Guest Post: Obama Administration Knew About Deepwater Horizon 35,000 Feet Well Bore, Green-Lighted And Fast-Tracked Project

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Obama Administration Knew About Deepwater Horizon 35,000 Feet Well Bore
President Obama and Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates were informed that BP would drill an unprecedented 35,000 feet well bore at the Macondo site off the coast of Louisiana. In September 2009, the Deepwater Horizon successfully sunk a well bore at a depth of 35,055 below sea level at the Tiber Prospect in the Keathley Canyon block 102 in the Gulf of Mexico, southeast of Houston.
During the September drilling operations, the Deepwater Horizon drill penetrated a massive undersea oil deposit but BP's priorities changed when the Macondo site in the Mississippi Canyon off the coast of Louisiana was found to contain some 3-4 billion barrels of oil in an underground cavern estimated to be about the size of Mount Everest. It was as a result of another 35,000 feet well bore sank by the Deepwater Horizon at the Macondo site that the catastrophic explosion occurred on April 20.
According to the Wayne Madsen Report (WMR) sources within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Pentagon and Interior and Energy Departments told the Obama Administration that the newly-discovered estimated 3-4 billion barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico would cover America's oil needs for up to eight months if there was a military attack on Iran that resulted in the bottling up of the Strait of Hormuz to oil tanker traffic, resulting in a cut-off of oil to the United States from the Persian Gulf.
Obama, Salazar, Chu, and Gates green-lighted the risky Macondo drilling operation from the outset, according to WMR's government sources.
WMR learned that BP was able to have several safety checks waved because of the high-level interest by the White House and Pentagon in tapping the Gulf of Mexico bonanza find in order to plan a military attack on Iran without having to be concerned about an oil and natural gas shortage from the Persian Gulf after an outbreak of hostilities with Iran.
BP still has an ongoing operation to drill down to 40,000 feet below sea level at the Liberty field off the north coast of Alaska.


By. Wayne Madsen for who offer detailed analysis on Oil, alternative Energy, Commodities, Finance and Geopolitics. They also provide free Geopolitical intelligence to help investors gain a greater understanding of world events and the impact they have on certain regions and sectors. Visit:

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Hephasteus's picture

Hi facilitator IBelieveInMagic.

Fucker off.

Cursive's picture

First, I didn't junk you.  Second, please tell me who you think has the most credibility to report on these matters.  I really want to know your thoughts.

Jeff Lebowski's picture

First, I did junk Xpat's post, but I did it for you.  Then I junked yours, because I felt that you had made it necessary for me to junk it. 

And now, I will answer your question.

Huffington Post.

Jeff Lebowski's picture

Note to self:  Remember to indicate sarcasm, regardless of how obvious.

Hephasteus's picture

I'm so glad you are part of this zero hedge community as long as that part involves coming and telling us what is credible and not credible.

So you can just fucker off back to where you came from.

vs18's picture

What you don't seem to understand is that ZeroHedge is an expensive operation... Tyler and Co. have at minimum a Bloomberg and Reuters terminals, plus I assume your typical 6 screen day trader setup ..... THAT IS NOT CHEAP. On top of that, server space for a site like this that attracts thousands of people a day, that bandwidth is also not cheap.

As a result, Tyler and Co. have to, from time to time, post traffic-friendly articles like this one, giving them their much needed ad revenue to pay for all of the above. It's a necessary evil, these kinds of articles, for all the rest of the fantastic work the ZH staff do for us (for free too!).


You're talking about credibility? What about the business channels, who put up ridiculous informercials of scam artist real estate agents who can promise you the world, or Viagra ads at 2.30 in the afternoon?


You try running a website like this and then get back to us about credibility. Necessary evil, take it or leave it.

Augustus's picture

The only reason for continuing to present the obviously impossible BS is to try to manipulate the BP price down.  I really had not suspected that this web site would engage in that. 

Maybe it is simply a method of attracting the video gamers who just know that everything ends in a BOOM.  In that case the BS must be true and this monster well is going to swallow the entire GOM. 

