Monthly Archives: June 2010

Joe Taylor, an environmental engineer in Daphne, AL News


BP and Government Misleading Public About Safety Of Florida Beaches (reprint)

Posted by Alexander Higgins – June 23, 2010 at 1:16 pm  
As a tide of tarballs from the BP Gulf Oil Spill assaults the Florida coast line local Florida residents, businesses and county officials are demanding action from BP, State, and Federal Government officials in charge of monitoring and responding to the spill.  Local residents in Walton County, Florida demanded a Town Hall meeting to discuss the lack of response to the oil assaulting the coast line.  They are also demanding answers to other questions like why local beaches have been declared safe and remain open even though tarballs have been washing ashore for weeks in Florida and the DEP hasn’t tested the waters for hydrocarbons since May 1st.
Ed Berry, a local businessmen, urged the commissioners to make sure the appropriate parties are being held accountable.  In his testimony he said “The children were in the water swimming. They were coming out of the water with tarballs on their face; they were wiping their face and having tar in their eyes and on their mouth.”  While Ed Berry was demanding accountability and pushing for independent testing and monitoring of the local Florida waters Darryl Boudreau, the DEP Assistant District Director, admitted that no direct sampling has been conducted in Walton County waters but worked to downplay the issue.  Boudreau told the commission “Now the tar balls obviously are petroleum, but the water quality surrounding it, it’s not leaching out chemicals”
Video I found seems to tell a different story.
While the supposedly “non-toxic” tarballs wash up on the shore itself, just a few feet from the shore is indeed a toxic mixture of tar based material that is killing sea life on the seafloor.  It is that toxic mixture that turns into that tarballs that Ed Berry alludes is ending up on the faces and in the mouths of children swimming on the beach.  In fact the video not only shows the formation of the tarballs but shows another danger lurking in the waters.  The massive exodus of sea life swarming to shallow water to flee from the oil spill has cause sharks to lurk dangerously close to shore line.

This type of activity is happening all along the Gulf Coast.  In fact multiple BP funded campaigns being ran by state tourism groups is urging people to come to Florida because the beaches are clean, safe and open.  But local reports continued to tell a different story.  Take for example official reports that put the oil slick 10 miles off the coast of Purdue Key while a video of a Coast Guard led boating expedition goin out to film the slick found the oil only 2 miles off the shore.  In that same video a Coast Guard official says she can’t explain why the public beaches are still open with the slick being so close to shore but says she would not allow her children to swim in the waters.

WJHG reports that its not just local residents but the county officials that are demanding action.

Walton County Initiates Local Task Force to Address Oil Spill Health Concerns  As you can imagine, it was the hot topic at tonight’s county commission meeting, where commissioners are demanding BP and state officials respond faster to the crisis. The county’s newly-formed local task force will be addressing the growing health and safety concerns of residents and visitors.   Another wave of tarballs washed up this afternoon along 14 miles of the beaches in South Walton.  As you can imagine, it was the hot topic at tonight’s county commission meeting, where commissioners are demanding BP and state officials respond faster to the crisis.  The county’s newly-formed local task force will be addressing the growing health and safety concerns of residents and visitors.

Are the beaches safe?
Walton county residents stepped up to the podium at Tuesday night’s county commission meeting looking for an answer.  Local businessman Ed Berry is urging commissioners to make sure the appropriate parties are being held accountable.  “The children were in the water swimming. They were coming out of the water with tarballs on their face; they were wiping their face and having tar in their eyes and on their mouth.”  That horrifying image has local officials working to ‘up the ante’.  A request was made to hold weekly town hall meetings, obtain weekly reports on how BP is managing cleanup expenditures, and to provide an updated list of all the consultants the county is using.  But the big push was for the county to begin conducting independent air and water quality testing.  This stems from the frustration and belief that state agencies are doing little, and the little they are doing is a little too late.  Darryl Boudreau is the Assistant Director of the Department of Environmental Protection’s Northwest District.  He willingly admits the agency hasn’t been the most efficient.  “We’re getting better at how to handle this. I know no one wants to hear this but we are using a response structure that is not designed for this, and I think that’s what has led to some of this frustration. My goal is to make this process improve, improve, improve to the point where we are all working well and we’ve got it all figured out. And I hate to say this but we are writing the chapter for Florida.”  And the county is asking BP to step up their cleanup efforts and response time.  Sheriff Mike Adkinson says some things have to change.  “As I understand it, they are working twenty minutes and resting forty… that wouldn’t work for me, but I’ll tell you that we’re gonna find a way to work that out.”  County Commissioner Sara Comander agrees.  “I know we have people here that are trained and ready to go on the beach within an hour, or two hours notice, and they’re not being called. So however you all solve that problem… I just know it’s a problem that needs to be solved.”  County officials are hoping to resolve these problems at a public hearing, scheduled for July 13th.  Officials will also discuss how much additional money from the TDC’s reserve fund they’ll earmark for the recovery efforts.

