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GULF AND OTHER OIL DISASTERS

Jun 23 14:53

Gulf oil spill: Boat captain, despondent over spill, commits suicide

William Allen Kruse, 55, a charter boat captain recently hired by BP as a vessel of opportunity out of Gulf Shores, Ala., died Wednesday morning before 7:30 a.m. of a gunshot to the head, likely self-inflicted, authorities said.

"He had been quite despondent about the oil crisis," said Stan Vinson, coroner for Baldwin County, which includes Gulf Shores.

Jun 23 12:41

CDC advises “Everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid areas affected by spill; Expert says crude oil contains “some of the most toxic chemicals that we know”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has issued health warnings...

...While they suggest there is no threat, the CDC simultaneously advised “everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid spill-affected areas...

Jun 23 11:57

Drilling Ban Blocked; U.S. Will Issue New Order

A federal judge in New Orleans on Tuesday blocked a six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling projects that the Obama administration imposed after the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The White House swiftly vowed to appeal the ruling.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that within days he would issue a new order imposing a moratorium on deep-water drilling that would contain additional information showing why it was necessary.

Jun 23 11:15

Oil and Gas Storming Out of the Well Unrestricted

...Adm. Thad W. Allen of the Coast Guard, at a mid-day briefing in Washington, said a remote-controlled submersible operating a mile beneath the surface had most likely bumped a vent and compromised the system. Live video from the seafloor showed oil and gas storming out of the well unrestricted...

Jun 23 10:44

BP-style horrors coming your way

On June 15, in their testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the chief executives of America's leading oil companies argued that BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico was an aberration - something that would not have occurred with proper corporate oversight and will not happen again once proper safeguards are put in place.

Jun 23 10:36

Gulf Oil Spill ‘Could Go Years’ If Not Dealt With

In a recent discussion, Vladimir Kutcherov, Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and the Russian State University of Oil and Gas, predicted that the present oil spill flooding the Gulf Coast shores of the United States “could go on for years and years … many years.” 1

Jun 23 10:19

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Jun 23 09:40

BP oil containment stopped after gas detected: coordinator

The containment system capturing oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill had to be removed Wednesday, leaving the gusher unchecked after a collision involving a robotic submarine, US officials said.

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James Cameron was right about these guys!

Jun 23 09:29

Has BP Summoned the Fires of Hell?

The problem is no longer a leak or a spill, you see, but a volcanic gusher – one that appears to be defeating the efforts of the most capable petroleum engineers in the world. More and more, it is looking like a sci-fi disaster film with no hero and an unhappy ending. Even our supposed best hope for containing the gusher – a second well that would intersect and plug the leak by sometime in August – may be doomed to failure, since the well casing itself may be too damaged to seal off. But the scariest story currently making the rounds is that there are fissures springing up all over the seabed, and that if the weak bedrock that holds the oil gives way, it will release a quantity of hydrocarbons greater in volume than the Gulf itself.

Jun 23 09:08

Federal Gov't Halts Sand Berm Dredging

The federal government is shutting down the dredging that was being done to create protective sand berms in the Gulf of Mexico.

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It sounded good at the press conference, but this idea was never going to work anyway.

Jun 23 09:08

Destruction of Wildlife: More Dirty Details From My BP Mole

You know the story: Boy calls girl, girl goes to pick up boy, boy and girl go sit on a beautiful beachside deck to enjoy the night breeze and listen to the waves crash as he tells her a bunch of terrible things that are going on at an oil-spill cleanup site. Yes, I had a date with Elmer, my mole inside BP's cleanup operation, and he painted a grim picture of the conditions for both workers and wildlife at Louisiana's Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge.

Jun 23 09:05

Deepwater Horizon: The Worst-Case Scenario

So far, up to 3.6 million barrels of oil have spilled into the Gulf. The size of the Macondo oilfield has been estimated as being anywhere from 25 to 100 million barrels. It is unclear how much of that oil-in-place would escape upward into Gulf waters if its flow remained completely unchecked, but it is safe to assume that at least half, and probably a much greater proportion, would eventually drain upward. That means many times as much oil would enter the Gulf waters as has done so until now.

Jun 23 08:10

Florida waters test positive for dissolved oil; Researchers “Suspect it’s a lot”

Apparently there’s oil in the water you can’t see.

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Jun 23 07:54

CDC advises “Everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid areas affected by spill; Expert says crude oil contains “some of the most toxic chemicals that we know”

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"Drill, baby, Drill" just became "Ill baby, ill!"

Jun 23 07:16

Judge Who Overturned Drilling Ban Has Oil Investments

The Louisiana judge who struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has reported extensive investments in the oil and gas industry, according to financial disclosure reports. He's also a new member of a secret national security court.

