Wednesday, February 10, 2010

More Oil in Haiti than Venezuela: Who are Daniel and Ginette Mathurin?

A rumor has been circulating around the web that there is more oil in Haiti than Venezuela. (see update).

For instance, the claim can be found on a website called "World Oil". The original statements were made in a French language story on the website and can be found here. Victor Thorn has also picked it up. In fact "more oil in Haiti than Venezuela" gets over 700,000 hits on google. It must be true!

An English translation of the Metropole article may be found here:

The claim that Haiti has more oil than Venezuela is attributed to a pair of scientists, Daniel and Ginette Mathurin. They would seem to be the ones portrayed in the picture in the original article on, although the photograph is not labelled.

One rather colorful claim made by team Matherin is that:

"An Olympic pool compared to a glass of water that is the comparison to illustrate the importance of oil Haitian compared with those of Venezuela".

Wow, that's a lot of oil in Haiti! This is indeed rather remarkable, if true.

But just who are these intrepid "scientists" Ginette and Daniel Mathurin. For instance, are they affiliated with a university, or an oil company, or a research institute, or a government agency, somewhere? What is there specialization? Where did they do their doctoral work? Was Daniel Mathurin Ginette's Ph.D. advisor (it often happens that way: adviser hooks up with student)?

Try as I might, I have not been able to find any such evidence (outside the metropole story) for the independent existence of these two persons, this power couple of sorts. I have googled and googled and cannot find any Ginette or Daniel Mathurin other than the references to them in this article.

Well, that's not true exactly. I did find one other reference to the pair on They're quoted for their expert scientific opinion, once again:

This other article starts as follows (English translation):

"The researchers Daniel and Ginette Mathurin announce that a world cataclysm will involve durable modifications in the life of the inhabitants of the earth. "

And then:

"He supports that in 3 years a climatic catastrophe is envisaged because of the effect of greenhouse (CO2 excess in the atmosphere) which will accentuate the reheating of planet.
The major consequences are the food chain breakage marinates (because of the reduction in the acidity of the oceans) and the cast iron of the glaciers (involving a rupture in the terrestrial food chain) indicates him, specifying that these changes will push 300 million climatic refugees towards the Caribbean."

There are some interesting bits:

Ginette Mathurin recalls that civilizations disappeared at the time of cataclysm which re-appeared in cycles explaining why the Bahamas 15 thousand years ago were an island larger than Cuba "fossil energy used is polluting and decreases the life of the human beings and the life of the ground", explains such.
For Doctor Daniel Mathurin the Haitian authorities must set up a plan so that Haiti can draw from the economic advantages of the arrival of these rich refugees coming from the North of Europe.

And then a surprising conclusion [sic]:

Moreover it announces the end of world oil stocks for 2040 underlining Haiti primarily has an important hydrocarbon layer in the West and the Central Plate "the stock of oil reserve of Haiti east 5 times larger than that of Venezuela", supports - it specifying that the government has precise information on these layers.
Questioned on the behavior that the citizens must adopt vis-a-vis with these announced cataclysms, Daniel Mathurin declares that it "is too late to panic it should be believed that the miracles of God are in?uvre each day".

So, if you believe the brilliant scientists, Ginette and Daniel Mathurin, cataclysm is on the way and everybody is heading for Haiti. Note also that in the article Dr. Mathurin estimates that Haiti has 5 times more oil than Venezuela. Wow!

But, I don't know, something sounds a bit fishy about these Mathurins. I don't what it is, maybe it was the bit about "miracles of God" that sounds a little bit wacky. Could it be ...

... that Daniel and Ginette Mathurin were invented? Made up? Out of whole cloth? (update: the pair seem to exist! and they have some funny ideas about asteroids and the human bodies capacity to deflect nuclear energy!)

I'll go ahead and make the speculation. I'll say it. Daniel and Ginette Mathurin don't exist and, if they do, they are not "scientists" -- e.g. they have no credential and no degree. Call it a hunch.

until next time,

Peter Pnin

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