Jun 13 10:28

How BlueDog Boys kept Obama's boot off neck of BP's U.S. partner

# 73 per cent of all Gulf incidents involve Transocean
# All bonuses banned after four died on firm’s oil rigs
# Obama desperate for support of politicians linked to Transocean lobbyist

Jun 13 09:46

FLASHBACK - BP pays out millions to Colombian farmers

Jun 13 03:04

BP bailout proposal coming soon

Get ready for the BP bailout debate. As the most hated company in America led by the most despised CEO in business continues its systematic deceptions about the magnitude of the catastrophe, its systematic secrecy and threats of reprisal against employees who speak the truth in public and its systematic blockade against reporters seeking the basic facts, get ready for the mother of all political debates.

Jun 12 06:19

BP to sell spill oil from Gulf well

Fill her up with spill oil? When British Petroleum sells the crude from the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico, the oil could end up at gas stations.

BP said it would use the net revenue made from selling the crude to fund wildlife protection efforts in four Gulf Coast states, the Associated Press reports.

The company did not explain the specifics of how much money will be put into the fund.

Jun 11 19:25

BP shares bounce back after Thursday's falls

(*does anybody know the sea water to petroleum ratio in their gasoline products ?)

Jun 11 17:16


President Obama and those claiming to have been on top of the Gulf oil spill situation "from day one" assumed that failure is an option and, indeed, may want BP to fail for their own ideological

Jun 11 14:36

From the Ground: BP Censoring Media, Destroying Evidence

While President Obama insists that the federal government is firmly in control of the response to BP's spill in the Gulf, people in coastal communities where I visited last week in Louisiana and Alabama know an inconvenient truth: BP -- not our president -- controls the response. In fact, people on the ground say things are out of control in the gulf.

Even worse, as my latest week of adventures illustrate, BP is using federal agencies to shield itself from public accountability.

Jun 11 10:16

BP oil leak aftermath: Slow-motion tragedy unfolds for marine life

According to marine biologist Rick Steiner, my companion on a boat ride through the slick, this is the most volatile and toxic form of crude oil in the waters and lapping on to the beaches of Grand Isle, the area at the heart of the slowly unfolding environmental apocalypse that has engulfed Louisiana, and is now moving eastwards, threatening Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.

Fifty-three days after BP's ruptured well began spewing crude oil from 5,000ft below the sea, the wholesale slaughter of dolphins, pelicans, hermit crab and other marine life is only now becoming readily visible to humans.

Jun 11 09:18

Human rights group: BP discouraging crews from using respirators

BP's logic seems to be that if the oil cleanup doesn't look dangerous then it must not be. The oil company has told workers not to wear respirators because it's bad for public relations, according to one human rights group.

"In all three states that I've visited, fishermen said when they went out to work on the cleanup, that if they tried to bring respirators they were told it was unnecessary equipment and would only spread hysteria," Kennedy told Fox News Friday.

"When I went out with eleven people, we had respirators on and within half an hour, all of our eyes were burning and our throats were closing and we all had headaches," she explained.

Kennedy was also concerned that BP was refusing to release information about the contents of the dispersant being used.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember right after 9/11, and rescue workers were told that the air was completely safe to breathe?

Unflipping believable.

Jun 11 07:35

How BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil find was originally reported in September 2009

Below are a few media reports from September 2009 discussing the BP Gulf of Mexico Tiber Oil Field find when it originally hit the newswires. This was the deepest oil and gas well in human history, going to a depth of 35,000 feet. Exploratory drilling began in March 2009. Deepwater Horizon did not commence until September 2009. Only the second story from Bloomberg hints at the "volatility" related to the find and the need for "caution."

Read more:

Jun 10 17:21

"BP notes the fall in its share price in US trading last night. The company is not aware of any reason which justifies this share price movement."

"BP will continue to keep the market fully informed of further developments in the response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, in compliance with its listing obligations."

How nice of them.

Jun 10 16:31

Former Bush Official Josh Bolten Advising BP on How to "Defend Its Interests" and Restore Its Reputation

BP has embarked on an aggressive campaign to repair its public image in the wake of its disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It has repeatedly run full-page ads in major newspapers, retained high-powered lobbying and public relations firms, and launched a series of television ads with CEO Tony Hayward looking apologetic. The company has even hired Anne Womack-Kolton, a former top aide to Vice President Cheney, to be its new spokesperson.

Now, joining Womack-Kolton in helping BP repair its image is former chief of staff to President Bush, Josh Bolten:

Jun 10 12:30

What’s worse than doomsday? This is it.

These new leaks we are now facing, if confirmed, would mean that there is oil gushing up in multiple disparate places on the Gulf sea floor

Oil could begin leaking from any crack or crevice in the surrounding sea floor and the entire area could be leaking like a sponge.