If the well had been safely completed it would probably be about two years before it was delivering the oil anyway.


CEOoftheSOFA's picture

Xpat is correct.  This article is fiction.  No way this well was drilled to 35,000 ft.  It's obvious the person writing this article doesn't know anything about the oil patch.  Oil isn't located "In caverns the size of Mount Everest".  This is total crap.  You can't even estimate reserves until delineation wells are drilled.  And why would this oil, and not oil from another field be used in the event the Straits of Hormuz are blocked?  I just came from the Straits of Hormuz and if anyone blocks it , it will be US Navy ships bumping into each other.  ZH needs to be getting their oil articles from more responsible sources, including the crap that George Washington has been posting.

DocLogo's picture

CEO of the sofa or the Sofa King? Because you, sir, are Sofa King right!

seventree's picture

This report is obviously bogus because it would take much longer to get a rig online and producing after the well was finished than it's likely to be before a conflict with Iran ignites.

Even shallow water wells take years to build and get up to full production. And no matter how big a deposit this is, it is hard to imagine building enough extraction capability to supply "America's oil needs for up to eight months." I'm no oil expert but that sounds like a pretty big project. 

Cursive's picture

BP still has an ongoing operation to drill down to 40,000 feet below sea level at the Liberty field off the north coast of Alaska.

I would love to see this permit along with the Horizon permits.  Won't hold my breath for the MSM to do some "work".

Caviar Emptor's picture

I smell conspiracy. If one the Boyz runs it by the Prez, they could be drilling under China....the long way round. 

hangemhigh's picture


 i've posted here (ZH) a couple of times regarding the permit for the macondo well.  

the article,  that i read once when all of this started and have never been able to find again, said that the permit was for 18K feet and that the well had been drilled to 25K ft.

we are now told, by a source that may or may not be reliable, that the drill depth was actually 35K ft.

who knows where to find a copy of the original BP Macondo drilling permit???

Cursive's picture


Thx.  Maybe the truth fairy will visit us one day.  We'll probably have ZZ Top lenght beards by then.....

AR15AU's picture

So does this mean that the well was indeed sabotaged?

Caviar Emptor's picture

Actually, when we said 35,00 feet? We meant 135, 000 feet. One of our junior engineers, you understand. We took away his parking space. Oh and there's lava mixed in with the oil.

Mad Max's picture


As credible as the main story!

Oh, except that it's magma, not lava.  Dr. Evil will lecture you on the distinction.

jkruffin's picture

Wonder what Iran is going to say about this?

Hephasteus's picture

Take your time and do the drill right if it's going to be part of a larger plan?

Or I'm so glad you are also incompetent as it mitigates your destructive potential towards us.

Or How's that workin out for ya?

Gee I don't know there's so many soul crushing digs you could mine from this.

DosZap's picture


Nuttin, they are too busy trying to start a War w/Izzy.

The little Nazi is sending a BLOCKADE BUSTER SHIP along w/ the Palestinian Convoy............yep, Ole' Ben Yamin, will sur like dat.

VogonPoet's picture

its not that i dont doubt it, but there's absolutely nothing sourced in this. the requirement to post such a story really should be that its backed by more than toothpaste.

jkruffin's picture

When has Tyler and his crew been wrong??  I haven't seen them wrong yet since I have been a member.  I think they are more credible than the AP or any other government source.

CD's picture

More credible: yes. Always right: no. Don't drink ANY Kool-Aid, no matter the flavor. Getting to the truth sometimes means exploring the outlandish, the ill-founded, the explicitly false and the subtly subversive lies as well. It's presented as part of the intellectual smorgasbord, partly so that reasoned argument can be made against it.

chumbawamba's picture

Do not pray to idols and false prophets.

I am Chumbawamba.

MsCreant's picture

Look at CD and Chumba's time posts 14:40, 14:41. Great minds do think alike. And ZH does not want Sycophants, it's like incest, bad for the idea pool. 

