I have embedded an article written by Bruce Wiseman and he is convinced that oil is still gushing in the gulf and a massive cover up has been going on for months now. In support of his conclusions we have a very untrustworthy government and an equally criminal corporation, BP. We also saw news just several weeks ago about the huge oil slick in the gulf and that more barriers were needed along the coast line and then the Coast Guard, being the experts in oil spills now, ‘investigated’ and said it wasn’t from the Deepwater Horizon site…and that was all no further explanation.
A COLOSSAL COVERUP
It is one of the biggest cover-ups in US history.
The oil is still gushing in the Gulf.
All available data indicates that the original wellhead was never capped: the latitude and longitude of the camera through which we were all watching the oil spew from the wellhead actually changed to a wellhead 7 miles away, and that is the one they capped. No mention has ever been made of the original wellhead since then. That’s right, they plugged another well and showed a picture of that one.
So that is lie number one.
In addition, it is a known certainty that the seabed was fractured so badly for miles around the original well that oil has continued to spew uncontrollably from the sea floor, with no way to plug it.
This has been withheld from the public. Number two.
If oil is pouring from a well and cracks in the ocean floor, why the Hell can’t we see it?
The answer to this is two-fold.
First and foremost, someone is continuing to spray the Gulf with the chemical “dispersant” called Corexit. Corexit breaks up the oil so that it quickly sinks below the surface and is hidden from view. Once there, it spreads the mutant concoction throughout the water creating a toxic environment from which the marine life cannot escape. It eventually sinks it to the bottom of the ocean where it continues to do long-term damage to the entire marine eco system – but that’s not all.
The EPA has stated that Corexit ceased being used on July 19th, 2010. But unmarked, military-type aircraft (C-130s and C123s) have been flying sorties over the Gulf in the dead of night, spraying the poison over the now-toxic ocean to conceal the fact that voluminous amounts of oil are still spewing into the water. The amount of oil reaching the surface has become so evident that they are now risking being photographed spraying during daylight. Lie number 3.
Photo of Corexit being sprayed next to the beach
at Long Beach, Mississippi on March 15th, 2011
The dispersant may hide the oil but it is doing massive damage to the eco-system – massive. Moreover, Corexit has one other little problem – it is carcinogenic.
In fact, this chemical is so toxic, that people handling it are instructed by the manufacturer’s product handling information to wear Haz Mat suits and full-blown respirators. Unfortunately for thousands of cleanup workers, BP wouldn’t allow them to wear the suits because they didn’t want it to look like there was any danger attached to the cleanup – it might increase their liability.
Not only is the seafood from the Gulf now laced with this stuff (despite the government’s statement to the contrary – #4), the relentless spraying has initiated a massive human health crisis.
According to one study, a staggering 50% of the people in the Gulf are experiencing the toxic effects of the Corexit-laden atmosphere. Moreover, there is a report from one of the gulf oil cleanup workers that, “Thousands of Gulf Oil Spill clean-up crew are dying.”
These workers are experiencing symptoms such as severe neurological damage, kidney and liver failure, paralysis, internal bleeding, “flu” symptoms that won’t go away, and death.
You can see the story of one woman who has documented her own case and that of many others. (It’s not pretty. Don’t watch if you have a weak stomach.)
This isn’t just another health problem: this is an apocalyptic and immediate health crisis.
So, while we are now engaged in a third “war” against a dictator in Libya for human rights abuses against his own people, BP, the EPA and other government entities are engaged in a cover up of an ecological disaster by secretly spraying a virulent poison into the Gulf that is destroying the eco-system, the fishing industry and the lives of people that live and work there.
A deadly hypocrisy.
A hypocrisy that is hidden in plain sight.
I said there were two reasons that you couldn’t see the oil. The other “reason” is…you can see it. The oil is now coming up in such massive amounts that it is overwhelming the ability of the Corexit to hide it. And, as mentioned above, the C-130s are now taking the extraordinary step of spraying in daylight.
These pictures were taken over the Gulf on March 19, 2011 by a professional aerial photographer from a private plane.
Just a little odd when BP and the EPA say the well was capped on July 19th, 2010 and that there was no more evidence of oil. Per journalist Harlan Kirgan, who attended a press conference held by Mike Utsler, chief operating officer of BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration,
“Utsler said, ‘We are actually very encouraged. And, I say we collectively as federal, state, local and trustees and landowners at the progress that has been made in the state of readiness for the upcoming tourism season.’
“Utsler said the overwhelming body of peer-reviewed science that has been published has shown there is no longer an oil plume.”
Unfortunately for Big Mike’s credibility, 5 days later, the Grand Isle and Fourchon beaches in Louisiana underwent a military-type takeover to shut them down completely and prevent anyone from getting anywhere near them, especially independent scientists who wanted to take samples of the massive oil plume rolling in.
If you want to see more current pictures of the oil in the Gulf, including pictures of fishing boats fishing in the middle of masses of oil, go here:
So why am I telling you this shocking and tragic story?
Because something needs to be done about it and there is a solution.
I have done something here, which I don’t normally do. And that is, I am forwarding information from my wife’s work.
Those of you that are also on her email list know some of what I have told you above. And some of you know Barb. But for those that don’t, she is the International President of The Earth Organization http://www.TheEarthOrganization.org , an independent, international conservation and environmental organization.
So, here’s the deal: Barb and the US staff of The Earth Organization have been working on this situation flat out for several months –night and day, 24/7; New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Florida. They came across a solution – a product that dramatically speeds up Mother Nature’s natural processes of cleaning up the oil in a non-toxic way. Whereas, nature would take over a century to clean up the massive amounts of oil in this spill, this method would do it in a matter of a few weeks – and with absolutely no adverse side effects.
The product has been used to clean up more than 16,000 oil spills planet-wide over the last two decades. I repeat, 16,000.
What is the reaction of British Petroleum and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency when informed about the toxic nature of Corexit (which they already knew) and the eye-popping results of the natural product, which they also were aware of? … …A product which has been used over 100 times by the US Navy to clean up oil spills just in San Diego Bay?…
They won’t let the product anywhere near the Gulf.
“Impossible,” you say. “How could a government agency whose purpose is to clean up the environment and protect the public’s health, permit an oil company to poison the eco-system and thousands of Americans?”
You could just as easily ask how the FDA, an agency charged with protecting the public’s health, can approve drugs that cause heart attacks, suicidality and death, while stopping or curtailing non-toxic health solutions that are nutritionally beneficial.
There are plenty of other examples. I’m sure you know of some. But my purpose here is not to investigate all of the evil on the planet; my purpose here is to let you know that a national tragedy is occurring right under our noses and there is a solution available.
Barb and her team have investigated this catastrophe and its solution relentlessly. She is working with world class scientists, professional investigators, state and federal legislators, activists and manufacturers of a product that can clean up the oil spill in a beneficial and non-toxic way.
Neither she nor The Earth Organization have any financial interest in the product; their sole intention is to halt the environmental catastrophe still occurring in the Gulf, return the waters to even better than their pre-blowout condition, and save the lives of millions of people living and working there.
