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This is from an email I received about corrupt business practices among oil companies.

Admittedly the hardest part of observing the unfolding of a prearranged history is connecting the dots. More to the point, to be able to see how all things are connected and work in concert to achieve a desired goal. So I’d like to throw some things out that the public at large doesn’t know and never would. What I am about to tell is common knowledge in oil circles but the worker ants at the bottom of the pyramid never question what they see. I was an eye witness to what I am going to relate and there are a good many others who could come forward if only they will. 

In 1997 I worked in the Gulf of Mexico for two different OSV companies that provided support services to the “oil patch”. The two companies did very different work for the oil companies so I got to get an eye full.

The first thing that I’d like to expose is the fact that nearly all of the new wells in the gulf are immediately capped off and forgotten about. I saw well after well brought in only to see them capped off and left. Oil or natural gas it didn’t matter. I asked a couple of petroleum engineers what exactly was going on and I was told by both (they worked for different companies) that there was no intention of bringing that oil to market until the “price was right”.

That wasn’t the only bogus thing that was happening. Seismic technology had been developed to the point that they could not only tell the companies where the oil was but how much oil was there. All they had to do was go out and stick a straw in and suck it out. They didn’t. Once again, the oil prices weren’t right. When they are ready and want it they know right where to go get it.

Another lie I’d like to lay to rest is the one about all of the “terrible damage” done to the oil platforms and rigs in the gulf during hurricanes. This is how they justify the price spikes that occur because of lost production. If anyone cared to see this for themselves they could travel the entire Gulf of Mexico in search of destroyed oil rigs and they won’t find any- not one. There is a good reason that this is so and that reason is that they are built so well that a hurricane can’t touch them. They are designed to withstand 100 year hurricanes and some even to withstand 1000 yr hurricanes. (Cat 5 or higher) The biggest one is owned by the Shell company and was twice as tall as the Chicago Sears trade towers.

It’s called the Auger Tension Leg Platform. Altogether it rises 3,280 feet from the seabed to its flared top. Thirty-five “stories” are above sea level. Installed in 1994 it is the world’s deepest oil platform. It’s designed to withstand 72 foot high waves in 100 year hurricanes and it can sway 235 feet off center with out damage. It was built to survive 1000 year hurricanes. (See Blue Genes and Polyester Plants for this info and the author of that one is Sharon Bertsch McGrayne) You know the picture of the one wedged against the bridge. It wasn’t a rig, it was a “floatel” used to connect to a drilling well to house workers. I don’t think there is much of a conspiracy to influence the
economy to fill up the armed forces, but I really do think there is something crooked going on with the oil companies. I think, though, that it is pure greed more than anything else.

Think about it . If you’re going to build something in an area where you are guaranteed to see 150-180 mph winds, storm swells up to 60-80 feet and it will happen year after year, how would you build them? Out of chicken wire and duct tape? Heck no and they don’t. The platforms are designed to offer almost no wind resistance and the majority of platforms are at least 120 feet above the water level. They are built so well that several of them have suffered direct hits by watercraft of all sizes with little harm. They were damaged but they were far from

The reason that I know how well they are constructed is because for awhile my uncle worked with a company that salvaged derelict oil rigs. When the wells ran dry and the oil companies didn’t need them any more the company that he worked for would buy them, take them apart, haul them back to land, refurbish and then resell them. It is an incredible process to take these things apart because they are constructed so well.

Another lie regards the “burp” in the supply line. Oil companies are as stingy as any on earth and one of the ways that they cut costs is to eliminate the number of people that they need on a rig to keep it running. Most active wells are totally automated and require almost no human intervention. The oil companies have guys that travel from rig to rig via helicopter to check on things periodically but most never see a human on them unless something goes wrong or some maintenance is needed. During a hurricane about the only rigs that need to be
evacuated are the drill rigs that have workers on them. The active wells and pumping stations are controlled by remote control from the shore and if it weren’t for the evacuation of land based personnel from areas where there is danger from the hurricanes these things could continue to pump right through the worst hurricane.

So, regarding a burp in the supply chain there shouldn’t be one and that is because most of the oil from the Gulf of Mexico goes to the refineries at Port Arthur or other points in Texas and the tankers from the Middle East go to Galveston to offload.

When oil moves across the Atlantic during hurricane season the tanker traffic may have to kill some time to let a storm get ahead of them but once it does they haul tail right behind it. Anyone who has seen how fast an oil tanker can move in open water will tell you that they don’t dawdle around. Most of them can move around 30-40 knots and for a ship that size that baby is moving on. The only reason they would have to kill any more time would be if a hurricane suddenly changed course and was headed for Galveston. So far this year that hasn’t happened. So why the “break” in supply?

Everything that we hear about oil from the oil companies is a big fat lie. Have we hit “peak oil” as a good many insist that we have? I’ll make a wager with anyone who would care to take the bet. I bet that when oil hits $100 a barrel (I have a hunch that’s the target price) there will be no shortage. Any takers?

The oil companies had better realize fast though that the easiest way to put this country into a recession or even another depression is to let the gas prices get out of reach of the masses. And it is rapidly approaching that limit. Just 4 years ago it cost me$12 a week to drive to work, now it is over $40 for the same week. My insurance premiums have gone up 20%, and my pay during this same period has only gone up 5%. Even today on TV, the Saudis said they can’t understand the high price of oil. They were quoted as saying that oil should be in the $35-40 range.

One of the most astounding things to watch when the elite swing into action is what I call conservation of movement. If you had three events that you wanted to set into motion you could apply the necessary pressure separately to all three to get them moving. Or you could do what these guys do and wait patiently until you see the right opportunity to apply the pressure in only one spot that will move the other two with the momentum from the first. The difference is whether something is pushed or pulled along. It"s as graceful as a ballet to watch in motion. No wasted motion, no wasted energy, it would almost be a thing of beauty if it weren’t for the rotten purposes behind it all.

We’re facing a winter season in North America that may see heating costs equal to a family’s house payment. If our weather is being controlled expect it to be a bad one. With $100 dollar a barrel oil on the horizon and the ensuing loss of jobs because of energy costs the military will be one of the only places a young man or woman will be able to eat on a regular basis and keep a roof over their heads.

Posted by SPN on 09/24 at 05:39 PM in Blogging

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