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A rather disturbing picture is starting to emerge here. According to Wayne Madsen, the US Government was pressuring BP to reach that huge oil deposit at 35,000 feet because it would fuel the US war machine for the 8 months the invasion of Iran is supposed to take, during which oil traffic through the gulf is expected to be disrupted. This is why even after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, exemptions and waivers for environmental studies are being waived by the administration.

Being an election year, Obama is trying to look like he is protecting the environment, so he issues an order to halt the deep drilling and lets his buddy the judge on the secret FIA court knock it down. So the drilling goes on and Obama gets to pose before the voters.

And the invasion of Iran for Israel proceeds with only a modest delay.

Jun 23 02:43

Is U.S. Now On Slippery Slope To Tyranny?

When Adolf Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920s, leading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics.

Such people were a valuable addition to his political base, since they were particularly susceptible to Hitler's rhetoric and had far less basis for questioning his assumptions or his conclusions.

"Useful idiots" was the term supposedly coined by V.I. Lenin to describe similarly unthinking supporters of his dictatorship in the Soviet Union.

Put differently, a democracy needs informed citizens if it is to thrive, or ultimately even survive.

Jun 23 02:05

BP Had the Technology to Accurately Measure Amount of Oil Leaking into the Gulf Two years Ago

Would it surprise anyone to know that BP had already developed the technology to accurately measure troublesome oil and gas flow mixtures at the well head two years ago? It can be done remotely and continuously, at up to 10,000 feet, with a clamp-on, calibration free, sonar flow meter, or that the company that sells and installs them is presenting at petroleum conventions in Calgary and Newfoundland this summer?

The reason BP does not want the true flow known, is that it would require them to pay the "legitimate" fines and royalties they owe on what is extracted, regardless of whether it is ever recovered. As of mid-June their violations of the Clean Water Act alone are around $10B.

Jun 23 01:52

Too Much Government in the Gulf

It should be noted that BP is not exactly a bastion of free market capitalism. Rather, they are very vested in acquiring government subsidies, favorably slanted policies, and competition-hobbling regulation. BP has even been a major lobbying proponent of cap-and-trade because of certain provisions in the legislation it could profit from. Considering who lobbies for them and what they lobby for, my concern is that attempts to hold them strictly and fully accountable could end up being nothing more than a shell game, with taxpayers ultimately holding the bag.

Jun 22 22:55

Obama Administration Knew About Deepwater Horizon 35,000 Feet Well Bore

According to the Wayne Madsen Report (WMR) sources within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Pentagon and Interior and Energy Departments told the Obama Administration that the newly-discovered estimated 3-4 billion barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico would cover America's oil needs for up to eight months if there was a military attack on Iran that resulted in the bottling up of the Strait of Hormuz to oil tanker traffic, resulting in a cut-off of oil to the United States from the Persian Gulf.

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So now instead of being merely incompetent, now it looks like Obama may have knowingly took a risky gamble by pushing forward on the Deepwater Horizon well as a preparation for the attack on Iran!

Jun 22 20:40

Louisiana Police Pull Over Activist at Behest of BP

Wheelan: "Am I violating any laws or anything like that?"

Officer: "Um...not particularly. BP doesn't want people filming."

Wheelan: "Well, I'm not on their property so BP doesn't have anything to say about what I do right now."

Officer: "Let me explain: BP doesn't want any filming. So all I can really do is strongly suggest that you not film anything right now. If that makes any sense."

Not really! Shortly thereafter, Wheelan got in his car and drove away but was soon was pulled over.

It was the same cop, but this time he had company: Kenneth Thomas, whose badge, Wheelan told me, read "Chief BP Security." The cop stood by as Thomas interrogated Wheelan for 20 minutes, asking him who he worked with, who he answered to, what he was doing, why he was down here in Louisiana.

Jun 22 20:10

Obama won't waive Jones Act , vows, "Let my BP's oil flow"

Murdock: Jones Act another problem in fixing Gulf spill
Posted: Sunday, June 20, 2010
By DEROY MURDOCK Scripps Howard News Service
As a self-proclaimed "citizen of the world," President Obama should have welcomed rather than spurned international assistance to prevent BP's underwater oil geyser from wrecking the Gulf Coast. But spurn, he did. Obama's failure to waive the Jones Act still maintains a sea wall that blocks potentially helpful foreign ships from this tear-inducing mess.
""If there is the need for any type of waiver, that would obviously be granted," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs promised on June 10. "But, we've not had that problem thus far in the Gulf.""

Jun 22 20:06

Conservationists Hit BP With $19 Billion Clean Water Act Lawsuit

In the largest citizen enforcement action ever taken under the Clean Water Act, the Center for Biological Diversity is suing BP and Transocean Ltd., for illegally spilling more than 100 million gallons of oil and other pollutants into the Gulf of Mexico. The suit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Jun 22 20:03

Boom!

Lost in the catastrophic aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the gripping tale of the rig workers and the Coast Guard crewmen who rescued them. Sean Flynn re-creates their long, harrowing, heart-pounding night.

