The Dead Zone
Vol: 105 Issue: 29 Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The Omega Letter is a daily journal of current events as viewed from the perspective of Bible prophecy and written as they occur. We went online on October 14, 2001 and so our archives are something of a daily record of the 21st century.
(I’m not trying to blow our horn, here. There is a point I want to make, so bear with me.) Over the years, we’ve published the OL day in and day out, from literally hundreds of locations both here and from abroad.
In all that time, the Omega Letter Daily Briefing has had but one writer and one researcher for every single one of the two thousand, eight hundred and fifty-nine briefs in our archive database. (That would be moi — your humble correspondent.)
Since the OL is a daily project, it is a more or less constant process. Every event, every conversation, every newly discovered fact from history, every social, political or environmental upheaval is a potential OL topic of interest — so the research never stops.
Researching the OL takes me a lot of places I don’t want to go and teaches me a lot of stuff I really don’t want to know.
I say all that to make the following point: What I have learned over the past few weeks concerning the BP oil spill in the Gulf has shaken me more than any event we’ve discussed over the course of the entire 21st century.
The information being withheld, if true, is so catastrophic that it is literally a case of the country not being able to handle the truth.
That said, I’ve done my level best to confirm the following information but the political smokescreen surrounding it leaves me with less than 100% confidence – but only slightly less. I could be taken in by a hoax and I pray that is the case, but I don’t think so.
BP estimates that the oil reservoir pouring into the Gulf could contain as much as two billion barrels of oil, currently spewing out at something on the order of 100,000 to 160,000 gallons per day. At that rate, the spill, if left uncapped, could continue to foul the Gulf for four years before running dry.
And it appears that capping the well is not and never has been an option. Because of the pressure, capping the wellhead would rupture the well pipe causing oil to flood out into the strata below the sea floor.
The erosion process would cause the oil to erupt through the sea bed creating a literal and unstoppable volcano of oil and mud. When the Deepwater Horizon exploded, it ruptured the well pipe a mile beneath the surface.
With pressures that could be as high as 100,000 psi, plugging the well will force the oil out into the seabed floor and only meters from a large methane gas bubble some 15 to 20 miles wide.
Even if they do nothing, eventually that methane bubble will migrate to the well. When that happens, it will explode up the well pipe creating the same catastrophe as if they plugged it.
Unless BP’s relief well effort can relieve the pressure, when that gas bubble hits the pipe it presents one of two scenarios, both of which are unthinkably catastrophic. (And BP is rumored to have quietly advanced their expected completion date for the relief well to sometime around Christmas.)
In the first and seemingly most catastrophic, the gas explodes under the sea floor, creating a massive upheaval and collapse that could trigger a tsunami that could wash away the Gulf Coast up to fifty miles inland.
In the second, the escaping cloud of deadly methane gas could be blown ashore, displacing the oxygen and suffocating uncounted Gulf Coast residents. The sudden rush of gas to the surface could also theoretically trigger a tsunami.
Former Shell Oil CEO John Hofmeister confirmed on Fox News last week that the use of high explosives and possibly a small nuclear device are being considered as a last resort on the theory that the blast would crush the borehole and seal it.
But it has never been done and nobody knows for sure if it will work or if it will trigger an even greater underground explosion. It gets worse.
There are roughly 3400 active drilling platforms out in the Gulf, many of which have been there for decades. When a well runs dry, they move the platform to another honey hole until it runs dry. This means there are uncounted numbers of vast empty underground caverns beneath the sea floor of the Gulf.
Most of these drilling rigs are sucking oil from the same ultimate giant oil deposit under the Gulf of Mexico’s continental shelf, meaning they are all interconnected.
When you take something out and don’t replace it with something else, it dramatically alters the dynamics under the seafloor. These cracks and fissures could collapse in a domino effect in the event of an underground explosion, either natural or man-made, also triggering the risk of a Gulf tsunami.
And a dead zone from Mexico to Florida.
Admittedly, these are worst-case scenarios, but there are no best-case scenarios under consideration. Oil contains chemicals and volatile gases that are both toxic and carcinogenic. Gulf Coast residents that are able to smell the heavy oil are undoubtedly breathing in these gases at the same time.
