The Gulf Underwater OIL VOLCANO is a
monstrous catastrophe that boggles the mind!!!
by Steve Campbell
Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on March 20, killing 11 and injuring
17 of a 126-member crew. It exploded again and sank 36 hours later. The
resulting leak has created a Jamaica-sized oil slick that is now
whirling in a hurricane shape into sensitive marshes of the Louisiana
coastline, endangering birds, fish, oysters, and many peoplesí
Obama administration, which only a month ago proposed opening up new
coastal areas for oil exploration, has put on hold all new exploratory
drilling along the US continental shelf and is now fighting to stay
ahead of what sociologist Steven Picou at the University of South
Alabama calls a "monster catastrophe that boggles the mind."
government report obtained by the Mobile, Ala., Press-Register explains
that "choke points" in the crumpled riser are controlling the
flow from the so-called Macondo well at Lease Block 252 in the
Mississippi Canyon. But scrubbing action from sand in the oil is further
eroding the pipe. There are likely tens of millions of gallons in the
deposit that BP tapped with the Deepwater Horizon.
following is not public," reads National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration's Emergency Response document dated April 28, according
to the Press-Register. "Two additional release points were found
today. If the riser pipe deteriorates further, the flow could become
unchecked resulting in a release volume an order of magnitude higher
than previously thought."
order of magnitude is a factor of 10.
Wall Street Journal reported Friday that John Amos, an oil industry
consultant, said that NOAA revised its original estimate of 1,000
barrels after he published calculations based on satellite data that
showed a larger flow.
5,000 barrels a day is the "extremely low end" of estimates,
Mr. Amos told the Journal.
the exact flow of crude out of the bent Deepwater Horizon oil rig
"riser" pipe on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico is difficult.
it's now likely that the actual amount of the oil spill dwarfs the
Coast Guard's figure of 5,000 barrels, or 210,000 gallons, a day.
scientists estimate that the renegade wellhead at the bottom of the Gulf
be spewing up to 25,000 barrels a day.
If chokeholds on the riser pipe break down further, up to 50,000 barrels
a day could be released, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration memo obtained by the Mobile, Ala., Press-Register.
estimates of the spill increase, questions about the government's
honesty in assessing the spill are emerging. At the same time, pressure
is building for the US to release worst-case scenario estimates so
residents of the Gulf Coast can adequately prepare.
BP is working furiously to do the unprecedented: Activate a faulty
blowout preventer a mile under the Gulf to stop the leak at its source. If
that fails, it could take three months, or more, to drill a relief well
in order to plug the renegade well.
How Big Is The Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill, Really?
Estimates For The Flow Of Oil Out Of The Deepwater Horizon
May Be Just A Drop In The Bucket.
Call For Release Of Worst-Case Scenario Data
12 days into the oil rig 'accident' events
continue to evolve and weather is slowing down efforts to contain
things, we have two interesting items to report that are not in the MSM
yet...OK, three then.
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