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"How the White House destroyed the Gulf

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"How the White House destroyed the Gulf
Posted: May 25, 2010
1:00 am Eastern
By William Hunt © 2010
Source World Net Daily
 
"Rahm Emmanuel said it himself: "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste."
 
But why continue a crisis or allow a matter to become a crisis through inaction?
 
One must conclude that the White House wanted the oil spill to continue and wreak havoc on the Gulf coasts of Louisiana and Florida. Nothing substantive was done to stop the spread. A great deal of talking, but nothing more.
 
No serious effort was made by the U.S. government to stop the flow of oil, whatsoever, despite it being in its power to do so. Few entities have the ability to do anything at 5,000 feet in depth, and the U.S. government is one of the few that can. Despite this, it was more than a week before any NOAA ships sailed.
 
No submersibles capable of dumping rock or concrete onto the spill and covering it over (like a cairn) were dispatched to stop the flood of oil. If one piles enough rock and/or concrete upon such a well, the weight of the overburden will stop the flow– inelegant, but it would work. No submarines fired wire-guided ADCAP torpedoes into the seabed surrounding the well to break up the concrete and the surrounding rock. Also inelegant, but if the pipe and surrounding rock were broken up badly enough – remember the pressure involved – it would also stop the flow of oil.
 
Absolutely nothing of substance has been done by the U.S. government to stop the gusher.
 
All the government has done is to talk about the disaster. To complain. To point fingers. To pontificate. It doesn't accomplish much.
 
The spill was not even a priority. Department of the Interior chief of staff Tom Strickland elected to go on vacation in the Grand Canyon, which effectively showed how much the administration cared about the matter. Imagine if one of President Bush's top federal employees had done the same thing. We'd still be hearing about it a year from now from CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC and other networks, using such phrases as "dereliction of duty."
 
However, because those media support this administration, the White House is given a pass.
 
Even preventing the oil from reaching shore has been a matter of talk and no action. Talk was made of starting the oil on fire (not the best option, but better than nothing) and various measures suggested, but little was done.
 
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal asked the government to have the Corps of Engineers push sand into the interstices between the barrier islands as a temporary barrier to oil. It would have been relatively inexpensive and would have prevented the oil from reaching the Louisiana coastline. It was ignored.
 
Now the oil is on the coastline. Birds, plants, frogs, fish and other creatures are dying. Fisheries will be ruined for at least two to three years after the oil is finally stopped.
 
So, to recap: We have a federal government that didn't and hasn't acted decisively to stop the flow of oil, didn't act to prevent that oil from reaching the coastline, and now we have an ecological disaster. While the initial responsibility is on the oil companies (assuming the initial explosion and failure of safety equipment was not sabotage), the final responsibility is on President Obama as he had the power all along to stop the disaster from happening at several points and adamantly refused to act. That is on his shoulders.
 
Funny how this type of inaction by the president resulting in an ecological disaster is OK, but we still hear about Katrina, which was the result of the inaction of the then-governor of Louisiana, the city of New Orleans and, most importantly, the citizens of New Orleans – but President Bush was constantly harangued in the media as if their mistakes were somehow his fault.
 
Then there is still the possibility that the disaster was deliberate from the onset. Why didn't the safeguards work? They were multilayered and proven to work on other rigs, having prevented spills for years. Why at same time did a nuclear power plant in New Jersey have a leak? When the president recommends oil and nuclear and then both have disasters, it is unlikely to be a coincidence, particularly when the White House does nothing to stop the oil disaster. Will they also do nothing to stop the problem with the power plant? Only time will tell.
 
"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste."
 
William Hunt is a former NOAA scientist and a former Corps of Engineers materials engineering tech. He holds degrees in environmental education, geology and civil engineering technology.

