‘Volcanic-like’ eruption of oil in Gulf: Wayne Madsen Cover Up report


By Wayne Madsen
OilPrice.com

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The Cover-up: BP’s Crude Politics and the Looming Environmental Mega-Disaster

“Submersibles that are  monitoring the escaping oil from the Gulf seabed are viewing television pictures of what is a ‘volcanic-like’ eruption of oil…. If the ocean oil geyser is not stopped within 90 days, there will be irreversible damage to the marine eco-systems of the Gulf of Mexico, north Atlantic Ocean, and beyond.”

WMR has been informed by sources in the US Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Florida Department of Environmental Protection that the Obama White House and British Petroleum (BP), which pumped $71,000 into Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign — more than John McCain or Hillary Clinton, are covering up the magnitude of the volcanic-level oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and working together to limit BP’s liability for damage caused by what can be called a “mega-disaster.”

Obama and his senior White House staff, as well as Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, are working with BP’s chief executive officer Tony Hayward on legislation that would raise the cap on liability for damage claims from those affected by the oil disaster from $75 million to $10 billion. However, WMR’s federal and Gulf state sources are reporting the disaster has the real potential cost of at least $1 trillion. Critics of the deal being worked out between Obama and Hayward point out that $10 billion is a mere drop in the bucket for a trillion dollar disaster but also note that BP, if its assets were nationalized, could fetch almost a trillion dollars for compensation purposes. There is talk in some government circles, including FEMA, of the need to nationalize BP in order to compensate those who will ultimately be affected by the worst oil disaster in the history of the world.

Plans by BP to sink a 4-story containment dome over the oil gushing from a gaping chasm one kilometer below the surface of the Gulf, where the oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded and killed 11 workers on April 20, and reports that one of the leaks has been contained is pure public relations disinformation designed to avoid panic and demands for greater action by the Obama administration, according to FEMA and Corps of Engineers sources. Sources within these agencies say the White House has been resisting releasing any “damaging information” about the oil disaster. They add that if the ocean oil geyser is not stopped within 90 days, there will be irreversible damage to the marine eco-systems of the Gulf of Mexico, north Atlantic Ocean, and beyond. At best, some Corps of Engineers experts say it could take two years to cement the chasm on the floor of the Gulf.

Only after the magnitude of the disaster became evident did Obama order Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to declare the oil disaster a “national security issue.” Although the Coast Guard and FEMA are part of her department, Napolitano’s actual reasoning for invoking national security was to block media coverage of the immensity of the disaster that is unfolding for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean and their coastlines.

From the Corps of Engineers, FEMA, the Environmental Protection Agency, Coast Guard, and Gulf state environmental protection agencies, the message is the same: “we’ve never dealt with anything like this before.”

The Obama administration also conspired with BP to fudge the extent of the oil leak, according to our federal and state sources. After the oil rig exploded and sank, the government stated that 42,000 gallons per day was gushing from the seabed chasm.  Five days later, the federal government upped the leakage to 210,000 gallons a day.

However, WMR has been informed that submersibles that are  monitoring the escaping oil from the Gulf seabed are viewing television pictures of what is a “volcanic-like” eruption of oil. Moreover, when the Army Corps of Engineers first attempted to obtain NASA imagery of the Gulf oil slick — which is larger than that being reported by the media — it was turned down. However, National Geographic managed to obtain the satellite imagery shots of the extent of the disaster and posted them on their web site.

Gulf oil spill satellite picture by NASA April 29, at NatGeo. At 216,000 gallons a day, over 4.5 million gallons have polluted the Gulf since April 20th.

There is other satellite imagery being withheld by the Obama administration that shows what lies under the gaping chasm spewing oil at an ever-alarming rate is a cavern estimated to be around the size of Mount Everest. This information has been given an almost national security-level classification to keep it from the public, according to our sources.

The Corps and Engineers and FEMA are quietly critical of the lack of support for quick action after the oil disaster by the Obama White House and the US Coast Guard. Only recently, has the Coast Guard understood the magnitude of the disaster, dispatching nearly 70 vessels to the affected area. WMR has also learned that inspections of off-shore rigs’ shut-off valves by the Minerals Management Service during the Bush administration were merely rubber-stamp operations, resulting from criminal collusion between Halliburton and the Interior Department’s service, and that the potential for similar disasters exists with the other 30,000 off-shore rigs that use the same shut-off valves.

