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This week we’re going to talk about the BP oil spill and preparedness. This is a very important issue and I encourage you to forward it to friends and family.
I’ve been getting several email “forwards” from readers about the BP accident that are FULL of innocent mistakes, inaccuracies, and malicious lies.
This is serious stuff and it’s important to know what’s true and what’s a lie so that you don’t spread lies around.
Forwarding false emails like these or like the “Last Wednesday’s UN Treaty to ban firearms in the US” makes us a laughing stock and makes our arguments less credible when there IS something that needs to be passed around quickly. (As a note, I wrote about this particular UN Gun Ban hoax email back in April. You can read it here > http://secretsofurbansurvival.com/219 )
Some of these hoax emails are written by disturbed people who simply want fame from their lies being spread, and some are written by spammers with the intent of harvesting the addresses of the emails as they’re passed around and get more and more addresses in them.
In any case, let’s go over some of what’s being said on the BP oil spill, whether they are truths or lies, and how these events should effect our preparations:
1. The rig was sunk by a North Korean Torpedo/Submarine/navy swimmers launched from Cuba. FALSE. This was released by a well known hoax article writer who’s name I refuse to mention.
2. The Deepwater Horizon collapsed straight down and is sitting on the blow out preventer and will take more than $100 million to move it before the oil can be stopped. FALSE. The rig is approximately 1/4 of a mile from the blow out preventer. This hoax is from an email that was supposedly written by an engineer with 25 years experience who says a nuclear explosion is the only solution.
3. Oil rain in Louisiana. There is a video floating around that’s been posted hundreds of times showing a petroleum sheen on a street after a rainstorm. The claim is that the oil came with a rain storm. It is much more likely that the oil was on the street before the rain. A strong hurricane DOES have the potential to suck up oil and drop it inland. This possibility may or may not be serious, depending on how much oil, if any, is picked up, and how concentrated it is.
4. Acid rain from oil spill. Acid rain is generally formed when sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, or ammonia combine with water in the atmosphere. If ALL of the oil leaked would have been burned in surface burns, acid rain would have been more likely. As it is, it’s very unlikely that the amount of oil burned in surface burns will change the pH of the rainwater that’s hitting the coast. Acid rain is more of an issue for people who are downwind from coal plants that use high-sulfur coal and don’t have exhaust scrubbers.
5. FEMA E vacuations. The gulf coast of Florida has millions of retirees. Many of these retirees have sensitive or compromised respiratory systems. There is a possibility that ocean currents could move large patches of oil towards Florida and there is a POSSIBILITY that fumes from these oil patches could effect air quality. There’s also a POSSIBILITY that if a large oil patch is moving towards the Florida coast that a surface burn might be used to keep the oil from hitting the beaches.
If a burn is done and the wind blows the smoke towards the coast, I think it’s a fair assumption to think that it would be bad for people with sensitive lungs.
As a result, FEMA has developed evacuation plans to handle these two scenarios. I’m no fan of FEMA, but I’m pleasantly surprised that they are thinking ahead and have a plan in place to help people who aren’t willing or able to take care of themselves.
Is it POSSIBLE that they could force people to evacuate? Yes. Is it POSSIBLE that they could put everyone in a FEMA prison camp? Yes. Is it likely? No.
It’s kind of funny, but once again, FEMA is making a great argument for the preparedness lifestyle…you’d darn well better be ready to take care of yourself and those around you. Because if you don’t take care of yourself, FEMA will “take care of you,” and you might not like how they do it.
6. Toxic rain emails. Any time you see a “toxic rain” email that references “Russia” or “President Medvedev,” think “HOAX.” These emails were started by the same hoax writer that started the North Korea emails. More on toxic rain and Corexit 9500 in a second.
7. Methane Explosions. The original Deepwater Horizon is believed to have happened when a high pressure methane “bubble” caused multiple catastrophic failures with the pipe and rig. The idea here is that a HUGE pocket of methane will eventually come out of the pipe that oil is currently coming out of. Some of the possible consequences are ocean fizzures, sympathetic earthquakes in Missouri, and tsunamis that will wipe out all life along the Gulf Coast.
These all have the POTENTIAL to happen. Of course, at any minute we could get a 500 foot tsunami from the Canary Islands that wipes out the entire East Coast. Our electrical grid could be knocked out by a solar flare. A volcano erruption on the other side of the globe could change our climate overnight. Or, major earthquakes could hit any of the many faultlines in the US.
