The Ripple Effect

Oil from the leaking Deep Horizon oil rig is seen swirling through the currents in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday, May 6, 2010. BP will attempt to drop a containment dome on the main leak this week in an effort to staunch the flow of crude oil. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) Original Filename: Gulf_Oil_Spill_ http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2010/05/25/alg_oil-spill.jpg

As most of us sit home and watch the story unfold, a disaster of epic proportions plays out, unseen.  The images we all watch of the underwater gusher are a glimpse into a disaster which hasn’t yet come fully into view.  The big story everyone was focused on is the oil spill itself.  But could the real disaster be invisible?  Could the repercussions of this huge spill be the tip of the iceberg and the real disaster not yet visible?  There are ripples from this spill we have yet to understand.

Like everyone else not in Louisiana I’ve been watching and shaking my head at the horrific pictures being shown as the oil spreads out across the Gulf of Mexico.  Like others I pray that the wildlife, both on land and in the sea, can be saved.  I ask the earth to forgive us for the pigs we are and then say “sorry” to the pigs who had nothing to do with this.

A Brown Pelican is cleaned Saturday, May 15, 2010 at the Fort Jackson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Buras, La. The bird was rescued after being exposed in an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil platform more than three weeks ago. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) http://alt.coxnewsweb.com/cnishared/tools/shared/mediahub/05/15/00/slideshow_1001553542_Gulf_Oil_Spill-4.jpg

But what if all we see isn’t what is important?  Not that the devastation we see isn’t bad enough, but what if it is just like a mountain top showing through the clouds, giving no real measure of the Goliath waiting unseen beneath?  What if?

Word has leaked out that the BP Deepwater Horizon gusher may be hiding 2 plumes of oil still spewing out more than the 100,000 barrels, (4,200,000 US gallons of oil per day), which the broken pipe we were all watching let flow out.  What if?  What if the scientists are right?  Ripples in a pond.

Scientists Warn of Unseen Deepwater Oil Disaster

Updated: Tuesday, 01 Jun 2010, 7:25 AM MDT
Published : Tuesday, 01 Jun 2010, 7:22 AM MDT

By MATTHEW BROWN
Associated Press Writer

NEW ORLEANS – Independent scientists and government officials say there’s a disaster we can’t see in the Gulf of Mexico’s mysterious depths, the ruin of a world inhabited by enormous sperm whales and tiny, invisible plankton.

Researchers have said they have found at least two massive underwater plumes of what appears to be oil, each hundreds of feet deep and stretching for miles. Yet the chief executive of BP PLC – which has for weeks downplayed everything from the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf to the environmental impact – said there is “no evidence” that huge amounts of oil are suspended undersea.

How would you go about destroying the earth for the useless eaters around the world if you didn’t want to bear the blame? With Monsanto and Bayer CropScience the land food supply is being ruined and made useless for humans and animals alike, but the sea remained. Rich in nutrients and diversity the sea holds life and salvation for the masses.  The sea is the source of all life on this planet.  It is possible that more humans and animals would survive than was desired.  What would you do?  You would need a disaster of Biblical proportions, and a test case, data to analyze, how would you collect such data?  Let’s go back in history for just a moment.

3 days after the Exxon Valdez ran aground. Wikipedia Image

March 24, 1989 the Exxon Valdez ran aground off the coast of Alaska.  It did so in an area so remote that cleanup was difficult.  Prince William Sound was only accessible by plane, helicopter or boat.   The elite have had over 20 years to study the effects of the oil spill on both land and sea.  A perfect testing ground kept pure for study because of its remote location.  Ripples in a pond…

Scientists warn of unseen deepwater oil disaster

By MATTHEW BROWN
The Associated Press
Monday, May 31, 2010; 5:11 PM

“Every fish and invertebrate contacting the oil is probably dying. I have no doubt about that,” said Prosanta Chakrabarty, a Louisiana State University fish biologist.

On the surface, a 24-hour camera fixed on the spewing, blown-out well and the images of dead, oil-soaked birds have been evidence of the calamity. 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.

Oil mixes with the ocean and comes ashore with the tides. http://www.gmagazine.com.au/news/1227/oil-spill-a-long-term-disaster-q

As above, so below the Bible tells us. In this case the above is what we see on the surface of the ocean, but below? We can’t see that but it doesn’t lessen the reality of what is happening there. Fish, turtles, whales, plankton, and the rest of the undersea creatures are dying and we can’t see them or know how many of them there are. How do you wreck a food chain? What would you use to destroy the ocean’s as well as the land?  21 years to study the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its effects on ocean life.  21 years to crunch numbers and decide if a more massive spill would do the job you wanted done…  But this is just another conspiracy theory, right?  It couldn’t be real, could it?

Deepwater mystery: Oil loose in the Gulf

Biologist: ‘Every fish and invertebrate contacting the oil is probably dying’

By MATTHEW BROWN Ass. Press Writer
updated 9:57 a.m. CT, Mon., May 31, 2010

Yet what happened in the Gulf can ripple across the food chain. Every night the denizens of the deep make forays to shallower depths to eat — and be eaten by — other fish, according to marine scientists who describe it as the largest migration on earth.

In turn, several species closest to the surface — including red snapper, shrimp and menhaden — help drive the Gulf Coast fishing industry. Others such as marlin, cobia and yellowfin tuna sit atop the food chain and are chased by the Gulf’s charter fishing fleet.

