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As you know, the Deep Water Horizon has exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. It has been spewing oil from a ruptured wellpipe for over a month.
BP and the US Government has said they are trying everything possible to stop that multi million gallon oil from continuing to flow into the Gulf. I am about to dispute that claim and offer an expose' as to why that story about them doing everything possible is a lie and a profitable enterprise to those who would make money from this disaster.
The Top Kill method was started and suspended several times. It was being attempted only half heartedly. The reason is, there is no money to be made with a solution that simple. The real money is in the use of dispersants.
There is a company called NALCO. They make water purification systems and chemical dispersants. NALCO is based in Chicago with subsidiaries in Brazil, Russia, India, China and Indonesia.
NALCO is associated with UChicago Argonne program. UChicago Argonne received $164 million dollars in stimulus funds this past year. UChicago Argonne just added two new executives to their roster. One from NALCO. The other from the Ill. Dept of Educaution.
If you dig a little deeper you will find NALCO is also associated with Warren Buffett, Maurice Strong, Al Gore, Soros, Apollo, Blackstone, Goldman Sachs, Hathaway Berkshire. Warren Buffet /Hathaway Berkshire increased their holdings in NALCO just last November. (Timing is everything).
The dispersant chemical is known as Corexit. What it does is hold the oil below the water's surface. It is supposed to break up the spill into smaller pools. It is toxic and banned in Europe.
NALCO says they are using older and newer versions of Corexit in the Gulf.. (Why would you need a newer version, if the old one was fine?) There is big money and even bigger players in this scam. While they are letting the oil blow wide open into the Gulf, the stakes and profit rise.
The Dolphins, Whales, Manatees, Sea Turtles and fish suffocate and die. The coastal regions, salt marshes, tourist attractions and the shore front properties are being destroyed, possibly permanently.The air quality is diminished. The Gulf of Mexico fishing industry is decimated.
All to create a need for their expensive and extremely profitable poison. - www.blogster.com...
Apart from the enormous sums of money now flowing into NALCO's corporate accounts, the real issue is the potential devastation that will be brought about by the toxic rainfall deposited throughout the South-Eastern United States in the coming months. As dispersants find their way into the precipitation and then penetrate the topsoil prior to entering the water table, the potential for the whole are becoming a waste land is a very real possibility. As the prevailing winds head west, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that see a marked increase in the toxicity of rainfall in Europe over the Winter months!
The official version of events is that the two SLB Engineers were on the rig to run a CBL (Cement Bond Log), the test that ultimately determines the integrity of the cement holding the production casing to the formation. The Cementing operation having been completed by Haliburton. However, BP's Company Man decided not to run the test (why not?) and told the SLB guys that they could get the next scheduled helicopter off the rig. The Cementing operation completed by Haliburton.
However, there is an extremely disturbing rumour that suggests a rather different series of events!
The SLB Wireline personnel were called to the rig specifically to run the CBL test. However, they discovered that the well was still 'kicking; something that should definitely not be occurring at this stage of the proceedings and a pretty good indicator that there was a serious problem with the well-completion process. As a result of this, the SLB Wireline Engineer supposedly advised the Company Man that the well needed to be 'Shut in', either by pumping a heavier density mud (drilling fluid) or activating the BOP (Blow Out Preventer). The word on the vine is that the BP Company Man rejected this advice and the SLB Engineers immediately demanded to be evacuated from the rig. There being no scheduled helicopter, SLB management apparently responded to their Engineers request for immediate evacuation by flying out a charter 'copter. It is agreed by all parties that the SLB Engineers left the rig at 11.00am. The rig exploded six hours later. If there is any substance to these allegations, the BP Company Man has a lot to answer for ... including the lives of 11 oilfield hands. The truth is unlikely to be established outside a Court Room as the incestuous oil industry closes ranks.
On May 19, 2010 the Environmental Protection Agency gave BP 24 hours to choose less toxic alternatives to Corexit, selected from the list of EPA-approved dispersants on the National Contingency Plan Product Schedule, and begin applying them within 72 hours of EPA approval of their choices but BP refused to change from Corexit, citing safety and availability concerns with alternatives.
The proprietary composition is not public, but the manufacturer's own safety data sheet on Corexit EC9527A says the main components are 2-butoxyethanol and a proprietary organic sulfonic acid salt with a small concentration of propylene glycol.
2-Butoxyethanol is more hazardous, and has previously been identified as a causal agent in the health problems experienced by cleanup workers after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
According to the Alaska Community Action on Toxics, the use of Corexit during the Exxon Valdez oil spill caused "respiratory, nervous system, liver, kidney and blood disorders" in people.
According to the EPA, Corexit is more toxic than dispersants made by several competitors and less effective in handling southern Louisiana crude. The UK's Marine Management Organisation has banned its use in the North Sea.
Reportedly Corexit is toxic to marine life and helps keep spilled oil submerged. The quantities used in the Gulf will create 'unprecedented underwater damage to organisms.'
9527A is also hazardous for humans: 'May cause injury to red blood cells (hemolysis), kidney or the liver'.
So, Carl M. Casale, Director of NALCO, the manufacturer of COREXIT, is also the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Operator of Monsanto, the company known for US agricultural biotech, Agent Orange, terminator seeds, Roundup herbicide (pesticide), saccharin, bovine growth hormone, genetically modified swine, corn, soybeans and other GMO? Monsanto is somehow always in the news these days. - pinkmanhattan.blogspot.com...
Today, Kelso is the executive vice president of the Ocean Conservancy and has been dividing his time between his home in California and the Gulf of Mexico, and he's among many Exxon Valdez veterans who criticize the use of dispersants that break down the oil. It makes the oil less visible but at least as toxic, he said, and oil treated with dispersants is more likely to get past booms protecting critical shoreline because it's not floating as a mass on the surface.
Charles Wohlforth, now an author of books on the environment, was a reporter who covered the Exxon Valdez spill using a boat purchased for the story by the Anchorage Daily News. Wohlforth said the boat was an essential tool to get the story independently of Exxon's and the federal government's public relations apparatus, which tried to hide the extent of the damage.
"It's been really disturbing to watch BP's behavior be so similar to what Exxon's was in terms of downplaying stuff and creating their own reality, saying there is no subsurface oil, trying to hide how much is leaking. All this stuff is amazingly similar to the Exxon Valdez playbook, and the government is playing right into it," Wohlforth said. Even worse, said Wohlforth - like Senner, the former Exxon Valdez science coordinator - is the secrecy now being applied to research by federal scientists.
Wohlforth said that one of his best science sources from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration during the Exxon Valdez is now refusing to talk about BP out of concern about future litigation, he said.
"Here's the scary thing - who really learned the lesson? I think it was the oil industry, and what they learned was, take very aggressive measures to control the images," Ott said, referring to the difficulties that news media and environmental groups have had in getting to spill sites, including restrictions imposed by the Coast Guard and the FAA.
"No cameras, no evidence, no problem. They are like a house afire here, trying to capture one agency after another and use these agencies to shield themselves from liability, from the public, from the media. Exxon didn't have it down quite this good," Ott said.
Originally posted by sweetliberty
This morning while driving home from work, I was listening to the news on the radio.
Obama was heard saying he would make sure the Gulf would be in better condition than before the oil spill.