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    Re: OIL SPILL in the GULF of MEXICO ....... GAIA BLEEDS BLACK!!!

    Post  SuiGeneris on Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:57 pm

    BP Gulf Oil Spill: Billy Nungesser, Parish President
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    Billy Nungesser lashes out at the Federal Government and Democrat Mary Landrieu for their lack of enthusiasm for helping STOP this from reaching the shores weeks ago.


    Louisiana’s marshlands GONE!!!!


    Sierra Club conservation organizer Jordan Macha displays oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill after it washed up on marsh grasses in Barataria Bay near Cat Island, La., Friday, June 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


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    Re: OIL SPILL in the GULF of MEXICO ....... GAIA BLEEDS BLACK!!!

    Post  SuiGeneris on Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:18 pm

    "The day we have been fearing is upon us"
    Louisiana governor admits!!!


    Heavy oil was seeping into Louisiana’s marshlands yesterday as BP’s own technology contradicted the company’s weeks-long estimate of the scale of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

    One month after the explosion that triggered the leak in the Gulf of Mexico, the British oil company revealed that a pipeline that it has inserted into the broken well this week is now filtering off 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) of oil a day.

    But that constitutes only a partial containment of what is flowing from the well, a spokesman admitted, meaning that the total spillage exceeds the 5,000 barrels-a-day estimate on which BP has been insisting.

    Precise figures were still unknown. “Whatever the number, people can see we’re trying to contain the flow and stop the spill,” said Mark Proegler, a BP spokesman.
    The environmental effects of the slick, which threatens four states, remained in question as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a federal body, ordered BP to stop using the toxic chemical Corexit to break up the oil at sea.

    The EPA has allowed more than 650,000 gallons of Corexit to be poured into the water until now, in spite of protests by independent scientists who warned that it risked turning the Gulf of Mexico into an ecological “dead zone”.

    Larry Schweiger, president of the National Wildlife Federation, told a congressional hearing on Wednesday evening that control of the clean-up effort should not be left in BP’s hands. “The Gulf of Mexico is a crime scene and the perpetrator cannot be left in charge of assessing the damage,” he said.

    A breakthrough may lie in the hands of a Hollywood actor. Where the collective prowess of the oil industry has failed, Kevin Costner believes he may succeed after paying scientists millions of dollars to come up with an ocean-cleaning device — inspired by his 1995 film Waterworld — that could mitigate the environmental catastrophe.

    Mr Costner’s $24 million (£17 million) Ocean Therapy machine, developed over 15 years by a team of scientists that includes his brother, Dan, operates like a giant vacuum cleaner, sucking up contaminated water and separating out the oil using centrifugal force. Clean water is pumped back into the sea and the oil into a tanker.

    “It’s very robust . . . takes about 99 per cent of the oil,” said Costner, who became an environmental activist after the Exxon Valdez tanker disaster off Alaska in 1989.

    BP has agreed to test six of the machines in open water. Ocean Therapy Solutions, the Louisiana company that makes them, has another 26 available, each capable of cleansing water at a rate of between five and 200 gallons a minute.

    Through a special hotline set up to receive ideas from the public, inventors have submitted about 10,000 ideas on how to deal with the spill. BP has rejected claims that it is ignoring good ideas, saying that it is taking a closer look at 700 of them. It will be too late for parts of Louisiana’s wetlands, however, where heavy oil was seeping in yesterday at several locations.

    It had already destroyed a 24-mile strip of marshland in Plaquemines Parish, a local official said last night.

    “There is no life in that marsh. You won’t clean it up,” Billy Nungesser, head of the parish in southern Louisiana, told cable news channel MSNBC.

    Bobby Jindal, the state governor, said after viewing the oil by air and boat: “The day that we’ve been fearing is upon us.”

    Billy Nungesser, president of Plaquemines Parish, estimated that everything covered by the oil would be dead within ten days. “They said the black oil wouldn’t come ashore. Well, it is ashore. It’s here to stay and it’s going to keep coming,” he said.


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    Re: OIL SPILL in the GULF of MEXICO ....... GAIA BLEEDS BLACK!!!

    Post  SuiGeneris on Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:47 pm

    BP Oil Spill: Kevin Costner Tells Congress He Can Help!!!
    June 9, 2010, 5:00 PM ET

    In a continuation of the strange fusing of Hollywood and the Gulf oil crisis, actor Kevin Costner testified before Congress today to discuss how his company, Ocean Therapy Solutions, can help clean up the spill using machines that separate water from crude oil. “Am I up here hawking my product? I guess,” Costner said. The actor all but guaranteed that his company could help resolve the current spill and future ones like it. “Can we effectively take care of a spill that will occur?” he said. “That answer is yes.”

    Watch a clip of Costner’s testimony:



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    BP chief Tony Hayward sold shares weeks before oil spill

    Post  SuiGeneris on Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:27 am

    BP chief Tony Hayward sold shares weeks before oil spill !!


    The chief executive of BP sold £1.4 million of his shares in the fuel giant weeks before the Gulf of Mexico oil spill caused its value to collapse. Tony Hayward: 'This won't stop deepwater drilling. It will transform it'

    Tony Hayward cashed in about a third of his holding in the company one month before a well on the Deepwater Horizon rig burst, causing an environmental disaster.

    Mr Hayward, whose pay package is £4 million a year, then paid off the mortgage on his family’s mansion in Kent, which is estimated to be valued at more than £1.2 million.

    There is no suggestion that he acted improperly or had prior knowledge that the company was to face the biggest setback in its history.

    His decision, however, means he avoided losing more than £423,000 when BP’s share price plunged after the oil spill began six weeks ago.

    Since he disposed of 223,288 shares on March 17, the company’s share price has fallen by 30 per cent. About £40 billion has been wiped off its total value. The fall has caused pain not just for BP shareholders, but also for millions of company pension funds and small investors who have money held in tracker funds.

    The spill, which has still not been stemmed, has caused a serious environmental crisis and is estimated to cost BP up to £40 billion to clean up.

    There was growing confidence yesterday that a new cap placed over the well was stemming the oil flow. An estimated three million litres a day had been pouring into the sea off the coast of Louisiana since the April 20 explosion, damaging marine life.

    The crisis has enraged US politicians, with President Obama yesterday forced to cancel a trip to Indonesia amid a row over the White House’s response.

    Mr Hayward, whose position is thought to be under threat, risked further fury by continuing plans to pay out a dividend to investors next month.



    By Jon Swaine and Robert Winnett
    Published: 12:10AM BST 05 Jun 2010
    Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/oilandgas/7804922/BP-chief-Tony-Hayward-sold-shares-weeks-before-oil-spill.html


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    Post  SuiGeneris on Sun Jun 13, 2010 4:06 am

    BP Blocking Media Access!!!
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    Re: OIL SPILL in the GULF of MEXICO ....... GAIA BLEEDS BLACK!!!

