed by BP to clean-up were getting "food poisoning". We have been learning about people with clever ideas or people with offers to help have been turned away and really it's part of the same pathological mentality. However, this is not about one company, it's about the widespread mentality of greed and stupidity, where people think a whole society can get along by cutting everyone else's throat. Every sector of society doing this to everyone else, one way or the other and not realising that this is really not the time to be doing this. We have universal forces watching on with the ammunition to obliterate parts of the humanity that are not willing to cooperate with the upward progression of humanity. We are not talking about next years balance sheet, the health of a planet and the progression of humanity is thought of in a much longer time span. It's only the ignorant that know nothing about the true history of mankind who think universal forces will allow stupid and greedy humans to do this much damage – with no consequences.

Flight over BP Oil disaster Day 52: James Fox with Marine Biologist, Dr. Carl Safina
"James Fox flew over the BP Gulf oil disaster with Marine Biologist Dr. Carl Safina who's president of Blue Ocean Institute on day 52 of the BP Oil spill. What we saw and documented was horrific."

Ocean currents likely to carry oil along Atlantic coast
UCAR News, 3rd June 2010

Richard Shephard ~ Aerial Photography specializes in Low Altitude Aerial Imagery
BP Oil Spill Galleries of Photos
Oil Disaster (Photos)

U.S. Estimates Double Oil Flow Into Gulf
Fox News, 11th June 2010
With each new look by scientists, the oil spill just keeps looking worse. New figures for the blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico show the amount of oil spewing may have been up to twice as much as previously thought, according to scientists consulting with the federal government.

That could mean 42 million gallons to more than 100 million gallons of oil have already fouled the Gulf's fragile waters, affecting people who live, work and play along the coast from Louisiana to

Some analysts think it's all over with BP and the British are fighting back because they have British pensions to think about. Well, BP should have thought about that when they took on this risky venture and screwed up bigtime, there are reports of people getting sick now and a real fear that people along the Gulf coast will have to evacuate. The discussion about the use of extremely toxic dispersants is frightening and there are videos of fish thrashing about in the ocean trying to come up for oxygen which is awful, but I still can't buy the conspiracy theory. I think people were in the normal mode of cutting corners and treating this new venture like every other well that had been drilled before and it seems that the fact it was an attempt at drilling the deepest ever well and that they might encounter new conditions seem to have been forgotten. Therefore, the decision to use sea water instead of mud to keep the well under control looks like an obvious criminal act. The BP image icon used here is courtesy of Greenpeace who are no doubt on the war path too, see BP logo competition entries with the link provided below... Here are more reports and videos:

Toxic Corexit dispersant chemicals remained secret as feds colluded with Big Business Natural News, 11th June 2010

BP brand faces further damage as oil crisis deepens
Marketing Week, 11th June 2010

BP plans to defer dividend after pressure from Obama
The Times, 11th June 2010

BP is Not Aware of Any Reason for Share Price Movement
BP, 10th June 2010 Priceless!

Barack Obama's attacks on BP hurting British pensioners
The Telegraph, 9th June 2010

BP calls for Russian mini-subs to tackle oil spill - paper
RIA novosti, 7th June 2010

Greenpeace competition to redesign the BP logo (25 pictures)
The Guardian, 10th June 2010

Hilarious Take On The BP Oil Spill From The Upright Citizens Brigade
Business Insider, 10th June 2010

BP oil spill fears hit North Sea as Norway bans drilling
Norway has banned new deepwater oil drilling in the North Sea amid in a sign that panic over BP's Gulf of Mexico spill is spreading.

The Telegraph, 9th June 2010
As the political fall-out moved beyond America, US President Barack Obama attacked BP chief executive Tony Hayward, saying he should have been sacked for tactless comments after the spill. Britain yesterday ruled out a moratorium "for the moment" on deep water exploration, but Norway, its North Sea neighbour, said it had sufficient concerns to halt all new drilling until a full inquiry is conducted into the cause of BP's leak.