Last week, she took evidence of the situation to key members of the United States Congress in an effort to get the EPA to cease allowing the spraying of Corexit in the Gulf and permit natural solutions to be implemented.
She had several meetings. They went extremely well. Key congressional committee staff have asked for some additional information, which her team is in the process of gathering. But they are up against one of the biggest oil companies in the world with 96,000 employees and revenues of $297 billion, and a rogue government agency that is supporting the poisoning of the environment and citizenry in the Gulf on a colossal scale.
Which actually makes it a pretty even fight; but it’s costly, folks.
The Earth Organization is a registered nonprofit. They rely on the donations of members and supporters. This last cache of information requested by congressional staff is available, but a number of high-priced professionals are needed to scientifically document certain aspects of this, and to bring the necessary pressure to bear to get this situation turned around.
So I am writing to you to give her a hand.
We all devote a great deal of time, money and effort to make this a better world. This project, brought to a successful conclusion, will not only save an enormous area of environment, massive numbers of marine life and wildlife, but countless human lives.
I don’t mean to be gruesome, but people poisoned by the Corexit there are suffering agonizing deaths.
What do you say, can you give Barb and The Earth Organization a hand in bringing an ethical solution to the toxic holocaust now occurring in the Gulf.
God will smile.
Click the link below to donate.
And thanks for your help!
There have been preliminary reports that the Coast Guard is investigating a huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reported to be about 100 long by 10 miles wide and 20 miles away from the Deepwater Horizon well that we all know so well! There are unconfirmed reports that new oil is coming onshore in Louisiana and that new ‘boom’ to stop the oil has been laid out.
As we learn more of this we will let you know. As if we needed anything else to go haywire…earthquakes, volcanoes, war breaking out in Libya, tsunamis and nuclear meltdowns…what else?
Given the sheer volume on incidents and the fact that none of these is ‘small’ by any means, don’t you think it about time to consider preparing for an event that might make things harder on your family. Some stored foods, water and fuel might be a good idea.
Given the previous article, which i urge you to read posted on this page, the title here ‘Biggest….history’ is an understatement of enormous proportions. Probably should read ‘Biggest Cover Up in the History of the World’!
Biggest Cover Up in US History
Months after the US government declared the waters in the Gulf of Mexico safe, thick layers of oil have been found along Louisiana coastal marshes, prompting local officials to accuse relevant authorities of ‘cover-up.’
Louisiana officials say parts of the state’s coastline are still being fouled more than eight months after British Petroleum’s (BP) Deepwater Horizon rig caused the biggest oil disaster in the United States.
“This is the biggest cover-up in the history of America,” AP quoted Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser as saying.
On Friday, Robert Barham, secretary of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, joined Nungesser on a tour of the area.
“It has been eight months since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, and five months since the well was capped. While workers along the coast dedicated themselves to cleaning up our shores there is still so much to be done,” Barham said in a statement.
The heavily saturated area that reporters saw was 30 feet (9 meters) to 100 feet (30 meters) wide in sections.
“There’s been no mechanism to clean that up thus far,” the parish president said.
“Every day, this shoreline is moving inland,” lessening flood protection for residents, Nungesser added.
This is while US President Barack Obama and one his daughters went for a swim in the Gulf of Mexico last summer in an attempt to portray the water as safe and boost tourism industry reeling in the affected areas after millions of barrels of oil leaked into the gulf.
Nungesser has been a frequent and outspoken critic of the cleanup effort ever since the oil explosion began infiltrating the environmentally delicate Louisiana coast line in April 20.
The wildlife and fisheries department, meanwhile, said oiled boom remains in “numerous locations, forgotten or lost by contractors charged with their maintenance and removal.”
The officials said biologists have found several oiled birds in the past few days, including at least two dead brown pelicans.
The explosion that destroyed the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers and, according to the government estimates, led to more than 200 million gallons (757 million liters) of oil spewing from a hole a mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico.
Folks this is SERIOUS. I don’t know which is more pressing, the economic crisis or the gulf stream….
Once again we see the vigilant continue to watch for and unfortunately find toxic signs in the wake of the Gulf Oil Spill. Now add continued contamination of Gulf Seafood to the list of damages to the environment.
This list is not quite extensive, but not making any headlines in MSM…no small wonder now that the BP hack in charge of the ‘fund’ is saying it is too large…meaning BP will probably try to get the ‘leftovers’ returned.
Parent alert: New report confirms poisoned Gulf seafood (video)
Scientists have released a new report on results of testing Louisiana seafood that further confirms the present dangerous human health situation, especially to children, not just in the Gulf region but throughout the nation, as reported by other doctors such as Dr. Rodney Soto.
The new report by Wilma Subra, the seasoned Louisiana environmentalist featured in Sophie McNeill’s special SBS TV program, Dateline, in Australia, is entitled, Results of sampling performed by the Lower Mississippi River Keeper from Atchafalaya Bay eastward to the Louisiana/Mississippi state line, in the Gulf of Mexico coastal areas of Louisiana.
Subra of Subra Company, Paul Orr of the Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper and Michael Orr of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) conducted the study in response to the Gulf of Mexico operation. The team has performed monitoring, sampling and analysis of the environment and seafood in the coastal estuaries and wetlands of Louisiana for health impacts.
Beginning immediately after the Deepwater Horizon explosion resulting in the largest man-made catastrophe in recorded history, the team has conducted “physical and chemical field sampling and analysis of the wetlands and ecosystems, along the coast of Louisiana” since August 2, 2010.
“The field sampling has been performed and continues to be performed on an ongoing basis since August 2, 2010, from Atchafalaya Bay eastward to the Louisiana/Mississippi state line,” according to the report.
“Alkylated PAHs were and continue to be detected in aquatic seafood species from the wetlands and estuaries along the Louisiana coast from Atchafalaya Bay eastward to the Louisiana/Mississippi border.”
Oysters, blue crab, shrimp, mussels, fish and snails are all contaminated according to the tests.
“Wetlands and ecosystem soil/sediment samples and aquatic tissue samples from all areas sampled contained Alkylated PAHs and Oil Range Organic Petroleum Hydrocarbons.”
No safe levels of toxins
Benzene, C6H6, the simplest aromatic hydrocarbon, is of course, “one of the most highly carcinogenic compounds that we come into contact with in our lives. Period, end of story. It’s unbelievably dangerous,” stated the writer’s colleague, Mr. Jeff Rense in the Rense Radio Network November 17 interview with Dr. Rodney Soto, the “Gulf Hero Doctor.”
Benzene is a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet odor that evaporates quickly when exposed to air.
When Mr. Rense said, “I don’t think there are any safe levels of benzene,” Dr. Soto replied, “That’s correct.”
Polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), also called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, “are among the most widespread organic pollutants, remaining on beaches and marine environmentals for a long time after an oil spill. Recent investigations have concluced that their toxicity is up to 100 times worse than first assumed.” (Wikipedia)
“You know, at any levels…if you talk to environmental doctors, any levels of any toxins are not acceptable, whether it’s a tiny amount or one part per billion, or .5 – it’s toxic,” stated Mr. Rense.
Dr. Soto has explained that eating tainted Gulf seafood is the most “detrimental and fearful” way people will be poisoned:
“And then of course the GI tract, because we’re talking about shrimp, we’re talking about fish, seafood, oysters, you name it. Any food from the Gulf that is already being distributed in restaurants and nationwide—that’s going to be the most detrimental and most fearful way to get these compounds to not only children certainly adults—the seafood.”
“These compounds are fat soluble,” said Dr. Soto, explaining that among other places the toxins injure is the brain because the brain is 70% fat.
“That’s a very important point. These compounds are fat soluble. And, when we’re talking about the fat in the body, we’re not just talking about the fat in our bellies or places where we don’t like them, but rather critical organs in our systems that are lipid-based or they are made of fat, which is the brain. The brain is 70% of fat, then you have the glands, like the thyroid…”
“And if they do go to the fat cells, therein lie one certain vector for eventual cancer, because these things accumulate and concentrate in the fat cells, and then you have genetic damage and mutagenic cell growth.” (Rense)
The new LEAN report includes the following analysis:
“Oyster: Oyster samples have contaminated with up to 8,815 to 12,500 mg/kg Oil Range Organic Petroleum Hydrocarbons. The oyster samples have also contained up the 4 Alkylated PAHs, Fluoranthene, Naphthalene, Phenanthrene, and Pyrene in concentrations of 1.4 to 63 ug/kg.
Blue Crab: Blue crab samples have contained up to 2,230 to 3,583 mg/kg Oil Range Organic Petroleum Hydrocarbons and up to 4 Alkylated PAHs, Fluoranthene, Naphthalene, Phenanthrene and Pyrene in concentrations from 84.6 to 162 ug/kg.
Shrimp: Shrimp samples have contained up to 8,356 mg/kg Oil Range Organic Petroleum Hydrocarbons and 5 Alkylated PAHs, Anthracene, Fluoranthene, Naphthalene, Phenanthrene and Pyrene up to 69.4 ug/kg.
Mussel: A mussel sample was contaminated with 6,900 mg/kg Oil Range Organic Petroleum Hydrocarbons and the Alkylated PAHs Anthracene, 2-Methylnaphthalene, Naphthalene, and Phenanthrene at a total concentration of 386 ug/kg.
Fish, Crab and Snail: Samples of fin fish, fiddler crab, hermit crab and snail contained up to 21,575 mg/kg Oil Range Organic Petroleum Hydrocarbons and the Alkylated PAH Phenanthrene.”
Dr. Subra reports, “A number of additional tissue samples are currently being analyzed and will be reported in the near future.”
Extreme health hazard for children
In the November 17 interview with Dr. Rodney Soto, Mr. Rense stated, “When you have upper respiratory issues, sinus, all the way, bronchial, down into the lungs, that is not viral, not bacterial, but being caused by toxicity, poison, you can’t prescribe an antibiotic for that except as a backup to hope and prevent secondary bacterial infections… You can’t go to a pharmacy to cure that easily… Cancer is going to surge.”
“it’s important nowadays that people who had not even have symptoms that are classically recognized, the ones I mentioned just a few minutes ago, to get tested and to be aware of things like this can affect their long -term health.
Dr. Soto’s following words in the Rense interview are possibly the most important that Gulf Coast parents could hear:
“Children are very susceptible, or I would say more susceptible, to the effects of the petroleum derivatives, because of their liver detox capability is less than an adult. Their brain is also developing, and their immune system is developing. So they’re gonna be affected several-fold more than an adult who is being exposed to the same amount of toxin.”
“What an astonishing crime this government—yet another astonishing crime this government has committed by clearing the seafood, obviously tainted, to be consumed by people,” said Mr. Rense.
“They just don’t care about human life. There’s no other way to define it. They don’t care! It’s all about cover-up, it’s all about money, it’s all about keeping them looking good, and keeping the people in the dark…”
Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper
Special Broadcasting Service
Rense Radio Network
Copyright © 2010 Deborah Dupré. All rights reserved.
This story is yet another heartbreaker when it comes to our beautiful natural resources that are continually under assault. When will we learn not to destroy our nest?
In light of the just posted article on this site referencing the ‘death of the Gulf of Mexico’, Feinberg’s comment that 1/2 of the BP will cover all claims is just ludicrous. Feinberg is working for BP to administer the fund, so of course he would say this.
I certainly hope the government doesn’t allow those funds to be returned. It is far too early yet to even think that 20 billion is sufficient to cover all the loses. I am thinking that BP is testing the waters to see if enough time has passed and the incident well enough out of mind to begin their PR campaign to get their dough back!
Feinberg Says Half of $20 Billion Fund May Cover BP Claims
By Jim Snyder and Carol Massar – Dec 31, 2010 1:52 PM MT
Kenneth Feinberg, administrator of the $20 billion compensation fund for victims of BP Plc’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill, said he anticipates half that amount will be sufficient to cover claims for economic losses.
The fund, established by BP after negotiations with the Obama administration, also pays clean-up costs. While Feinberg told Bloomberg Television today that it is too early to project how much will go to individuals and businesses, he estimated $10 billion may be enough to compensate victims.
“It remains to be seen, but I would hope that half that money would be more than enough to pay all the claims,” Feinberg said.
The Gulf Coast Claims Facility has paid about $2.7 billion to more than 170,000 claimants, mostly in temporary, emergency payments. The facility has received more than 468,000 claims, according to its website. Feinberg said many claims lacked sufficient documentation to warrant payment.
“We’ll bend over backwards to pay claims,” he said.
To contact the reporter on this story: Jim Snyder in Washington at email@example.com
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steve Geimann at firstname.lastname@example.org
I would start talking this up to your ‘elected official’ before these guys get a head of steam.
This report just in and I can’t tell you how disturbing it truly is. The possibilities nor realities of the aftermath of the oil spill have not nor are they currently being discussed. My problem is one of science, I don’t really know that much, probably enough to get into trouble, but this report certainly sounds some alarm bells.
I am continuing to check this story out and will keep you informed. Darren will also be reporting more on the possibilities this event could have. Are we already witnessing some of the effects in the tremendous weather in Europe? Only time will tell and it will take a very long time to see exactly what sort of destruction we have sown.
It is time for the new energy, the kind that MSM and the general public would tell you is not possible. The same things that were said prior to electricity etc…just not possible. They are and they will come out soon!
|The Gulf of Mexico is Dying
A Special Report on the BP Gulf Oil Spill
By Dr. Tom Termotto
|URL of this article: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=22514|
|Global Research, December 26, 2010|
|Concerned citizens of Florida – 2010-12-01|
|It is with deep regret that we publish this report. We do not take this responsibility lightly, as the consequences of the following observations are of such great import and have such far-reaching ramifications for the entire planet. Truly, the fate of the oceans of the world hangs in the balance, as does the future of humankind.
The Gulf of Mexico (GOM) does not exist in isolation and is, in fact, connected to the Seven Seas. Hence, we publish these findings in order that the world community will come together to further contemplate this dire and demanding predicament. We also do so with the hope that an appropriate global response will be formulated, and acted upon, for the sake of future generations. It is the most basic responsibility for every civilization to leave their world in a better condition than that which they inherited from their forbears.
