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The Deep Horizon Oil Platform Sank: Where Did All That Steel Go??

Updated on May 25, 2010

Over a million tons of steel on top of the broken pipe??

Something is just not adding up about this Oil Spill. I admit my bias; I am a born and bred conservationist. To me, the people responsible for the worst man-made natural disaster in American History should be tarred and feathered with their own tar - and the feathers from thousands of birds who died because of them.

The Deep Horizon Oil Platform was reportedly the largest in the world. Earlier in the same day as the disaster BP Executives were celebrating the Platform's unprecedented success. After the explosion, the Deep Horizon Oil Platform sank to the bottom of the sea.

Where then is the wreakage??

That amount of steel and concrete wouldn't "float" very far.

If the wreakage dropped anywhere near the well, why didn't it cover the broken pipe??

Why are there such clear, clean photographs and "live streaming video" of the oil being spewed out of a "small pipe" and into the Gulf of Mexico? Complete with "lights" shining in a neat little ditch??

If tons of steel falling on top of the leak didn't stop the release of oil, why did the experts think a "top hat" would??

Why does BP want the "live video feed" to go dark tomorrow while they try yet another solution??

Who gave BP the right to even enter the conversation about whether what they do should be documented by video??

Is there another, much more terrible, much more prolific, much more deadly leak spewing from underneith tons of debris that used to be the Deep Horizon??

And if there is a much worse leak, how many people besides BP know the spill cannot be stopped.


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  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    7 years ago

    Dearest Harlan,

    Thank you soooooooooooooo much for taking the time to comment! I sooooooooo appreciate your insights! I will check out your Hubs! And you can post links in my comments any time! (At least if the new rules still allow it?)

    And I would LOVE to see photos of the whole ordeal as long as they do not pose any disrespect to those brave men we lost!

    Thank you again soooooooooo very much! I'm sure you have amazing adventures to share!

    Blessings to you and yours always, EarthAngel!

  • Harlan Colt profile image

    Harlan Colt 

    7 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

    Earth Angel, Earth Angel, will you be mine... my darling dear... love you all the time...

    I love that song!

    Hi! Harlan checking in...

    I am one of the submarine pilots who helped put the cap on that well, I even signed my name on it! I answer (I believe) all your questions in one of my hubs. You are not supposed to promote your hubs on other people's pages, so I will not post a link or anything, but if you look at my hubs you will find it pretty easy.

    Also, I have pictures right here on my PC of that oil rig, all the tons of concrete and steel, laying at the bottom of the ocean. I won't post them out of respect for the lost/dead and their families - its really spooky looking anyway. Right now it is considered a graveyard for those people. However, it may well be that the US government requires BP to pull that rig up and send it to the scrap yard. That will take years and millions and millions of dollars as it will have to be cut apart by robot submarines a mile below the surface. That will take a very very long time.

    Anyway, we should all be as glad as can be that the oil rig didn't land on top of that well head. If it had, it might have been impossible to stop the leak! The Deep Water Horizon was 5 city blocks or so wide. It could have sank and landed on top that well head in a way that there was no access to work on it. The DWH was a floating city. The amount of time to cut it away just to get to the well may have been impossible under the necessary time frame to keep from literally destroying the entire Gulf of Mexico. Then what if a hurricane came along and blew millions of gallons of oil into New Orleans and then caught on fire? That well could easily be leaking today if that oil rig had sank on top of it.

    I work at sea. We do everything possible to be as safe as we can, not only to ourselves but the environment too. If we spill so much as a drop of oil off a ship, we launch a clean-up boat with special oil-soak towels to clean the sheen off the water. Also, the oil we use out there, is extremely environmentally safe.

    I don't mean to stick up for big oil. I am all about clean electric and solar power for homes and cars. Sounds good to me, but I still want some gas around to drive my 57 Chevy. I just wanted to shed some light on your questions.

    - Best Wishes

    - Harlan

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    7 years ago

    Thank you so much K9 with Hub Hugs!!

    I send warmest blessings to you and yours, EarthAngel!!

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    India Arnold 

    7 years ago from Northern, California

    This sentence says it all, "the people responsible for the worst man-made natural disaster in American History should be tarred and feathered with their own tar - and the feathers from thousands of birds who died because of them."

    Up and Awesome EA! I like your style.

    K9 Hub Hugs!

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    8 years ago

    Hello dearest Patty!!

    I am not one who follows conspiracy theories , yet there are too many things happening right under our noses that make no sense!! Except if looked at from a 'profit only' motivation!!

