Friday, June 18, 2010

BP's Deepwater Horizon Disaster Could Kill Millions in Gulf States if Methane Bubble Ruptures Seabed in Worst Case Scenario

Oil is a toxic substance, but man knows how to clean up a traditional oil spill. The Deepwater Horizon is anything but a traditional oil spill. In fact, this deepwater disaster may rival some of man's worst disasters of all-time if it has not already reached that point. And it's not necessary the oil that is the problem. The methane gas bubble sitting under the Mississippi Canyon 252 might cause more devastation than the oil when it is all said and done.

With the emerging evidence of fissures, the quiet fear now is the methane bubble rupturing the seabed and exploding into the Gulf waters. If the bubble escapes, every ship, drilling rig and structure within the region of the bubble will instantaneously sink. All the workers, engineers, Coast Guard personnel and marine biologists measuring the oil plumes' advance will instantly perish.

As horrible as that is, what would follow is an event so potentially horrific that it equals in its fury the Indonesian tsunami that killed more than 600,000, or the destruction of Pompeii by Mt. Vesuvius.

Source: Helium

FLASHBACK: Deepwater Gulf of Mexico 2009: Interim Report of 2008 Highlights by MMS (Including Statistics for Oil & Gas Production Volumes & Rates)

Deepwater Gulf of Mexico 2009: Interim Report of 2008 Highlights

Here's another good one from the MMS archives.

The Deepwater Gulf of Mexico 2009 report is a condensed and updated edition of the biennial deepwater report published by the Minerals Management Service (MMS) (Richardson et al., 2008). The 2009 report provides an up-to-date review of activities in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GOM), including highlights from 2008. All statistics in this report are gleaned from data as of the end of December 2008, except production volumes and rates, which were compiled through the end of December 2007 (the most recent calendar year of complete production data available at the time of this publication).

FLASHBACK: MMS Announces Release of Latest Gulf of Mexico Energy Forecast and Deepwater Report (2009-2018)

Gulf of Mexico Oil & Gas Production Forecast 2009-2018 (MMS Report - May, 2009)

MMS Announces Release of Latest Gulf of Mexico Energy Forecast and Deepwater Report (Press Release)

Fifty (50) Mile Oil Patch Just South of Florida Keys by June 19, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

FLASHBACK: BP Gets Permission to Dump Mercury into Lake Michigan in Indiana

The below quoted story provides some background reading on BP's past actions to pollute America's waterways. Before BP poisoned the Gulf of Mexico, BP was poisoning Lake Michigan with toxic mercury. If you are unfamiliar with mercury's toxicity, check out this video to see the effects of mercury on brain cells. What body of water will BP target next?

A BP (BP) refinery in Indiana will be allowed to continue to dump mercury into Lake Michigan under a permit issued by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

The permit exempts the BP plant at Whiting, Ind., 3 miles southeast of Chicago, from a 1995 federal regulation limiting mercury discharges into the Great Lakes to 1.3 ounces per year.

Source: USA Today

Transocean Will Make $270 Million Profit on Deepwater Horizon's Insurance Policy

This is completely outrageous, but it is business as usual in the USA, Inc. Someone always seems to profit handsomely every time there is a major disaster in this country.

Transocean according to the letter, also says it will make a $270 million profit on the insurance policy for the rig.

Source: Politico

Secrets of Cold War Technology - Project HAARP and Beyond (Book About Tesla Technologies by Gerry Vassilatos)

Gerry Vassilatos - Secrets of Cold War Technology

I will definitely be checking out this book, because it focuses on the HAARP project in Alaska and other secret government technologies.

In Secrets of Cold War Technology, Gerry Vassilatos reveals that "Death Ray" technology has been secretly researched and developed since the turn of the century. Included are chapters on H. C. Vion, the developer of auroral energy receivers; Dr. Selim Lemstrom's pre-Tesla experiments; the early beam weapons of Grindell-Mathews; John Hettenger and his early beam power systems; Ulivi Turpain and others.

Learn about Project Argus, Project Teak and Project Orange; EMP experiments back in the '60s; why the Air Force directed the construction of a huge ionospheric "backscatter" telemetry system across the Pacific just after World War II; why Raytheon has collected every patent relevant to HAARP over the past few years; and much more pertinent information on hidden Cold War technology.


Department of Transportation Installing Gates on All Wisconsin Highway On-Ramps

Are we about to see a restriction on travel in this country? The "right to travel" is not expressly stated in the Constitution, but the right is presumed.

The presumed right to travel, however, is firmly established in U.S. law and precedent. In U.S. v Guest, 383 U.S. 745 (1966), the Court noted, "It is a right that has been firmly established and repeatedly recognized."