Jun 22 14:55

Hawaii’s Senior Senator: Jones Act Should Not Be Suspended for Foreign Aid in BP Oil Spill

Hawaii’s Democratic Congressional delegates, including Hawaii Senior Senator Daniel Inouye, D-HI and Congress Member Mazie Hirono, D-2-HI, today slammed an idea forwarded yesterday by Republican Congress Member Charles Djou and several government watchdog groups, saying the idea of suspending the Jones Act to allow foreign aid in clean up of BP Oil spill is surprising and unnecessary.

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I wonder why Inouye and Hirono are in such high dudgeon on ths, given that Hawaii is about as far away from the oil spill and the oil industry as you can get!

Jun 22 13:18

CSTARS Director expects oil to “wash ashore near Clearwater, Sarasota, and farther south”; “Oil is slowly creeping along the coast”

Hans Graber, a professor at the University of Miami, said Sunday that he expects the oil to eventually wash ashore near Clearwater, Sarasota and farther south. …

Jun 22 13:04

$20b Gulf Coast Disaster Payments: Income to Victims, Deductible by BP

Unless Congress enacts special tax legislation in response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the $20b in disaster payments would be treated as income to the Gulf Coast residents compensated for their losses and as a deductible expense by BP:

Jun 22 12:46

Judge who overturned drilling moratorium has held stock in drilling companies

According to Feldman's 2008 financial disclosure form, posted online by Judicial Watch [pdf], the judge owned stock in Transocean, as well as five other companies that are either directly or indirectly involved in the offshore drilling business.

Jun 22 12:38

Judge who overturned 6 month moratorium owned Transocean stock

Jun 22 12:30

Obama ban on deepwater drilling blocked

A federal judge Tuesday ruled against the Obama administration's six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the wake of the BP oil spill. The White House, which had hoped the ban would provide time to ensure other wells are operating safely, immediately said it would appeal.

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My goodness, looks like BP has more clout in the US than the White House. We already knew the White House rolled over for Israel, but an oil company? Obama is totally useless!

So, I wonder who it was in the legal system that understands Obama is a lame duck less than halfway through his first term? Judge Martin Feldman, BP attorney Carl Rosenblum, Transocean attorney Steven L. Newman. Hmmm, I sense a pattern here!

As it turns out, the judge in the case has a conflict of interest! He owned stock in Transocean

Jun 22 11:43

Over 2,000 Skimmers Available In US That Obama Refuses To Use

f one was a cynic than you would believe that the complete inaction on the part of this adminstration was purposeful and used in an effort to perhaps ram through their agenda. A crisis was created, its almost as if it is deliberately not being fixed, clear options on the table are not being used and one can only wonder why!

Senator Lemieux spoke with President Obama and the exchange between the two over the 2,000 skimmers in the US currently going unused to clean up this massive oil spill will blow your mind!

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This was too good a crisis for Obama to "waste" in terms of promoting his carbon tax agenda.

Jun 22 11:33

USA: Why Should We Pay for BP’s Mess?

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico highlights the real state of US capitalism today. While making a lot of noise, Obama is not prepared to take on the oil companies in any serious meaningful way. What he is doing is passing the buck to the US working class.

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Economically, we've flown by socialism right into fascism, where losses are expected to be absorbed by taxpayers, and profits are privatized.

Jun 22 11:17

Louisiana residents report oil-spill related illnesses

Two months since the start of the Gulf Coast oil spill, residents, fishermen and experts throughout the Gulf of Mexico are reporting respiratory problems and other illnesses attributable to oil contamination.

"We’re getting sick down here. People are losing their voices; our noses are running and our eyes are crying all the time," said Dean Blanchard, operator of a Grand Isle, Louisiana-based shrimp distribution company. "I went down to Bourbon Street in New Orleans and the urine on the cement smelled better than the air does down here."

Jun 22 11:15

Gulf Oil Leak: Day 62 Update

Jun 22 10:37

Where is the Oil Spill?

It's the largest environmental disaster in U.S. - and possibly world history.

Many deepwater, oil-rich areas within the Gulf are tectonically active.

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The images provided here provide a real sense of the depth and breadth of this man-made environmental disaster.

Jun 22 10:00

The Ethanol Trap

The most disgusting aspect of the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico isn't the video images of oil-soaked birds or the incessant blather from pundits about what BP or the Obama administration should be doing to stem the flow of oil. Instead, it's the ugly spectacle of the corn-ethanol scammers doing all they can to capitalize on the disaster so that they can justify an expansion of the longest-running robbery of taxpayers in U.S. history.