Jun 09 10:37

Attorney: Deepwater Horizon Managers Knew About Oil Rig Problem Before Explosion

Top Houston attorney Tony Buzbee says he has new evidence which indicates that Deepwater Horizon’s managers knew that the BP oil rig had major problems before its explosion on April 20, citing the eyewitness account of a crew member who rescued burning workers on the rig of a conversation between Deepwater Horizon installation manager Jimmy Harrell and someone in Houston. According to the witness, Harrell was screaming, “Are you fucking happy? Are you fucking happy? The rig’s on fire! I told you this was gonna happen.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We expect corporations to place profits ahead of safety. We DEMAND that the US Government maintain the safety of the nation's infrastructure, but while the White House and Congress were totally focused on helping Israel bitch-slap the Gazans, the Iraqi, the Afghani, the [watch this space] the Minerals Management Service, the official government oversight body funded with your tax dollars, spent their taxpayer-funded time watching porn on their taxpayer-funded computers, while the oil companies they were supposed to be keeping an eye on supplied them with hookers, drugs, and filled out the safety and audit paperwork themselves.

Obama is going to scowl and kick ass now that the disaster has happened, but in truth his job was to take care of the United States, not Israel, and he flat-out failed.

Jun 09 10:28

In apparent lie, BP continues to deny existence of huge oil plumes

Appearing on no less than three major networks Wednesday, BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles continued to deny the existence of oil plumes underneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.

Suttles' comments came despite the fact that government and university scientists confirmed Tuesday they had found large plumes of oi

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We know when BP (which now stands for Biohazard Provocateurs)executives lie: they open their mouths, and words come out of them.

Jun 09 08:33

BP well may be spewing 100,000 barrels a day, scientist says

Leifer said that based on satellite data he's examined, the rate of flow from the well has been increasing over time, especially since BP's "top kill" effort failed last month to stanch the flow. The decision last week to sever the well's damaged riser pipe from the its blowout preventer in order to install a "top hat" containment device has increased the flow still more _ far more, Leifer said, than the 20 percent that BP and the Obama administration predicted.

Leifer noted that BP had estimated before the April 20 explosion that caused the leak that a freely flowing pipe from the well would release 100,000 barrels of oil a day in the worst-case scenario.

Jun 08 14:38

Senator Nelson: The BP Well May Have Lost Structural Integrity Beneath the Sea Floor

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL): Andrea we’re looking into something new right now, that there’s reports of oil that’s seeping up from the seabed… which would indicate, if that’s true, that the well casing itself is actually pierced… underneath the seabed. So, you know, the problems could be just enormous with what we’re facing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This makes sense. For 50 days now the inside of the drill pipe and well casing have been sandblasted with gravel and rock being spewed upward by thousands of tons of pressure of oil and gas. The well casing and drill pipe have to have eroded and breakthough was inevitable.

Jun 08 11:08

Disaster in 50th Day-Obama wants Ass to Kick

Is there a way that you can kick your own ass?

Jun 08 08:45

BP Buys 'Oil' Search Terms to Redirect Users to Official Company Website

BP, the very company responsible for the oil spill that is already the worst in U.S. history, has purchased several phrases on search engines such as Google and Yahoo so that the first result that shows up directs information seekers to the company's official website.

Jun 08 05:48

The Cover-up: BP's Crude Politics and the Looming Environmental Mega-Disaster

WMR has been informed by sources in the US Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Florida Department of Environmental Protection that the Obama White House and British Petroleum (BP), which pumped $71,000 into Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign -- more than John McCain or Hillary Clinton, are covering up the magnitude of the volcanic-level oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and working together to limit BP's liability for damage caused by what can be called a "mega-disaster."

Jun 07 18:40

James Cameron: US shouldn’t be relying on BP’s underwater intel

James Cameron offered to help BP find a solution to their leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico but the company turned him down. Now the Academy Award-winning director is taking his suggestions directly to the media.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; even though James Cameron is a director, his brother is a highly respected oceanographer, and I would be willing to bet that they talked extensively about what the possibilities were before he ever went to BP, or went public with to the media.

Jun 06 20:06

BP chief Tony Hayward sold shares weeks before oil spill

The chief executive of BP sold £1.4 million of his shares in the fuel giant weeks before the Gulf of Mexico oil spill caused its value to collapse.

Jun 06 13:40

There's another BP oil spill? - Shhh!! says BP, the Bushs' and Their CIA a Federal Judge Finds Out

In one case, BP's CEO of Alaskan operations hired a former CIA expert to break into the home of a whistleblower, Chuck Hamel, who had complained of conditions at the pipe's tanker facility. BP tapped his phone calls with a US congressman and ran a surveillance and smear campaign against him. When caught, a US federal judge said BP's acts were "reminiscent of Nazi Germany."

Jun 06 13:00

The Amount Of Neurotoxin Pesticide Corexit Sprayed By BP Tops 1 Million Gallons

Corexit is lethal in as little as 2.6 parts per million where oil is lethal in 11 parts per million meaning that Corexit is over 4 times more toxic than oil.

Furthermore scientific studies show that oil dispersed with Corexit is 11 times more lethal than oil alone.

In fact the study referenced showed that crude oil was lethal at 4250 parts per million to killifish but combination of oil mixed with Corexit was lethal in as little as 317.7 ppm.

Jun 05 07:47

What if BP Never Stopped the Oil in the Gulf of Mexico?

What if nothing worked at all? What if the oil just kept coming out of the ground until it stopped naturally? How long would it take? What would be the consequences?