People are very frightened, maybe this is just a response to placate a few... At the moment, I am still having difficulty believing that BP deliberately sought this disaster and tragedy on the themselves and the Gulf. We know that oil companies have a long history of abusing the environment, look at Africa, where it is obvious they simply do not care, but the United States is a country that specialises in litigation and the stock market knows how to weaken a company so that it can be easily taken over. The CEO moaning about wanting his life back, does not sound like someone who deliberately chose to create a nightmare. Now, there are lots of reports of oil leaking beneath the sea floor, it's all seems to be getting worse. I have been seeing many links now to predictions and quite frankly, many people are also talking about judgement coming to the United States, but it's unrealistic to think it will stop there. I would not mention it, but I was struck a few years ago about the need for some payback by a respected metaphysical source. Also, you will find that Mayan Elder Carlos Barrios predicted that the beaches were going to burn and that was only April 2007, see

Mayan Elders Warn . There is already one news clip of a reporter standing in oil on a beach saying that the oil retains heat and was hot enough to burn...

PJ Hahn: 'BP has lied to us from day one. We could have stopped the oil'
The Independent, 9th June 2010

Witness statement says bosses knew Gulf oil rig disaster was 'gonna happen': report
New York Post, 8th June 2010

Waterworld Meets BP Spill
Motherjones, 9th June 2010
"Kevin Costner, best known for his role in Bull Durham (or Dances with Wolves, or Waterworld, depending on whom you ask), will appear before a House panel today to discuss the need for research and development of technologies to clean up oil spills, in light of the ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico."

Oil Surfing Pensacola Beach, FL
YouTube: Surfers with oxygen masks, they are making a point...

Gulf Oil Spill-Bioremediation Solution Restores Environment in Just Six Weeks
It's a Mother Earth solution, just like the microbes that can eat nuclear waste, but it's not popular with money makers, because it's a exceedingly cheap solution and these kind of people are only interested in making lots of money and appearing to be "top dog".

The chasm between Apollo and the Gulf
Watts Up With That, 1st June 2010
I am honored to present this guest post by Apollo 17 astronaut and geologist Dr. H. Harrison Schmitt – Anthony

President Obama’s Administration and its supportive media repeatedly say our 1970 Apollo 13 experience is analogous to the effort to contain and cap the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Not hardly!

The rescue of Astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert, after an oxygen tank explosion on their spacecraft, illustrates how complex technical accidents should be handled, in contrast to the Gulf fiasco. Nothing in the government’s response to the blowout and explosion on the Deepwater Horizon and its aftermath bears any resemblance to the response to the Apollo 13 situation by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration and its Mission Control team at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. [...]

Long-term, history reminds us that naturally and accidentally released oil in the oceans disappears due to bacterial action. Remember that the fuel oil which blackened the world’s beaches as a result of World War II ship destruction disappeared after only a few years, and ocean life survived. The Gulf oil spill will not be this Nation’s most serious environmental crisis: World War II tops it by orders of magnitude in more than just this respect.

OK, it seems that Dr. Harrison wants the facts out in the public domain rather than the Obama Administration spin, but his views are thought provoking.

BP CEO Hayward: “I want my life back”
Hayward gaffe fuels BP's woes as shares plunge 15% - Energy - Management Today
Management Today, 1st June 2010
Another £14bn off the share price, the CEO in bother, and still no sign of a solution - it just gets worse for BP...

Another rotten morning for BP: after its latest efforts to stem the Gulf of Mexico oil spill ended in miserable failure this weekend, its share price sank another 15% today, wiping some £14bn off its value. But as BP’s efforts to stop the oil gushing out get increasingly desperate, CEO Tony Hayward hasn’t exactly been doing his bit to win friends and influence people State-side. ‘There’s nobody who wants this over more than I do. I want my life back,’ he apparently told a US radio station – rather unfortunate, especially given that his finer feelings aren’t exactly high on US priority lists at the moment...

