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IS BP Well Cap A Hoax? -Update

July 19, 2010

cap.jpgby Ken Price
(email to henrymakow,.com

(Ken Price is a mechanical engineer who worked for a large oil company for 14 years. He alerts us to a July 15 interview on KPFK Los Angeles with Matt Simmons, which is summarized and linked below)

You are not going to believe this, but according to Matt Simmons, former head of the Petroleum Review Board, the oil gusher in the Gulf region has not been capped, that the cap shown on television and the rest of the news is actually just a cap of a reserve well that is miles away from the main well, and that the main well is still leaking full speed as it has before.

This would mean that the whole recent capping process has been a publicity stunt from the get-go.  I tend to believe this person, as this would be an explanation as to why the pressure in the capped well did not rise above 6700 psi.

News reports coming out of the gulf region indicate that everything is back on track.  I have seen pictures of beaches which look like they did before April 20.  The first lady even said to come on down. This is just plain the opposite of the real picture.

If what Simmons said is true, the threat of a seafloor collapse is not imminent.  I would still leave the gulf region if I were down there, at least get far enough away to not breathe any of the toxic crude-corexit-methane mix which is lethal to humans as well as all animal life.

 I realize Matt Simmons has connections to the CFR.  There are two parts to this interview which have been on youtube for about 20 minutes.  I certainly don't agree with him toward the end where he says that this was possibly caused by a green group to tarnish bp.  Still, I believe what he says about the riser vs the real main leak.  Ken

Part Two:

Simmons says Relief Well Can't Work without Casing.
Says nuclear explosion to fuse rock is only solution.

Related-    BP Confirms "Third" Leak

Summary of Matt Simmons Interview by John Kaminski

Oil industry insider Matt Simmons blew the whistle on the made-for-TV capping of the so-called oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday, July 15, during an interview on KPFK radio, the NPR station in Los Angeles.

Simmons, former energy adviser to the second President Bush, explained that according to his reading of the data from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, capping of the so-called riser and the subsequent announcement by U.S. President Obama was "the biggest con job we've ever seen."

Simmons, creator of an investment bank catering to oil companies, told radio host Ian Masters that the real problem continuing to gush oil into the Gulf was not the 6-inch "riser" that apparently has been capped amid much TV hoopla, but that an open hole or cauldron perhaps up to 10 miles distant from where British Petroleum's cameras are focused which continues to spew 120,000 BARRELS per day, and that BP's much publicized effort to drill relief wells in what the company says is an effort to stop the flow of oil is nothing but a cynical publicity stunt.

"The dimensions of this lie are beyond belief," said Simmons, explaining that the idea of a relief well is "tricky at best," since trying to hit a pipe of less than a foot in diameter 35,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf may be entirely futile because the casing of the original pipe is not even there, having blown away at some point.

But Simmons noted that both BP and Obama continue to deny that this open hole, or cauldron, even exists, even though Simmons and others insist the NOAA data from satellites prove by speed of flow and depth of light that the amount of oil that has been flowing through the on-camera riser could not possibly account for the amount of oil that has spilled into the Gulf.

"The riser is totally irrelevant," Simmons stressed, adding "and there's no way to cap the open hole." He explained that BP continues to deny the open hole exists and theorizes the continuing flow of oil into the Gulf is really just the residue from what has already been spilled during the first 90 days of the disaster.

"There is denial that there's even a problem," Simmons said. "In about a month or two people will realize that this actually was the biggest con job we've ever seen."

Simmons also noted an additional danger. "What the researchers now believe is that between 4000 and 4500 feet below the ocean floor lies an oil lake that's somewhere between 100 and 120 miles wide and it's about 4500 feet deep. It's this toxic waste and crude and it's releasing methane gases that are absolutely lethal which is why all the fish and dolphins and sharks and whales are dying. And workers too, which is why so many have gotten sick, or maybe really sick.

"The health problems are so serious," Simmons said. "When you inhale methane you just die."

The only possible solution, Simmons insists, "is a small diameter low level nuclear device. They insert it down the well 18000 feet, and set it off. It will fuse the rock and glass, and it's totally safe, three miles under the seabed."

Radio host Masters asked, "When do we get the truth?"

Simmons responded, "Basically the walls are starting to cave in on BP. There are only so many things you can make up."

"But here's the really scary thing," Simmons told the Pacifica radio audience. "If we have a storm, let alone a hurricane, what hurricanes basically do is they churn up cold water from the base of the Gulf.

This time it's not going to be cold water, it's going to be black poisonous crude. It will also shut down the 18 power plants along the Gulf Coast.

"So we're going to entrap 20 million people in harm's way."

(Earlier story by Ken Price July 17 follows:)

There are cracks in the seafloor leaking, and the pressure tests are revealing that the casing will not hold; it has already been perforated in numerous places.

