Monday, 17 May 2010

Oops ... Someone Clean Up That Mess

Unless you’ve just awoken from a coma (most people live in one without knowing it) you will have heard of the unfolding disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. What’s all the fuss about? Surely there’s more interesting things on the BoobTube like Christina Aguilera’s new video to talk about. Wrong.

I am an avid reader of George Ure’s site This past weekend and again today he does a fine example of double-checking the quoted figures on the MSM. The simple use of a basic calculator and 2 functioning brain cells is all it takes to peel away the managed spin and see this unfolding horror in all its true magnitude.

George quotes the figures from this article to report a sub-surface slick that is 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick. See here for another source article for the same figures.

He did a calculation based on an average width being 1.5 miles and average depth being 150 feet.
1 mile is 5280 feet. 1 cubic foot = 7.48 US gallons.

Plume length 10 miles (52,800 feet) times plume width 1.5 Miles (7,920 feet) equals
418,176,000 square feet.
Times a thickness of 150 feet equals:
62,726,400,000 Cubic Feet
And we now multiply that times 7.48 to get the number of US gallons:
469,193,472,000 (US) Gallons of oil
The plume was reported on Saturday, so we’ll be generous and use 26 days.

That yields 18 Billion gallons per day!

Dublin Mick and I had an interesting chat over at Noor’s place on this topic - at least until Steve’s meds wore off.

When you take that figure and reduce it to the rate per minute it highlights a startling figure. i.e. we simply divide by 24 hours and then by 60 minutes = (24 x 60) = 1440.

18 billion gallons per day = 12.5 million gallons per minute = 208,300 gallons per second.

I am aware that the common household water supply is about 15 gallons per minute - turn on hose and let it run for a day {20,000 ÷ 1440 = 13.9}. We are looking at a rate of 10 swimming pools per second! All of this from a pipe that is 21 inches in diameter.

This is not a leak, it is a volcano.

Some Einstein is now suggesting using a “small nuclear device” to seal the leaking well head. This, in a floor bed saturated with gas hydrates (this was seeming the source of the initial rig explosion). A catastrophic release of that much methane would vastly exacerbate a massive crisis into what is potentially an Extinction Level Event.

We need to pay attention and hope that there are grown ups in the decision making process.


  1. C whether it is bad or not I reckon they were angling for this result.

  2. Indeed Incoming!! I have tried to locate an article I read a few days after the rig explosion. It in is a mention that the resupply ship was staffed by an entirely different crew than normal. Coupled with Goldman Sucks placing a huge bet on a rig sinking in the Gulf of Mexico only 1 day before the explosion.

    Makes me wonder why the survivors were forced to sign gagging orders before they were allowed to return to their families. It certainly stinks in more ways than one.


    Speer off Rense has a very bleak assessment of this affair and the dispersants.

    The reports a lawyer in Norway has just been sent to the funny farm for treatment for criticizing the "NWO, EU and U.N.) He is a former position holder at the U.N. also.

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  5. That’s spooky DM. I just finished reading that.
    I almost didn’t want to post on it. This damn well has been out gassing since they drilled it. No wonder the pressure tests failed and the well head cement didn’t work. 3000 to 1 ratio!! We need to see the full videos and we need it now. There really is a life changing event going on and all we are getting a collective hand.

    BP’s management should be hauled off to jail and the workers replaced by people who give a shit about stopping this and not making money off of damage limitation.

  6. I received an email from a friend and he said most people he mentions it to say something like oh yes it is terrible and change the subject not too long after.

    It proves ignorance is bliss. A lot of people simply don't know how serious this could get or that the world depends on the oceans for oxygen. It is modern man, maybe he thinks he doesn't need oxygen, fish or food or animals. I get a kick out of reading about people who are stocking up. I always ask myself what they will do after the stock runs out.

    I would like to hear someone's theory on what will happen if they have to nuke it. How much oil and gas will go in the explosion? I would be at all surprised if they are drilling a tunnel near it to lob a mini down there at some point. Of course they are never going to say this due to panic.

    If they are not doing this maybe they should call in some competent people from somewhere who actually understand oil wells. This looks like Katrina on stearoids.

  7. I am not surprised at the reaction. “Isn’t terrible about the poor sea birds” and then back to celebrity gossip. The MSM has done an outstanding job for their corporate masters. There is a lot more money to be made in spreading death rather than in fixing this and cleaning it up properly.

    The use of a nuke is my worst nightmare scenario.

  8. It is summed up pretty well here.

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