People are calling this an Extinction Level Event and BP's CEO is fed up that his life is not exactly how he would want it! After watching 60 Minutes on YouTube, where Deepwater Horizon survivor Chief Electronics Engineer, Mike Williams describes BP's cowboy mentality, we are left in no doubt that this disaster was inevitable. Williams states: "all the things that they told us could not happen, happened". He was left twice by a lifeboat and a liferaft, despite weekly drills where people are "trained" what to do to make sure everybody gets out in an emergency. He was forced to jump off the rig, 10 storeys and he still survived, when he was rescued but he does not say by who which is a curiosity, did the US Navy show up? Whatever, it reveals there are too many people who only care about themselves, it's ME, ME, ME! Share price plunges are just not enough, penalty fines are just not enough, but quite frankly, it's an issue of humans with low consciousness, who simply don't have the ability to see the bigger picture. Now some want to nuke the well, but that's crazy, because there are major issues with the whole land plate of North America, as the drilling for oil on land has left a highly dangerous situation. Another mystery is now unfolding as people's attention is now focused on their survival. The stupidity and short sightedness justs goes on and on, and we are living at a time when universal consciousness can deal with shortsighted humans very effectively.

YouTube: BP CEO On Need To Stop Oil Spill: 'I Would Like My Life Back'
YouTube Video, June 2010

The Gulf Oil Spill Tracker
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BP oil spill: death and devastation – and it's just the start
It could take months or years for the true impact of the spill on surrounding ecosystems to emerge
Guardian, 31st May 2010
The White House says the BP oil spill is probably the greatest environmental disaster the US has faced, but the true impact on surrounding ecosystems could take months or even years to emerge. Experts say the unprecedented depth of the spill, combined with the use of chemicals that broke the oil down before it reached the surface, pose an unknown threat.

"It's difficult to marshal resources to do a thorough job of charting what the impacts are," Jeffrey Short, an environmental chemist who worked on the effects of the Exxon Valdez spill, told Nature magazine. "It's especially difficult when weird things happen to catch the scientific community bysurprise. That's clearly the case here."

Federal Government Opens Criminal Investigation of Gulf Oil Spill
Fox News, 1st June 2010
(Also Slideshow with 90 Photos)

Dying, dead marine wildlife paint dark, morbid picture of Gulf Coast following oil spill
NY Daily News, 2nd June 2010

BP's shares fall 13% after plan to stop oil leak fails
BBC News, 1st June 2010
"The markets are pricing in an apocalyptic scenario," said Evgeny Solovyov, equity analyst at SG Securities in London.

This scares everybody — that we can’t make it stop, says BP chief
Times Online, 31st May 2010
With the failure of its latest attempt to stem the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, BP was running out of time, money and friends yesterday as it prepared another, even riskier, plan of attack.

“We failed to wrestle the beast to the ground,” Bob Dudley, the company’s managing director, said after BP admitted that the much vaunted “top kill” operation had not worked. President Obama called the news “as enraging as it is heartbreaking”. [...]

Five methods of stemming the leak or containing the oil have been tried; all have failed or been aborted. The list of options is dwindling, the odds in favour of success are slim and since the crisis began on April 20 about 40 million gallons of crude have fouled the waters, according to government figures.

“This scares everybody — the fact that we can’t make this well stop flowing, the fact that we haven’t succeeded so far,” said BP’s chief operating officer, Doug Suttles.

