Jul 22 14:36

Gulf Storm Projection


Jul 22 09:25

Did BP Keep Drilling Even Though It Had Lost Control of the Oil Well Much Earlier?

[Mike Williams, the chief electronics technician on the Deepwater Horizon, and one of the last workers to leave the doomed rig] ... says going faster caused the bottom of the well to split open, swallowing tools and that drilling fluid called "mud."

"We actually got stuck. And we got stuck so bad we had to send tools down into the drill pipe and sever the pipe," Williams explained.

Jul 22 09:25

Matt Simmons Says Gulf Clean Up Will Cost Over $1 Trillion, Sees BP At $1, Says "We Have Now Killed The GoM"

Matt Simmons shares some startling revelations in his latest Bloomberg TV interview, in which he says none of the propaganda matters on TV 24/7 (photoshopped or not) as the ultimate clean up cost will likely be well over $1 trillion, and a result he is unconcerned about his BP short. He ultimately see the stock going down to $1.

Jul 22 08:51

Three of every four oil and gas lobbyists worked for federal government

Three out of every four lobbyists who represent oil and gas companies previously worked in the federal government, a proportion that far exceeds the usual revolving-door standards on Capitol Hill, a Washington Post analysis shows.

Jul 22 08:50

'People Are Getting Sick,' Cleanup Worker Says

"It's a lot thicker then you see on TV. It's a lot worse. It's everywhere. The smell is outrageous. People (were) getting sick all the time. They don't really tell you what it is, why people are getting sick, but they were MedEvac-ing people left and right," Bourgeois said. "I have personally dealt with headaches and feeling bad. It's a lot different then what you see sitting at the house."

Jul 22 08:22

Ships ready to leave leaky well as storm brews

Though the rough weather was hundreds of miles from the spill site and wouldn't enter the Gulf for at least a few more days, officials ordered technicians trying to plug BP's well to stand down because they needed several days to clear the area, where about 65 ships are tending to the spill.

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Which means all the live feed ROV videos available to the public will shut down. Anyone are to wager whether they ever come back online again?

Jul 22 04:28

More Evidence Of Toxic Rain?

In the following video environmentalist John Wathen discusses some reports of toxic rain in the Gulf region. He also talks about his recent flight in the area and how he noticed his plane was coated with a thin oil sheen after he arrived back at the airport.

Jul 21 19:38

Florida Dengue Fever Outbreak Leads Back to CIA and Army Experiments

by: H.P. Albarelli Jr. and Zoe Martell,

With little fanfare on July 13, Florida officials released the findings of a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study conducted recently in the Key West area revealing that about 10 percent, or 1,000 people, of the coastal town's population are infected with the dengue fever virus.

Jul 21 18:11

BREAKING: Feds claim ‘seep’ 3 km away came from ANOTHER offshore oil facility

Jul 21 18:10

The Rupture

The Rupture

Tap into her arteries
As vampires, make her bleed
Grease the wheels of industries
Upon her blood we feed
Poke and prod and grope and squeeze
As her defenders plead
Well reasoned analyses
By no means guaranteed
A hunger we can’t appease
A thirst we won’t impede
Beneath the sword of Damocles
Let no one intercede
The rupture is upon us
Prepare now to meet thy god
Upon Earth within heaven
Our corruption we applaud

Jul 21 14:26

Ideas for Neutralizing FEMA Trailers

Since I first posted this several companies have popped up offering a similar service. I would like to think I had something to do with that.....=)

Jul 21 14:19

6'4" Cop Bullies 4'11" Videographer as She Videos a BP Worker Taken Away in Ambulance

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This lady will be our guest on the radio show tomorrow.

Jul 21 11:51

Censored Gulf news: Scientists call on Obama to stop chem-spray

July 20, 5:51 "PMHuman Rights Examiner" by Deborah Dupre'

Scientists and public demand ending human rights violations in Gulf of Mexico region.

Over 100 scientists and academic institution, research laboratory, conservation organization leaders plus human rights defenders from as far away as Norway and Greece signed the Scientists Consensus Statement on the Use of Chemical Dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico calling for the Obama Administration to immediately halt chemical aerial spraying in the Gulf region. A public petition to end dispersant use is also gaining momentum.

Non-consensual human experiementation

Jul 21 10:44

Sea floor leaks

Jul 21 10:25

ROV Driving Through Clouds of Gas and Oil

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About 3 minutes into the video...

Jul 21 09:41

Senior EPA Analyst: “Government [Agencies] Have Been Sock Puppets for BP In This Cover Up”

We have people, wildlife—we have dolphins that are hemorrhaging. People who work near it are hemorrhaging internally. And that’s what dispersants are supposed to do. EPA now is taking the position that they really don’t know how dangerous it is, even though if you read the label, it tells you how dangerous it is. And, for example, in the Exxon Valdez case, people who worked with dispersants, most of them are dead now. The average death age is around fifty. It’s very dangerous, and it’s an economic—it’s an economic protector of BP, not an environmental protector of the public.

Jul 21 09:29

VIDEO: Bubbles Visible in Underwater Cams

Jul 21 08:31

BP testimony: Officials knew of key safety problem on rig

BP officials knew about a problem on a crucial well safety device at least three months before the catastrophic April 20 explosion in the Gulf of Mexico but failed to repair it, according to testimony Tuesday from the company's well manager.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is a criminal offense, and the BP officials need to go to jail.

Jul 21 07:56

BP: A Long, Bloody History of Reckless Greed

British Petroleum, the company responsible for the worst single-source environmental catastrophe in U.S. history, has over its 100-year history caused a number of environmental and workplace disasters. But the harm BP has caused goes further. In the early 1950s, BP and the British government convinced the U.S. to overthrow the democratic government of Iran - an action that has had disastrous consequences for Iran, the U.S., and the Middle East to this day.

Jul 20 22:39

Job losses in Gulf region could reach 100,000 or more

A July 19 report by Moody’s Analytics estimates that as many as 100,000 jobs and $7.4 billion could be lost in the Gulf region as a direct result of the BP oil spill. These numbers represent the high end of the estimated impact of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, according to the company.

Jul 20 11:53

FLASHBACK - ROV films oil leak coming from rock cracks on seafloor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is from June, before the well was capped.

Jul 20 11:31

Top Expert: There Were No Natural Seeps Within 3 Kilometers of Blown Out Well

Berkeley engineering professor Bob Bea has very little confidence in what’s been said publicly about the seeps.

He’s troubled that we’re just now hearing about seeps three kilometers away, because a survey of the seabed conducted before BP drilled its well didn’t indicate anything like that.

Jul 20 10:20

BP's Scheme to Swindle the "Small People"

BP committed fraud in furnishing oil-spill-response data required to obtain a permit to enable them to drill the MC 252 location. The reality is they were not prepared to handle or control a blowout and resulting oil spill of this magnitude. Simply put, they lied.

