by Terrence Aym
Ominous reports are leaking past the BP Gulf salvage operation news
blackout that the disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico may be
about to reach biblical proportions.
251 million years ago a mammoth undersea methane bubble caused
massive explosions, poisoned the atmosphere and destroyed more than
96 percent of all life on Earth. 
Experts agree that
what is known as the Permian extinction event was the greatest mass
extinction event in the history of the world. 
55 million years later another methane bubble ruptured causing more
mass extinctions during the Late Paleocene Thermal Maximum (LPTM).
The LPTM lasted 100,000 years.
Those subterranean seas of methane virtually reshaped the planet
when they explosively blew from deep beneath the waters of what is
today called the Gulf of Mexico.
Now, worried scientists are increasingly concerned the same series
of catastrophic events that led to worldwide death back then may be
happening again-and no known technology can stop it.
The bottom line:
BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling operation may have
triggered an irreversible, cascading geological Apocalypse that will
culminate with the first mass extinction of life on Earth in many
millions of years.
The oil giant drilled down miles into a geologically unstable region
and may have set the stage for the eventual premature release of a
methane extinction theory
Gregory Ryskin, a bio-chemical engineer,
has a theory:
The oceans periodically produce massive eruptions of
explosive methane gas. He has documented the scientific evidence
that such an event was directly responsible for the mass extinctions
that occurred 55 million years ago. 
Many geologists concur:
"The consequences of a methane-driven
oceanic eruption for marine and terrestrial life are likely to be
catastrophic. Figuratively speaking, the erupting region "boils
over," ejecting a large amount of methane and other gases (e.g.,
CO2, H2S) into the atmosphere, and flooding large areas of land.
Whereas pure methane is lighter than air, methane loaded with water
droplets is much heavier, and thus spreads over the land, mixing
with air in the process (and losing water as rain).
mixture is explosive at methane concentrations between 5% and 15%;
as such mixtures form in different locations near the ground and are
ignited by lightning, explosions and conflagrations destroy most of
the terrestrial life, and also produce great amounts of smoke and of
carbon dioxide..." 
The warning signs of an impending planetary catastrophe - of such
great magnitude that the human mind has difficulty grasping it-would
be the appearance of large fissures or rifts splitting open the
ocean floor, a rise in the elevation of the seabed, and the massive
venting of methane and other gases into the surrounding water.
Such occurrences can lead to the rupture of the methane bubble
containment - it can then permit the methane to breach the
subterranean depths and undergo an explosive decompression as it
catapults into the Gulf waters. 
All three warning signs are documented to be occurring in the Gulf.
Ground zero -
The Gulf Coast
The people and property located on the greater expanse of the Gulf
Coast are sitting at Ground Zero.
They will be the first exposed to
poisonous, cancer causing chemical gases. They will be the ones that
initially experience the full fury of a methane bubble exploding
from the ruptured seabed.
The media has been kept away from the emergency salvage measures
being taken to forestall the biggest catastrophe in human history.
The federal government has warned them away from the epicenter of
operations with the threat of a $40,000 fine for each infraction and
the possibility of felony arrests.
Why is the press being kept away? Word is that the disaster is
Methane is now streaming through the porous, rocky seabed at an
accelerated rate and gushing from the borehole of the first relief
well. The EPA is on record that Rig #1 is releasing methane,
benzene, hydrogen sulfide and other toxic gases.
Workers there now
wear advanced protection including state-of-the-art, military-issued
Reports, filtering through from oceanologists and salvage workers in
the region, state that the upper level strata of the ocean floor is
succumbing to greater and greater pressure. That pressure is causing
a huge expanse of the seabed-estimated by some as spreading over
thousands of square miles surrounding the BP wellhead-to bulge. Some
claim the seabed in the region has risen an astounding 30 feet
(about 10 meters.)
The fractured BP wellhead, site of the former Deepwater Horizon, has
become the epicenter of frenetic attempts to quell the monstrous
flow of methane. The subterranean methane is pressurized at 100,000 psi.
