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I received this today via email:
June 22, 2010 -- Obama knew about Deepwater Horizon 35,000 feet well bore
President Obama and Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates were informed that BP would drill an unprecedented 35,000 feet well bore at the Macondo site off the coast of Louisiana. In September 2009, the Deepwater Horizon successfully sunk a well bore at a depth of 35,055 below seal level at the Tiber Prospect in the Keathley Canyon block 102 in the Gulf of Mexico, southeast of Houston.
During the September drilling operations, the Deepwater Horizon drill penetrated a massive undersea oil deposit but BP's priorities changed when the Macondo site in the Mississippi Canyon off the coast of Louisiana was found to contain some 3-4 billion barrels of oil in an underground cavern estimated to be about the size of Mount Everest. It was as a result of another 35,000 feet well bore sank by the Deepwater Horizon at the Macondo site that the catastrophic explosion occurred on April 20.
According to WMR's sources within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Pentagon and Interior and Energy Departments told Obama that the newly-discovered estimated 3-4 billion barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico would cover America's oil needs for up to eight months if there was a military attack on Iran that resulted in the bottling up of the Strait of Hormuz to oil tanker traffic, resulting in a cut-off of oil to the United States from the Persian Gulf.
Obama, Salazar, Chu, and Gates green-lighted the risky Macondo drilling operation from the outset, according to WMR's government sources.
WMR learned that BP was able to have several safety checks waved because of the high-level interest by the White House and Pentagon in tapping the Gulf of Mexico bonanza find in order to plan a military attack on Iran without having to be concerned about an oil and natural gas shortage from the Persian Gulf after an outbreak of hostilities with Iran.
BP still has an ongoing operation to drill down to 40,000 feet below sea level at the Liberty field off the north coast of Alaska.
As is always the case when the government is involved in gross negligence or outright culpability, the Obama administration named Kenneth Feinberg, the Special Master of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, to administer BP's set-aside fund of $20 billion to compensate those affected by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Feinberg was also named the chief of the program to dole out executive compensation packages to Wall Street and other companies that received federal bailout money and was the administrator of the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund that compensated those affected by the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007.
Feinberg's role appears to be as the chief insurance claims adjuster for America's disaster capitalism policies.Sorry, but this is shaky for a number of reasons:
- There are plenty of other less risky sources of oil than deep-water Gulf of Mexico if an emergency supply of oil was the goal.
- The likelihood of a U.S. attack on Iran is small. What is more likely is that the U.S. may be building up naval forces in the Persian Gulf area to act as an obstacle to Israeli actions against Iran... which is seen as the real danger by Obama.
- The so-called "green light" from Obama and company was nothing more than business-as-usual in the Gulf with shoddy bureaucracy teamed up with shoddy oil drilling.