Gulf oil spill solutions not being used

One third of the living creatures died

The Book of Revelation tells us:

8:8 The second angel sounded, and something like a great burning mountain was thrown into the sea. One third of the sea became blood, 8:9 and one third of the living creatures which were in the sea died. One third of the ships were destroyed.

Biblical prophecy is coming true with the amount of sea birds, fish, whales and marine life that have already lost their lives and are gone. I have read that an albatross dies every five minutes and that 18 of the 22 species known are now endangered with extinction.

In the area of the Gulf of Mexico, due to the Deepwater Horizon spill, it looks very likely that many species such as the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna will die out. They do not breed anywhere else apart from the Mediterranean Sea and the habitat of this already critically endangered species is now ruined.

We have all seen news reports about the ongoing disaster of the Gulf oil spill and one thing seems certain we are not being told the truth about it. Many people are unaware of how long-lasting the damage caused by this is and how widespread the death and destruction will be.

But what is even worse than all of that is that there are workable solutions that are not being put into practice while the situation continues to worsen. The obvious question is why are these methods not being used?

Bluefin Tuna

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Bluefin Tuna seriously threatened by the oil spill

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Workable solutions and conspiracies

Many people are asking why President Barack Obama has not done a lot more than he has done so far? Many are asking why BP have made such a very poor job of doing anything much about the oil that is spilling out in tons?

People who live in the most immediately affected areas like Louisiana are demanding that something is done now. The beaches, the marshland and the livelihoods of people who depend on the sea are al ready ruined. The oil getting washed up kills.

Of course it is a major concern that the oil will find its way into the Gulf Stream and end up being carried into the oceans of the world. It will not be confined to the area of the Gulf of Mexico. Why is this being allowed to happen?

Corexit

Instead of using workable and environmentally friendly methods to deal with the disaster the toxic dispersant Corexit has been used, and many people would rightly claim that this has made a very bad situation worse. It does nothing to get rid of the oil pollution but simply breaks it up into small particles which are just as deadly to sea creatures. Corexit has been banned in the UK.

Monsanto

The dispersant itself will kill others the oil missed, although Nalco the chemical company that makes it claim otherwise. They say it is biodegradeable and safe. Chemical giant Monsanto that has given us Agent Orange, Bovine Growth Hormone, aspartame and genetically engineered crops have always claimed that their products are safe and too!

But even if Nalco are telling the truth there are much better ways of dealing with the problem. In Saudi Arabia in a past oil spill it was shown that the oil and water could be vacuumed out of the ocean.

Another method that is safe is to use microbes that break down the oil and then die out themselves having nothing more to feed on. Again this method has been demonstrated in the past to work and was used by the Land Office of Texas.

It has been suggested that straw could be used to soak up the oil as another method to stop the disaster worsening.

Louisiana Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser has spoken out in frustration and anger after finding that all his efforts to get something done were blocked by red tape and refusals. He wanted to take the matter into the hands of local people and do what they can about it at their own cost but has been threatened that he will be breaking the law if he does so.

Conspiracy theorists

Some conspiracy theorists and ordinary local people too have put forward the idea that the entire problem has been deliberately engineered. One idea that has been put forward is that BP are trying to deliberately destroy all life on the Louisiana marshes so they can then get the land rights there and the wealth of the oil reserves below the ground.

It has also been suggested by Henning Kemner that it is not an oil well that is leaking into the ocean but an underseas volcano that has been drilled into. The evidence for this being given is that the footage of much of what has been called oil spill shows a colour inconsistent with it being crude oil.

I live a long way from the Gulf of Mexico but this oil spill has played on my mind a lot over the past few weeks. It really depresses me to picture the reality of what has happened and will happen in future. This is a severe wound to life on Earth.

© 2010 Steve Andrews

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wabond 6 years ago from England

I think the problem is that the people who are making the decisions are businessmen, spin-doctors, accountants and politicians but not practical engineers.

If we look at the two Space Shuttle disasters, in both cases the tragedies could have been avoided if the administers had bothered to listen to the concerns of their own engineers. But they didn't and this is why two Space Shuttles were destroyed.