    Post  SuiGeneris on Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:52 am

    National Guardsmen Censor CNN Cameraman Trying To Film Oil Soaked Birds!!!



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    Re: OIL SPILL in the GULF of MEXICO ....... GAIA BLEEDS BLACK!!!

    Post  SuiGeneris on Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:58 am

    We're In BIG Trouble! Michio Kaku On Gulf Oil Spill



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    Post  SuiGeneris on Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:07 am

    BP Insider email just posted on ATS!!!



    Yesterday at 9:47pm
    The ATS Crew traced his IP address : We have received a "Contact ATS" email from a source claiming to be connected to BP and the operations in the Gulf of Mexico. While the person making contact omitted a reply-to email address (apparently out of concern for his safety), we can verify that the IP of origin is from the Gulf region... specifically a city in Louisiana well-populated with people that work in the Gulf oil industry.

    Hello ATS

    I'm a field sup pulled off a BP rig in the gulf to assist in several areas here and a fan of ATS. There are many things happening here that are only whispered about and more and more of us are getting very worried that this is the worst disaster man has seen and maybe even caused.

    I'm a couple hours away from reporting to a security briefing along with many others, and then to what they are saying will be a long term assignment off shore. There are a lot of concerns from the inside you should know about.
    The doodlebs (seismic analysts) we talk to have stories of repeated rhythmic events at the well head days before the blowout that was the original reason for several being on rig at the time of the blowout. Now no one talks about that since the two who were compiling data on the non-natural seismic signs have gone missing. Another who knows the doodleb killed in the blowout is telling me he was recommending an immediate pooh and manual trip of the bop.
    There are others who are talking about rumors that something was happening at the bop hours before the blowout.

    My current assignment has been the containment of any information about anything happening here. Something terrible happen on the floor yesterday and the doodlebs aren't talking except that they all look like they saw a ghost and everyone here is talking doom. My new job was to work with the press liais to push back all reporters and noncompany scientists. But now I have no idea what I will be doing.
    All of us concerned BPers (yes, there are many) are talking that something or someone was at the bop and either deliberately caused the blowout or made a grave error that caused the bop to malfunction when the inevitable blowout happened.
    Everyone here is talking about it but no one dare say anything to anyone even their families.

    There's also something happening about 100 miles southeast of the rig site with several navy and uscg ships. And Friday two serious looking guys arrive and started directing our sup. Apparently they showed Navy Intelligence ID when they arrived along with a dozen commando looking guys.

    Rumor is that now they're going to call marshall law and all of us will be prevented from leaving the ships to see our families. Things are going from really bad to crazy.
    Nearly everyone here is of the belief that the blowout was planned as a way to destroy a well that had too many problems to be ultimately profitable, and get two new wells drilled (the relief wells) that will be wildly profitable and the only way to do that was destroy this one. We calculated that even with paying cleanup costs the profit on two wells in this reserve will far outweigh the costs in less than a year.

    I hope you get this and trust me enough to find a way to get it out as it will probably be the last time I have access to internet and might be the only way you hear a BP employee talk about this for some time.
    And Im sorry I can't give you my email as I'm concerned for what might happen if this disclosure is traced back to me


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    Re: OIL SPILL in the GULF of MEXICO ....... GAIA BLEEDS BLACK!!!

    Post  SuiGeneris on Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:29 am

    Will the BP oil spill accelerate disclosure of teleportation, anti-gravity and ET/UFO presence?

    The BP oil spill operation in the Gulf of Mexico has been variously analyzed as (1) “a looming environmental mega-disaster;” (2) “a corporate/governmental cover-up of a catastrophic environmental disaster;” and (3) “a disaster capitalism false flag operation to wreck the environment in the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern U.S. seaboard as an act of environmental war.”

    As set out in the Examiner.com article below, the environmental, social and economic impact of the BP oil spill operation is catastrophic, though difficult to measure because of the lack of reliable information from the U.S. government and BP. Physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, who stated that “A hurricane strike in the Gulf of Mexico would dump an oil and water mixture all over the South, potentially reaching hundreds of miles inland,” has addressed the possibility of “the oil leak lasting most of our lifetimes.”

    One report now indicates that “Florida Governor Charlie Crist is preparing to declare a major state of emergency in Florida with evacuation of coastal residents, especially those prone to the deadly benzene fumes, being a top priority for state emergency responders.” Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) has confirmed reports that the BP wellbore is pierced and oil seeping from seabed in multiple places.

    Dispersants may compound the environmental and health impacts of the oil spill. “According to the Environmental Protection Agency about 1.08 million gallons of dispersant have been deployed in the Gulf, with 779,000 gallons used on the surface and 303,000 gallons used under the water. Jerald Ault, a professor at the University of Miami, said Corexit could have "significant" effects on the food chain and on environmental and human heath.”

    Examiner.com has documented the operational existence of Tesla-based teleportation as an operational technology for transporting goods and people over distances in the classified U.S. defense projects. Likewise preliminary evidence has established the existence of U.S. space vehicles using anti-gravity energy and other advanced propulsion systems.

    The U.S. government has historically classified teleportation exclusively as a weapons technology, for transporting troops to battle locations, or personnel and goods between secure military bases.

    The environmental, economic and social impacts of the BP oil leak operation may mobilize public awareness and political will to transform this policy decision, and make teleportation available for civilian use, worldwide.

    How the BP oil leak operation may affect extraterrestrial disclosure, either by governments or by specific extraterrestrial civilizations themselves, is an unknown “wildcard.”

    One researcher has taken the view that a grey and reptilian-based extraterrestrial hyper-dimensional alliance is concerned about humanity because of our propensity to environmental degradation. The researcher highlights an environmental catastrophe as the trigger for open relations between humanity and the greys and grey-human hybrids. He states, “If these accounts of salvation are true, then the aliens' message is clear: After the catastrophe, whatever it is, takes place, the late-stage hybrids and perhaps the aliens themselves will engage in a general integration into human society. As one hybrid told [contactee] Claudia Negron, ‘Soon all life will be changed. People will be different.’ Presumably, we will all live in peace and harmony. The environment will be healthy and there will be no more war or conflict.”

    This Examiner.com article examines whether the BP oil spill operation is likely to accelerate disclosure of teleportation, anti-gravity energy and/or the extraterrestrial and UFO presence.


    BP oil spill: environmentally catastrophic and a game changer



    The scope of the environmental, social and economic impact of the BP oil spill is just coming into public view, made more difficult by the lack of reliable public data from the U.S. government or BP.

    Public opinion in a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll rates the response to the BP oil spill "worse than Katrina. By more than a 2-to-1 margin, Americans support the pursuit of criminal charges in the nation's worst oil spill, with increasing numbers calling it a major environmental disaster. Eight in 10 criticize the way BP's handled it – and more people give the federal government's response a negative rating than did the response to Hurricane Katrina."

    One early assessment stated, “Federal and Gulf state sources are reporting the disaster has the real potential cost of at least $1 trillion. Critics of the [reported] deal being worked out between Obama and [BP] point out that $10b is a mere drop in the bucket for a trillion dollar disaster but also note that BP, if its assets were nationalized, could fetch almost a trillion dollars for compensation purposes.”

    This early assessment continues, “The invasion of crude oil into estuaries like the oyster-rich Apalachicola Bay in Florida spell disaster for the seafood industry. However, the biggest threat is to Florida’s Everglades, which federal and state experts fear will be turned into a “dead zone” if the oil continues to gush forth from the Gulf chasm. There are also expectations that the oil slick will be caught up in the Gulf stream off the eastern seaboard of the US, fouling beaches and estuaries like the Chesapeake Bay, and ultimately target the rich fishing grounds of the Grand Banks off Newfoundland.”

    One economic forecast indicates that “Florida’s Gulf Coast to lose 200,000 jobs from massive oil spill [and suffer a] 50% drop in tourism.” Another report states, “According to FEMA and Corps of Engineers sources, the White House has been resisting releasing any ‘damaging information’ about the oil disaster. They add that if the ocean oil geyser is not stopped within 90 days, there will be irreversible damage to the marine eco-systems of the Gulf of Mexico, north Atlantic Ocean, and beyond. At best, some Corps of Engineers experts say it could take two years to cement the chasm on the floor of the Gulf. There is another major threat looming for inland towns and cities. With hurricane season in effect, there is a potential for ocean oil to be picked up by hurricane-driven rains and dropped into fresh water lakes and rivers, far from the ocean, thus adding to the pollution of water supplies and eco-systems.”

    Another recent report states, "BP's oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico may be up to four times the scale estimated by a government scientific panel, pumping out 100,000 barrels a day in what equates to the company¹s "worst case scenario" and prompting new accusations that executives are stonewalling the truth. The news -- revealed by one of the members of President Obama's Flow Rate Technical Group, a panel that previously estimated that the flow was in the region of 12,000 to 25,000 barrels a day -- counter to BP's claims that it is now capturing "the majority" of the oil and channeling it into a tanker.”





    Renewable energy and petroleum-driven transportation systems
    Renewable energy sources such as geothermal, solar, tide, wind, wood, waste are currently estimated to amount to less than one percent of total energy sources. One source states, “It was estimated by the Energy Information Administration that in 2007 primary sources of energy consisted of petroleum 36.0%, coal 27.4%, natural gas 23.0%, amounting to an 86.4% share for fossil fuels in primary energy consumption in the world. Non-fossil sources in 2006 included hydroelectric 6.3%, nuclear 8.5%, and [renewable energy sources - geothermal, solar, tide, wind, wood, waste] amounting 0.9 percent. World energy consumption was growing about 2.3% per year.”

    Petroleum-driven vehicular transportation systems, such as airports and airplanes, highways (tucks, automobiles, buses), trains and train tracks, account for disproportionate land use in urban areas and environmentally destabilizing in urban, suburban and exurban areas, and to the natural environment.

    Teleportation is a viable, operating transportation alternative to petroleum-driven systems

    Teleportation is a fuel-less, non-polluting transportation system that also does not have the detrimental land use impact of vehicular transport.

    Teleportation is a good candidate as a future transportation technology in the civilian marketplace because it does not have the adverse environmental impacts of petroleum-fueled internal combustion engines of trucks, buses, cars, and airplanes, and the adverse environmental impacts of the infrastructure of highways, etc. despoiling nature.

    Operating teleportation has existed for the last 40 years in U.S. defense department classified projects.

    Teleportation technology is now operational and can transform the transportation of people and goods worldwide, within cities, between cities and regions, internationally, and even at a demonstrated inter-planetary scale.

    On June 9, 2010, Andrew D. Basiago and this reporter Alfred Lambremont Webre participated in a 4-hour roundtable that included discussion of the environmental crisis triggered by the BP Gulf oil spill, the present state of teleportation technology, and the ability of teleportation to supplant petroleum-based transportation systems. The roundtable itself was dedicated to the memory of Robert “Bob” Beckwith (1919-2009), one of the original engineers in DARPA’s Project Pegasus that developed Tesla-based teleportation and time travel during the period 1968-1972.

    Listen to roundtable discussion

    Examiner.com readers can listen to the special roundtable “The Deep Politics of Mars,” broadcast on Truthfrequencyradio.com by clicking here.

    Mr. Basiago, an early participant in DARPA’s teleportation program, stated that Mr. Beckwith boarded a U.S. Navy warship berthed in Tampa Bay, Florida, and was shown specific equipment that related to the ship’s teleportation capability. Mr. Beckwith also confirmed that the B-2 bomber has teleportation capability. In four interviews before his death, including independent interviews with researchers Andrew D. Basiago, Alexandra Bruce and Kenn Thomas, Mr. Beckwith confirmed the existence of DARPA’s Project Pegasus and its development of operational Tesla-based quantum access technologies, including teleportation and time travel.

    In the June 10, 2010 broadcast roundtable, Mr. Basiago recalled how, at the time of Project Pegasus, Mr. Rumsfeld reiterated that the purpose of teleportation was military, for example to deliver troops to the battlefield as needed. Donald H. Rumsfeld was the defense attaché to Project Pegasus during the early 1970’s, when Mr. Rumsfeld was officially serving as a counselor to President Nixon and member of his Board of Wage and Price Stabilization. In DARPA’s Project Pegasus, the executive decision was made to limit teleportation to its military, and hence secret, applications.

    Examiner.com has reported whistleblower evidence by former U.S. armed forces serviceman Michael Relfe, former Department of Defense scientist Arthur Neumann, and former DARPA Project Pegasus participant Andrew D. Basiago independently verifying their teleporting between secure U.S. military facilities using operational Tesla-based teleportation technology. Former Command Sgt Major Robert Dean, at the 2009 Barcelona Exopolitics Conference, also detailed operational teleportation between secure U.S. government facilities in Nevada and at Pine Gap, Australia.

    Extraterrestrial civilizations and the environment

    Extraterrestrial civilization's concern for the Earth's environment is a central focus of policy statements about extraterrestrial disclosure, and of reports of communications by specific extraterrestrial civilizations to human contactees and abductees.

    1. Communications to U.S. Pres. Barack Obama about the environmental impacts of extraterrestrial disclosure

    The following excerpts from a presentation on extraterrestrial disclosure dated January 23, 2009 from Dr. Steven Greer, director of the Disclosure Project, to Pres. Barack Obama emphasize the positive environmental impacts of disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence and advanced energy technology, and underscore the environmental concern of extraterrestrial civilizations.

    “Because of this misguided secrecy, the wondrous new sciences related to advanced energy generation, propulsion and transportation have been withheld from the people. These advances include the generation of limitless clean energy from the so-called zero point energy field and quantum vacuum flux field from the space around us, and propulsion that has been termed (incorrectly) anti-gravity. The field of electromagnetic energy that is teeming all around us and which is embedded within the fabric of space/time can easily run all of the energy needs of the Earth - without pollution, oil, gas, coal, centralized utilities or nuclear power.