The impact of the disaster became known to the Corps of Engineers and FEMA even before the White House began to take the magnitude of the impending catastrophe seriously. The first casualty of the disaster is the seafood industy, with not just fishermen, oystermen, crabbers, and shrimpers losing their jobs, but all those involved in the restaurant industry, from truckers to waitresses, facing lay-offs.

The invasion of crude oil into estuaries like the oyster-rich Apalachicola Bay in Florida spell disaster for the seafood industry. However, the biggest threat is to Florida’s Everglades, which federal and state experts fear will be turned into a “dead zone” if the oil continues to gush forth from the Gulf chasm. There are also expectations that the oil slick will be caught up in the Gulf stream off the eastern seaboard of the United States, fouling beaches and estuaries like the Chesapeake Bay, and ultimately target the rich fishing grounds of the Grand Banks off Newfoundland.

Gulf Stream will carry oil up the Eastern Seaboard. See larger image at snipurl.com/w5deg

WMR has also learned that 36 urban areas on the Gulf of Mexico are expecting to be confronted with a major disaster from the oil volcano in the next few days. Although protective water surface boons are being laid to protect such sensitive areas as Alabama’s Dauphin Island, the mouth of the Mississippi River, and Florida’s Apalachicola Bay, Florida, there is only 16 miles of boons available for the protection of 2,276 miles of tidal shoreline in the state of Florida.

Emergency preparations in dealing with the expanding oil menace are now being made for cities and towns from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Houston, New Orleans, Gulfport, Mobile, Pensacola, Tampa-St.Petersburg-Clearwater, Sarasota-Bradenton, Naples, and Key West. Some 36 FEMA-funded contracts between cities, towns, and counties and emergency workers are due to be invoked within days, if not hours, according to WMR’s FEMA sources.

There are plans to evacuate people with respiratory problems, especially those among the retired senior population along the west coast of Florida, before officials begin burning surface oil as it begins to near the coastline.

There is another major threat looming for inland towns and cities. With hurricane season in effect, there is a potential for ocean oil to be picked up by hurricane-driven rains and dropped into fresh water lakes and rivers, far from the ocean, thus adding to the pollution of water supplies and eco-systems.

Over 3,800 oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico

18 responses to “‘Volcanic-like’ eruption of oil in Gulf: Wayne Madsen Cover Up report

  1. Madsen is being hyperbolic, as well as excessively dramatic. While the condemnation helps to spread the word quickly, it lowers his credibility to an almost abyssmal level.

    Madsen is actually serving his employers over at the Russian Times by scaring up information that is not being shared with the Russians who are more than a little freaked out about this incident. As well they should be.

    The “chasm” as Madsen calls it is over 3,000 feet below the ocean bottom. I have heard that it is HUGE and that there is more concern over whether we have the AIR to burn all the gas and oil down there versus whether we have enough energy to last us until 2100.

    But there has been NO REPORT, or even a hint, of any SEA FLOOR COLLAPSE.

    One of the many reasons why we don’t want to use nuclear weapons or explosives to collapse this hole is precisely because of the possibility of a sea floor collapse. A more likely possibility with the use of explosives is the creation of MULTIPLE vents of release for this toxic mess, rather than the two that are already present.

    We really do need to keep an eye on Madsen. He’s been prone to hyperbole in the last couple of years or so. Sometimes he hits it big, and sometimes he hits the sauce a little too hard!

  2. but he doesn’t mention a collapse anywhere in his report.

    what you say supports what he reports, too.

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  4. The well head is 5000 ft below sea level, the well goes down to 18,000 feet- one assumes 13,000 below the sea floor. So the cavern is where?? I find it pretty had to believe in some super-cavern full of oil at those depths and pressures.

    • actually, i do believe it is AT these depths and pressures that such an oil field might exist. If you look at this pic – there are over 3,800 oil rigs sucking away… they’ve got to be sucking something awfully huge:

      I just posted the new pic of the rigs at the bottom of the article.