The quick answer is that they would be severe -- though nobody is quite sure how much oil might escape because nobody, even at BP, is sure how much is down there.

"It's huge. It's a big oil field," said Roger Anderson, an oil geophysicist at the Earth Institute of Columbia University. "If 20,000 barrels a day are escaping, it could stay there for years, then drop off. It could flow at a small rate for a very, very long time."

Jun 04 10:26

BP, Coast Guard withheld video showing massive scope of oil spill

Federal officials and the oil giant BP effectively conspired to keep the worst images of the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico from the public, according to a report Thursday.

The US Coast Guard, which is coordinating response efforts to the spill on behalf of the government, had hours of video showing the extent of the spill within nine days after the spill began. But by that point, they'd released only a single fuzzy still image.

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Jun 04 10:16

Contractor: BP Is Trying To Hide Dead Animals, Since The Ocean Will Eventually Wash Away The Evidence

In recent weeks, reporters and photographers for major news organizations around the country have been speaking out about the attempts by BP to prevent them from getting a first-hand look at the Gulf Coast oil spill. A CBS News crew was threatened with arrest when it tried to photograph the spill, and a BP representative in Louisiana told a Mother Jones reporter that she couldn’t visit the Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge without a BP escort.

Jun 04 09:25

BP, Coast Guard withheld video showing massive scope of oil spill

Inside the unified command center, where BP and federal agencies were orchestrating the spill response, video monitors had already displayed hours of footage they did not make public," ABC News' veteran investigative reporter Brian Ross reports. "The images showed a far more dire situation unfolding underwater. The footage filmed by submarines showed three separate leaks, including one that was unleashing a torrent of oil into the Gulf."

BP told the network they'd turned the video over to the Feds, and the decision to release the video was on the Feds alone

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Neither BP nor the Federal government wanted the public to see the horrendous extent of the damage they knew was happening.

Jun 04 09:22

CEO: BP will make good on $10 billion in profit payouts to shareholders, despite spill

BP's shareholders may receive more this year from the company's coffers than those affected by the spill in the Gulf of Mexico will receive in their lifetime.

BP CEO Tony Hayward has indicated that he will go ahead with massive dividend payouts to shareholders in the aftermath of the worst oil spill in US history. $10 billion in payouts are scheduled for this year. The cost of the spill has been estimated in the tens of billions, but ExxonMobil only ended up paying a $507 million settlement for the 1994 Exxon Valdez spill after 20 years of appeals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported this morning at:

"If the cap doesn't work, we're going to have three times the amount of oil in the Gulf of Mexico," conservationist Rick Steiner told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann Thursday.

As much as 46 million gallons have already leaked into the Gulf. If the "cut and cap" operation fails there could be more than 138 million gallons of oil spilled before a relief well is finished in August."

That BP is allowed to cavalierly "cap" their losses on this catastrophe while paying out this kind of dividend is criminal.

Jun 03 20:13

BP boss expected to pay out £6.8b to shareholders

BP's chief executive, Tony Hayward, is today expected to defy calls from U.S. politicians to block over £6.8billion of payouts to shareholders this year.

According to sources he is prepared to risk further fury in America by promising to stick with the disgraced company's payout policy in an effort to placate shareholders.

Such a controversial move comes in spite of demands from American politicians that all dividends be halted until the total cost of the clean-up is known.

Jun 03 09:06

BP Oil Leak May Last Until Christmas in Worst Case Scenario

BP Plc’s failure since April to plug a Gulf of Mexico oil leak has prompted forecasts the crude may continue gushing into December in what President Barack Obama has called the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

BP’s attempts so far to cap the well and plug the leak on the seabed a mile below the surface haven’t worked, while the start of the Atlantic hurricane season this week indicates storms in the Gulf may disrupt other efforts.

Jun 03 08:16

BP paid for officials’ meals, airfare and polar bear trip

The embattled oil and gas giant BP paid for a slew of travel and dining arrangements for senior government officials in the years leading up to the massive oil leak in the Gulf. Critics say BP got too close with regulators, neutering the government's safety watchdogs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is standard operating procedure between large corporations and regulators in the US; because of the catastrophe in the Gulf, however,BP (which now stands for Biohazard Provocateurs) simply got caught.

Jun 03 07:08

'Those morons don't know what they're doing': James Cameron's view as yet another BP oil spill fix fails

'Titanic' director James Cameron has labelled those trying to clean up the BP oil spill 'morons' after revealed BP turned down his offer of help.

Jun 02 09:43

Goldman Sells 44% of its stocks 3 weeks before blowout.

Hmmm when did this happen before? Sound Familiar?

Jun 01 16:19

Is BP trying to cap well, or siphoning oil to sell

Is BP trying to cap the Gulf oil well, or keep it flowing?
Mike Adams
Natural News
Mon, 31 May 2010 10:49 EDT
I spoke to several people who have a work history with BP, and two of them told me they are certain that British Petroleum is NOT trying to stop the oil coming out of the well. What they are trying to do, I was told, is SAVE the oil well so that they can capture the oil and sell it. This claim stands in direct contradiction to what BP says. The company insists it's trying to stop the flow of oil from the well. But if you look at BP's actions, what they're really trying to do is siphon off the gushing oil where it can be pumped to a tanker ship and sold as crude.