    “The disclosure of these sciences and their wise application during your first term as President is the most pressing matter before you. These sciences will create a true new energy economy allowing mankind to solve our most pressing problems of global warming, poverty and resource depletion.

    “The constellation of problems that include global warming, biosphere degradation, air pollution, energy security, Mid-East policy, a collapsing geo-economic order, growing disparity between the poor and rich of the world, over-population and human sustainability on Earth, to name but a few, are all interconnected and directly affected by the secrecy surrounding this subject. The solutions lie not in old thinking and technologies but in a new consciousness applying new sciences. These sciences were born in the late 19th and 20th centuries but were abandoned and suppressed due to the lust for power, greed and out of fear of unsettling the status quo.

    “These visitors, however, appear to be very concerned with unchecked human hostility, war-making and weapons of mass destruction, combined with our early potential for space travel. The tendency for people to engage in anthropocentric projection leads many to assume a threat where none exists. It is more likely that humanity may be seen as a threat to the cosmic order, insofar as we have failed to restrain the expansion of weapons of mass destruction while attempting to push farther and farther into space. Moreover, we have failed to initiate an enlightened and peaceful diplomatic mission to these extraterrestrial visitors. This needs to change immediately.

    “Immediately fund the study, development and careful release of those new energy technologies that can quickly replace fossil fuels and nuclear power. (See www.TheOrionProject.org). Note that these technologies, since they acquire energy from the zero point energy field of space/time, will allow for the retirement of the electric energy grid. We are in possession of documents and information regarding key facilities and assets connected to these technologies (see attached documents). We recommend that the propulsion and transportation aspects of these technologies (electro-magneto-gravitic systems) be released at a later time when the world security situation has improved;

    “Establish high-ranking liaisons with Congress, the UN and other governments to coordinate these projects and the release of the new energy technologies”

    2. Environmental catastrophe as a cause for extraterrestrial intervention

    One researcher, Dr. David Jacobs, studies communications between grey hyperdimensional extraterrestrial civilizations and the humans they abduct. Dr. Jacobs contends that the grey extraterrestrials are communicating to their abductees that an environmental catastrophe on Earth will result in an intervention and integration of the grey and human-hybrid civilization with humans on Earth.

    Dr. Jacobs argues that perspectives such as Dr. Greer states are misleading, stating “Taken as a group, the Positives' message [such as Dr. Steven Greer’s] is that humans have conducted their affairs in a way that will lead to the degradation of the planet and the end of the human species. Humans have caused poverty, ignorance, and overpopulation, and they risk environmental catastrophe and atomic annihilation. The concerned aliens are "educating" abductees to warn us of what is to come if we do not change our behavior."

    Dr. Jacobs’ concludes that the grey hyperdimensional civilization is engaged in genetic farming of the human race and has developed a human-hybrid race, which will integrate with the human race following an unspecified, and possibly, environmental catastrophe.

    He states, “If these accounts of salvation are true, then the aliens' message is clear: After the catastrophe, whatever it is, takes place, the late-stage hybrids and perhaps the aliens themselves will engage in a general integration into human society. As one hybrid told Claudia Negron, ‘Soon all life will be changed. People will be different.’ Presumably, we will all live in peace and harmony. The environment will be healthy and there will be no more war or conflict.”

    The BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill operation may have the dimensions of, or be a precursor to an environmental catastrophe of the scale that hypothetically would fulfill the message of the grey hyperdimensional extraterrestrials that following a large environmental catastrophe, an integration of human-hybrid and human society may take place, for the environmental good of the planet.

    Jim Sparks, who has spent 18 years as a “keeper” or grey hyperdimensional trustee, states, “The alien-human hybrid life form is neither a created worker, nor a human, nor an alien, but a combination of human and alien. It is part of the alien’s insurance policy. They are creating a being that is more alien than human – at least more alien than we are. This way, if we fail to turn our environment around and we die off, after the dust settles, they can repopulate the Earth with hybrids that could possibly be more adaptable to the Earth’s changed environment. They need far less food, water and energy, yet still have enough human raw material to be useful to the aliens.”

    Disclosure and a truth amnesty process


    Hyperdimensional extraterrestrial contactee Jim Sparks has published the results of a meeting he had with grey and reptilian extraterrestrial representatives about the environmental condition of planet Earth. According to Mr. Sparks, the ET representatives stated that they “contacted Earth’s leaders because your planet is in grave trouble.” The grey and reptilian representatives went on to state that U.S. governmental authorities are aware of this danger and of the solutions, and have the energy and other technologies to bring the planet back into balance. When asked why the those in governmental authority are not making these new energy technologies public and avoiding the environmental catastrophe, the ET representatives reportedly stated that, “They view disclosure as a military and security threat.”

    Mr. Sparks then asked the grey and reptilian representatives how this impasse could be broken, and disclosure achieved.

    They responded, “Amnesty. Complete amnesty to those in power, governments and leaders who have been suppressing the truth. They can’t be held liable for any past wrong deeds. It is the only way these leaders can come forward with the truth. It is necessary that you do this in order to work together and survive.”

    How to evaluate the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill operation’s impact on disclosure


    1. Environmental impact of BP oil spill operation – Estimates of the impacts of the BP oil spill are serious, particularly with regard to the impacts of the oil and dispersants on the ecology and human and animal populations of the Gulf of Mexico area and perhaps the eastern coast of the U.S. A worse case scenario for the BP oil spill could prove a tipping point for the ecology, economy, food supply, and habitability of the Gulf of Mexico and its surrounding areas.

    2. Acceleration of disclosure of sequestered technologies – A technical key to the acceleration of disclosure of sequestered technologies such as operational Tesla-based teleportation and so-called anti-gravity propulsion technologies is a declaration within the U.S. government - both its constitutional and black budget branches - that these technologies be designated for civilian, as well as military (weapons systems) purposes. At present these technologies are designated exclusively for military purposes. The disclosure campaigns for the release into the public sectors of these teleportation and antigravity technologies must grow into mainstream public campaigns.

    3. Disclosure and a truth amnesty process – There may be merit in examining a structured truth-amnesty approach to release of the now sequestered teleportation, anti-gravity and other advanced planet-saving technologies. These may have been implemented in the black budget economy during the past 40 years, involving actions that are violations of constitutional norms and statutes, as well as crimes against humanity and war crimes. Many crimes may have been committed in the U.S. government’s ET technology transfer and abduction agreements, as well as in its MILAB activities.

    4. Extraterrestrial monitoring of the environment – There is eyewitness evidence that specific hyperdimensional extraterrestrial civilizations may be abducting humans and creating a human-hybrid race for integration in the event of a large scale environmental catastrophe. The BP oil spill may be a precursor of such a catastrophe. Exopolitics – the science of relations between intelligent civilizations - and general exopolitical awareness among humanity may be a survival science for the human race in decades to come.