Source: U.S. Constitution Online

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill - Selected Issues for Congress (Congressional Research Service)

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill - Selected Issues for Congress (CRS Report)
Here is a report meant for Congress that summarizes the government's Deepwater Horizon response.

Monday, June 14, 2010

President Obama Declares Gulf of Mexico Seafood is Safe to Eat!

I don't recall the day President Obama received a science or biology degree, but nevertheless, the President has declared that seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is safe to eat. I guess people shouldn't be worried about the oil, gases and Corexit 9500 / 9527, but I think I will pass. There is no way I will be eating Gulf seafood from contaminated waters any time soon.

In a newly optimistic tone, President Barack Obama promised Monday that "things are going to return to normal" along the stricken Gulf Coast and the region's fouled waters will be in even better shape than before the catastrophic BP oil spill.

He declared Gulf seafood safe to eat and said his administration is redoubling inspections and monitoring to make sure it stays that way.

Source: Yahoo

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Who Owns the Deepwater Horizon & Macondo Oil Exploration Prospect Located on Mississippi Canyon Block 252?

According to the MOEX website, the owners of the prospect are:

BP Exploration and Production Inc.* 65%
Anadarko E&P Company LP 22.5%
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation 2.5%
MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC 10%

Here is a link from
SubSeaIQ that states substantially similar ownership interests of the Deepwater Horizon | Macondo | Mississippi 252 oil prospect:

The Macondo prospect is located on Mississippi Canyon Block 252 in the Gulf of Mexico in a water depth of 4,993 feet (1,522 meters). BP serves as the operator, holding a 65% interest in the prospect; Anadarko holds 25%; and MOEX 2007 holds the remaining 10%.

BP's Initial Exploration Plan for Deepwater Horizon at Mississippi Canyon Block 252 (Dated, February 2009)

BP's Initial Exploration Plan for Mississippi Canyon Block 252 (Dated, February 2009)

BP's ROV Records Oil & Gas Leaks Coming from Rock Cracks on Seafloor

Location of the sea floor crack leaking:
E: 1202852.27

My calculations indicate:

The ROV is 19.11 feet north and 55.75 feet west of the leak point.
The ROV is 58.93 feet away from the leak point.

President Obama Issues Executive Order 13544 Mandating “Lifestyle Behavior Modification”

While the country's eyes are on the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama signs this Executive Order 13544 without much fanfare. What in the world is the point of this Executive Order except for further government intrusion into the lives of individual people? The government loves messing with individuals, but refuses to enforce rules and regulations against the corporations (see BP & Deepwater Horizon for a case in point example).

The federal government is the last entity that should mandate lifestyle behavior considering the number of convicted criminals and deviants who work or have worked for the federal government. Executive Order 13544 sucks! If I want to eat cheese fries, I'm going to eat cheese fries.

Check out Section 6(c) below to see the "lifestyle behavior modification" language. Lifestyle behavior modification sounds like something straight out of the old Soviet Union when the powers-that-be would send dissidents to Siberia for a few years.


The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

June 10, 2010

Executive Order-- Establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council



By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 4001 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Establishment. There is established within the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (Council).

Sec. 2. Membership.

(a) The Surgeon General shall serve as the Chair of the Council, which shall be composed of:

(1) the Secretary of Agriculture;

(2) the Secretary of Labor;

(3) the Secretary of Health and Human Services;

(4) the Secretary of Transportation;

(5) the Secretary of Education;

(6) the Secretary of Homeland Security;

(7) the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency;

(8) the Chair of the Federal Trade Commission;

(9) the Director of National Drug Control Policy;

(10) the Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council;

(11) the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs;

(12) the Chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service; and

(13) the head of any other executive department or agency that the Chair may, from time to time, determine is appropriate.

(b) The Council shall meet at the call of the Chair.

Sec. 3. Purposes and Duties. The Council shall:

(a) provide coordination and leadership at the Federal level, and among all executive departments and agencies, with respect to prevention, wellness, and health promotion practices, the public health system, and integrative health care in the United States;

(b) develop, after obtaining input from relevant stakeholders, a national prevention, health promotion, public health, and integrative health-care strategy that incorporates the most effective and achievable means of improving the health status of Americans and reducing the incidence of preventable illness and disability in the United States, as further described in section 5 of this order;

(c) provide recommendations to the President and the Congress concerning the most pressing health issues confronting the United States and changes in Federal policy to achieve national wellness, health promotion, and public health goals, including the reduction of tobacco use, sedentary behavior, and poor nutrition;

(d) consider and propose evidence-based models, policies, and innovative approaches for the promotion of transformative models of prevention, integrative health, and public health on individual and community levels across the United States;

(e) establish processes for continual public input, including input from State, regional, and local leadership communities and other relevant stakeholders, including Indian tribes and tribal organizations;

(f) submit the reports required by section 6 of this order; and

(g) carry out such other activities as are determined appropriate by the President.

