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Leak Rate 25,000 bpd -- TERROR NOT RULED OUT
Economic Damage in Tens of Billions -- Environmental Catastrophe -- Bigger then Katrina

April 30, 2010, 1330 PDT -- I watched the press conference live. The question came from a Dow Jones reporter. Present on the stage (among others) were Slazar (Interior), Napolitano (DHS), The Chiarman of BP, Gov. Jindal and a Coast Guard Admiral. The Dow Jones reporter confronted the attendees with two scientific studies saying that the leak rate from the sunken oil rig in the gulf was actually 25,000 barrels per day or five times more than BP had been stating as of this morning. Intial reports kept it a a couple hundred barrels per day but the number of barrels -- and the size of the slick -- continue to grow. No one on the dais denied or even modestly refuted the number. They had been totally busted. The Coast Guard Admiral, protecting her service, stepped up and said, "We have been operating since Day One as though this were a worst-case scenario." The BP Chairman took the mic and also did not deny it. He mumbled something about "we're responding as the numbers get bigger."

Terrorism or an act of war has not been ruled out. DHS and Interior have assumed command of the investigation. According to the BP Chairman no one has a clue what caused the explosion.

Then it got really scary. Someone said clearly that the whole world was watching because of what this meant for already-funded offshore exploration under development. The safety measures designed to protect against a blowout have failed completely. How many more billions of research and millions in cost per fix are going to be needed? How many projects delayed or halted?

Worse: The oil slick is now the size of Delaware. It will be Ohio-sized within days. Florida has declared a state of emergency. All commercial fishing in the Gulf is threatened. All widlife is threatened. And when and if the slick gets to NOLA it will have a disatarous impact on energy production and the brave, battered, courageous people who live there. Coastal refineries may have to close... What might happen if the oil ignited? Oil should be at $100 before the end of next week. I suspect between $150 and $200 (maybe higher) this summer.

Worse: Napolitano and Salazar are already talking about huge claim funds. Massive class-actions against BP are starting. Insurance claims may well dwarf Katrina. The economy of the entire Gulf Coast is in jeopardy. From what I heard there is no real plan to stop the leak and no estimation as to when that will happen. (I might have missed that.) What happens when the slick hits Cuba? The rest of the Caribbean?

The current fradulent Wall Street bubble will pop in shorter order than anticipated.

Within about a week, man's greed and reach for energy have found natural and unyielding limits. Two coal mine disasters and an oil slick that will cause as yet unknown catastrophic damage, loss of life and property. And yet there are still those in this movement who think we need to argue with people who believe there's plenty of easy oil about anything.

It would be so poetic if history recorded that this was the event that marked the cliff edge of human industrial civilization. Maybe then someone will get the point. Maybe then we will find our hundredth monkey... And maybe Mother Earth will have poisoned us with the substance we have so greedily raped her -- and killed each other -- for... "You want oil?... I'll give you oil."


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There is

A 100th monkey.

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain

"It would be so poetic if

"It would be so poetic if history recorded that this was the event that marked the cliff edge of human industrial civilization."

Wouldn't it, though?
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida - all red states, all endlessly chanting the mantra, "Drill, baby, drill!" Maybe we should learn to "Be careful what we wish for", because wishes really DO come true.

. @ @ . Power to the People!
@ O @ -----> PEOPLE
. @ @ . NOT Corporate Entities!

Does anyone remember a peep about this?

and a controlled press Cognitive Dissonance?


Lebanese Oil Spill May Rival Exxon Valdez Disaster
Tuesday August 8, 2006
The oil spill in Lebanon, caused by Israeli bombardment of the Jiyyeh power plant in mid-July, could end up being nearly as bad as the Exxon Valdez disaster that fouled the coast of Alaska in 1989 unless cleanup efforts are allowed to begin soon, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

“In the worst case scenario, and if all the oil contained in the bombed power plant at Jiyyeh leaked into the Mediterranean Sea, the Lebanese oil spill could well rival the Exxon Valdez disaster of 1989,” according to an official statement published on the UNEP web site. (See the UNEP chart for comparisons to other oil spills.)

The oil spill in Lebanon is already comparable to the 1999 disaster off the coast of France when the Erika tanker spilled an estimated 13,000 metric tons of oil into the Atlantic Ocean. The Lebanese spill, which occurred when Israel bombed oil storage tanks at the Jiyyeh power plant south of Beirut, has polluted 140 kilometers of the Lebanese coastline and has spread north into Syrian waters. (View satellite photos to see the affected area.)

"Give a man a gun, and he could rob a bank. Give a man a bank, and he could rob the world."

I love the estimates, real hard factual

I love the estimates, real, hard, factual numbers that make you think they know what the hell is going on.

25,000 barrels=1,050,000 gallons

Its kind of like Dr. evil demanding 1 MILLION DOLLARS in ransom.

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Obama too slow to act in dealing with oil spill

A setup for more government control, much higher oil prices, and still further destruction of our republic. "Never let a crisis go to waste."

May 1, 2010

The Obama administration has lacked vision and urgency in responding to the worst environmental disaster it has faced. The oil gushing from the destroyed rig into the Gulf of Mexico has overwhelmed the industry and local governments, and only Washington can muster the resources to meet such an ominous threat to the entire coast. Yet the president did not send his top environmental aides and mobilize the Navy and Air Force until Friday — after the giant slick already had reached the fragile marshes and shorelines of the Mississippi Delta. The federal response must match the magnitude of the threat of environmental and economic calamity that stretches from Louisiana to Florida.

Government officials on Friday complained about the slow initial response to last week's deadly explosion by BP, which leased the rig Deepwater Horizon. There will be plenty of time to point fingers. All need to work now in a spirit of cooperation with federal and state responders to contain the oil slick and to plug the cracked wellhead nearly a mile beneath the surface on the sea floor. Gov. Charlie Crist on Friday declared a state of emergency for six Panhandle counties, and high winds and strong seas could push the slick to Pensacola's beaches by Sunday night.

Now the Obama administration needs to remain focused, move quickly to try to limit the damage and prepare to aid communities from the Louisiana fishing towns to the Florida beaches. This is going to be a long-term operation, with projections that it may take months to slow the leak. The crisis will evolve — 10 days after the explosion, officials could still only estimate that 210,000 gallons of crude a day, five times the original figure, are pouring into the gulf. But it should be clear that sending nonprofit groups to the coast with dishwashing soap to scrub oil-covered animals is helpful but hardly enough.

President Barack Obama met U2's Bono in the Oval Office on Friday when he should have been headed to the Gulf Coast. The president did order a freeze on new offshore drilling leases until investigators determine what caused the oil rig explosion and the massive spill and propose safety improvements. But in the long term, the president should retreat from his plan to expand drilling in gulf waters, which includes reducing the buffer off Florida's west coast from the current 235 miles to 125 miles. As this disaster illustrates, the risk simply outweighs the potential for more oil and financial windfalls for government.

Obama assured the Gulf Coast on Friday that the federal government will meet the challenge. His predecessor made similar declarations in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and those proved to be hollow promises. This president does not want to make the same mistake in meeting the biggest environmental emergency of his administration.

[Too Much Like Bush]

"Only Washington can muster the resources..."

Ha... ha... ha...


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Here is what NASA says about oil in Gulf: Nothing to see here!

Move along. What duh ....?

Tons of Oil Seeps into Gulf of Mexico Each Year
Roger Mitchell

Scientists find that tons of oil seep into the Gulf of Mexico each year

Twice an Exxon Valdez spill worth of oil seeps into the Gulf of Mexico every year, according to a new study that will be presented January 27 at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

But the oil isn't destroying habitats or wiping out ocean life. The ooze is a natural phenomena that's been going on for many thousands of years, according to Roger Mitchell, Vice President of Program Development at the Earth Satellite Corporation (EarthSat) in Rockville Md. "The wildlife have adapted and evolved and have no problem dealing with the oil," he said.


Who's to blame? Not totally BP.

While BP will probably suffer most of the liability, it's really the responsibility of Transocean, the huge drilling company that owned and operated the rig. Oil companies don't own any rigs, they simply rent the real estate from the federal government and hire a company like Transocean to drill the well for them. BP had just 4-5 employees on the rig, but it was Transocean 120+ employees doing the drilling with their equipment. It was that equipment, including the Blowout Preventer (BOP)- a huge mechanism that sits on the bottom - that has so catastrophically failed, and continues to fail.

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

Maybe it was HAARP?

The case for terrorism is ridiculous. We do know what caused the blast. It was probably a perfect storm of human and mechanical errors. We always try to protect against blowouts, but failed in this case.

