Saturday, June 05, 2010

May 30, 2010
Now that scientists are saying that there may be at least as much methane as oil being released, why isn't the news media reaching out to environmental scientists to report on the effect of the massive quantities of this toxic greenhouse gas being released? Why also is no one discussing the short and long term environmental effects of nearly a million gallons of the toxic dispursant BP continues to use despite the EPA warning and the fact that it is banned in the UK.

Secondly, as university scientists determined more than a week ago (and reported both in the NYTimes op-ed and Sen Markey's committee), the total volume released may be anywhere from 50,000 to more than 100,000 barrels a day, yet we are supposed to trust BP and government when they say it's a fraction of that, some 19-24,000 barrels, just as we were supposed to accept it when they said it was a mere 1,000 or 5,000 barrels a day and refused to release video of the rupture? Even this latest report (May 30) continues to repeat the BP/government estimates that this gusher has “dumped between 18 million and 40 million gallons into the Gulf…” instead of qualifying it with the academic estimates.

Taking the most generally agreed upon academic number of 70,000 barrels a day, that is well over 100 million gallons, far more than the 'official' estimate.

Why is this extent of this catastrophic disater being consistently downplayed? Liability?

Tue Jun 01, 2010
"At least 20 million gallons of oil and possibly 43 million gallons have spilled since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and sank in April."

Seriously? Did Matthew Brown of the AP just pull that number out of a hat? Where do you come up with 20 million gallons? Just do the math. 20 million gallons = about 47,000 barrels or just under 1200 barrels a day over 40 days. When was that ever a realistic estimate? Most independent academic scientists have estimated the flow from this gusher to be between 50,000 and 100,000 barrels a day and this has been reported in the NYTimes, the Telegraph UK, and testified to in Sen. Markey's Committee. Even taking the academic consensus of 70,000 barrels a day, that is well more than 2.8 million barrels, or some 116 million gallons, more than 5 times the low end estimate this report alleges.

In a recent report the Telegraph UK used a figure of 94,000 barrels a day. At this point the 11 million gallons in the Exxon Valdez sill is irrelevant as the gusher is apparently pumping out an Exxon Valdez every couple of days. It's a shame that AP disseminates misleading information and keeps the American public in the dark about the real scope of this disaster.

But the BP/Government cartel has consistently downplayed the seriousness of this unstoppable mini-volcano on the Gulf seabed. Why? One word, liability

June 5, 2010
Oilpocalypse indeed. And the "terrible reality" is that this is just the beginning.

Once again I ask, who cares what the BP/Government complex says about the volume of this 'spill'? The news media continues to report on "the roughly 24 million to 47 million gallons government officials estimate have leaked into the Gulf" as if the estimates of academic scientist are irrelevant.

Since the first videos were 'released' University professors have been way out front in the anslysis of this gusher. And since I have no idea who the BP/Government scientific 'experts' are on this issue, I'm going with the academic scientist who have made public their figures.

And if it has been more like 60,000 barrels a day for the past 45 days then that is 2.7 million barrels or 113 million gallons. A far cry from the anemic 24-47 million the anonmymous government 'officials' estimate.

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