    I wrote this short Hub because shortly after the Deep Horizon sunk, we were getting crystal clear video images of the leak, the pipe and the oil!!? It just didn't make any sense that something so horrific could happen and down below it was so nice and neat!!??

    Blessings to you and your Ms. Elvis!!

    Earth Angel!!

  • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

    Patty Inglish MS 

    8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

    Yes, where did that steel and concrete go? The Gulf of Mexico has held too many wasted products and commodities! My first grade teacher witnessed merchants or farmers or Men In Black tossing milk and coffee into the Gulf in the 1950s in order to drive up their prices. So what about this oil, do we think? The North Dakota reservation around New Town holds enough oil to possiblly support of all North America for decades and 39 new wells are going up. Will they be blocked by Men In Black or a cartel? It will be interesting.

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    8 years ago

    You are sooooooooooooo right SweetiePie!!

    And after reading your Hubs I know you are living a good life of example!! You are just the BEST!!

    I'm getting better at weaning off the pump; a tank of gas now lasts me between 4-5 weeks!!

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

  • SweetiePie profile image


    8 years ago from Southern California, USA

    We need different and new solutions to off shore oil drilling. We need to get off the oil pump today.

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    8 years ago from Cape town South Africa

    You are right, but tar and feathers is not fit for them.

    Big money will be able to wash it off in a flash. Youwant to hurt them where it matters, thier pockets, not the company the big boys at the top, they are the one that cut corners to put more into their own pockets.

    Like what you write will follow.

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    8 years ago

    Thank you Chris!!

    GREAT example!! My heart is with you and all who live near the Gulf!!

    I agree, if true, that it is really good news the rig did not land on the blowout!!

    From day one, however, it made no sense to me that there was only one leak!! The broken pipe is so near the surface of the sea floor, it would also make sense that tons of steel falling would crush/open/breach other parts of the pipe as well!!

    I heard on PBS/NPR just this last Sunday that an assessment of other parts of the pipe has not yet been done!!? That too, makes no sense to me!!

    One of the BP Representatives said it is too chaotic under the water at the current breach site to look any where else!!??

    And now China has a catastrophe of their own!!

    Before long it won't be 'our' oil fouling the Earth and 'their' oil fouling the Earth, it will all be mixed together by the currents and sea life will pay the ultimate price!!

    Again, we send prayers of love and healing for resolution of this horrible disaster!!

    Blessings, Earth Angel!!

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    8 years ago

    DWH was a "semi-submersible" rig, meaning: it floats.

    try this - - fill a milk jug full of water, then stick a tack in the bottom so that the point of the needle points right at the opening on top. Now drop a penny into it and see if it lands on the pinpoint.

    as bad as this is, and as a Louisiana resident believe me i know, we are extremely lucky the rig did not land on the blowout preventer - oil would still be flowing freely to this day if it had.

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    8 years ago

    Thanks Jimmy!!

    We are all praying!! Hopeful last night, less hopeful this morning!!

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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    Captain Jimmy 

    8 years ago from WV

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    8 years ago

    Blessings to you this morning Phil!!

    Thank you for your comments! I agree with you about common sense being lacking in this day and age!! Common sense, however implies not only surface thinking, but depth of thinking as well!!

    I'm afraid you are the one in need of a physics reminder!!

    The Titanic was a vessel designed to float, the Platform was not!! The Titanic was designed with as much open space as possible to accomodate its passengers, the Platform was not!! The Titanic was moving in a forward direction with momentum at top speed, the Platform was not!! The Titanic suffered rips in her side, the Platform did not!!

    While your points have surface validity for examination, your example is quite flawed!!

    Did you not think it odd that shortly after the disaster, BP was 'allegedly' able to send a small robot down 5,000 feet and clearly see the broken pipe in a nice little indention in the sand??

    Did you stop to think that the area of the break would most likely be littered with hundreds of tons of steel??

    And what of all the oil that was already loaded onto the Platform and waiting to be off loaded onto tankers?? Wouldn't it have fouled the water?? Yet the photos/video are so clear??

    Please remember when you point the finger at others in the name of common sense, that it may only be common to those of your I.Q. or less!!

    For those of us paid by Think Tanks, we hold everything as an open question so as not to get swayed by pre-conditioned media-driven thinking!!

    Blessings on your day!! Earth Angel!!

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    8 years ago

    Where did all the steel go? To the bottom of the ocean, duh. Did you ever stop and think that a floating platform may not be directly over a well head that's 5000 feet below? Ever stop and think that the platform may in-fact not drop straight down? Think back to the Titanic disaster for a moment. The bow and stern sections are very far apart from each other because each part "glided" through the water differently.

