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Gulf Oil Refuses to Stay Hidden Underwater

Posted By admin On September 15, 2010 @ 11:55 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Washington’s Blog [1]
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

BP and the government decided that millions of gallons of dispersants should be used on the Gulf oil spill to sink and hide the oil.

They succeeded in sinking it. As ABC [2], CBS [3] and NPR [4] note, huge quantities of oil are blanketing the ocean floor, killing virtually all of the sealife which lives there.

And giant new underwater plumes [5] have been found in the water column itself.

But the oil is not staying underwater.

Oil is suddenly emerging in many parts of the Gulf.

Oil “patties”, 1 to 3 inches across, have been discovered floating along the seawall [6] in Alabama.

16 miles of beaches in Louisiana [7] have been hit. And scientists say [8] that the oil will arise and wash ashore in pulses, and will hit sensitive areas like coastal marshes [9].

As CNN reports [10], we might be facing a worst-case scenario in Florida:

LARRY MCKINNEY, HARTE RESEARCH INST. FOR GULF OF MEXICO STUDIES: … [T]hey do tend to support some of our greatest concerns about the fate of these underwater plumes that were discovered back in June, and that is that they could be picked up and this conveyor belt that is upwelling in Desoto Canyon and bringing this oil from the deep waters up to the shallow, and that seems to be what the Florida State folks are saying. …

JOHN ROBERTS, CNN ANCHOR:… [T]he USF study said, quote, “These findings, although preliminary, suggest that subsurface oil may be emerging on to the west Florida shelf through the Desoto Canyon.” So this is not just restricted to the extremely deep water. There’s enough welling as you mentioned before. How widespread could this become?

MCKINNEY: Well, it depends on how big those plumes are and how long they persist, but that conveyer belt moves water rather quickly. And so the fact that the Florida state folks are finding oil up on that shelf at the distance that they’re finding it is disturbing from that regard. That means that that oil plume could be moving up on the shelf and that’s sort of a worst case scenario. We would not like to see that at all.

While the government denies that they are connected with the oil spill, there have been massive fishkills [11] in Louisiana. Oil can be seen [12] at fishkill sites. There have also been kills of starfish [13] and other sea animals.

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Instead of admitting that there is a problem, BP and the Coast Guard’s spin doctors have come up with code words for oil: instead of “oil sheen”, they call it “fish oil”; instead of “oil mousse”, they call it “algae” [15]

But at least the well has been capped, so that no new oil flows into the Gulf … right?

Well, its hard to know. BP has shut off 16 out of 17 [16] of its underwater cameras.

The only remaining camera shows a small – but continuous – stream of leaking materials:

There are still problems with the well. See this [17] and this [18], and Admiral Thad Allen is now saying that the relief well might not be completed until October [19].

But remember, one of the world’s top oil industry accident experts says [20] that the well may never be killed.

I hope and pray that the relief well is successful. But if there were insurmountable problems in capping the well, do you think we would hear about it before the November elections?


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[1] Washington’s Blog: http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/

[2] ABC: http://abcnews.go.com/WN/oil-bp-spill-found-bottom-gulf/story?id=11618039

[3] CBS: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/09/14/national/main6864328.shtml?tag=cbsContent;cbsCarousel

[4] NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129782098

[5] new underwater plumes: http://blogs.nature.com/news/thegreatbeyond/2010/09/oil_spill_science_shallower_pl.html

[6] floating along the seawall: http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/oil-sheen-reported-in-alabama-patties-1-to-3-inches-across-floating-along-the-seawall

[7] 16 miles of beaches in Louisiana: http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/new-oil-was-surfacing-and-black-crude-suddenly-came-ashore-16-miles-of-beaches-and-marshes-hit-in-louisiana

[8] say: http://www.katc.com/news/lsu-s-wavcis-director-says-oil-remains-below-surface-will-come-ashore-in-pulses/

[9] coastal marshes: http://www.2theadvocate.com/opinion/102746279.html

[10] reports: http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1008/17/ltm.02.html

[11] massive fishkills: http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100914/od_yblog_upshot/massive-fish-kill-reported-in-louisiana;_ylt=Ap0rCMzdJlBmRrEw.RQxuMgUewgF;_ylu=X3oDMTRvanBxbTdjBGFzc2V0Ay9zL3libG9nX3Vwc2hvdC8yMDEwMDkxNC9vZF95YmxvZ191cHNob3QvbWFzc2l2ZS1maXNoLWtpbGwtcmVwb3J0ZWQtaW4tbG91aXNpYW5hBGNjb2RlA21wX2VjXzhfMTAEY3BvcwM0BHBvcwM0BHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcmllcwRzbGsDbWFzc2l2ZWZpc2hr

[12] Oil can be seen: http://www.neworleans.com/news/local-news/472943.html

[13] starfish: http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/starfish

[14] Image: http://infowars-shop.stores.yahoo.net/post4rioffe.html

[15] instead of “oil sheen”, they call it “fish oil”; instead of “oil mousse”, they call it “algae”: http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/new-bpcoast-guard-lexicon-oil-sheen-fish-oil-foamy-rust-colored-oil-mousse-algae

[16] 16 out of 17: http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/only-1-of-17-rov-feeds-operating-and-its-filming-nothing-photo

[17] this: http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/killed-feds-still-concerned-about-communication-between-reservoir-of-oil-and-annulus-video

[18] this: http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/feds-change-plans-over-concern-about-free-communication-between-annulus-and-bop-video

[19] October: http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/feds-now-say-relief-well-kill-may-be-pushed-back-to-october-video

[20] says: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/08/top-oil-expert-geology-is-fractured-bp.html

[21] Primeval Underwater Forest Discovered in Gulf of Mexico: http://www.prisonplanet.com/primeval-underwater-forest-discovered-in-gulf-of-mexico.html

[22] Third Giant Underwater Oil Plume Discovered: http://www.prisonplanet.com/third-giant-underwater-oil-plume-discovered.html

[23] What’s Going On In The Gulf?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/whats-going-on-in-the-gulf.html

[24] Giant Underwater Plume Confirmed—Gulf Oil Not Degrading: http://www.prisonplanet.com/giant-underwater-plume-confirmed%e2%80%94gulf-oil-not-degrading.html

[25] Massive underwater oil cloud may destroy life in Gulf of Mexico: http://www.prisonplanet.com/massive-underwater-oil-cloud-may-destroy-life-in-gulf-of-mexico.html

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