BROADER RAMIFICATIONS OF THE OIL SPILL DISASTER?
by John W. Spring
"Before becoming an economic geographer, I served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. My basic and advanced training took place at Cape May, New Jersey on the Atlantic Seaboard, which included actual experience at sea aboard a large cutter. But one statement that I will never forget was made by an old salt chief with hash marks covering nearly his entire sleeve. The chief said, "Accidents do not happen. They are caused by carelessness!" Later as a geography graduate student, I did extensive coastal research, which included reading almost all papers written about marine and wetland areas throughout the entire United States, before writing my M.A. thesis titled The Sunset-Bolsa Chica Area at California State University, Fullerton. I learned then, in terms of coastal ecosystems required for biota, natural habitat and fisheries, that the wetlands, salt marshes and mangrove swaps along the claw-like Mississippi Delta in Louisiana were by far the the most valuable coastal area for America because these are the nurseries for a significant portion of all marine life in the entire Gulf of Mexico.
Later as a college geography instructor, besides teaching courses in world regional geography and economic geography, sometimes I taught geophysics and oceanography. My students would also share information with me in my oceanography classes and labs about off-shore drilling and its improved state-of-the-arts technology that included a series of back-up systems which would significantly reduce the possibility of oil spills--at least those caused by severe leaks from oil tankers. But accidents are caused by neglect or carelessness as well as by highly aggressive pressure and stress placed upon oil rig crews by their corporate officers. So, in all probability, it was this unrealistic economic pressure placed upon all personnel aboard this particular British Petroleum offshore rig, that led to this ongoing disaster. However, there is probably more information about this particular oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that needs to come to the surface before we will understand the real cause behind this tragedy.
At a distance of nearly 50 nautical miles offshore from the southern coast of Louisiana, British Petroleum, which is also known as BP, drilled one of the deepest wells ever attempted in the Gulf of Mexico. At such great depths, the oil pressure would be far greater than what would have been encountered in wells drilled much closer to shore at shallower depths. However, the alleged unfair labor polices of British Petroleum strongly suggest that crew members were forced to neglect safe operation systems and, instead, work hastily to soon generate a profit for BP's corporate executives and shareholders.
But as we are about to discover, there is far more behind British Petroleum, which now owns and controls Atlantic Richfield Corporation or ARCO, in far darker and deeper areas. For instance, the main reason why Operation Desert Storm was carried out in the Middle East was to protect the interest of British Petroleum in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Yes, that is why U.S. troops were deployed in the Persian Gulf. By the way, recently in Iraq, most British oil interests have been sold to the Chinese. So, now, in Iraq, our American personnel are fighting also for the oil interests of the Chinese. In Afghanistan, American troops were deployed more than eight years ago mainly for the interests of British Petroleum and Chevron in the Caspian-Aral Basin for a pipeline route through Herat province in the western part of that war-torn nation. The war in Afghanistan is now America's longest war. Remember, we invaded Afghanistan before entering Iraq.
British Petroleum and Chevron have already completed a pipeline from the Caspian-Aral Basin to China Proper in the PRC. The Peoples Republic of China is now receiving petroleum and natural gas for its military and industrial complexes. Do you understand the significance of this entire diabolical operation?
Meanwhile, shrimp boats are not going out into the Gulf of Mexico. Public beaches in Louisiana are now empty of tourists. The economy of New Orleans is devastating. Why do we continue to allow foreign multinational corporations or MNCs to destroy our economy and run our military and foreign policy? Only because good people like you, who are not informed, continue to do nothing. So my question to you is very simple. Will you forward this message to others?
If you need to reach me by mail, which is the best way, please write to: John W. Spring, P.O. Box 18946, Anaheim, CA 92817, USA. Thank you for spreading the truth.
With kindest regards and a deep prayer that America will soon wake up to the real truth.
John W. Spring