"BP, in their haste to cut corners and save money in the completion process on the well location at MC 252, exhibited willful neglect in their duties to complete the well safely, which led to the blowout and explosion that killed 11 people. Eleven souls that will never come back. Eleven families with mothers and fathers and wives and children. Children who will never see their fathers again.

"This neglect and loss of life constitutes negligent homicide and all involved should be arrested and charged as such."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This scenario will never happen. BP, with its monied, political clout, will never really pay the real compensation the families here deserve, and will never do the real remediation the Gulf needs to heal.

The taxpayers will wind up footing the bill, while BP executives are laughing all the way to the bank.

Jul 20 09:58

BP's Incentive: To Not Capture All the Oil.

hile they have every incentive to get the well killed, BP also has every incentive to not capture 100% of the well flow until they do. As soon as they do capture all the flow, then a real, measurable number will be in front of the public, and that's the last thing BP wants, since that number will then be used to extrapolate environmental damage, hence per barrel fines that will likely run to the tens of billions anyway. What bewilders me is why the government is letting them get away with it. Where is the Coast Guard, Steve Chu, the EPA, and the new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management? Where is the White House? Where is the main stream media? Are industry bloggers the only ones who are asking these questions?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The questions raised here indicate what many have known for some time; BP is totally in control here, not the US government.

Jul 20 09:41

Is experimental well cap making disaster worse?

Oil and gas started seeping into the Gulf of Mexico again Sunday night, but this time more slowly, and scientists aren't sure whether the leaks mean the cap that stopped the flow last week is making things worse.

Jul 20 09:21

Oil lies becoming more preposterous

"I have worked with air, steam, and hydraulic leaks up to the 4,500 PSI (pounds per square inch) range," Landau wrote. "They were claiming wellhead pressures of up to 70,000 to 100,000 pounds per square inch. Now, they are claiming pressures of 6.5-7K PSI."

Jul 20 08:08


Jul 20 08:06

Signs of the times: Oil-spill victims on Grand Isle post protest

If you want to know how residents here feel about the oil spill, just read the signs that are posted on seemingly every electrical pole, planted in front yards or hung on the 10-foot stilts that keep houses off the ground in case of flooding. Some are funny, like the six-painting SpongeBob series or the old toilet labeled "BP Headquarters." Some are angry: "Cannot fish or swim. How the hell are we suppose [sic] to feed our kids now?" Others strain for pointed puns, dubbing BP the "Bayou Polluters."

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One has to wonder just when the seething anger people are feeling about having had their lives and livelihoods taken away from them here will move beyond the painting of signs, and just what form it will take.

Jul 20 08:02

BP trying to legally ‘contaminate’ Gulf scientists: report

A BP plan to hire Gulf scientists could mean that there are fewer experts to testify against them when the oil spill case goes to trial.

The University of South Alabama turned does a BP offer to hire the entire marine science department after they obtained a copy of the contracts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable, but perfectly predictable.

Jul 20 07:45

Altered BP photo comes into question

A blogger has noticed that the oil giant altered a photograph of its Houston crisis room, cutting and pasting three underwater images into a wall of video feeds from remotely operated undersea vehicles. The altered photo is displayed prominently on the company's Web site.

Jul 20 07:36

BP Insider Admits Disaster Call Center Is A Diversion, Don't Even Take Notes...

Jul 20 02:55

BP photoshops fake photo of crisis command center, posts on main BP site

It looks like BP took a photo from 2001, and in order to make it look like the command center in July of 2010, they pasted pictures of the oil well leaking over the old photo.

Jul 19 14:29

Obama Spill Chief: BP Oil Well Leaking, Not Major Concern

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

Jul 19 13:23

Feds find Multiple Methane , Oil Leaks From BOP and Sea Floor

Despite Multiple Methane And Oil Leaks From BOP and Sea Floor Feds Allow BP To Risk Uncontrolled BP Gulf Oil Spill Blowout
by Alexander Higgins - July 19, 2010 at 1:47 pm
As the condition of BP’s leaking oil well continues to deteriorate rapidly BP has tried desperately to prevent the Federal Government from monitoring the sea floor for oil and methane leaks.
But yesterday the Feds finally moved in with their own ships and equipment to monitor the sea floor.
The Government almost immediately found oil leaking from the sea floor along with multiple methane leaks but did not immediately inform the public of their findings.
However, it didn’t take long before an “anonymous government official” leaked the those findings to the media.

Jul 19 13:11

BP Moves the Goalpost for the Oil Well Integrity Test

In one sweeping statement, that the press let him get away with, Wells moved the target pressure down as much as 1,500 psi from the 9,000 psi to 7,500, much closer to the 6,700 psi they were holding, which is actually at the lower end of the ambiguity range we talked about on Friday. Wells did it again yesterday, moving the "good integrity" range number down to 6,000 psi to 7,500 psi, saying,

"But at this point there is no evidence that we have no integrity and that's very good and the fact that the pressure is continuing to rise is giving us more and more confidence that as we go through this process."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How very Soviet of them.

Jul 19 13:09

Oil Cap Leaking: Seepage Detected Two Miles From Wellhead

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

Jul 19 11:30

As Predicted, BP Tries to Pretend New Leak is a "Natural Seep"

Obviously, if there are natural oil or gas seeps nearby, there are already pre-existing channels up to the seafloor ... so that may very well be the path of least resistance for the subterranean oil to flow up to the seafloor.

Therefore, if there were a substantial breach in the well bore, nearby natural oil and gas seeps could very well increase in volume.

Jul 19 08:42

GOP senators: Obama failing in oil clean-up

Just days after BP temporarily plugged the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, Senate Republicans on Sunday lashed out at the Obama administration for failing to clean up America's soiled shoreline.

Jul 19 08:36

Gulf Oil Disaster: Is The Loop Current Breaking Down?

If true, this could be bad news for the thermohaline, i.e., Europe's ticket out of freezing. For starters.

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"The only solution we can see is to tax the American people into poverty with a carbon tax, because Al Gore needs those carbon credits to get our, I mean, his trading system up and running." -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 19 08:20

Bubbles Visible in Underwater Cams

As of this moment (11:06 Eastern Standard Time), bubbles are apparent near the blowout preventer from ROV2's Oceaneering video cam here:

Jul 19 08:12

Rig's Final Hours Probed

Federal authorities investigating BP PLC's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are zeroing in on bad decisions, missed warnings and worker disagreements in the hours before the April 20 inferno aboard the Deepwater Horizon that spawned one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the Federal Authorities seem to be ignoring is that this entire disaster would have been prevented if the Obama administration, instead of groveling before Israel, had used its first 400 days in office to "kick some ass" in the US Federal Minerals Management Service. The MMS had a long history of incompetence and corruption, accepting gifts (including sexual favors) from the very oil companies they were supposed to be supervising, doing drugs, and spending their time watching internet porn.

The oil drillers are no more safe than MMS is willing to force them to be. That is their job. So the root cause of this disaster rests squarely with the Federal Government.