WMBB reports:

Local Environmental Group Accuses DEP Of Misleading Water Quality Testing  Defuniak Springs, Fla:  An environmental group says oil from the BP leak has contaminated Walton County waters and accuses the state agency responsible for monitoring water quality of misleading government officials and the public.  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) came under fire during Tuesday’s Walton County Commission meeting from the non-profit group Reclaim Our America. Members of the organization say the DEP has not been truthful about water quality testing.  “I believe the county’s being misled… I believe that our sheriff has been misled… and I believe our Tourist Development Council has been misled,” says Ed Berry of Reclaim Our America. “All three agencies are acting in their best interests but don’t have proper information.”  Berry says the DEP has not conducted any water quality tests since May 1 – and those were done in waters off Pensacola, not Walton County.  Sheriff Michael Adkinson was among a group of government officials who toured Walton County beaches with DEP Secretary Michael Sole earlier in the day. The sheriff says the agency’s answers regarding air and water quality are frustrating. “I don’t think that’s something that you should have to have a PhD to read and understand,” says Adkinson. “I think that’s something that should be readily accessible and something that should be delivered in a timely and consistent fashion.”   Darryl Boudreau, DEP’s Assistant District Director, concedes that no direct sampling has been conducted in Walton County waters, but says that will change now that oil has arrived. He says tests in other areas revealed no dissolved hydrocarbons in the water. “Now the tar balls obviously are petroleum, but the water quality surrounding it, it’s not leaching out chemicals,” says Boudreau.  Meanwhile, District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander complained to BP’s Nicolas Morlino that the company’s Friday response to a Thursday call for assistance was disappointing. “I think that’s unacceptable – 24 hours – when we have people in this county that have been trained and are not being called,” she said. “We’re working on it,” replied Morlino.  Sheriff Adkinson told commissioners he is considering supplemental workers not hired by BP for cleanup efforts and independent water testing to ensure consistent reporting.  NOTE: The original news story was title “Local Environmental Group” but the Ed Berry chimed in to make it clear it was not an environmental group

Some more videos from Reclaim Our America    Lines – In Deep Water: A Way of Life in Peril 

A requiem for the Gulf – Slideshow of images from the BP Gulf Oil Spill 

Matthew Simmons Update

Oil Industry Insider and CFR Member Predicts Gulf Evacuation

Kurt NimmoInfowars.comJune 24, 2010
Buried in an article on Gulf of Mexico scenarios and predictions, Joel Achenbach of the Washington Post quotes Matthew Simmons, founder and chairman emeritus of Simmons & Company International.
In response to a tropical storm brewing in the Caribbean, Simmons says: “We’re going to have to evacuate the gulf states. Can you imagine evacuating 20 million people?… This story is 80 times worse than I thought.”

The National Hurricane Center said today that a stormy region in the Caribbean will get organized and strengthen into a tropical storm. It has a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone — in other words, a hurricane — in the next two days, an estimate that was at zero a few days ago. “Upper-level winds are expected to become more conducive for development of this system as it moves westward or west-northwestward around 10 mph over the next couple of days,” the NHC told the Baltimore Sun. “There is a medium chance (40 percent) of this system becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.” forecaster Joe Bastardi said steering winds could bring the storm into the Gulf of Mexico by early next week. Gulf waters are very warm, so that would not be good news, according to Bastardi. An illustration (above) depicts the storm pushing oil onshore.

Oil in the Gulf not only contains a massive amount of methane, but also deadly hydrogen sulfide, benzene and methylene chloride. BP admits methane makes up about 40 percent of the leaking crude by mass.

Matthew Simmons is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and subscribes the Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth propaganda. He is also a proponent of Peak Oil, the scarcity theory exploited by globalists to push for depopulation and a systematic dismantling of modern civilization.
Many scientists now believe oil is abiotic — continually generated deep within the earth — and is not finite and produced from organic material.
As Joel Skousen notes, Peak Oil is arriving “not so much because the supply has really peaked, but because the manipulated supply is peaking. The U.S. is withholding vast Arctic and offshore resources … and that isn’t likely to change in our lifetime. We’re stuck with these powerful controlling forces, and will be — thanks to a dumbed-down electorate — until it’s too late to do anything about it” (see Dr. Stanley Monteith, The Peak Oil Myth).