[This is in contradiction to the latest mainstream press reports that there are no leaks either in the well cap or the sea floor.] 

I believe it is time to leave the gulf coast in case the sea floor expands then collapses delivering a tsunami to the region. 

There is no way that this device can hold the pressures that are involved with this super-pressurized gas reserve.  Advise loved ones to leave the region, now, and for a few days; this well cap poses a much more dangerous situation than they probably know.

How can we get people in the gulf region to watch a couple hours of YouTube (see below)  and read all that I have, such that they would come to the conclusion that they are in grave danger?

These nuts deliberately let crude flow through the pipe casing for a long enough time to insure that it is worn and weakened in numerous places, and now they apply a cap, and now they start pressurizing all of the layers of strata in between the oil reservoir and seafloor. 

Few know of the existence of a power "group" that rules above the spoon fed TV characters called presidents, senators, governors, etc.  You and I know, such a diabolical event does not happen without plan and execution.

Dave Lindorff is the one who has most recently brought this situation of the pressure spreading out under the layers beneath the sea floor to light.  I'm trying to predict the timing.  If there is one thing I have learned over and over again it is this: I cannot predict the timing of these tragic events.

Videos of Seabed Leaking


Latest from Ken:

oil spill from illuminati card game.jpg(left, this card did not appear in the Illuminati game, 1995; it is a hoax. )

Henry, understand, I as a father of three with a wife came to the conclusion that if we were living in the gulf region that we would be packing our things right now and leaving. With that decision it seemed imperative that I at least let other people, who might be in this region or know of somebody in this region, know of what I believe are significant risks at this particular juncture of this attempted pressure containment.

I think this youtube video describes the situation most accurately:

BP engineers were hoping to achieve gas pressures as high as 10,000 psi, and they were hoping for a sustained pressure of around 8,000 psi.   The fact that they only got upwards of 6,700 psi indicates that they have leaks, which is not good news as you know this means that oil is working its way between the steel case and the sedimentary layers. 

A major point to keep in mind is the huge percentage of methane gas: I have read upwards of 30% of the discharge is methane gas.  This gas will gradually seep between various levels of strata leading to a rise in the sea floor.  Here is part of a July 16th article from the LA Times Greenspace:

"We're at the point where there's enough uncertainty ... we need to be careful not to do any harm," said Thad Allen, the retired Coast Guard admiral who is overseeing the spill response.

After consulting with scientists Friday afternoon, Allen told BP to take more seismic soundings of the seabed and expand its monitoring of the seafloor. A federal ship with the ability to detect methane bubbles in the water - signaling a leak - was also called into action.   end times article

I think it is noteworthy that they are requesting a ship to look for gas bubbles; it must be a large area that they need to monitor.


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Comments for "IS BP Well Cap A Hoax? -Update"

Thad said (July 20, 2010):

50 yrs in oil field drilling, 40 as drilling fluids engr, work US and 38 foreign countries.

Simmons' comments are baseless does not reflect real world conditions.

Formation was drilled with a drilling fluid density of 1.7 specific gravity. This calculate to 13, 348 psi as formation pressure. From seabed to formation ,13,000', there is a hydro static pressure of the oil inside, eqv to 4060 psi. Sea hydrostatic 5,000' saltwater, 2,314 psi
13,348 - 4060 - 2314 = 6,974 psi which is not far off what is being registered at the wellhead. The minor cap leaks and formation depletion would account for the difference.

Per Simmons: Can not squeeze from kill well to wild well without casing. It has been done many times before. An open hole packer is ran and set in the shale formation just above the oil sand. As injection pressure is established down the drill pipe through the packer an equal or slightly less pressure is applied to the annulus. This insure packer integrity. Nuclear device they don't need..

Oh yes, the cap is a fake. So why is the oil no longer surfacing at well site. Plane have not spotted, the satellite now stationed overhead has not spotted.

Irish Dan said (July 19, 2010):

The US Navy has how many Submarines at it's disposal ?

The US State Agencies have technical resources that allow them to photograph a person or a car reg. no. plate in any city in the world from space. How credible is it that President Obama and the US Government cannot get a live US Naval Video feed from the well heads and sea floor in the same detail?

Either President Obama and his Government have access to the true factual situation or for political reasons they want to maintain a ' A Plausible Denial Scenario'. The Government, Senate and Congress could have a live Video feed from the BP well Ocean Floor in hours, informing debate. Why is it not done?

Concerned US citizens around the Gulf area and elsewhere should demand they get the true facts and end the PR spins of BP, The White House and Capitol Hill alike. They as taxpayers are paying for these Submarine resources. This is one instance of where they can be used for Civilian benefit to expose the truth for all!

