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From BK Lim find his Article   here

11 Nov 2010 – dedicated to Sharyn Burley & Gary Simmons for their efforts to spread the truth.

There have been consistent rumors since the disaster broke out that BP had drilled two wells. Figure 135-1 shows 2 different well heads placed side by side. Lately we have also seen the corrosive effects of the “potent mixture” that is pouring out not only from the broken wells but also through the crevices in the seafloor. Naturally the vessels working the longest would suffer the most corrosion. See the many you-tube video postings on the “rumors” of hull corrosion. The difference in the “age” of the two wells is most telling if you examine in close up view the yellow marker band. Test your observation and investigative skills on the number of differences between these two well heads.

Naturally 2 well heads means 2 well locations which also mean at least 2 wells were drilled, right? However, it might be difficult for some to grasp this obvious logic. See figure 135-2 on the official email reply from BP Press office in UK.

“There was only ever one well drilled on the MC252 lease”….. BP Press Office, London

In case there are doubts the “newer and less corroded” well head at well B location is real, figure 135-3 gives the full details of the well location complete with the signature deceptive movement of the well head. If these videos are fakes or video of other well heads in other parts of the world (not from the Macondo Lease itself as asserted by BP) then the many people who recorded and posted these videos independently on the you-tube, must have been robotically controlled and synchronized within seconds to come out with amazingly identical adulteration.

Just as in genetic decoding in DNA analyses, all mutations leave a pattern of coding errors; a distinct departure from any random errors. We have seen the “flying ROVs”, “time-travel drilling rigs” and many wonderful “time-space magic” technology introduced by BP and company. But can you actually transport a well-head embedded in the seabed through 557ft in less than 16 seconds? We must ask BP to reveal this important technology. If the world is going to be destroyed by all these senseless mass destructive activities, we may need to transport the White House to a safer location. Or we may need to transport ourselves out of this world to another planet. So BP please help, in the name of HUMANITY!

01-Aug-10..….Well A Inspection, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEKyWhPDmwQ

03-Sep-10………..BOP Recovery, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hnR16azv0Q

02-Nov-10.Well Head Inspection, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2It7vcsQg7s

26-Oct-10……Well A Inspection, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cJZyO7NzWY

29-Oct-10……Well A Inspection, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtS0dh_Y1M4

What makes this finding so extraordinary is that it came from a citizens’ initiative -TESTING THE WATERS – which was formed by Gulf Coast residents who simply want to know if their beaches are oil free, the water is clean enough to swim in, and the seafood is safe to eat.

Isn’t this what government is supposed to do? Test the water! They test it for everything else, and yet getting regular testing like this done seems to take an act of GOD.

Does BP have such a lock on the entire governmental system responsible for such testing, interpreting and reporting needed results like these that we still do not hear from EPA, FL DEP, NOAA, Coast Guard, etc.

So, here we have individual citizens putting up their own private money to fund essential testing from a public health and safety standpoint. Isn’t this what are tax dollars are for? If so, what are they doing with the tax revenue besides promoting the BP marketing campaign. You know, the one that lulls you to sleep with the cyborg mouthing the words:

The seafood is safe to eat … don’t worry.

The water is safe to swim in … be happy.

The beaches are oil-free … come and relax.

Perhaps it’s time we all held those government authorities and departments accountable for at least doing their bare minimum jobs. Obviously, they have chosen to not hold BP responsible for anything.

Source:  BK Lim

Three days after posting the “A New Drilling Rig At Macondo Site” on 31 Oct 2010, the West Sirius moved out of the Macondo Site on the morning of 2 Nov 2010. See figure 131-a. West Sirius is currently sitting at location Lon/Lat: -90.022827 / 28.582331 on 11/5/2010 3:07:39 AM (UTC). Why would BP move the West Sirius to the Macondo site in late October only to move out a week later to a location 165 km away? This is not normal. A multimillion dollar rig does not just drop by at the site just to say “hello” to the DD2.

Even stranger, DD3 is no longer in existence. Three days ago, you can still search for DD3’s locationhttp://www.marinetraffic.com but not any more. DD3’s position seems to have gone “under cover”. However, it seems that DD3 has gone back to Relief Well C position.

As at 4th Nov 2010, DD2 is at Well A with the Hos Iron Horse nearby. Discoverer Enterprise is still at the foothill of the shelf edge, 7 miles NW of well A where DD3 was working since leaving Relief Well C in late Sept.

So what is going on at the Macondo’s site?

Source:   B.K. Lim

“It appears that some of our elected officials, as well as many in the media, are buying BP’s that most of the oil spilled has miraculously vanished and that the disaster really isn’t so bad after all. The spin put out by BP’s public relations campaign since the April disaster in the Gulf, at a cost of about $100 million, seems to be working. But the truth is that BP and its partners have transformed themselves into modern-day “pirates,” operating beyond law or conscience. When BP announced that over 75% of the oil it had spilled into the Gulf had miraculously vanished, the federal government and many in the media appeared to accept it without question. Let’s take a look at what BP has said over the past months.

When the spill first became public, BP said only 1,000 barrels of oil were escaping. Then the oil giant changed its estimate to 5,000 barrels and then it suddenly stopped talking publicly about the massive volume of oil being released. We now learn that BP had internal documents that indicated it knew almost 60,000 barrels per day was being spilled into the Gulf.

Despite an ever-expanding estimate of the volume of the spill, relatively little oil washed ashore at first, and only a small portion ever will. Instead, trapped below the surface, the oil fouls the ocean’s deep depths. There is a toxic mix of oil, methane, chemical dispersants, and drilling mud below the surface of the Gulf. Nobody with walking around sense would believe that the threat from the oil spill is anywhere close to being under control. The relatively small amounts of oil washing ashore, and the “relief” felt when the surface oil began to dissipate, hardly account for the devastation being done at the bottom of the Gulf and in the waters below the surface. Recent reports by independent scientists indicate there are plumes of oil beneath the surface throughout the Gulf that are 20 miles long.

I have been surprised that many in the media have virtually ignored the chemicals used by BP. I believe the 2 million gallons of Corexit poured into the oil spill has created a calamity in the Gulf. The effects of the chemicals dumped in by BP won’t be known for years. The effect of the chemicals was to keep the oil about 50-100 feet below the surface where it couldn’t be accounted for. Then much of the oil sank to the bottom because of the chemicals. I am told by experts that the chemicals turn the oil and chemical mix into a neutrally buoyant emulsion, which will stay down deep and go anywhere and everywhere over time.

It’s difficult to understand how the EPA and Coast Guard could allow these misconceptions to exist and linger on. The lack of a plan by either BP or the government to deal with a massive spill of this sort is impossible to comprehend. Maybe somebody in authority should have asked BP why the United Kingdom banned Corexit. By the way, it should be noted that Corexit is owned indirectly by BP and Exxon. BP had to know that Corexit is hazardous to health. By its own internal reports, Corexit can cause red blood cell, liver, kidney and respiratory malfunctions or failure in humans and sea life.”

Written by Beasley Allen on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

This Blog began as a place for me to save and file the kind of information that has helped me better understand the underbelly of this catastrophic, dangerous,  and world-changing ocean/environmental/political debacle.  Just in the past week it has been reported that  BP is now embarked on a challenging and risky mission:  Replacing the Blowoff Preventer and simultaneously pulling the drill pipe from the well.  There have been reports this week of high levels or Hydrogen Sulfide ashore,  Black Ops mercenaries applying Corexit  oil dispersant secretly at nights,  BP harassing Scientists who are doing independent testing of water and air, allegations of BP secretly drilling three wells in the immediate vicinity of the blowout well they are showing us,  undisclosed seafloor oil and gas leaks, and the discovery of a huge plume of oil hovering deep below the surface. Furthermore,  the Mainstream Media has largely backed away from reporting on the ongoing drama.  For example,  Thad Allan *Coast Guard Admiral and point man for BP and the Federal Gov’t,”   has been doing press briefings in the last few days attempting to explain the problems and rational behind their decision to replace the BOP.    This is big news but you won’t find it on the Google News roundup.  There is plenty of coverage of the ongoing hearings concentrating  on the interrogation of  BP and Transocean personnel  and fixing  blame for the situation.  Missing is the undersea drama unfolding that, if unsuccessful could lead to more spilled oil, and no end to the problem.

Also the relief well team has ceased its mission for the time being.  Why? There is no rational answer from Thad Allen or BP.  This would lead one to believe that they have some major disagreements and fears about what the next best move is. There is widespread speculation by the drilling community on what the problems are that BP faces in killing this well.  Plus,  the Feds have declared Gulf  seafood safe to eat when independent testing has found  highly carcinogenic and toxic hydrocarbon byproducts in seafood samples.

A new oil plume is reported to be 650 feet high,  2 miles wide,  and twenty two miles long:

Hydrogen Sulfide and Testing of Corexit Dispersant:

confirmed-corexit-still-being-sprayed.html

Hydrogen Sulfide Increases 700% Since July 15 Well Cap-Alex Higgins

Florida Oil Spill Law Website Article

BP harassing Independent Scientists:

Washington\’s Blog

B.K. Lim’s assertion that BP  has secretly drilled three wells  and  story behind the Deception:

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Thad Allen’s  Commentary :

Thad Allen has turned out to be nothing more than a mouthpiece for BP.  It is amazing that BP still calls the shots….

The Oil Drum is a forum where Oil Geologists,  Platform Managers, Drillers, Oil Industry Veterans vent their opinions on what BP is doing Wrong and doing Right.  A source for some of the best information available and at times highly technical:

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The Oil Drum #6905 Aug. 31, 2010

The Story of Two Wells and the Deception BP uses to obscure the truth:

Keep Sound off until Interview with Mike Williams:

More Good Sleuthing:

This Video Shows Existence of Well \”B\”- Alex Higgins

Fintan Dunne Reports on Dr. Robert Bea -Oil Geologist and His Knowledge of Two Wells being drilled:  Here

If you put this all together,  this is a scenario that unfolds:

BP submitted a proposal to drill Well “A” on Feb. 23, 2009 .  Well “A” encountered some sort of formation collapse where the drill pipe and bit became stuck and had to be cut.  At this point there is conflicting information.  Scenario 1: BP and Transocean drilled well “A”,  had a formation blowout, plugged the formation failure with cement and redrilled the well.  They never did  drill Well “B”. Well “A” has been the only well at that location.  This is the location that we see today, after tropical storm Bonnie. Scenario 2: BP abandoned well “A”   due to the underground formation failure and the subsequent jambing of the drill pipe and cutting tip.  BP and  Transocean commenced drilling well “B”  and this is the well that blewup on April 20 and it is Well “B” that is the source of the ongoing disaster.What is troubling is that the ROV footage of the wellhead gushing and being cut with first the wire saw and then with the “giant shears”  was clearly the well “B” location (check the GPS coordinates on Skandi ROV)… as  the screen shots from the cutting operation show.  Well “B” location has been the one we have been viewing up until storm Bonnie according to GPS coordinates..  As soon as the storm Bonnie passed and the seas subsided the ROV’s clearly showed the new Cap on well “A” (GPS Coordinates for Well “A”).  Some have assumed that BP switched the cap to present a picture of a non leaking well while they continued to struggle with Well “B” which  many think is still out of control.  If this is true it would partially explain why hydrogen sulfide levels have spiked since the well was supposedly capped.  It might also explain why there are reports of night time spraying of disperant Corexit.  Ever since tropical storm Bonnie BP has had their undersea cameras trained on non event scenes.  For all we know,  they could be struggling with a blowout of Well “B”,  or seafloor leaks and eruptions.  Of course, if this is happening we would  be the last to know.  I think the increased hydrogen sulfide levels are the most troubling indicators of something amiss.  It’s highly poisonous and FEMA has evacuation plans drawn up if HS levels get out of hand.   If the Well is capped,  and there are no serious seafloor blowouts or eruptions… as BP has led us to believe,  then there should be no readings indicating hydrogen sulfide during air quality tests.  These videos and links will point you in the direction you need to take to better understand what is going on here.  I admit, drawing conclusions from all of this is difficult.