    Source: http://www.examiner.com/
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    Congressman Apologizes to BP CEO Tony Hayward!!!

    Post  SuiGeneris on Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:07 pm

    Congressman Apologizes to BP CEO Tony Hayward!!



    Oh but we knew that...

    OMG what is this guy doing in Congress?




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    Re: OIL SPILL in the GULF of MEXICO ....... GAIA BLEEDS BLACK!!!

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    Re: OIL SPILL in the GULF of MEXICO ....... GAIA BLEEDS BLACK!!!

    Post  Inanna on Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:31 pm

    Sui--

    I thank you from the bottom of my heart, sister sui, for compiling this vast "library" of information here to help us follow the story (and the story-behind-the story) and connect-the-dots in terms of this terrible tragedy that we all are trying desperately to make some sense of. As much as this event and its likely dire consequences depress and grieve me ..... it would indeed be much worse if i didn't have the "luxury" of feeling informed! learning the facts, bit by bit, definitely helps a little to get some sort of "handle" on this unprecedented disaster.

    Thank you as always, Sui, for the energy and love you devote to your sisters' and brothers' "education" and "enlightenment." I am SO MUCH BIGGER for having become your sister (on a Conscious level, that is). trophy
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    Re: OIL SPILL in the GULF of MEXICO ....... GAIA BLEEDS BLACK!!!

    Post  Guest on Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:20 am

    Buried in an article on Gulf of Mexico scenarios and predictions, Joel Achenbach of the Washington Post quotes Matthew Simmons, founder and chairman emeritus of Simmons & Company International.

    In response to a tropical storm brewing in the Caribbean, Simmons says: “We’re going to have to evacuate the gulf states. Can you imagine evacuating 20 million people?… This story is 80 times worse than I thought.”

    The National Hurricane Center said today that a stormy region in the Caribbean will get organized and strengthen into a tropical storm. It has a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone — in other words, a hurricane — in the next two days, an estimate that was at zero a few days ago. “Upper-level winds are expected to become more conducive for development of this system as it moves westward or west-northwestward around 10 mph over the next couple of days,” the NHC told the Baltimore Sun. “There is a medium chance (40 percent) of this system becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.”

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    Earlier this week Reuters reported on a massive amount of methane discovered in the Gulf of Mexico. Texas A&M University oceanography professor John Kessler said methane gas levels in some areas are “astonishingly high.” Kessler recently returned from a 10-day research expedition near the BP oil gusher. Kessler’s team measured both surface and deep water within a 5-mile (8 kilometer) radius of BP’s destroyed wellhead. “There is an incredible amount of methane in there,” Kessler told reporters. He said the level may be as much as one million times the normal level.

    BP admits methane makes up about 40 percent of the leaking crude by mass.


    In late May BP said methane makes up about 40 percent of the leaking crude by mass. In addition to methane, large mounts of toxic hydrogen sulfide, benzene and methylene chloride are leaking into the Gulf according to the EPA and others.

    Investigative journalist Wayne Madson, writing for Oil Price, states that his sources inside the federal government, FEMA, and the US Army Corps of Engineers are dealing with a prospective “dead zone” created by the escaping methane within a 200 mile radius from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

    In addition, Madsen reports, Corexit 9500, the oil dispersant used by BP, is viewed by FEMA sources as mixing with evaporated water from the Gulf. This deadly mixture is then absorbed by rain clouds and produces toxic precipitation that threatens to continue killing marine and land animals, plant life, and humans within a 200-mile radius of the Deepwater Horizon disaster site in the Gulf.

    The “dead zone” created by a combination of methane gas and Corexit toxic rain, Madsen continues, will ultimately result in the evacuation and long-term abandonment of cities and towns within the 200-mile radius of the oil gusher.

    “Plans are being put in place for the mandatory evacuation of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Mandeville, Hammond, Houma, Belle Chase, Chalmette, Slidell, Biloxi, Gulfport, Pensacola, Hattiesburg, Mobile, Bay Minette, Fort Walton Beach, Panama City, Crestview, and Pascagoula,” Madsen writes.

    DK Matai reports that by some geologists’ estimates, the methane now escaping into the Gulf may have been part of a massive bubble trapped for thousands of years under the sea floor. “More than a year ago, geologists expressed alarm in regard to BP and Transocean putting their exploratory rig directly over this massive underground reservoir of methane. Warnings were raised before the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe that the area of seabed chosen might be unstable and inherently dangerous,” writes Matai.

    Matai and others fear the methane — under intense pressure (experts estimate the pressure to be between 30,000 and 70,000 pounds per square inch) — may form a bubble that would then rupture the seabed and erupt with an explosion.

    “The bubble is likely to explode upwards propelled by more than 50,000 psi of pressure, bursting through the cracks and fissures of the sea floor, fracturing and rupturing miles of ocean bottom with a single extreme explosion,” Matai explains. “If the toxic gas bubble explodes, it might simultaneously set off a tsunami traveling at a high speed of hundreds of miles per hour. Florida might be most exposed to the fury of a tsunami wave. The entire Gulf coastline would be vulnerable, if the tsunami is manifest. Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and southern region of Georgia might experience the effects of the tsunami according to some sources.”

    A mass evacuation of the Gulf states would be impossible without a declaration of martial law. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the government all but declared martial law in New Orleans and the southern Gulf Coast — it was deemed a “state of emergency,” not officially martial law — and this gave rise to the largest military mobilization since the so-called Civil War. Combat-equipped troops and private contractors went house-to-house to enforce the complete removal of the civilian population in New Orleans and also confiscate guns and leave residents defenseless.

    Moreover, FEMA imposed iron-grip censorship of the media. On September 7, 2005, MSNBC’s Brian Williams reported that the city had “reached a near-saturation level of military and law enforcement.” Williams and his crew were ordered to stop taking photographs by gun-toting National Guard troops. Williams said he experienced “the palpable feeling that this area is somehow separate from the United States.”

    Indeed, if Florida and the Gulf states are evacuated as predicted — and again, Madsen’s sources are usually impeccable — a large part of the country will be separated from the United States and placed under martial law.
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    What's UP with the "Skimmer Situation???"

    Post  Inanna on Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:13 am

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    Jones Act: Maritime politics strain Gulf oil spill cleanup



    Pressure is building for President Obama to lift a 1920 protectionist law so that high-tech foreign oil skimmers can help with the Gulf oil spill. Why are 1,500 available US oil skimmers not on the scene?

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    A fleet of oil skimmers collect oil from the broken oil well under the surface at the Gulf oil spill site, approximately 42 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The Coast Guard is calling in more skimming boats and equipment from the Netherlands, Norway, France, and Spain.

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    By Patrik Jonsson, Staff writer / June 19, 2010
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    The Coast Guard Friday "redoubled" efforts to keep the Deepwater Horizon oil spill from impacting Gulf states by calling in more skimming boats and equipment from the Netherlands, Norway, France, and Spain after previously telling one Dutch official "Thanks, but no thanks," to an offer of help.

