One of my ever-growing collection of pet theories relates to the way that big corporations allow us to wallow in our ignorance of their operations, resulting in our being constantly blind-sided by the way they seem to be able to save themselves from the seeming brink of destruction.
The particular instance I’m thinking of today has to do with way we have been thinking about the worlds supply of oil.
To listen to all the chatter, one would think that we’re on the brink of running out of oil and we’d better support those poor oil companies in their every effort, or risk the disaster of freezing in the dark.
We’ve been fed the story that most of the worlds oil reserves lie buried in the deserts of the Middle East and the reason we’re spending all our blood and treasure over there is because the loss of that oil supply signals the end of our way of life.
You didn’t really believe that garbage about sppreading democracy did you?
Anyway, lately I’ve come to suspect that the big oil corporations view the worlds oil supply much differently, I think that they intend to drain every drop of Middle Eastern oil before they turn seriously to America’s domestic reserves which they will suddenly find to be much more extensive than they have so far admitted.
So you can imagine my surprise when I read that the oil deposits that BP was drilling in the Gulf of Mexico just might be the biggest deposits ever discovered.
From The Mother of all gushers could kill the earths oceans
via Sterling D. Allen at PureEnergySystems;
From Paul Noel
”… The BP people are not talking, but this well is into a deposit that easily could top 500,000 barrels production per day for 10 or 15 years. Letting that all go in one blast seems more than foolish.
The deposit is one I have known about since 1988. The deposit is very big. The central pressure in the deposit is 165 to 170 thousand PSI. It contains so much hydrocarbon that you simply cannot imagine it. In published reports, BP estimated a blow out could reach near 200,000 Barrels per day (165,000) They may have estimated a flow rate on a 5 foot pipe. The deposit is well able to surpass this.
The oil industry has knowledge of the deposit more than they admit. The deposit is 100 miles off shore. They are drilling into the edge of the deposit to leak it down gently to be able to produce from the deposit. The deposit is so large that while I have never heard exact numbers it was described to me to be either the largest or the second largest oil deposit ever found. It is mostly a natural gas deposit. That is another reason not to blast too willy nilly there. The natural gas that could be released is really way beyond the oil in quantity. It is like 10,000 times the oil in the deposit.
It is this deposit that has me reminding people of what the Shell geologist told me about the deposit. This was the quote, "Energy shortage…, Hell! We are afraid of running out of air to burn." The deposit is very large. It covers an area off shore something like 25,000 square miles. Natural Gas and Oil is leaking out of the deposit as far inland as Central Alabama and way over into Florida and even over to Louisiana almost as far as Texas. This is a really massive deposit. Punching holes in the deposit is a really scary event as we are now seeing. … “
So how is it, and why is it that big oil has managed to hide the fact that we may have the worlds biggest oil deposits sitting right off our southern shores?
It’s because they deem it necessary to control the American people’s attitude toward the resources they are stealing from rest of the world.
You see, the oil that lies under other country’s territory is our oil supply, and the oil that lies under our own territory is our reserve oil supply.
Simple isn’t it?
If the American people knew that we had the worlds largest oil deposits right here at home, how could we be convinced that it was necessary to bomb the rest of the world into the stoneage in order to save our way of life?
The whole plan was going along very well until BP made a big mistake by drilling into that deep oil deposit that turned out to be under such immense pressure that they were unable to control it.
Now we’re going to learn all about their well-kept secret, because it’s going to washing up on our shores, and it’s going to be on the front page every day for months.
More from the Mother of all gushers;
From an anonymous engineer.
I’m engineer with 25 years of experience. I’ve worked on some big projects with big machines. Maybe that’s why this mess is so clear to me.
First, the BP platform was drilling for what they call deep oil. They go out where the ocean is about 5,000 feet deep and drill another 30,000 feet into the crust of the earth. This it right on the edge of what human technology can do. Well, this time they hit a pocket of oil at such high pressure that it burst all of their safety valves all the way up to the drilling rig and then caused the rig to explode and sink. Take a moment to grasp the import of that. The pressure behind this oil is so high that it destroyed the maximum effort of human science to contain it.
So what could have been done to prevent this catastrophe?
More from Paul Noel via PureEnergySystems;
“…Controls That Should Have Been In Place
By the way, I am not against drilling it, I am just against doing so without proper controls.
1. The rig that was drilling was not a US Flagged rig. That means US Inspectors were not allowed on board the rig to inspect it. As a matter of National Security under the GATT the USA has a right to demand US Only in various technology. The USA should never allow a foreign flag vessel to drill for oil in the US Economic Zone (200 mile limit).
2. Acoustic automated shut of devices should be required.
3. I think US Federal Inspectors should have to be resident on and inspecting rigs like this 24/7.
4. I think that the drilling should be required to do some smaller holes that deliberately miss the main deposit that test the structure before main drilling operations happen.
5. Careful procedures should be in place to set up wells before they hit the main deposit. The well casing should have to be inserted well before the drill hits the deposit and it should have to be cemented in at least 2 weeks prior to finishing the hole down to the oil or gas. This is to give the cement time to set. The casing should have ridging to make this cement have a tight wedged grip on the miles of rock around it. This is required because the lift pressure on a pipe in this case could easily reach 20 million pounds of lift. This is an insane amount of up pressure. Even at 70,000 psi it would lift about 140 million pounds. (almost 64,000 long tons!) …
Of course our government is going to go along with big oil in their effort to convince us that they never could have forseen that this well could blow up like this, and that it’s really an act of God, or something.
The really sad thing is that about half of us are going insist on believing that.