I think the same thing is happening with this oil spill. The businessmen and accountants are more concerned about money. While the politicians are more concerned about votes but the practical people who know best what to do, are not given a fair hearing. So these businessmen and politicians are making engineering decisions without knowing what they are doing. So this is why they are making so many stupid decisions.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

You could be right, William! Not that it helps much but I would prefer the reasons behind this to be something like that rather than the more advanced and sinister conspiracy theories! Logical solutions for the benefit of the environment and local people are not being used whoever is behind the scenes on this!


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

This hurts my heart and soul, it's so hard to look. What a mess this is, Kevin Costner has invented a new machine to pull the oil out of the water, all the parishes wants to use it, let's see if he gets the approval...thanks for writing this heartfelt hub...


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

The latest I heard was that BP's efforts have failed again and the nightmare continues! Yes, I heard about Kevin Costner's invention to solve the problem too but like other workable remedies it has not been what has been used! It is a really depressing ongoing situation we can but pray and hope will get resolved very soon!


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Conspiracies aside, immediately this happened, shouldn't work have started on drilling a relief well into the reservoir, as this was known to be the only option IF the various caps and top-kills failed (as they have). Now, three weeks into it, it seems this 3-month-long option is only now being considered.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for your thoughts on it, Paraglider! Indeed, the one thing that stands out about all of this is that sensible solutions that would work have not been used!


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Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

Concisely said, and in relevance to the Bible, right on. I personally do not know if there is a solution to what they have done. Nalco reps as I watched them on the news looked as if they were hiding something and agent orange...well look what it did in vietnam....As I have stated in articles of mine....man has gone too far this time in violating a drilling contract and drilling deeper than they should have.

This distresses me as I come from an island in the Gulf of Mexico....have fished for Marlin, Blue Fin and Yellow Fin Tuna, Redfish, Wahoo....hellooooo.....I am glad I had the chance to do all the things I have. For this is one spill I do not think will be ever cleaned up....It has been spewing for over 40 days now ......with NO end in sight.

Great hub.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Wealthmadehealthy! Many people seem to go on as if nothing has happened but not me! I am really depressed about this and have just posted this link at my Facebook site: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/galleries...


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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

This topic makes me so sad....It just seems that no end is in sight.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for posting, BJ!


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Sadly such disasters keep happening. Altough this one is a big one.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I think it is safe to say this is the worst, Ethel! I just read a BBC report that says that if BP's latest efforts fail, which are going to take four days anyway, it could be until August before it is stopped! It is hard to imagine just how bad that would be!


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K J Page 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

An undersea volcano - hadn't heard that. I think it sad that as many years as we have been drilling off shore and with technology as advanced as it is, nothing was ever put into place or planned should this type of situation ever occur. That there is a conspiracy to have created it to begin with, I can not buy into. PB is one of the world's leading oil companies with much to lose in revenue from the oil spewing, the horrendous cost of containment and cleanup and the negative public outcry. There can be no profit made from this global reaching disaster. There can only be lessons learned for all humanity - hopefully without the total destruction of a paradise on earth.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Watching this oil destroy everything around it is heartbreaking and I thought your hub was excellent. As to the end times, we have had numerous earthquakes, volcanos, tornadoes and other disasters, now this. We have a president who is spending money that we don't have and leading us into socialism as fast as he possibly can. He has not done anything to help this situation in the gulf that I can see.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for your comments, KJ and Pamela99! I don't think anyone has anyway of knowing how much harm this will do and has already done. It is also impossible to get a true picture of the scale of the tragedy!


Reverse 6 years ago

why have they not just clean-cut the pipe and install a gate valve yes the oil will spill out even more until the valve is welded or attached somehow. When it is closed it will stop,this is the solution and one that WILL work its all about the clean cut. by the way I am no engineer just a person that is sitting back and scratching my head as to why the hell this hasn't been done sooner they cants say it's to deep the navy has deep sea divers I just wish there was a hot line that the normal person could call and tell them this solution.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Here's what the BBC reported BP are trying next: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/us_and_canada/101...


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Shona Venter 6 years ago from South Africa

Once again, money is far more important than the impact of the environmental damage caused by this "spill." A spill is generally referred to when a relatively small amount of something needs to be mopped up. This is by no means a small amount of damage! Perhaps BP would lose too much money by capping the well, which could be why it hasn't been done?

It will be too late for regrets once the last form of sea life has died, and the water is too polluted to even try to recover.

It would seem like Obamas idea of "looking at the problem" involved going on a weekend holiday instead - and over Memorial Weekend of all times! Shame on him!