Jun 01 13:56

It's Official - Another BP Failure - Efforts To End Flow From BP Well Are Over, Coast Guard Says

BP Plc has given up trying to plug its leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico any sooner than August, laying out a series of steps to pipe the oil to the surface and ship it ashore for refining, said Thad Allen, the U.S. government’s national commander for the incident.

Jun 01 12:26

BP Shares Plunge 20% in one day

I was waiting for this, But I actually thought it might fall even farther. Ah well the week isn't over yet.

Jun 01 11:55

'It has the smell of death': Experts warn BP could fall after another £12bn is wiped off shares

Such is the damage to its reputation, experts fear it may not survive and with its share price in a downward spiral, it is increasingly likely it could be taken over.

Deliberate sabotage? Read another article that a "BP company man" ordered Transocean to REMOVE the protective mud layer.

Jun 01 09:01

BP hit by avalanche of compensation claims over US oil spill

While work continues to try to staunch the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, an avalanche of class action lawsuits is descending upon BP in courthouses from Texas to Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.

The suits include claims for loss of earnings, loss of enjoyment or property, or for bereavement suffered by families of the 11 workers killed when BP's Deepwater Horizon rig caught fire and sank on 30 April.

BP has pledged to meet all "legitimate claims". But after the failure of the company's attempted "top kill" fix at the weekend, financial analysts fear the cost could become astronomical if oil continues to flow into the Gulf for weeks to come.

Jun 01 08:05

'It has the smell of death': Experts warn BP could fall after shares tumble another 16%

Analysts today warned BP could collapse as its shares tumbled yet further after the latest bid to plug the oil well leak in the Gulf of Mexico failed.

More than £15billion was wiped off the British oil giant's market value, with its share price down by as much as 16 per cent on the FTSE-100 index.

The company has so far spent almost £690million trying to cap the well. It could also be hit with huge fines from the U.S. government as well as costly legal action.

Such is the damage to its reputation, experts fear it may not survive and with its share price in a downward spiral, it is increasingly likely it could be taken over.

Jun 01 05:16

Is BP trying to cap the Gulf oil well, or keep it flowing?

Interestingly, it turns out that a lot of the people living on the Gulf Coast have a history of working with oil companies -- and even on oil rigs. I spoke to several people who have a work history with BP, and two of them told me they are certain that British Petroleum is NOT trying to stop the oil coming out of the well. What they are trying to do, I was told, is SAVE the oil well so that they can capture the oil and sell it.

May 31 08:50

Watch: LAPD caught kicking cyclist at anti-BP protest

The Los Angeles Police Department has launched an internal investigation after one of its officers was caught on camera apparently kicking a cyclist during a protest against oil giant BP on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though this is how the LAPD is interpreting "to protect and serve" these days.

May 31 08:22

BP should hire this guy for PR.

BP should hire this guy for PR

May 30 10:03

BP says end point for stopping Gulf oil leak is relief well due in August

A BP executive says a relief well is the "end point" of efforts to stop the Gulf oil spill — which suggests there's little chance of plugging the leak until the new well is completed in August.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the US Government's Chernobyl!

May 30 09:13

BP: ‘We’re not blaming anyone yet’

General manager says relief well expected to be completed in August is 'end point' for efforts to stop spill

Oil giant BP has said it is responsible for the Gulf oil spill, but now the company seems to be reserving the right to blame someone else.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After the most complete remediations possible have done in the Gulf by BP (an acronym which, by now, should stand for "biohazard provocateurs"), this company should be forbidden from ever doing any offshore drilling anywhere near the US again, period, end of discussion.

May 30 07:43

BP's behaviour in the Gulf is appalling. But our thirst for oil is the real issue

The oil spill stretching across the Gulf is now far bigger than Wales; it's about the size of Scotland and growing by more than 1,500 square kilometres (580 square miles) a day.

May 29 23:58

Bin Laden Admits BP outdid him.

WTF? Now they are using the Bin Laden Card? Everyone knows Bin Laden has been dead since 2001. So why are they waving him?

Maybe just maybe this Spill was on purpose?

May 29 10:04


Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like TOP KILL and JUNK SHOT have failed.

May 29 06:40

BP Persists on ‘Top Kill,’ Prepares Backup Plan to Stop Spill

BP Plc planned to continue working through the weekend to plug a leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico that has produced the largest spill in U.S. history.

Since Wednesday, BP has been starting and stopping high- horsepower pumps that ram mixtures of mud-like drilling fluid and rubber scrap into the oil and gas that’s been gushing from the well for more than five weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think BP is lying to us about the "progress" of TOP KILL, and the reason is simple.

The drilling mud is supposed to be far heavier than either water or oil in order to be able to hold down the oil and gas coming up the drill pipe, and yet the plumes being seen coming out of the riser float upward!

Clearly, those plumes are still composed primarily of oil.

