Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, off Louisiana, in this handout photograph taken on April 21, 2010 and obtained on April 22, 2010.
(This article was re-printed from PetroleumWorld.com.)
By Christian A. DeHaemer
The Dwarves dug too greedily and too deep. You know what they awoke in the darkness of Khazad-dum… shadow and flame.
— Saruman, The Lord of the Rings
There is something primordial about BP’s quest for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s an Icarus-like story of super-ambition; of reaching too far, delving too deep. I don’t know if you’ve stopped to contemplate what BP was trying to do…The well itself started 5,000 feet below the surface. That’s the depth of the Grand Canyon from the rim. And then the company attempted to drill more than 30,000 feet below that — Mt. Everest would give 972 feet to spare. Furthermore, the company sought oil in a dangerous area of the seabed. It was unstable and many think BP sought it out because seismic data showed huge pools of methane gas — the very gas that blew the top off Deepwater Horizon and killed 11 people. More than a year ago, geologists criticized Transocean for putting their exploratory rig directly over a massive underground reservoir of methane. According to the New York Times , BP’s internal “documents show that in March, after several weeks of problems on the rig, BP was struggling with a loss of ‘well control.’ And as far back as 11 months ago, it was concerned about the well casing and the blowout preventer.” The problem is that this methane, located deep in the bowels of the earth, is under tremendous pressure… Some speculate as much as 100,000 psi — far too much for current technology to contain. The shutoff vales and safety measures were built for only 1,000 psi. It was an accident waiting to happen… And there are many that say it could get worse — much worse. Geologists are pointing to other fissures and cracks that are appearing on the ocean floor around the damaged wellhead. Continue reading
Disney’s Hannah Montana is at it again. Here are some photos that were leaked of ‘innocent’ Miley posing in wet t-shirt and red lingerie for her boyfriend Nick Jonas.
Remember folks…she’s fifteen years old.
Walt Disney must be rolling in his grave. This is the ideal we want our young women to live up to? When are lawmakers going to put a stop to underage porn? I guess this is what you get when daddy pimps out his little girl to Vanity Fair, with an eye on re-kindling his mediocre/stalled singing career.
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Online investigative site RawStory.com is suggesting that former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan may be gay and was a regular at gay bars in Texas.
Move Over Larry Craig!
Quoting an unnamed source, RawStory reported that McClellan visited an Austin, Texas gay bar on March 19, 1995. RawStory, has also outed other gay Republicans, and claims it’s source “reserved comment on whether McClellan was actually gay, but said he was frequently seen at gay clubs.” Another source confirmed McClellan was a regular at gay clubs in Austin where he lived.
“He was often seen in gay clubs in Austin, Texas and was comfortable being there,” the source told RawStory. “He’s been seen in places that normal people who are looking for heterosexual relationships are not seen alone.” RawStory also reported that there is a link between McClellan and the man who posed as a journalist. The man, said to be Jeff Gannon, had sent McClellan a wedding card when the Bush aide married. Gannon, who wrote for two conservative web publications, was exposed last week as J.D. Guckert. (story) The card to McClellan was apparently signed by Guckert.
McClellan frequently defended Bush policies including the President’s push for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
In addition to posing as Gannon, Guckert operated several gay sex Web sites, some linked to hustling.
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