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Leaked Report: Government Fears Oil Well Could Become Unchecked Gusher - Releasing 2.1 Million Gallons a Day & Toxic Gas Clouds

 
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A confidential government report on the unfolding spill disaster in the Gulf makes clear the Coast Guard now fears the well could become an unchecked gusher shooting millions of gallons of oil per day into the Gulf.

"The following is not public," reads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Emergency Ops document dated April 28. "Two additional release points were found today. If the riser pipe deteriorates further, the flow could become unchecked resulting in a release volume an order of magnitude higher than previously thought."

In scientific circles, an order of magnitude means something is 10 times larger. In this case, an order of magnitude higher would mean the volume of oil coming from the well could be 10 times higher than the 5,000 barrels a day coming out now. That would mean 50,000 barrels a day, or 2.1 million gallons a day. It appears the new leaks mentioned in the Wednesday release are the leaks reported to the public late Wednesday night.

"There is no official change in the volume released but the Coast Guard is preparing for a worst-case release," continues the document.

The emergency document also states that the spill has grown in size so quickly that only 1 to 2 percent of it has been sprayed with dispersants.

The Press-Register obtained the emergency report from a government official. The White House, NOAA, the Coast Guard and BP Plc did not immediately return calls for comment made early this morning.

The worst-case scenario for the broken andduhing well pouring oil into the Gulf of Mexico would be the loss of the wellhead and kinked piping currently restricting the flow to 5,000 barrels -- or 210,000 gallons -- per day.

If the wellhead is lost, oil could leave the well at a much greater rate.

"Typically, a very good well in the Gulf can produce 30,000 barrels a day, but that's under control. I have no idea what an uncontrolled release could be," said Stephen Sears, chairman of the petroleum engineering department at Louisiana State University.

On Thursday, federal officials said they were preparing for the worst-case scenario but didn't elaborate.

Kinks in the piping created as the rig sank to the seafloor may be all that is preventing the Deepwater Horizon well from releasing its maximum flow. BP is now drilling a relief well as the ultimate fix. The company said Thursday that process would take up to 3 months.

"I'm not sure what's happening down there right now. I have heard there is a kink in what's called the riser. The riser is a long pipe that connects the wellhead to the rig. I really don't know if that kink is a big restriction. Is that really a big restriction? There could be another restriction further down," said LSU's Sears. "An analogy would be if you have a kink in a garden hose. You suspect that kink is restricting the flow, but there could be another restriction or kink somewhere else closer to the faucet.

BP Plc executive Doug Suttles said Thursday the company was worried about "erosion" of the pipe at the wellhead.

Sand is an integral part of the formations that hold oil under the Gulf. That sand, carried in the oil as it shoots through the piping, is blamed for the ongoing erosion described by BP.

"The pipe could disintegrate. You've got sand getting into the pipe, it's eroding the pipe all the time, like a sandblaster," said Ron Gouget, a former oil spill response coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"When the oil is removed normally, it comes out at a controlled rate. You can still have abrasive particles in that. Well, now, at this well, its coming out at fairly high velocity," Gouget continued. "Any erosive grains are abrading the inside of the pipe and all the steel that comes in contact with the liquid. It's essentially sanding away the pipe."

The formation that was being drilled by the Deepwater Horizon when it exploded and sank last week is reported to have tens of millions of barrels of oil. A barrel contains 42 gallons.

"The loss of a wellhead, this is totally unprecedented," said Gouget. "How bad it could get from that, you will have a tremendous volume of oil that is going to be offgassing on the coast. Depending on how much wind is there, and how those gases build up, that's a significant health concern."


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Tnaks fo rthe pin. It's what we're not being told that is probably scariest story.
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Fucking Hell.
Everything is permitted..
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we're so fucked..


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Trinity, are you anywhere near the gulf?
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if this happens.

wow..just wow. It would be like the dustbowl in the 30's, forget any economic recovery
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In scientific circles, an order of magnitude means something is 10 times larger. In this case, an order of magnitude higher would mean the volume of oil coming from the well could be 10 times higher than the 5,000 barrels a day coming out now. That would mean 50,000 barrels a day, or 2.1 million gallons a day. It appears the new leaks mentioned in the Wednesday release are the leaks reported to the public late Wednesday night.