You probably have a better chance of someone randomly firing a gun up into the air and the bullet coming down and hitting your head this weekend.
That’s why it’s SO important not to get overwhelmed with any one particular potential survival scenario. Just take practical preparedness measures like signing up for the SurviveInPlace.com urban survival course and then go out and spend your time ENJOYING YOUR LIFE!
Really…think about it. Do you want to waste your life worrying about all the survival scenarios that might happen or spend your time enjoying life? If you want to enjoy life, I encourage you to check out the SurviveInPlace.com course right now.
8. One quart of motor oil can make 250,000 gallons of water toxic. FALSE, but true…kind of. Here’s what I mean. This is the same scenario that I discuss in the SurviveInPlace.com Urban Survival Course when I talk about preparing for chemical and biological attacks. The only way that 1 quart of oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water is if it is PERFECTLY distributed. Any time you see an oil slick, you can be thankful that the oil is bunched up and not perfectly distributed.
9. Corexit 9500 (dispersant) has ingredients SO bad that they’re a closely held secret. FALSE. Nalco, the company that makes Corexit 9500, says that it’s very safe and even shows all of the household products that the ingredients are in. They even list all of the ingredients on their website. (I’ve got the link in the comments section)
The problem is that when I started researching each of the ingredients in Corexit 9500, one is a neurotoxin, a few are respiratory irritants, and several have BAD effects on brain chemistry. If it’s so safe, I’d really feel better if an executive from Nalco would inhale or drink Corexit 9500 like people have repeatedly done to prove that Alar and DDT are safe.
10. Corexit 9500 is so bad that it’s been outlawed in England. Nalco claims that it is not banned in England. There is truth to both statements. Here’s the scoop. Since April 1996, in order to be approved for use as a oil dispersant in England, products must pass both a sea/beach test AND a rocky shore toxicity test. Corexit 9500 inhibits snails from being able to attach on to rocks on the coast. As a result, the formula can’t be used in shore applications. I’ve got links to both Nalco’s claims, as well as the UK document that lays out why they didn’t approve it. So, it hasn’t technically been “banned”…it just hasn’t been “approved.”
11. Corexit contains cyanide, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, and chromium. TRUE. So do you. With Corexit 9500, it’s trace amounts of less than one part per million. I link to the EPA chemical analysis in the comments section.
12. Corexit 9500 is causing ulcers and blisters on plants after rain storms. These claims have been made via home movies and are all over the internet. IF this is true, it would be relatively straight forward to test by sending the affected plants to a lab for analysis. Until chemical analysis proves that these problems aren’t just a result of poor gardening skills, I wouldn’t pass them around.
13. Using Corexit 9500 is worse than if we would have just let the oil go. No sure answer on this one. It’s definitely worse than if the Federal Government would have allowed skimmers, centrifuges, and barrier islands.
Unfortunately, at this point we’re in a situation with HUNDREDS of variables and, conveniently, we’ll be able to Monday morning quarterback whatever happens…but we just don’t know right now.
Is Corexit 9500 toxic? It depends. It depends on the concentration and what organism you’re talking about. Our atmosphere is “toxic” to fish. The ocean is “toxic” to humans without breathing aids. I personally don’t want the dispersants they’re using near me, my family, or my food.
What about hurricane season? Well, it could be bad…very bad. Hurricanes could suck up tar balls and oil and drop them inland. Storm surges could carry oil slicks much further inland than the normal tide is (and/or it could wash out the marshes.) The churning of the water could disperse the oil slick, polluting more water than if the oil stayed bunched up. Water treatment plants might have to shut down to keep from being clogged/ruined by excessive oil.
God could also have mercy on us and we might end up with no hurricanes going over the spill this year.
Again, the fact is that nobody knows. Here’s what we do know. If one of the disaster scenarios surrounding the oil spill is what woke you, your family, or your friends up, then strike while the iron’s hot and GET PREPARED!
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Remember, please forward this newsletter to your friends and family. And don’t forget to share your thoughts by commenting below. What do you think Floridians should do? What are your thoughts on eating produce from Florida? If you’re on the Gulf Coast, what are you doing to protect your garden? Your water supply?
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