      • Good info, Claudia – even being a 2008 article:

        Record Depth

        The ocean-depth record for production was set last year by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. The company is extracting natural gas from beneath 8,960 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico, where pressure measures 3,069 pounds per square inch, squeezing joints and tearing at seals.

        “What we do at that water depth in the ocean is similar to NASA’s space program, but they get to do it without any pressure trying to attack them,” Kevin Renfro, production engineering manager at Woodlands, Texas-based Anadarko, said in a November interview.

        Petrobras hasn’t said how much it spent to sink wells at Tupi and Carioca. Similar drilling by Exxon and Chevron Corp. in the Gulf of Mexico cost $180 million to $200 million for each well.

        “A big find might not be a good find if it costs so much to develop that it’s not commercially viable,” S&P’s Vital said. “We don’t have any idea at all yet of all the costs that are going to be involved. Those costs are going to set the floor for oil prices.”

        $50,000 Drill Bits

        Chevron, which has the deepest Gulf of Mexico exploration well, including distance below the seafloor, destroyed as many as a dozen $50,000 drill bits at each of the 14 wells in its $4.7 billion Tahiti project.

        Exxon Mobil abandoned a Gulf project that would have been the deepest well after pressure and heat shut down the venture in August 2006. The Irving, Texas-based company developed pipes tough enough to withstand temperatures that would shatter regular steel at its Sakhalin-1 project in Russia. The metal may help make Brazil’s offshore fields accessible, Vital said.

  5. Hyperbole? Excessively dramatic? Are you kidding? Words cannot express how pissed off reading those words just made me.

    This is a catastrophe, the likes of which we have never seen and they allowed it to happen and they are covering up the real damage. We have NO IDEA how much oil is actually spewing from the well because they have absolutely no intention of telling us the truth. This administration is full of dirty, thieving liars and scoundrels even more so than the last.

    Now we have another whore for Goldman Sachs & crusher of civil liberties headed for the supreme court thanks to this Corporation of Creeps. Thank you Barry Soetoro for being the perfect little shill for the NWO. They trained you well, grasshopper.

    • I agree, JG — I have no reason to doubt what Madsen reported; there is other evidence that supports his assertions from “inside sources”

      but, there are plenty of Madsen detractors showing up for this article… elsewhere, too.

      Ad hominem attacks reveal more about the speaker than the victim.

  6. It’s wise to take anyone’s statements with a grain of salt until you do your own research. However, anyone who is COTO KNOWS not to trust statistics that come out of government officials or their lackeys mouths or their propaganda machine known as the msm. So how do we even know the truth? What we do know, from experience, is that their numbers can NEVER be trusted. Whatever they say the number of gallons being spewed forth by this well of death, multiply it by the thousands.

    To even suggest Madsen is exaggerating the horrors of this environmental disaster and the govt’s responsibility in it’s occurrence and weak response to correct it is absolutely asinine.

    Some people are still caught up in the whole red team blue team thing and cannot bear the thought that their team is the author of a catastrophe even worse than Katrina.

  7. I have been in direct contact with people behind the scenes and very close to what is going on. This report is near dead on.

    The region in which I call home has been given a death sentence. A case of terminal cancer that will subject us to a rather quick death. Even if the leak were stopped today the repercussions could very well still turn the Gulf states into a wet desert.

    Here’s the main thrust. Most of the damage is what’s happening underwater to the plankton, shrimp, and other animals and fish that are swimming through the mass of chemical agents and oil being spewed. The “dead zone”, an area where nothing can live due to damage from pollutants, already huge, at the foot of the outlet to the Mississippi River, has expanded dramatically and is expanding each day this goes on. So even if the spill was capped the resulting repercussions will wipe-out many fertile fishing grounds.

    If this continues, and there seems to be no reason that it won’t, the destruction of the wetlands will leave New Orleans defenseless against the putrid mess and the encroaching sea. In a matter of a few short years, we’ll be underwater, hurricane or no hurricane.

    What the result would be of threatening around 400 species of living organisms, in our immediate area, from our ecosystem at one time, may ever well trigger a mass extinction that would ripple through the entire chain to man’s doorstep. This would be magnified dramatically should a worst case scenario, carrying this spill to the Northern fishing grounds.

    The Committee, eugenicists all, could not have planned a better catastrophe.

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