Jun 22 09:55

BP's Other Toxic Legacy: 'Decades of Misery' for Gulf Health

After studying cleanup workers from the Exxon Valdez spill, Ott is convinced that today's Gulf fishermen are not merely risking their short-range health. "The Exxon Valdez oil was considerably less toxic than Louisiana sweet crude, and it wreaked havoc on any life forms that encountered it," she says, including brain lesions, coma, and death. "We are setting up here for a giant human tragedy — decades of misery — especially if a storm or hurricane spreads it to normal everyday people onshore."

Jun 22 09:46

Snake Dancing like Sleepwalkers into Childhood's End

The toxins from the oil spill are traveling in the air and causing spontaneous diarrhea outbreaks which (according to witnesses), are causing whole communities to stink; giving witness to how pervasive it is. Those on land and sea are also experiencing a variety of reactions to the poison that is filling the breathing spaces with all sorts of terrible anti-body chemicals. There’s word of a huge gas bubble that might explode and send tsunamis, hundreds of feet high in all directions. Meanwhile, the alien and satanic driven, crime syndicate nation of Israel is motoring into the Persian Gulf to attack Iran with their American bitch, done up in leather restraints and gag-reflex ping pong balls, like some zombie nation that got born in that basement in Pulp Fiction.

Jun 22 09:40

BP (Logo Redesign Contest) Logo Design Contest

I cant tell you how frustrated and upset we are about BP and how they are handling this oil disaster. Before this eruption of oil they had 17 violations.
It's obvious this could have been prevented.

This is the biggest environmental disaster we have ever faced in this country.

I think the (6000) creative logo designers at LogoMyWay should update the BP logo with a more suitable design and brand.

The design community and the general public will vote on the winner of the redesign of the NEW BP LOGO.

Jun 22 08:54

Stand with the President for a Clean-Energy Future

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A friend sent me this. Apparently Obama is spamming his dwindling number of supporters to demand thy back his "clean energy policy" i.e. the carbon tax.

Now, I could go off and list all the reasons why a carbon tax is about the tax and not about the carbon or even the environment, but we have already dealt with that previously.

Suffice it to say that President Obama was in charge of the Minerals Management Service, the Federal agency that is supposed to keep and eye on the oil drilling process and failed to do so. The present disaster in the gulf is directly due to Obama's failure as an administrator, which means he is the very last person on Earth we should look to to develop any new energy policy.

You don't give a Harley to someone who just fell off their tricycle!

Jun 22 06:45

Why Has Barack Obama Refused To Accept International Help To Clean Up The Oil Spill In The Gulf Of Mexico?

The truth is that 13 different countries have offered to help clean up the oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

Barack Obama turned all 13 of them down.

So let’s get this straight….

We are dealing with the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history by far, and yet we completely refuse any assistance?

What kind of insanity is that?

Jun 22 05:46

Oil Streamers SOuth of Cuba?

I am not trying to overly speculate, but these photos look like oil streamers. The problem is, they were taken from the air SOUTH of Cuba on June 18th.

I hope that my interpretations are wrong.

Jun 21 22:48

MSNBC Host Admits To Parroting White House Talking Points

MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski admitted on air this morning that she was repeating White House talking points she had been advised to include in the channel’s news programming regarding the ongoing BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jun 21 19:58

Oil Slick hits the Florida Keys

I took these photos while on a commercial flight on June 18, 2010. The slick is just north of the Florida Keys, moments before the Florida mainland came into view.

Jun 21 19:31

China's solution for elitists' crimes is execution

China executes securities trader over $9.52m fraud
By Joe Fay 8th December 2009
China takes a very harsh line on criminality, although this is the first execution carried out on an erstwhile member of the financial classes.
China carries out more executions every year than any other country, with either the gun or lethal injection used.
While murder, drug trafficking and the like attract the penalty, the state will also happily execute other classes of criminals, with both corrupt officials and businessmen liable to pay the ultimate price if convicted. Executives involved in the notorious tainted baby milk scandal were handed death sentences earlier this year.

Jun 21 19:13

BP Spills Coffee

Jun 21 18:51

WHERE THE BENZINE AND METHANE ARE BLOWING RIGHT NOW.

Jun 21 13:33

Oil reported just offshore Cuba; Forecast “clearly shows the oil moving southeastward”

Jun 21 12:32

Gulf Oil Catastrophe - Epic Lies And Deceit

Gulf Oil Catastrophe - Epic Lies And Deceit
©By Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri
6-21-10
I write this as a catastrophe survivor. I write this knowing that with every US catastrophe, there is not one single person in charge, in ANY capacity, who will tell us the truth, who will step up to the plate, be honest, look out for our well being and safety...."We, the people" do not figure into this. What does figure into this are greed, lies, and massive deceit. A corporation's bottom line (be it Big Pharma, chemical companies, or the banksters who are looting everything we have) is profit --at all costs. We are all expendable for their bottom line. Our well being or our safety are not part of this equation.

Jun 21 11:48

BP Succeeds at Pushing Back Against U.S. Demands

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"Hey, if they are pussies for Israel, they'll be pussies for us!" -- Black Pollution

Jun 21 11:36

Mystery submarine four miles off South Florida beach; flees after chased by boaters

Danoff moved closer. “It took off,” he said. Very fast, about 20 knots. The periscope sank beneath the waves, and whatever was below the surface blew its ballast, sending aloft a mighty hiccup of bubbles. After five minutes the sea lay once again undisturbed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A sub makes perfect sense in the gulf, since the boundary between oil plumes and water shows up clearly on sonar (during WW2, dumping a cloud of oil into the water was a common sub trick to evade surface sonar). So I am going to presume that the sub is there to map the extent of the oil spillage and since they are keeping the results secret, the results are not good.

Jun 21 10:43

Cover-up? Oil reported in Florida bay, “You can’t tell me that isn’t oil”; Officials deny BP link

An oily substance has come ashore just off of Ward Basin Road in the Blackwater Bay.

The property owner, Jim Melvin said he noticed the oil like substance and what looked to be sheen at around 10:30 Friday morning.

“It looks like tidal foam mixed with oil,” Melvin said. “It was just an awful mess.”

Melvin said a county worker had come by to collect samples of the look-a-like oil soon after he saw a glimpse of it and reported it.

Jun 21 10:41

Man claims to find oil in oyster at local restaurant

Roy Hall is the manager of Vinnie's Raw Bar and he admits the substance in the oyster appeared to be oil.

He said possible food contamination is a concern in the seafood industry right now.

In fact, suppliers are scrambling to find fresh oysters and the cost is rising.

Jun 21 10:17

BP Chief Sold Stocks Shortly Before Oil Rig Explosion, Goldman Sachs Sold Shares

Weeks before the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion killed 11 and sent anywhere from 23 to 49 million gallons of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, BP chief Tony Hayward sold about a third of his stocks, saving him 423,000 pounds according to Britain’s the Daily Telegraph, or $613,096 US dollars.

After doing so, Hayward paid off the mortgage on his mansion valued at $1,739,280. His total package was valued at $5,797,600.

According to the Daily Telegraph, “There is no suggestion that he acted improperly or had prior knowledge that the company was to face the biggest setback in its history.” Hayward disposed of his stocks on March 17, and BP stock has fallen by 30 percent since then.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is impossible to believe that Hayward had no foreknowledge of the problems on the Deepwater Horizon rig.

As reported on 14 June 2010 at:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/audio/18570/gulf_oil_spill_deepwater_horizon_rig.html?cat=3

"Killed oil workers' wives testify their husbands reported rig had problems controlling well pressure weeks before explosion."

Jun 21 09:01

BP oil spill could be nearly double original estimates, internal document shows

An internal BP document released on Sunday showed that the company has estimated that oil could pour from its broken well in the Gulf of Mexico at the rate of 100,000 barrels a day, nearly double the current reckoning by the US government.

Jun 21 08:58

Oil from BP spill may reach Ireland

Remnants of the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could be headed towards Ireland, according to an American computer-modelling study.

Jun 21 08:18

BP says two billion dollars spent on US oil spill

BP revealed Monday it has so far spent two billion dollars on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, after an internal BP document suggested the gusher might be spewing far faster than initially feared.

In a statement to the London Stock Exchange, the embattled British energy giant said its costs to date included ongoing efforts at containment, relief well drilling, grants to Gulf states, claims paid to affected individuals and businesses, and costs incurred by the US government.

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One has to wonder just how much they will get away with. The amount spent thus far doesn't even begin to deal with the issue the leak has caused. And the leak is getting worse!

Jun 21 07:45

Internal BP document claims Gulf oil gusher jetting up to 100,000 barrels per day

US outrage mounted against BP as the oil spill reached its two-month mark and an internal BP document showed as many as 100,000 barrels of oil could be gushing daily into the Gulf of Mexico.

The document showed the energy giant's own worst-case scenario of the amount of leaking oil at possibly 20 times more than its early public estimates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A corporation is an entity without a conscience.

Therefore, it is imperative that there are government regulations in place, coupled with agencies doing their jobs, to protect the public.

However, with BP, as with many other large corporations, the have, to large extent, "acquired" those in the halls of power in this country to the point where they don't have to be "bothered" obeying the rules, and abiding by "best safe practices", particularly in an industry fraught with potential peril, like the world of offshore drilling.

BP failed spectacularly here: but so did the US government.

Obama had well over a year to overhaul the agency responsible for overseeing BP, and he and his team did absolutely nothing to correct the egregious problems in this industry.

Jun 21 06:58

Gulf of Mexico oil spill: BP was told about faulty drill safety equipment weeks before disaster

A worker on the Deepwater Horizon rig has said he discovered a problem with safety equipment weeks before the explosion.

Tyrone Benton told the BBC's Panorama that he identified a fault on a device known as the blowout preventer.

