May 25, 2010

Philippe Cousteau on LKL tonight after diving in the oil spill

Posted: 12:04 PM ET

Philippe Cousteau will join us TONIGHT from the Gulf Coast – he went in to the oil spill in a hazmat suit and will tell us about what he saw beneath the surface!


We want to hear your thoughts about the oil spill – Is enough being done to stop the leak?  Who is to blame? Let us know what you think!!

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Smith in Oregon   May 25th, 2010 1:25 pm ET

Fellow bloggers able to tap into a host of remote operated vehicles web cameras busy working 5,000 feet below the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill site, noted a very significant event occurred over the weekend.

One of the ROV's cameras panned away from the gushing riser pipe which has been the only one shown to the public and revealed a large CRATER along with multiple outflows of crude Oil from the Ocean seabed. A large eruption then occurred which grew in such intensity that that ROV camera was totally coated with sticky crude Oil.

As another ROV later panned the seafloor, a great deal of disturbance was shown. The Ocean floor had shifted, the crater was larger and it is rumored NOW that the well casing failed some 300 foot beneath the Ocean floor at a joint and the crude Oil is pouring out in a crater up from that break.

If that rumor is accurate, a top kill would be much more difficult and improbable in success. Albeit, BP put off the top kill almost immediately for the next several days and THIS ERUPTION EVENT appears to directly be the reason.

News Media has been entirely quiet on that event. My attempts to even comment on the Mercado Field outtake crater in the Anderson Cooper AC360 blogs have been deleted for no plausible reason whatsoever. Viewers should be informed of more events than those being spoon fed to the News Media by BP themselves, while BP with-holds what I feel is vital to know information.

In short, there are more Oil gushers than the single one that BP is showing to the public. The ONE I am concerned about is erupting from a large CRATER in the sea bed.

Loki   May 25th, 2010 1:41 pm ET

In reg to the oil spill, why can't we clamp it? On submarines they use clamps to fix leaks all the time. Why can't we build a clamp big enough to do the same? This idea of pumping cement in the ocean is just going to blow up in your faces and make more of an issue by adding more junk to the ocean. Even so, if need be, have a hole in the top of the clamp to apply a hose or lid. That way your not fighting against the pressure coming out. Am I crazy or does this make sense?

Rick Kobza   May 25th, 2010 2:11 pm ET

This whole spill could have been minimized if BP , on the first day of the leak, would have asked themselves the question..."how can we stop this leak immediately" and the best answer would have been by trying a "top kill". Instead they did everything possible ie: "the dome" and the "top hat" to try and harvest the oil and to hopefully continue to harvest the oil , and make money, while they drilled a relief well beside it and not plug the hole rendering it useless. If they wouldn't have been allowed to waste time while trying to save/make money , at the expense of the entire area, and would have acted with urgency to plug it quickly, the problem would have probably been solved in a week or two. Once again the corporations in charge of themselves and only worried about their bottom line do whatever they want in whatever order they choose.

Dodie   May 25th, 2010 3:54 pm ET

@ Smith in Oregon

Ah, thank you so much for the information you just provided. I have something that you might be very interested in,

Corexit is a product line of solvents produced by Nalco Holding Company. One variant was used in the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska…According to Wikipedia

What is Corexit made from? Corexit is a blend of oxyalkylate polymers, sulfonic acid salt, substituted fatty ester, and glycol ether.
How toxic is Corexit? The use of Corexit during the Exxon Valdez oil spill on March 24, 1989, caused "respiratory, nervous system, liver, kidney and blood disorders" in people…… According to the Alaska Community Action on Toxics.

Corexit is more toxic than dispersants made by several competitors and less effective in handling southern Louisiana crude. Alternative dispersants which are approved by the EPA are listed on the National Contingency Plan Product Schedule and rated for their toxicity and effectiveness …… According to the EPA,

How serious is this oil spill? “Thirty years after approximately 175,000 gallons of No. 2 fuel oil spilled from the barge FLORIDA in Buzzards Bay near West Falmouth, MA, residues of the oil can still be found in salt marsh sediments” according to scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

Now this is where it becomes very interesting!!

Why are Toxic Solvents Used & Covered Up?
Why is BP using Nalco’s Corexit, which is highly toxic to both humans and wildlife?
Corexit’s manufacturer, Nalco Holding Company is owned by the Blackstone Group which is a huge investment conglomerate Blackstone has had Japanese investors for many years, but relatively recently doubled that investment; The Japanese now own 20% of Blackstone.

***Rodney F. Chase, was a former 11-year board member of BP. Rodney F. Chase and Richard B. Marchese are the current named Directors of Nalco Holding Company.

Ah Ha!!! So there is the connection! Of course, and why not keep it in the family? Who says there is no such thing as “World Corporate Domination Syndrome”? This is an excellent example. Now, Blackstone also sounds very familiar…

Joe G. (Illinois)   May 25th, 2010 4:04 pm ET

How can Borak Obama who got elected on the pretense of “Change” continue to watch on the sidelines without nominating another Czar? He has done it many times before!!! What’s holding him back this time? Maybe he just don't care about appointing another Czar for the good of America this time?!!!!

