I wrote a post about two weeks ago after reading a story online that Anatoly Sagalevitch, a world renown Russian Oceanographer, had visited the Gulf of Mexico shortly after the Deepwater Horizon platform managed by BP had exploded and collapsed. According to the article Dr. Sagalevitch had reportedly said that upon his visit to the site in his submersibles, that he in fact saw over 20 cracks on the seafloor leaking. You can read my post at: http://zdeaconblue.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/if-this-is-true-bp-may-lead-the-united-states-into-depression/
As you may notice, the post title starts with, if this is true? That particular question weighed on me for some time and I waited to see if the mainstream media would address this question. They did not, so I decided to track down the answer myself. Anyone who tells you it’s easy to track down anyone’s e-mail address on the web hasn’t tried to track down anyone they didn’t already know. It took me three days of searching but finally I was able to get in contact with Dr. Sagalevitch and as him the very basic question, is this story true? Dr. Sagalevitch’s response was very prompt and he told me he had not been to the Gulf of Mexico, in fact he was on vacation when the accident occurred and that he couldn’t have possibly surveyed the seafloor of the gulf as his submersibles, the Mir1 and Mir2 are actually deployed in Lake Baikal. So the definitive answer to my post and the rumor flying around the internet is that no, Dr. Sagalevitch has not reported seeing dozens of cracks on the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico leaking oil.
This information brings two points to bear for me. First, how fast disinformation can fly around the internet, Dr. Sagalevitch remarked upon this as well. Secondly, even without this information, we still don’t know what the actual conditions are at the seafloor or whether or not the relief wells will work. Today we have been given a couple of interesting pieces of information including that the relief well drilling is proceeding as planned and the first tropical storm of the season has formed and is on track for the Gulf of Mexico. We’ll talk in more detail in my next post about the potential consequences of a large tropical storm or hurricane in the gulf. Hurricane formation in the gulf is greatly related to the temperature of the gulf and right now the gulf is very, very warm approximately eighty-six degrees Farenheit. Look out friends the situation in the gulf may drastically change very soon and not for the better.