May 28 18:19

Either the BP Oil Gusher Has Just Completely Blown Out, or BP is Implementing LMRP RIGHT NOW

I took a break from work, and watched the live feed for a minute. I either just saw the whole thing entirely blow out, or BP is implementing LMRP or hot tap right now.

Specifically, I saw a HUGE rain of white clumps and particles which are either foam-like objects used in a junk shot or methane hydrates.

Then all of the water within the camera view got very, very dark. When I looked more closely, I could make out the outline of massive jet-black plumes of oil rising from below the camera.

May 28 07:37

BP top kill halted due to "snag," another giant underwater plume of oil discovered

The New York Times reported today that BP's "top kill" effort has been halted due to a snag.

A "snag?" Perhaps that is a reference to the estimated 165 to 170 thousand pounds per square inch of pressure that is blowing oil and natural gas from the floor of the Gulf like a volcano, and now also blowing out the drilling "mud" that BP is attempting to inject in the opening to seal it.

May 27 16:53

BP oil spill: words flow in Louisiana, but communication is blocked

The mood in Louisiana over the Deep Horizon oil catastrophe has matured from shock, to bafflement, to anger and has now slipped into the surreal. Stanton had come, along with a senior representative of BP, to address the people of Phoenix, a small community on the east bank of the Mississippi.

In the end, the head of the coastguard adopted a more conciliatory tone. "There's nothing I can say that will comfort you," he said to the crowd whose livelihoods – some believe their entire way of life – are in the balance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But there is one thing absolutely bankable, in the face of this disaster; expect lies, more lies, political finger-pointing, and more attempts to pass the buck on culpability here.

May 26 07:49

BP Oil Spill: “Top Kill” Remains Uncertain

While the method has a good track record on land, it has never before been attempted offshore at a depth of 5,000 feet. Engineers are still trying to determine how the extreme water pressure at that depth will affect the process.

In the pre-dawn hours, BP was still conducting tests on the failed Blowout Preventer (BOP) on top of the well to determine whether the company could successfully execute a top kill.

May 25 16:04

BP had 3 indications of trouble in hour before blast

BP had three indications of trouble aboard the doomed drill rig Deepwater Horizon in the hour before the April 20 explosion that sank the offshore platform, congressional investigators reported Tuesday.

May 25 12:32

Louisiana Fishermen Helping in Spill Cleanup Report Getting Sick

Some Louisiana fishermen affected by the massive oil spill in the Gulf — including some hired by BP to help in the cleanup — are reporting cases of debilitating headaches, burning eyes and nausea, and some industry and public officials are pointing the finger at chemical dispersants as the cause.

May 24 09:33

Deepwater "Situation" Map

May 22 10:03

EPA May Not Force BP to Change Dispersants

A day after the Environmental Protection Agency gave BP 72 hours to start using a "less toxic" dispersant to help control the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, the agency told ABC News today it may allow BP to keep using the same chemicals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the CO2 bubbles in your cola drink are a dangerous toxic pollutant requiring taxation.

May 22 08:17

BP calls in Costner's $26m vacuum cleaners to mop up huge oil spill

Desperate times call for desperate measures. So with hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil still spewing into the Gulf of Mexico each day, and its corporate image starting to resemble the tar-covered sea creatures now washing on to Louisiana's fragile shoreline, BP has called on Kevin Costner to help stave off environmental Armageddon.

The Hollywood star has been bobbing around the Mississippi Delta helping representatives of the British oil firm and US coastguard test-drive a stainless steel device called the Ocean Therapy. In a claim which sounds as unlikely as the plot premise of Waterworld, he says it can quickly and efficiently clean oil from tainted sea water.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically, this is a centrifuge system and while it works in theory and is a great gimmick for publicity for BP and Costner, the scale of the solution does not come close to matching the scale of the problem. This is on the order of a "look, we're at least truing to do something" PR stunt.

May 21 16:20

Live video link from the ROV monitoring the damaged riser

May 20 16:20

New BP Insertion Tube Isn't Working

BP's new insertion tube inside the leaking oil pipe - unfortunately - isn't doing very much.

Specifically, the Miami Herald points out that - according to the Coast Guard - the spill is getting worse in spite of the insertion tube:

May 20 12:23

BP Smoking Gun? Oil Giant Skipped Critical Testing Hours Before Explosion

New revelations about BP's operations on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on the day of the explosion are being described as the smoking gun that proves the oil giant's culpability in the disaster.

May 20 12:21

BP: More oil than estimated in spill

BP conceded today that more oil than it estimated is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico as heavy crude washed into Louisiana's wetlands for the first time, feeding worries and uncertainty about the massive monthlong spill.

May 20 12:15

Track the BP oil spill on live webcams as it hits the Gulf Coast

May 20 11:47

BP, Coast Guard Officers Block Journalists From Filming Oil-Covered Beach (VIDEO)

Emerging reports are raising the question of just how much of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill journalists are able to document.

When CBS tried to film a beach with heavy oil on the shore in South Pass, Louisiana, a boat of BP contractors, and two Coast Guard officers, told them to turn around, or be arrested.

May 20 10:18

BP bows to demands from Congress and scientists for live feed of oil leak

One month after the fiery collapse of the Deepwater Horizon, BP bowed to demands from scientists and members of Congress yesterday and said it would post a live video feed of the gusher of oil on the ocean floor.

