NB: All times are referred to as CDT (- 5 GMT) unless denoted by “z” which is zulu time (0 GMT).
First we recalled the officially reported events.
"On April 22, 2010, a second explosion caused the Deepwater Horizon to sink into the Gulf of Mexico at 10:22 a.m., taking with it a riser pipe which remained attached to the blowout preventer. The riser pipe, which normally goes from the wellhead to the drilling ship, broke as the Deepwater Horizon sank."
~ page 1 of Briefing Memo by Congressional Committee dated 8 June 2010.
At 10:00CDT 21 Apr, 24 hours before DWH reportedly went down, they were already anticipating an explosion, sinking of DWH and debris damaging the pipelines more than a mile away from the burning rig.
FD: 211500z “Unified command planning meeting. Dispersant Aircraft on Standby in Mississippi and Arizona. High volume open sea skimmer system (HOSS) barge enroute. MSRC's oil spill recovery vessels: Louisiana and Mississippi responder on scene. Gulf coast responder enroute. ETA April 22, 2010. Texas responder enroute, ETA unknown. Plans are being developed for well intervention. Responsible party identifying available drilling rigs in the event of a well blowout. Incident command post set up in Houston, TX at BP and Transocean.
FE: 211500z “the Nakika crude oil pipeline owned by BP/Shell and the gas pipeline owned by Murphy are shut in within 1.5 miles of the Deepwater Horizon for precautionary reasons”.
From the transcripts of USCG SAR operations: 22 April 2010 (edited for clarity)
According to the Control Center log, the US Coast Guard Vessel CG6540 arrived at the scene of the burning Deepwater Horizon (DWH) rig at 12:30z on April 22 and commenced its search for survivors. Later, at 13:20z while refueling at the Na Kika rig - 16 miles southeast (162º) from the burning DWH - the record states that the Coast Guard was notified that the DWH rig was about to sink (Exhibit 9.9). After that time, the crew observed that they could no longer see smoke and that the DWH was no longer visible. Thus, by the USCG crew account on CG6540, the burning DWH rig sank just after 13:20z (8:20 CDT) but well before their relaunch from Nakika rig at 1748z (12:48 CDT).
While it might be reasonable to expect a burning rig (DWH) to sink, it is unusual for BP to expect a second well blowout especially if the well was free flowing, according to BK Lim, a geohazards expert. A secondary blowout if it does occur should logically be weaker than the primary. Yet BP was preparing for a more disastrous explosion than the primary blowout on 20 April 2010 which did not affect the Nakika Crude pipeline and the Murphy Gas line. According to Lim, they were in fact preparing for a sub-seabed detonation once they realized the primary blowout was only a shallow gas blowout which would deplete itself without intervention. The top hole blowout did not breach the base cement plug. Hence the Macondo reservoir was not freely flowing into the well as BP had claimed.
All the “accidentally stupid” things BP did, now coherently point to one fact; BP planned for the massive oil spill to occur. This is one more lie implicating BP of criminal culpability. Is this not consistent with eye-witnesses' accounts based on prepared scripts? The fishing trip of a life time to DWH on the night of the explosion was as fishy as could be. We have also seen how the transcripts of the USCG SAR operation (explosion, rig abandonment, rescue operations and all) preceded the actual blowout incident by 3 hours. What are the odds the riser broke and bend at exactly the same time (10:22 CDT) the burning DWH wreck was supposed to have sunk but didn't? One Quadrillion? Were they all playing to scripts?
Reality Versus Fictional Reporting
The USCG crew of CG6540 was informed that DWH was about to sink almost 2 hours before it reportedly “began to sink” at 10:11 CDT. Item LA was also 11 minutes before the BP's reported explosion at 10:22 CDT which allegedly brought the rig down. Trouble is. Not a single eye-witness account mentioned that “big explosion” at 10:22 CDT.
In all probability the sinking of DWH was a gradual process with numerous small explosions as it went down after 17:24 CDT. No one major explosion at 10:22 CDT brought it down. Were the coast guards also reporting from a prepared script?
LA: 221511z (10:11 CDT) MODU began to Sink.
LB: 221522z (10:22 CDT) The Deepwater Horizon appears to have sunk. The command post recommended all assets remain south of the rig due to pollution and debris concerns.
LC: 221526z (10:26 CDT) MODU was submerged with fire still coming from the water.