Well, someone has made a suggestion and my brain has just gone ping! What is happening now should not surprise a few knowledgeable thinkers in the metaphysical community. There were chanelled messages – warnings a few years ago was that we would NOT be allowed to continue drilling for oil and at the time I believed that geomagnetic conditions would make this impossible. I was wrong. According to an anonymous person at GLP, the undersea deposits of methane are starting to melt all over the world. Since I have avoided talking geology generally on this blog and in my book, the earthquakes and volcanic activity are clear indicators that Earth is heating up from the inside due to the massive inputs of energy from space weather. So note the recent problem in the North Sea, Gas build-up threatens North Sea oil rig , where we read:
"Ninety oil workers have been evacuated from a North Sea rig as engineers fight to control a huge build up of pressure in a well which critics say has the potential to blow-up the platform and cause a major environmental problem."
At the moment, things are moving into realms of biblical prophecy... I had not paid much attention to comments about why the oil is red, but lots of people are now quoting Revelations!
"And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and that had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed." Revelation 8:8-9
So whilst, the bankers, business try to carry on as if nothing is happening, the impact of Space Weather and massive increases in the Earth's energy is now becoming obvious. More: The Gulf Oil Disaster & Biblical Prophecy Parallels, Gulf Oil Disaster Of Biblical Proportions?

BP's behaviour in the Gulf is appalling. But our thirst for oil is the real issue
Science will solve this crisis, but the real cause is America's demands and our refusal to pay oil's true price
The Guardian, 30th May 2010
As this piece is written, act one of the Gulf of Mexico tragedy continues, agonisingly, to unfold. We, the people of the region, keep hoping to leave behind the terrifying explosions and ghastly loss of human life, the dread invoked by black jets billowing endlessly from below and the floating oil spreading over an ever-growing area. [...]

I am told that Britons like to measure areas by comparison to the size of Wales. The oil spill stretching across the Gulf is now far bigger than Wales; it's about the size of Scotland and growing by more than 1,500 square kilometres (580 square miles) a day. It was my observation, in satellite images of this inexorable spread, that led me to conclude in early May that the rate of release being cited by BP and repeated by our coastguard – 1,000 barrels a day – was preposterous.

After initial pressure, the rate was upped to 5,000 barrels per day – still too low by my estimation by at least a factor of five. BP, however, refused to make any effort to estimate the flow, claiming this could jeopardise its response efforts, which could not possibly be any greater, it avowed.

Written by Ian R MacDonald, Professor of Oceanography, Florida State University. Some folk are very very frightened and some commentators are calling this an Extinction Level Event. We will have to see if they start evaculating parts of Florida, it's that bad. I think most are starting to agree – Beyond Pathetic.

Energy expert: Nuking oil leak ‘only thing we can do’
Raw Story, 29th May 2010
This was the suggestion well before we found out that Top Kill had failed, but it might be a very bad idea.
‘Difference of opinion’ on BP’s oil rig hours before explosion
Times Online, 31st May 2010

Oil spill creates huge undersea 'dead zones'
The Independent, 31st May 2010
"Clouds of crude and chemical dispersants have formed in the Gulf of Mexico and oceanologists fear these could have devastating effects on the food chain"

60 Minutes - BP disaster - Deepwater Horizon survivor Mike Williams pt 1
At about 4 minutes, Mike Williams says that a previous well had to be abandoned because in an attempt to 'speed things up', the well fractured -- poor thinking -- it all went to hell. This old well is probably the cause of the oil plume 6-7 miles away. This video has to be watched!

Hurricane plus oil equals more problems
CNN, 28th May 2010
A predicted busy hurricane season this summer is on a collision course with an unprecedented oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the results are anyone's guess, weather experts say. "The problem is that this is a man-made experiment we wish we hadn't made," said Jenni Evans, a professor of meteorology at Penn State University. Scientists on Thursday said as much as 19,000 barrels of oil have been spewing every day from the BP well in the Gulf, making it the largest oil spill in U.S. history. Most of the oily water lies off the coast of Louisiana, where marshes and wildlife have been coated and the state's fishing and tourism industries have taken direct hits.