Jul 19 07:56

Videos confirm additional leaks reported in seabed near capped well

When BP announced they had successfully capped the well and stopped the flow of oil that has been gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico since April 20, several scientists and industry experts were skeptical. It appears their skepticism has been confirmed by recent reports and videos that show oil and methane gas leaking from the seabed.

Jul 19 07:17

BP INDUCED CLIMATE CHANGE? The Loop Current May Be Breaking Down

As if everything we already know wasn't enough: Looks like the oil "spill" is causing the loop current -- upon which depends thermohaline circulation, (the Global Ocean Conveyor, or Gulf Stream) -- to break down.

links to pdf and sources at source

Jul 19 07:02

PRESSURE At The Wellhead: A Closer Look At Methane Seeps and Signatures

In a high compression well such as this one, the effluent is moving up the pipe at a very high speed due to the extraordinary pressures pushing up from below. The methane gas component of the upsurging hydrocarbon brew changes its state at this speed and affects the characteristics of the entire effluent coming up the pipe in the following way. As methane ascends, the bubbles expand causing a discernible acceleration in velocity. The interaction between effluent speed, geological debris and any additional bump from acceleration can give rise to catastrophic ejections, explosive potential, stretch and inline cavitations. All one has to do is examine an oil pipe which has sustained a similar flow rate to find evidence of this phenomena.

Jul 19 05:38

BP says seep detected in Gulf may not be from its well

Oil giant BP Plc said a seep detected in the Gulf of Mexico may not be related to its blown out Macondo well, which has caused the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Spokesman Robert Wine said on Monday that BP engineers were the source of information behind comments from the government's top official overseeing the spill response effort, Admiral Thad Allen, that a seep was detected "a distance from the well."


Liar liar pants on fire!

Jul 18 21:59

Chris Landau: BP Cap will not stop leak from ocean floor

Jul 18 16:12

BP, feds clash over reopening capped Gulf oil well

An administration official familiar with the spill oversight, however, told The Associated Press that a seep and possible methane were found near the busted oil well. The official spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because an announcement about the next steps had not been made yet.

Jul 18 16:11

Official: Seep found near BP's blown out oil well

A federal official says scientists are concerned about a seep and possible methane near BP's busted oil well in the Gulf of Mexico

Both could be signs there are leaks in the well that's been capped off for three days.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because an announcement about the next steps had not been made yet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

God DAMN, I am good! :)

Jul 18 11:46

Gulf oil spill: Fouling air as well as water?

Questions about air pollution related to the BP oil spill may get some clearer answers this coming week, as university researchers and a Louisiana environmental group release initial findings of their independent analysis of the Gulf region’s air quality.

Jul 18 11:23

Water Tested – Toxic Levels of Oil – Sample Explodes!

The accepted toxic level for oil is anything over 5 parts per million. Water from orange beach tested at 25 parts per million. The sand around Gulf Shores beach tested at an astonishing 211 parts per million. Remember, these beaches have been left open by officials who continue to claim the, “The beach is safe to swim.” Near Orange Beach, in the very area where kids were happily playing, the water tested a whopping 221 parts per million. How can the EPA and local officials continue to lets citizens frequent these toxic beaches?

Jul 18 11:04

Geologist: Depletion of Oil Reservoir "Unlikely"

While BP talks confidently about seismic tests for leaks beneath the seafloor, I am not so sure that a leak could be detected using seismic given the low-resolution of seismic tests.

Jul 18 10:18


Common sense (and engineering) will tell you that if you have a pipe with leaks, putting a cap on one leak simply drives the oil out the other leaks. From an environmental perspective this makes no sense, because the oil is still leaking out of the well, just in a different place. Of greater concern is that the oil can flow out into the surrounding rocks the way the mud did during the failed Top Kill procedure, forming what is called a subsurface blowout. This is a huge bubble of oil inside the rock. The danger is if the bubble ruptures and the oil collected over 80 days of leakage rushed to the surface of the gulf all at once. Such a surge of oil could easily engulf and founder the surface ships.

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Jul 18 10:16

Admiral Allen Orders Well Opened, BP Says It Will Keep Well Closed

BP will keep the cap closed until it fears the well is at risk, Operations Chief Doug Suttles said in a conference call this morning.

This contradicts orders from Admiral Allen to open the well and begin siphoning oil -- to avoid a possible pressure-buildup.

So who's behind the wheel? And is BP about to take a huge risk?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wasn't pressure buildup supposed to be a good thing?

Or is BP's show of defiance to give Obama more political cover?

Jul 18 09:19

As BP claims success in capping well Gulf economy in ruins

If the well is successfully capped, one can be certain that the US media will drop the story, "concerned" politicians will wind down their investigations, and BP and the oil industry as a whole will go back to raking in enormous profits on reckless drilling operations.

But what will be left of the Gulf?

The region faces a social, economic, and ecological catastrophe from which it will never recover under the current political set-up, dominated by two big-business parties and a government that at every level does the bidding of the financial and corporate elite. This basic fact has been amply demonstrated by the response to the spill itself, which from the beginning took as its overriding concerns the financial preservation of BP and the demands of the oil industry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By definition, corporations are entities without conscience.

Therefore, it is imperative that enlightened governments have rules and practices enforced to prevent the kind of disasters, both socioeconomic, and environmental, that we have witnessed with the Gulf oil spill catastrophe.

Obama had well over a year to take care of the MMS, and did absolutely nothing until well after the crisis hit.

At the end of the day, it will ultimately you and me footing the bill for the cleanup and remediation of this mess, and the quality of that clean up will most probably be cosmetic at best.

Just ask the people living in Prince William Sound just how well they're faring in the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster!

Jul 18 09:02

Porn, Meth, and Oil Company Parties

Instead of just inspecting offshore oil platforms, employees of the Minerals Management Service spent time trading links to Internet porn, shaking off crystal meth buzzes, and partying on the dime of the oil companies that they were supposed to be regulating, according to a new report released Monday by the Interior Department's Inspector General. The IG's investigation of MMS' Lake Charles office, in oil-ravaged Louisiana, found "a culture where the acceptance of gifts from oil and gas companies was widespread."

Jul 18 08:36

Seize BP

YES, I support the seizure of BP's assets to provide comprehensive compensation and relief for all affected people and for cleaning up the environment.

Jul 18 08:11

July 16, 2010: Oil Leaks from Ocean Floor near BP Wellhead

This is not "capped". BP stock certainly got a boost with their fake announcement that the oil stopped flowing. BP also continues to ignore the two other plumes spotted a few miles from the wellhead.

Senator Bill Nelson talked about the sea floor cracks and the potential for a sea floor collapse more than a month ago. So why hasn't the US government shared this information with the rest of the population? Why is CNN claiming the oil cap was a success? To avoid the mass panic that will come when the masses finally understand that nearly everything coming from the BP/Government spokespeople is just a series of lies, smoke and mirrors waiting to be gobbled up by a population of yellow ribbon armchair patriots consumers.

