Louisiana Sinkhole’s Explosive Potential Massively Understated! Part II (Gulf of Mexico)
It seems when it comes to hydrocarbon recovery and the greed it engenders; then there are no boundaries that the Big Oil Corporations will not cross.
It has only been a little over two years since the worst oil rig disaster and spill in human history took place in the Gulf of Mexico and perpetrated by British Petroleum, (BP), TransOcean, and Halliburton. Although the Halliburton-owned Boots & Coots Recovery Company was purchased just 11 days before the incident and claims the spill to be cleaned up; actually the environmental impacts have still not truly revealed themselves, and the financial devastation to the local fishing industry and tourism numbers in the billions of dollars.
Many do not also know of the other Gulf disasters that were taking place at the same time as the BP Macondo fiasco, such as the Assumption Parish Well Blow Out.
or that a Tug vessel hits abandoned gas well in Barataria Waterway on July 27, 2010, which highlights the haphazard way that wellheads are abandoned. (Video included)
Many today believe the MC 252 and MC 296 wellheads are still leaking at the old Macondo Well sites. This writer believes so as well, but since officials refuse to send any ROV’s to do an actual inspection of the sites under nearly a mile of water, then we are left to speculate and watch from the surface. Several more spills have been noted in the area in 2011, and 2012.
Recently, it was reported in bold type, “BP slapped with Massive Fine and Pleads Guilty to 11 Felony Counts”, Penalized with 4.5 billion dollar fine, benefiting only the SEC and the Federal Government, and looking at truly staggering sums to come in civil litigation, as well as having all Govt. contracts suspended, then you would think that would curb any further very risky exploration wells in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sadly the opposite is true. BP has recouped the amount of the fine and more before the fact by selling off a few of it’s less profitable assets, to the tune of 5.5 Billion dollars, and forged ahead with more dangerous projects in the even deeper waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It also has been reported by the Huffington Post that BP Plans $5.9 Billion Share Buy Back After Criminal Fine In Aim To Boost Lagging Stock, so this way they can buy back their own stocks for pennies on the dollar. It seems their lust for profits over shadow their contrition and shame for their part in the voluminous “Dead Zone” in the Gulf, where no living organism can survive in the depleted oxygen areas.
BP is not the only big player that is taking Deepwater Oil Drilling to the extremes, and one very near the Macondo Blow Out. Meet W&T Offshore, Inc. (W&T) “is an independent oil and natural gas producer, engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of oil and natural gas properties primarily in the Gulf of Mexico and Texas. W&T has acquired rights to explore and develop new prospects and acquired existing oil and natural gas properties in both the deepwater and the deep shelf, while at the same time continuing its focus on the conventional shelf.” This is according to Reuters company profile.
It goes on to say that W&T is drilling at MC 243, which is practically next door to MC 252, but drilling directly into or next to the Whiting salt dome.
“Mississippi Canyon 243 field is located off the coast of Louisiana, approximately 100 miles southeast of New Orleans, in 2,552 feet of water. The field area covers Mississippi Canyon block 243, with a single production platform on Mississippi Canyon block 243. The Company has 100% working interest in the field. During 2011, cumulative field production through was approximately 21 million cubic feet equivalent gross (124 billion cubic feet equivalent gross). This field is a supra-salt development with 17 productive horizons at depths ranging to 9,850 feet. As of December 31, 2011, 17 wells were drilled, of which eight were successful. During 2011, production from this field, net to its interest, averaged 3,150 barrels of oil per day, 288 barrels of NGLs per day and 11.4 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, for total production of 5.3 million cubic feet equivalent per day (32.0 million cubic feet per day).” (Reuters)
Please visit the link above to find out all the areas of the Gulf of Mexico that W&T is exploiting. It is an eye-opener.
Also, according to Offshore Magazine, “Eight companies – Anadarko, BP, Shell, Chevron, BHP Billiton, ExxonMobil, Statoil, and Petrobras – out of 63 with production in deepwater GoM are expected to account for 93% of the growth from 2012 to 2016.”
“Recently, Helix Energy Solutions Group reported an oil discovery at the Danny II exploration well at the Bushwood field in Garden Banks block 506, approximately 145 mi (233 km) offshore from Galveston, Texas, in the Gulf of Mexico. The Danny II exploration well encountered more than 70 ft (21 m) of net pay. The Danny II exploration well was drilled to a TD of 14,750 ft (4,496 m), in a water depth of approximately 2,800 ft (853 m). The well is being completed and probably will be developed via a subsea tieback to Helix’s East Cameron block 381 platform 31 mi (50 km) to the north in 370 ft (113 m) of water.”
