The BP refinery explosion, with the Homeland Security warning to Shelter in Place, seems similar to the Bridgeport incident. There were reportedly warnings that terrorists would try to blow up oil or refinery installations in the Gulf of Mexico just days before this. Was this another test?
We have mentioned that the duct tape and plastic sheeting suggestion, made early on by Homeland Security and defended as logical by the Bush Administration as
a means of protecting against noxious gas attacks, was a test. The notion, that in homes where cracks and air leaks abound, that such a rig would protect against
poison gas is nonsense. Homes have ventilation systems, which were not addressed, and if a bug can crawl about between the walls and into the rooms, air can
likewise move. Thus this was a gullibility test, considered a failure based on the resulting sales of duct tape. But it was argued that the test was a poor setup. No
immediate danger existed to prompt such purchases. Duct tape and plastic sheeting are also products in stock in many homes, thus sales a poor measure. A second
test was needed to determine how gullible, and likely to follow Homeland Security advice, the public would be.
As anyone following the global quake information packaged by Nancy has noticed, Houston has been under stress for Months. The SE United States is sinking, and this is the point where the SE attaches to the mainland. Where little publicized, problems with breaks and water logged infrastructure are many, and it was presumed only a matter of time until one of the many refineries in the area snapped and exploded, as so many are doing around the world at this time. In particular, it was presumed a problem would occur around the time of the Mar 26 Sweep, and it did. Local communities were advised to issue a Shelter-in-Place order, and to monitor the traffic closely to determine compliance. This test has all the aspects not in the duct tape test, as an exploding refinery is an immediate danger, roads in the flat lands of Texas easily visible from the air and even from tall buildings, and the urge of those with any sense of self preservation would be to vacate, at least temporarily.
Prior statistics on the degree of compliance with orders to leave the areas when hurricanes were about to slam the coast were also available, for comparison. Once again, the reaction of people was considered to be a null for the test. Those who in the past rushed to leave during hurricane warnings, did so again. Those who in the past stayed in place, either because they were unable to leave or simply stubborn and even perhaps wishing to die, did so during the refinery explosion also. No change. Thus, no one paid attention to the Shelter in Place directive. If asked, those rushing to leave would state however politely that the order seemed contrary, as toxic fumes and a spreading eruption of flames were likely, and a home no shelter for either of those problems. Thus, unless a Homeland Security directive seemed appropriate for the danger at hand, it would not be followed.
This bodes ill for those hoping to control mass migrations to safe area from coastal or river basin cities. The public has a deep distrust of the motives of the Bush Administration and Homeland Security, and that is what this test proved.
- Plant explosion in Texas City, Mar 31, Houston
- An explosion at the BP Amoco chemical plant in Texas City located at FM 519 East Tuesday evening had residents being told not to leave their homes. A shelter-in-place was in effect for Texas City and La Marque, but has since been lifted.The cause of the explosion is not yet known.
- Texas City, La Marque Shelter-In-Place Lifted
- Cause Remains Unknown.
- Explosion rocks Texas City refinery, Mar 30
- The request for people to stay in their homes was lifted at 9 p.m., about two hours after the fire broke out.
- Signs of the Times #689
- Train derails; 26 cars land in Lower Valley yard [Feb 27] A Union Pacific derailment in the Lower Valley Thursday morning -- the third train accident with El Paso ties in six days -- left a pile of 26 freight cars in the back yard of a home and knocked out power around the area for several hours. Officials don't know what caused the train to derail near Ivey and Kathy streets about 6 AM. [and from another source] I had a contact with someone from the Houston Police Dept CID on Feb 23. He told me a residential area near his home in Houston is now under three feet of water in some areas and the house slabs are tilting. He said the area was above water level until a couple of months ago when serious sinking started. [Note: the Houston Connection wobble has been in evidence since November in the Global Quakes section, this part of the globe breaking while the SE portion of the US drops. Of course, nothing in the media about this.]