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Something we can do. we can swamp the mail and email inboxes of all of our government leaders with our concerns. There is a lot more of us "WE THE PEOPLE," then there are greedy corporations and other big money hungry leather hearted big business

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Oil Disaster in the Gulf and What we Can Do

There is something we can do. we can swamp the mail boxes and email inboxes of all of our government leaders with our concerns. There is a lot more of us "WE THE PEOPLE," then there are greedy corporations and other big money hungry leather hearted big business,

Here is the phone number fot the US Senate 202-224-3121
Or email your senator .
All contact information can also be found at;
http://ww1.umn.edu/humanrts/peace/senate.html

Sample letter below;

Dear Senator:

Americans stick together in crisis, including the caused by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. I am asking that you be among those to stand with the President as he our government and the people of the entire U.S. not just the Gulf region, to make BP accountable for their mess and to fix it, restore the ocean, beaches, marshland, wildlife, and people affected, to the way they were before their activities caused the greatest manmade catastrophe ever.

This damage will be with us for generations. The wetlands have already begun to become marshes of oil and are losing their protective grass. The beaches are covered by tides of tar after the BP cleanup crews leave, and it’s not easy to get them back keep cleaning all of BP’s oil every day.

The lives of those who live in and on the water, like fishermen, shrimpers, oystermen, and the marine creatures who are their living are dying quickly. Marina owners, tour boat operators, grocers, engine repair mechanics, restaurant owners, and local five and dimes are seeing no business. Who wants to visit an oil-fouled beach?

I ask you, Senator, to make sure that the full force of the law stays upon BP to stop the flow of oil from that well, restore the land to its former pristine condition, provide full dollar-for-dollar compensation to every person whose livelihood and family have been injured by this catastrophe wrought by BP’s activities.

Think about this: BP’s oil will be a “legacy disaster.” Your best efforts at accountability will not prevent oil globs on the beach that you or maybe your grandchildren will step around. A swim might be followed by a decontamination shower, and that odd taste in your seafood could well be from Louisianna crude from one of those plumes that BP said wasn’t there. All of this, 40 years from now.

To those outside the US you may ADJUST THIS LETTER ACCORDING TO YOUR FORM OF GOVERNMENT or whom ever you desire to write to. Or compose your own.

We must not forget after all efforts in the physical sense have been implemented we should not forget to return to prayer and meditation. Given our knowledge of the power of prayer, meditation and intent with regards to united healing efforts we are able now to use this knowledge to further our efforts with regards to heal the tear in the surface of our planet that is causing grief in the golf. Pray, meditate and visualize this wound in mother earth being healed.

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Comment by Myriel RAouine on July 31, 2010 at 1:42pm
This is Important:

Christ Michael Issues
Alert

By CM thru
Hazel

Jul 29, 2010 -
2:33:48 PM


Christ Michael
Issues Alert

Thru
Hazel July 27, 2010

Alert


This is meant to be an alert for those who live in the proximity of the
Gulf of Mexico and those who live in coastal areas affected by the oil
contamination. There is an increased release of noxious gases pervading the
atmosphere at this relevant point and it is unsafe to remain in these areas.
Bathing in the oceans contaminated with the oil dispersants should be strictly
prohibited. You ones remain unaware of the hazard that this presents to the
population at large in affected areas. The main stream media has done and
continues to do everything possible to keep the population in the dark but
there are cracks is their system for information is being leaked out for you
ones to access. Unfortunately the majority who live in neighbouring areas
affected by the oil spill remain in ignorance to date. It is these one that I
ask you the light workers who are aware, to work with please. Every effort is
counted at this point in time.

The sea bed continues to be increasingly unstable and efforts to
remedy the problem have only served to exacerbate its already tenuous
situation. As at this moment is seems inevitable to us that there will be
propitious movement that will rock the region of the gulf which with certainty
will generate a tsunami. The area has become increasingly
fragile.

We cannot yet guarantee a time for this to happen but Gaia shows
increased signs of movement in that area according to our instruments. She is
in great discomfort at the moment and has asked my permission to move which I
have given to her. This move will be catastrophic should she decide to go ahead
and execute.

Treat this brief update as a warning of pending devastation and
take all necessary steps to protect yourselves and your loved ones. We are
stationed above your globe in readiness to undertake evacuations should this
become necessary. Note that this appears to be the condition at this time of
reporting.

