Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket! On a fine Cape Cod morning here in Osterville, I bid you and yours a fair adieu. Yesterday at Dowses Beach, 10 sea turtles were released into the wild of Nantucket Sound, amidst a gathering of well wishers who saw the turtles off along with NECN, New England Cable Network and the New England sea mammal rescue team. It was heartening to say the least, especially considering that these turtles’ brothers and sisters are suffering so in the Gulf of Mexico right now. This annual event takes place at Dowses Beach here in Osterville and gives us pause to consider that there are still some good people out there who truly care about this little blue rock called earth and all of the beautiful animals that inhabit it, rather share it with us “human beings”. Regarding that horrible “spill” in the Gulf, we are all wondering what the hell is really going on with the stopping and starting of the relief well that is now only 37 feet away from it’s destination. Bob Cavnar, a contributor to the Huffington Post, a former oil executive and creator of the blog called the “Daily Hurricane”, spoke on Keith Olberman’s show, “Countdown, with Keith Olberman”, airing every week night at 8 p.m. on MSNBC, regarding this same question. Bp is flying blind without an instrument rating and the big question–why is bp taking the risk of creating too much pressure on the otherwise, perhaps, compromised “casing” of the well itself, when they are so close to killing the well with the relief well that, again, is only 37 feet from it’s goal. Cavnar, “they hope they can shut down some of the production from the well, so they can open it back up, open it up to the surface, to the Q4000 (a tanker ship) and the Helix producer; that it will be producing at a rate less than it was producing when the well was an “open flow”. So it will be harder to tell what the total flow was from when it was completely uncontrolled.” Keith asks the question, “So, they are still taking steps to indemnify bp rather than the best available practices to shut down the disaster on the Gulf floor?” Cavnar, “It’s the only thing I can think of Keith, because the whole reason for this cap was to allow two more outlets to produce to 4 ships and capture between 60-80 thousand barrels of oil a day, and this whole business of shutting in and shutting down the relief well just doesn’t make any sense to me at this point, for there is a real concern about the integrity of the casing.” If you take your garden hose and put your hand over it, you have a metaphor for what bp is trying to do. The problem with that is, in a word, pressure, and if the integrity of the hose is poor, than the pressure applied by your hand could cause a rupture in the “casing” of the hose and cause leaks wherever the hose is weakest. Thus, we could have oil spilling into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico for decades to come, or for however long that well produces oil. When you take a look at the image above, it might bring your blood to a boil. It does mine. May this bring the attention it needs to the President who can, and should, stop the 33 deep water wells from continuing to operate until the blowout preventers, at the very least, are checked out and deemed safe. For experts have now concluded that the blowout preventer that caused this “accident” have a 45 percent chance of “blowing up”, a 45 percent chance! Who gave these oil companies the right to play GOD with our sea creatures, our people and our shore lines? WHO?! GOD’S SPEED to the GULF, all of the SEA TURTLES, DOLPHINS, WHALES, BROWN PELICANS and marsh lands therein…may that miracle happen yesterday. Have a wonderful day folks! Peace~M
July 15, 2010
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