Jul 18 07:55

Obama Trying to Shift Oil Spill 'Off the Front Page,' Senator Says

Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter on Sunday accused President Obama of trying to move the BP oil disaster "off the front page," urging the public not to forget about the spill and the cleanup just because a new well cap seems to be working.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Well Cap is working to make it look like the problem is fixed, but it isn't. The leak has not been stopped; It has merely been moved.

Jul 18 07:42


Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, ABCNNBBCBS is trying to con America into thinking that the gulf disaster is over simply because the well head is capped. This propaganda is being put out because BP wants to limit their financial losses over this mess and Obama does not want the Gulf Disaster, which he caused by not reining in the MMS during the first 400 days of his Presidency, following him into the November election.

So what all of you Rivero's Rangers need to do is to grab this and every other video on YouTube that shows oil leaking up from the floor of the ocean and email the link to your friends and families and explain to them that BP and Thad Allen capped the well to get a pretty media picture knowing there was damage to the well casing 1000 feet down and that the oil would simply leak out there instead of the top.

Jul 17 18:00


Corexit is a product line of solvents primarily used as a dispersant for breaking up oil slicks. It is produced by Nalco Holding Company which is associated with BP . 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

Jul 17 16:03

Methane Thought To Be Responsible For Mass Extinction

What caused the worst mass extinction in Earth's history 251 million years ago? An asteroid or comet colliding with Earth? A greenhouse effect? Volcanic eruptions in Siberia? Or an entirely different culprit? A Northwestern University chemical engineer believes the culprit may be an enormous explosion of methane (natural gas) erupting from the ocean depths.

Jul 17 16:03

FLASHBACK - Methane eruption blamed for mass extinction

A massive explosion of colourless, odourless natural gas erupting from the ocean depths may have caused the worst mass extinction in the Earth's history some 251 million years ago, according to U.S. geologists.

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This is what these bozos are messing with!

Jul 17 14:55

Another Obama Lie, ConRats Robbing $400 Million From Katrina Victims To Pay For BP Gulf Oil Spill

Congress Robbing $400 Million From Katrina Victims To Pay For BP Gulf Oil Spill
Posted by Alexander Higgins - July 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm -
Yes, Federal Government has repeatedly assured the public over and over again that BP will pay for every dime of costs related to the oil spill.
But as we have seen throughout this crisis the Government has repeatedly told the public one thing and has done another.
The lip service has even been echoed by President Obama himself on several occasions.

Jul 17 13:15

Water sample "exploded” when chemist tested for oil; “Most likely” methane or Corexit

[Another] sample was a spot in Orange Beach, where again, we found kids playing. and we found our highest content of oil and petroleum. 221 parts per million. …

When Naman added an organic solvent to separate the oil from the water [collected at Dauphin Island Marina, near some boom], just like he did with all the other samples, this sample exploded right in his lab. “It was almost instantaneous. Actually, maybe one second. that’s just weird.” The result surprised even our chemist.

“We think it most likely happened, either due to the presence of methanol, or methane gas. or the presence of the dispersant, Corexit.”

Jul 17 10:45

Gulf coast fishermen angry over oil claims ruling

Fishermen in Mississippi say they are angry that under the terms of BP's $20 billion oil spill fund, money they earn doing clean-up will be subtracted from their claim against the company.

Jul 17 06:34

CNN reports well has “weak points at 9,000? and “17,000 feet” that BP is likely “watching in the seismic”

Jul 17 06:32

Another video showing what looks like oil seeping up from ocean floor near BP well.

Jul 17 06:30

Oil coming from sea floor near BP well?

Jul 17 06:29

More oil seepage frm the ocean floor around the BP well head?

Jul 17 06:24

FLASHBACK - Gulf seafloor crack leak in slow motion shows oil coming from crack

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These was leakage from the sea floor back in June.

Jul 17 06:17

What is going on, here? More oil coming up through the sea floor?

Jul 16 23:41

Is oil leaking from the sea floor around the BP well?

Jul 16 21:14

Oil Dispersants have made Giant "super skimmer" useless

Giant "super skimmer" no help with Gulf oil spill
2 hrs 22 mins ago
The company defended the performance of its vessel and said the large quantity of dispersants poured into the water near the source of the spill made skimming difficult.
"The particular conditions present in the Macondo spill did not afford the vessel the opportunity to recover a significant amount of oil," said a statement by Bob Grantham, spokesman for TMT Offshore.
"This is due to the highly dispersed nature of the oil in the Gulf. When dispersants are used in high volume, virtually from the point that oil leaves the well, it presents real challenges for high-volume skimming," Grantham said.

Jul 16 15:05

BP Paying Off Universities, Gulf Scientists To Silence Them

BP Paying Off Universities And Gulf Scientists In Mass To Hide Oil Spill Research Data From The Public
Posted by Alexander Higgins - July 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm
Perhaps even more startling is the scientists that BP isn’t paying off to keep quiet the Federal Government is.
A scientist who spoke to the Press-Register on condition of anonymity because he feared harming relationships with colleagues and government officials said he rejected a BP contract offer and was subsequently approached by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with a research grant offer. ...Other scientists told the newspaper that colleagues who signed on with BP have since been informed by federal officials that they will lose government funding for ongoing research efforts unrelated to the spill.

Jul 16 14:41

Feds: Test results from well not as good as hoped

Allen said there are two possible reasons being debated by scientists on the project for why the pressure hasn't risen as high as desired: The reservoir that is the source of the oil could be depleting after a three-month spill, or there could be an undiscovered leak somewhere down in the well.

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Allen may be an admiral but it is clear he is no geologist. Oil reservoirs the size of Mount Everest do not deplete in just 3 months. Allen is trying to put a positive spin on the failure of the test by saying "the news is generally good", even though clearly, it is not.

Jul 16 14:34

Pressure Test Failing, Stopping Short of Target

As CBS News notes:

The federal pointman for the BP oil spill says results are short of ideal in the new cap but the oil will stay shut in for another 6 hours at least.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said on a Friday afternoon conference that pressure readings from the cap have not reached the level that would show there are no other leaks in the well.

Jul 16 12:13

BP Gulf Oil Spill Well Integrity Test Failing

BP Gulf Oil Spill Well Integrity Test Failing, 24 Hours Into Test Pressure Remains At 6,700 PSI
Posted by Alexander Higgins - July 16, 2010 at 10:00 am
As I reported yesterday an insider in the BP control room leaked to the Washington Post that the pressure inside BP’s blowout preventer had only risen to about 6700 psi.
He said that indicated that the well casing could be blown down hole although yesterday he cautioned that we needed to wait for about 24 hours to make that determination.
Fast forward to now and we are almost 24 hours into the test.
Apparently Kent Wells from BP isn’t aware that the pressure reading was leaked to the Washington Post yesterday because he just tweeted that the pressure inside the well is around 6,700 and still rising.

Jul 16 11:58

Welcome to Hell: An open letter to Mr. Clint Guidry of South Louisiana

Welcome to Hell: An open letter to Mr. Clint Guidry of South Louisiana
By Pubali Ray Chaudhuri
Jul 15, 2010, 00:22
This letter is sent as a wake-up call to all the Americans who are now feeling -- and rightfully so -- shafted by a system that has already cut large swaths of devastation in the world outside the U.S. (Yes, contrary to what many Americans think, there is a world outside the U.S.)... We are surprised, for instance, that hell should have come to South Louisiana. We understand when other nations struggle with high unemployment, food riots, chronic poverty, appalling rates of child malnutrition. That’s them. Those poor, benighted, backward nations. (Underneath is the unspoken assumption: it’s their own damn fault for not managing their affairs better).

Jul 16 10:48

Both Relief Well Blowout Preventers FAIL; Shear ram would not close, other testing problems

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a memorandum that problems were identified “in recent weeks” with blowout preventers on BP Plc’s relief wells…

In a 29-page memo to Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) dated Monday, Salazar said “performance problems” with the blowout preventers were found…

Salazar said in the memo that the discovery provided “more evidence that prior testing requirements were inadequate.” …

Transocean spokesman Guy Cantwell said in an email that the issues with the blowout preventers for the relief wells were now resolved. …

Jul 16 10:38

Rep. Markey says Congress unable to “PUBLICLY disclose” integrity of wellbore

"And, again, I wrote back there on June 23, so that we could publicly disclose what the integrity of the wellbore is, we could publicly disclose what the integrity of the geology around the wellbore, so that we could better understand. …"

Markey all but confirms that the government has knowledge of the condition of the wellbore, but is not permitted to release the information publicly.

Markey’s wrote the June 23 letter to pressure BP to publicly disclose the problems with the wellbore. This would have allowed the information to be released without Markey doing it directly.

However, the questions raised in his letter serves to inform the public about what Congress does know about the condition of the well, without directly stating the information as fact.

Jul 16 09:09

BP caps leaking well, but industry experts say it may not be a permanent fix

BP is now conducting integrity tests for up to 48 hours in order to determine whether or not there are additional leaks in the well bore deep beneath the seabed or in other areas of the ocean floor.

As early as May 31, after the top kill procedure failed, a BP official admitted to the Washington Post that "We discovered things that were broken in the sub-surface." He said that mud was making it "out to the side, into the formation." The official said he could not describe what was damaged in the well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This "capping" does not make any sense at all.

Adding this information to that below, we have breaks or weak spots in the well at 1000 feet, 7000 feet, and 190000 feet below the ocean floor. BP has already admitted there is a leak because that is where the drilling mud went durng the failed Top Kill operation.

So how can we be seeing building pressure in a well pipe BP has already admitted has at least one major hole in it?

None of this "Capping" is making any sense at all.

Jul 16 08:23

Psychopaths in the Gulf

We have not learned what to do about the world's psychopaths so we will see our civilization ripped asunder. Psychopaths and sociopaths have little choice but to hurt others as well as the environment because it is in their very nature to do so. These vicious individuals and the institutions they manage are at war with the peoples of the world and there is little defense against them. The very nature of our civilization encourages these people to seek the pinnacles of power and they certainly found just that inside the oil companies.

Jul 16 08:21

FLASHBACK - Sen. Bill Nelson: Reports of oil seeping up from seabed, well casing may be pierced.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At 2:30

Jul 16 08:18

FLASHBACK - BP Official Admits Damage To Gulf Oil ‘Well Casing’ Below Seabed

On June 7th, Senator Bill Nelson told MSNBC that he’s investigating reports of oil seeping up from additional leak points on the seafloor: Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL): Andrea we’re looking into something new right now, that there’s reports of oil that’s seeping up from the seabed… which would indicate, if that’s true, that the well casing itself is actually pierced… underneath the seabed. So, you know, the problems could be just enormous with what we’re facing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Capping that pipe may make BP look good right now and help Obama put the Gulf Disaster behind him ahead of the November Elections, but they may be setting the gulf up for an even worse disaster by creating a huge pressurized pool of oil only 1000 feet below the sea floor.

One more thing. By capping the well at the top, the pressure inside the bore is increasing, up to the 8000 PSI being touted as a sign of success. That means that the two relief wells are going to be drilling into much greater pressure and will have to overcome that increased pressure in order to pump in the drilling mud and cement. The likelihood of success for the relief wells is decreased by this capping procedure.

None of this "Capping" is making any sense at all.

Jul 16 05:13

[Pic] I'm with stupid

Jul 15 14:32


Sources at two companies involved with the well said that BP also discovered new damage inside the well below the seafloor and that, as a result, some of the drilling mud that was successfully forced into the well was going off to the side into rock formations.

"We discovered things that were broken in the sub-surface," said a BP official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. He said that mud was making it "out to the side, into the formation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, there is no way this cap is stopping the flow of oil. It may not be coming out where the cameras are, which is great for BP and Obama, but if the drilling mud was leaking out to the side, then so too is the oil. A subsurface blowout is forming 1000 feet down under the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. Sooner or later the accumulating oil bubble will blow through the ocean floor in a massive spill event. Maybe Obama is hoping it won't happen until November 5th.

Jul 15 14:11

BP Has Stopped the Oil From Flowing ... But Is It Only Temporary?

However, numerous industry experts have warned that there is no upside to temporarily capping the well as part of the well integrity test, and that it might actually cause the well to blw out.

Admiral Thad Allen previously said that the test will be considered a success if pressure in the well stays at 8,000 psi or higher for 48 hours. So we won't know for a couple of days whether the test has succeeded.

Jul 15 14:11

Chemical Dispersants and Crude Oil - Efficacy and Toxicity

One of the striking controversies about the massive BP Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout has been alarm raised about chemical dispersants used to hold spilled crude oil deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Prospects for oil’s direct harm to the environment, the economy, and coastal society were immediately obvious. But why were people so concerned that dispersing the oil was bad—worse than allowing it to come onshore? Is this just a case of “out of sight, out of mind” to benefit the oil company, or are there larger benefits that reduce the harms to other interests?

Jul 15 13:26


Jul 15 12:32

Expert suspects BP has ulterior motive behind oil well cap

Cavnar believes that BP's true goal is to make it harder to measure the flow of oil from the damaged well, because under the Clean Water Act, it will be liable for civil penalties of up to $4300 for every barrel spilled.

"While they have every incentive to get the well killed, BP also has every incentive to not capture 100% of the well flow until they do," Cavnar wrote last week at Huffington Post. "As soon as they do capture all the flow, then a real, measurable number will be in front of the public, and that's the last thing BP wants, since that number will then be used to extrapolate environmental damage, hence per barrel fines that will likely run to the tens of billions anyway."

Jul 15 11:30

Oil hits Louisiana's largest seabird nesting area

Biologists say oil has smeared at least 300-400 pelicans and bunchopelshundreds of terns in the largest seabird nesting area along the Louisiana coast — marking a sharp and sudden escalation in wildlife harmed by BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The finding underscores that official tallies of birds impacted by the spill could be significantly underestimating the scope of damage.

