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Gulf Of Mexico Sea Floor Fractured Beyond Repair

July 8th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Environment, Fossil fuel, Man-made Disaster, Unnatural Disaster

On 15 June I posted on how the well bore structure of the BP hell-machine is “compromised” down-hole and how this means that the whole floor of the Gulf of Mexico is endangered.  Here is a further proof of the magnitude (unacknowledged by either BP or the US Government) of he disaster. This is an “not vetted” report on CNN’s iReport, a user-generated section of CNN.com, from late June. First the video, then the opening paragraphs of the piece — you can read the full version here.

iReport — Posted by:
BruceRubin

A dire report circulating in the Kremlin today that was prepared for Prime Minister Putin by Anatoly Sagalevich of Russia’s Shirshov Institute of Oceanology warns that the Gulf of Mexico sea floor has been fractured “beyond all repair” and our World should begin preparing for an ecological disaster “beyond comprehension” unless “extraordinary measures” are undertaken to stop the massive flow of oil into our Planet’s eleventh largest body of water.

Most important to note about Sagalevich’s warning is that he and his fellow scientists from theRussian Academy of Sciences are the only human beings to have actually been to the Gulf of Mexico oil leak site after their being called to the disaster scene by British oil giant BP shortly after the April 22nd sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform.

BP’s calling on Sagalevich after this catastrophe began is due to his being the holder of the World’s record for the deepest freshwater dive and his expertise with Russia’s two Deep Submergence Vehicles MIR 1 and MIR 2 [photo below] which are able to take their crews to the depth of 6,000 meters (19,685 ft).

According to Sagalevich’s report, the oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico is not just coming from the 22 inch well bore site being shown on American television, but from at least 18 other sites on the “fractured seafloor” with the largest being nearly 11 kilometers (7 miles) from where the Deepwater Horizon sank and is spewing into these precious waters an estimated 2 million gallons of oil a day.

Interesting to note in this report is Sagalevich stating that he and the other Russian scientists were required by the United States to sign documents forbidding them to report their findings to either the American public or media, and which they had to do in order to legally operate in US territorial waters.

However, Sagalevich says that he and the other scientists gave nearly hourly updates to both US government and BP officials about what they were seeing on the sea floor, including the US Senator from their State of Florida Bill Nelson who after one such briefing stated to the MSNBC news service“Andrea we’re looking into something new right now, that there’s reports of oil that’s seeping up from the seabed… which would indicate, if that’s true, that the well casing itself is actually pierced… underneath the seabed. So, you know, the problems could be just enormous with what we’re facing.”

Though not directly stated in Sagalevich’s report, Russian scientists findings on the true state of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster are beyond doubt being leaked to his longtime friend, and former US President George W. Bush’s top energy advisor Matthew Simmons, who US media reports state has openly said: “Matthew Simmons is sticking by his story that there’s another giant leak in the Gulf of Mexico blowing massive amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. On CNBC’s Fast Money, he says he’d be surprised if BP lasted this summer, saying this is disaster is entirely BP’s fault.”

As a prominent oil-industry insider, and one of the World’s leading experts on peak oil, Simmons further warns that the US has only two options, “let the well run dry (taking 30 years, and probably ruining the Atlantic ocean) or nuking the well.”

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3 Comments so far ↓

  • bill

    yes, and i am not truly convinced that people not living on the coast(s) really care all that much; the ocean is an abstraction perhaps, to them, or at least to some….they say the oil won’t get further north than north carolina before being taken out into the atlantic by the gulf stream currents, but of course just one hurricane or northeaster could push the oil even up beyond where i live in new jersey. and as is rightly pointed out, what washes up on shore is but the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

  • Jeff Wright

    To quote the Yeah Yeah Yeahs: We’re all gonna rot in hell. This is scary beyond.

  • Michael Tweed

    “…this is the way the world ends not with a bang but a wimper”

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