reply to post by AuntB
I agree, the more that comes out the worse it looks. For every time someone says that it isn't that bad someone else comes out with a report that says
it is not only that bad, but worse.
I just hope we don't see the worst case scenario in which the whole gulf area is destroyed and the New Madrid fault system is triggered.
MOD NOTE - While this may seem to be going off topic, if you will bear with me you will see that I bring it all together and back on
topic in the end.
Now lets try to tie all of the data together and see where it COULD
Item - The Macondo well tapped into an extremely deep and extremely high pressure oil deposit that extends almost all the way back to the Texas
Item - The Macondo well failed for two reasons. First, they broke through a salt dome because they ignored geologists who tried to warn them not to
drill in that location. Second, when they broke through to the high pressure deposit (some estimates ran to as much as 60,000 PSI or more) their
casing failed where they broke through the salt dome and the debris from that failure along with the unexpectedly high pressure caused the blow out
prevention valve to fail.
Item - Because of the failure of the casing the oil and methane mix started to seep into the surrounding seabed. Plugging and capping the well failed
to stop the seepage because by that time there was too much damage to the well and surrounding bedrock for it to be completely contained. This has led
to leakage of oil and methane into the seabed to the extent that there is an area of 25 miles radius of the well that is not only bulging but also
leaking oil and gas over the entire area. There is fear on the part of some scientists that the bulging could lead to an eruption of a large part of
the gulf seabed and a breach of the deep high pressure oil deposit.
Item - While the oil leakage is bad enough it is the methane seepage that presents the real danger. At the depth and temperature of the gulf floor
most of the methane never reaches the surface. What happens is that it combines with the sea water to form methane ice, also known as methane hydrate,
which can, if disturbed enough, be released as one huge methane eruption. Add a source of ignition and you will have an explosion of biblical
proportions. This could be made worse if the methane disruption spreads to the Atlantic ocean. Some paleogeologists believe that it is just such an
event that caused at least one of the pre historic extinctions.
Item - Some people believe that all of the Macondo problems are linked, through faults in the bedrock and through the interconnections of the salt
domes, to much of the methane infusion into the water tables and the bubbling.
Item - Now we get to the part that puts all the previous items back on topic.
It seems that the news about the Parish Corne
sink hole just gets worse every time another official statement is released. There is, IMHO, some valid concern that the whole salt dome system,
extending all the way back to the Macondo well failure, is connected in such a way as to eventually lead to a massive failure of that entire
Item - If the entire salt dome system fails there are some very real concerns about all the oil, diesel, butane and other materials stored in other
salt domes. And then there is all the methane and crude thought to be seeping into the salt domes and ground water from the area of the Macondo
failure. The worst case scenario at this point is that the butane and other fuel containing domes would rupture and lead to an explosion and fire that
would wipe out a sizable portion of the gulf coast area. But even that pales in comparison to the next item.
Item - Edgar Cayce, the sleeping prophet, predicted that the entire New Madrid fault system would rupture much worse than it did in 1811/1812 and
leave the United States split down the middle by an inland sea extending from the gulf to the great lakes. The scary thing about that prediction is
not that someone made it but that Edgar Cayce, a seer with an amazing and well documented record of success, is the one who made it.
Conclusion - No one can tell how much of the above, if any, will come to pass. But there are some credible scientists who are worried enough about it
that I am concerned as well. Also, no one can tell what time scale this will all happen on, however, all of this could be the start of the process
leading to massive disruptions and mega deaths.
WHY NO LINKS? They are not needed. All you have to do is read through from the beginning of this thread and
read the BP Macondo disaster thread as well and you will find links to all the material I based this on. It is also easy to do a web search on the
subjects for additional information.
edit on 23-10-2012 by happykat39 because: clarified a point