Jul 15 06:58

Goldman, BP sued over alleged SemGroup conspiracy

More than 80 independent oil and gas producers have sued units of Goldman Sachs Group Inc and BP Plc, alleging they conspired with SemGroup LP to defraud the plaintiffs of money owed for oil and gas delivered prior to the energy trader's 2008 bankruptcy.

Jul 15 06:53

NOAA Hoarding Key Data On Oil Spill Damage

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is hoarding vast amounts of raw data that independent marine researchers say could help both the public and scientists better understand the extent of the damage being caused by the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In most cases, NOAA insists on putting the data through a ponderous, many-weeks-long vetting process before making it public.

In other cases, NOAA actually intended to keep the data secret indefinitely. But officials told the Huffington Post on Tuesday that they have now decided to release it -- though when remains unclear.

BP, incidentally, gets to see all this data right away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence of) surprise here, particularly when this data is election-year kryptonite for the Obama administration, which had well over a year to get the MMS sorted out.

Jul 14 22:20

BP Fixing New Cap Leak as It Prepares to Start Gulf Well Test

BP Plc said it will begin a pressure test of its gushing Gulf of Mexico well after fixing a leak that erupted while it was shutting off oil flow with a new containment cap.

The leak was detected in a “choke line” leading from the stack of valves that makes up the cap installed July 12 on the Macondo well, BP said in a statement yesterday. BP said the leak had been “isolated” and was being repaired.

Jul 14 17:04

BP And Feds Stonewalling Congress About Well Bore Integrity, Sea Floor Leaks

BP And Feds Stonewalling Congress About Well Bore Integrity And BP Gulf Oil Spill Sea Floor Leaks
Contributed by Alexander Higgins (Reporter)
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 02:50
Experts are still warning that blown well casing and lack of well bore integrity could cause a massive underground blowout like the one that occurred during the IXTOC disaster.
Such an underground blowout or the existence of large leaks in the sea floor may even prevent the relief wells from working altogether.
That would mean that BP may never be able to stop the leaking well.

Jul 14 16:33

The Well Integrity Test Is Failing

Jul 14 15:05

Dispersants “more than the amount of oil spilled in any single accident prior to the BP disaster”

Reddy said he is also concerned about the total amount of dispersants used, which is unprecedented. He noted that 1 million barrels [42 million gallons] of dispersants have been applied to the Gulf of Mexico to fight this spill, more than the amount of oil spilled in any single accident prior to the BP disaster

Jul 14 11:25

New Satellite Images of Gulf: Oil reaches Mexico’s Yucutan, near Cancun (PHOTOS)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now it is an international crisis.

Jul 14 10:35

Government Stops Oil Well Integrity Test; Relief Well Drilling Temporarily Stopped

If BP and the government had been forthcoming about the oil spill, we wouldn't have to guess about what's going on, and we wouldn't worry that something bad is happening behind the scenes.

Jul 14 10:03

Is the CNN video of the BP oil cap real?

The sudden decision of BP to cap the well after telling us that nothing could be done until the relief wells were completed in August came as a surprise to me. Supposedly, there was no technology to cap a leak at this psi.

BP shares rose 9 percent with the news of the cap and their possible sale of assets in Alaska.

Jul 14 09:51

MSNBC: RELIEF WELLS SUSPENDED, not just the cap test; "Raises a lot of questions"

Jul 14 09:44

BP Oil Spill: Containment Cap to Be Tested, Environmental Devastation Spreads

As BP begins to test the new cap that the company hopes will finally contain its gushing leak in the Gulf of Mexico, crude oil continued to roll into sensitive coastal areas today, an assault on the environment that will last long after the leak is finally under control.

Jul 14 09:44

'Oil recovery and cleanup will extend to the autumn'

BP and the US national incident commander say there are no guarantees that they can cap the leaking wellhead, urging patience from Gulf residents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The cap doesn't look like it will work after all.

Jul 14 08:59

Michelle Antoinette's oil spill dress?

"Let them eat oil!"

Jul 14 08:54

BP Testing Delayed on Gulf Oil Fix

Engineers spent hours on a seismic survey, creating a map of the rock under the sea floor to spot potential dangers, like gas pockets. It also provides a baseline to compare with later surveys during and after the test to see if the pressure on the well is causing underground problems.

An unstable area around the wellbore could create bigger problems if the leak continued elsewhere in the well after the cap valves were shut, experts said.

It was unclear whether there was something in the results of the mapping that prompted officials to delay. Earlier, BP Vice President Kent Wells said he hadn't heard what the results were, but he felt "comfortable that they were good."

Jul 14 08:44

Toxic Dispersants Near Gulf Harm Humans and Wildlife

"Just days ago Barataria Bay was full of oil," Tracy informs while sweeping an arm out towards the south, where the large Bay sits, toxified, "Then they hit it with dispersants and the oil goes to the bottom. But then during the day, it heats up and the oil bubbles up to the surface."

Tracy, like many other shrimpers I will soon speak with, refers to this effect as that similar to a "Lava lamp."

"The oil, after they hit it with dispersants, moves around beneath the surface and they can’t track it," she continues, "They are using dispersants so they can minimize their liability."

Jul 14 08:42


We've seen this black wave before ~ except it was the Exxon Valdez disaster. The time March 24,1989 and the scene was Prince William Sound, Alaska. A spill that effected the whole Gulf of Alaska, a clean up that lasted three years with over 6500 workers filing upper respiratory medical claims. In 1994, it went to a class action trial and Exxon stonewalled it to the end.

Jul 14 06:34

Government Experts reveal 420 MILLION to 840 MILLION gallons of BP oil have flowed into Gulf

Using the 1 million barrels of dispersant means that, at a ratio of 1:10, there has been 10 million barrels of oil released in to the Gulf of Mexico since late April.

At the 1:20 ratio, there would be 20 million barrels of oil released.

Jul 14 06:19

Is the New Oil Cap Succeeding or Failing?

Oil industry expert Rob Cavner - who previously explained that there is damage in the oil well beneath the seafloor, and that BP has to let the oil spill keep on gushing to avoid further damage to the well bore until the well can be killed with relief wells (subsequently confirmed by BP) - says that he is worried that the well integrity test could further damage the well bore and could blow out the entire well:

Jul 14 06:11

Review: Sound Truth & Corporate Myth$ by Riki Ott

Written with as much feeling as rigor and investigative enterprise, these books are required reading for anyone affected by either Valdez or the current Gulf spill. I reviewed the more recent of the two, Not One Drop (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2008), last year for Energy Bulletin. Here I review the earlier but equally important Sound Truth, a pioneering piece of scholarship that forces us to rethink our notions about how toxic oil and the chemicals used to clean it up really are.