Hephasteus's picture

What is so strange about this story is if you look at how it fits with other things. Haliburton and goldman sachs both junked this well wtih shorts and buying up shares in the corexit. So if this was a working plan. It's like a double reverse screw over to increase tensions. OR this plan came out to foreign sources and well got intentionally popped to cover up the plan which makes more sense to me. Mitigating losses is something goldman and haliburton would try to do when scrapping a plan such as this.

Or as people have noted. People in power are just doing stuff right and left to make such a mass of confusion as a way to cover up doing what they wanted to do in the first place in an untraceable way and trying to pass it off as a reasonable reaction to circumstances.

hangemhigh's picture


do not pray to american idols and false profits.

you are chumbawamba and i'm knot..........

thesapein's picture

It's standard Wayne Madison fair. He tends to rely on his secret sources a lot, so it comes down to whether you believe the reporter, I guess. I listen to Wayne, but I don't always believe what he believes.

aaronb17's picture

So the story is that "[the] Obama [administration] knew" about the Deepwater Horizon well bore? 

Good, I'm glad he (or his administration) knew about the well bore.   I'd be really disturbed if a five-mile-deep oil well blew up and it turned out the current administration DIDN'T know about this well.

JLee2027's picture

So you don't see the problem of Obama yelling "Bad BP", when Obama was the one who said "Do it"?

Got it.

chistletoe's picture

I was discussing the situation on the bottom with someone

outside the oil industry whose profession is knowing what is there ...

he numbers the well-heads in the water at roughly 10,000 ...

and said, bluntly, "There isn't ANYONE who knows everything that's there ..."

Mad Max's picture

This smells highly of tinfoil hat infowars type fiction.

Whatever the amount of oil down there, it is astronomically unlikely that one or a handful of wells could create a production rate sufficient to offset all our imports from the Persian Gulf.

Further, hardly any real oil formations are "caverns the size of Mt. Everest" or frankly caverns even the size of a small hill.  The overwhelming majority of oil formations are permeable solid rock.

I call fiction on this one.

tmosley's picture

You mean the land wells that haven't been exhausted?  I'm sure there were formations like that on land until they were tapped out.  This well was in about the most inaccessible place in US waters.  It would be understandable if there was an untapped mother lode there.

Mad Max's picture

I'm sure there were formations like that on land until they were tapped out.

You're sure, are you?  Are you a geologist?  Do you know anything about petroleum geology?  Please name some examples of such formations.

It's exceedingly rare for there to be any caverns deep in the earth - they tend to fill up with rock layers pushing down on them.

All major oil reservoirs and fields are permeable rock, not caverns.  Ghawar, the king of supergiant fields, is permeable rock.

A well that produces 100,000 barrels/day is an absolutely terrifically productive oil well, but it wouldn't scratch the surface of replacing our imports from the Persian Gulf.  It's like saying uncle bob has a couple acres of corn and can feed our whole army after the midwest gets wiped out.

The whole story suggests that it was authored by someone who doesn't know the science or facts well enough to come up with a convincing fake.

Augustus's picture

Your assessment is correct.  It is absolute fiction.

My unnamed sources at the Pentagon and the CIA have confirmed this is bogus.

MsCreant's picture

I do not know all there is to know about these things, but if we have strategic reserves and we get into a wartime posture (conserving and what not) it may be possible to bring that and other wells on line, in time, to offset our oil requirements. I don't buy anything any more, but I am not willing to throw it out.

Mad Max's picture

Total recoverable oil is one thing, daily production rates are quite another.

This would be a wonderful strategic field if we had to replace 1% (est) of Persian Gulf oil for the next 10-15 years.  Replacing 100% for 6 months, not so much.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

Sadly, too few understand this.

buzzsaw99's picture

That would be all well and good if BP had even the slightest clue wtf they are doing.

SilverIsKing's picture

So they were drilling in the interest of national security?


mynhair's picture

Obama lies, people die!

Where's the Robo post & pics?