Handout picture released by the Korean Federation for Environmental Movement of a migrant bird on the crude oil covered sands of Shinduri beach, about 170km southwest of Seoul, South Korea, 09 December 2007. South Korea's coast guard sent boats to contain what is said to be the country's biggest oil spill in more than a decade after a Hong Kong registered supertanker collided with a barge. EPA/HO http://static.guim.co.uk/Guardian/news/gallery/2007/dec/10/1/GD5585631@epa01196407-Handout-p-1313.jpg

Do you see the ripples getting closer?  Is the darkness lifting from the deep, being illuminated just a bit?  The creatures mentioned above are a source of food for people all around the world.  What happens to one place is linked to consequences in other places.  A chain reaction building momentum as we sit and watch and don’t understand what we are seeing.  Connecting the dots and critical thinking are important if you wish to see the whole picture.  Life in the sea is threatened and that means the food chain is threatened.  Ever seen the movie A Sound Of Thunder?  Ripples…

Watching the oil flow through the ocean in the Gulf of Mexico http://en.rian.ru/images/15881/54/158815460.jpg

We cannot begin to know how many species of marine life have already died, are dying, or will die because of the carelessness of corporations hell bent on making billions and screw the risks to the environment.

BP oil spill in Gulf of Mexico threatens coastal fishing industry

The oil slick coating the water has been moving towards the Louisiana coast, threatening the marshes surrounding the mouth of the Mississippi river. The area is one of the richest fishing areas in the country, but the spill is threatening to put an end to the industry and forcing thousands of fishermen out of work. From Louisiana, FSRN’s Zoe Sullivan has more.

How long will it take the area to recover from this ecological disaster the likes of which we’ve never seen before?  The area the spill covers is massive, 2,500 to 9,100 sq mi (6,500 to 24,000 km), and growing daily.  The Exxon Valdez spill is a thimble by comparison.  Look at the area the spill affects.

Map of Florida coast and the BP oil spill http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/tspencer/FLmap.jpg

Texas coast map showing BP oil spill http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/tspencer/TXmap.jpg

The map for Louisiana is at the end of this series of land maps.  The devastation of this oil spill is so massive I can’t get the whole area in one photograph.  Does anyone believe this wasn’t a contrived, ahem, accidentPermits rubber stampedback door loopholes used to BP advantage, and BP execs down-playing the whole catastrophe, and saying they knew nothing when the reality is they knew plenty, and everyone pointing fingers at everyone else???  Show me where my thinking is wrong and I’ll happily post an apology for what I’m saying here.  But I don’t believe I am.  I think this has been in the works for a long time, just as other things and events are currently playing out.  The elite  are unaffected, trust me.  Only we ordinary folk suffer.  Only the animals, birds, and marine life pay the ultimate price.  Those who have, still have.  Those who do not never will.

Under the waves the dying continues.  How long will it take the ocean to disperse the oil?  How long will wind and wave drive the oil further into the oceans contaminating and devastating precious life?  There is no conceivable way for us to measure the amount of death this spill will cause.  BP will never pay the true costs to life that this sabotage has cause.  What dies under the waves will slide to the bottom of the ocean and remain unseen.  The earth pays and pays for the greed of man.

I remember reading in science articles that there are were new technologies out there to cope with oil spills. Some are chemical and some are mechanical. Where are they now? When exactly will it be a good time to employ them? How will any of this help the aquatic life beneath the ocean’s waves?

Louisianna coastal map with BP oil spill http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/tspencer/LA_MS_AL_map.jpg

Were I to create an incident to kill off the ocean’s population I would use oil.  The technology seems stuck in the last century when it comes to oil spill cleanup.

Today we hear of one method for cleanup, the burning off of the oil, that wasn’t supposed to happen near land.   Lethal gases result from oil spill born-offs close to land. But who cares right? The oil will be gone and people and animals die every day naturally…

New oil spill cleanup technology developed

November 14, 2006

U.S. scientists say they have developed a new technology for cleaning oil spills on oceans, lakes and other waterways.

Relatively unchanged for decades, the typical skimmer consists of a revolving steamroller-like drum that picks up a film of oil on the drum’s surface. A scraper then removes the oil, which drops into a collector.

The new mechanical skimmer uses a grooved surface. With a larger surface area, the grooves scoop up more oil than the smooth-surfaced traditional skimmer. The scraper is machined to precisely match the groove geometry, removing nearly 100 percent of the adhered oil with each rotation.

Other technologies available to clean up oil spills are containment and skimming, sorbents, and in-situ burning. See the article listed on the HOW THINGS WORK WEBSITE. They even have a type of paper they can use to clean up the spill.  All of that works well on the surface, but some say the cleanup can be worse than the spill itself.

Oil Spill Surface Cleanup Ignores Fish Below

Emily Sohn, Discovery News

April 10, 2009 — Birds are the most high-profile victims of oceanic oil spills, but fish suffer from these messy accidents, too. Even worse, a new study suggests, the chemicals commonly used to clean up oil spills make oil far more toxic to fish, particularly for eggs and young fish.

“While you can see the risk on the surface, appreciating risk under the surface is much more difficult,” said Peter Hodson, a fish toxicologist at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. “You’re trading off one set of risks that are fairly clear for another set of risks that are not so clear.”

Oil spewing out of the exploded Deapwater Horizon http://www2.tbo.com/exposure/ar/659/372/2010/05/28/53015_gulf-oil-spill.jpg

What goes on under the water may have consequences we can’t even begin to imagine yet. And the unthinkable thought is; did they do it on purpose? Was it part of some master plan?  Is it even possible to know the truth about the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform?  Does it even matter in the end?  Those responsible will never pay for it.  No one will go to prison for this epic disaster.  That is how it always ends, and we’ll move on to another disaster news story tomorrow or the next day.

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~ by justmytruth on June 2, 2010.

One Response to “The Ripple Effect”

  1. Real Numbers…

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