Oil is much more toxic than scientists used to think—that is Ott's consistent refrain throughout the book. According to the old understanding of oil toxicity, impacts from oil spills should be entirely short-term. Since for the most part oil is non-water-soluble, scientists reasoned that it must not be that harmful to aquatic life and that whatever harm it does cause happens early on as the oil is shedding its highly volatile compounds. Thus, the old thinking goes, any oil that doesn't weather away completely after a certain amount of time is harmless, even if it remains visible in the environment for years after a spill. But studies done in the years since Valdez have shown these notions to be sadly mistaken. Oil actually becomes more, not less, harmful the longer it remains in the environment, because the weathering process exposes increasingly toxic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)—which Ott says "may well be the DDT of the 21st century."

Jul 13 20:09

Key BP Oil Well Test Delayed - US Official

The start of BP PLC's (BP) crucial integrity test of the leaking Gulf of Mexico oil well has been delayed until at least Wednesday, the U.S. official leading the disaster response said.

Adm. Thad Allen, the former U.S. Coast Guard chief, said he had taken the decision to delay the test after meetings with Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, and other top experts.

Jul 13 18:24

Oil-Stopping Island Crumbles Into the Gulf: Big Pics

More photographic evidence surfaced today that an artificial island being built to stop the Gulf oil spill from reaching the Louisiana coast is nearly under water.

Jul 13 15:05

After Oil Spill, Gulf States Want Obama Vacation

After Oil Spill, Gulf States Want Obama Vacation
By Paul Bedard
Posted July 13, 2010 10:50 AM ET
Now 15 years later, President Obama is getting some similar vacation advice intended to bolster his image, especially with those upset with his administration's handling of the Gulf oil spill cleanup. On one hand, Gulf tourism officials think he should visit the area to help show it's still a good vacation spot while on the other hand the public wants him there to do some public service.See photos of the Gulf oil spill.

Jul 13 14:53

Security contractor: BP fired me for taking photos of dispersants

A security contractor who was once responsible for keeping reporters away from cleanup workers is now coming forward to blow the whistle on BP.

Adam Dillon claims he was fired by the oil company after he took pictures showing how dispersants were being used in the Gulf.

Jul 13 14:52

Oil Expert: “Real concerned about shut-in integrity test” by BP “because of the down hole damage” that “could cause it to blowout”

Oil and gas industry expert Bob Cavnar:

I’m real concerned about this shut in integrity test they’re going to plan in the morning, because of the down hole damage that we’ve talked about for the last several weeks, plus there are some components in that blowout preventer stack, the flex joint below this new assembly that doesn’t rate the pressure I’m worried about it’s going to take to shut it in. …

Jul 13 13:54

Psychopaths in the Gulf

"There is an enemy that lurks, a dangerous group of
people that want to do harm to the American people." - George Bush

Jul 13 11:40

BP Committing Ecocide on Islands in Gulf

BP has hired an army of contractors and sub-contractors who are spending plenty of "flash money" to assuage some local businesses. However, WMR noticed while driving to Louisiana a large number of seafood distributors and restaurants that were shuttered.

Those hired by BP to clean up beaches and waters are not permitted to wear respirators and many are becoming sick, even coughing up blood. This editor, while driving to Venice, began to experience burning and watering eyes, a condition that lasted hours after returning to the west bank of New Orleans.

Jul 13 09:34

Commander: “Could make the case that there’s some structural integrity issues with the casing of the wellbore”

Press Conference, National Incident Commander Thad Allen, July 13, 2010:

Nearly all questions at National Incident Commander Thad Allen’s press conference today concerned the structural integrity of the well and the possibility of seepage into the seabed or a blowout.

Commander: “One could make the case that there’s some structural integrity issues with the casing of the wellbore itself.”

Jul 13 08:15

BP claims ‘Top Hat 10? could completely stop oil gusher

Hours after BP fitted a new containment cap to a damaged well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, the gushing oil and gas appeared to completely stop, according to images relayed from a live video from the sea floor. Oil was once again jetting from the well a moment later as the company continued testing pressure seals on the "Top Hat 10" cap.

BP representatives said it would take between six and 48 hours to determine if the new well cap will work. The company has said the cap could effectively contain the massive spill, which has only been growing since the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded and sank on April 22

Jul 13 05:00

Legacy of the Exxon-Valdez-What to Expect in Gulf of Mexico

Teaser of Black Wave, a documentary about the Exxon Valdez tragedy. Check out the official website: .
In the early hours of March 24th 1989 the Exxon Valdez oil supertanker runs aground in Alaska. It discharges millions of gallons of crude oil. The incident becomes the biggest environmental catastrophe in North American history.

Jul 12 22:08

Hell Has Come to South Louisiana

“We were primed for a great season,” Guidry says, “And it all got taken away.”

Jul 12 21:49

Breaking News: Due to Public Outcry, Coast Guard Rescinds Ban of Reporters and Photographers from Oil Spill

Webmaster's Commentary: 

See? Getting pissed off at the bastards is a good thing!

Jul 12 21:45

First Lady Encourages Americans to Vacation on Gulf – But Obamas Head to Maine Instead

The Obama family will be taking a mini-vacation of their own this weekend, but instead of going to the Gulf Coast they are traveling to Maine’s Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park.

Jul 12 14:58

BP 'to divest all North Sea assets' in dramatic attempt to reduce its costs

Embattled BP is to cut costs by $14bn (£9.5bn) in six months as part of a radical plan to sustain profitability in the wake of the explosion at its Deepwater Horizon oil rig that has led to the worst spill in US history.

Jul 12 11:31

BP Whistleblower: 'What This Company Is Doing To This Country Right Now Is Just Wrong'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember that all that BP has done to the United States was done with the permission of the US Federal Government. The MMS, which is supposed to keep an eye on the oil corporations in this country, was known to suffer from rampant corruption and incompetence when Obama took office. Obama had 400 days to get the Federal Agencies like MMS (and SEC) back to doing their jobs. Instead, we learned that MMS had come to believe they worked for the oil companies rather than for the American people, and in the months before the Deepwater Horizon explosion, occupied themselves with internet porn, drugs, and hookers provided by the very oil companies they were supposed to be keeping an eye on.

Yes, BP deserves everything it gets, but it should not stand alone on the gallows.

Jul 12 11:11

BP's paid less than half of claims

Since the Deepwater Horizon well exploded April 20, BP has paid fewer than half of the claims filed in six states, including Mississippi.

Jul 12 10:08

Former Contractor: BP Not Interested In Cleaning Up Oil Spill

As we have highlighted, as one of the founding members of the cap and trade lobby, BP stands to reap a financial bounty if the Obama administration succeeds in exploiting the worsening oil spill crisis to push through a carbon tax.

Jul 12 10:03

From a fishing village, to an Oil Town: Hell Has Come to South Louisiana

“Kill the Ocean, Save the Beaches,” a “Trade-Off” decision. Under what logic does this work? The Gulf is the Mother and the Estuaries are the nurseries. If the Mother dies, there will be no children to incubate.

The reality is the oil and chemical dispersants are entering our estuaries as we speak. The “Trade-Off” logic FAILED.