He claimed it was shut down instead of being fixed and a second device was relied on instead.

Jun 20 19:51

US blasts BP as Gulf oil spill hits two-month mark

US outrage is mounting against BP as the oil spill reached its two-month mark and an internal BP document showed up to 100,000 barrels of oil could be gushing daily into the Gulf of Mexico.

BP said it captured about 21,040 barrels of oil on Friday, slightly lower than in previous day after its main oil-collecting vessel had to be temporarily shut down to clean a flame arrester and wait out a lighting storm. Its current collection system can collect or burn up to about 25,000 barrels a day.

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Hmmm - spewing 100,000 BPD and catch <25,000 BPD. Net is >75,000 BPD (2.8 million gallons) folks! Are you all idiots?

Oh, and don't look at the US politicians who allowed BP to cut corners the way they did.

Jun 20 15:55

Move to resurrect Superfund tax likely to spark battle on Hill

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Do NOT stick the American people with the cost of this disaster. We were not the ones who sitting around our offices whacking ff to internet porn, doing drugs, accepting gifts and hookers from the oil industry instead of keeping an eye on them. More to the point, we are not the one who had 400 days in office to fix the problems with MMS (and SEC) and was too busy taking care of a foreign government that he could not be bothered to take care of the United States of America.

You broke it, Obama, you buy it!

Jun 20 15:52

BP ‘burning sea turtles alive’

Mike Ellis, a boat captain involved in a three-week effort to rescue as many sea turtles from unfolding disaster as possible, says BP effectively shut down the operation by preventing boats from coming out to rescue the turtles.

"They ran us out of there and then they shut us down, they would not let us get back in there," Ellis said in an interview with conservation biologist Catherine Craig.

Mike Michael at Gather.com reports that Kemp's Ridleys are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Harming or killing one "carries stiff fines and civil penalties ($500-$25,000) assessed for each violation. Criminal penalties include possible prison time and fines from $25,000-$50,000."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable. The acronym BP, now and forever in the future, stands for "Biohazard Provocateurs"!!!

Jun 20 12:22

BP Blocks Attempt to Save Endangered Sea Turtles from Oil Spill

Jun 20 11:05

Gulf oil spill: A hole in the world

The Deepwater Horizon disaster is not just an industrial accident – it is a violent wound inflicted on the Earth itself. In this special report from the Gulf coast, a leading author and activist shows how it lays bare the hubris at the heart of capitalism

Jun 20 10:27

BP Document Estimates Spill At 100,000 Barrels Per Day

An internal BP Plc document released on Sunday by a senior congressional Democrat shows that the company estimates that the rate for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be about 100,000 barrels of oil per day...

Jun 20 09:17

Future looks bleak for Gulf: Alaska STILL hasn't recovered from Exxon Valdez disaster 21 years later

"There it is. That's oil coming out. I can smell the hydrocarbons," he said as gumball-sized tar balls bubbled up. "It's just poison soup is what that really amounts to."

Kopchak, a fisherman for 36 years, wasn't standing on a contaminated beach in Louisiana or Florida.

His rubber boots were planted on Prince William Sound in Alaska, where the Exxon Valdez hit a reef and dumped 11 million gallons of crude in March 1989 - far less than the estimated 73.5 million to 126 million gall

Jun 20 08:48

BP’s plan: Raise $50 billion, sue business partners

BP is trying to raise 50 billion dollars to cover the cost of the Gulf of Mexico spill and is preparing to sue its partners in the oil field, British newspapers said on Sunday.

The Sunday Telegraph said BP is readying to take legal action against US firm Anadarko, its main partner in the field, for its share of the clean-up costs

Webmaster's Commentary: 

50 billion won't even begin to pay for the clean up of this catastrophe.

Watch Congress and the White House figure out some way to make taxpayers pay the lion's share of cleanup costs.

Jun 20 07:25

Louisiana lawmakers propose prayer to stop oil disaster

Next up: a plea for Superman to save the day

Jun 20 06:56

Large oil spills are old news in the Niger Delta

BIG oil spills are no longer news in the Niger Delta, where the wealth underground is out of all proportion with the poverty on the surface. This once-verdant area has endured the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez spill every year for 50 years by some estimates. The oil pours out nearly every week, and some swamps are lifeless.

Perhaps no place on earth has been as battered by oil, experts say, leaving residents here astonished at the non-stop attention paid to the gusher half a world away in the Gulf of Mexico. It was only a few weeks ago, they say, that a burst pipe, belonging to Shell, was finally shut after flowing for two months. Now nothing living moves in a black-and-brown world once teeming with shrimp and crab.

Jun 19 22:44

Gulf Coast residents brace for more oil

Residents of the Gulf Coast braced for more oil from a ruptured BP Plc well to hit their beaches on Sunday as oil washed ashore at Panama City, a popular Florida tourist destination.