The decision came only hours after a hearing in Congress in which BP was accused of withholding data from the ocean floor, and blocking efforts by independent scientists to come up with estimates for the amount of crude spewing into the Gulf each day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This should have happened the day the oil rig exploded.

May 20 10:14

Coast Guard and BP threaten journalists with arrest for documenting oil spill

I never thought I would say this, but for once I actually agree with Rush Limbaugh. The right-wing radio host is attributed with calling the Gulf Oil Spill "Obama's Katrina." It was an odd statement at the time, but now nearly four weeks later, Limbaugh's brash statement is not at all off the mark.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are past "Obama's Katrina." This disaster is the US's Chernobyl.

May 20 06:38

BP and Coast Guard Blocking Media from Public Beaches

CBS has footage of their reporters being turned away from a public beach in Louisiana where they were filming oil washing up on shore.

"This is BP's rules, it's not ours," someone aboard the boat said. Coast Guard officials told CBS that they're looking into it.

According to Mother Nature Network's Karl Burkhart, his contacts in Louisiana have given him unconfirmed reports of equipment being turned away or confiscated.

May 20 04:04

How Bush's DOJ Killed a Criminal Probe Into BP That Threatened to Net Top Officials

West was the special agent-in-charge at the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Criminal Investigation Division who had been probing alleged crimes committed by BP and the company's senior officials in connection with a March 2006 pipeline rupture at the company's Prudhoe Bay operations in Alaska's North Slope that spilled 267,000 gallons of crude oil across two acres of frozen tundra - the second largest spill in Alaska's history - which went undetected for nearly a week.

West was confident that the thousands of hours he invested into the criminal investigation would result in felony charges against BP and the company's senior executives who received advanced warnings from dozens of employees who worked at its Prudhoe Bay facility that unless immediate steps were taken to repair the severely corroded pipeline, a disaster on par with that of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill was only a matter of time.

May 19 09:34

Deepwater Horizon: Send us your ideas for capping the BP oil spill

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shove that leaking pipe up their ass?

May 16 18:32

Socialist Party USA: BP Oil Spill a Crime not a Disaster

Language matters, especially at times of crisis. The explosion on BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig that released hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico has been called a “disaster” by many. It isn’t a disaster. It is a crime. Early estimates are that the spill will cost more than $14 billion to clean, will devastate local fisheries for generations and will result in untold damage to all parts of the ecology in the Gulf region. Corporations are the criminals here – British Petroleum (BP) and, a company that is no stranger to corporate crime, Halliburton. This massive spill highlights both the need for an immediate transition to clean energy sources and the need to apply democratic controls to inherently criminal multinational corporations.

May 16 08:43

Less Toxic Dispersants Lose Out in BP Oil Spill Cleanup

BP PLC continues to stockpile and deploy oil-dispersing chemicals manufactured by a company with which it shares close ties, even though other U.S. EPA-approved alternatives have been shown to be far less toxic and, in some cases, nearly twice as effective.

May 16 08:29

BP must clarify intentions on clean up costs: US

British Petroleum must clarify its "true intentions" on paying for costs associated with a massive US oil spill, the US homeland security and interior secretaries said in a letter released Saturday.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Interior Security Ken Salazar noted in the letter to BP chief executive Tony Hayward that the firm has publicly pledged to assume all costs associated with the containment and clean-up of the Gulf of Mexico spill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In light of the large campaign contributions PB made to the Obama campaign before his election, I wouldn't hold my breath about the company taking full and total responsibility for the cleanup.

May 15 07:47

BP Trashes Apollo Astronauts, Parrots Sarah Palin; Oil Godzilla heads for Coast

May 15 07:10

BP chief admits job is on the line

May 14 06:52

Gulf oil spill ‘tiny’ compared to ‘very big ocean’: BP boss

Asked if he felt his job was under threat, he replied: "I don't at the moment. That of course may change. I will be judged by the nature of the response."

BP is facing a growing backlash in the United States as experts warn the spill may be at least 10 times bigger than an official estimate.

May 14 06:46

BP boss implies oil slick is nothing more than a drop in the ocean

BP’s beleaguered boss risked international outrage last night by implying that the millions of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico were nothing more than a drop in the ocean.

May 13 13:51

Whistleblower Claims That BP Was Aware Of Cheating On Blowout Preventer Tests

May 12 07:45

Once Amigos, Now Enemies: BP, Halliburton, And Transocean

One thing is for sure, and that is that with this oil spill many secrets that have been kept hush-hush on how these rigs are built in the Gulf, will finally come to light.

There many angry people in Louisiana, many disgruntled rig workers, and whistle-blowers that will reveal what they know in days to come to investigators. BP, Transocean and Halliburton would be better off banding together instead of pointing fingers at each other. If our justice system works, each of the companies will have to pay for cutting corners, violating safety standards, and for conspiracy.

May 11 11:49

White House aims to use Deepwater disaster to win votes for US climate bill

Senators are set to take a last run at producing a climate and energy law tomorrow, betting on the spectre of environmental disaster raised by the BP oil spill to build support for a comprehensive overhaul of America's energy strategy.

