Senior NOAA Scientist Admits He Lied That Gulf Spill Oil Is Gone, Puts Administration's Spill-Disclosure "Credibility" In Question

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The fears of all those who had long believed that the administration, either in collboration with BP or otherwise, had been flagrantly lying about the true situation in the GOM, have been confirmed by The Guardian (via BNO). "A senior U.S. government scientist on Thursday admitted that
three-quarters of the oil that was released into the Gulf of Mexico
after BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill was still there, contradicting his
earlier claim that the worst of the spill had passed, the Guardian
Bill Lehr, senior scientist at the National Oceanographic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), presented a radically different
picture than the one the White House had presented to the public earlier
this month. He contradicted his own reports from two weeks ago that
suggested that the majority of the oil had been captured or broken down.
“I would say most of that is still in the environment,” Lehr told the
House energy and commerce committee.
" So just how many other thing are the President and his crony corrupt "scientist experts" lying about?

More from BNO:

His statement seems to all but confirm suspicions within the scientific community that the White House was trying to spin and hide scientific data regarding the damage of the oil spill. The only member of Congress who turned up at the hearing was Ed Markey, the committee chair. Lehr did, however, revise the amount of oil that spilled into the gulf, saying that only 4.1 million barrels were spilled versus the previous estimate of 4.9, noting that 800,000 barrels were siphoned directly from the well.

A number of estimates that aren’t coming from the White House suggest that as much as 90 percent of the oil is unaccounted for. Lehr himself said that only 6 percent was burned and the other 4 percent was skimmed, but he wasn’t confident on the amount collected from beaches.

Not surprisingly, the administatrion once again found a way to blame someone else for its ongoing horrendous mismanagement of everything from the economy, to internal politics, to foreign relations, and even to natural disasters.

Markey was visible upset and critical of Lehr, saying that the released report by NOAA gave the public a false sense of confidence. “You shouldn’t have released it until you knew it was right,” he said.

“People want to believe that everything is OK and I think this report and the way it is being discussed is giving many people a false sense of confidence regarding the state of the Gulf.”

The Obama administration’s credibility took a dive after Ian MacDonald, ocean scientist at Florida State University and has studied the Gulf of Mexico for 30 years, said that the White House made “sweeping and largely unsupported” claims by saying that three-quarters of the oil was gone. “I believe this report is misleading,” he said. “The imprint will be there in the Gulf of Mexico for the rest of my life. It is not gone and it will not go away quickly.” He further went on to note the tipping point from which the ecosystem in the Gulf wouldn’t recover.

Today’s testimony and further evidence that continues to crop up within the scientific community put the White House in an uneasy situation as the November elections aren’t far off.

Is it too late to ask an independent third party body to finally evaluate the integrity of the seabed around the first oil spill and confirm (or deny) the late Matt Simmons' conjecture, which with each passing day seems to become more and more credible, as those who have the most to lose from the truth are caught lying ceaselessly. And yet those who will be hurt the most continue to pretend that all is well, and eagerly eat up all the lies offered them by their superiors. Perhaps, at the end of the day, everyone in this fiasco deserves what they get?

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spekulatn's picture

Bush's fault, bitchez.

Ragnarok's picture

Personally I blame mother nature for being so selfish as not to provide ample supply of whales for oil harvesting and making their oil burn dirty.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Nuclear whales would provide almost endless energy.

Mad Max's picture

What if we send the whales through an intrinsic field subtractor?

Kobe Beef's picture

insert maniacal laughter here

hangemhigh's picture

" Personally I blame mother nature for being so selfish as not to provide ample supply of whales for oil harvesting and making their oil burn dirty."

CWOB.....clean whale oil bitches!!!!!

VegasBD's picture

Prescott Bush's fault bitchez's picture
Senior NOAA Scientist Admits He Lied

pulled a pinocchio†

The name Pinocchio is a Tuscan word meaning "pine nut"

i can loving be called, your little pine nut.

Crummy's picture

Tinfoil Hatz, Bitchez!



