Saturday, June 26, 2010

Down to the Gulf in Lies

Obama, in his first year opened 53 million acres of offshore oil reserves for lease. This is far more than under George W. Bush.

In 1995 Congress, in collusion with the Clinton Administration, passed the Deep Water Royalty Relief Act designed to encourage oil companies to drill in ocean waters over one mile deep by suspending federal royalties paid by oil companies, up to a certain point. At least that was the theory.


The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Deep Water Royalty Relief Act (DWRRA) directs the Secretary of the Interior to suspend royalties on existing leases in certain deep water areas of the Gulf of Mexico OCS Region when a specific set of conditions are met. Upon receipt of a complete application, the Secretary is to determine whether proposed new production would be economic while subject to the requirement to pay Federal royalties. The DWRRA directs the Secretary to consider in his determination, the increased risk of operating in deep water and costs associated with exploring, developing and producing. Lessees are required to submit a complete application which provides the necessary raw and interpreted data on the field so that such a determination can be made.

According to Jeffry St. Clair (Counterpunch news letter June 16-30, 2010 subscription only) there were triggers built into the lease contracts which meant that when production hit a certain point the company drilling the well was once again responsible for paying royalties. Then, for some reason the triggers that were to be written in the lease contracts vanished from them. Also according to St. Clair this caused the federal treasury to lose an estimated 12 billion dollars in royalties.

Such a deal, to reward the tax payers who pay for oil subsidies the oil companies steal the government blind, and then destroys who knows how much of the Gulf of Mexico. It was and is the corrupt relationship between the MMS, the oil industry, and the Obama administration, compounded by ignoring legally mandated environmental reports and BP’s own culpability by not, shall we say, using the proper safety measures that should have been used which has resulted in a disaster that we still have no clear idea of its true extent or what effects will echo down the coming years.

I have to laugh when I hear people say there is a blackout on the Deep Horizon, there isn’t a blackout, they are just plain lying to you, BP, Obama, and almost everyone else. The most likely scenario from what I have read is that the main break is actually below the surface so that by tossing stuff down the well BP could have made the situation worse. And here is another thing I’ve read, drilling relief wells might not work. So there you go, if the relief wells don’t work or make things worse they still can’t plug the well at the drill point. The oil will just keep escaping I suppose until it runs out.

Here is a typical lie:


"One of the reasons we did not continue with the top kill at higher pressures," Allen said in that June 17 briefing, referring to an unsuccessful effort in May to kill the well by pumping drilling mud into it through its failed blowout preventer, "was a concern that if we increased the pressure too hard it might do damage to the casing and the wellbore. What we didn't want was open communication of any oil from the reservoir . . . to the seafloor and then . . . uncontrolled discharge at that point."

Here is why:


OK let's get real about the GOM oil flow. There doesn't really seem to be much info on TOD that furthers more complete understanding of what's really happening in the GOM.
As you have probably seen and maybe feel yourselves, there are several things that do not appear to make sense regarding the actions of attack against the well. Don't feel bad, there is much that doesn't make sense even to professionals unless you take into account some important variables that we are not being told about. There seems to me to be a reluctance to face what cannot be termed anything less than grim circumstances in my opinion. There certainly is a reluctance to inform us regular people and all we have really gotten is a few dots here and there...

First of all...set aside all your thoughts of plugging the well and stopping it from blowing out oil using any method from the top down. Plugs, big valves to just shut it off, pinching the pipe closed, installing a new bop or lmrp, shooting any epoxy in it, top kills with mud etc etc etc....forget that, it won't be's done and over. 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 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. While many have been saying this for some time as with any complex disaster of this proportion many have "said" a lot of things with no real sound reasons or evidence for jumping to such conclusions, well this time it appears that they may have jumped into the right place...

Read the rest, it’s an eye opener and worth reading.

Here is Obama telling you lies:


"Oil rigs today generally don't cause spills," he added two days later. "They are technologically very advanced. Even during Katrina, the spills didn't come from the oil rigs, they came from the refineries onshore."

Here is Obama’s administration telling you lies:

Top Obama administration officials say that they did an exhaustive job marshaling information for more than a year, and that the president asked what he needed to ask when it arrived at his desk. Anyone, they said, would grow complacent about the safety of offshore drilling after decades without a major spill.

"It's really important to understand you have decades of nothing going wrong," said one senior administration official, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity as a matter of White House policy.

"The last time you saw a spill of this magnitude in the Gulf, it was off the coast of Mexico in 1979," a second senior administration official said. "If something doesn't happen since 1979, you begin to take your eye off of that thing.”

Here is why:


The reality is that wherever there’s oil drilling, there’s spilling. U.S. Department of Interior figures reflect 3 million gallons of oil spilled from 1980 to 1999 in the U.S. outer continental shelf offshore drilling program. As to blowouts, there were 18 in wells in the Gulf of Mexico from 1983 up to the eruption at the Deepwater Horizon rig.



Investigators with the U.S. Minerals Management Service raised concerns three years ago about oil rig blowouts associated with cementing wells, noting that accidents were continuing with regularity, most in the Gulf of Mexico.

Though the cause of last week's explosion on the Deepwater Horizon remains under investigation, officials with Transocean have said a blowout within the deep oil well was likely to blame for the deadly blast. At the time of the accident, crews were �cementing,� or installing casing to secure the walls of the well.

A 2007 MMS study found that although blowouts with offshore drilling operations were becoming less frequent, less deadly and less polluting, cementing-associated troubles persisted.

Cementing problems were associated with 18 of 39 blowouts between 1992 and 2006, and 18 of 70 from 1971 to 1991. There were 17 blowouts in the earlier period where contributing factors weren't identified.

Nearly all the blowouts examined occurred in the Gulf of Mexico.

In fact 38 out of 39 were in the Gulf. It was Obama who set the stage for the final act, in fact, the oil flowing into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico is a direct result of Obama misusing his powers as president along with his pal Salazar.


The Obama administration joined BP in quashing environmental challenges to Gulf drilling in 2009 legal actions by Ken Salazar, Obama’s Secretary of Interior. They asked the federal court of appeals in Washington, DC to overturn their decision that blocked new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico’s outer continental shelf, referring to the same area where the explosion later occurred.

The appeals court partially approved Salazar’s petition, with the condition that the administration produce an environmental impact study for Gulf of Mexico drilling operations. The Obama administration granted BP a “categorical exemption” from producing a legally required environmental impact study and approved its exploration plan for the location of the future spill.

We have been fed nothing but lies since the beginning. They lied about the number of blowouts, they lied about the technology being safe, they lied about just about anything you could imagine in connection with the blowout. It’s good to know the government doesn’t stand for anything other than a tiny whoredom of egg-sucking old turds with more money than they could ever need, the ruling elite.

The newspapers while pretending to cover the story have been covering for Obama the whole time. What mainstream news outlet has shed any light in Obama’s role in this? None that I have seen though I would be happily proven wrong in this instance. The reason is obvious, if it became widely known that it was Obama who enabled this blowout it would end Obama’s career as president.


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