May 10 10:14

Gulf oil spill: BP has a long record of legal, ethical violations

The causes of the disastrous blowout and gas explosion on BP's leased Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico are a long way from being determined.

Yet already BP's actions are facing unprecedented scrutiny, thanks to a years-long history of legal and ethical violations that critics, judges and members of Congress say shows that the London-based company has a penchant for putting profits ahead of just about everything else.

Over the past two decades, BP subsidiaries have been convicted three times of environmental crimes in Alaska and Texas, including two felonies. It remains on probation for two of them.

May 09 08:32

Environmentalists, Lawyers, and Fishermen Go After BP

BP faces over 200 class action lawsuits from people seeking damages from the spill. The Attorney General of Louisiana, James D. "Buddy" Caldwell, has also met with BP executives. Caldwell says that BP has admitted total responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, which led to the spill. "We just need them to put things in writing," Caldwell said.

Lawyers had an important role from the very beginning. BP had issued 17-page long agreements to fishermen who wanted to work in the oil spill clean up. According to M. Orr, BP wanted to have the fishermen "sign away their rights."

May 08 18:29

Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Transocean-BP rig had safety valve problem in UK

UK regulators issued a safety warning over a North Sea oil rig operated by Transocean and leased by BP five years ago.

The worries concerned the same key safety device – a blowout preventer – currently being blamed for 11 deaths and the growing oil slick off the US.

May 08 14:22

Effort to place dome over oil well dealt setback, BP says

The effort to place a containment dome over a gushing wellhead was dealt a setback when a large volume of hydrates - crystals formed when gas combines with water - accumulated inside of the vessel, BP's chief operating officer said Saturday.

The dome was moved off to the side of the wellhead and is resting on the seabed while crews work to overcome the challenge, Doug Settles said.

May 08 07:30

BP Insider: Massive Dead Zone Could Be Produced by Gulf BP-Congress Catastrophe

May 07 08:43

Interior Department Exempted BP Drilling From Environmental Review

BP submitted its drilling plan to the MMS on March 10, 2009. Rather than subject the plan to a detailed environmental review before approving it as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, the agency declared the plan to be “categorically excluded” from environmental analysis because it posed virtually no chance of harming the environment.

May 06 19:05

Congressmen raised concerns about BP safety before Gulf oil spill

In the months before BP's Deepwater Horizon rig sank in a ball of fire in the Gulf of Mexico, the company had four close calls on pipelines and facilities it operates in Alaska, according to a letter from two congressmen obtained by ProPublica.

In that letter, dated Jan. 14, 2010, Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Bart Stupak, D-Mich., noted that the company's efforts to cut costs could imperil safety at BP facilities.

May 05 07:20

Deepwater Horizon oil spill sparks calls for $10bn levy on BP and drilling ban

Arnold Schwarzenegger ends support for California oil expansion as political backlash against oil industry takes hold.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Titanic, Hindenburg, Edsel, Heaven's Gate, Chernobyl, Deepwater Horizon...

May 05 07:15

Obama is biggest recipient of BP’s political action cash in the last 20 years

President Barack Obama is the biggest recipient of BP political action committee donations of any political candidate in the last 20 years, according to the Center for Responsive Politics and an analysis published Wednesday by Politico.

Obama's take from the company whose drilling site is leaking tens of thousands of gallons of day into the Gulf of Mexico: $77,051.

His massive take from the company responsible for an ever-growing oil spill off the Louisiana coast is sure to raise eyebrows among those who question the Administration's response to the spill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Presidents, Senators, and Congressional Representatives are all simply "acquisitions" of those powerful corporations which will have need of their services at some point. We the People are of absolutely no consequence to them, save as an allegedly endless pool of money to be taxed.

This is simply the reality of the political beast in the US.

It will truly be interesting, in light of Obama's having been "acquired" by BP, to see the extent to which BP will be made financially responsible for the massive cleanup of the Gulf.

May 04 10:32

"BP Says It’ll Pay For This Mess. Baloney." BP Liability Currently Capped at Only $75 MILLION ... Menendez Bill Would Raise Liability to $10 Billion

Under the law that established the reserve, called the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, the operators of the offshore rig face no more than $75 million in liability for the damages that might be claimed by individuals, companies or the government.

The fund was set up by Congress in 1986 but not financed until after the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Alaska in 1989. In exchange for the limits on liability, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 imposed a tax on oil companies, currently 8 cents for every barrel they produce in this country or import.

May 03 12:50

BP Offering $5K In Quick Cash To Poor Fishing Community in Alabama; State AG Asks Them To Stop

This is certainly an effective way to get the American public on your side. Yes, paying off poor people to sign off on their rights is really a thoughtful and generous public relations gesture:

Alabama Attorney General Troy King said tonight that he has told representatives of BP Plc. that they should stop circulating settlement agreements among coastal Alabamians.

The agreements, King said, essentially require that people give up the right to sue in exchange for payment of up to $5,000.

King said BP's efforts were particularly strong in Bayou La Batre.