According to Matt Simmons, an oil
industry expert, the methane pressure at the wellhead has now
skyrocketed to a terrifying 40,000 psi.
Another well-respected expert, Dr. John Kessler of Texas A&M
University has calculated that the ruptured well is spewing 60
percent oil and 40 percent methane. The normal methane amount that
escapes from a compromised well is about 5 percent.
More evidence? A huge gash on the ocean floor - like a ragged wound
hundreds of feet long - has been reported by the NOAA research ship,
Thomas Jefferson. Before the curtain of the government enforced news
blackout again descended abruptly, scientists aboard the ship voiced
their concerns that the widening rift may go down miles into the
That gash too is hemorrhaging oil and methane. It’s 10 miles away
from the BP epicenter. Other, new fissures, have been spotted as far
as 30 miles distant.
Measurements of the multiple oil plumes now appearing miles from the
wellhead indicate that as much as a total of 124,000 barrels of oil
are erupting into the Gulf waters daily-that’s about 5,208,000
gallons of oil per day.
Most disturbing of all: Methane levels in the water are now
calculated as being almost one million times higher than normal.
Mass death on
If the methane bubble - a bubble that could be as big as 20 miles
wide - erupts with titanic force from the seabed into the Gulf,
every ship, drilling rig and structure within the region of the
bubble will immediately sink.
All the workers, engineers, Coast
Guard personnel and marine biologists participating in the salvage
operation will die instantly.
Next, the ocean bottom will collapse, instantaneously displacing up
to a trillion cubic feet of water or more and creating a towering
tsunami annihilating everything along the coast and well
inland. Like a thermonuclear blast, a high pressure atmospheric wave
could precede the tidal wave flattening everything in its path
before the water arrives.
When the roaring tsunami does arrive it will scrub away all that is
cocktail of poisons
Some environmentalist experts are calling what’s pouring into the
land, sea and air from the seabed breach ’a chemical cocktail of
Areas of dead zones devoid of oxygen are driving species of fish
into foreign waters, killing plankton and other tiny sea life that
are the foundation for the entire food chain, and polluting the air
with cancer-causing chemicals and poisonous rainfalls.
A report from one observer in South Carolina documents oily residue
left behind after a recent thunderstorm. And before the news
blackout fully descended the EPA released data that benzene levels
in New Orleans had rocketed to 3,000 parts per billion.
Benzene is extremely toxic and even short term exposure can cause
agonizing death from cancerous lesions years later.
The people of Louisiana have been exposed for more than two months -
and the benzene levels may be much higher now.
The EPA measurement
was taken in early May.
While some say it can’t happen because the bulk of the methane is
frozen into crystalline form, others point out that the underground
methane sea is gradually melting from the nearby surging oil that’s
estimated to be as hot as 500° Fahrenheit.
Most experts in the know, however, agree that if the world-changing
event does occur it will happen suddenly and within the next 6
So, if events go against Mankind and the bubble bursts in the coming
months, Gregory Ryskin may become one of the most famous people in
the world. Of course, he won't have long to enjoy his new found fame
because very shortly after the methane eruption civilization will
Perhaps if humanity is very, very lucky, some may find a way to
avoid the mass extinction that follows and carry on the human race.
The Permian extinction event,
when 96% of all marine species became extinct 251 million years
Day The Earth Nearly Died,” BBC Horizon, 2002
Report about the Late Paleocene Thermal
Maximum (LPTM), which occurred around 55 million
years ago and lasted about 100,000 years. Large undersea methane
caused explosions and mass extinctions.
Ryskin Theory - Huge
combustible clouds produced by methane gas trapped under the
seas and explosively released could have killed off the majority
of marine life, land animals, and plants at the end of the
Permian era - long before the dinosaurs arrived.
 James P. Kennett, Kevin G. Cannariato, Ingrid L. Hendy,
Richard J. Behl (2000), "Carbon
Isotopic Evidence for Methane Hydrate Instability During
Quaternary Interstadials," Science 288.
awesome mix of fire and water may lie behind mass extinctions”
in Gulf 'astonishingly high'-US scientist”