As I stated, I represent commercial shrimp fishermen. I have members, friends and family presently working to contain and clean-up the spill. They are relating to me BP’s total disregard for providing workers with proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A corporation has no conscience.

This is why, when it comes to any oil drilling, the regulations and best professional practices must be observed by the corporations, and documented, by the regulatory agencies which oversee these industries.

Both BP and the US government failed catastrophically in these regards, and the people of the Gulf Coast are paying - and will continue to pay, some even with their very lives - for that failure.

Jul 12 09:41

A Day in the Life Of Oil Spill Clean-Up Volunteer Barrett Johnson

If oil is being picked up or messed with, the individuals on the boat are required to wear a full body, hazwoper suit. The suit is to be duct-taped around the gloves and shoes to make sure that no oil comes in contact with your skin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A Hazwoper suit; what the oil cleanup people have to wear when there are no cameras around.

Jul 12 09:12

Discovery of second pipe in Deepwater Horizon riser stirs debate among experts

While Allen said he believes the second pipe fell from above, some experts have advanced another explanation. They believe poorly cemented casings -- tubes that are supposed to form solid walls down thousands of feet of the well bore -- may have been dislodged by the blast of natural gas that shot up out of the well and above the sea floor.

If that's what happened, the piece of pipe would have gone into the blowout preventer, the 450-ton tower of valves and pistons that sits on top of the well head and is supposed to shut off the well in an emergency. The Deepwater Horizon's blowout preventer failed to cut through the pipe that ran through it, and subsequent efforts to shut the so-called shear rams using remote-control submarine robots also failed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This second drill pipe was being discussed here on the blogs more than a week ago, but was only officially acknowledged Friday.

Jul 12 07:33

If Explosives Are Used to Seal the Leaking Oil Gusher, Extreme Caution Should Be Used to Prevent Landslides

I have previously argued that "the odds that the release of methane from the leaking oil will cause a tidal wave or a firestorm are infinitesimally small."

I am sticking by that assessment.

But Reuters notes that the use of explosives to seal the oil gusher could cause a landslide:

“I think this situation has taught us from the start to have a backup,” retired U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the top official overseeing the spill response, told reporters this week. …

If both relief wells fail, Allen said BP has a plan to fabricate a new pipeline, place it on the seabed and hook it up to the leaking wellhead. …

Jul 12 07:03

BP Gulf Oil Gusher: Methane, Climate & Dead Zones

As much as one million times the normal level of methane is showing up near the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher, enough potentially to create dead zones in the water. "These are higher levels than we have ever seen at any other location in the ocean itself," according to sources cited by Reuters. The "flow team" of the US Geological Survey estimates that 2,900 cubic feet of natural gas, which primarily contains methane, is being released into the Gulf waters with every barrel of oil.

Jul 12 00:42

BP Gulf Oil Gusher: Methane, Climate & Dead Zones

As much as one million times the normal level of methane is showing up near the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher, enough potentially to create dead zones in the water. "These are higher levels than we have ever seen at any other location in the ocean itself," according to sources cited by Reuters. The "flow team" of the US Geological Survey estimates that 2,900 cubic feet of natural gas, which primarily contains methane, is being released into the Gulf waters with every barrel of oil.

Jul 11 17:17

BP to cut payments on 40,000 claims of individuals affected by oil spill, cites paperwork problems

As oil continues to spew into the Gulf, BP has said it will significantly cut payments on claims to those impacted by the disaster because of problems with their paperwork, the Associated Press reported

Jul 11 17:13

"I will not rest until that hole is plugged. Now watch this drive."

Obama thinks it's the Golf Disaster.

Jul 11 15:34

You Are Not Authorized to See These Pictures of the Oil Spill, Citizen ... Do Not Look!

Jul 11 13:16

Cracking Down on Fracking

Mike Markham of Colorado has an explosive problem: His tap water catches fire. Markham demonstrates this in a new documentary, “Gasland,” which just won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize. Director Josh Fox films Markham as he runs his kitchen faucet, holding a cigarette lighter up to the running water. After a few seconds, a ball of fire erupts out of the sink, almost enveloping Markham’s head.

The source of the flammable water, and the subject of “Gasland,” is the mining process called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

Jul 11 12:24

Hundreds of Tar balls Assualt Windward Beach In Brick NJ

Hundreds of Tar balls Assualt Windward Beach In Brick NJ
Posted by Alexander Higgins - July 10, 2010
Then I thought to myself. “OK, they know these tar balls are washing up on the beach. They are all over the place. They are just cleaning them up and pretending like nothing is going. They are keeping quiet and not notifying the public.”
“I wonder what I will find along the beach where they are not cleaning up?”
I walked down to the beach to a secluded are of the shore line behind some woods.
I looked over and saw what looked like a tree stump sticking up out of the surf.
As I walked over to it I was amazed as I realized it wasn’t a tree stump.
What I had found was a monster tarball the size of my head.

Jul 11 08:55

The BP Gulf Oil Gusher Represents: An Historic Failure of Government And Industry, A Tragic Violation Of The Public Trust And Social Contract

We wonder out loud about whether it is now time to establish a Regional Citizens' Initiative (NGO that effectively functions as a parallel government) to step in where government and industry have completely failed and betrayed the people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And should such a parallel government be formed, would the US Federal Government step in to stop it, just as they are now trying to block Arizona from defending their own borders?

Jul 11 08:07

Photographer portrays swimmers in the oil spill region

Jul 11 02:23

BP's Oil Disaster Causing Tampa Bay Hotels To Lose Millions In Hotel Bookings

William Mulcahey thought he had found the perfect place for his May 2011 conference of airport firefighters: the Tradewinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach...

Jul 10 22:28

Oil/Water samples from Gulf...VERY TOXIC

Jul 10 20:21

USCG complicit in Alabama Gulf beach oil cover-up

Thursday, July 08, 2010
Another Flyover Report On BP's Gulf Oil Disaster By John Wathen... Videos
Dolphins and Sperm Whales caught in the oil. Horribly, horribly sad.
US Coast Guard issued a press release claiming that no covering of oiled beach was occurring. I sat in my motel room in Orange Beach and watched as multiple pieces of heavy equipment excavated sand and hauled it up the beach and used it to cover oiled sections of beach....USCG uniformed men sat in ATV buggies and watched. I saw them and photographed them.

Jul 10 18:54

Gulf photo collection indicates media now banned because the area is now completely engulfed in oil/dead animals

(Updated Regularly) Exclusive photos of the BP Oil Spill that is still leaking, world's largest environmental disaster to date
Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill pools against the Louisiana coast along Barataria Bay Tuesday, June 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) #
Oil is seen on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico about six miles southeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana May 21, 2010. (REUTERS/Sean Gardner)

Jul 10 14:43

Oil Leak Stopped By Monday, Tar Balls Not From BP-Nothing To See Here Folks...

It's the same response everywhere it seems, a la, "The tar balls at OUR beach aren't from BP, it's just coincidental"