May 03 11:38

BP CEO: ‘It wasn’t our accident’ but we’ll clean spill; Liability waivers were ‘misstep’

The CEO of British Petroleum told NBC's Meredith Vieira that his company wasn't responsible for creating the oil spill but they are responsible for cleaning it up. And he told ABC that liability waivers that fishermen were being asked to sign was an "early misstep."

May 02 08:48

Transocean Deepwater Horizon Explosion-A Discussion of What Actually Happened?

Deep-water drilling is a high-stakes game. It's not exactly a "casino," in that there's a heck of a lot of settled science, engineering and technology involved. But we're sure finding out the hard way what all the risks are. And it's becoming more and more clear how the totality of risk is a moving target. There's geologic risk, technical risk, engineering risk, environmental risk, capital risk and market risk.

With each deep well, these risks all come together over one very tiny spot at the bottom of the ocean.

May 01 19:38

BP using toxic chemicals to ‘disperse’ spilled oil

Even if the materials, called dispersants, are effective, BP has already bought up more than a third of the world’s supply. If the leak from 5,000 feet beneath the surface continues for weeks, or months, that stockpile could run out.

On Thursday BP began using the chemical compounds to dissolve the crude oil, both on the surface and deep below, deploying an estimated 100,000 gallons. Dispersing the oil is considered one of the best ways to protect birds and keep the slick from making landfall. But the dispersants contain harmful toxins of their own and can concentrate leftover oil toxins in the water, where they can kill fish and migrate great distances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I just found an article on line regarding biomediation of oil slicks published in English by the Indian Coast Guard, written by one Dr. Pradeep Kumar, located at:

If India understands the critical importance of using bioremediation for oil spills, why doesn't BP and the US government?!?

That is more than a little scary, in terms of the long-term potential toxic effects of these dispersants.

May 01 18:34

BP documents show it did not plan for oil spill disaster at Gulf Coast rig

BP is facing a £3billion fine for the oil spill on America’s Gulf Coast which is threatening to become the worst ecological disaster in history - and is now under fire for not foreseeing the catastrophe.

Documents emerged yesterday showing BP had previously downplayed the possibility of a catastrophic accident at the rig.

It suggested in a 2009 exploration plan and environmental impact analysis for the well that an accident leading to a giant oil spill – and damage to beaches, fish and animals – was unlikely or virtually impossible.

May 01 08:48

BP Fought Safety Measures at Deepwater Oil Rigs

BP, the company that owned the Louisiana oil rig that exploded last week, spent years battling federal regulators over how many layers of safeguards would be needed to prevent a deepwater well from this type of accident.

May 01 07:32

Whistleblower: BP Risks More Massive Catastrophes in Gulf

The whistleblower, whose name has been withheld at the person's request because the whistleblower still works in the oil industry and fears retaliation, first raised concerns about safety issues related to BP Atlantis, the world's largest and deepest semi-submersible oil and natural gas platform, located about 200 miles south of New Orleans, in November 2008. Atlantis, which began production in October 2007, has the capacity to produce about 8.4 million gallons of oil and 180 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.

Apr 30 09:38

Obama orders review of oil rig blast

President Barack Obama is ordering Interior Secretary Ken Salazar "to conduct a thorough review" of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig and subsequent oil spill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama is dealing with two issues here. First, he doesn't want his own "Katrina" in which New Orleans get trashed while the government doesn't appear to be doing anything. And Second, this well disaster comes mere weeks after Obama's push to open up US coastlines for drilling.

Apr 27 13:39

BP earns £463 a second... as motorists suffer record petrol prices

Motorists paying record prices at the pumps reacted with fury at news of a 135per cent rise in profits by oil giant BP - earning a massive £463 a second.

BP said on Tuesday that profits hit £3.6 billion ($US5.6 billion) in the first three months of 2010 - more than double the level last year.

Feb 18 08:12

Amputee refused disability in case she "gets better."

Dec 01 09:11

Do you appreciate the laws of physics?

Sep 05 10:41

Jack Straw comes clean: Oil was a big part of Lockerbie deal

Jack Straw has admitted for the first time that trade and oil deals with Libya played 'a very big part' in the handling of the Lockerbie bomber's case.

The Justice Secretary said trade was a major influence on his decision to include Abdelbaset Al Megrahi in a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya signed two years ago, just as BP was seeking a multi-billion pound deal there.

The admission casts grave doubt on Gordon Brown's claim this week that there had been 'no conspiracy, no cover-up, no double-dealing, no deal on oil'.

Jul 31 13:39

Easy Guide To Not Becoming a Terror Suspect

I thought this was bloody brilliant!

Oct 26 09:41

Motorists' fury as fuel giants Shell and BP make £4m profit every HOUR

BP and Royal Dutch Shell will this week report massive third-quarter profits totalling nearly £9 billion, angering motorists who are still paying high prices at the petrol pumps.

BP, Europe's second-biggest oil company after Shell, is on Tuesday expected to report profits of £4.2 billion for the three months to the end of September - a stunning 130 per cent jump on the same period last year.

Shell is set to report a 48 per cent rise on its third quarter last year to £4.6 billion two days later.

Sep 13 17:02

They are out of money, so you lose!