Convenient April 26 Publishing Calif Asphalt Volcanoes
This video shows what asphalt volcanoes look like and how fragile they are. 
 This link has a record of and articles links to oceanic explorations for the last 10 years.
Look closely at the dates of the articles concerning asphalt volcanoes, all of them are dated AFTER the troubled Deepwater Horizon incident began unfolding, with most being dated April 26, 2010.  Two links dated April 10, 2010, could be evidence of prior knowledge of a need to manufacture a history of asphalt volcano research as being in the open and published for general public’s preview. 
Also note that there is no mention of the Meteror 67 Research Expedition GOM Feb 20-April24, 2006, or the Sonne 174, 2003 Expedition also in the Gulf of Mexico.
Could there be an effort building here to obfuscate this research and minimize the implications of the Deepwater Horizon well environment in the Northern Gulf of Mexico’s Asphalt Volcano Zone? 
This seems too closely timed to me for these things not to be tied together in published timing and incident occurrences.

Two (2) One Ton Tar Balls!

Just my uneducated unscientific query, but doesn’t that maybe mean they’re too big to have formed so quickly from this present oil episode?  Could they not have come from asphaltic volcano deposits, either at Deepwater Horizon well or nearby or even other location thereby proving the fragile-prone-to-cracking-nature of the sea floor in the Northern Gulf of Mexico drilling zone?

A local ABC News station has reported that two monster tarballs weighing one ton each have been found in Florida. The reports says:  *two one-ton tarballs found south of Perdido Pass.  The crew of the life boat — “Sailfish” — which is a Vessel of Opportunity — discovered them.  A petty officer with the US Coast Guard took a picture on Saturday.

What is Matt Simmons Agenda?

Is this man speaking out with the unvarnished truth?  His past affiliations are troubling to me.
Questions for Mr. Simmons
1. If the Peak Oil Theory is true, please tell me how the Gulf of Mexico “hole” can flow out as large as to cover “40% of the floor of the Gulf of Mexico”, and eventually flow out to pollute the oceans of the world?

2. Next thought I’m pondering upon is Simmon’s ascertion that the “hole” in the earth will keep on gushing 30 + years.  Now if we look at an earthbound volcano and compare it’s eruptions to an underwater volcano what do we have in time of activity, volume, pressure, and extent of flow?  Something doesn’t ring true to me about Matt Simmon’s statements. 

3. Mr. Simmons does your project for alternative off shore wind energy not oppose conventional energy companies?

4. Do you acknowledge the existence of abiotic oil?

5. You ascribe to changing our world from urban centers to living in villages, and cutting out long distance travel, and local economies with locally grown foods and manufactured goods.  Do you also ascribe to the CFR’s goals of reducing the population of the world?  If so how would you accomplish this?

Everything I have found out about Matthew Simmons comes from these sources;
and  dated October 5, 2009.

From these I have seen Mr. Simmons dedication to and personal gain connected to:
1. Fossil Fuels Peak Theory
2. His interest in the Ocean Energy Institute
3. Simmons and Company International, Investment Bankers to the Energy Industry
4. Affiliation with W. Bush and Chenny Energy program
5. Investment management of $56 Billions portfolio.
  He recommends Michael T. Klare’s book, Resource Wars (The Landscape of Global Conflict)


Matthew Simmons, founder and chairman emeritus of Simmons & Company International, is a prominent oil-industry insider and one of the world’s leading experts on the topic of peak oil. Simmons was motivated by the 1973 energy crisis to create an investment banking firm catering to oil companies. In his previous capacity, he served as energy adviser to U.S. President George W. Bush.

Matthew Simmons believes the Club of Rome predictions are more accurate than usually acknowledged [1]. Simmons is an adviser to the Oil Depletion Analysis Centre. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. He believes a careful assessment of Saudi Arabian oil reserves is the most significant issue shaping petroleum politics.

Oil price wager  In August 2005, Simmons bet John Tierney and Rita Simon, the widow of Julian Simon, $2500 each that the price of oil averaged over the entire calendar year of 2010 will be at least $200 per barrel (in 2005 dollars). This wager has been dubbed “The Simmons-Tierney Bet.” [2] Unless there is a significant unforeseen event, it is appears highly unlikely that Simmons will win this bet. However, the world-wide economic collapse created demand destruction that greatly decreased the demand for oil and thus reduced prices. This points out that Simmons theories do not take into account economic effects enough. However, his theories about the difficulties in increasing (or maintaining) production levels have not yet been disproved. 

