Oil industry icon Matt Simmons became a household name during the BP oil spill crisis, partly because of his criticism of BP and their handling the worst oil spill in US history.
Simmons, 67, was found dead in his home in Maine on August 8, 2010. The medical examiner’s office is unclear about whether he had drowned in his tub after suffering a heart attack, or died from a heart attack while drowning.
Before his unexpected death, Simmons had become a whistle blower against BP and the US government. He used his oil industry and government connections to reveal information about the BP oil spill disaster that he claimed were deliberately hidden from the public.
The confusion surrounding the exact cause of his recent death has sparked reports that he was assassinated by either the CIA or BP.
Current news reports, Simmons “blew the whistle on several lies BP and Government where telling to the public.”
In the early days of the Gulf oil spill disaster, Simmons said claims that only 5,000 barrels of oil were leaking “were preposterous.” Simmons said, “A minimum of 120,000 barrels of oil per leaking into the Gulf.”
As it turns out, he was right.
Simmons also said there were leaks 5 to 7 miles away from the damaged Deepwater Horizon well, and that huge underwater plumes, creating dead zones, covered up to 40% of the Gulf of Mexico.
Right again. Both claims were later confirmed by NOAA.
More recently, after BP claimed they had capped the leaking well, Simmons stood by his earlier statements that the well being shown the public is a fake and BP has a second well leaking in the Gulf.”
“Certainly the claims being made by Matt Simmons could have been deemed as a threat to National Security…and just may have earned him a place on the CIA kill list,” according to Current. “Both the United States Government and Great Britain consider BP as critical to national security, as BP supplies 80% of the US Military’s oil and BP pays millions of Government pensions in the US and Great Britain.”
Some people believe Simmons was off base with his claims of a BP and US government cover-up of the true scope of the Gulf oil spill disaster. Others say he was right on target. Whichever is true, the circumstances surrounding his premature death may only lead to more questions than answers.
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