After conducting the Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference for over seven months, we can now disseminate the following information with the authority and confidence of those who have thoroughly investigated a crime scene. There are many research articles, investigative reports and penetrating exposes archived at the following website. Particularly those posted from August through November provide a unique body of evidence, many with compelling photo-documentaries, which portray the true state of affairs at the Macondo Prospect in the GOM.
The pictorial evidence tells the whole story.
Especially that the BP narrative is nothing but a corporate-created illusion – a web of fabrication spun in collaboration with the US Federal Government and Mainstream Media. Big Oil, as well as the Military-Industrial Complex, have aided and abetted this whole scheme and info blackout because the very future of the Oil & Gas Industry is at stake, as is the future of the US Empire which sprawls around the world and requires vast amounts of hydrocarbon fuel.
Should the truth seep out and into the mass consciousness – that the GOM is slowly but surely filling up with oil and gas – certainly many would rightly question the integrity, and sanity, of the whole venture, as well as the entire industry itself. And then perhaps the process would begin of transitioning the planet away from the hydrocarbon fuel paradigm altogether.
It’s not a pretty picture.
The various pictures, photos and diagrams that fill the many articles at the aforementioned website represent photo-evidence about the true state of affairs on the seafloor surrounding the Macondo Prospect in the Mississippi Canyon, which is located in the Central Planning Area of the northern Gulf of Mexico. The very dynamics of the dramatic changes and continuous evolution of the seafloor have been captured in ways that very few have ever seen. These snapshots have given us a window of understanding into the true state of the underlying geological formations around the various wells drilled in the Macondo Prospect.
Although our many deductions may be difficult for the layperson to apprehend at first, to the trained eye these are but obvious conclusions which are simply the result of cause and effect. In other words there is no dispute around the most serious geological changes which have occurred, and continue to occur, in the region around the Macondo wells. The original predicament (an 87 day gushing well) was extremely serious, as grasped by the entire world, and the existing situation is only going to get progressively worse.
So, just what does this current picture look like. Please click on the link below to view the relevant diagrams and read the commentary:
As the diagrams clearly indicate, the geology around the well bore has been blown. This occurred because of drilling contiguous to a salt dome(1), as well as because of the gas explosions which did much damage to the integrity of the well casing, cementing, well bore, well head, and foundation around the well head. Eighty-seven straight days of gushing hydrocarbon effluent under great pressure only served to further undermine the entire well system. Finally, when it was capped, putting the system back under pressure forced the upsurging hydrocarbons to find weaknesses throughout the greater system, which revealed all sorts of compromised, fractured and unsettled geology through which the hydrocarbons could travel all the way to the seafloor and into the GOM.
(1)“The rock beds in the vicinity of a salt dome are highly fractured and permeable due to stress and deformation which occur as the salt dome thrusted upwards.” (Per BK Lim, Geohazards Specialist)
We also have faults* to deal with in this scenario of which there are both deep and shallow. Depending on the current vital stats of the blown out well, especially its actual depth; the number, location and severity of the breaches throughout the well system; the pressure at the wellhead; as well as the type and status of geological formations/strata it has been drilled into, these faults will become prominently configured into the future stability of the whole region. Larger faults can open up much greater opportunities for the hydrocarbons to find their way to the seafloor via cracks and crevices, craters and chasms. In fact the numerous leaks and seeps throughout the seafloor surface, which are quite apparent from various ROV live-feeds, give testimony to sub-seafloor geological formations in great turmoil and undergoing unprecedented flux.
*“Once the oil gets into the shallow faulted zones, we have an uncontrollable situation. The place where most of the oil and gas is coming out is at the foot hills of the continental shelf as shown in figure 134-1 in the article “BP continues to dazzle us with their unlimited magic”. The discovery by WHOI of the 22 mile long river of oil originated from these leaks. So the leaks will be mainly along the faults where I have marked (shallow) in “What is going on at West Sirius” and deep strike-slip faults (red line) on fig 134-1.” (Per BK Lim, Geohazards Specialist)
Just how bad is this situation?
There are actually three different ongoing disasters – each more grave and challenging than the previous one – which must be considered when assessing the awesome destruction to the GOM by the Oil & Gas Industry.
I. A single gushing well at 7o – 100,000 barrels per day of hydrocarbon effluent for 87 days into the GOM at the Macondo Prospect along with two smaller rogue wells
II. Numerous leaks and seeps within five to ten square miles of the Macondo well with an aggregate outflow of an unknown amount of hydrocarbon effluent per day into the GOM
III. Countless gushers and spills, leaks and seeps, throughout the Gulf of Mexico, where drilling has been conducted for many decades, with an aggregate outflow that can not even be estimated, but is well in excess of any guesstimate which would ensure the slow and steady demise of the GOM.
It is the last scenario which we all face and to which there is no easy or obvious solution. The truth be told, there currently does not exist the technology or machinery or equipment to repair the damage that has been wrought by the process of deep undersea drilling, especially when it is performed in the wrong place. Therefore, wherever the oil and gas find points of entry into the GOM through the seafloor, these leaks and seeps will only continue to get worse. Here’s why:
Methane gas mixed with saltwater and mud makes for a very potent corrosive agent. Under high pressure it will find every point of egress through the rock and sediment formations all the way up to the seafloor where it will find any point of exit that is available. The longer and more forcefully that it flows throughout the fractured area, which is dependent on the volume, temperature and pressure at the source of the hydrocarbons, the more its corrosive effects will widen, broaden and enlarge the channels, cracks and crevices throughout the sub-seafloor geology, thereby creating a predicament that no science, technology or equipment can remedy.
Dire realities of the methane hydrate predicament
The Macondo Prospect in the GOM is just one of many throughout the oceans of the world where the seafloor has beds of methane hydrate locked in place by very high pressure and low temperatures. Likewise, there are myriad repositories and large “reservoirs” of methane clathrates in the sub-seafloor strata, and especially within the more superficial geological formations, which are being greatly impacted by all oil and gas drilling and extraction activities. It does not take much imagination to understand how the upsurging hydrocarbons (very hot oil and gas) are quickly converting the frozen hydrates to gas, thereby causing innumerable “micro-displacements”, the cumulative effect of which will translate to larger “macro-displacements” of rock, sediment and other geological formations.
When you factor in this constant vaporization of methane hydrates/clathrates both sub-seafloor as well as those scattered around the seafloor surface to the existing scenario, this devolving situation becomes that much more difficult to effectively remedy. With the resulting shifts and resettling and reconfiguration of the entire seafloor terrain and underlying strata occurring in the wake of these dynamics, we are left with a situation that is not going to get better through the use of even more invasive technology and intrusive machinery.
Question: How many times can you grout a seafloor crack that was caused by an underlying superficial fault after drilling into an old mud volcano?