Saudi Arabian oil reserves  In his book, Simmons argues that production from Saudi Arabia, and especially from Ghawar, the world’s largest oil field, will peak in the near future, if it has not done so already. Simmons bases his case on hundreds of internal documents from Saudi Aramco, professional journals, and other authoritative sources.  “Twilight in the Desert” has been criticized for “turning benign technical matters into crisis-level evidence” and making “numerous technical gaffes”, such as misinterpreting fuzzy logic as meaning “fuzzy numbers” (his use of the computer science term was proper but it did not really advance his argument), “dew point” as meaning the pressure that a well stops producing, citing obsolete data on water cuts, and assuming that a pressure drop in a vertical wells has the same implications as in a multilateral well. He is also accused of ghost references and misrepresenting sources.[1]

Ocean Energy Institute  Since Matthew Simmons works as an investment banker to the oil and gas industry, there are some that have put forward the theory that his doom-saying is merely a ploy to obtain more business for his business that finances oil and gas drilling rigs. However, Simmons appears quite sincere and has even founded a major alternative energy foundation, the Ocean Energy Institute. The Ocean Energy Institute researches and develops energy sources from the oceans such as wind energy and tidal energy. [2]  Tierney, John. link The $10,000 Question. NY Times. 23 August 2005. 

Appearance  Simmons has made contributions to the films *PEAK OIL – Imposed by NatureThe Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006), The End of Suburbia, Crude Impact, and Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash, and appeared on *World Energy Television World Energy Video Interview, August 2008

In above WETV video Mr. Simmons says we should ideally be paying $12 to $15 dollars per gallon of gas!  He said that gas at $4 is still too cheap.  He says we have to change our lifestyles to wean off fossil fuels.  See the video, it’s a whole philosophy on energy.

On May 26, 2010, Matthew Simmons was a guest on ‘The Dylan Ratigan Show’ on MSNBC, where he explained his reasons for believing that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill involved not only the leak being monitored by British Petroleum’s video-camera-equipped ROVs [remotely operated vehicles], but another, much bigger leak, several miles away:

SIMMONS: …when you look at the riser [on the live BP video], you realize that you’re looking at a twenty-one-and-a-half inch circumference riser, and there looks like somewhere between a six and seven inch rip on the top. So the stuff coming out — it looks like a lot, but I actually saw a white fish go through it and come out white. So I said, this isn’t the same as this brown, gooey, orange stuff that they found in the plume seven miles away. And I still believe that what happened is that the riser blew off the wellhead, and it’s hooked onto the rig; so you’ve got a mile of oil inside that that’s pretty light concentrate. So that’s what they’re actually trying to get out. So it’s not sure that — luckily they placed the top kill correctly. But now they have to see if it will take mud. It probably will take mud. But then they shouldn’t delude themselves that they’ve stopped the spill; they should now go and say, ‘Let’s figure out what the plume was all about,’ because if THAT’S the hole, and the casing blew out, we have an enormous problem.

RATIGAN: …so you’re saying that the video we’re all now looking at right now is not the only leak, is that what you’re saying?

SIMMONS: That’s a tiny leak, and what the scientists are saying watching this stain spread — it’s now bigger, I gather, than Maryland and Delaware, and several hundred feet thick, and it’s gooey stuff — that’s NOT coming out of there; they think that it’s flowing at 120,000 barrels a day. It would almost have to be that big to flow that wide.

RATIGAN: And where do you believe the second outlet is relative to what we’re seeing on the video, Matt?

SIMMONS: What the research vessel found a week ago Sunday [referring to news reports of May 16, 2010] was this giant plume about six miles away, and then this huge layer of goo on the ocean floor… that’s almost certain- I mean, maybe it’s a natural fracture — I think that’s where the wellhead is.

Remaining Questions I Have Concerning the Deepwater Horizon “hole”
a.. Is it oil plus gases and organic and inorganic chemicals? 
b. Is it volcanic muds and gases and inorganic chemicals with oil into the mix?
Closing  Is Matt Simmons being completely honest, is he telling all his reasons for his beliefs, what is his Agenda?

Geologists Are Employed and Funded by Oil Companies

That is why geologists aren’t telling us the well researched and known facts about the Gulf of Mexico’s floor in the “oil disaster” zone.  All you have to do it notice the name of one university, ConoccoPhillips School of Geology and Geophysics University of Oklahoma. 