I shall provide another update of it becomes necessary to do
so.

I am Christ Michael Aton
Comment by Cindy on July 31, 2010 at 6:04am
Oil Used as a Pretext for Corexit?

July 28, 2010


by Ken Price
(for henrymakow.com)


The story from Mathew Simmons (that the oil well was never capped and was still raging at full speed) has been deemed to be a misleading fraud. [Price & Makow.com fell for it. Apologies] It looks like the purpose of his "disclosure" was to get us to believe that the major cause of death in the gulf region is from methane gas and abiotic oil, WHEN IN FACT, the cause of death is corexit.

It now looks like we do not have an oil leak at all but a tar leak. I will be following up on this, but as you continue reading you will find good reason to believe that what has actually been leaking is from an asphalt volcano, and this could have been a normal seepage of such material. Asphalt is consumed by microbes and does not pose a threat to the oceans nor sea life. In fact, it provides billions of lower food-chain building blocks.

So this is what we have left to go on at the moment:

1. Corexit is lethal. It has been tested in the Valdez disaster and it is known to dramatically reduce the lives of all humans who work around it and breathe it. It should never have been used again.

2. Continue to stay away from areas along the shoreline. Do not swim in the waters.

3. There is a massive media illusion being fed to the public. This has been brought to light by the following:

-Faked pictures of the well supposedly being capped.
-Faked pictures of the BP supposed "command center".
-Zero callbacks have been made from the supposed BP "help center"
-Ground cleanup crews leaving the scene within an hour of the president's departure of the area he visited.
-Up to two feet of hauled-in sand being dumped on beaches in front of resorts during the night for photo ops the next day looking ok.
-Public access denied at most beaches along with speaking with any cleanup workers, flying over the gulf region, photographing BP or workers, access to records (how much dispersants, what's in it, etc.).
-Few people know anything about thousands of workers who have become ill working along the shores and off shore in boats.
What a fact finding mess!

4. Very little oil has hit the Gulf coast beaches and this is after days of prevailing winds from the south. So if the oil was ever there in the first place, dispersant or not, it would be reaching the shores now. What has reached the shore has been mostly tar, and overall, after all this time, the amounts have been minuscule. Some of the pictures have shown the "oil" to be reddish, others have shown it to be white.

The latest hypothesis is this: The Deep Horizon's rig drilled through a clay deposit and an asphalt deposit. This means the event was way over-hyped, that there has never been a threat from a deep well that tapped into 100,000 psi pressure within the largest oil reserve ever found. It would also mean that we DO NOT have a massive flow of toxic abiotic oil killing our oceans. This could mean that this was a scare tactic fed to the public to cover (as a reason) for the use of the deadly corexit.

There is absolutely no reason that this area should be so shut off to visitors other than to hide from us what is really going on. There was no reason to allow BP to control this situation from the beginning, and over 80 days before the well was supposedly "capped", without every major world leader screaming for the United States to take immediate action to stop the poisoning of the world's seas. Unless there never really was such a threat. I repeat, we can not trust any information received via MSM. Photos and movies are easily faked.

I do not know what is really happening or what the plan is. From the looks of things currently it does resemble a hurricane Katrina scenario resulting in permanent evacuation/relocation of lower income people and a possible redevelopment of the region. It all depends on the extent of the damage, long term and short term, of the generously applied corexit. What we may have is a massive dumping of accumulated toxic waste directly into the workplace of hundreds of thousands unsuspecting residents of the gulf.

Other possible reasons include:

-To cause a moratorium on offshore drilling so they can cry about a shortage later (and raise the price) .
-To cause a cataclysmic event for use as a reason the US economy collapsed (Chernobyl proceeded the USSR collapse by about five years).
-To spread a bio disease (depopulation).
-To collapse the economy of the middle east which has loans of such magnitude that some of the countries need crude oil at over 100 dollars per barrel just to survive the interest. This "black eye" the oil industry must now bare could lead to reduced demand and reliance on petroleum (not one of my hypothesis).
-To force the world into changing energy sources. This way they could make us rebuild out transportation system all over again, and capitalize and tax us at every stage of the way. (I'd like to see the day!)
-To change the climate of the East Coast of the US and/or England, Holland, Netherlands, etc.
-To change the gulf stream currents.
-To give reason for "emergency intervention", coming in the form of military takeover (aka Haiti), this time on a larger scale including Cuba and all the islands of the gulf region.