Sec. 4. Advisory Group.

(a) There is established within the Department of Health and Human Services an Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health (Advisory Group), which shall report to the Chair of the Council.

(b) The Advisory Group shall be composed of not more than 25 members or representatives from outside the Federal Government appointed by the President and shall include a diverse group of licensed health professionals, including integrative health practitioners who are representative of or have expertise in:

(1) worksite health promotion;

(2) community services, including community health centers;

(3) preventive medicine;

(4) health coaching;

(5) public health education;

(6) geriatrics; and

(7) rehabilitation medicine.

(c) The Advisory Group shall develop policy and program recommendations and advise the Council on lifestyle-based chronic disease prevention and management, integrative health care practices, and health promotion.

Sec. 5. National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy. Not later than March 23, 2011, the Chair, in consultation with the Council, shall develop and make public a national prevention, health promotion, and public health strategy (national strategy), and shall review and revise it periodically. The national strategy shall:

(a) set specific goals and objectives for improving the health of the United States through federally supported prevention, health promotion, and public health programs, consistent with ongoing goal setting efforts conducted by specific agencies;

(b) establish specific and measurable actions and timelines to carry out the strategy, and determine accountability for meeting those timelines, within and across Federal departments and agencies; and

(c) make recommendations to improve Federal efforts relating to prevention, health promotion, public health, and integrative health-care practices to ensure that Federal efforts are consistent with available standards and evidence.

Sec. 6. Reports. Not later than July 1, 2010, and annually thereafter until January 1, 2015, the Council shall submit to the President and the relevant committees of the Congress, a report that:

(a) describes the activities and efforts on prevention, health promotion, and public health and activities to develop the national strategy conducted by the Council during the period for which the report is prepared;

(b) describes the national progress in meeting specific prevention, health promotion, and public health goals defined in the national strategy and further describes corrective actions recommended by the Council and actions taken by relevant agencies and organizations to meet these goals;

(c) contains a list of national priorities on health promotion and disease prevention to address lifestyle behavior modification (emphasis added) (including smoking cessation, proper nutrition, appropriate exercise, mental health, behavioral health, substance-use disorder, and domestic violence screenings) and the prevention measures for the five leading disease killers in the United States;

(d) contains specific science-based initiatives to achieve the measurable goals of the Healthy People 2020 program of the Department of Health and Human Services regarding nutrition, exercise, and smoking cessation, and targeting the five leading disease killers in the United States;

(e) contains specific plans for consolidating Federal health programs and centers that exist to promote healthy behavior and reduce disease risk (including eliminating programs and offices determined to be ineffective in meeting the priority goals of the Healthy People 2020 program of the Department of Health and Human Services);

(f) contains specific plans to ensure that all Federal health-care programs are fully coordinated with science-based prevention recommendations by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and

(g) contains specific plans to ensure that all prevention programs outside the Department of Health and Human Services are based on the science-based guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under subsection (d) of this section.

Sec. 7. Administration.

(a) The Department of Health and Human Services shall provide funding and administrative support for the Council and the Advisory Group to the extent permitted by law and within existing appropriations.

(b) All executive departments and agencies shall provide information and assistance to the Council as the Chair may request for purposes of carrying out the Council's functions, to the extent permitted by law.

(c) Members of the Advisory Group shall serve without compensation, but shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law for persons serving intermittently in Government service (5 U.S.C. 5701-5707), consistent with the availability of funds.

Sec. 8. General Provisions.

(a) Insofar as the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C App.) may apply to the Advisory Group, any functions of the President under that Act, except that of reporting to the Congress, shall be performed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in accordance with the guidelines that have been issued by the Administrator of General Services.

(b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(1) authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof; or

(2) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.



June 10, 2010

Thickest Oil Slicks Seen to Date on Alabama Beaches and at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge News

Things to consider:

1. Where are the cleanup crews?

2. Why are people not wearing respirators in the oil's vicinity?

3. The report says that the shrimpers are making a difference, but there are not enough of them in the water?

4. Why not use all available shrimpers to assist with the skimming?

5. BP claims there are 1,300 boats in the water assisting, but the reporters do not see these 1,300 boats.