...for the worst is yet to come. Why only minimal amounts of huzzahs and political masturbation over the fact that BP "capped" the well a few short days ago? Ah, because there is something still seeping into the sea...and it's ain't coming from underneath the cap:
Late Sunday, (Retired Coast Guard Admiral) Allen said something was detected seeping near the broken oil well and demanded in a sharply worded letter that BP step up monitoring of the ocean floor. Allen didn't say what was seeping. White House energy adviser Carol Browner told the CBS "Early Show" the possible seepage was found less than two miles from the well site.
The concern all along — since pressure readings on the cap weren't as high as expected — was a leak elsewhere in the well bore, meaning the cap may have to be reopened to prevent the environmental disaster from becoming even worse and harder to fix. An underground leak could let oil and gas escape uncontrolled through bedrock and mud.
... the government is worried that the cap on the well is causing oil and gas to leak out elsewhere, which could make the sea floor unstable and cause the well to collapse.
We wrote about this possibility on June 24th in a post entitled "Apocalypse Now?". We hate to be prophetic, but it seems as if there is something really bad about to go down in the Gulf of Mexico:
What does this mean? It means they will never cap the gusher after the wellhead...They have shifted from stopping or restricting the gusher to opening it up and catching it. This only makes sense if they want to relieve pressure at the leak hidden down below the seabed.....and that sort of leak is one of the most dangerous and potentially damaging kind of leak there could be.
A ll of these things lead to only one place, a fully wide open well bore directly to the oil deposit...after that, it goes into the realm of "the worst things you can think of" . The well may come completely apart as the inner liners fail. ...all the worst things you can think of are a possibility, but the very least damaging outcome as bad as it is, is that we are stuck with a wide open gusher blowing out 150,000 barrels a day of raw oil or more. There isn't any "cap dome" or any other suck fixer device on earth that exists or could be built that will stop it from gushing out and doing more and more damage to the gulf.
It's a race now...a race to drill the relief wells and take our last chance at killing this monster before the whole weakened, wore out, blown out, leaking and failing system gives up it's last gasp in a horrific crescendo.
Seems as though the guy who wrote this a few weeks back (not us, we just paraphrase and re-publish!) was on to something. The well is "capped" right now, but there is still methane and oil seeping into the Gulf, which can only lead to one conclusion: The well bore is fatally compromised, and we are all f*cked.
Why? If we keep the cap on, we risk a massive explosion and tectonic disruption of the Gulf's sea bed, leading to a cataclysmic conclusion - can you imagine the Gulf States hit by a tsunami of oil? Buildings miles away from the sea covered with sheen? Men, women, children, choked to death by a massive wave of crude?
Imagine a Gulf where life is poisoned for a generation, where refugees from an environmental and economic crisis flood the Midwest and South, making the Katrina-inspired exodus from New Orleans look like a fun run. Pictures disruptions in fuel supplies and food creating nationwide panic amid price gouging and rationing, as a President who has already lost the faith of the nation repeats ad nasuem on TV that "everything is fine", and will get better if we just pass cap and trade....
I'd suggest imagining it right now. Because if you can picture it, and what you would do to save yourselves and your loved ones, you might be able to actually survive it. Because what's coming up the pipe is an insatiable monster, fueled with the pressure of the maelstrom of Earth's inner core, and neither Barack Obama or any team of liberal technocrats are going to be able to stop it. All this, for some political advantage...
May God have mercy on us, for what is about to come...