Tuesday, August 17, 2010

THE REAL SITUATION IN THE GULF

The real key with this story is that #1) The Well we are looking at on the ROV cameras (Well A) and which they supposedly have nearly "killed" IS NOT the Well that was being drilled by the DeepHorizon and exploded and brought the rig down on April 20th (more on this below). #2) The Well which we are not being shown is beyond repair (Well B) and is still gushing 100,000 barrels of crude a day. (This explains why the dispersant ops are getting WORSE, not better, with private contractors and Airforce planes spraying people in Florida waters now. See the new Truthout article on this topic here.  In fact the runaway gusher was the primary reason why millions of gallons of dispersants were used in the first place. It has been a cover-up since day 1!).

The key to understanding what's going on begins here.....First, we must acknowledge that the Macondo reservoir pressure was 13,000 psi (at the minimum) at the beginning of the blow out. (These figures are public domain, and are based on the weight of the mud used and the depth of the well).  If you run a continuous, intact "tube" (i.e. the wellbore/well casing) from the wellhead down to that reservoir, the pressure will equalize and you will have 13,000 psi above at the wellhead as below. The mid-July capping process initiated by BP resulted in the well reaching pressures of ONLY 6800 psi, leaving 6,200 "MISSING" psi that must be there if the well is intact and that well is connecting to the reservoir, as we are being told.  When these readings first were revealed BP tried hiding their shock, and came up with ridiculous explanations such as "the reservoir has depleted," or "as long as the pressure doesn't go down the well is intact."

The profound discrepancy between the reservoir pressure (13,000 psi) and the wellhead pressure (6,800 psi) must be due to either 1) reservoir depletion 2) leakage from a highly damaged well.  Severe reservoir depletion is highly unlikely, as this is the world's 2nd largest deposit of gas/oil and is believed to be able to produce 500,000 barrels a day for 10 years. The obvious explanation is the well casing was badly damaged on April 20th and is leaking into the rock formation. (see BK Lim's diagrams).

What helps clarify the situation is that the permit for Miss. Canyon 252 is for two Wells: Well A (initiated in 2009) and Well B (initiated in 2010). The Well we are now looking at that appears "capped" is Well A, which actually never reached the reservoir. The 60 minutes interview with the rig worker covered this and explained how that well was abandoned when their drill bit got stuck and other problems emerged. They switched the ROV cameras during Tropical Storm Bonnie (07/22 - 07/24. (Remember, we waited for over three months for them to "cap" the runaway well without any success and suddenly they just slap a cap on that thing, and it suddenly works??? Come on!). This video shows the rock hard evidence that they did the "switch-a-roo"

So, while Tropical Storm Bonnie passed, and the Blow Out Preventer (BOP) switch-out was complete, the world was lead to believe that the Well was now somehow killed. The "plan" I imagine is to finish up cementing and "killing" Well A and claim the disaster is over, while continuing to spray dispersants, until blame can be shifted to an inevitable seasonal storm still to come "uncapping" one of the 27,000 abandoned wells in the region, or breaking open any segment of the 30,000 miles of pipeline on the sea floor. Or, worse, there is already a plan to use a nuclear device down there, as Matt Simons (now dead) himself strongly proposed as a solution.

Ultimately this may be one the largest and most disasterous cover-ups in American history.

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