R. Clegg

8/31/2010


I Think BP is Losing their Grip on the Media to some extent.  BP has spent much effort and money trying throttle the University Researchers who have been thoroughly researching the potential health effects and ecological effects caused by the complex toxic hydrocarbons and the toxic dispersant Corexit.  They are obviously doing it in the public interest.  The stakes are high for  the health and economic wellbeing of the gulf states and the oceans.  BP does not care much about these issues and has proved it with their actions.  In the last few days CNN  and ABC News have taken a new stance on reporting based on truth and substance.  The American people have a  right to truthful news reporting….

Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution talk about a hydrocarbon plume in the Gulf of Mexico.

Researchers say they saw 22-mile hydrocarbon plume in the Gulf of Mexico

August 19, 2010 6:52 p.m. EDT

(CNN) — Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution said they detected a plume of hydrocarbons in June that was at least 22 miles long and more than 3,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, a residue of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. According to the institution, the 1.2-mile-wide, 650-foot-high plume of trapped hydrocarbons provides at least a partial answer to recent questions asking where all the oil has gone as surface slicks shrink and disappear.

“These results indicate that efforts to book-keep where the oil went must now include this plume” in the Gulf, said Christopher Reddy, a Woods Hole marine geochemist and oil spill expert. He is one of the authors of the study, which appears in the Aug. 19 issue of the journal Science.  Researchers saw the plume over two weeks in June but were chased away by Hurricane Alex, Reddy told CNN Radio. “I have no idea where those compounds are now,” he said.  Another of the report’s authors said the plume has probably moved elsewhere, noting that the BP- operated well has been capped for more than a month and that the plume was moving in a southwesterly direction at a rate of about 6.5 kilometers (4 miles) a day. “(It’s) extremely likely that the hydrocarbons in that plume have long moved elsewhere,” report author Rich Camilli told CNN. Reddy said that experts need more data before they can determine how much remains in Gulf.

Whether the plume’s existence poses a significant threat to the Gulf is not yet clear, the researchers say. “We don’t know how toxic it is,” Reddy said in a statement, “and we don’t know how it formed, or why. But knowing the size, shape, depth, and heading of this plume will be vital for answering many of these questions.”

Camilli, also a Woods Hole scientist, said colder temperatures at the plume’s extreme depths inhibited the degradation properties of oil. Microbes act more slowly on the subsea oil than on surface oil because of lower temperatures, he said. If all other conditions were equal, microbes would eat up the plume’s subsea oil about 10 times more slowly, Camilli said.

Meanwhile, Thad Allen, the government’s point man for the oil disaster, responded Thursday on CNN to two recent studies that appeared to contradict the government’s estimate that about 75 percent of the oil has been cleaned up.

Researchers at the University of South Florida have concluded that oil may have settled at the bottom of the Gulf farther east than previously suspected — and at levels toxic to marine life. In addition, a team from Georgia Sea Grant and the University of Georgia released a report that estimates that 70 to 79 percent of the oil that gushed from the well “has not been recovered and remains a threat to the ecosystem,” the university said in a release.

Allen said the government has determined the flow rate to have been about 53,000 barrels a day, or a total of 4.9 million barrels. “The next question is, what happened to it?” he said. “There are certain things we know for certain. We produced almost 827,000 barrels that we collected and brought ashore.” The government also knows how much oil was skimmed, how much was burned and how much was affected by dispersant use. When that is added up, it leaves 26 percent still in the water, Allen said.  “That’s not a definitive statement, but that’s a way to start a conversation about the oil,” Allen said. “You can take a lot of different estimates and run that formula, but that’s the one we’re starting with … other than the 26 percent, the rest can be accounted for some way. That 26 percent is going to end up on a beach or dealt with somehow.”

CNN’s Vivian Kuo contributed to this report

Nigeria Oil Spills- Surpass the Scale of the BP Gulf Disaster

A 2006 report compiled by international environmental groups and the Nigerian government estimated that on average, a spill the size of the Exxon Valdez has been occurring each year in the past five decades. According to environmental groups and the Nigerian government, there were more than 7,000 spills between 1970 and 2000, spewing at least 9 million barrels of crude into the delta, home to vast wetlands that form the livelihood of millions of people.

