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Deepwater Horizon disaster

Plumes, Pressure, and Cracks in the Sea Floor


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By —— Bio and Archives June 18, 2010

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imageIt’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.”—R.E.M “It’s the end of the world” 

The information that I’ve run across vis a vis the oil spill, runs the gamut from “move along folks, there’s nothing here to see,” to laser beams from outer space blowing up the Deepwater Horizon. 

One thing I know for sure, the government and BP can’t be trusted—they are not telling us the truth about what has, and is, transpiring in the Gulf of Mexico.

If half of what I’ve garnered about the scenario in the Gulf is true, then we are dealing with an extremely grave situation.  Whether the oil spill was caused by deliberate sabotage, or criminal greed and hubris, is almost besides the point. 

I don’t wish to cause unnecessary alarm, so please keep in mind that what I’m about to say is only my belief about what is transpiring in the Gulf of Mexico.  These are undocumented opinions; not proven facts.  Caveat emptor.

Nonetheless, I would feel remiss if I didn’t pass along what I believe to be true about the oil spill.

The most salient points that I’ve discovered (thanks to several friends/readers—a special thanks to CJ) are these:

  • The Deepwater Horizon well erupted, not only at the wellhead, but also along the drill-pipe, well below the seabed.
  • The amount of oil and gas escaping into the Gulf is much, much, higher than we’ve been told.
  • The escaping oil and gas pressures involved are incredible.
  • The oil and gas is not only escaping at the wellhead (the video we’ve all seen), but has also seeped into the area surrounding the wellhead, via the gap (s) in the drill-hole casing.
  • The oil and gas that has escaped via the gap (s) in the drill-hole casing, is making its way up to the seabed via cracks and fissures, that have spread up to twenty-plus miles from the wellhead—creating “plumes.”

If the above scenario is true (and I emphasize the word “if”) then, at best, we’re looking at a situation that is going to take a long time, and drastic measures (possibly a nuclear explosion) to rectify.  At worst, we’re looking at a real “doomsday” scenario.

If the Deepwater Horizon explosion was caused by sabotage, (either through deliberate negligence, or more direct means), I can’t believe that those responsible could have had any idea of the magnitude of the catastrophe they would unleash.  Nobody’s that crazy.  Right?

If “It’s the end of the world as we know it,” then I don’t feel fine.

Laus Deo.


Jim ONeill -- Bio and Archives | Comments

Born June 4, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Served in the U.S. Navy from 1970-1974 in both UDT-21 (Underwater Demolition Team) and SEAL Team Two.  Worked as a commercial diver in the waters off of Scotland, India, and the United States.  Worked overseas in the Merchant Marines.  While attending the University of South Florida as a journalism student in 1998 was presented with the “Carol Burnett/University of Hawaii AEJMC Research in Journalism Ethics Award,” 1st place undergraduate division.  (The annual contest was set up by Carol Burnett with money she won from successfully suing a national newspaper for libel).  Awarded US Army, US Navy, South African, and Russian jump wings.  Graduate of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School, 1970).  Member of Mensa, China Post #1, and lifetime member of the NRA and UDT/SEAL Association.