As part of a larger world plan; there are now confirmed oil leaks in China, the North Sea, the Red Sea and now a pipeline rupture sending 840,000 gallons into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan.

"Why are oil spills suddenly occurring constantly, all over the world? Just this year, the environment has taken an unprecedented beating, from the oil industry alone." Meta Ocean Research

In my last update I mentioned that a second well has been leaking in the gulf near the Deepwater Horizon, and the size of the leak was only mentioned as "smaller than the Deepwater Horizon's leak". I am seeing a mass of confusion coming together in the coming days, and years from now they may be still denying that BP's nightmarish accident was the major cause of the disasters of the seas as seen from a world-wide perspective.

Are these latest incidents for the creation of "plausible deniability" or a much larger plan?

The search for the truth never stops. I hope this helps you in your search for it.

True, false or fiction? What is your opinion?
Comment by Cindy on July 28, 2010 at 9:00pm
Legal fallout from Gulf oil spill as massive as the catastrophe itself

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times July 28, 2010


Oil and gas bubbles rising from the new containment capping stack is captured from a BP live video feed from the Gulf of Mexico, July 26, 2010.
Photograph by: Reuters, BP/Handout

LOS ANGELES — The largest oil spill in U.S. history has unleashed a gusher of at least 250 class-action lawsuits that could eventually encompass millions of victims in a massive legal battle expected to stretch on for decades.

The first step in what many experts predict will be among the most complex environmental cases to hit the U.S. courts begins Thursday when an army of attorneys converges on Boise, Idaho, where a federal panel will begin to decide what judge or judges will oversee the cases and where they will be initially heard.

"The stakes here are tremendous," said Georgene Vairo, a Loyola Law School professor of civil procedure and expert in complex litigation. "For a single-event type of incident this is the biggest we've ever seen, just in the range of claims, the government and private party actions, the cost of claims, the insurance aspects. It's just the whole nine yards. It's huge."

Since the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, hundreds of trial attorneys have descended on Gulf of Mexico states — some garnering clients by advertising on billboards and holding town hall meetings. They have filed scores of lawsuits seeking damages expected to reach into the double-digit billions from BP, Transocean and other defendant companies.

The vast majority of the damage suits have been filed by fishermen, charter operators, restaurants and property owners claiming financial losses after the disaster shut down fisheries and pummeled coastal tourism. One suit seeks payouts for the diminished property values of every land, home and business owner within five blocks of the Gulf shore.

Families of the 11 men killed in the disaster have filed wrongful-death suits. Seafood processors and marinas have sued over their dwindling revenues.

Complaints have flooded in from afar as well. An Ohio-based investment fund hit by falling oil industry share values is seeking damages. And a group of South Carolina beach hoteliers has filed suit, claiming they are suffering from a spate of cancellations because tourists fear the oil will reach around to the East Coast.

Environmental defense groups have sued on behalf of dead and injured wildlife. Veteran litigators have gone as far as to target BP with civil RICO actions, accusing them of negligence so willful that they should be subjected to the steep penalties of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

"This spill has caused tremendous fallout in the legal arena," said New Orleans environmental attorney Allan Kanner, noting that the scope of the accident already far eclipses that of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska that led to more than 20 years of courtroom wrangling.

The panel of seven federal judges, known formally as the U.S .Judicial Panel for Multi-District Litigation, is responsible for sorting through the mountain of legal actions and will hear the parties' arguments about where all pretrial proceedings should be consolidated. The assignments are expected to be decided within a few weeks.

The panel often consolidates litigation from mass-casualty accidents such as plane crashes and train wrecks, or victims alleging a common cause of their problems, such as those suffering from asbestos exposure. The panel recently assigned all the lawsuits brought against Toyota alleging sudden acceleration and other defects to a judge in Southern California.

Location is key, the plaintiffs and defendants agree.

Those with seafood industry and marine services businesses devastated by the spill want their cases merged in New Orleans or Mobile, Ala., close to where they live and work.

BP, the majority owner of the busted Macondo well, has asked the panel to send the entire docket to Houston, the corporate heart of the oil industry, and specifically to U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes. Like many judges in the Gulf, Hughes has longstanding ties to and investments in energy industries.