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for posting, Shona! As you have probably gathered I am totally disgusted by the whole thing! It is a very good point you make about the use of the term "spill." This is an oil disaster but the media still call it a spill!


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lynnibug 6 years ago from Florida

Thank you for such an insightful article. There are several solutions discussed here that have not made it to the mainstream media and that is possibly as much a disaster as the lack of good judgment that allowed a disaster like this to happen. If our government acts in accordance with its historical maneuverings, BP will be on the verge of bankruptcy, the taxpayers will foot the bill for a series of solutions that don't work, and then BP will get some windfall bailout money to keep them afloat. I suggest we remember these things clearly when we go to the polls. It's time for some wisdom and accountability in government! http://www.onemonthofwisdom.com


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Yes, indeed, there are several solutions that could have been used but they haven't been employed and the nightmare continues! Thank you for posting!


Darrell Johanson 6 years ago

WHY, WHY can they not just pinch off or crimp the pipe to stop or slow the leak? I know this works,I have wittnessed it!! Or is there a problem with the drill stem below the ocean floor??


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

They have supposedly cut the pipe and are putting a cap over it. Not sure what the latest is!


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JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa

Reverse

YOU Said they cants say it's to deep the navy has deep sea divers I just wish there was

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Safety factors were disregarded in the location of the drilling rig. The drill was drilling in 5,000 feet of water far lower than any diver could go, should there be a problem. The accident happened when safety equipment failed causing the disaster. Congress repeated failure to allow permits in shallow waters must assume some blame when blame will be established. Divers could have made the necessary repairs in days if they were drilling at shallower depths.

take note

1994 Dan Manion sets current record for a deep dive on air at 509 feet (155 m). Manion reports he was almost completely incapacitated by narcosis and has no recollection of time at depth.

In Alaska oil can be drilled for at depths of 100 to 200 feet if Congress would release the permits. Picture the floor of a 2 car garage, drop a quarter on the floor. The size of the quarter is the area in Anwar that can be drilled to provide the oil we need. Obama setting a moratorium to stop oil drilling will cause the loss of 30,000 jobs and cause a gas shortage.Obama and Congress need to reconsider their positions first before any actions are taken. The politicians say '' we must get us off the need for foreign oil '' they lie!


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for your feedback, Jon!


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Ruce Otter 6 years ago

BP's failures after the spill have been in attempts to temporarily stop or slow down the leak by siphoning oil from the leak into a tanker on surface.

From almost the beginning they have been drilling a relief well to prosecute their "bottom kill" solution. The only problem with this solution is its chance of success is less than the chances of winning back to back lotteries.

As to a possible solution, I say lets build an island over the leak just like the islands that are being built off the coast of Dubai and the island airport that was built off the coast of Japan. Surely an island of these type can cover the leak and put it to an end.


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johnnyco12 6 years ago from Pascagoula, Ms

Well written and very informative, I only see one drawback, there are Government restrictions prohibiting the release of contaminates into the water. Uncle Sam will consider these microbes contaminates and a long drawn out legal circus will ensue before this method can be used. AKA Until they can control it, monopolize on it, and most of all profit from it they will prohibit it.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

And yet they allow the Corexit dispersant which is most definitely a contaminant!


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LRCBlogger 6 years ago

Your solutions are good but they are not practical for a spill this size. The spill covers thousand of miles and is both on the surface and deep in the water. The real solution is to remove money from politics so that our lawmakers stop supporting corporate interest and start supporting the interest of the people. Brazil found a solution to their oil needs 30 years ago. Is Brazil that far ahead of the USA? We need govt intervention to invest more in clean energy companies, ban plastic bags, etc.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

They are practical in parts I'd say and getting rid of any of it is surely worthwhile as is stopping any of it getting washed ashore!

Thanks for your feedback, LRCBlogger!


JON EWALL profile image

JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa

LRCBlogger

''We need GOVT intervention to invest more in clean energy companies, ban plastic bags, etc.''

GOVT intervention always leads to waste and corruption. Oil and Coal are economical and abundant in our country. Not to use our natural resources before using foreign resources is unforgivable and stupid.

Windmills only work when the wind blows

Solar needs sunlight and water to operate economically

Ethanol gas needs corn (taking corn out of the food chain caused a food shortage in 2008)

The above costs can't come close to the cost of oil, coal and natural gas.

