|BP Oil Spill Update 6/15/2010
[At the new,
~low~ estimate (1.5 mgd), this means 84 million gallons
of oil have already gushed from the damaged well. At the high end,
140 million gallons so far... or the equivalent of 12 Exxon Valdez
tankers spilled into the Gulf already. And no end in sight. And still
With a few noteworthy exceptions, the major media is still not
examining whether the oil is now, in fact, seeping from the seabed
itself, and not simply from the damaged wellbore/casing:
VIDEO: Oil plumes seep from cracks in the seafloor:
Filmed June 13 by ROV Viking Poseidon
Florida Senator Bill Nelson has said this is indeed what is happening.
A BP official told the Washington Post (anonymously) that this is
what's happening. Why is our major media not giving us the straight
Does the White House Understand That It, Not BP, Is the Government?
In case the White House hasn’t noticed, no one is fooled or satisfied
with the arrangement that has BP nominally in charge of protection and
cleanup of the massive damage they’ve caused while claiming the Coast
Guard is “overseeing” their efforts. We’re talking about fundamental
government functions, and BP is not our government.
BP Blocking Media Access? New Orleans interview:
“BP Beach Front Barricade?”
NEW ORLEANS WDSU-TV
FSU oceanographer presses for truth on oil spill:
They aren't telling us the truth, it said.
Now, this once anonymous academic is the face of the scientific
community's claims that BP and the federal government have understated
the severity of the massive oil spill. He has railed against BP,
federal regulators and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration on CNN and in some of the most prestigious publications
in Britain and the United States. His colleagues credit him with
helping to draw more accurate flow estimates from BP and the federal
government. Current reports have grown to up to 2.1 million gallons a
BP hires private security contractors to guard ‘black water’
PLEASE SCROLL FURTHER DOWN FOR SOLUTIONS TO CLEANING UP THE MESS...
CNN: Oil estimate raised to 35,000-60,000 barrels a day:
(CNN) -- Government officials Tuesday increased the estimate of oil
flowing into the Gulf to between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels (1.5
million to 2.5 million gallons) per day, up to 50 percent more than
The government's previous estimate, issued last week, was 20,000 to
40,000 barrels per day. The change was "based on updated information
and scientific assessments," and was reached by Secretary of Energy
Steven Chu, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and Chair of the
National Incident Command's Flow Rate Technical Group Marcia McNutt,
the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center said.
Long ribbons of orange-brown oil 4 miles off Tampa Bay coast; Smelled
like oil, felt like oil, couldn’t get it off hands (Photos)
AL GORE: Stop Censoring News From The Gulf
June 14, 2010 : 1:08 PM
These reports are deeply disturbing:
“When the operators of Southern Seaplane in Belle Chasse, La., called
the local Coast Guard-Federal Aviation Administration command center
for permission to fly over restricted airspace in Gulf of Mexico, they
made what they thought was a simple and routine request.”
“A pilot wanted to take a photographer from The Times-Picayune of New
Orleans to snap photographs of the oil slicks blackening the water.
The response from a BP contractor who answered the phone late last
month at the command center was swift and absolute: Permission
This behavior is completely unacceptable. Access by reporters should
be as unfettered as possible. This de facto form of censorship needs
With Need to Limit Liability, BP Hires Goldman Sachs
BP Engaged in Massive Coverup of Oil Damage, Human Health Crisis
By: Michael Whitney Tuesday June 15, 2010 8:14 am
Dr. Riki Ott, a marine toxicologist, former commercial fisherman, and
Exxon Valdez survivor, appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann last
night to discuss what she called a massive coverup by BP of all
aspects of the disaster.
Dr. Ott explained that volunteers walking the beaches at night find
carcasses of birds, turtles, and baby dolphins that, once found, are
"disappeared" by men that drive on the beach with flashlights within
minutes of their discovery. She also alleges that BP is using
technology to disrupt cellphone and email communication at spill sites
to suppress images and evidence.
In addition, BP continues to deny that residents, let alone cleanup
workers, are exposed to dangerous toxins from exposure to crude oil.
Residents in four states report identical symptoms, including
"headaches, sore throats, nausea, dizziness, stuffy noses" – typical
symptoms of exposure to crude oil.
Watch Dr. Riki Ott here, via FDL TV:
BP enlists help from Kevin Costner in cleanup
BP Orders Costner's Cleaning Machines
Tar Sands Technology Tested on BP Spill
A machine designed to pull oil from the tar sands in Canada has found
a new job: cleaning the beaches on the Gulf of Mexico.
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Clean Beach Technologies invented the machines, which resemble dump
trucks with a lot of plumbing attached. One end is a set of hoppers,
which are connected to pumps. One hopper holds a commercial cleaning
solution called Petro Clean, which contains bacteria that consume the
oil. The others hold the sand.
Water is pumped underneath the hoppers through the pumps, which are
called eductors, or jet pumps. Jet pumps are basically T-shaped pipes.
