Rumors from The Gulf Of Mexico
Living this close to the oil spill, we see and hear a lot of things before the rest of the country, IF the rest of the country ever hears it at all. Some of it turns out to be factual, some remains in the realm of pure rumor. I want to share three things that have been floating around here for days. The indications are that the first two may turn out to be true, while the third remains a rumor..and I hope it stays that way.
1. President Obama is scheduled to visit the Gulf Coast again this Monday and Tuesday. The big rumor is while he is here, he will announce his plan for restoration of the coast. A big part of that plan is said to be redirecting the Mississippi River, returning it to a more natural route. This sounds like a huge project, and one every Louisianian should applaud. A little background:
Our barrier islands and marshlands were built by sediment from the MS River, flowing over them as nature intended. In the early part of the twentieth century, the river was re-routed a few times, mostly by a system of levees, to prevent flooding. Now the much needed sediment flows straight into the Gulf of Mexico. Our barrier islands have eroded greatly in the ensuing years, leaving us more and more vulnerable to every hurricane, and now to the oil spill coming into the marshlands. If the river is allowed to take a more natural route, this damage will be rectified over time.
The rumor also says that BP and TransOcean will have to pay for this being done.
2. So much for the good news. Rumor number two isn't proven yet, but is looking more and more likely to be so. It says that the drill pipe below the sea bed is ruptured, which has caused cracks in the sea floor. The ROV cameras have been studying areas where there seem to be gas bubbles and globs of oil coming up out of cracks in the floor of the Gulf in the area of the Horizon. If the strata and rock formations undersea have been cracked, at this time there is no known way to seal them.
3. This one has no hard data to prove (or disprove) it at this time, so I am keeping it in the rumor only category It's just such a scary scenario to contemplate, I wanted to share it, in the off chance it could be real. There is talk that the pressure per square inch of the oil coming out of the riser head is so strong, that there is no way it can be capped. That theory has something to do with the "age" of the oil and size/location of the deposit. If that's true, the gusher will continue until the deposit of oil is drained naturally. This catastrophe is bad enough, and growing worse by the day, and at this point, I don't believe this one to be true. Please pray this is just one of those scary theories that develop when everything is going wrong, and someone is looking for any explanation for it all. This would be a real dooms-day scenario.