Answer: “In the attempt to seal the oil from oozing through the faults, BP resorted to high pressure grouting. Basically it is like cementing the cracks in the rock by injecting grout (cement mixture) at high pressure. The way they do this is by drilling an injection hole into the shallow rocks and pumping in the grout. The grout in “slurry” state will permeate into the cracks, cure and seal up the cracks. However it is not working because of the presence of gas and oil. It is like super-glue. You need to clean the surfaces before you apply the glue; otherwise it won’t stick and will come off eventually after a few days or weeks. That is why we can see a few blown out craters – shown in my article – Is the last rite for the Macondo Well for real?” (Per BK Lim, Geohazards Specialist)
Likewise, how do you fill a newly emerging gash in the seafloor which is caused by a deep fault due to low level seismic activity, or worse, a full blown earthquake?!
Seismic activity in the GOM and the uptick in earthquakes in the Mississippi River Basin and surrounding region
We now come to the most serious issue regarding the relentless drilling for oil and gas throughout the Gulf of Mexico. The map above clearly illustrates the density of drilling throughout the northern GOM as of 2006. Likewise, the map below demonstrates the extraordinary and increasing intensity of these very same operations off the coast of Louisiana alone.
The map that follows, however, tells a story which demands the attention of every resident of the GOM coastline. The video link below the map shows the development timeline of the successively deeper wells being drilled during the last decade. Of course, with greater depths come much greater risks, as the technology and machinery have not been proportionately upgraded to accommodate the extraordinary demands and unforeseen contingencies of such a speculative and dangerous enterprise*.
*Oil and gas drilling in seawater depths of over 4000 feet, and through 15,000 to 25,000 feet of the earth’s crust and mantle, is considered extremely dangerous to those from whom reason and common sense have not yet fled.
It’s critical to understand the location and current activity of the various faults which exist throughout the GOM and how they connect to the New Madrid Fault Line, as well as other major faults at much greater distance. There does appear to be a emerging uptick in earthquake activity in the greater Louisiana area, as well as contiguous regions in the GOM as demonstrated by unprecedented, albeit low level earthquakes. Correlations between these earthquakes/seismic activity and major operations at the Macondo Prospect have been alluded to in our previous postings.
Now then, the question remains just how vulnerable has the GOM been made to a truly catastrophic event, ending up with an overwhelming displacement of water producing tidal waves, in the aftermath of an undersea earthquake.
There is no question that the ceaseless fracturing of the seafloor and fissuring of the sub-seafloor geological strata by the Oil & Gas Industry has set up a quite conducive environment for HUGE unintended consequences. We leave it up to the experts to conduct the necessary risk assessments, which will most assuredly let loose a sea of red flags about what Big Oil has done, and is currently doing, in the Gulf of Mexico. Furthermore, we are deeply concerned that, if a permanent moratorium on all new oil and gas drilling and extraction in the GOM is not put into place poste haste, the coastal communities will remain in a very precarious situation.
Worsening GOM predicament is reflective of the status quo around the globe
Now consider the following scenario: that this very same predicament, which we have all witnessed in the Gulf of Mexico, is happening wherever oil and gas drilling is conducted in the various water bodies throughout the planet. Therefore we can multiply the Macondo Prospect disaster a hundred times and still not come close to the impacts that these ongoing gushers and spills, leaks and seeps are having the world over.
Perhaps the BP Gulf Oil Spill was the defining moment in modern history when all the nations of the world community were called by Mother Earth herself to begin transitioning the planet away from the Hydrocarbon Fuel Paradigm. After all, we may never get another chance!
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This could truly be a total game/world changing event if there is any truth at all in what these folks are saying!
As Darren mentioned in his show on Monday night, there is some speculation as to whether the BP/Gulf Oil Spill and the effect it has had on the gulf stream current has somehow caused the weather patterns in Europe to take a very frigid turn.
There are several reports out there by a couple of scientist that say the Gulf Stream has been compromised as a result of the use of corexit that has allowed the oil to ‘settle’ at depth and has slowed down the Gulf Stream. Some saying that the current is dying somewhere off the coast of N. Carolina as it heads out towards Europe.
So, if it has slowed or stopped mid ocean then the warm air that is conveyed with the warm water has also stopped which might be one cause for the weather in Europe. The forecast is for more of the same….
Stranded traveler: ‘All I want for Christmas is to hug my daughter’
London (CNN) — Lisa Suarez’s voice breaks as she stands in the snow outside London’s Heathrow airport, unable to get a flight home to Dallas, Texas.
“It’s very hard,” she says. “All I want for Christmas is to hug my daughter.”
She and her family are among hundreds of thousands of people stranded by “freak weather conditions” that dumped unexpected tons of snow on Europe this weekend, snarling flight schedules at the continent’s busiest airports.
Heathrow planned to cancel all arrivals Sunday, but later said it might allow three planes to land. A dozen long-haul flights are scheduled to take off Sunday night, spokesman Andrew Teacher said. He did not say which ones.
Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris told travelers to expect two-hour delays and cancellation of a quarter of flights. One in five flights was being canceled at the French capital’s second airport, Paris-Orly, with delays of an hour expected, Aeroports de Paris said on its website.
Germany’s Frankfurt airport said at least 500 of a planned 1,300 flights would be scrapped Sunday.
And more snow is expected in Germany during the day, which will put further strain on flight schedules, spokesman Waltraud Riehemann said.
More than 200,000 passengers were due to take off from Heathrow on Sunday, said Donna O’Brien, a spokeswoman for Heathrow airport operator BAA. Most won’t be able to, she said.
Workers were trying to remove 30 metric tons of snow from each of the airport’s 200 aircraft parking stands, according to the airport’s website.
–London’s Gatwick airport says its runway is open and “operations are gradually returning to normal.”
–Heathrow will have no flights from Terminals 1 or 4, and only a small number from Terminals 3 and 5, it says. Terminal 2 is closed for renovation.
–Heathrow urges passengers to check with airlines before flying. Contact numbers are listed on its website, www.heathrowairport.com
–British Airways tells passengers to check www.ba2go.com before coming to the airport. Customers who need to rebook in the U.S. should call 1-800-247-9297 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-247-9297 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Those in the UK should call 0800 727 800. BA warns of high call volume despite hiring extra call center staff and urges people to call only if necessary.
These are… freak weather conditions. We’ve not seen a storm like this in 20 years
–Andrew Teacher, BAA spokesman
–BMI cancels all flights to and from Heathrow and asks passengers not to come to the airport.
–British train operator Network Rail says trains are running more or less normally, but advises passengers to check before traveling.
Heathrow is Europe’s busiest airport — and one of the busiest in the world. Paris Charles de Gaulle is second, and Frankfurt sees the third-highest traffic on the continent.
Forecasters say the United Kingdom will remain in the grip of bitter winter weather at least through Monday.
Heathrow employees are working to try to make the airport fully operational by Monday.
“We’ve got a few thousand people that have, unfortunately, had to spend the night,” BAA spokesman Teacher said Sunday. “We’ve been making them as comfortable as possible with blankets, with food and water.”
Teacher said ice is the main problem affecting flights.
“We are extremely sorry for the disruption that’s been caused to people’s journeys today, but the decision has been made simply to avoid any kind of potential risk,” Teacher said.