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$85 dollars per barrel atm

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EPA Establishes Web site on BP Oil Spill

EPA launches site to inform the public about health, environmental impacts of spill

WASHINGTON – As part of the ongoing federal response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, EPA today established a website to inform the public about the spill’s impact on the environment and the health of nearby residents. The website – [link to www.epa.gov] - will contain data from EPA’s ongoing air monitoring along with other information about the agency’s activities in the region. Also today, Administrator Jackson joined Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to tour the region. The Administrator will spend the next 36 hours visiting with community groups and meeting EPA staff responding to the spill.

Additional information on the broader response from the U.S. Coast Guard and other responding agencies is available at: [link to www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com]

“We are taking every possible step to protect the health of the residents and mitigate the environmental impacts of this spill,” EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. “For several days, EPA has been on the ground evaluating air and water concerns and coordinating with other responding agencies. We are also here to address community members -- the people who know these waters and wetlands best. They will be essential to the work ahead.”

EPA has established air monitoring stations along Plaquemines Parish on the Louisiana coast. EPA established those facilities to determine how oil set on fire in the gulf and oil that is reaching land is impacting air quality. EPA is monitoring levels of a number of chemicals potentially emitted by oil, including volatile organic compounds such as xylene, benzene and toluene.

EPA has also deployed two Trace Atmospheric Gas Analyzers – mobile laboratories that collect and analyze air quality samples in real time – to monitor air quality in the region.

EPA tested smoke from the controlled burn two days ago and found the Louisiana coast had not been affected because an off-shore breeze was blowing away from land and out to sea during that time. The agency will continue to collect and share data with the public, and will coordinate and share information with local health officials.

In addition to monitoring air quality, EPA is also assessing the coastal waters affected by the spreading oil. EPA deployed our twin-engine aircraft to assist in the collection of air sampling data and photograph the spill and surrounding area.

All of the data EPA collects will be posted to [link to www.epa.gov] , along with frequently asked questions, fact sheets about potential health impacts of the spill, and links to more information on the spill and the government’s response.
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check out these two pics
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holy fuck! didnt think it would get this bad this fast??? someone is deliberately settin this shit off on PURPOSE!!!
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"The loss of a wellhead, this is totally unprecedented," said Gouget. "How bad it could get from that, you will have a tremendous volume of oil that is going to be offgassing on the coast. Depending on how much wind is there, and how those gases build up, that's a significant health concern."



we're so fucked..

OFFGASING?!

fucking hell

huge clouds of toxic gas floating onshore?

jesus fucking christ..

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Hey, just chaulk it up to human error and corner cutting...FOLLOW THE MONEY ! LOL ! WE'RE SO Fucked !
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Where's all those super mini-subs with the long mechanical robot arms? Gotta cap this baby pronto!!!!!
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this is as bad as it gets

not sure how the Gulf will handle this at all

Gulf Shores white sand play land - dead

Florida vacation paradise - lost

Louisiana - 41% of USA seafood - gone

off shore drilling - ???




for Louisiana on a scale of 1-10 this is a 10!!!!!!!!



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Who needs Osama when we've got BP?
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Oh my fucking god!
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I heard the subs tried but couldn't cap it.
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BP's Deepwater Horizon Rig

BP = Bottomless Pit...
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So much for my property value in Fort Myers --- damn -
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Trinity, are you anywhere near the gulf?



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Well didn't you say awhile back you were going to move out of the country? So now might be the time.
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Louisiana will become a dead zone if that happens and the whole Gulf Coast will as well. People, I suggest those of you who live in the Gulf Coast area please think about leaving. These dumbfucks need to shut off the goddamn well with a mini-sub to go down there and shut off the three wells that are spewing oil. Why the hell can't the Navy do it? They can't use divers. but they can use mini-subs to help with the repairs.
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If they lose their wellhead, this is what happens.


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Trinity, are you anywhere near the gulf?



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I've been looking seriously at an REO right smack dab on the beach in SoWal, think I'll put that on hold.
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"The loss of a wellhead, this is totally unprecedented," said Gouget. "How bad it could get from that, you will have a tremendous volume of oil that is going to be offgassing on the coast. Depending on how much wind is there, and how those gases build up, that's a significant health concern."



we're so fucked..f
OFFGASING?!

fucking hell

huge clouds of toxic gas floating onshore?

jesus fucking christ..

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Not just toxic...flammable, explosive gas...hell on earth.
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Who needs Osama when we've got BP?
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...and you all make fun of the Hopi prophecy

got preps?
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ahhh
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The British are coming! The British are coming!
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Gulf Shores still looks good!!


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