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The Anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill – Updated!

Gulf of Mexico. A more geostrategic map with Mexico, Cuba and NA on it. Source: Wikipedia.

Gulf of Mexico. A more geostrategic map with Mexico, Cuba and NA on it. Source: Wikipedia.

On 20 April 2011 the week ahead faces the one-year anniversary of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The aim of this posting is to investigate whether this disaster could have been organized by terrorists with the aim to politically and economically destabilize the United States, and may it have connection with the bombing by NATO of Libya reported by Ynet News on 19 April.

The oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is considered the biggest chemical poisoning in the history of the petroleum industry. According to some facts, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, which explosion caused appr. 4,9 million barrels of oil to escape from 5,000 feet below to the surface into the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf of Mexico is considered the World’s ninth largest „water“. It was possible to cap the leaking only 87 days later. The well was leased by a British Company BP, and it has been alleged that BP later used chemical dispersants with the aim to hide the oil and minimize its responsibility for environmental fines. Scientists have established that the impact of the disaster upon the environment and human health has already been “catastrophic,” but that it would last for at least decades.

Ynet News refers to the report released on 18 August by a team from Georgia Sea Grant and the University of Georgia, where is alleged that 70-79 per cent of the oil that escaped into the Gulf „has not been recovered and remains a threat to the ecosystem”, but indicates also to the more recent studies that estimate that the actual per cent could be closer to 90.

The disaster has had severe political and economic impact, included impact on energy policy and marketplace insurance and risk analysis.

I discovered tht although the history of the United States knows debates about whether to ban offshore drilling at all, the main argument in favour of lifting the ban that already was imposed has been that allowing drilling the United States is less dependent on oil import and even sanctions by hostile toward the United States oil-producing States. Drilling is also expexted to lessen the United States’ trade deficit with the rest of the world.

I have linked here two petroleum crises: In October 1973, the members of Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC – the Arab members of OPEC, Egypt, Syria and Tunisia) proclaimed an oil embargo as response to the United States’ decision to re-supply the Israeli military during the Arab (Egypt and Syria)-Israeli War (Yom Kippur War) which embargo lasted until March 1974. And the 1979 oil crisis in the United States has been tied with the wake of the Iranian/Islamic Revolution. Oil prices raised and atfter the Iraqi invasion of Iran in 1980, oil production in Iran nearly stopped.

BP’s Initial Exploration Plan from 10 March 2009 condiders that: “it is unlikely that an accidental spill would occur” and although the history does not know similar accidents where the mill completely disappeared, the results of the investigations of the possible causes of the explosion revealed mistakes in the work of the companies that operated with the spill, but did not refer to any terrorist activities.



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