Anticipating the surge of litigation, Transocean, which operated the drilling rig, quickly filed a petition in a Houston courtroom, seeking to limit its liability. Because Judge Keith Ellison has already begun work on that case in Houston, legal analysts expect the panel to send all defendant challenges to liability to his bench.

The judge or judges selected to handle the spill cases will have tremendous power. The judge will appoint a steering committee of plaintiffs' lawyers from among all who have filed suit. A defense lawyers' panel will also be named.

The appointed jurists will decide important fact-finding and discovery issues, determine whether the cases can even move forward, vet the parties' expert witnesses and rule on the admissibility of evidence. A key objective will be to press the parties to settle rather than go to trial.

The companies targeted by lawsuits are also under federal investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Justice Department that could expose them to fines and recovery costs in addition to court-ordered compensation.

Many legal analysts expect the judicial panel to split up the huge caseload. Under this scenario, one judge might be assigned all the economic loss complaints, while others would oversee environmental claims, securities actions, RICO charges and the liability limitation efforts.

Still, notes attorney Vairo, it wouldn't be surprising for a single judge to be put in charge of all the litigation.

"The facts here are going to be relevant to every single claim. What did they do when they built that pipeline and well? Who did what in terms of maintaining the well over time? Did they do the required inspections?" Vairo said. Once those questions are answered in one case, they can be applied to the rest, she said.

Most of the lawsuits have been filed under the post-Valdez Oil Pollution Act of 1990. While that statute caps a defendant company's liability to a total of $75 million, it holds the company responsible for paying unlimited cleanup and environmental restoration costs. However, if victims' attorneys can prove that BP and the others were willfully negligent, the liability cap comes off and the defendant companies have to pay what the court orders.

(EDITORS: STORY CAN END HERE)

Charlie Tebbutt, an Oregon attorney representing the Center for Biological Diversity in its suit alleging violations of the Clean Water Act, said he is pursuing the maximum penalties against BP and Transocean of $4,300 per barrel of oil spilled into the Gulf waters. He estimates the bill could be $20 billion, "if we can prove gross negligence or willful misconduct, which we expect should be relatively easy to prove in this case."

"We are witnessing nothing short of a collapse of an eco system that took tens of thousands of years to create," said Kanner, who represents the state of Louisiana, noting the domino effect on the region's economy.

Filing of lawsuits has tapered off since last month's announcement of an out-of-court program for settling claims from a $20 billion fund established by BP. But if claimants despair of the claims process they could abandon it and turn to the courts.

To read more and view more videos in click on link below: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Next+chief+vows+clean+Gulf/3327024...
Comment by Cindy on July 23, 2010 at 8:23pm
Study: Deepwater Horizon workers were afraid to report safety issues

By Allan Chernoff, CNN
July 22, 2010 7:08 p.m. EDT


(CNN) -- A confidential report on safety conditions aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, conducted about one month before the rig's explosion, points to widespread fear of reprisal for reporting employee mistakes that could undermine safety aboard the rig.

"There was a stated fear of reprisal related specifically to the reporting of dropped objects," states an executive summary of the report obtained by CNN.

"Only 46.3 percent of participants felt that, if their actions led to a potentially risky situation (e.g., forgetting to do something, damaging equipment, dropping an object from height), they could report it without any fear of reprisal," the report states.

Transocean, the rig operator, commissioned the survey of about 40 employees, about half its staff aboard the Deepwater Horizon.

The report concluded, "Deepwater Horizon was relatively strong in many of the core aspects of safety management." But it also uncovered fear among workers of suffering reprisal for reporting conditions that could lead to a "risky" situation onboard the rig.

The study also found some Transocean employees entered fake data to try to circumvent a safety system, according to a person familiar with the full report.

The study was based on surveys conducted March 12-16 by Lloyd's Register Group, a consultant that analyzes the safety of business processes and products. The Deepwater Horizon rig exploded the night of April 20 while drilling BP's Macondo oil well. Two days later it sank. The Lloyd's report was completed afterwards; it is dated May 11.

Lloyd's said it was retained by Transocean to "proactively understand their safety culture and assess the equipment on the Deepwater Horizon." Transocean has commissioned safety surveys of its staff aboard 20 other drilling rigs.

A spokesperson for Transocean insisted the study of employees aboard Deepwater Horizon reflected the company's commitment to safety.

