Oil news roundup
4th June 2010
Open this one first: Atlantic oil schedule, good map of the oil's path
Then these from Edna Spennato in Brazil.
Dear EH members and participants in our most recent group healing events...
As promised, a compilation of info with the latest news about the oil disaster in the Gulf.
I think it is important for us to reman well-informed, while at the same time maintaining our own internal state of balance, and not going
into fear and anxiety. Not always easy, especially when the news is not good!
I'm including many links below, but don't be intimidated by the
sheer volume, as it's easy to just scan down and read the items that
interest you. I don't necessarily agree with the point of view in all
of these pieces, but still find them worth reading to get the big
picture, and think it's more helpful to include a wide range of
material and viewpoints ..
Lots of love
US prepares for the worst after best hope of oil solution falls apart
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the worst environmental catastrophe
that the US has ever faced, the White House conceded yesterday, as it
warned Americans to be prepared for oil and gas to keep leaking into
the ocean for almost three more months….
It's Official - Another BP Failure - Efforts To End Flow From BP Well Are Over, Coast Guard Says
BP Plc has given up trying to plug its leaking well in the Gulf of
Mexico any sooner than August, laying out a series of steps to pipe
the oil to the surface and ship it ashore for refining, said Thad
Allen, the U.S. government’s national commander for the incident.
Undersea robots began sawing away damaged pipe today, preparing for
the first of those attempts, Allen said today at a press conference in
New Orleans. The new strategy, which is subject to disruption by
tropical storms and hurricanes, will continue until relief wells being
drilled can plug the damaged well from the bottom, he said.
That will happen no earlier than August. BP on May 30 said its “top
kill” attempt to plug the well with mud and rubber scrap had failed.
Oil crisis threatens more US states
Oil gushing out of a BP well in the Gulf of Mexico could spread and
threaten two more US states, forecasters have warned.
Louisiana's wetlands and fishing grounds have been the worst hit so
far by the spill, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration said on Monday that winds this week may start moving
oil closer to the Mississippi and Alabama coasts….
BP Oil Leak May Last Until Christmas in Worst Case Scenario
June 2 (Bloomberg) -- BP Plc’s failure since April to plug a Gulf of
Mexico oil leak have prompted forecasts the crude may continue gushing
into December in what President Barack Obama has called the greatest
environmental disaster in U.S. history.
BP’s attempts so far to cap the well and plug the leak on the seabed a
mile below the surface haven’t worked, while the start of the Atlantic
hurricane season this week indicates storms in the Gulf may disrupt
“The worst-case scenario is Christmas time,” Dan Pickering, the head
of research at energy investor Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. in Houston,
said. “This process is teaching us to be skeptical of deadlines.”…
Physics professor: Oil leak could last for years – video clip
Physics professor Michio Kaku has some bad news: oil could gush from the leaking BP deepwater well for years….
US finally launches criminal probe into BP disaster
The US government has launched a criminal investigation into the
massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico….
Big Spat on Rig Preceded Explosion
More details emerged Wednesday about a disagreement between
employees of rig operator Transocean Ltd. and oil giant BP PLC over how to
begin shutting down the well just hours before it exploded in the Gulf
of Mexico last month.
Testimony on Wednesday about the disagreement, in a hearing held by the U.S.
Coast Guard and the Minerals Management Service, which jointly regulate
offshore drilling, was likely to bring increased scrutiny to the decisions BP
made aboard the rig the day of the explosion, April 20.
There was also likely to be more focus on whether Transocean should have done
more to ensure proper procedures were carried out.
Douglas H. Brown, Transocean's chief mechanic on the Deepwater Horizon
rig, said key representatives from both companies had a "skirmish"
during an 11 a.m. meeting on April 20. Less than 11 hours later, the well had a
blowout, an uncontrolled release of oil and gas, killing 11 workers….
Well to leak oil at least until August, BP says
Mon, 31st May 2010
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is the worst in the US history. British
Petroleum says its blown-up oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is going to
leak until August, as the company's efforts to cap the spill have all
"There's no doubt that the ultimate solution lies on the relief well,
which is in August," said BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward on Sunday as
he toured the Louisiana fishing hub of Venice, largely idled by the
Hayward said BP needs "to be in the mind-set of containment in the
sub-sea, containment on the surface and defending the shoreline, in a
very aggressive way."
The so-called "top kill" method employed by BP to contain the gushing
well by pumping mud and other heavy fluids into the shaft of the well,
has turned to be inefficient.
The London-based oil giant says it is considering yet another
technique to stop the flow of oil...
Anger rises in US over oil spill
Mon, 31 May 2010
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is now regarded as the worst
environmental disaster in US history.
Anger and despair is building in the United States over the
government's inability to contain an out-of-control oil spill in the
Gulf of Mexico.