    That revelation comes as Florida lawmakers beg for more skimmers to ward off Gulf spill oil approaching the state's white sand beaches and as the Unified Command – led by Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen – struggles with chain-of-command issues as BP changes its on-scene leadership.

    The news of more foreign ships steaming toward the Gulf also comes amid a heated political debate over the role of the 1920 Jones Act, a protectionist law that prohibits foreign-flagged boats and crews from doing port-to-port duty within 3 miles of the US coast.

    On Friday, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) of Texas filed legislation to waive the Jones Act to welcome more high-tech foreign clean-up boats, saying the Jones Act is standing in the way. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said last week "that we have not had [a] problem" with the Jones Act. At the same time, US marine interests complain that up to 1,500 US-flagged skimmers sit idle, and should be used first. [Editor's note: The original version of this paragraph misspelled the Texas senator's name.]

    IN PICTURES: The Gulf oil spill's impact on nature

    "We are still receiving reports of foreign-flagged vessels being turned away or their offers of assistance hanging in limbo. That should not be the case," Sen. George LeMieux (R) of Florida wrote to President Obama Friday. "There is a breakdown of communication and it is critically important the situation get fixed and we see an armada of skimmers at work."

    Confusion has steadily built around the exact US skimmer strategy and the role of the 1920 Jones Act. President Bush waived the act temporarily to allow foreign ships to help with the hurricane Katrina relief effort.

    Only a day after Fox News quoted Admiral Allen saying, "To date, nobody has come for a Jones Act waiver," Coast Guard Capt. Roger Laferriere, the second-in-command, told ABC World News that both Allen and Mr. Obama had, in fact, worked to waive the Jones Act to allow more foreign vessels to attack the spill.

    "We have exhausted all our East Coast supply of skimming vessels," Captain Laferriere said. "We are now looking at Norway, France, Spain, and other European vessels."

    Currently, 447 skimming boats are working the unabated spill area, the mass of which is now inching toward Florida. Unified Command last week implemented a "surge" strategy of moving the fleet to areas directly threatened by the spill.

    Evidence built this week that Obama and the Unified Command are walking a political tightrope over the Jones Act and the role of foreign vessels in the Gulf oil spill cleanup. Some Republican congressmen, including Charles Djou of Hawaii, already oppose the Jones Act, saying it drives up consumer prices. Largely Democratic-leaning unions, meanwhile, support the act and are carefully gauging Washington's reaction.

    Maritime industry spokesmen say boat owners and longshoremen – who are tied to the AFL-CIO, one of Obama's biggest union supporters – have no issue with waiving the act if US vessels can't be found to do the job. Yet, "There are American vessels that are completely equipped to deal with this situation with no instructions to do anything," Mark Ruge, who works with the Maritime Cabotage Task Force, tells Human Events blogger Robert B. Bluey.
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    In testimony last week to Congress, Ken Wells, CEO of the Offshore Marine Service Association, said the oil spill response threatens to "degrade" the Jones Act, even though the dozen or so foreign boats currently on the scene have American crews.

    "We find that many of these vessels are blatantly ignoring the Jones Act," Mr. Wells testified. "Worse, we find that the agency charged with enforcing the Jones Act has failed to live up to its responsibilities to enforce the law and to interpret the law as Congress intended."

    Proximity of the US skimming fleet could be complicating deployment, since many boats are staged along the West Coast and in Alaska. But with Obama yet to publicly address the practical and symbolic Jones Act issue, the confusion is part of what Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz calls an "improvised response" to the spill in part due to BP's lack of preparation for an unprecedented wellhead event as well as slowness by the administration to grasp the scope of the disaster.

    Grasping to boost the spill response as BP tries to contain a runaway wellhead spewing up to 60,000 barrels of oil into the Gulf a day, Allen announced Friday that Unified Command is outfitting 2,753 locally owned boats with skimming equipment, a process that could take two months. That, at least, is likely to prove politically popular along the Gulf Coast, where many residents are clamoring for ways to help fight the spill – and to get paid doing it.

    "This is something that is on a scale that far exceeds anything we've done in a domestic response before," Allen said.

    IN PICTURES: The Gulf oil spill's impact on nature

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    Goldman Sachs sold $250 million of BP stock before spill!!!

    Post  SuiGeneris on Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:00 am

    Goldman Sachs sold $250 million of BP stock before spill!!!

    Firm's stock sale nearly twice as large as any other institution; Represented 44 percent of total BP investment


    The brokerage firm that's faced the most scrutiny from regulators in the past year over the shorting of mortgage related securities seems to have had good timing when it came to something else: the stock of British oil giant BP.

    According to regulatory filings, RawStory.com has found that Goldman Sachs sold 4,680,822 shares of BP in the first quarter of 2010. Goldman's sales were the largest of any firm during that time. Goldman would have pocketed slightly more than $266 million if their holdings were sold at the average price of BP's stock during the quarter.

    If Goldman had sold these shares today, their investment would have lost 36 percent its value, or $96 million. The share sales represented 44 percent of Goldman's holdings -- meaning that Goldman's remaining holdings have still lost tens of millions in value.

    The sale and its size itself isn't unusual for a large asset management firm. Wall Street brokerages routinely buy and sell huge blocks of shares for themselves and their clients. In light of a recent SEC lawsuit arguing that Goldman kept information about a product they sold from their clients, however, the stock sale may raise fresh concern among Goldman's critics. Goldman is also a frequent target of liberals and journalists, including Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi, who famously dubbed the firm a "vampire squid."

    Two calls placed to Goldman Sachs' media office in New York Wednesday morning after US markets opened were not immediately returned, though Raw Story decided to publish the story quickly after the calls since the stock sale had been already noted online: http://moneycentral.msn.com/ownership?Holding=Institutional+Ownership&Symbol=BP


    Others also sold stock!!!

    Other asset management firms also sold huge blocks of BP stock in the first quarter -- but their sales were a fraction of Goldman's. Wachovia, which is owned by Wells Fargo, sold 2,667,419 shares; UBS, the Swiss bank, sold 2,125,566 shares.

    Wachovia and UBS also sold much larger percentages of their BP stock, at 98 percently and 97 percent respectively.

    Wachova parent Wells Fargo, however, bought 2.3 million shares in the quarter, largely discounting Wachovia's sales.

    Those reported buying BP's stock included Wellington Management, a large asset firm, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    BP is struggling to cap a massive oil leak at one of its drill sites in the Gulf of Mexico. The firm's myriad safety violations over the years have come to light in lieu of the Gulf disaster.

    BP traded on average at $56.86 in the first quarter, according to GuruFocus, a site that monitors the major trading moves of prominent investors. A list of major institutions' sales of BP stock are available at the market research website Morningstar.

    It's certainly unknown as to why the firms sold their holdings. In its analysis of the company in mid-March, Morningstar, the market research site, gave the company an average rating of three out of a possible five stars.