Did DWH actually sink at 10:22 as reported by USCG?
According to BP's official version submitted to Congress, a second explosion brought down the burning DWH bringing with it the riser which had remained attached to the rig and anchored to the BOP at well A.
In this article, we prove that this is a BIG FAT LIE. The riser was broken first at 10:22 CDT to hasten the sinking of DWH which was already listing from 2 or more deliberately opened hatches to the compartmentalized float pontoon.
It is a fact that the marine riser near on top of BOP#1 (above the Flexi Joint) started to bend at 10:22:56 and was fully bent by 10:23:11, in a total of 15 seconds. With the riser still attached to BOP#1, the mobile end of the riser had to subscribe the circumference path of a rigid rotating arm, pivoted at the fixed end just like the hand of a clock. With these fundamental facts, let's examine 3 possible scenarios.
Scenario 1: Riser remained attached to DWH, sank together until impact on seafloor.
With a rigid pivoting arm of 5000 ft, the circumference distance needed for the DWH wreck to subscribe is 7,854 ft. Assuming a fast sinking speed of 5 knots, it would have taken the DWH wreck a full 15.5 minutes to reach the sea bottom. This is clearly not possible since DWH reportedly sank at 10:22 CDT, at almost the same time as the riser bending event above BOP#1. Photo evidence in fact show it sank much later, after 5pm local time.
The explosion which BP said caused DWH to sink which then took the riser with it, is plainly false. Assuming there was a massive explosion (which no eye-witness accounts had YET reported) which took DWH down, the riser bending event had to happen at least 15 minutes thereafter. 15 minutes might look like a very short time but in ballistic analysis, every second counts. So BP's report to Congress is a big lie that could not have happened.
Scenario 2: After DWH started to sink, the riser broke off and sank independently.
Fine. With a shorter arm, the circumference distance needed for the broken riser to slice through was definitely faster. Assume the riser broke off 1000 ft from the BOP. The time needed for the open end of the riser to slice through 1571 ft would be 186 seconds at 5 knots. Still 12 times as long. Besides, what caused the riser to break at mid section in calm water? Why did the riser not break at the Flexi-Joint or at the attachment to the rig, the weaker links?
Scenario 3: Riser broke at mid water at precisely 10:22 and sank independently of DWH
This is a more reasonable scenario. But at what length did the segment attached to BOP#1 break off?
What if the rigid segment length was just 460 ft (the distance BP quoted from Leak#1 to Leak#2)? That would bring down the time to 1.43 minutes. Still too long. What if the speed was increased to an almost unimaginable speed of 30 knots? At this speed, the time taken for the riser to fully bend comes to 14.26 seconds. Wow! Now we are now getting somewhere.
But could the riser slice through the water at that speed with the neutrally buoyant floaters? The other problem is, only advanced nuclear submarines have top speed above 30 knots. Maximum speed on most surface vessels is 10 knots.
But wait a minute. The riser on the seafloor did not have their floaters on. If you check the videos at oilspillhub.com on the 24 April 2010 inspection of the riser, there were no floaters on the riser until section 22. Stripping off the floaters would certainly reduced water resistance and increased the falling momentum. But it still cannot explain the short time of 15 seconds. It takes time to build up speed especially from a stationary vertical position. Even a fast car would need 6 to 10 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. In water, definitely more to get to speed of 30 knots.
Another intriguing question. How did the riser break at its mid section in very calm water where the current was less than a knot? These risers are very tough. A similar riser string could withstand 80 mph Hurricane Ida in early November, 2009. The Transocean Marianas broke one of her legs but not the riser. That's how tough these risers are. In his first CSI analysis in August 2010, Lim had theorized that the instantaneous vertical jerk from the ejected BOP broke the riser. With the recently discovered video, it is confirmed that BOP#1 remained intact throughout the bending event. There was no major explosion ejecting the BOP. So how did the riser break?
What if the first 22 sections of the riser were first stripped of the floaters before 10:22 prior to the explosion? What if plastic shape charges were used to swiftly cut the riser into 2 at 460 ft above BOP#1? The detonation time could be set at exactly 10:22 CDT, to enable the ROVs to move out of harm's way. Now that would certainly provide the jet propulsion boost to accelerate from standstill to 30 knots in 56 seconds. Therefore the breaking of the riser could not be accidental, could it?