On Sunday, hundreds of people gathered in New Orleans, protesting
against British Petroleum (BP) and President Barack Obama's
administration after yet another massive plan to cap the gushing oil
The demonstrators, who trampled on British flags and carried signs
reading "BP kills", asked the US government to do more to save the
This is while, only a day after BP's so-called "top kill" procedure
ended in failure, the giant oil company rushed to carry out yet
another high risk method to capture the leaking oil.
The plan called "lower marine riser package" operation, involves robot
submarines cutting the leaking pipe, placing a cap over it and then
pumping the oil to the surface.
However, the British company's chief operating officer, Doug Suttles,
refused to give any guarantees that the procedure would work...
'Top Kill' Fails to Deal with Oil Spill
30/05/2010 With the failure of "top kill", BP's latest attempt to stop
oil spewing from a busted pipe in the Gulf of Mexico, residents of
Grand Isle, the last inhabited barrier isle in Louisiana braced for
slick-related problems for awhile to come.
BP announced earlier Saturday that its "top kill" effort to stop oil
gushing into the Gulf had failed....
BP to Try New Way to Cap Oil Leak
BP will now attempt to place a box over the seafloor pipe to capture
the oil and pump it to the surface.
* The pipe will be sawed off before the small cap is put into place
by undersea robots.
* Meanwhile, oil continues to gush from the broken oil pipe.
With BP declaring failure in its latest attempt to plug the
uncontrolled gusher feeding the worst oil spill in U.S. history, the
company is turning to yet another mix of risky undersea robot
maneuvers and longshot odds to keep crude from flowing into the Gulf.
Six weeks after the catastrophe began, oil giant BP PLC is still
casting about for at least a temporary fix to the spewing well
underneath the Gulf of Mexico that's fouling beaches, wildlife and
A relief well that's currently being drilled - which is supposed to be
a better long-term solution -- won't be done for at least two months.
That would be in the middle of the Atlantic hurricane season, which
Energy expert: Nuking oil leak ‘only thing we can do’
BP 'totally in charge of the news' about oil leak, energy expert says
As the latest effort to plug the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico meets
with failure, the idea of nuking the immediate area to seal the oil
underground is gaining steam among some energy experts and
One prominent energy expert known for predicting the oil price spike
of 2008 says sending a small nuclear bomb down the leaking well is
"probably the only thing we can do" to stop the leak.
Matt Simmons, founder of energy investment bank Simmons & Company,
also says that there is evidence of a second oil leak about five to
seven miles from the initial leak that BP has focused on fixing. That
second leak, he says, is so large that the initial one is "minor" in
Simmons spoke to Bloomberg News on Friday, before BP announced that
its latest effort to plug the leak, known as the "top kill" method,
had failed.... (video clip)
The traditional lands of the Hopi people are not far from the Gulf Coast.
Hopi Prophecy: "This is the Seventh Sign: You will hear of the sea
turning black, and many living things dying because of it."
Oil Apocalypse Foreseen By Credo Mutwa, Hopi Indians
Zulu Shaman, or Sanusi, Credo Mutwa
In a stunning revelation, Credo Mutwa is reported to have foretold
the Gulf oil disaster four months before it happened. In a notice sent
out from a conference he was addressing he implies a coming oil
apocolypse before 2011. However, he would not elaborate, much to the
frustration of the attendees.
Following is the message that was reportedly sent from the conference.
"Credo Mutwa apparently just now said half the world's population
won't see 2011 at a gathering where I'm attending.
Some delegates have walked out because he didn't want to give an
acceptable explanation, he just said " it's no asteroid, comet,
... just OIL."
The Hopi Prophecies Also Foresaw "The Sea Turning Black"
Famous for their accurate depiction of the damaging onslaught of
"civilization" on their lands, the Hopi prophecies distinctly describe
oil pollution of the seas. It is the seventh prediction in this
poignant video. How big will the black spectre grow?...
Credo Mutwa predicted the oil disaster four months ago - video clip
A very unfunny situation..... but here is some humour anyway...
Bin Laden Says He’s ‘Professionally Envious’ of BP
‘I’ve Got to Step Up My Game,’ Says Madman
THE BOROWITZ REPORT – In a new video that is light on his usual
threats but heavy on admiration, Osama bin Laden admits that he is
“professionally envious” of oil giant BP’s massive oil spill, saying
that it puts his efforts to create destruction and chaos to shame.
“There are times in an evildoer’s life when one has to stand back and
admire a job well done,” Mr. bin Laden says in the video. “BP, you
blow me away.”
The Al-Qaeda mastermind adds that his first thought upon seeing BP’s
spill was, “Man, I’ve got to step up my game.”
Mr. bin Laden claims in the video that he rarely feels envious towards
other evildoers, but says he likes “to use that energy to push myself
to be the best terrorist I can be.”
As for the envy he felt after seeing BP’s handiwork, the madman says,
“I haven’t felt this way since the whole Toyota thing.”