    "BP's valuation carries more uncertainty than ExxonMobil's or Shell's because the firm is less integrated, with more of its earnings coming from the [exploration and production] business than from potentially offsetting refining operations," the site's analyst wrote. "Like its peers, a sustained drop in oil and gas prices can hurt upstream earnings. Lower crude-oil feedstock costs could help refining margins, but refined product pricing lags could quickly swing refining profits to losses. BP's global business faces potential disruptions caused by political risks, particularly with its heavy exposure to Russia. Disruptions caused by environmental and operational constraints could further limit earnings potential."

    The transnational oil company, like other energy giants, was hit with lower oil and gas prices in the past year after the price of oil surged in 2008.

    "BP's fourth quarter marked another quarter of year-over-year production gains, with a 3% increase thanks to new field startups," Morningstar's analyst wrote in another note, after BP turned in better than expected fourth quarter results in February. "BP reported fourth-quarter replacement cost profit of $3.4 billion, up 33% from year-ago earnings of $2.6 billion, as upstream earnings growth was more than enough to offset downstream weakness. For the full year, BP's earnings of $14 billion were 45% below year-ago earnings of $26 billion, in part because of lower oil prices earlier in the year. We're encouraged by BP's sequential earnings gains as new projects and cost-cutting efforts drive upstream results."

    The SEC filed a civil lawsuit against Goldman Sachs and one of its vice presidents in April, asserting that the firm had committed fraud by misrepresenting a mortgage-investment product inherently designed to fail. The company helped a hedge fund trader create a mortgage investment that gained value as mortgage borrowers defaulted en masse.

    In response, Goldman said the SEC's charges were “completely unfounded in law and fact” and averred that it would “vigorously contest them and defend the firm and its reputation.”

    The firm has also faced criticism over giant bonuses paid to staff amidst the US financial crisis. Goldman reduced the sizes of its staff bonuses this year to $16.9 billion, and said it would pay its chief executive $9 million, far less than the previous year.

    Goldman also announced it would create a $500 million program to help small businesses. Critics noted that the figure represented just 3% of the bonus pool.


    David Icke Speaks Out Against BP's Oil Disaster!!!


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    Source: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0602/month-oil-spill-goldman-sachs-sold-250-million-bp-stock/

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    Republicans Block Investigative Power For Oil Spill Commission!!!

    Post  SuiGeneris on Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:07 am

    Republicans Block Investigative Power For Oil Spill Commission!!!



    Senate Democrats today asked unanimous consent to pass legislation that would give the BP Oil Spill Commission the subpoena power it needs to do its job. “Frankly, it’s time we have a vote after so many Republican objections to this commonsense legislation,” said Sen. Robert Menendez. “[This bill] asserts that we want to protect those families, taxpayers, not oil company profits.”

    The US House of Representatives voted 420 to 1 to give the presidential commission investigating the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico full subpoena power.


    In a shocking betrayal of trust, the Senate blocked it.

    No subpoena powers. No real investigation.






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    and the HITS just keep on COMING!!!

    Post  Inanna on Wed Jul 07, 2010 3:30 pm

    read this AP article this morning .... got to it through Huffington Post's "Green" section. one more reason to TRY LIKE HELL to STAY CENTERED ..... but GREIVING comes, whether or not.

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/07/gulf-abandoned-oil-wells-gas_n_637315.html


    Gulf Awash In 27,000 Abandoned Oil And Gas Wells

    JEFF DONN and MITCH WEISS | 07/ 7/10 12:49 AM | AP
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    More than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells lurk in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades. No one – not industry, not government – is checking to see if they are leaking, an Associated Press investigation shows.

    The oldest of these wells were abandoned in the late 1940s, raising the prospect that many deteriorating sealing jobs are already failing.

    The AP investigation uncovered particular concern with 3,500 of the neglected wells – those characterized in federal government records as "temporarily abandoned."

    Regulations for temporarily abandoned wells require oil companies to present plans to reuse or permanently plug such wells within a year, but the AP found that the rule is routinely circumvented, and that more than 1,000 wells have lingered in that unfinished condition for more than a decade. About three-quarters of temporarily abandoned wells have been left in that status for more than a year, and many since the 1950s and 1960s – eveb though sealing procedures for temporary abandonment are not as stringent as those for permanent closures.

    As a forceful reminder of the potential harm, the well beneath BP's Deepwater Horizon rig was being sealed with cement for temporary abandonment when it blew April 20, leading to one of the worst environmental disasters in the nation's history. BP alone has abandoned about 600 wells in the Gulf, according to government data.

    There's ample reason for worry about all permanently and temporarily abandoned wells – history shows that at least on land, they often leak. Wells are sealed underwater much as they are on land. And wells on land and in water face similar risk of failure. Plus, records reviewed by the AP show that some offshore wells have failed.

    Experts say such wells can repressurize, much like a dormant volcano can awaken. And years of exposure to sea water and underground pressure can cause cementing and piping to corrode and weaken.

    "You can have changing geological conditions where a well could be repressurized," said Andy Radford, a petroleum engineer for the American Petroleum Institute trade group.

    Whether a well is permanently or temporarily abandoned, improperly applied or aging cement can crack or shrink, independent petroleum engineers say. "It ages, just like it does on buildings and highways," said Roger Anderson, a Columbia University petroleum geophysicist who has conducted research on commercial wells.
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    Despite the likelihood of leaks large and small, though, abandoned wells are typically not inspected by industry or government.

    Oil company representatives insist that the seal on a correctly plugged offshore well will last virtually forever.

    "It's in everybody's interest to do it right," said Bill Mintz, a spokesman for Apache Corp., which has at least 2,100 abandoned wells in the Gulf, according to government data.

    Officials at the U.S. Interior Department, which oversees the agency that regulates federal leases in the Gulf and elsewhere, did not answer repeated questions regarding why there are no inspections of abandoned wells.

    State officials estimate that tens of thousands are badly sealed, either because they predate strict regulation or because the operating companies violated rules. Texas alone has plugged more than 21,000 abandoned wells to control pollution, according to the state comptroller's office.

    Offshore, but in state waters, California has resealed scores of its abandoned wells since the 1980s.

    In deeper federal waters, though – despite the similarities in how such wells are constructed and how sealing procedures can fail – the official policy is out-of-sight, out-of-mind.

    The U.S. Minerals Management Service – the regulatory agency recently renamed the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement – relies on rules that have few real teeth. Once an oil company says it will permanently abandon a well, it has one year to complete the job. MMS mandates that work plans be submitted and a report filed afterward.

    Unlike California regulators, MMS doesn't typically inspect the job, instead relying on the paperwork.

    The fact there are so many wells that have been classified for decades as temporarily abandoned suggests that paperwork can be shuffled at MMS without any real change beneath the water.

    With its weak system of enforcement, MMS imposed fines in a relative handful of cases: just $440,000 on seven companies from 2003-2007 for improper plug-and-abandonment work.