"This rig did go seven years without a lost-time incident or any major environmental accidents," said spokesman Lou Colasuonno. "This rig was exhibit-A for a well-run rig."

In assessing the safety culture onboard the rig, the consultants gave ratings of between 2.9 to 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 for policies such as leadership, communication, training and monitoring.

A separate report by a different Transocean consultant on the Deepwater Horizon's equipment cited at least 26 components and systems out of 129 categories on the rig that were in "bad" or "poor" condition, according to a report in Thursday's New York Times.

Transocean's spokesman told CNN all equipment on the Deepwater Horizon was in line with government guidelines. "Every device met regulatory standards," Colasuonno said.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/07/22/gulf.oil.rig.safety/index.html?hpt...
Comment by Cindy on July 23, 2010 at 10:37am
Transocean no-shows force rig probe delay

By the CNN Wire Staff
July 21, 2010

(CNN) -- Four Transocean workers have refused to appear before the Coast Guard-Interior Department inquiry into the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drill rig, forcing the panel to cancel a Wednesday hearing into the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

All four worked on the doomed rig's blowout preventer, the massive fail-safe device that has failed to cut off the undersea gusher at the heart of the disaster. They "declined to voluntarily appear" before the joint Coast Guard-Interior Department board investigating the sinking, the panel said in a statement canceling the hearing.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Elizabeth Bordelon said the men are from the Houston, Texas, area, as are many of the BP and Transocean employees slated to testify in upcoming hearings, and cited problems with travel arrangements for their cancellation. The rest of the week's proceedings are expected to go on as planned, and the men's testimony has been rescheduled for August in Houston, where the board plans its next round of hearings, she said.

"We don't anticipate any problems for the rest of the week or the future set of hearings," said Bordelon, a spokeswoman for the investigative board.

Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon, which sank two days after an April 20 explosion off Louisiana that left 11 crew members dead. It leased the platform to BP, the owner of the ruptured well, and BP, Transocean and cementing contractor Halliburton all have blamed each other for the disaster.

The investigative panel is charged with finding the cause of the disaster "to the fullest extent possible" and could refer any findings of misconduct to federal prosecutors. The panel has a January 2011 deadline for completing its report, Bordelon said.

"The investigation is ongoing," she said. "They're working around the clock. They're working diligently to get this report compiled and make sure it's as accurate and complete as can be."

Monday was the first day of the panel's third round of hearings, and it was marked by contentious exchanges between board members and lawyers for several figures in the investigation.

Attorneys for the captain and the top drilling manager aboard the rig criticized the board for declaring their clients "parties in interest" to the investigation after they testified in May. The designation indicates their actions are under scrutiny as part of the investigation, and it would have allowed their attorneys to cross-examine witnesses and review documents on their behalf had it been granted at the time they testified.

In addition, an attorney for Transocean complained that the investigative board was trying to intimidate witness Stephen Bertone, the doomed rig's chief engineer. The lawyers also objected sharply to efforts to question Bertone about a statement he gave in the hours after the explosion that painted the rig's captain, Curt Kutcha, in an unflattering light.

Bertone, meanwhile, requested and received party-in-interest status after Monday's hearing, Bordelon said.

Tuesday, a BP official testified that a control unit on the Deepwater Horizon's blowout preventer was leaking hydraulic fluid before the explosion that sank the rig. Ronald Sepulvado said there were "off and on" problems with valves that directed hydraulic fluid inside the mechanism, and the rig continued to operate after he reported the problem to his superiors.

Federal regulations require that drilling work halt if a control "pod" is inoperable. Sepulvado said the unit was still functional, but his team leader should have reported the issue to the Minerals Management Service, the recently reorganized Interior Department agency that regulated offshore drilling.

A second BP official aboard the rig invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, the second time he has done so in two rounds of hearings.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/07/21/gulf.oil.investigation/index.html?...
Comment by Cindy on July 21, 2010 at 6:43pm
BP Kept Drilling After Report of Leak, Worker Says


By ROBBIE BROWN
Published: July 20, 2010

KENNER, La. — Government investigators looking into the causes of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion are colliding with a frequent obstacle: witnesses canceling their scheduled testimonies.

So far, nine witnesses have withheld or delayed testimony here before a panel of federal government officials. Many were top-ranking officials aboard the rig, with critical roles in decisions that may have contributed to the disaster.

