Reporting from Washington —
The gushing BP oil well is a mystery still unfolding, and late last month, a team of scientists from the Energy Department discovered a new twist: Their sophisticated imaging equipment detected not one but two drill pipes, side by side, inside the wreckage of the well’s blowout preventer on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.
BP officials said it was impossible. The Deepwater Horizon rig, which drilled the well, used a single pipe, connected in segments, to bore 13,000 feet below the ocean floor. But when workers cut into the wreckage to install a containment cap this month, sure enough, they found two pipes.
Basically the well hole is a mess, and may explain the Top kills failure, and why the government is making contingency plans in case the bottom kill fails.
This week’s report: Three whale sharks swimming in heavy oil four miles from the gushing Deepwater Horizon wellhead. “Our worst fears are realized. They are not avoiding the spill area,” said Eric Hoffmayer, the University of Southern Mississippi scientist who found the large aggregation last week. “Those animals are going to succumb. Taking mouthfuls of oil is not good. It is not the toxicity that will kill them. It’s that oil is going to be sticking to their gills and everything else.”
and this post
Hell, anyone following the gusher knows why BP has used well over one millions gallons of Corexit: to hide the oil. This is spite of an EPA request to restrict the use of this highly toxic dispersant. And we all know Thad Allen is BP’s pathetic straw man in uniform. Only those who live for Nascar and Xanax believe Obama’s in charge.
And the link
Testimony before a Senate investigative panel this week is expected to reveal what many have suspected about BP all along; they don’t care about the environment, the animals that are dying, and the lives that are being destroyed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
In a shocking interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on June 29th, Allegiance Capitol Corporation V.P. Fred McCallister said that BP is deliberately sinking oil with the toxic chemical disbursant Corexit, to hide the size of the oil spill. By sinking the oil before it can be collected, BP won’t have to pay fines on it.
I’m not sure that any of this is really new, but putting all together for you so you know how the blogosphere works in conjunction with the traditional media, and some of the love/hate relationships that go into the dynamic. Most of you know that too, but some of you may be politicians and don’t know a damned thing about any of this.
That sort of ties in with the dKos/2KR polling problem that TPM has covered fairly extensively, and leads into my education on one factor that makes it difficult rely too heavily on polls, Rasmussen has been accused of polling irregularities as well as Gallup, that I’m aware of, and so the education part is the extra degree of difficulty that the traditional media has that I hadn’t really given them credit for.
There is a lot of media criticism that I think is valid, a lot of it, but to be fair I wanted to at least acknowledge this point.