Carl Safina, has said it. BP=Beyond Pathetic

Fierce hurricane season predicted
USA Today, 27th May 2010

Gulf Oil Photo Essay
PBSNewsHour — 26 May 2010 — Since the oil leak began in the Gulf more than a month ago, Associated Press photographer Gerald Herbert has as been documenting the people and places at the center of the disaster.

Renowned Marine Biologist Carl Safina on the BP Oil Spill’s Ecological Impact on the Gulf Coast and Worldwide
Democracy Now, 27th May 2010
Carl Safina, the founding president of Blue Ocean Institute, warns the ecological fallout from the spill may be felt across much of the world. (With Transcript)

Hurricanes could damage oil pipelines
BBC News, 27th May 2010

BP Gulf Spill Now Equaling Exxon Valdez Every 3.5 Days
Daily Galaxy, 24th May 2010
Initially, BP reported a 1,000 barrels per day leak, then 5,000 after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) estimate, while independent analysis of company supplied video and satellite imagery suggest somewhere between 50 - 100,000 barrels, the consensus settling on 70,000 or an Exxon Valdez equivalent every 3.5 days - by far, America's greatest ever environmental disaster, and growing worse daily.

Seriously, the incompetence is breathtaking... Here is a video I found quite appropriate. Requiem For The Gulf

BP calls in Costner's $26m vacuum cleaners to mop up huge oil spill
The 'Waterworld' star has spent 15 years developing device to separate oil from sea water and it is now being put to work
The Independent, 22nd May 2010
Desperate times call for desperate measures. So with hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil still spewing into the Gulf of Mexico each day, and its corporate image starting to resemble the tar-covered sea creatures now washing on to Louisiana's fragile shoreline, BP has called on Kevin Costner to help stave off environmental Armageddon.

The Hollywood star has been bobbing around the Mississippi Delta helping representatives of the British oil firm and US coastguard test-drive a stainless steel device called the Ocean Therapy. In a claim which sounds as unlikely as the plot premise of Waterworld, he says it can quickly and efficiently clean oil from tainted sea water.

Bizarrely, Costner may be on to something. The actor has spent 15 years and roughly $26m (£18m) of his personal fortune developing the patented machine with the help of his elder brother Dan, a scientist. [...]

Costner, 55, has quietly been developing Ocean Therapy since the mid-1990s when he founded the Costner Industries Nevada Corporation, a company which funded eco-friendly research by his brother and a team of scientists. Aside from the water cleaning device, the firm has also invented a non-chemical battery.

They say that real life can be stranger than fiction, but BP being rescued by a Kevin Costner, and his mad scientist brother with their "Ocean Therapy". I can already see a Hollywood blockbuster in the making..... Incredible.... video: Kevin Costner's Machine Heads to BP's Oil Spill Clean Up

Disaster unfolds slowly in the Gulf of Mexico, 12th May 2010
In the three weeks since the April 20th explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and the start of the subsequent massive (and ongoing) oil leak, many attempts have been made to contain and control the scale of the environmental disaster. Oil dispersants are being sprayed, containment booms erected, protective barriers built, controlled burns undertaken, and devices are being lowered to the sea floor to try and cap the leaks, with little success to date.

Incredible pictures.

Southern man found the answer to cleaning up the GULF of Mexico! Amazing Video!
YouTube, May 2010
YouTube comment: Radman4000 Wow, when I first saw this video I was just getting ready to laugh at some rednecks pretending to be scientists, but this is actually pretty awesome.

Of course, there's a lot of problems that could arise from doing this on a grander scale, and there's a big difference between salt water and fresh water (It's not clear what they're using here, but I'd guess fresh water.) If this would actually work, I'd just buy up all the hay I could from farmers all across America, then put the bill on BP. 32 m

I have not been following the details of the oil spill but I am fairly confident it's well covered elsewhere but this idea is so simple that it must be considered as part of the operation to clean up the residual mess. Courtesy GLP. Also Southern Boys Show US Government How to Clean Up Oil With Hay!

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