Ten Things You Need (But Don't Want) To Know About the BP Oil Spill
May 29, 2010
How the owner of the exploded oil rig has made $270 million off the
disaster, and nine other shocking, depressing facts about the oil
It's been 37 days since BP's offshore oil rig, Deepwater Horizon,
exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, crude oil has been
hemorrhaging into ocean waters and wreaking unknown havoc on our
ecosystem -- unknown because there is no accurate estimate of how many
barrels of oil are contaminating the Gulf.
Gulf oil spill: real disaster might be lurking beneath the surface
New research suggests that huge plumes of oil might be spread at all
levels of the water column, showing how much scientists don't yet know
about the complex Gulf oil spill.
From the first moments that the Deepwater Horizon oil rig sank last
month, it has been apparent that the blooming Gulf oil spill has been
an oil disaster unlike any other. But the full truth of that statement
is perhaps only now beginning to become apparent.
The oil that can be seen from the surface is apparently just a
fraction of the oil that has spilled into the Gulf of Mexico since
April 20, according to an assessment the National Institute for
Undersea Science and Technology. Significant amounts of oil are
spreading at various levels throughout the water column, says the
report, which was posted online a week ago but first published by The
New York Times Saturday.
The research, combined with other emerging data, could fundamentally
alter researchers’ understanding of the oil spill. It suggests that
vastly more oil than previously reported could be spilling from the
wellhead and the attached riser pipe that now lies crumpled on the
seafloor like a kinked and leaking garden hose.
Moreover, it suggests that serious environmental degradation could
take place in the open ocean, creating massive “dead zones” where no
creature can live because of the lack of oxygen in the water. The
spread of oil at all levels of the Gulf also could become a concern
for shore communities in hurricanes, which stir up the water column as
they come ashore.
Scientists looking at video of the leak, suggest that as many as 3.4
million gallons of oil could be leaking into the Gulf every day – 16
times more than the current 210,000-gallon-a-day estimate, according
to the Times....
VIDEO: Hiding the Truth: White House Allowed BP to Keep Video of
Gushing Pipe from Public for Three Weeks
by Michael Whitney
May 16, 2010
The White House allowed BP to hide its video feed of a gushing oil
pipe in the Gulf of Mexico from the public for three weeks, all the
while that same video played live in the White House Situation Room,
This startling revelation comes just as Obama prepares to get really
angry in public about the spill – just in time to cover up his
administration’s collusion with BP to hide the true extent of the
massive disaster in the Gulf.
The Cover-up: BP's Crude Politics and the Looming Environmental Mega-Disaster
Written by Wayne Madsen
Thursday, 6th May 2010 16:43
WMR has been informed by sources in the US Army Corps of Engineers,
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Florida Department of
Environmental Protection that the Obama White House and British
Petroleum (BP), which pumped $71,000 into Barack Obama's 2008
presidential campaign -- more than John McCain or Hillary Clinton, are
covering up the magnitude of the volcanic-level oil disaster in the
Gulf of Mexico and working together to limit BP's liability for damage
caused by what can be called a "mega-disaster."
Obama and his senior White House staff, as well as Interior Secretary
Ken Salazar, are working with BP's chief executive officer Tony
Hayward on legislation that would raise the cap on liability for
damage claims from those affected by the oil disaster from $75 million
to $10 billion. However, WMR's federal and Gulf state sources are
reporting the disaster has the real potential cost of at least $1
trillion. Critics of the deal being worked out between Obama and
Hayward point out that $10 billion is a mere drop in the bucket for a
trillion dollar disaster but also note that BP, if its assets were
nationalized, could fetch almost a trillion dollars for compensation
purposes. There is talk in some government circles, including FEMA, of
the need to nationalize BP in order to compensate those who will
ultimately be affected by the worst oil disaster in the history of the
Third Oil Leak in Gulf
May 29, 2010
The New York Times today says BP’s “Top Kill” attempt to plug the hole
from the exploded Deepwater Horizon oil rig has failed. Meanwhile,
scientists have found a third oil leak/plume.
From Washington’s Blog:
AP reported on May 27th that scientists had found a second giant plume
deep under the water. The plume is 22 miles long and 6 miles wide.
Today, May 28, the Washington Post is reporting that a third giant
underwater plume has been discovered...
Scientists find vast unreported oil leak from Deepwater Horizon
BP video shows oil and gas gushing 5,000 feet below the sea's surface
A plume of oil 10 miles (16km) long, three miles wide and 300ft thick is
pouring into the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico from the ruptured
Deepwater Horizon oil rig.
The plume is one of a number that scientists have found gushing into the sea a
mile underwater, increasing concerns that the size of the spill could be
thousands of times larger than has been previously calculated, according to The
New York Times.