The destruction of the third Macondo wellhead was intentional, to hide the existence of the 3rd well.
So now the question, Why? There was never any need to blow up the wellhead and BOP at well A if things had gone according to plan. And the PLAN was to blow the Macondo well A in November 2009 in sequence with 4 other blowouts.
Straits of Malacca, Indonesia (ENI- Fugro, mid 2008..................averted)
Timor Sea, Australia Montara (PTTP-Halliburton, August 2009)
Caspian Sea, Azerbajian (BP-Transocean, September 2009)
Macondo Guf of Mexico (BP-Transocean, November 2009...aborted)
North Sea (Shell-Transocean, December 2009).
There is a lot of dark secrets behind the global oil bubble. If this was an accidental disaster, it would not have mattered so much if it was the 3rd illegal well that blew up. But an illegal third well which was part of an evil scheme is another matter altogether. An investigation could open up a whole can of worms leading all the way to 911 and other planned disasters. It would jeopardize future plans.
Now that is a scary thought. Oil workers can never look at their employers with the kind of trust anymore. The next blowout disaster could be coming to a rig you are on. Learn to question the insane and unsafe orders given such as the ones BP gave to the dead drilling crews. You may be on the next suicide drilling mission.
Did DWH really sink at 10:22 CDT on 22 April 2010?
According to the USCG it did, including hundreds of main stream media reports and pro-BP blogs. But photo evidence showed that the burning DWH was still above the waterline from 14:50 till 17:24 (local time). BP schillls said the timestamps on the photos might not be set to local time. Assuming the offshore workers at the Gulf abnormally set their cameras to Zulu time (0 GMT) unlike normal human beings who set theirs to local time. So 14:50 becomes 9:50 CDT and 17:24 becomes 12:24 CDT. It still confirms DWH sank more than 2 hours after 10:22 CDT and the gradual sinking could not be defined so precisely as in “10:22”. Does this remind you of BP's other absurdities?
Remember BP claimed the burning DWH drifted by 714 ft 24 hours before the riser actually broke at 10:22 CDT. The tough riser doesn't stretch or slack like a rope does. In the Quadrillion odds to 1, the “crater” that was formed by the fallen riser at 460 ft from well A, happened to be the exact spot of the third well. Coincidence seems to be such a common word.
Or was it BP's intention to make the third well disappear?
Hundreds of fire fighters and seamen at location could not be wrong, even though they were unwilling to refute BP's lies publicly. But does it matter? Only BP's voice and brand of distorted truth matter.
“Power corrupts, Oil power corrupts Oilsolutely” ~ BK Lim
DWH was without doubt sinking as it started listing soon after the fire and explosions. (That's another fishy tale). Due to compartmentalized pontoons, the sinking would drag on for hours (proven by photo evidence). Yet why would BP want to dramatize and give a precise time like 10:22. DWH was not completely submerged even by 10:26 or 14:50 CDT.
It makes no sense unless this was all part of the global oil bubble, to move the oil market. Why let a good disaster go to waste? There would be no drama if the main stream media reported that DWH was slowly sinking for the next 2 days. A headline with the words “DWH had sunk” would be more alarming. They were also on uncharted territory with regard to deliberate breaking of the riser with the shape charges. What if the oil gushing out of the riser started to flood the sea while DWH was still burning above the water line? It would have given the game away, doesn't it?
Again if this was truly an accidental disaster, it would not really matter. Being paranoid and guilty conscious, BP again jumped the gun by giving a “finite” time to DWH's sinking. That would be the time they intended to “blow” the riser 460 ft from BOP#1 at 10:22 CDT on 22 April 2010.
But the sad fact is this. Hundreds of eye-witnesses including the USCG coast guards did not see it as their responsibility to tell the truth. BP lied in broad daylight and got away because too many were beholden to their cushy chair jobs. It is the case where the criminals get bolder and the victims more timid. The rot has gotten to the highest level. This is evident from the distorted facts coming out of the head of NOAA (Lubchenco), EPA (Lisa Jackson), Rear Admiral Mary Landry and Rtd Admiral Thad Allen. If they could not differentiate facts from fallacies, they do not deserve the trust reserved for these top responsible positions. With such overwhelming evidence, the existence of the third well is still considered “Far Fetched”?
~ another joint effort article by FASEI (For A Safer Energy Industry).
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