Inside the pipe is a nozzle that squeezes the incoming water,
increasing the pressure. Another pipe is connected perpendicular to
the nozzle. As the liquid passes from the nozzle it creates suction in
the pipe connected to its side. Jet pumps are often used to suck up
water that has debris in it that could damage moving parts in ordinary
pumps, where the water has to pass by an impeller.
Steven Sommers, principal at the Houston-based company, said tar sands
and cleaning the beaches presents a similar challenge. "You have the
same problem," he said. "You need to separate a hydrocarbon from the
sand." The crisis in the gulf prompted the company to submit its idea
to BP via the Deepwater Horizon Response page.
The big difference between mining tar sands and cleaning a beach is
what you do with the oil and the sand. With the tar sands, the idea is
to get the oil out in order to use it, and nobody worries about the
sand afterwards. But cleaning a beach requires that the sand be put
back in place. That means whatever method is used, it has to comply
with both state and Federal environmental regulations. That eliminates
some types of cleaning agents, as they would be too toxic.
Tony Watson, chief executive officer of Clean Beach, said while the
principle of jet pump technology is an old one, his company has added
some new twists. One is in the pumps. Ordinary eductors have fluid
going through a straight, smooth pipe. Clean Beach designed a pump
that has canted surfaces inside, to create vortices. Those vortices
break up the clumps of oily sand and allow the cleaning solution to
come in contact with more of it, allowing the microbes that break down
oil to do their work faster.
Another wrinkle is what Watson calls a fast-flow pump, which can not
only pull more water at a time through the machines, but also can be
deployed below the water line on a beach to provide the seawater used
in cleaning the sand.
Clean Beach Technologies system was one of 80,000 submitted to BP Of
all those responses, 250 made the cut to be tested in the field,
according to BP spokesman Mark Poegler.
A staff of 40 people is assigned to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Fully 7,000 different proposals got to where the technicians thought
they deserved more considerations.
Poegler said that of tens of thousands of responses, about 60%
involved plugging the well. The other 40% involved dealing with the
oil at the surface.
One of the things that got Clean Beach Technologies the nod was that
the company had already built a prototype. "That wasn't inexpensive,"
Watson said. But the investment paid off, and BP engineers worked with
Clean Beach to refine the design for use on the Gulf beaches.
Watson said Clean Beach hasn't stopped with the idea of cleaning the
sand. He said he wrote to President Obama, suggesting a fleet of
barges be deployed with his company's fast-flow pumps.
Those barges would go out into the gulf and take up the water mixed
with the oil, and transfer it to tankers that could take it away to be
separated. Watson claims the eight fast-flow pumps on each barge could
pull up 120,000 barrels per day. "If we had deployed a system like
that much of that oil would never reach the shore," he said.
UPDATE: Black Engineer Award Winner May Have Solution to Save Gulf
"We have established partnership with the nation's largest tug company
to deploy the extremely high capacity open ocean oil recovery system
we designed. We can be collecting almost immediately to supplement the
traditional oil collection methods, but at a much higher rate of
collection. We can even look at reconfiguring already deployed boats."
BIOREMEDIATION IS THE SOLUTION, NOT TOXIC DISPERSANTS
Greetings to all - Over 20 years ago, the State of Texas offered a
natural remeditation technology using microbes that turn crude from
oil spills literally into a safe and benign fish food. Hard to
believe? Then check out this YouTube video clip produced by the State
of Texas General Land Office demonstrating the benefits of microbial
This microbial technology was developed by the late Dr. Carl
Oppenheimer, the founder of Oppenheimer BioTechnology, Inc,
www.obio.com, based in Austin. By using a
special blend of beneficial
microbes that consume the hydrocarbons in the oil crude, the residuals
are turned into harmless byproducts that become food for marine life.
This company has a proven track record in the Mega Borg oil spill
disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 1991 and in marshland bioremediation
in the Galveston Bay which took only 6 weeks to restore. "OBIOTech"
has had numerous success stories throughout the nation and around the
world - and has been listed on the EPA's National Contingency Product
Plan Schedule since 1991. And no... I am not affiliated with this
company in any way - just a strong believer in utilizing natural
If this form of environmental cleanup makes sense to you, then pass
this message forward and let friends view for themselves this video
produced and endorsed by the State of Texas. Man-made solutions are
only making a bad situation worse in the Gulf of Mexico. It is time to
end our sense of helplessness and promote solutions that make
eco-logical sense. Contact public officials and the media and let them
know that there is a viable solution to our nation's worst
environmental disaster. We all have a unique opportunity to become a
part of the solution - solutions that align with the healing and
cleansing forces of nature.
Blessings to the Earth and to all of God's creatures - James McMath,
Founder of Emerald Earth, email@example.com.
Company Says It Has Solution For Gulf Oil Spill, But Being Ignored
Why won’t BP and the U.S. Government consider this solution to the
Gulf oil spill disaster?
[This video originated from Tampa’s WTSP:
I’ve not been able to locate the Columbian company highlighted in this