A man walks on slippery spilled crude oil on the shores and in the waters of the Niger Delta swamps of Bodo, a village in the famous Nigerian oil-producing Ogoniland, which hosts the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Nigeria’s Rivers State on June 24, 2010. The region has in recent years experienced an average 300 spills a year, roughly one spill a day, from terminals, pipes and platforms, according to government officials and experts. Sabotage of oil facilities by armed rebels fighting a fairer share of oil wealth for locals and theft of crude, popularly known as oil bunkering in recent years saw spills spiking to new levels. Photo courtesy AFP.UN food agency steps up aid to drought-hit Niger.

Rome (AFP) July 20, 2010 – The United Nations’ emergency food agency said Tuesday it was stepping up aid to Niger, describing drought in the Saharan country as an “unfolding catastrophe” for millions. “We are struggling against time to scale up quickly enough to reach the escalating number of hungry,” said Josette Sheeran, executive director of the Rome-basedWorld Food Programme. “To meet the needs of the people of Niger, we are looking for urgent and immediate cash contributions from our donors,” said Sheeran, who was travelling to Niger on Tuesday.

The WFP has in hand only about half of the estimated 213 million dollars (165 million euros) needed for the operation, the agency said in a statement. Up to eight million people — more than half Niger’s population of some 15 million — have lost crops and livestock in the drought, it said. Sheeran warned that August and September were “critical” months, and that children under two needed special nutritional help because their “brains and bodies face permanent damage from acute malnutrition.”  The BP oil spill is a major tragedy for the Gulf of Mexico region, yet the people in Nigeriahave had to live with similar environmental catastrophes for decades.  A 2006 report compiled by international environmental groups and the Nigerian government estimated that on average, a spill the size of the Exxon Valdez has been occurring each year in the past five decades. According to environmental groups and the Nigerian government, there were more than 7,000 spills between 1970 and 2000, spewing at least 9 million barrels of crude into the delta, home to vast wetlands that form the livelihood of millions of people.

But while the Deepwater Horizon spill has mobilized the entire U.S. political scene, in Nigeria, an increasing number of the population has had to suffer — undetected by Western politicians. And that’s despite the fact that the United States imports roughly 10 percent of its oil from Nigeria.

“We see frantic efforts being made to stop the spill in the U.S.,” Nnimmo Bassey, Nigerian head of Friends of the Earth International, recently told The Observer, a prominent British Sunday publication. “But in Nigeria, oil companies largely ignore their spills, cover them up and destroy people’s livelihood and environments. The gulf spill can be seen as a metaphor for what is happening daily in the oilfields of Nigeria and other parts of Africa.”

Big Western oil companies including BP, Shell and Exxon Mobile operate in Nigeria; the environmental groups accuse them of being ignorant to their spills — an estimated 2,000 contaminated sites have yet to be cleaned up. Moreover, locals and non-governmental organizations claim the companies operate old and rusty pipes and are often too slow or indifferent to reacting to spills.

The many Nigerian governments of the past, which have earned billions of dollars since drilling began in 1958 but gave little to their people, have been largely unable to pressure companies into cleaning up the mess.

The companies deny the allegations, arguing the spills are mainly due to acts of vandalism and terrorism, and are dealt with in a timely manner.  “We have a full-time oil spill response team,” a Shell spokesman told The Observer. “Last year we replaced 197 miles of pipeline and are using every known way to clean up pollution, including microbes. We are committed to cleaning up any spill as fast as possible as soon as and for whatever reason they occur.”

But the spill in the gulf has reduced trust in the oil companies, with some Western countries openly accusing multinationals of behaving recklessly when drilling foroil in poor countries.

“Spills, leaks and deliberate discharges are happening in oilfields all over the world and very few people seem to care,” Judith Kimerling, a professor of law and policy at the City University of New York and an expert on oil development in poor countries, told The Observer. “What we conclude from the Gulf of Mexico pollution incident is that the oil companies are out of control. It is clear that BP has been blocking progressive legislation, both in the U.S. and here. In Nigeria, they have been living above the law. They are now clearly a danger to the planet.”

“Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.”-John Maynard Keynes