“These are absolutely … freak weather conditions,” he added. “We’ve not seen a storm like this in 20 years.”
On Saturday, frigid temperatures and extreme conditions pummeled Europe. From Northern Ireland to Bulgaria, blizzard conditions left airports with heavy delays or shut them entirely. Snow, ice and fog have caused travel chaos ahead of a busy holiday travel week.
And severe weather could continue on Monday as another series of weather systems move in, said Met Office special forecaster Tony Burgess.
“There is another risk of [heavy snow] across England and south Wales on Monday,” Burgess said.
The next wave of snowy weather is expected to bring up to 20 centimeters (8 inches) to some parts of the United Kingdom, with London expected to receive 5 to 10 centimeters (2 to 4 inches) of snow.
The weather system will move across France and Germany on Sunday. Below-normal temperatures are expected to continue in northern Europe into the beginning of next week.
Hopefully at some point we humans will wake up to the fact that what we do does have impact, sometimes far larger impacts than we would think or admit to…Responsibility is not far behind. Taking responsibility is not easy, especially when entire weather patterns have been affected. We must begin to think of what our responsible actions might look like…NOW!
As the Feds continue to cast about for the culprits in the Gulf Oil Spill, Halliburton is now in the bulls eye. Good luck collecting…I believe that Halliburton is now headquartered in the Mid East. BP will have to sue them big time to recover any of the costs associated with this disaster and we (read the government) will have to sue BP to get anywhere near the kind of dough that will be required to help all the millions of people affected by the contamination. No one has a clue as to how to clean the mess up other than to lie and say it has disappeared! Yeah right!
Halliburton falls on damning oil spill report
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Shares of Halliburton plunged Thursday after a report from federal investigators suggested the oil services company knew the cement it used on the BP oil well was unstable.
Halliburton’s stock dropped $2.74, or 7.9%, to end the day at $31.68 a share. Earlier in the day, the stock was down more than 10%.
Fred Bartlit, chief counsel to the federal commission investigating the BP (BP) oil spill, said in a letter to commissioners that the cement Halliburton used to secure the Macondo well repeatedly failed stability tests.
The BP-operated well blew out in April after the Deepwater Horizon, a drill rig owned by Transocean (RIG), exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. The disaster killed 11 workers and gave rise to the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
Bartlit said Halliburton provided him with samples of materials like the ones the company used to cement the ill-fated well, which were given to rival oil company Chevron (CVX, Fortune 500) for testing.
Chevron was unable to create “stable foam cement” using the materials and design information that Halliburton used on the well, according to the letter.
“Although laboratory foam stability tests cannot replicate field conditions perfectly, these data strongly suggest that the foam cement used at Macondo was unstable,” the letter said. “This may have contributed to the blowout.”
Halliburton has said that the cement it used on the well just days before it blew out was stable. But investigators said company documents showed that three out of four tests Halliburton conducted showed that the cement was unstable.
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In February, Halliburton shared the results of one of those tests with BP, although there is no indication that Halliburton highlighted the significance of the failed stability test, the letter said.
Halliburton tested the cement again in April, using the actual materials used on the Macondo well. One test, conducted just seven days before the blowout, again found that the cement was unstable, although investigators said there may have been lab errors.
Investigators said it appears that Halliburton never told BP about the results from this test.
After three negative results, Halliburton personnel modified the testing procedure and found that the mixture was stable, according to investigators. It is not clear if Halliburton reported the results of this fourth test to BP before the blowout occurred.
Critics of the company said the report proves that Halliburton knew the cement was flawed and recklessly chose to proceed.
“The fact that BP and Halliburton knew this cement job could fail only solidifies their liability and responsibility for this disaster,” said Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., chair of a House subcommittee on energy and the environment, in a statement. “We now know what BP and Halliburton knew, and when they knew it. And now we know they did absolutely nothing about it.”
Markey said the Oil Spill Commission should be granted subpoena power to continue its investigation into the causes of the disaster. He also renewed his call for BP chief executive Bob Dudley to testify before Congress.
Halliburton, which was run by former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in the 1990s, did not immediately respond to calls requesting comment on the report. To top of page
I bet that they stock isn’t hurt too bad for too long considering the fact that the government wants them to make money! I mean Cheney’s networth can’t take a big hit!
What everyone knows yet the government and certainly not BP are going to admit, there is indeed oil on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. How it is going to affect sea life and humans has yet to be determined. The speculation is all over the place on that accord, but it is safe to say that marine life will continue to be affected greatly!
How long before the government admits there has been a major environmental catastrophe here? My answer would be about as long as it has taken them to admit and rectify all the screw ups after Katrina…read not now not ever!
Oil spill Crisis in the Gulf of Mexico
By Rick Jervis, USA TODAY
NEW ORLEANS — Scientists who were aboard two research vessels studying the Gulf of Mexico oil spill’s impact on sea life have found substantial amounts of oil on the seafloor, contradicting statements by federal officials that the oil had largely disappeared.
Scientists on the research ship Cape Hatteras found oil in samples dug up from the seafloor in a 140-mile radius around the site of the Macondo well, said Kevin Yeager, a University of Southern Mississippi assistant professor of marine sciences. He was the chief scientist on the research trip, which ended last week.
Oil found in samples ranged from light degraded oil to thick raw crude, Yeager said.
A research team on a ship called the Arctic Sunrise, sponsored by the environmental activist group Greenpeace, also turned up traces of oil in sediment samples as well as evidence of chemical dispersants in blue crab larvae and long plumes of oxygen-depleted water emanating from the well site 50 miles off Louisiana’s coast.
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Greenpeace was scheduled to announce its findings at a news conference today. Its trip also ended last week.
“Clearly, there appears to be vast volumes of oil present on the seafloor,” Yeager said. “We saw considerable evidence of it.”
Yeager said his team still needs to “fingerprint” the samples in labs to determine definitively that the oil came from the runaway well. The sheer abundance of oil and its proximity to the well site, though, makes it “highly likely” that the oil is from the Macondo well, he said.
The findings add to an ongoing debate between academic researchers and federal scientists, who have differed on the oil spill’s impact on the Gulf. The Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank in April, killing 11 crewmembers and releasing more than 100 million gallons of oil before it was sealed Sept. 18. BP leased the rig and is responsible for the spill’s cleanup, while the U.S. Coast Guard is overseeing response and cleanup work.
Federal officials have said that most of the oil has evaporated or been devoured by oil-eating microbes. Last week, Steve Lehmann, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and a top science adviser to the Coast Guard, told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that his agency has not found any oil on the seafloor.
“The concept of a big slick of oil sinking to the bottom is kind of an anathema,” he said. “We have not found anything that we would consider actionable at 5,000 feet or 5 feet.”
Debbie Payton, a NOAA oceanographer leading the agency’s subsurface oil monitoring, said NOAA scientists have detected an oily sheen in some of the sediments samples they’ve taken near the well site, but early results from lab analysis so far have not shown any oil particles.