Dodie   May 25th, 2010 4:19 pm ET

And who is Rodney F. Chase ?

Executive summary: Former BP executive

University: BA History, Liverpool University

Tesco Deputy Chairman
British Petroleum Deputy Group CEO and Managing Director (1992- 2003)
Member of the Board of Computer Sciences Corporation (2001-)
Member of the Board of Nalco Holding (2005-)
Member of the Board of Petrofac Limited (as Chairman, 2005-)
Member of the Board of Tesoro Petroleum (2006-)
Lehman Brothers Senior Advisor (2003-)

And what is this? World Business Council for Sustainable Development

"The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a CEO-led, global association of some 200 companies dealing exclusively with business and sustainable development.

The Council provides a platform for companies to explore sustainable development, share knowledge, experiences and best practices, and to advocate business positions on these issues in a variety of forums, working with governments, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations.

Members are drawn from more than 30 countries and 20 major industrial sectors. The Council also benefits from a global network of some 60 national and regional business councils and regional partners."

IKHAN   May 25th, 2010 4:21 pm ET

@Smith in Oregon

that's a real scary scenario. When efforts to cap the gushing riser pipe seem to be failing ,how on earth would they be able to contain a crater gushing oil at those depths?
I have said it before & I would say it again that its time that leading world countries scramble to lend a hand on this crisis which eventually is going to have a global impact.
I have my doubts that the Obama admn , even if it wrests control from BP, would be able to get a handle on the situation by itself.

Mila   May 25th, 2010 6:22 pm ET

Is enough being done to stop the leak?

It can never be enough while tens of thousands of gallons of oil are still gushing into the gulf waters each day.

It will never be enough until these waters and shores have been cleaned.

BP did not allow correct assessment of the daily spill to be made and they keep coming up with one plan after the other with questionable chances of success.

It's clear BP doesn't have the resources, knowledge, commitment and good will to assess and contain the damage. I suppose half of their efforts are probably going into containing reports and data about how bad exactly it is.

The government needs to take over the effort and fine BP with the costs for it.

Smith in Oregon   May 25th, 2010 7:15 pm ET

@ Dodie, I definitely recognize Nalco Holding as the company pouring out the toxic dispersant. I shouldn't be surprised a former BP Exectivie is a paid Lehman Brothers Senior Advisor.

@ IKHAN, it might be possible to dump enough cement into those out-take craters to seal them AFTER another relief Oil well has been drilled and pulls the overpressure away from those other venting sites. Currently the powerful overpressure would largely prevent dumping a sealant into those craters.

@ Dodie, Favors swapped and influence bought and paid for take place even at the highest levels of Corrupt Corporate America as well as International Corporations.

I pointed that out in a comment last night while News Media was fingering Fergie. She is simply the canary in the coal mine of political favors bought and sold in Democracy. Sadly, those comments were all deleted by the moderators. Perhaps someday the moderators will realize the mass graft, bribes and corruption is ripe here in America and has been for many century's.

Smith in Oregon   May 25th, 2010 7:22 pm ET

SOMETHING has happened with the gusher. The Live Feed definitely shows a significant change. I can't say that change is better, it could be worse than several hours earlier. The entire panned area is now obscured by high speed blob's of crude Oil which do not appear to be rising to the surface.

At the moment, I can definitely see Oil gushing from the sea-floor crater, and wherever the main Oil gusher is located, the Oil particles are moving at a much higher speed than at anytime I have watched the Neptune ROV live web Gusher Camera some 4,976 feet beneath the Gulf of Mexico. I wish the LKL moderators would allow me to post the link to the live streaming Gusher Camera.

Dodie   May 25th, 2010 7:41 pm ET


You are correct! This is just the tip of the iceberg. Anyone can read up on the Exxon Valdez oil spill 21 years ago and realize the environment is still an ecologic catastrophic mess. That was a 'drop in the bucket' to what we are facing in the Gulf.

I am so saddened to see the horrific consequences which will befall the Gulf ecosystem not only in my lifetime but my children and possibly grandchildren. It will truly be “The Black Hole” on earth!

Bill Tomsick   May 25th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

Dear Cnn

I understand we have a bomb which is called the M.O.A.B. And it is the biggest Non nuclear explosive in any countries arsenal

These bombs cost $500,000 so 2000 would cost 1 billion dollars which is far less than the cleanup and impact on our ecnomy will be by far

I propose we use these bombs and air burst them over the oil slick and vaporize it

I admit some fish and marine life will be killed by the blast BUT not nearly the number that will die in the nest few years from the oil...