Reasons for cancellation have varied: some cited health problems, one pleaded the Fifth Amendment, and others said their lawyers had not received necessary documentation. And on Tuesday evening, the Coast Guard said that all four witnesses scheduled to testify on Wednesday had canceled, fueling concern that witnesses fear implicating themselves criminally.

“This is a challenge as we make sure we get to the facts,” said Mike O’Berry, a spokesman for the Coast Guard, which is running the investigation along with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. “The board is trying to get as many witnesses to testify as possible.”

Lawyers for the oil companies aboard the rig say the cancellations were thwarting their efforts to assign responsibility.

“It’s holding us back a hundred percent,” said Edward F. Kohnke IV, a lawyer for Transocean, the rig owner. “These are the guys whose cross-examinations will tell us the story.”

Responding in part to those concerns, the Coast Guard announced Tuesday that the next hearings would be held in Houston. That places investigators closer to the many witnesses who live in Texas and within jurisdiction of a district court that can subpoena them. Currently, the hearings are held here in Kenner, a suburb of New Orleans.

The two top-ranked BP officials on board the Deepwater Horizon at the time of the explosion, Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine, the well-site leaders, have each canceled their testimonies twice. Mr. Kaluza pleaded the Fifth Amendment, and Mr. Vidrine cited health problems, which the Coast Guard said it had confirmed through his doctor.

The four officials who canceled their testimonies on Wednesday were all subsea supervisors or superintendents for Transocean. Their lawyers gave different explanations: one cited a possible conflict of interest in representing multiple witnesses, another cited the location of the hearing and a third said he had not received necessary documents.

These delays have not stopped the investigation from unearthing new details about the final days of the rig. In Tuesday’s hearings, investigators focused on equipment failures leading up to the explosion.

A BP official, Ronald Sepulvado, a well-site leader, testified that BP continued drilling for oil in the days before the disaster despite internal reports of a leak on a safety device on the rig.

Mr. Sepulvado said he reported the problem to senior company officials and assumed it would be relayed to the Minerals Management Service, the predecessor to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, which regulates offshore drilling. The leak was on a control pod connected to the blowout preventer, an emergency mechanism that failed to activate after the April 20 disaster.

“I assumed everything was O.K., because I reported it to the team leader and he should have reported it to M.M.S.,” Mr. Sepulvado said.

He could not explain why the company did not respond to his report. Mr. Sepulvado was not aboard the rig at the time of the explosion because he was on shore for a blowout preventer training program.

Investigators also pressed Mr. Sepulvado about two audits that found problems with other equipment on the rig and the well it was drilling, including the blowout preventer, known as a BOP.

“In both of those audits, it indicated that the BOP was well past” its inspection date, said Jason Mathews, a panel member. Asked whether he realized that the manufacturer of the blowout preventer required that the device undergo specific tests every five years, Mr. Sepulvado said, “No, I did not.”

The audits of the rig were conducted by BP in September 2009 and by ModuSpec in April 2010. The company’s audit identified problems with the rig’s engines, ballast systems, thrusters and drilling equipment, and as a result, BP scheduled the rig for a shipyard visit in early 2011.

A BP subsea well supervisor, Ross Skidmore, testified that the company ordered a device called a lockdown sleeve but did not install it until drilling mud was removed from the site, an untraditional approach. Mr. Skidmore said the device was normally installed in the mud.

“I asked why couldn’t we go ahead and do this in mud,” he said. “I was told it wasn’t going to happen. We were going to go through in the sequence we were given.”

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/21/us/21hearings.html?_r=1&emc=eta1
Comment by Angel~a on July 20, 2010 at 4:21pm
Cindy-here is a channeling that supports seepage article:)
Update on the
Gulf Situation

By Christ
Michael thru Candace

Jul 19, 2010 -
7:10:05 PM


Update on the
Gulf Situation

Christ
Michael
Monday July 19th 2010


Hello beloveds this is Christ Michael and its time for a bit more of an
update. We considered covering what is going on in the Gulf of Mexico in some
detail a few days ago and this is risky to our workers to go to
far.

But tonight we will make some simple statements. Please be reading
what is in the alternative news some of which is being posted on AH for details
because they are largely correct and this prevents targeting of my people if
the material comes from elsewhere.

Things are generally worse than what is being told. And none if it
is correct on your mainstream TV but well won't go further on what is wrong.
You should be seeing the difference between the alternative news and
mainstream.