“There’s a shocking amount of oil in the deep water, relative to what you see
in the surface water,” said Samantha Joye, from the University of Georgia,
who is involved in one of the first scientific missions to gather
information from the spill. “There’s a tremendous amount of oil in multiple
layers, three or four or five layers deep in the water column,” Dr Joye told
Multiple Gulf oil leaks, miles apart - video clip
Iran renews offer to help on US oil spill
Sun, 23 May 2010
The National Iranian Drilling Company (NIDC) has renewed its offer to
assist the US in reining in an ecologically disastrous oil spill in
the Gulf of Mexico.
Mehran Alinejad, the head of special drilling operations at NIDC,
pointed to the experience gained by Iranian experts in containing huge
oil leaks during the eight-year Iraqi-imposed war in the 1980s, and
said, "Iranian technical teams have had major achievements in oil well
capping and the Gulf of Mexico oil rig is not a great feat in
...Washington, which has been pressing on with a campaign to impose a
fourth round of tough UN sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear
program, has yet to respond to the Iranian offer....
But rather than swallow their pride and accept the assistance they so
desperately need to put an end to this oil disaster which is going to
devastate the world's oceans, what are Obama and company focused on?
US Begins Massive Military Build Up Around Iran, Sending Up To 4 New
Carrier Groups In Region
As if uncontrollable economic contagion was not enough for the
administration, Obama is now willing to add geopolitical risk to the
current extremely precarious economic and financial situation....
US Positioning Bunker-Busters: Targeting Iran?
387 'Blu' bombs being shipped to U.S. military base (Diego Garcia) in
The United States is transporting 387 "bunker-buster" bombs to its air
base on the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean as part of
preparations for a possible strike against Iran's nuclear facilities,
according to a report in Scotland's Sunday Herald.
and...Pentagon Plan to Beef Up Afghan Base Near Iran May Rile Regime
A U.S. plan to upgrade its airbase in southwestern Afghanistan just 20
miles from Iran’s border will likely rile the Islamic regime,
bolstering suspicions the West is trying to pressure it with military
might, analysts say.
The Defense Department is requesting $131 million in its fiscal year
2011 budget to upgrade Shindand Air Base so it can accommodate more
commando helicopters, drone surveillance aircraft, fuel and munitions.
Plans to expand the base come as the U.S. works to strengthen the
militaries and missile defenses of allies in the region and presses at
the United Nations for a new round of sanctions aimed at forcing Iran
to curb its nuclear program.
U.S. military officials say the base is only to support U.S. and
Afghan military operations in Afghanistan. Iran will likely view the
Shindand buildup as another step to squeeze it...
BP calls in Costner's $26m vacuum cleaners to mop up huge oil spill
Video about it at this link:
The 'Waterworld' star has spent 15 years developing a device to separate
oil from sea water and it is now being put to work
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.
It works like a giant vacuum cleaner, sucking up dirty liquid and then
using a high-speed centrifuge to separate it into oil, and heavier
Four videos of the leak released last week
Why BP Refuses To Stop Using Chemical Dispersants
Do you wonder why BP refuses to stop using the chemical dispersants
the EPA ordered BP to stop using?
I'll tell you why:
BECAUSE THOSE DISPERSANTS KEEP THE OIL UNDERWATER - AWAY FROM THE
NAKED EYE AND SATELLITE VIEW.
Scientists studying the massive underwater oil plumes. Some of the oil
plumes are over 30 foot deep and 26 miles long.
One scientists said about using dispersants on oil: "You don't want to
put soap into a fish tank," Hollander said.
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.
Oilpocalypse Now Take I
This is really the bottom line. We have
an event in the Gulf which has now stretched on for more than 5 weeks
which is emptying toxins into the ocean and the atmosphere at a
cataclysmic rate. In looking at the problem I am trying to anticipate
its likely effects and consequences. Looking at the Gulf Oil
catastrophe how does that affect the planetary system? Our oceans have
been called the cradle of life and much of life on earth remains
dependent on those oceans. If you disrupt the ocean system you
disrupt, indirectly, life everywhere. The gushers have not yet been
stoppered and there is currently no realistic prospect that they will
be anytime soon.
Obama is obviously bought and paid for and the Feral Government's
incompetent and even obeisant response to BP's actions and inactions
is clearly obvious to anyone who cares to look honestly.
The environmental damage is at this point hard to calculate. Most
people seem to be thinking too small - just in terms of its affect on
the Gulf. This is not going to be contained to the Gulf. Yes, the Gulf
is going to become a massive "Dead Zone" but as the oil spreads out on
the Gulf stream it is going to begin to have an impact on larger and
As is frequently the case people are reluctant, and even blind, to
looking at a very large problem on the correct scale. The volume of
oil and gas coming out of those holes is beyond the normal scale of
human catastrophes. If not contained relatively soon this is
potentially an Extinction Level Event. The one unknown variable is the
volume of oil in the pool that has been ruptured. Based on the
evidence and speculations I have read it is most likely to be measured
in the TRILLIONS of gallons.