Terrorists would not have targeted this rig. It was as mobile exploration rig, with a single hole drilled into a nice, but still unknown reservoir. Terrorists would target a big production rig, a permanent facility with 30-40 wells drilled in all different directions into the reservoir.

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

Further reason to

grow hemp and use it to fuel the world. A miracle "WEED"
that grows anywhere. It makes a cleaner fuel than ethanol and nearly as clean as natural gas.

Just one last kick in the nuts, then a final deathblow

Agreed with the weed!

The Emperor Wears No Clothes

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And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

This isn't the same oil that spilled in Valdez

This is "light sweet crude". This naturally seeps into the oceans from fissures in the earth's crust, and is NOT a petrochemical. Microbes in the gulf will eat the stuff up quicker than they'll eat up the black yucky stuff.

This is all about government contracts that have to be hurriedly drawn up before the slick diminishes.


See if you can explain your story to the birds, fish, dolphins, oysters, clams ... as they die, they will think "Oh, this was just light sweet crude ... why do I feel so bad?"

Are you for real, Sandra?

Thank you Sandra

I had not thought about it being unrefined until now. :) That does help the situation, even though it is such a devastation.

And maybe Mother Earth will

And maybe Mother Earth will have poisoned us with the substance we have so greedily raped her -- and killed each other -- for... "You want oil?... I'll give you oil."

give it a break ya bleeding heart.. the more I read your BS the more i see the liberal inside.

“Defiance of God’s Law will eventually bring havoc to a society.” - Dr. Ron Paul



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Think about what this does to

Think about what this does to Florida's tourism. They're lucky that it's May but it's going to be a long hard winter! Clearwater, St.Pete, and other Gulf playgrounds will be like ghost towns. Imagine what will happen to the restaurants, bars, hotels, shopping areas... geez... this is horrific for those folks.

It's still a long way to the west coast of FL..

...I'd be surprised if it makes it that far. But then, I'm shocked that this could happen in the first place. A freak thing for sure.

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

I think this is getting blown out of proportions as with many

news events these days. Oil is an organic substance and will dissapate in time. The Earth has plenty of time but the MSM does not.

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people that pay no price for being wrong.
Thomas Sowell

oh yes...

nothing to worry about---

this will hasten the collapse of this country....

if you didn't already know

if you didn't already know the country is already collapsing in slow motion. I would rather it speed up then we can start over more quickly. Hey Paul, maybe you should study your bible more closly. Read the sermon on the mount and pay attention to Jesus's words.. also pay attention to the part where Jesus tells us that the world is so full of sin and people against God that the earth it's self rebels.. remember what he told us about earthquakes, volcanoes, the roaring of the seas... and you people still deny he exists. What more proof do you need?

“Defiance of God’s Law will eventually bring havoc to a society.” - Dr. Ron Paul

there are those of us who read the bible and don't read . . .

that greed is justified--

nor do we read that God is pleased with such things as the mammoth chemical companies that crush everything in their 'wake'--

I do not deny God's existence; I embrace and rejoice in God's existence, but I believe that those prophecies are due to the fact that God is more aware of what greedy man will do in 'these (the last) days' and tried to warn *us* about it--

God doesn't cause the suffering, but He gives the evil ones enough rope to hang themselves; His scriptures are His way of warning His Children (ANY who will listen) about the catastrophes the evil ones will bring to the world--

the idea that God decided to cause all of this is behind the dispensationalism that fuels the Christian Zionists--
and THAT is a scary lot!

Don't pit believers against unbelievers here; some of us who believe in God wholly approve of the sorts of things written by such as paulrevere--

and eschew the left (liberal) and right (conservative) paradigm--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

the only response to this:

is a deep belly laugh.....


but, fill up your spare gas cans with what you can now. I think this story tells me more that this is a perfect time for my wallet to be raped by big oil than a death knell for mother earth. Unfortunately this situation shows that still too few are concerned with enacting their responsibility to be good stewards of this earth as well.

Assert Your Authority

this should have no effect on the price of gasoline...

This well, as big as it seems while it's leaking, is an H2O molecule of the drop in the bucket which is the world supply.

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

In fact you may be on the mark...

but when has fact, or truth, ever stopped the greedy hand of government and its protected cronies? If I was a big oil swindler, I'd use this situation to my advantage to raise prices at the pump - maybe a "clean-up surcharge" tacked on as a "blow to the ribs" of the oil industry...but is really just a gouge to the eye of the consumer. Get my drift?

Assert Your Authority

This truly is a horrible event