Friday, June 18, 2010

Obama Fiddles While the Gulf Burns


[UPDATE :: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 – Amount of oil gushing into the Gulf grows worse by the day.]

[UPDATE :: Monday, June 21, 2010 - "either lying or grossly incompetent" - From BBC News: "BP 'estimated higher oil amount' from Gulf well leak." Now 100,000 barrels a day.

Do you know what this latest report means? Breaking BP Video: Oil Leaking Through Cracks in Floor of Gulf - It means more oil is gushing into the gulf than what we've been told. It also means President Obama and British Petroleum have known this all along. What no one sees is what's in the water column and that could be a catasrophic amount with the coming disaster beyond imagination. It also means, "If oil is indeed leaking from the sea floor near the well, this suggests that the well casing has been breached."

This same situation was discussed last week on Democracy Now's "Scientist: BP Well Could Be Leaking 100,000 Barrels of Oil a Day" when they interviewed Ira Leifer, "researcher in the Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a member of the government’s Flow Rate Technical Group."

This is the scenario he describes:
One of the concerns, which has been released, and so I can actually talk about, but there is concern that the rock structure surrounding the pipe is not strong and could, in fact, give out. And for—I guess many of your very long-term listeners might remember, but in 1969, something like that happened here in Santa Barbara, where the oil, instead of coming up the pipe, went through the seabed and the rocks and came out of the seabed in many different areas. It’s a much harder problem, you know, to do and to solve, because you don’t have a single pipe kind of seal. So one of the very big concerns of such a suggestion is that if that damaged the rock structure around the well pipe, the oil could come right through the seabed, and instead of a leak from a single point, we could have hundreds and hundreds of small leaks spread out over a large area, moving around. Sealing those in 5,000 feet of water, making a cement pad, is so much harder.
If the disaster is known to be worse than everyone, top to bottom, are telling us, then the question I ask is, "Why?" Who or what is President Obama trying to protect? What happens when a hurricane blows through the Gulf?  ****  [Source]

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