Toxic Geysers

June 24th, 2010

Inspired by Mishap lets well gush anew (Washington Post 6/24/10), Doug R’s comment on oildrum.com (quoted at length below, and unfortunately very disturbing), and MSNBC’S recent reports (watch them below).  

“The Deepwater Horizon well became an uncapped geyser once again Wednesday, the hydrocarbons surging freely into the deep sea after engineers were forced to remove the dome that had been capturing significant quantities of oil.” – Washington Post

 “In fact actually opening up the well at the subsea source and allowing it to gush more is not only exactly what has happened, it was probably necessary, or so they think anyway. So you have to ask WHY? Why make it worse? There really can only be one answer and that answer does not bode well for all of us. It’s really an inescapable conclusion at this point, unless you want to believe that every Oil and Gas professional involved suddenly just forgot everything they know or woke up one morning and drank a few big cups of stupid and got assigned to directing the response to this catastrophe. Nothing makes sense unless you take this into account, but after you do, you will see the “sense” behind what has happened and what is happening. That conclusion is this: The well bore structure is compromised “Down hole”. That is something which is a “Worst nightmare” conclusion to reach… What is likely to happen now? Well, none of what is likely to happen is good, in fact, it’s about as bad as it gets. I am convinced the erosion and compromising of the entire system is accelerating and attacking more key structural areas of the well, the blow out preventer and surrounding strata holding it all up and together… When enough is eroded away the casings will buckle and the BOP will collapse the well. If and when you begin to see oil and gas coming up around the well area from under the BOP? or the area around the well head connection and casing sinking more and more rapidly? It won’t be too long after that the entire system fails. BP must be aware of this, they are mapping the sea floor sonically and that is not a mere exercise. Our Gov’t must be well aware too, they just are not telling us. All of these things lead to only one place, a fully wide open well bore directly to the oil deposit. After that, it goes into the realm of “the worst things you can think of” The well may come completely apart as the inner liners fail. There is still a very long drill string in the well, that could literally come flying out, as I said. All the worst things you can think of are a possibility, but the very least damaging outcome as bad as it is, is that we are stuck with a wide open gusher blowing out 150,000 barrels a day of raw oil or more. There isn’t any “cap dome” or any other suck fixer device on earth that exists or could be built that will stop it from gushing out and doing more and more damage to the gulf. While at the same time also doing more damage to the well, making the chance of halting it with a kill from the bottom up less and less likely to work, which as it stands now is the only real chance we have left to stop it all. It’s a race now, a race to drill the relief wells and take our last chance at killing this monster before the whole weakened, wore out, blown out, leaking and failing system gives up it’s last gasp in a horrific crescendo. – oil industry expert Doug R.



You thought things were as bad as they could get?


That’s something on which you should never bet.


The leak was bad, but it just got worse.


Instead of moving in the right direction, we’re stuck in reverse.


A remote control vehicle ran into the blowout preventer,


The force of which knocked it off center.


That caused even more oil to be released,


Which means that the gusher’s size has increased.


(Of course, we probably shouldn’t call it a “blowout preventer” anymore


Since it clearly didn’t do the job it was named for.


If we call it a blowout permitter, we can still use the same “BOP” initials,


Which would make things easier for MMS officials.)


According to oil industry expert Doug R.,


That’s not even the end of how bad things are.


The underground pipes have be starting to leak,


In which case we’re really up the proverbial creak.



Two more people have been added to the death toll,


Thirteen families which BP can never make whole.


Not to mention the countless other living things that have died


Which BP by limiting reporter access has attempted to hide.



With all this human and environmental cost,


It’s hard to comprehend all that has been lost.


But speaking of uncontrolled toxic geysers,


Look no further than Joe Barton and his advisors.



Joe Barton has retracted his apology


For his previously made BP apology.


(By that I don’t mean the apology BP made to you and me,


I mean the apology Barton made to BP).



“Barton was right,” his office tweeted


And shouldn’t have been by the press so mistreated.


(They deleted that tweet right away hoping no one would know,


But Countdown got a screen shot, which you can see below.)



BP has now also started a major offensive,


Not against the oil—it’s a PR and lobbying offensive.


The PR and campaign contributions are squirting out,


Almost as fast as the oil is spurting out.



Yes, things have gotten worse, but could get worse still.


And if we aren’t careful, they will.

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Here’s Rachel’s 6/22/10 report on BP’s feel good PR (another geyser uncontrollably spewing sweet, crude, and ultimately toxic material). Note to BP: Maybe it makes BP executives feel better, but it’s not going to work on the rest of us.
 

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Here’s Rachel’s 6/23/10 “Worser Case Scenario” report the containment dome failure.
 

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Here’s Countdown’s 6/23/10 report on the continued GOBP gusher of nonsense, including Barton’s tweets and de-tweets and Utah Tea Party Senate candidate Mike Lee wants to keep BP’s liability at $75 million (already long gone), with taxpayers paying the rest. But for some reason, that’s not a bailout?
 

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