Bill Tomsick Cape Coral FL

Melissa Stone   May 25th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

No, not enough is being done to stop this spill it should have never happened, they were warned there was a problem and they chose to ignore it. I'm disgusted at what's happening. I hold BP executives and our government responsible for this.To think that oil has been spilling into the Gulf for a month is unbelievable and the impact on the environment the poor helpless animals and the people who depend on the Gulf for their income. It is heart-breaking.

Dodie   May 25th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

@ Bill Tomsick

Russia had 5 deep water oil leaks and they used explosives. The explosives worked on 4 of the 5!

michael smerdell   May 25th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

i sent my ideas in to many people with no response
make a conveyor belt 50 feet wide and funnel in the slick with 2 ships dragging the floats ahead of it in a v shape ahead of conveyor belt. make the belt out of a fibre type material and as oil goes up over the belt it will be squeegied off onto a tray and pumped to tank.
2nd pump two part epoxy into pipe. use 2- 50 foot pipes with a cork
on the end to slow down the flow squirt epoxy 50 feet back into hole and as it mixes it will harden and leave the cork and 2 pipes.
3rd sink a tanker ontop of the leak. the tanker can be lowered by two massive ships. let air escape from all parts of tanker so it will not explode under pressure. as two ships lower tanker they can adjust position. the tanker will have hole cut in bottom and oil and gas go up
this can be pumped from tanker to surface. you experts can figure out how to allow the air to escape the tanker while lowering it. a open tin can filled with water will sink to bottom and not be crushed. tanker can have air escape vent put on ship. when ready to repair pipe fill tanker with air and will also have gas in it to help it float. use your imagination
i wanted all 3 of these done 3 weeks ago when i thought of them. no one listens or calls back. i know the conveyor belt would clean up alot just run it real fast.

Judy Browne   May 25th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

It is difficult to believe that we were not prepared as a country for such a disaster as this. This is not the first time there has been an oil spill. There must be something more that can be done to extract the oil from spreading to more areas. If we don't begin to put our trust in God on this one, we will have a worse disaster on our hands.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 26th, 2010 1:55 am ET

This is one of our worst nightmares. This beautiful coast just decimated. I can't understand how they let these oil companies drill in the oceans in the first place.

They also need to stop using that toxic chemical dispersant for goodness sake. It is only making the situation much worse. Like adding insult to injury. Maybe better to let nature take it's cause.

Concentrate on stopping that oil well. Need to get all the experts together. Or they could set up a hotline or something, where people with ideas can put their knowledge across.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 26th, 2010 2:05 am ET

@ Rick Kobza May 25th, 2010 2:11 pm ET

Well said.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 26th, 2010 2:21 am ET

What I am wondering about is.........if they are taking this oil from the seabed..........wouldn't it be creating some kind of vacuum that needs to be replaced. Goodness knows what all other geological problems it could be creating underneath the oceans etc.........

I have reposted some of the comments made by...........

"Smith in Oregon May 25th, 2010 1:25 pm ET

One of the ROV's cameras panned away from the gushing riser pipe which has been the only one shown to the public and revealed a large CRATER along with multiple outflows of crude Oil from the Ocean seabed. A large eruption then occurred which grew in such intensity that that ROV camera was totally coated with sticky crude Oil.

As another ROV later panned the seafloor, a great deal of disturbance was shown. The Ocean floor had shifted, the crater was larger and it is rumored NOW that the well casing failed some 300 foot beneath the Ocean floor at a joint and the crude Oil is pouring out in a crater up from that break."

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 26th, 2010 6:13 am ET

Just watched the Press Briefing on Oil Spill in Gulf video, which I found was quite interesting. There was a lot of various information being given out and just showed how complex things can be. Not straight-forward at all.

It did give some assurance as to what was being done about the problem, but just that it seems to be taking time. No simple answers here. Seems a lot of factors come into play as well.

The accident happened in an exploratory well which drilling started in January and the well was not in production. The oil is not thick crude as in the Exxon Valdez case.

Martin Chao   May 26th, 2010 12:04 pm ET

As the result of the mismainpulation of Apple Computer Human Resource that I and other 17 foreign employee were forced to resign on Feb 4th immediately effect.
When HR nego my compensationand stately clearly that Apple consider tax saving as my guarantee income. It's already been one year that the reimbuse of the expense were successfully proceeded and refunded to my account by submitting invoice to the HR and Accounting departments approval.It happened just recently that HR department announce that the above mentioned reimbusement procedure is unofficial or even unlawful and lastly I was the one who report the truth but forced to resign from my job.

Dodie   May 26th, 2010 12:49 pm ET

@Smith in Oregon

Always bringing a wealth of information for clearer vision. @ IKHAN and Smith, I agree, The sinking sea floor under the pressure of a mile deep is very serious. How can that ever be contained? Between the toxic dispersants and oil we have created a primordial soup of death!

Richard   June 8th, 2010 1:50 am ET

Good work Phillip now how about fixing the genetic sea weed that your family released into the ocean that could overtime be worse than any oil spill.also is there a chance this oil dome could cave in releasing all the oil at once?

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