There are persistent rumors of a FEMA plan to evacuate at least eighteen cities along the Gulf Coast. In April, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal asked the feds to “fund 6000 soldiers and airmen on active duty” to:
“provide security, medical capabilities, engineers and communication support in response to this threat. Currently, our Soldiers and Airmen are staging for and are engaged in the planning of the effort to evacuate and provide security and clean up for the coastal communities expected to be impacted by the oil spill.”
On June 9th the FAA closed the airspace over the Gulf of Mexico to all unauthorized aircraft. There is now a 200 mile radius dead zone in the Gulf due to the spill.
FEMA is rumored to be quietly making plans for the mass evacuation of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Mandeville, Hammond, Houma, Belle Chase, Chalmette, Slidell, Biloxi, Gulfport, Pensacola, Hattiesburg, Mobile, Bay Minette, Fort Walton Beach, Panama City, Crestview, and Pascagoula.
There is a risk of toxic rain resulting from the combination of methane and the poisonous Corexit oil dispersant. FEMA officials fear it will poison coastal fresh water reservoirs, lakes, streams and rivers.
Let me say now that most of this is rumored, but if FEMA DOESN’T have evacuation plans in place for the Gulf Coast, then FEMA is criminally derelict in its duties.
And I cannot envision a scenario short of permanently capping the well by lunchtime today that won’t ultimately require the evacuation of at least some of the Gulf Coast shoreline.
I am trying very hard not to get all conspiracist or overly sensational in today’s report and it is hard not to sound like I’ve lost my mind – even I think it sounds a little nuts. Until you look at the situation and try and come up with an alternative scenario that doesn’t.
This old earth is in already in a state of mass upheaval; earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis are practically daily affairs somewhere on the earth. The earth’s magnetic field is decreasing rapidly and may be signaling a coming catastrophic magnetic polar shift.
We are emerging from a solar minimum and headed into a solar maximum that astronomers predict could result in catastrophic solar ejections that threaten to engulf the earth with a giant EMP pulse sometime around the end of 2012.
The Gulf oil spill has the potential to poison the entire Gulf of Mexico and left uncapped, within a couple of years possibly the rest of the world’s oceans. A couple of years from now would be sometime in the middle of 2012.
The word ‘catastrophic’ applies to practically every scenario, financial, political, environmental or extra-terrestrial. It is hard to see how humanity will manage to elude all the looming threats and emerge intact on the other side.
Particularly since ALL of it was forecast in advance as part and parcel of the overall scenario that points to the soon return of Christ.
Revelation 8:8-9 forecasts the third part of the seas will become as blood, killing a third part of the creatures in the sea. That judgment is followed by the poisoning of a third part of the world’s fresh water.
Jesus warned of signs in the sun, moon and stars. He said that unfolding events would cause men’s hearts to fail them with fear and cause the nations to cower in fear and confusion.
But Jesus said that while these things will confuse and terrorize the lost, He said they should be signs of encouragement to the Church.
What it means is that the world will soon see the Son of Man coming in power and great glory at His Second Coming.
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke 21:24:26)
But having given the broad outline through to the end, Jesus got down to specifics insofar as what it means to the Church on this side of the Tribulation. We are witnessing the conspiracy of seemingly unconnected events that are leading precisely to the conditions Jesus described.
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)
For the Church, the message is both simple and direct. When we see these things BEGIN to come to pass, then it’s time to prepare for lift off!
One Final Thought. . . .
While we’re waiting for the trumpet, we still need to get together in the forums and come up with a plan. We have many OL families in the affected areas. In the event the unthinkable DOES happen, the worst place they could end up is in a FEMA evacuation camp.
There are many more OL families living in the relatively safe zones. We need to meet in our forums and hammer out our OWN evacuation plans for our brothers and sisters in the Dead Zone as an alternative to FEMA’s. (We have some room.).
If you live in the Dead Zone, where will you go? How can we help? What can we do? Let’s get together and work out a plan before the order to evacuate is given.
NOW I’m starting to understand at least part of the reason that God has raised up such a unique fellowship of believers as ours. The Lord knows we need each other.
Meet me in the forums and let’s come up with a plan.