Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite Save As Favorite View Article Stats

OpEdNews Op Eds

NY Times Finally Reports, MMS Follows, What OEN Has Been Saying All Along-- Gulf BP-Congress Catastrophe Leaking Far Mor

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 5   News 3   Valuable 3  
View Ratings | Rate It

Headlined to H1 5/14/10
Become a Fan
  (281 fans)

The NY Times is now reporting that there is considerable disagreement over the flow rate of the leak. Worse, the Times reports that a NOAA (US agency) scientist used bad science:
The figure of 5,000 barrels a day was hastily produced by government scientists in Seattle. It appears to have been calculated using a method that is specifically not recommended for major oil spills.

The 5,000-barrel-a-day estimate was produced in Seattle by a NOAA unit that responds to oil spills. It was calculated with a protocol known as the Bonn convention that calls for measuring the extent of an oil spill, using its color to judge the thickness of oil atop the water, and then multiplying.

However, Alun Lewis, a British oil-spill consultant who is an authority on the Bonn convention, said the method was specifically not recommended for analyzing large spills like the one in the Gulf of Mexico, since the thickness was too difficult to judge in such a case.

Even when used for smaller spills, he said, correct application of the technique would never produce a single point estimate, like the government's figure of 5,000 barrels a day, but rather a range that would likely be quite wide
Scientists around the world have challenged the extremely low numbers. Apparently, now that the leak can be seen on video, more scientists have been emboldened to speak out on the lowball estimate NOAA issued.

One has to ask why the US government agency issued such a low estimate that didn't even list a range.

At 60,000 barrels a day, the leak produces an Exon Valdez size leak every four days, or under ten days if the leak is 25, 000. This is the worst environmental disaster event the US has ever seen. Making matters worse, we now know that under Ken Salazar, the MMS regulatory agency failed to require recent well starts to meet regulations and has repeatedly failed to register and accept scientific assesments of risks to sea life, include whales.

President Obama should immediately eliminate the MMS and replace it with a functional agency that does it's job, or, at the least, replace all the decision makers with a history of failing to meet regulatory guidelines. While president Obama is at it he should replace Ken Salazar for allowing this to happen on his watch--- and continuing to allow at least a dozen more oil well starts in the gulf SINCE the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Eric Holder should be lining up an investigation into whether the lowball estimate was an effort at coverup and for who to place criminal charges against in BP, Transocean, Haliburton and MMS.

whoops. Corrected MMI to MMS. Thanks, commenters, for the heads up.


Rob Kall is editor-in-chief, publisher and site architect of, President of Futurehealth, Inc, and an inventor. He hosts the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show, aired in the Metro Philly area on AM 1360, WNJC. Over 200 podcasts are archived for downloading here, or can be accessed from iTunes. Rob is also published regularly on the

Rob Kall Wikipedia Page

Rob is, with the first media winner of the Pillar Award for supporting Whistleblowers and the first amendment.

See more Rob Kall articles here and, older ones, here. To learn more about Rob and, check out A Voice For Truth - ROB KALL | OM Times Magazine and this article. For Rob's work in non-political realms mostly before 2000, see his C.V..  and here's an article on the Storycon Summit Meeting he founded and organized for eight years. Press coverage in the Wall Street Journal: Party's Left Pushes for a Seat at the Table

Here is a one hour radio interview where Rob was a guest- on Envision This, and here is the transcript. 

To watch Rob having a lively conversation with John Conyers, then Chair of the House Judiciary committee, click hereWatch Rob speaking on Bottom up economics at the Occupy G8 Economic Summit, here.

Follow Rob on Twitter & Facebook. His quotes are here

My articles express my personal opinion, not the opinion of this website.

Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

A Conspiracy Conspiracy Theory

Terrifying Video: "I Don't Need a Warrant, Ma'am, Under Federal Law"

Cindy Sheehan Bugged in Denver

Ray McGovern Discusses Brutal Arrest at Secretary Clinton's Internet Freedom Speech

Libertarian Legacy? Ron Paul's Campaign Manager, 49, Dies Uninsured, Of Pneumonia, Leaving family $400,000 Debt

Interview: McCain Fellow Hanoi Hilton POW & Naval Academy Dorm-mate; Why He Won't Vote For McCain


The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
19 people are discussing this page, with 29 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

I once saw a map by a psychic about how our countr... by Theresa Paulfranz on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 8:53:58 AM
Theresa,Please tell me you have a better understan... by Recce1 on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 12:42:21 PM
There is also a donut of air that rises and falls... by Theresa Paulfranz on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 4:27:20 PM
I have read your claim of 'climate change' as the ... by Roger on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 4:49:27 PM
thank you of reminding me of that... by Theresa Paulfranz on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11:36:08 AM
Theresa and Roger,Theresa, the torus of air you me... by Recce1 on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 2:35:46 AM
Amen again... by Georgianne Nienaber on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 8:55:54 AM
My post is one second after yours. A record. :)you... by Ned Lud on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 8:59:10 AM
I was responding to Rob, not belief in psychics... by Georgianne Nienaber on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 9:11:16 AM
In a totalitarian regime, humor is one of the firs... by Ned Lud on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 9:29:26 AM
This is why I say you're doing a fantastic job, Ro... by Ned Lud on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 8:55:55 AM
Hurricane season starts in 18 days. ... by Old Uncle Dave on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 9:46:14 AM
one would have to also ask whyopednews and Rob are... by Ethan Indi on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 9:56:32 AM
Thanks for writing another interesting and thought... by Kyle Griffith on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 9:58:11 AM by Ned Lud on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 10:22:34 AM
This is exactly the kind of analysis I wanted to s... by Kyle Griffith on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 1:17:55 PM
If the numbers are 6 times higher than the BP-Gove... by James Hadstate on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 10:10:00 AM
However, because they will not follow the lead of ... by Dennis Kaiser on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 6:25:08 AM
I'm not sure what MMI is, but via by Richard Pietrasz on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 10:45:49 AM
There is some confusion here. If I am not mistaken... by Chris Cook on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 12:28:23 PM
Rob, thank you and please keep putting this to the... by Joyce McCloy on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 3:59:52 PM
Oil spills are acts of human human stupidity, cupi... by Kyle Griffith on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 5:17:21 PM
An uncapped well has always been called a gusher. ... by Marika on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 5:32:42 PM
the local NBC affiliate reported the successful ca... by John Reed on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 5:48:50 PM
On tonight's news, ABC quoted a scientist on camer... by Scott Baker on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 9:20:07 PM
I've been publishing Diaries from Newsmap every da... by GLloyd Rowsey on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 7:20:45 AM
I remember the Santa Barbara spill. They (the oil ... by Papá Kokopelli on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 1:32:25 AM
lawyers - who have always operated this way - had ... by GLloyd Rowsey on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 8:33:46 AM
From Firedoglake:White House Allowed BP to Keep Vi... by Perry Logan on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 5:54:02 AM