Bill said (July 19, 2010):

I am a petroleum engineer with over 30 years experience. I never cease to be amazed that we continually get advice from anyone that has taken a physics course or self proclaims they are an expert for being around the oil business. The concerns about a tsunami are way overblown. The reservoir pressure is around 12,000 psi. The shut in pressure is 6775 psi. The gas saturated oil has a density around 7 #/gallon therefore has a hydrostatic head of around 4775 psi. Therefore even if there is a minor casing leak the differential pressure at the reservoir is low. The amount of flow is a function of Darcy’s equation for fluid flow through porous media. With a differential pressure of 500 psi at the reservoir the amount of flow rate has been reduced where there is not a large volume pressuring up the seafloor.

Joe said (July 18, 2010):

Apropos the article Well Cap Causing Seabed to Leak -- Engineer: he's quite right. Even I, as a lay person in this field but w/some physics, chemistry, and earth science under my belt, could see this was unprecedented, therefore w/a low probability of being "solved" by mere mortals. Let's see how it plays out in ten days and nights!

I pointed out in my May 20th article at that it was NOT a spill, but an oil volcano. I also compared it extensively to Krakatoa, and the world-wide effects which that caused.

I am extremely skeptical of humankind's ability to "contain" something which is more akin to the Three Laws of Thermodynamics, which are also out of our control. And can anyone please show me where humans have been successful in capping a volcano, never mind one nearly a mile underwater?

More recently, at , I said that
"As I wrote in my May 20th article at on this, for me it is comparable to Krakatoa’s eruption, an event that was well-recorded and the very first recorded equivalent of a ‘nuclear Winter’, as attested by the records.

Yet we’ve already forgotten that epic undoing of our plans and wills, and here we are: it’s déjà vu all over again, and we’re still surprised!"

Steven said (July 17, 2010):

Just love that 'Oil Spill' Illuminati Game Card attached to Ken's article.
It states: 'You may place an extra Action token on every Green group in play immediately after this attack succeedes'.
Can't say that I've studied the rules of this card game, but it sounds as if another smug victory is going to be achieved by the Illuminati run environ-communists.
We are still lacking a truly grassroots environmental movement.

Jim said (July 17, 2010):

Henry, I think folks are dropping the ball on the amount of pressure at the well. The original indicators were between 40,000 psi and 100,000 psi. I heard MSM report pressures of 4 to 8 thousand psi....still a lot but discounts reality??

Rupert said (July 17, 2010):

Thanks for all the great info. I must however comment realistically on your featured essay by Ken Price 'Well Cap Causing Seabed to Leak'. There is much erroneous, and much worrying information contained in it. I am an engineer with 20 years offshore oil & gas drilling experience with a number of international corporations.

Whilst it may be correct that the pressure response of the latest cap test may indicate that the well could be leaking in places below the wellhead, there is absolutely no valid scientific or engineering reason to "believe it is time to leave the gulf coast in case the sea floor expands then collapses delivering a tsunami to the region." This is sheer alarmist talk. The worst that can happen is that the well, despite the relief wells and their objective of intersecting and killing - by a process of smothering - the original, may never actually be sealed (i.e. flow via the cracks in the surrounding strata being unable to be stemmed until it depleted over a process of years.) This would of be course catastrophic, but evidently no worse than that which we have already seen, other than in duration. The chances are still good (although admittedly that percentage is falling) that the relief wells will be a success, however talk of tsunamis is simply ridiculous.

This is a subject I happen to be knowledgeable in, so what particularly interests me in this regard is the instant readiness most of us have (me included in other areas) to jump to conspiratorial conclusions. Whilst I am quite certain that 911 was an inside job etc., this particular episode is simply just a big fuck-up: the engineering narrative is just too straightforward to be otherwise. It may be of course that BP wanted to give away its corporation by such an outrageous stunt, but I don't believe they did. I think that we have all becomes so conspiracy crazy we can't any longer see the wood for the trees.

If ever there were an error, deliberate or otherwise, it was not having the courage to enter the existing well immediately after the accident and do all there necessary killing and cement remediation before things had deteriorated.

Perhaps one way of viewing this events as a gross error is to be cheered in that a number of many world changing events may actually not be in the control of the elite. That is they are not as all-powerful as they like to think they are, and as they like us to think they are. I may be completely wrong, and I apologise to Ken in advance if I prove to be, but if he is correct it would imply a conspiracy dwarfing 911 on an absolutely massive and terrifying scale beyong even our wildest nightmares!

Having said all, I simply don't know anymore!!!

Bill said (July 17, 2010):

Advice on leaving the Gulfcoast States:

I made two videos specifically for this contingency.

Strategy for quick escape

Food for quick escape

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