I bet some of them would be talking if the right people asked the questions?

Volcanic Rifted Margin along the TX LA Gulf of Mexico

Volcanic Rifted Margin along the Texas-Louisiana Gulf of Mexico Transitional Lithosphere
2008 Joint Meeting of The Geological Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies with the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM

Paper No. 289-6
Presentation Time: 9:50 AM-10:05 AM
Potential Field Evidence for a Volcanic Rifted Margin along the Texas-Louisiana Gulf of Mexico Transitional Lithosphere
MICKUS, Kevin, Dept. of Geosciences, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO 65897,, STERN, Robert, Department of Geosciences, Univ of Texas at Dallas, P.O. Box 830688, MS FO21, Richardson, TX 75083-0688, KELLER, G. Randy, School of Geology and Geophysics, University of Oklahoma, 100 East Boyd, Norman, OK 73019, and ANTHONY, Elizabeth Y., Geological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79902
Volcanic rifted passive margins (VRMs) are characterized by the eruption of large quantities of lavas, seaward-dipping reflectors consisting of a mixture of volcanic and sedimentary deposits, and high velocity lower crust; VRMs form at some transitions between oceanic and continental crusts. Because the transitional crust of the Gulf of Mexico passive margin is buried beneath thick sediments (including seismically opaque salt) the nature of this transitional crust is poorly known. Because of the abundance of dense and magnetic mafic igneous rock, gravity and magnetics are powerful tools for identifying VRMs where other techniques cannot. Regional aeromagnetic data indicates that a large amplitude magnetic maximum over land parallels the Texas-Louisiana coastline from the Mexican border to Lafayette, LA. The Bouguer gravity anomaly map is less distinctive with either a small amplitude, positive anomaly or no significant anomaly. More distinctive on the Bouguer gravity anomaly map is a gravity maximum 150 km seaward of the magnetic anomaly which also parallels the coastline. There is a corresponding magnetic maximum, however the width and amplitude is smaller than the land-based magnetic anomaly. To quantify the sources of both the magnetic and gravity anomalies, a 2.5-D model was constructed along a profile from Mesoproterozoic crust of the Llano uplift to probable oceanic crust in the Gulf of Mexico. Constrained by results from geological and seismic refraction studies, the best fitting model indicates that a highly magnetized/dense layer up to 24 km and 240 km wide can explain the observed magnetic and gravity anomalies. The preferred model indicates that the transition from the unextended craton to the oceanic crust consists of two zones: 1) nonmagnetic inner zone of gradually thinning crust and 2) a highly magnetic and dense outer zone of seaward-thinning crust corresponding to a VRM similar to that along the Vøring margin of Norway.
2008 Joint Meeting of The Geological Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies with the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM
General Information for this Meeting
Session No. 289
Lithospheric Structure and Geologic Evolution of the Gulf of Mexico Passive Margin
George R. Brown Convention Center: 322AB
8:00 AM-12:00 PM, Wednesday, 8 October 2008
Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 40, No. 6, p. 445
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Ixtoc "Black Rock-Like Formations since 1979 Oil Spill, BBC

Now the 1979 Ixtoc, Mexico oil spill is being reported upon in the BBC.  Since this picture illustrates the article I ask you is the BBC waving this in our faces, laughing at our inattention?  I am especially interested in the “black rock-like formations”.  OK, now tell me truly don’t they look like asphaltic lava formations but, it is what oil forms into after time and exposure to oxygen and salt water.  The bottom of the Gulf of Mexico has numerous formations that show natural oil eruptions into its floor.
Traces from the Ixtoc oil spill allegedly still remain on Mexico’s coastline

1985 report by Mexico’s National Autonomous University concluded that the effect of the spill was limited. The Ixtoc spill, it explains, “despite being of great proportions did not (…) cause the deadly environmental impact over the diverse communities and elements that make up the Campeche Sound.”

But another study, carried out by Swedish researchers in 1981, appears to contradict that view. “The oil from the Ixtoc I blow-out acutely affected the species and ecosystems in the Campeche Bay area through its chemical toxicity (in the vicinity of the well) and through its physical properties (stickiness) in a larger area offshore and along the coast,” that study says.  Beyond the academic debate, locals are adamant that the most obvious evidence of Ixtoc’s legacy are the black, rock-like formations of solidified oil that can be found in parts of the Campeche coast.   Those were not here before the Ixtoc spill, they say.

Isn’t anyone going to talk about the tectonics of the Gulf of Mexico?