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1.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - May 26, 2010, 2:23 pm
Thanks Konane,
I have been thinking about this for some time on what to do to stop it.
As far as the gov't goes I think the best they could do is offer their top engineers to BP for assistance. The feds are really not equipted to handle something like this.
With a well at that depth they need to be very careful on their choice of stoppage. Any damage done to the well casing at the sea floor may be unreparable if the choice of stoppage does not work.
So I would say let BP continue on with their technology they have and equiptment they have set in place. Looks to me like they are being cautious with a solution as they know the consequences of not leaving other options open.
I had been following their website on what they have been doing. I seen their diagram of their recovery tube with what appear to me to be 3 rubber gasket baffles on the recovery tube Which appear to not be doing the job to satisfaction.
I sent them a message on their site in their suggestion box for ideas. I mentioned that they need to have their engineers design inflatable ballons or ballon tubes to go over the recovery pipe to be inflated after insertion in the well casing. Inflation may give a better seal if able to inflate at a high enough pressure. Then they can install their containment box over the area and fill with concrete.
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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - May 26, 2010, 2:23 pm
Thanks Konane,
I have been thinking about this for some time on what to do to stop it.
As far as the gov't goes I think the best they could do is offer their top engineers to BP for assistance. The feds are really not equipted to handle something like this.
With a well at that depth they need to be very careful on their choice of stoppage. Any damage done to the well casing at the sea floor may be unreparable if the choice of stoppage does not work.
So I would say let BP continue on with their technology they have and equiptment they have set in place. Looks to me like they are being cautious with a solution as they know the consequences of not leaving other options open.
I had been following their website on what they have been doing. I seen their diagram of their recovery tube with what appear to me to be 3 rubber gasket baffles on the recovery tube Which appear to not be doing the job to satisfaction.
I sent them a message on their site in their suggestion box for ideas. I mentioned that they need to have their engineers design inflatable ballons or ballon tubes to go over the recovery pipe to be inflated after insertion in the well casing. Inflation may give a better seal if able to inflate at a high enough pressure. Then they can install their containment box over the area and fill with concrete.
3.
konaneComment by konane - May 26, 2010, 2:33 pm
Thanks JAP! I also think side drilling is an option but that takes time. Amazing pressure exerted by water at those depths .... realize they can't put a rubber stopper in it and expect it to stop the flow.

I watched a video yesterday that said they may have punctured a volcanic channel and that it's sulphur and iron being emitted (due to color) rather than crude. Didn't know how credible that was so didn't post it.

I however feel inaction by the White House has prolonged the devastation to the Gulf.

Obama was holding it when it broke.
4.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - May 26, 2010, 3:11 pm
I agree about the white house being slack on putting in action help in reducing the damage the oil is doing to the coastline. That is one area they can add help on the oil slick.
The PR the white house is putting out could be better. BP is being treated like dogs on this. As I see it BP is being upfront with the info they put out on their site.
5.
konaneComment by konane - May 26, 2010, 3:20 pm
Thanks JAP! I agree with what you said, BP is doing all it can to plug it and clean up. However it seems vacations by the White House et al., and dignitary dinners were more important than the worst ecological disaster in recent history. Kinda reminds me of the photo of flooded school buses during Katrina.

I can just about guarantee GW Bush would have been in the Gulf the next day assessing the situation and dispatched whoever from wherever to stop the flow before it got to this point.
6.
sully16Comment by sully16 - May 26, 2010, 5:08 pm
How long before the oil hits the shores of another country and someone files a law suit against the U.S.? OR ..Can someone else scoop up the oil and sell it..? or would BP want their property back? DOES BP STAND FOR BIO-POISON?
7.
konaneComment by konane - May 26, 2010, 5:22 pm
Thanks Sully! Washington's doing a lot of chest pounding now but they were most certainly too slow when it really counted. Since it was so far offshore it was Washington ...... not Louisiana ..... responsibility to get off it and dispatch the right people to cap and contain.

But they're not letting a serious crisis go to waste so expect energy taxes out the waz.
8.
jarasanComment by jarasan - May 26, 2010, 9:49 pm
Reagan said something like this : "When people working "together" and decide to forget about who is going to take credit for the job at hand,............a lot gets done................"
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konaneComment by konane - May 26, 2010, 10:17 pm
Thanks Jarasan! Reagan was right .... and would have had people out assessing the spill fast as possible. Reagan loved the US and people knew it.

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