The city's beaches remained open after clean-up crews removed the tar balls from shore, authorities said. Even so, the sight is a worry for a state with an annual tourism industry worth $60 billion.

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They say their beaches are OK. But, it's what you don't see that's going to harm your health some time down the road. Give the situation a year or so and then see how people exposed to it have fared. Then you'll be glad you stayed away.

And, if rumors about the methane bubble are real, you really don't want to be anywhere in low lying Florida!!!!!!

Jun 19 20:21

Oil spill: BP to sue partner in Gulf oil well

BP is preparing to sue its main partner in the leaking Gulf of Mexico oil field for its share of clean-up costs after the company, Anadarko, said BP's behaviour revealed "gross negligence" and that the ­accident was preventable.

Jun 19 17:03

Oil Cleanup Workers Not Paid On Time

The WDSU newsroom has fielded dozens of calls from people who say they're helping to clean up the oil but aren't getting paid for their work.

A group of response workers in Metairie said they waited on checks that never came this week. The person who hired them said it's all a mix-up.

The workers said they have been coming to work for weeks, but come payday, the checks never came.

"It has been hot. We have been promised stuff, and they lied to us," a worker said. "They're taking money, keeping money from us. Everything they tell us is a lie."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The owners of Tamarah, the BP contractor, had better get their act together, or they may find a horde of furious workers pounding on their doors come Monday.

Jun 19 10:32

Bhopal, BP and karma

Watching Hayward being mauled in front of congress on Thursday, the thoughts in the back of my mind related not so much to sympathy for the American point of view but rather for the CEO. Instead of agreeing with the generally held opinion that BP is to blame for all the problems in the Gulf of Mexico - a view that has been cemented by an apparent history of cost-cutting that led to the mishap - my feelings are now tending towards the Karmic perspective, that is, that what BP is doing to America is pretty much what American companies have done and are doing to the rest of the world.

Jun 19 09:50

BP Oil Spill: As Pay Czar Promises Money, Workers Turned Away From BP Claims Center

Millions of dollars worth of claims have been filed by businesses and people who've lost their livelihoods because of the BP oil spill, but 60 days into the crisis, lawmakers say the company has paid only 12 percent of them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Jun 19 09:14

VIDEO: MUST SEE TO UNDERSTAND GULF OIL GEOLOGIC SITUATION

The Mississippi River runs along a major geological faultline. The Macondo well was the result of the Deepwater Horizon drilling along the Mississippi Canyon - as I understand it, the extension of that same faultline under the sea.

The best video I have seen so far on the subject. Highly recommended, even if you have to pause it a few times.

Jun 19 08:29

BP Responds to a Coffee Spill Humor to Tell the Truth

This is about the level of intelligence operating the biggest organizations in the world.
They - Wall Street, the Pentagon, the oil companies etc. - know how to build large cash extraction systems.
But they don't know - and don't care - what to do when those systems break down and become catastrophically destructive.
Meanwhile, members of the news media and government are so busy filling their faces like so many pigs at the trough, they're oblivious to any consideration of the rights of individuals and the future.
This is not a "Louisiana problem" any more than the levee failures after Katrina were a Louisiana problem. This is a sign of a system so corrupt, so callous and so inept it threatens everyone.
What do we do?
Start calling a spade a spade.

Jun 19 08:17

Progressives Want “Direct Action” and a Disarmed Public

Progressive William Rivers Pitt has lost patience with the Obama regime and with British Petroleum (Enough of This Crap, June 15, Truthout). To break through the news blackout that BP maintains over the ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill, he wants a hundred thousand Americans to “just show the hell up down there and demand access.”

Pitt is correct that this “is the kind of direct action that has been missing from our national narrative, not just in the Gulf but all over.” Obama, he says correctly, is a “narcotic” for progressives. Apparently, for many progressives having a black man, or a 50% black man, in the White House is what is important, not the fact that he is a continuation of Bush/Cheney.

If a hundred thousand people marched on the Gulf Coast, “big things would happen.”

Jun 19 08:03

North America faces years of toxic oil rain from BP oil spill chemical dispersants

When you pour more than a million gallons of toxic chemical dispersants on top of an oil spill, it doesn’t just disappear. In this case, it moves to the atmosphere, where it will travel hundreds, if not thousands of miles from the site of the BP oil spill, in the form of toxic rain.

BP’s oil spill-fighting dispersant of choice is Corexit 9500. It has been banned in Europe for good reason. Corexit 9500 is one of the most environmentally enduring, toxic chemical dispersants ever created to battle an oil spill. Add to that the millions of gallons of oil that have been burned, releasing even more toxins into the atmosphere, and you have a recipe for something much worse than acid rain.

Jun 19 07:59

Interior Probe Finds Fraternizing, Porn and Drugs at MMS Office in La.