StychoKiller's picture

Ya mean Moses' "burning bush?"

nmewn's picture

I thought Barry sent SWAT Teams armed with REALLY big sponges...what happened?...LOL.

Tarheel's picture

To the moron posting above, they cant blame Bush for something that happened this year and was a result of the obamanation administration.

IF it ever had any credibility, it sure is gone now. I'm not sure anyone outside MSNBC and Hollywood still believe in the Annointed One.

truont's picture

To the moron posting above, they cant blame Bush for something that happened this year


Here, maybe this will help:

snowball777's picture

Fucktard, who was president when they bluffed through the inspections on that Macondo well?

Hint: if he made a movie with his dad, they could call it the Wimpy and Chimpy Hour.


Jim in MN's picture


Calling a foul here.

Ronnie had the chimp.  Look it up.  Was he a wimp?  Kinda.  But still, watch it with the historical chimp references.  Some of us care about these things.

PiratePiggy's picture

John Harwood and Steve Liesman didn't follow Dylan to MSNBC did they?

spekulatn's picture

Getting junked and loving it, bitchez!

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Go post on any Middle East thread and see what it is like to get junked big time.

spekulatn's picture


Thanks much you buzz kill.


Dapper Dan's picture

They should stop serving drinks after 9:00 here at Zero Hedge.

Dapper Dan's picture

I was going to edit previous post regarding the 9:00 am or pm but I don't think it matters on this site.

El Hosel's picture

" Administration's Spill-Disclosure "Credibility" In Question"..


   There is no credibility, no question.


    Next question.

StychoKiller's picture

Who in their "right" minds was gonna believe that over 4Million BBLs (?) of oil were just gonna get sucked up by starfish??

titatu's picture

They found the reason, why it does not look to be there:

Ripped Chunk's picture

They threw tons of "dispersant" on it to make it sink. Then they said: "There you go! all gone!"

The dispersant is toxic as hell for all forms of life. "There you go! all gone!"

bigkahuna's picture

its time that those responsible were made to go out and swim in the fresh corexit filled gulf for a while -- there, enjoy the cool gulf water -- refreshing!

Sausagemaker's picture

Call the Guinness Book.. The Gulf of Mexico is now the World's Largest Lava Lamp

jkruffin's picture

When they first announced it was gone, I asked "where the hell did it go then?"  It didn't just disappear.  Who in their right mind, couldn't tell they were lying trying to pump BP stock that was falling off the crater.

bob_dabolina's picture

There was no leak to begin with. It was a bad dream.

Waterman Jim's picture


"these aren't the droids your looking for...."


Tarheel's picture

Remember, the media doesn't question the White House now. No more hardball questions. Wouldnt want the public to see through this farce.

alien-IQ's picture

Yet another conspiracy "theory" proven to in fact be a conspiracy.

The list is getting long.

Now back to American Idol.

drwells's picture

Shit, I remember playing Deus Ex back before 9/11 and thinking how farfetched it all seemed. How little I knew.'s picture

i tried to buy an Aladdin lamp mantle today at a hardware store, guess what, no mantles since february. conspiracy, maybe. or else everyone is buying survival supplies, and they know it. b u s t e d. curious, what happens when the lights get turned out?

I did a little research and found the press release below, dated 2/10/2010, from the Aladdin Mantle Lamp Company. Apparently, there has been a shortage of mantles for some time. The company is attempting to rectify the problem.

Dapper Dan's picture

Just wait till there is shortages of Lithium and Seroquel !!'s picture

go to ORVIS hot springs. you can go in naked too. it is outside ouray colorado. you know where the ugly bitchez ayn rand went when coming to america.

jkruffin's picture

I think it is about time for some impeachments to begin!!!!!!!  I know, like myself, millions of other people across this nation are tired of the lies being spewed out of this government. 

Impeachment= Change we can believe in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Problem Is's picture

Hey Obummer... make like a Palin tree and leave early...

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture
She is a total demogague bully.  Just like Barry.  Just like Bush.  Just like Bill.  Just like Poppy.  Just like..... Sarah Palin: Worst governor ever?: