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The BP-Gulf Catastrophe
Continuing Threat

Avenues For Effective Activism

by William B. Fox

Letter to the Editor
Printed in the Opinion section, page 7,
December 24, 2010, Norwegian American Weekly

William B. Fox

Dear Editor,
My letter to the editor, published in the Aug. 27 issue, warned that British Petroleum has repeatedly lied about stopping the “oil and gas” volcano in the Gulf of Mexico. Stephen Lendman’s Nov 18 online article “America's Gulf: An Ongoing Catastrophic Disaster” on provides a good summary of my current concerns. A worst-case scenario may still threaten Norway’s coasts and fisheries.
The big question remains how we can scientifically determine the extent of continuing leakage, and then model with reasonable accuracy the extent, flow, and toxic impact of existing pollution in the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Stream. We also need better ways to not only contain or stop seabed leakage, but also roll back the damage.
I have spoken with many scientists in the vanguard of BP oil spill research. Their comments have confirmed my suspicion that their research has been overly compartmentalized, politicized, and under-funded. They also reinforce reports by former intelligence officer Wayne Madsen, journalist Dahr Jamail, and other sources who describe media blackouts and other cover-ups by “The second British invasion of the Gulf since the Battle of New Orleans.”
The good news is that Norway can help play “U.S. cavalry to the rescue” by exerting political independence while aggressively pursuing exciting new areas of technological development. Four examples are as follows:

  • Deep sea and glider robots: These robots can traverse and analyze vast expanses and depths of ocean for extended periods, while reporting data via satellite. On my intelligence summary page ( I provide numerous examples of these and other promising advanced technology approaches.
  • Mass spectrometry sensing: The TETHYS colloidal mass spectrometer is unique. It can determine the composition of dissolved oil and gas in sea water while moving as far down as 5,000 meters.
  • Clean-up robots. M.I.T.’s “seaswarm” concept utilizes nanofiber material that can soak up over 20 times its own weight in hydrocarbons out of sea water. Oil can be transferred from nanofiber materials to collection points, making them endlessly reusable by the robots that deploy them.
  • Underwater robot drillers: Statoil’s Seabed Rig AS concept involves a remote-controlled robotic drilling platform which can save valuable time in drilling offshore relief wells that often play a key role in stopping runaway wells.

If Norwegians can help create fleets of sensing, clean-up, and drilling robots, this could create an important margin of safety to protect the North Atlantic as well as other oceans around the world.
We also need more politically independent oceanographic institutions every where, especially ones equipped with sensing robots that can be dispatched to trouble spots to upload data to the Internet without political interference. This would not only help deter high level criminality and media suppression, but also provide continuing support for scientific study and general protection of the natural environment.


William B. Fox
President, America First Institute
Sarver, PA

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