The article goes onto to explain that, “Hess’s Tubular Bells project is making use of Williams’ proprietary Gulfstar FPS system to serve as the central host facility. Williams will construct and install its Gulfstar FPS in 4,100 ft (1,240 m) of water in MississippiCanyon block 724, roughly 135 miles (217 kilometers) southeast of New Orleans.”
This is what it looks like, so I feel I must ask…
What could possibly go wrong?
I know many are asking, “Why should this concern me? They have been drilling there for years!”
That is partly why everyone should be concerned. According to official records, there are over 50, 686 holes in the Gulf of Mexico, and counting.
Please visit the interactive website above to appreciate the enormity of the situation.
Remember all of these holes are perforating the Continental Shelf in a very vulnerable area.
Additionally, according to BK Lim, In a letter dated 14 January, 2011 that was sent to Congressman Fred Upton, Chairman House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Congressman John Shimkus Chairman Subcommittee on Environment and Economy, BK Lim warned the congressmen and their committees about the current state of the sub-seabed in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). In the document, an in-depth assessment of the emergency was provided. It explains why action must be taken immediately. The evaluation of the emergency in the Gulf conducted by Mr. Lim appears credible and is based on his 30 years of experience analyzing the geologic structure of both dry land and underwater drilling sites for major oil industry companies and leading geohazards contractors such as Fugro Geodetic (M) Sdn Bhd, TL Geohydrographics Sdn Bhd, and RPS Energy Pty Ltd.
“The vaporization of enormous amounts of methane hydrates on a scale not seen before, the release of stresses between the lower and upper crust resulting in the abnormal occurrences of low magnitude, shallow earthquakes adjacent to the New Madrid Fault, the sub-seabed underground erosion in the vicinity of the shelf edge undermining the slope stability with possible tsunami-generating, giant, submarine landslides,” said Mr. Lim.
“Water sample analysis conducted independently by EcoRigs shows a positive correlation to BP’s oil spill samples. “The presence of fresh BP MC 252 crude oil in surface waters 2 to 14 months after the well was reported to have been capped suggests that crude oil from the BP DWH MC 252 field may have found new pathways to the seafloor.”
Many links and good videos at this site, and an excellent expose by Luis R. Miranda and the Gulf Rescue Alliance.
Add to this then, the report by Sherwood Gagliano, “EFFECTS OF NATURAL FAULT MOVEMENT ON LAND SUBMERGENCE IN COASTAL LOUISIANA”
Which states, in part; “The most prominent and active area of submergence and land loss lies seaward of the Golden Meadow Fault Zone, a series of interconnected cracks extending 130 miles across the land from the west bank of the Mississippi River near Empire, Louisiana to Atchafalaya Bay, extending 35,000 feet below the surface, and studded with massive sub-surface pillars of salt.”
This illustrates how the coast is literally disappearing due to fault-induced subsidence. Please take note of the copious amount of fault lines all through Southern Louisiana, East Coast Texas, and next to and under the gullet of the Mississippi River. I also take note of the ones near Grand Bayou, La. as well.
Yes, you knew I would have to come back to the Louisiana Sinkhole and Lake Oxy 3. According to all of the documentation above and in my possession, I am still whole-heartedly convinced that methane is traveling up the Miocene, and finding purchase in and above the alluvial aquifers, which are reaching as far north and west as the Bistineau and Minden Salt Domes. Instead of just the Assumption and Grand Bayou Parish’s residents being in extreme danger, it seems very probable the whole Gulf Coast is in dire straits and more geologically unstable than even the West Coast of California.
For more information on the recent events at Assumption Parish and Lake Oxy 3, please see my recent article,
Can we really afford another Gulf killing incident in the pursuit of petro-dollars? Are we as a people so weak that we will not stand up to the Corporations and say, “NO MORE!”?
Will we as a people stand idly by while the whole Gulf Coast slides into the Corexit and Oil stained waters of what is left of the fragile and beautiful eco-system that was a staple of our economy?
If just the 4.9 billion dollar BP fine was used to put solar panels on top of every home, with batteries,then our so-called oil and gas energy dependence would halve immediately, and current sources of oil would be all that is needed. In the Twenty First century, no longer should we be held hostage to the whims of corporate greed at our own and our environment’s expense.