We know that BP worked with Dick Cheney to have the requirement for the half million dollar cost acoustic coupler safety backup removed from regulations. We know that MMI-- the federal regulatory agency responsible for regulating gulf oil well digging and the coal mines where so many miners were recently killed, where dozens of violations had been un-addressed-- failed to properly check into the drilling plans for the Gulf BP-Congress Catastrophe that resulted after Transocean's Deepwater Horizon was deep sixed by the explosion and fire. We know that Ken Salazar, Obama's appointee didn't clean up the rats nest of Bush-appointed Oil industry insiders at MMI.
We do know that before the explosion, the well was, without the aid of a pump, just from internal subterranean pressures, pumping 8,000 barrels a day. If you take a water hose 100 feet long and pump water 100 feet high, it takes a lot more pumping power than if you pump it 5 feet high. The amount of pressure at the sea floor, 5,000 feet down had to be at least ten or twenty, maybe 100 times greater than the 8,000 barrels a day.
The 5,000 barrels a day CNN and other news organization are using as the flow rate is the lowest of the low estimates. Others say it could be 25,000 barrels or over a million gallons a day. I say that it could be even greater. But the riser pipe from which crude oil is leaking at two points is kinked at the bottom, so that may be cutting the flow a bit. And supposedly, the failed shut-off valve is 80% closed. Still, we don't k now.
But we do know that BP and, presumably MMI and Obama know more than they're telling us. There is underwater video of the crude oil gushing from the wellhead. Experts have stated that if they could see the video they could make more reliable estimates of the flow rate. BP is not releasing the video. The Obama administration does not appear to be requiring BP to release it to scientists. Or, at least, if they have, they are keeping it secret.
The Obama administration knows more than they're telling us. Why should this environmental catastrophe have secrets? Why is an administration that talks the transparency talk hiding key information, or even, allowing BP to hide it, like the video mentioned above. And why aren't the MSM corpsestream media asking these questions?
It looks like BP finally, after over three weeks, has released a video of the well. This youtube video was, apparently, shot yesterday. Note the color change of what's leaking out, over time. It's a short video.