The government knows the answer to what is economical energy. So why does the government restrict the cheaper energy?

It's all about big money, power and politics.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

There are free energy sources such as those discovered by Nikola Tesla that we are denied. Yes, it IS about "big money, power and politics"!

Please see: http://www.project.nsearch.com/video/tesla-free-en...


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LRCBlogger 6 years ago

JON, "GOVT intervention always leads to waste and corruption" - absolutely correct. This is why I have been pushing on Hub pages for campaign finance reform. If we could get more than 2 Republican lawmakers to join the 144 Democrats in congress to support the "fair elections now act," we could have meaningful campaign finance reform that removes the conflict that comes with money.

Regarding Oil and Coal being 'lower cost,' your not factoring in health related issues due to pollution, cleaning spills, etc. For me, pushing for drilling right now is similar to 15 years ago when some companies were pushing an 'electronic' typewriter as the technology of the future when a personal computer just came out.

Govt intervention is a must. #1 Ban Plastic bags, reduce our oil


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Plastic bags just got banned in California I hear!


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jiberish 6 years ago from florida

Bard, Gov't intervention is the worst thing, the people who are affected know what they need, why hasn't Nobama eased up? Why does it take a month to get supplies? Why was the Attny General of Florida excluded from the clean up discussions? Florida has the largest area of coastline which will soon be covered....why not do some prevention? Obama has this from day one....LOL


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Good questions, Jiberish!


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JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa

hubbers

The government acknowledge that the country needs oil, oil will never totally be replaced .To think that solar, wind and other products are the solution to replacing oil is to be incoherent.

The politicians say '' we must wean ourselves off the need for foreign oil ''. Not to use our own natural resources is criminal and idiotic.

Obama said today on NBC's TODAY show with

Matt Lauer '' so i know whose as to kick ''.

If you read my previous hub on the governments participation in offshore drilling, let the people start the ass kicking with Obama and members of congress who have not allowed permits to be released.forcing the oil companies to drill in water so deep that safety is not a priority is a huge mistake.


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Ruce Otter 6 years ago

Jiberish,

You discredit everything you post by including hateful slurs such as "Nobama".

Of course after reading the drivel that you post, I would say that you have no clue what you are talking about.


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born to be free 6 years ago

Great Hub Bard,

I have to tell you, I am not into conspiracy junk, in fact I hate it! But I have to tell you that I heard a comment from a BP Spokesman that has totally blown me away. This led me to further study BP, and I have to tell you that something is rotten about all this. I am writing a hub right now about what I have found, and it isn't pretty. It will make a grown man cry, and shock the mind.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Is it anything to do with Dick Cheney I wonder?


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born to be free 6 years ago

You never know, after further investigation old Dick may pop up. I have to tell you Bard, what I uncovered is so sick. I don't know why it bothers me so, we all know the depths corporations will go to in an effort to survive!

I will give you a hint on what I am working on; ask yourself these questions, "What would it profit BP to allow this to continue as it has?" "Why would a corporation willingly throw away a billion or two?"

A clue: BP has seen the oily writing on the wall.


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KFlippin 6 years ago from Amazon

Excellent hub, and I think in the weeks past it was mentioned that it was likely the EPA that has blessed the chemical use, but objects to other more natural means to clean this horrible horrible mess up.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for your feedback, KFlippin!


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KFlippin 6 years ago from Amazon

You are quite welcome, I hope everyone wakes up, and soon, and puts a stop the EPA's growing control of this country.


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C.S.Alexis 6 years ago from NW Indiana

Thanks Bard, thanks for caring and sharing!


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, CS!


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JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa

Bard of Ely

The capping of the oil well should be completed soon.On 8/14/10 President Obama visited Florida to udpate the country.

Many still wonder as to why President Barak Obama continues the moratorium.Check this out, a connection ?

Note the SOROS connection: The Obama administration approved a $ 2 billion loan to a Brazilian oil company to drill for offshore oil in Brazil that would create jobs in Brazil. It was reported that one of Obama’s campaign donors purchased $ 900 million in stock of that company. Coincidence

Obama placed a second moratorium on drilling in the gulf even after a federal judge ruled against the moratorium. At least 4 oil drilling rigs have left the gulf some going to Brazilian waters. Coincidence? The moratorium has created a loss of 133,000 jobs


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for your feedback, Jon!

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