Part of the discrepancy between federal and academic scientists may come from how NOAA scientists lower the multi-ton machinery used to collect the samples, known as a “multiple corer,” into the sea, said Samantha Joye, a University of Georgia marine sciences professor who was one of the first to discover oily sediment in the seafloor.
Lowering the multiple corer too fast could disrupt the fine sediment on the seafloor and disperse oil particles, she said.
“These are really fine layers,” Joye said. “If you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re not going to find oil.”
The three-month Greenpeace research trip aboard the Arctic Sunrise included scientists from Tulane University and Texas A&M University at Galveston, said John Hocevar, Greenpeace’s oceans campaign director who participated in the expedition.
The Tulane scientists found traces of what appeared to be the dispersant Clorexit, used to break up the gush of oil during the spill, in blue crab larvae, Hocevar said. A third team of scientists took whale recordings in the deep Gulf and will study them to see if the mammal’s numbers have dwindled and, if so, what role the oil might have played, he said.
Clif Nunnally, a doctoral student and manager of the deep sea biology lab at Texas A&M who was on the Arctic Sunrise, said he gathered sediment samples 6 miles north of the well site that clearly had oil in them.
“There’s definitely oil there,” Nunnally said. “Now it’s a matter of getting all the samples up and determining what the impact is on the animals there.”
Yeager said the next step is to try to determine what lasting effects the oil in the sediment may have on the worms, plankton and other invertebrates burrowed in the seafloor muck and what ripple effects that could trigger up the food chain to humans.
“From this point forward, this becomes largely a bottom-up story,” he said. “What’s troubling to me is we know almost nothing about what’s happening on the seafloor in relation to this oil.”
I am still recommending that folks that live near the most affected areas continue to do things that will strengthen their lungs and immune systems.
The reporting on the Gulf oil spill contamination continues to look pretty dire! Not only are folks becoming sick apparently, but the toxicity in the water continues to yield unwelcome surprises. I have no ideas where we, as a species, will end up after all these toxins work their way through the food chain, environment, etc., but I am highly aware of the news these days.
That these developments themselves are horrible is tragic. That the MSM and government continue to ignore science, tests and the human/environmental consequences is criminal!
GULF BLUE PLAGUE: A LETHAL DOSE OF ARSENIC AND LIES (Part III)
By Michael Edward
Gulf of Mexico coastal residents are civilian casualties of a chemical and biological warfare. We have most of the same toxins in our blood and we share the same symptoms experienced by soldiers who survived and died after exposure to debilitating and deadly chemicals in the European trenches of WWI.
While the rest of the world has been deliberately kept in the dark, the Gulf of Mexico has become a chemical and biological battleground. Our shorelines and coastal areas are now the front lines of this deadly war that will bring an onslaught of casualties during the next decade and beyond. We are all entrenched in a war for our survival and the survival of our families for generations to come.
While the Gulf Blue Plague continues to affect more and more of us each day, our State and Federal governments ignore us, lie to us, and call us everything from mentally ill to conspiracy theorists. Common sense dictates that the only conspiracy evolves from those who deliberately cover-up the truth of what is taking place in the Gulf. The facts dictate that the chemical and biological war taking place here is surely no theory. One can only conclude that the true conspiracy theorists are those who are deliberately concealing the truth.
ARSENIC AND OLD LIES
Our private testing of Gulf of Mexico water samples were taken from a 12-15 foot depth approximately 25 miles west of Venice Inlet (Florida) on August 24. We had our testing performed outside the U.S. under the direct supervision of a Chemistry PhD with over 30 years laboratory and field experience at a national university. We are awaiting the final results of time consuming chemical and biological tests that are not yet completed, especially with regards to specific DNA markers for bacterial and cellular mutations. For the time being, our source will remain absolutely anonymous due to the sensitive nature of the ongoing tests.
These tests have revealed astounding high levels of a dangerous toxin that no-one has been mentioning, let alone monitoring: ARSENIC. The WHO safety toxicity guideline for arsenic in water is 10 ppb or less to be considered at a safe level. Our test sample from the Gulf of Mexico was 731 ppb of arsenic. Arsenic concentrations are often reported in milligrams of arsenic per liter of water. Therefore, 0.010 mg/l is equivalent to 10 ppb and 0.731 mg/l is equivalent to 713 ppb.
One can only imagine the arsenic levels in the northern Gulf waters where the enormous lakes of oil lie hidden beneath the surface along with other contributing factors discussed below.
I challenge every independent testing lab and private university in North America to verify the presence of high arsenic and arsenic compound levels in the Gulf of Mexico water as we did. Since “official” water and air tests of the Gulf over the past five months have been highly questionable (to say the least), it lies with the American people to expose the truth of why the Gulf Blue Plague has arrived.
I also challenge every hospital, medical clinic, and physician to have urine and hair samples from your Gulf Blue Plague patients sent to a lab for arsenic analysis. It’s the least you can do to uphold your Hippocratic Oath.
THE DEW OF DEATH
After World War I, the United States built up a large stockpile of 20,000 tons of Lewisite, a/k/a “Dew of Death”, a chemical weapon which is made from acetylene and an arsenic compound. Most of the stockpile was “neutralized with bleach” and dumped into the Gulf of Mexico in the 1950’s. Lewisite remains in a liquid state under a wide range of conditions. Since it stays a liquid in temperatures from below freezing to very high, it can last for an extremely long time. (1) The “bleaching” of the Lewisite supposedly neutralized the effects of the arsenic-acetylene chemical compound, but it apparently did not neutralize the arsenic itself.
Because this was a military operation, there are no public records we can find pinpointing the locations in the Gulf of Mexico where the bleached “Dew of Death” was dumped. If any canisters and drums were deposited in proximity to the canyons near the BP Macondo wells or in close proximity to the Biloxi Dome, this could partially explain the extremely high levels of arsenic in the Gulf water and air if they were damaged by either the operations that have been taking place or by the fissures now evident on the seafloor.
According to Imperial College London in an early 2010 study, arsenic is a poisonous chemical element that is present in crude oil. High levels of arsenic in seawater can enable the toxin to enter the food chain and disrupt the photosynthesis process in marine plants. This increases the potential for genetic alterations which have been proven to cause birth defects and behavioral changes in all aquatic life. It can also kill animals, such as birds that feed on sea creatures affected by arsenic.
The high amount of arsenic in the Gulf of Mexico water and air may also be coming from yet another source. During and after the Vietnam War, the United States sprayed AGENT BLUE, which is a mixture of two arsenic-containing compounds. Could it be possible that such an arsenic compound is being sprayed both in and over the Gulf of Mexico?