    Companies permanently abandon wells when they are no longer useful. Afterward, no one looks methodically for leaks, which can't easily be detected from the surface anyway. And no one in government or industry goes underwater to inspect, either.

    Government regulators and industry officials say abandoned offshore wells are presumed to be properly plugged and are expected to last indefinitely without leaking. Only when pressed do these officials acknowledge the possibility of leaks.

    Despite warnings of leaks, government and industry officials have never bothered to assess the extent of the problem, according to an extensive AP review of records and regulations.

    That means no one really knows how many abandoned wells are leaking – and how badly.

    The AP documented an extensive history of warnings about environmental dangers related to abandoned wells:

    _ The General Accountability Office, which investigates for Congress, warned as early as 1994 that leaks from offshore abandoned wells could cause an "environmental disaster," killing fish, shellfish, mammals and plants. In a lengthy report, GAO pressed for inspections of abandonment jobs, but nothing came of the recommendation.

    _ A 2006 Environmental Protection Agency report took notice of the overall issue regarding wells on land: "Historically, well abandonment and plugging have generally not been properly planned, designed and executed." State officials say many leaks come from wells abandoned in recent decades, when rules supposedly dictated plugging procedures. And repairs are so routine that terms have been coined to describe the work: "replugging" or the "re-abandonment."

    _ A GAO report in 1989 provided a foreboding prognosis about the health of the country's inland oil and gas wells. The watchdog agency quoted EPA data estimating that up to 17 percent of the nation's wells on land had been improperly plugged. If that percentage applies to offshore wells, there could be 4,600 badly plugged wells in the Gulf of Mexico alone.

    _ According to a 2001 study commissioned by MMS, agency officials were "concerned that some abandoned oil wells in the Gulf may be leaking crude oil." But nothing came of that warning either.

    The study targeted a well 20 miles off Louisiana that had been reported leaking five years after it was plugged and abandoned. The researchers tried unsuccessfully to use satellite radar images to locate the leak.

    But John Amos, the geologist who wrote the study, told AP that MMS withheld critical information that could have helped verify if he had pinpointed the problem. "I kind of suspected that this was a project almost designed to fail," Amos said. He said the agency refused to tell him "how big and widespread a problem" they were dealing with in the Gulf.

    Amos is now director of SkyTruth, a nonprofit group that uses satellite imagery to detect environmental problems. He still believes that technology could work on abandoned wells.

    MMS, though, hasn't followed up on the work. And Interior Department spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said agency inspectors would be present for permanent plugging jobs "only when something unusual is expected." She also said inspectors would check later "only if there's a noted leak." But she did not respond to requests for examples.

    Companies may be tempted to skimp on sealing jobs, which are expensive and slow offshore. It would cost the industry at least $3 billion to permanently plug the 10,500 now-active wells and the 3,500 temporarily abandoned ones in the Gulf, according to an AP analysis of MMS data.

    The AP analysis indicates that more than half of the 50,000 wells ever drilled on federal leases beneath the Gulf have now been abandoned. Some 23,500 are permanently sealed. Another 12,500 wells are plugged on one branch while being allowed to remain active in a different branch.

    Government records do not indicate how many temporarily abandoned wells have been returned to service over the years. Federal rules require only an annual review of plans to reuse or permanently seal the 3,500 temporarily abandoned wells, but companies are using this provision to keep the wells in limbo indefinitely.

    Petroleum engineers say abandoned offshore wells can fail from faulty work, age and drilling-induced or natural changes below the seabed. Maurice Dusseault, a geologist at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, says U.S. regulators "assume that once a well is sealed, they're safe – but that's not always the case."

    Even fully depleted wells can flow again because of fluid or gas injections to stimulate nearby wells or from pressure exerted by underlying aquifers.

    Permanently abandoned wells are corked with cement plugs typically 100-200 feet long. They are placed in targeted zones to block the flow of oil or gas. Heavy drilling fluid is added. Offshore, the piping is cut off 15 feet below the sea floor.

    Wells are abandoned temporarily for a variety of reasons. The company may be re-evaluating a well's potential or developing a plan to overcome a drilling problem or damage from a storm. Some owners temporarily abandon wells to await a rise in oil prices.

    Since companies may put a temporarily abandoned well back into service, such holes typically will be sealed with fewer plugs, less testing and a metal cap to stop corrosion from sea water.

    In the Deepwater Horizon blowout, investigators believe the cement may have failed, perhaps never correctly setting deep within the well. Sometimes gas bubbles form as cement hardens, providing an unwanted path for oil or gas to burst through the well and reach the surface.

    The other key part of an abandoned wells – the steel pipe liner known as casing – can also rust through over time.

    MMS personnel do sometimes spot smaller oily patches on the Gulf during flyovers. Operators are also supposed to report any oil sheens they encounter. Typically, though, MMS learns of a leak only when someone spots it by chance.

    In the end, the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Laboratory handles little more than 200 cases of oil pollution each year.

    And manager Wayne Gronlund says it's often impossible to tell leaking wells from natural seeps, where untold thousands of barrels of oil and untold millions of cubic feet of gas escape annually through cracks that permeate the sea floor.

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    the real choices we face...not when, where, and how to drill but what to give up to keep things as they are.
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    Enroh Mot 41 minutes ago (10:59 AM)
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    The greatest threat to the American way of life is the American way life itself.
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    MikeTN 43 minutes ago (10:57 AM)
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    In a way, I guess we are all responsible. We like our cars and the merchandise that big trucks and trains haul to the stores we shop at. To us it was also out-of-sight, out-of-mind. We can protest now, but were we before the BP disaster ? Would we be complaining now if the BP well had not exploded ?

    BP is to blame, so is our Government for their failure to provide the proper oversight and so are we for using the product. The oil companies are only providing a product that people want.

    Do you have an iPhone ? LCD Television or any of the other electronic gadgets made in China ? I have news for you, China is an enviromental disaster. The lakes, rivers, streams, land and air in China is heavly polluted. This pollution has been caused primarily by the dumping of toxic chemicals, which are by-products of the raw materials they use in the manufacturing of products that we, and the rest of the world, buy. We need to get off our high horse and put at least some of the blame on our own need for the stuff these companies produce without asking what harm is is causing elsewere
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    Beware.
    Although not an active seismic zone, just one medium to major earthquake would pop thousands of undersea oil plugs and turn the Gulf of Mexico coastline, from Texas coast to Florida, into a toxic black sludge that will last forever -- at least for centuries which, history shows, is long enough for nation-empires to collapse into distant memory.
    But that threat doesn't frighten many living along the coastal region because they value petro-dollar incomes more than the environment.
    If and once that black sludge turns the white sands into an ugly and hard asphalt ribbon and the offshore area into a toxic dead zone, people will look back at the business and political leaders who permitted drilling and curse the souls of dead shysters who lined their pockets with petro-dollars, and, in true southern and Texas style, hang those who are still alive.
    And so it should be.
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