The best expert estimates I have seen are that minimally we have 2.9
MILLION GALLONS of Oil escaping into the Gulf each day. The volume of
methane is about treble that. BP, in an effort to camouflage its true
scale is pumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of even more toxic
oil dispersant into the volcano. To get an idea of the scale think of
the largest stadium you know, fill it with oil every day, dump it on
the surrounding landscape, and then refill it TWICE each day. Then you
begin to get an approximation of the volume of oil escaping.
Most people are aware of the toxic nature of petroleum, but are not
used to thinking in terms of gases. Methane, in the ocean, replaces
oxygen and carbon dioxide in the water. Fish and Mammals require
oxygen and the plant life requires carbon dioxide for normal
metabolism. Remove that by replacing it with a toxic gas, and methane
is a poison, and you have a result that is a toxic cloud unseen
creeping through the Gulf killing both plant and animal life. And it
is growing at a catastrophic rate each day.
Most people are aware of the Amazon Rain Forest and what that plant
life means to the production of breathable Oxygen. However, most
people are unaware that the oceans produce 50 to 70 percent of the
available free oxygen. This is done by ocean plant life mostly in the
form of what is known as Phytoplankton. Phytoplankton are small, often
single cell, micro plants that form the base of the ocean food chain.
Phytoplankton takes dissolved carbon dioxide and minerals from the sea
water, and with the input of energy in the form of sunlight, through
photosynthesis they create cellular matter which is then consumed by
the next higher level of the food chain and on and on with the larger
consuming the smaller until you reach the top of the food chain.
So, why the lecture on the ocean ecosystem? Because the Gulf produces
as much or more oxygen than the entire Amazon Rain Forest. Let that
sink in for a moment. Try to wrap your mind around that scale, and
then realize that the Gulf is only part of the picture - more on that
in a moment. As the cloud of death in the form of toxic petroleum and
methane permeates the gulf things are going to begin to die. And the
cloud of petroleum also reduces the amount of sunlight reaching the
phytoplankton thus inhibiting photosynthesis. So, even before it dies
from the toxins in the water its metabolism is going to be slowed by
the unnatural shade and its consumption of carbon dioxide and output
of free oxygen will be inhibited...
Purposely Killing The Gulf?
The private, foreign International Monetary/Banking Cartel controls
its puppets in Washington as it controls its oil company executives.
And everything the Cartel does is anti-life, there are absolutely no
exceptions; and their pretended Gulf oil clean-up is a glaring case in
Instead of cleaning up the unprecedented catastrophe created by the
Cartel's mega-corporations (Halliburton, Transocean, and British
Petroleum), these very same companies seem to be purposely killing our
Gulf of Mexico, under the pretense of cleaning it up.
Instead of using safe, non-toxic ways to gather up the rogue oil
gushing from their incompetence, or planned cataclysm, the private
Cartel is using an extremely toxic chemical dispersant, with the
approval of the Obama administration.
Alan Levine, the head of Louisiana's Department of Health and
Hospitals, said: "We don't have any data or evidence behind the use of
these chemicals in the water. We're now basically using one of the
richest ecosystems in the world as a laboratory."...
Corexit is killing the Gulf (part 1 and 2) - video clips
Corexit 9500, four times more toxic than crude oil, is one of the most
poisonous dispersants ever developed, and is up to 20 times more toxic
than other dispersants, and only half as effective.
When Corexit 9500, with its 2.61 ppm toxicity level, is combined with
the warm waters of the Gulf much of it will transition into a gaseous
state that will be absorbed into clouds, to be released as toxic rain
upon all of the Eastern United States: All without any effective or
real objections from the Obama administration....
GULF OIL SPILL COULD HAVE BEEN SEALED IN 8 HOURS ANYTIME
...The DEEPWATER HORIZON sinking caused twisted 21 inch riser piping
to start leaking in three places at 5,000 feet in the Gulf Seabed.
Sadly the proven methods to STOP THE LEAK still have not been used
since 042010 until today at 052010 for reasons unknown. BP, Governor
of Florida and Governor of LA were all given, along with the
President, the Counter Pressure Plug information from a UK inventor
Branko R. Babic as he invented same in 1991 for Kuwait Oil Fires above
the ground and they will work underwater with ROV welding special
thick steel tubes with washers to be welded to the interior while the
tubes allow full flow of gas, oil, water through tubes into the gulf.
ROV's can be used to WELD UNDERWATER the 5 inch thick washers
compressed with thick rubber washers against the inside pipe sealing
off all leaking oil, gas and water while the straight through pipe
could take the contents flowing through to the TOP of the sea into
barges. Keep in mind the CPP with flow pipe has a BALL VALVE wheel
operated to shut down the flow and BP could then try to seal the BOP
stopping the leak entirely....
Requim for the Gulf - video clip
Erin Brockovich: Stand up to BP and say: ‘You know, I’m not taking
your s*** any more’
It is 19 years since Erin Brockovich first went into battle against
corporate America. She was a small-town single mum who stood up to an
industrial Goliath and won. Now, as she champions a new case with a
depressingly similar plot, it is clear that she has lost none of her
fighting spirit or trademark candour.