The answer is an astonishing YES. According to the EPA, the Corexit® EC9500A used to disperse the Gulf oil contains 0.16 ppm of arsenic. (2)
Interview with a BP cleanup worker, GRC Radio (South Carolina), September 30, 2010:
(Aircraft) spraying with no lights at night… The people on board thought the boat was on fire… We kept smelling burnt wire… we didn’t realize it was the smell of arsenic… It’s the chemicals that were being sprayed that left that smell… Our lungs fill up with fluid, can’t breathe… terrible, terrible headaches, skin lesions… I want to live to see my granddaughter… People, we really need help…
Arsenic trioxide is 500 times more toxic than pure arsenic and its fumes have an odor somewhat resembling garlic. This and other similar arsenic compounds have also been reported to smell like shorted electrical wires or burnt wiring. Arsenic (as well as most arsenic compounds) rises in heat at atmospheric pressure converting directly to a gaseous form. (3) If there is an arsenic compound being sprayed, you would be able to smell it immediately on contact. If there were arsenic compounds in the Gulf of Mexico at any depth, when they come to the surface and become a gas, you would smell it. Those along the Gulf of Mexico and those who have been working from their boats have smelled it repeatedly. That’s all the evidence that’s needed.
I had mentioned during the October 1 WVP Radio show (see http://worldvisionportal.org/wvpforum/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=1009) how all the flies and insects at our coastal Florida animal sanctuary had died the night we experienced a strong and steady wind from the Gulf of Mexico. Wherever there is animal manure in southern Florida, you will assuredly have an abundance of flies and insects year round. When they’re all of a sudden gone from the air and seen dead floating with a brown film in all the water troughs, this is an unusual event easily noticed. It ends up that the toxicity of arsenic to insects led to its use as a wood preservative (CCA) that has since been banned due to the toxicity of arsenic. (4)
ARSENIC AND BLUE PLAGUE SYMPTOMS ARE THE SAME
Symptoms of arsenic poisoning begin with headaches, confusion and drowsiness. These are the same initial symptoms for those of us who have experienced the Gulf Blue Plague since early August.
Because arsenic targets widely dispersed enzyme reactions, it affects nearly all organ systems. The most sensitive physical symptom due to arsenic exposure is dermal effects. Skin lesions are common effects of heavy chronic exposure. (9) After continued low levels of arsenic exposure, many skin ailments appear.
Besides rashes of varied appearance, hypo-pigmentation (white spots) and hyper-pigmentation (dark spots) are very common. After about 10 years, skin cancers appear. After 20 – 30 years, internal cancers appear especially in the bladder and lungs. (10) As arsenic poisoning develops, convulsions and changes in fingernail pigmentation may occur.
Unusual white or dark coloring (pigmentation) under fingernails and on the skin has been overlooked by most everyone, yet most that are now sick with the Gulf Blue Flu and Gulf Blue Plague have now confirmed this physical sign with us after we specifically asked them to look at their fingernails and skin. I personally have white pigmentation spots now clearly visible on my legs and thighs. Another common place these pigmentations show up is on your back.
Sometimes, the obvious is hidden in plain sight.
The organs of the body that are usually affected by arsenic poisoning are the lungs, skin, kidneys, and liver. When the poisoning becomes acute, symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, blood in the urine, cramping muscles, stomach pain, convulsions, and even hair loss. (5)
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) states that the long term effects of arsenic exposure cannot be predicted. (7) In other words, they don’t know. Add some DNA mutated viruses (bacteriophages) or mutant bacteria, and the effects will come about quickly since this is uncharted chemical and biological territory. Those of us living along the Gulf already know. We see the effects among ourselves each day as we watch our families, our friends, our neighbors, and co-workers suffer from those effects.
ARSENIC CHANGES DNA
Toxic levels of arsenic cause significant DNA hyper-methylation. DNA hyper-methylation is a process that can cause genetic alterations through inactivating DNA-repair genes. (8) This simply means that a toxic level of arsenic in any cell brings about DNA changes so that the genes which normally repair cells become inactive or dormant. It causes your natural immunity and detoxification system to sleep when it’s needed most. Think of it as if your hands have been tied behind your back when trying to play the piano.
ARSENIC COMPROMISES IMMUNE RESPONSES
Low-level exposure to arsenic compromises the initial immune response to H1N1 or swine flu infection according to NIEHS-supported scientists. The study suggests that people exposed to even a minute amount of arsenic are at an increased risk for more serious illness or death in response to infection from the virus. (6) I have no doubt this applies to all viruses that effect mankind. Arsenic could very well explain why Gulf Blue Flu victims all have a seriously compromised immune response.
There are tests available to diagnose poisoning by measuring arsenic in blood, urine, hair, and fingernails. The urine test is the most reliable test for arsenic exposure within the last few days. Urine testing needs to be done within 24–48 hours for an accurate analysis of an acute exposure. Tests on hair and fingernails can measure exposure to arsenic over the past 6–12 months. These tests can determine if one has been exposed to above-average levels. (7)
It doesn’t matter if these arsenic compounds came from chemical warfare canisters dumped into the Gulf 50+ years ago; from gigantic lakes of crude oil that exist in the Gulf depths; or from the current dispersant spraying from airplanes and boats. Most likely, all three are equal contributors. We know it’s in the water and it’s being sprayed at night along with the other unknown proprietary (corporate secret) ingredients in what they keep calling Corexit – that is, if it’s even anything that chemically resembles what we’ve been told is Corexit in the first place.
Regardless of where in the world you live, the Gulf Blue Plague will eventually affect you in one way or another.
Wherever the Gulf wind blows…
Wherever the Gulf water flows…
1 – Levine, Herbert. Chemical & Biological Weapons in Our Times. USA: Franklin Watts, 2000. See also “Facts About Lewisite.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 14 March 2003. 7 May 2006. http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/lewisite/basics/facts.asp
2 – Stellman, Jeanne et al. The Extent and patterns of usage of Agent Orange and other herbicides in Vietnam. Nature. Vol. 422 (17 April 2003) pp 681 – 687). See also http://www.factbites.com/topics/Agent-Blue and http://www.epa.gov/oem/content/ncp/products/corex950.htm
3 – Holleman, Arnold F; Wiberg, Egon; Wiberg, Nils (1985). “Arsen”. Lehrbuch der Anorganischen Chemie (91–100 ed.). Walter de Gruyter. pp. 675–681. ISBN 3110075113. See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arsenic_poisoning.
4 – Rahman FA, Allan DL, Rosen CJ, Sadowsky MJ. “Arsenic availability from chromated copper arsenate (CCA)-treated wood”. Journal of Environmental Quality. 2004 Jan-Feb;33(1):173-80. pmid = 14964372 )
5 – “OSHA Arsenic”. United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration. http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/arsenic/index.html
6 – Courtney, D; Ely, Kenneth H.; Enelow, Richard I.; Hamilton, Joshua W. (2009). “Low Dose Arsenic Compromises the Immune Response to Influenza A Infection in vivo”. Environmental Health Perspectives 117 (9): 1441–7. doi:10.1289/ehp.0900911. PMID 19750111
7 – The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (2009) http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/
8 – Baccarelli, A.; Bollati, V. (2009). “Epigenetics and environmental chemicals”. Current opinion in Pediatrics 21 (2): 243–251. See alsohttp://www.humpath.com/DNA-hypermethylation
9 – http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/arsenic/physiologic_effects.html
10 – http://phys4.harvard.edu/~wilson/arsenic/arsenic_project_health_effects.html
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If you live anywhere near the coast please take precautions! Lung cleanse, liver cleanse, all natural body detox and the EnerFood would be good starters!