We can say this is an extinction level event for that local region
when it does manifest. Those of you who read her who live along especially the
US of A borders need to consider your future. When the methane "cloud" erupts,
we have little to no time to pick up unless you can be dematerialized to ship
and most of you can't survive that but we can bring your souls aboard and out
of the fray.

The air will become dangerous quickly and the evacuating small
craft cannot work in the methane and other chemical and in fact some of their
systems would help cause fires to it.

This event put the screws to our plans in essence. BP did NOT do
this intentionally in the beginning, the blow out was real. But they have made
it worse and they are not telling it all, which is why you must search the web
yourself.

The rumor of the 100 mile long crack is quite true and there are
many forming as I speak that are new. The whole area is deteriorating rapidly
and your stupid stories on the news are not correct at all. There is the plan
to keep the masses living in the area uniformed and I can state the federal
government has NO intention of attempting any evacuations. The decisions are
made to let the area go as it will go.

They do not truly have good stocks of food anymore in their FEMA
camps, and they do not have the money to suddenly hire adequate personal and
you see, most of your military and local national guards are
overseas.

This methane event will basically be the end. I positioned the
stasis ships a couple weeks ago again, as we watch and determine the amount of
methane released. If we can safely hold a bit we will wait, because man needs
to see this. If the methane is of too high a degree we go into stasis and get
the plant and animal life thus protected in this manner. We cannot risk to let
the concentrations get to high to living beings, or we have too much loss to
return.

We cannot state exactly when this event will happen. Meanwhile
mother is moving again and you are also seeing more quakes. The military as
suggested somewhat on alternative news is planning also more warfare and there
is some interference to reduce this going on and I will not subject my workers
to more danger to expose what is going on.

To make a long story short, as you all have well known, the dark
brotherhood is determined to take this world out with it but you have no worry
of that happening.

While some of you are very upset of the wildlife and this oil
leak, understand during the pole reversal and other changes that will manifest,
much oil is released when the plates move during these events. But the methane
release is generally not nearly what we expect. With life in stasis we can
clean the methane and all the other pollutants that will manifest. We have the
best of the best here for that purpose.

There is nothing we can truly due to modulate this activity
building in the Gulf. There is more than one well leaking also and that is
beginning to hit your alternative news and perhaps the mainstream here
shortly.

But the main stream news is not going to provide any coverage of
the extreme dangers sincle they do not wish to have to engage in any rescues in
that region. The other countries will not fair well either around the gulf, but
the massive explosion of methane well occur closer to the US of A borders and
thus the greater risk.

There will be one or more large tsunamis. Candace: after we were
finished with the piece, I went to copy it to place it on the site and it
disappeared completely, all the typing. So I closed it and then decided to see
if any of it survived. It did up to the word tsunamis above because he took a
break of about 20 minutes, during which I made corrections. None of my
corrections were left, so I corrected it all again, I hope. He told me to just
try to summarize what was said, so I will hopefully remember the bulk of it. We
have having many sorts of "disappearing' problems of late, including on the
forum. This is very annoying.

The tsunami's are caused by the large displacement, and there be
also be huge winds from this. Then the seabed of course collapses producing a
lot of quakes. There is a circular plate in the gulf offshore of Louisiana and
this puppy is going to move. A lot of the methane is under it. It will upset
much moving north and there may even be significant activity or rupture of the
New Madrid.

He advised that we could go into stasis nearly immediately or at a
time after the worst is over, depending totally on the situation at hand. He
stated they did something to stall the area east of the Tonga trench as this
would worsen the gulf situation from what it is now. I am not remembering some
of the more exacting details, it was not that much. But you are to be logically
prepared, because if they don't go immediately to stasis, there will be a huge
immediately shortage of goods and transportation of such. I think this is main
of what was covered after our break. I never had the copy feature erase a piece
before, unless I accidentally hit some key I didn't mean to hit, but I would
think the undo typing feature would work. I need to get this up. I will hit
save just in case before I copy.

Sorry about the difficulties. Take care, Candace


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Comment by Cindy on July 20, 2010 at 7:46am
Seepage casts doubt on BP oil well cap




Officials worried it could indicate problems with cap that has stopped oil from gushing into Gulf of Mexico

Chris Baltimore

Houston — Reuters Published on Sunday, Jul. 18, 2010 11:57PM EDT Last updated on Monday, Jul. 19, 2010

Engineers monitoring BP PLC’s damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico detected seepage on the ocean floor that could mean problems with the cap that has stopped oil from gushing into the water, the U.S. government’s top oil spill official said on Sunday.