“Stand up to BP and say, ‘You know what, I’m not taking your shit any
more’ ” ...
BP And The Administration - Lies, Deceit, And Coverup In The Gulf
By Stephen Lendman
From the start, Obama administration and BP officials lied and
deceived the public about the Gulf spill's severity, BP CEO Tony
Hayward saying (on May 18) its environmental effect will be "very
modest," when, in fact, it's already catastrophic, spreading, causing
long-term or permanent ecological destruction over a vast area, will
likely persist for months, and, according to some experts perhaps
years if nothing tried to stop it works. ...
The sick relationship between BP and the US government goes all the
way to the top and has a long history...
How Bush's DOJ Killed a Criminal Probe Into BP That Threatened to Net
'West was the special agent-in-charge at the Environmental Protection
Agency's (EPA) Criminal Investigation Division who had been probing
alleged crimes committed by BP and the company's senior officials in
connection with a March 2006 pipeline rupture at the company's Prudhoe
Bay operations in Alaska's North Slope that spilled 267,000 gallons of
crude oil across two acres of frozen tundra - the second largest spill
in Alaska's history - which went undetected for nearly a week.
West was confident that the thousands of hours he invested into the
criminal investigation would result in felony charges against BP and
the company's senior executives who received advanced warnings from
dozens of employees who worked at its Prudhoe Bay facility that unless
immediate steps were taken to repair the severely corroded pipeline, a
disaster on par with that of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill was only a
matter of time.'.......
Louisiana officials have accused BP of turning the Gulf of Mexico into
a toxic testing-ground after winning permission for experimental
chemical methods of fighting the oil slick...
Obama the top recipient of donations from BP
Many people have wondered why its taken Obama so long to respond
to the oil spill disaster in the Gulf. Well, now we know.
During the 2008 election cycle, individuals and political action
committees associated with BP — a Center for Responsive Politics’
“heavy hitter” — contributed half a million dollars to federal
candidates. About 40 percent of these donations went to Democrats. The
top recipient of BP-related donations during the 2008 cycle was
President Barack Obama himself, who collected $71,000.
Obama sheltered BP's Deepwater Horizon rig from regulatory requirement
Last year the Obama administration granted oil giant BP a special
exemption from a legal requirement that it produce a detailed
environmental impact study on the possible effects of its Deepwater
Horizon drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico, an article Wednesday
in the Washington Post reveals...
BP’s Oily Political Connections: From the Bush to Obama Era
Judging from the oily history of the last ten years, reining in BP
could prove politically daunting. A company with incredible economic
might, BP has enjoyed privileged access to the inner rungs of
Washington power. Only by ridding the political system of insider
money can we hope to avert future oil disasters like the devastating
spill which hit the Gulf of Mexico last week.
Oil tax increase to fund future clean-ups
Responding to the massive BP oil spill, Congress is getting ready to
quadruple – to 32 cents a barrel – a tax on oil used to help finance
cleanups. The increase would raise nearly $11 billion over the next
The tax is levied on oil produced in the U.S. or imported from foreign
countries. The revenue goes to a fund managed by the Coast Guard to
help pay to clean up spills in waterways, such as the Gulf of
...Since the start of the Obama administration, an Interior Department
agency has authorized more than 300 drilling operations in the Gulf of
Mexico without first obtaining permits from the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, according to published reports and the
notice of intent to file a law suit by an environmental non-profit....
In a story Friday, The New York Times, which counted three lease
sales, 103 seismic blasting projects and 346 drilling plans approved
by the Minerals Management Service without NOAA permits, reported that
NOAA in consultations and writing has repeatedly warned that the
extractive activities effectively were illegal without permits...
BP used cheaper casing on oil well to save money, Congress papers show
The explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig that precipitated the vast
Gulf of Mexico oil spill came after the well was capped with a
relatively cheap type of casing, BP papers have revealed.
The decision to use the riskier method to finish its Macondo well was
taken partly on cost grounds, according to the document. ...
BP accused of ignoring damaged safety gear
Criminal Negligence: Despite Knowing It Had a Damaged Blowout
Preventer, BP STILL Cut Corners By Removing the Single Most Important
Several weeks before the Gulf oil explosion, a key piece of safety
equipment - the blowout preventer - was damaged...
Falsified Oil Rig Inspections & Other Improprieties
by Stephen Lendman
Report: BP had 3 indications of trouble in hour before blast
BP had three indications of trouble aboard the doomed drill rig
Deepwater Horizon in the hour before the April 20 explosion that sank
the offshore platform, congressional investigators reported Tuesday.
Witnesses reported the well was spurting liquid and pressure tests
indicated "a very large abnormality" was occurring aboard the rig,
according to a memo released by the House Energy and Commerce
Committee on Tuesday afternoon....