    I highly doubt that the leak would have been stopped if the rig fell on top of the well. In fact, probably would have made this whole situation worse. You'd have to get the rig off the well head before being able to do anything. So even though this is a terrible disaster, it couldn't have gone any better as far as getting direct access to the leak.

    Geez, use some common sense. Oh wait, most people have lost that ability in this day and age.

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    8 years ago

    Blessings to you Tony!!

    I soooooooooooo agree with everything you left in your comment above!! I don't know what is wrong with us here in the U.S.!! It's like we are asleep!! We have caused havoc around the world with our toxic waste, toxic oil drilling, toxic air and toxic investments!!

    Blessings to you and yours and all in Nigeria as well!!

    Earth Angel!!

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    Tony McGregor 

    8 years ago from South Africa

    "Drill, baby, drill!" Dear heaven, weren't enough warnings given about the inherent dangers of such drilling? But of course human greed won and now we have this dreadful mess to live with.

    BTW the people of Nigeria live daily with even worse actions on the part of big oil. And have done for years. People die there because of big oil.

    Thanks for sharing these questions and I hope that someday they will be satsifactorily answered so that this kind of screw-up doesn't happen again.

    And while you are worrying about your seafood, give a thought to the people of Nigeria, who live in desperation, in an oil-despoiled wasteland.

    Love and peace


  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    8 years ago

    I'm afraid so Alex!! And the Whale doesn't seem to living up to the hipe for clean-up!

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    8 years ago from India

    And now Alex is going to make it worse

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    8 years ago

    Blessings to you this morning Amanda!!

    Mother Earth is indeed bleeding . . . yet for BP it is business as usual!!

    This is what happens when we view Earth as a 'thing' to be exploited and used up!! She is a living, breathing life-giving organism and so many unenlightened humans have become her cancer!!

    Have you read 'Net of Life' a short plead from the indigenous grandmothers? It brings me to my knees each time I read it!!

    Thank you for you continued concern and prayers for our wounded planet!!

    Blessings for your thoughts, Earth Angel!!

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    8 years ago

    Thank you Earnest for commenting!!

    I agree fully!! And each day we seem no closer to containment!!

    I am appalled by the lack of sensitivity from the executives of BP!! It points to their lack of a moral compass!!

    The sad thing about the law is the Exxon/Valdez case is still before the courts 21 years later!!

    A few days spent covered in oil while sitting in a pen of dying pelicans might provide them with the 'awakening' they desperately need!!

    Good to hear from you Ernest!!

    Blessings to you and yours always, Earth Angel!!

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    Amanda Severn 

    8 years ago from UK

    This leak is like a gigantic wound and the repurcussions of this will be felt for a very long time to come. It's time we stopped plundering our planets limited resources, and turn instead to more sustainable forms of energy.

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    8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

    As the whole world is affected by this huge spill, I am hoping that all the truth will come out as it has with many other total screw-ups.

    Some people have made mistakes, but the ones who made the moral mistakes should be dealt with firmly by the law.

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    8 years ago

    watching the video of the spilling "oil" well I was wondering: oil is floating so liqiudly???, without lot of pressure form thousands of feet down in the earth???

    Adding informations together from: H.-J.Zillmer, Der Energieirrtumg, Lindsey William: "on the oil spoil catastrophe-Jeffe Rense, "smoking gun" from Tom Hartman, Alex Jones, I wonder what really happend. It loosk to me, BP and others involved and responsible are woverwhelmd by thomthing that was far beyond their "horizon".

  • Earth Angel profile imageAUTHOR

    Earth Angel 

    8 years ago

    Thank you so much Jiberish for you compliments!!

    Yes, so many have lost the ability to be transparent!! Or is that really it?? People/companies know when they are hiding things, and they usually know when they are doing wrong!! Why then do so many choose to go forward?? Why do they choose the cover of darkness instead of the light of transparency??

    As a life-skills coach I teach the Socratic method of inquiry! Question everything without a preconceived idea of the answer!!

    Too often we just accept what we hear on the media - even when it is totally illogical!!

    I pray the attempt to cap the leaking well today works - and doesn't just make things worse!

    Blessings to you and yours!! Earth Angel!!

  • jiberish profile image


    8 years ago from florida

    Great questions. Everything is transparent, until it isn't. I'll be cutting back on my seafood consumption for a while. Keep Hubbing!


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