The NOAA has
reported a huge gash on the ocean floor. The widening rift may go miles into
the earth. It is bleeding oil and methane and is
10 miles away from the BP well. New fissures have been spotted 30 miles
distant. These multiple oil plumes, miles from the well, are pouring as much as
124,000 barrels of oil into the Gulf daily - that's more than 5 million gallons
of oil per day. Most disturbing: methane levels in the water are now calculated
as being almost one million times higher than normal.
The new cap is only designed to contain the oil from the broken well.
The ruptured well was intended to tap a gigantic oil reservoir. Fissures opened in the sea floor, evidently by the explosion, may mean the flow might not cease without draining the entire undersea basin involved. A firm retained by BP estimated that basin contains between 2.5 Billion and 10 Billion barrels of oil.
Should it prove accurate that the oil flow from fissures cannot be stopped - geologist Chris Landau has proposed immediately drilling at least 8 vertical wells to relieve the pressure - pumping the oil into tankers. He said: "Get the petroleum engineers, geologists, geochemists, geophysicists and eight drilling rigs to the war zone." If begun quickly enough, he believes such an emergency effort will succeed.
Caution: Any nuclear or conventional explosion may only make matters very much worse.
The article: Worst Case Scenario, reposted at http://www.aesopinstitute.org concludes that should sufficient Gulf oil enter the Atlantic ocean, a thin reflective film is likely to trigger a Tipping Point - a self-amplifying feedback loop - which would probably eliminate polar bears in the Arctic. You may find yourself wondering, if the facts discussed in: Ticking Time Bomb, also on that site, are accurate, is most, and perhaps all, human life at risk.
NASA's Jim Hansen has said: carbon in the atmosphere greater than 350 parts per million is not compatible with a planet "on which civilization developed and to which life on earth is adapted."
We are at 387 ppm, and were rising 2 ppm per year before the Gulf cataclysm. 400 ppm has recently been reported to be the Arctic Tipping Point. click here
A safe level is widely believed to be 350 ppm or below. For information about that, see: http://www.350.org
The 5 Step Program: 1. Check the facts; 2. Contain the oil; 3. Supersede fossil fuels on a crisis basis, creating millions of jobs; 4. Rapidly inspire widespread public support to catalyze the necessary Congressional action. 5. Ironically, this can create the missing stimulus to truly revive the economy.
In Ticking Time Bomb, John Atcheson warns of the Tipping Point threat posed by melting permafrost in the Arctic, as a consequence of Global Warming. Twice before, methane appears to have virtually wiped out life on earth. One of those events reduced life to single celled organisms. It took millions of years to recover.