Rig engineers ‘knew oil well could blow’
Engineers on the Deepwater Horizon rig pressed ahead with an operation
to plug and cap the well despite a series of clear warnings that
pressure inside was surging, according to a memorandum of events
leading up to the April 20 blast.
Less Toxic Dispersants Lose Out in BP Oil Spill Cleanup
BP PLC continues to stockpile and deploy oil-dispersing chemicals
manufactured by a company with which it shares close ties, even though
other U.S. EPA-approved alternatives have been shown to be far less
toxic and, in some cases, nearly twice as effective.
After the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and a deepwater well began
gushing crude in the Gulf of Mexico three weeks ago, BP quickly
marshaled a third of the world's available supply of dispersants,
chemicals that break surface oil slicks into microscopic droplets that
can sink into the sea.
But the benefits of keeping some oil out of beaches and wetlands carry
uncertain costs. Scientists warn that the dispersed oil, as well as
the dispersants themselves, might cause long-term harm to marine
Oil spill brings "death in the ocean from top to bottom"
Oil reaches Louisiana shores - photographs from The Big Picture
Louisiana coastline is destroyed
BP has created an underwater nightmare - video clip
Philippe Cousteau Jr. dives in to explore the toxic plumes of
dispersed oil floating beneath the waves in the Gulf of Mexico.
There's said to be another much bigger leak, 5 - 6 miles away... video clip
Prominent Oil Industry Insider: "There's Another Leak, Much Bigger, 5
to 6 Miles Away"
...Simmons told Dylan Ratigan that "there's another leak, much bigger,
5 to 6 miles away" from the leaking riser and blowout preventer which
we've all been watching on the underwater cameras (includes video
It's raining oil in Tampa, Florida
This e-mail arrived on Thursday 27 May from one of the participants in
the Abundance event:
Just a note to tell you that I left Florida in a hurry Tuesday and am
now in Pennsylvania. I got a report that Wednesday afternoon it rained
oil in Tampa. They say if you can smell the oil, you're already dead
from benzene poisoning. Tens of millions will die because of this.
Once the birds and fish are gone, which will be soon, be soon, we'll
be gone, too....
and here's another report about oily rain in Tampa on the internet:
Gulf oil gusher conspiracy cover-up
Was this disaster just an accident, or were other more sinister forces
at play in order to further cripple society toward a more manageable
population size? Ominous midnight symbolism. BP's "live" feed caught
in an obvious short loop shows further evidence of cover-up...
Oil Spill = Illuminati's Covert War on America
by Henry Makow
We think of war in terms of missiles and tanks and bombs. But a far
superior form of war is to disguise attacks as false flag terrorism
like 9-11, natural disaster like Katrina or an accident like the April
20 BP oil spill.
This way the victim is not aware of his attacker, and cannot take
The parallels between the oil spill and Katrina are uncanny. In both
cases, the American Gulf coast was attacked, and the Presidential
response was deemed tardy and ineffective. In the case of Katrina, the
levees were blown up 12 hours after the hurricane had passed.
The "tell" is the failure of the Obama Administration to declare a
State of Emergency and take immediate action to stop the gusher....
Is It Raining Oil In Florida? This Is Just The Beginning
As early as May 9 it was announced that FEMA evacuation protocol for
forest fires in and around Tampa, Florida could be activated at a
moment's notice in the event of the oil slick approaching Florida's
coastline. One proposal is to undergo a 'controlled burn' of surface
oil in the Gulf to prevent the oil reaching Florida's coast. This
would result in highly toxic fumes blowing ashore. In fact, toxic
fumes have already been reported elsewhere as Gulf residents complain
of breathing difficulties and nausea:
Oil is semi-volatile, which means that it can evaporate into the air
and create a heavy vapor that stays near the ground -- in the human
breathing zone. When winds whip up oily sea water, the spray contains
tiny droplets -- basically a fume -- of oil, which are small enough to
be inhaled deep into the lungs. We know that's happening in the Gulf
Coast, because people are reporting a heavy oily smell in the air.
Already my colleagues in Louisiana are reporting that people in the
coastal community of Venice, Louisiana are suffering from nausea,
vomiting, headaches, and difficulty breathing....
Oil spill threatens 'total destruction'
28 May 2010
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may have apocalyptic consequences,
a report by the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources said.
The British Petroleum oil spill is threatening the entire eastern half
of the North American continent with "total destruction," reports say.
An ominous report by Russia's Ministry of Natural Resources warned of
the impending disaster resulting from the British Petroleum (BP) oil
and gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico, calling it the worst environmental
catastrophe in all of human history, the European Union Times
Russian scientists believe BP is pumping millions of gallons of
Corexit 9500, a chemical dispersal agent, under the Gulf of Mexico
waters to hide the full extent of the leak, now estimated to be over
2.9 million gallons a day.
Experts say Corexit 9500 is a solvent four times more toxic than oil.