Earlier on Sunday, BP officials had expressed hope that the test of the cap which began Thursday could continue until a relief well can permanently seal the leak next month. Oil gushed from the deepsea Macondo well for nearly three months until the new cap was put in place last week.

But late on Sunday, the U.S. government released a letter to BP chief managing director Bob Dudley from retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen that referred to an unspecified type of seepage near the 1.6-kilometre-deep well along with “undetermined anomalies at the well head.”

“I direct you to provide me a written procedure for opening the choke valve as quickly as possible without damaging the well should hydrocarbon seepage near the well head be confirmed,” Adm. Allen wrote.

BP did not respond to requests for comment on Adm. Allen’s letter.

The worst oil spill in U.S. history has caused an economic and environmental disaster in five states along the Gulf Coast, hurt U.S. President Barack Obama’s approval ratings and complicated traditionally close ties with Britain.

Those concerns are sure to be discussed when British Prime Minister David Cameron meets Mr. Obama in Washington on Tuesday.

The plan had been for BP to resume siphoning the oil after the completion of the pressure tests on the well, which extends 4 kilometres under the seabed, to judge if it is able to withstand the process to seal the leak.

But Doug Suttles, BP’s chief operating officer, said the company now hopes to keep the damaged well shut until the relief well is completed in August and the leak is sealed off with heavy drilling mud and cement.

“We’re hopeful that if the encouraging signs continue that we’ll be able to continue the integrity test all the way to the point that we get the well killed,” he told reporters before Adm. Allen issued his statement. “Clearly we don’t want to reanimate flow into the Gulf if we don’t have to.”

Mr. Suttles’ statement could indicate diverging viewpoints between BP and the U.S. government on plans for the well integrity test. It prompted Adm. Allen – who will ultimately make the final call on the test – to issue a statement that “nothing had changed” in the joint plan going forward.

When BP choked off the flow with a new, tighter cap on Thursday, it was the first time oil has not spewed since an April 20 explosion on an offshore rig killed 11 workers and triggered the disaster.

U.S. authorities probing the spill are looking into why workers missed signs of an impending explosion and have drawn up a list of more than 20 anomalies in the crew’s response to them, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Billy Nungesser, president of Plaquemines Parish in Louisiana, said the new cap was good news after a three-month losing battle to try to clean up oil hitting fragile marshlands as more lapped ashore.

“We’re very optimistic,” Mr. Nungesser told the Fox News Sunday program. “We see light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a very long tunnel but today we’re making progress.”

In Boothville, La., where a sign on a roadside snack stand said “Thank you, Jesus, the well is capped,” residents were happy but frustrated at the economic toll the spill is taking.

Mr. Obama – under fire to push BP to plug the leak and clean up a spill that has fouled beaches and ravaged fishing, tourism and drilling industries – welcomed the success of the new cap but said there was much work ahead on a permanent solution.

Beyond monitoring the meeting between Mr. Cameron and Mr. Obama, BP and its lobbyists are keeping a close eye on the U.S. congressional debate over an energy bill that could include reforms meant to prevent a repeat of Gulf of Mexico spill.

Lawmakers are considering a range of new rules that could require tougher safety regulations on offshore drilling or bar companies like BP from new offshore exploration leases.

The crisis took on a new twist over the weekend as the British government said there was no evidence of a connection between BP and last year’s release of a Libyan man convicted of the 1988 airline bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people, most of them Americans.

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has scheduled a July 29 hearing on possible ties between BP and the release of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence officer who was the only person convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

BP has said it lobbied the British government about slow progress in resolving a different prisoner transfer agreement with Libya in 2007 but was not involved in Mr. Megrahi’s release.

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Comment by Angel~a on July 17, 2010 at 9:55pm
LOL-LOVE THE VIDEO!!!:)
Comment by Cindy on July 17, 2010 at 9:50pm
Strange? "Heck no!" Not at all. They know what their doing, they only just try to deceive the sheeple into thinking their in charge of their lives, or should I say keep the cattle from getting smart enough to figure out that the pasture they live in is what keeps the Tin god's wallets fed.

 

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