NOAA has expanded the closed fishing area in the Gulf to 35%. Notice that this includes most of America’s most prime fish production area (and some of the most accessible). Also notice how the expansion is moving towards the western coast of Florida. Given time, these areas will be closed, as well.
No matter if they actually do close this gusher off (at this point, the pressure tests are inconclusive), there has already been enough contamination to ruin almost all of it. And, yes, we keep hearing from the government-controlled lap-dog media that it isn’t leaking any more (except when they mess up and allow an expert to actually sneak in the same questions I keep asking people who tell me it is capped off):
Matt Simmons has been labeled Dr Doom of the Gulf disaster. But he has credentials that are hard to ignore, so, is it possible that the well head was already blown out and is leaking from many different places under the sea floor? Is all of this “capping” smoke and mirrors, as I suspect? It may just be my suspicion of all things government, but there are some things that still don’t add up to me (like why they appear to be dragging their feet at every opportunity… how this seems to be a major setup and someone like Exxon will end up owning BP, but not the disaster… etc). Maybe I am an uneducated Dr Doom Lite.
It’s not like NOAA doesn’t hide and coverup shit:
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is hoarding vast amounts of raw data that independent marine researchers say could help both the public and scientists better understand the extent of the damage being caused by the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
In most cases, NOAA insists on putting the data through a ponderous, many-weeks-long vetting process before making it public.
In other cases, NOAA actually intended to keep the data secret indefinitely. But officials told the Huffington Post on Tuesday that they have now decided to release it — though when remains unclear.
BP, incidentally, gets to see all this data right away.
Cool. The murderer gets access all the evidence while all us victims get shit. Sounds about right.
And just in case you folks over on the eastern side of Florida think you have it made (or those of you in Europe, for that matter), there is another, more recent (and likely accurate) 360 day animation of how this spill will be taken around thru the filtering Florida Keys (meaning it will kill everything there, as well) then takes it up the eastern sea board and into the Atlantic Ocean.
These animations show the spread of the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon rig over one year. They were created from a series of computer simulations by a team of researchers at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa: Fabian Schloesser from the Department of Oceanography, Axel Timmermann and Oliver Elison Timm from the International Pacific Research Center Hawaii.
For the simulations, 5 million buoyant particles were released continuously from April 20 to September 17, 2010, at the location of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. The release occurred in ocean flow data from simulations conducted with the high-resolution Ocean General Circulation Model for the Earth Simulator (OFES). The paths of the particles were calculated over 360 days from the beginning of the spill. The simulations were conducted with surface ocean circulation data of 5 typical years rather than the actual flow fields. The dispersal of the particles does not capture such effects as oil coagulation, formation of tar balls, chemical dispersion and microbial degradation. Computed surface concentrations relative to the actual spill may therefore be overestimated. The simulation, thus, is not a detailed, specific prediction, but rather a scenario that could help guide research and mitigation efforts.
The animations show the calculated surface particle concentrations for grid boxes about 10-km-by-10-km in size into April 2011. For an estimated flow of oil from the Deepwater Horizon well of 50,000 barrels per day over a 150 day period, a concentration of e.g. 10 particles per a grid box corresponds roughly to an oil volume of 2 m3 per ~100 km2 area. The animations show the initial spreading of oil into the Gulf of Mexico followed by its entry from the Loop Current into the narrow Florida Current and then the Gulf Stream. Transported by the Gulf Stream, the erratic paths of the particles in the Atlantic are due to strong current instabilities associated with ocean eddies and recirculations. This leads to a high degree of particle dispersal and dilution in the open Atlantic away from the coast.
These computer simulations suggest that the coastlines near the Carolinas, Georgia and Northern Florida could see the effects of the oil spill as early as October 2010. The main branch of the subtropical gyre is likely to transport the oil film towards Europe, although strongly diluted. Furthermore, the animations show that as the northeasterly winds intensify near Florida around October and November, the oil in the Atlantic moves closer to the eastern shores of the US, whereas it retreats from the western shores of Florida. These changes are due to a balance between wind forcing of ocean currents and the Coriolis effect.
The animations furthermore suggest that the narrow, deep Straits of Florida force the Florida Current into a narrow channel, creating a tight bottleneck for the spreading of oil into the Atlantic. After one year, about 20% of the particles initially released at the Deepwater Horizon location had been transported through the Straits of Florida into the open Atlantic according to an averaging over the 5 different years of typical ocean surface current data. The animations suggest that a filtering system in the narrowest spot of the Florida Current could mitigate the spreading of the oil film into the North Atlantic.
For more information, please see http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/soest_web/soest.gulf2010_longterm.htm
Man, please don’t get me wrong… I hope this thing is closed off. I hope that I am just a jaded bastard who has his trust misapplied and that is completely wrong about what I think is going on. I swear I hope I am wrong about my gut reaction.
It would be nice if someone could point me to some real good news about this (keeping my fingers crossed about this cap solution).
At least they have their fall guys selected.
The worst oil spill in U.S. history was triggered by firefighting boats that flooded the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig with water, causing it to sink into the Gulf of Mexico and damage BP Plc’s well, a lawsuit claims.
My little sister recently came back from Pensacola and confirmed almost everything I warned her about before she went. So, who are we going to believe? The government’s mouthpiece, those that we know personally and/or those that actually live there and are documenting the cover-ups:
h/t The Intel Hub