The agent, scientists believe, has a 2.61ppm toxicity level, and when
mixed with the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, its molecules will
be able to “phase transition.”
This transition involves the change of the liquid into a gaseous
state, which can be absorbed by clouds. The gas will then be released
as “toxic rain” leading to “unimaginable environmental catastrophe”
destroying all life forms from the “bottom of the evolutionary chart
to the top,” the report said.
8 Long Term Economic and Environmental Effects of the Gulf Oil Spill
As oil continues to pour into the Gulf of Mexico at a staggering rate,
many are now starting to realize that the pain from this oil spill
will be felt not just for months or years - but for decades. At least
4.2 million gallons of oil (and some estimates put the total at far
higher than that) are already in the Gulf of Mexico causing untold
damage to the ecologically fragile Louisiana coast....
Louisiana Fishermen Helping in Spill Cleanup Report Getting Sick
Some Louisiana fishermen affected by the massive oil spill in the Gulf
— including some hired by BP to help in the cleanup — are reporting
cases of debilitating headaches, burning eyes and nausea, and some
industry and public officials are pointing the finger at chemical
dispersants as the cause.
Clean-Up boats recalled after crews suffer health problems
The crew members aboard three separate vessels "reported experiencing
nausea, dizziness, headaches and chest pains" midafternoon Wednesday,
the US Coast Guard said in a statement....
How to survive benzene poisoning - a toxicity primer
Oil spills - amazing products which encapsulate the oil - video clip
Another cool solution to clean up oil
BP-owned Alaska oil pipeline shut after spill
Gas build-up threatens North Sea oil rig
Workers evacuated as Norwegian engineers pump cement into offshore
well to prevent explosion as Deepwater crisis highlights environmental
dangers of drilling...
Gulf oil spill: similar disaster could occur in Arctic later this year
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has heightened fears of a similar
disaster occurring off America's Arctic coast, where Shell is due to
begin exploratory drilling later this year.
May 25, 2010- Oil spill in Singapore Strait after ships collide
Emergency teams were rushing this morning to contain thousands of
tonnes of crude oil spilling into the Singapore Strait after two ships
collided in the waterway.
Mystery fuel leak seeps into Burrard Inlet, Canada
Oil, gas from Chevron refinery in Burnaby has been flowing for weeks
Chevron Corporation has been trying for weeks to locate the source of
a "historic" leak from its Burnaby oil and gas refinery -- a leak that
has been seeping still-unknown amounts of oil, gas and diesel fuel
into the Burrard Inlet since at least April 21.
Ray Lord, a spokesman for the multinational oil and gas company, said
he has no idea how long the seepage from the nearly 70-year-old plant
has been happening, but that Chevron first alerted the authorities
about the leak on April 21, after discovering the toxic pollutants on
the waters and beaches of the Burrard Inlet.
"We've been trying to find a source for a number of weeks now," said Lord.
He believes that the current problem is more likely the result of
prolonged oil seepage into the groundwater beneath the refinery which
has now found its way into the inlet, rather than the result of an
acute rupture or spill....
Australia to open up seabed for oil exploration
Mr Ferguson says the release could be a step towards achieving energy
security for Australia.
Federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson has announced 31 new
offshore petroleum exploration areas.
The announcement was made at the Australian Petroleum Production and
Exploration Association's conference in Brisbane today.
The areas range over five basins, with 26 exploration areas in Western
Australia, two in the Ashmore and Cartier islands, two in South
Australia and one in the Northern Territory....
Nigeria's Agony Dwarfs the Gulf Oil Spill. The US and Europe Ignore It
The Deepwater Horizon disaster caused headlines
around the world, yet the people who live in the Niger delta have had to live
with environmental catastrophes for decades
We reached the edge of the oil spill near the Nigerian village of Otuegwe after
a long hike through cassava plantations. Ahead of us lay swamp. We waded into
the warm tropical water and began swimming, cameras and notebooks held above
our heads. We could smell the oil long before we saw it - the stench of garage
forecourts and rotting vegetation hanging thickly in the air.
The farther we travelled, the more nauseous it became. Soon we were swimming in
pools of light Nigerian crude, the best-quality oil in the world. One of the
many hundreds of 40-year-old pipelines that crisscross the Niger delta
had corroded and spewed
oil for several months.
Forest and farmland were now covered in a
sheen of greasy oil. Drinking wells were polluted and people were distraught.
No one knew how much oil had leaked. "We lost our nets, huts and fishing
pots," said Chief Promise, village leader of Otuegwe and our guide.
"This is where we fished and farmed. We have lost our forest. We told
Shell of the spill within days, but they did nothing for six months." …
Edna Spennato, Earth Heal Geoharmonic Research Project
Founder of Earth Heal, healing facilitator, writer, artist; based in Cape Town, South Africa and Alagoas, Brasil.
Earth Heal Blog: http://earthheal.blogspot.com/