Federal officials who oversaw drilling in the Gulf of Mexico accepted gifts from oil companies, viewed pornography at work and even considered themselves part of industry, the Interior Department inspector general says in a new report (pdf).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama and the Congress had 400 days to get the MMS to do their proper job, and failed. I guess they were too busy telling us all that whereas Japan attacking Americans to protect the illegal occupation of China was grounds for war, Israel attacking Americans to protect the illegal occupation of Gaza is really cool!

Jun 19 07:58

How the ultimate BP Gulf disaster could kill millions

Documents from several years ago indicate that the subterranean geologic formation may contain the presence of a huge methane deposit.

None other than the engineer who helped lead the team to snuff the Gulf oil fires set by Saddam Hussein to slow the advance of American troops has stated that a huge underground lake of methane gas—compressed by a pressure of 100,000 pounds per square inch (psi)—could be released by BP's drilling effort to obtain the oil deposit.

Current engineering technology cannot contain gas that is pressurized to 100,000 psi.

Jun 19 07:57

BP oil spill caused by 'negligence or misconduct', says drilling partner

Anadarko says BP should foot entire bill for cleanup as new estimates show spill could last for up to four more years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, we expect corporations to take stupid risks in the name of profits. The Federal Government taxed us to create and fund oversight agencies like the MMS. But the MMS failed to do its job. We now know that the Deepwater Horizon was showing clear signs of trouble in February, enough that the insiders started dumping their stock. At this point the MMS should have stepped in and said, "Let's slow down until we are sure of what we are doing here. " But the MMS was accepting gifts from the oil companies (including hookers), doing cocaine and watching porn on their taxpayer funded computers.

So yes, BP screwed up. But they were acting true to form. The failure was with the Federal Government which collects huge amounts of tax money with the mandate of taking care of the United States of America; a duty they have abandoned in their rush to take care of Wall Street, cronies, and of course, Israel.

Jun 19 07:47

Partner accuses BP of 'misconduct'

BP's partner in its damaged, gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has accused the UK-based energy company of "gross negligence and wilful misconduct".

Anadarko Petroleum Corp, owner of a quarter of the well pouring out up to 60,000 barrels per day (9.5 million litres), broke its near-silence on the spill on Friday to squarely pin the blame for the crisis on BP.

Jun 19 07:29

Venice, Louisiana, Boat Captain/ by Catherine Craig

BP is blocking access to rescuing turtles and is incinerating turtles in the oil.

Jun 19 07:23

Memo to the Victims: You Yourselves Will Pay for the Crimes of the Ruling Class

Take some time to appreciate the unfathomable cruelty of this pattern. You may be grievously harmed and even permanently damaged by the actions of those who hold unanswerable power.

Jun 18 20:16

Who Died And Made BP The King Of The Gulf Of Mexico?

Who Died And Made BP The King Of The Gulf Of Mexico?
Michael Snyder | Jun. 18, 2010, 8:12 AM |
In recent weeks, BP has almost seemed more interested in keeping the American people away from the oil spill than in actually cleaning it up.
Journalists are being pushed around and denied access, disaster workers are being intimidated and abused and now BP has even go so far as to hire an army of private mercenaries to enforce their will along the Gulf coast. Are we suddenly living in occupied Iraq? How in the world did a foreign oil company get the right to start pointing guns at the American people? The last time I checked, BP did not own the Gulf of Mexico and did not have the right to tell the American people where they can and cannot go.

Jun 18 20:11

USCG, Greedy BP reject oil stoppage solutions that locals want

Friday, June 18, 2010 By Bo McMullian
Clean Up Solutions Not Given Serious Consideration
British Petroleum and U.S. Coast Guard turn down hay and fiber cleanup solutions as oil approaches Panhandle beaches
By Bo McMullian
“If we don’t do something to prevent it,” Carpenter said, “oil could be on the beaches in Walton County this weekend, and Panama City next week.” He said the hay could be obtained in enough quantity because he has had sellers contact him from as far away as California. ...“The booms being used by BP and the Coast Guard have failed. It’s obvious they have. I have no idea how they’ll stop the oil,” Carpenter said.

Jun 18 16:25

Disaster capitalists: Halliburton to make money off oil spill

Does a company that both builds oil rigs and cleans up oil spills have any motivation to prevent oil rig disasters?

That's the question some people in business and politics are asking themselves after Halliburton's purchase of an oil clean-up company 10 days before the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers and launched the worst oil spill in US history.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Amazing... just amazing.

One has to wonder just what the Halliburton execs knew, and when they knew it, to understand what a great buy this would be.

Jun 18 14:50

How The Ultimate BP Gulf Disaster Could Kill Millions

...Death from the depths

With the emerging evidence of fissures, the quiet fear now is the methane bubble rupturing the seabed and exploding into the Gulf waters. If the bubble escapes, every ship, drilling rig and structure within the region of the bubble will instantaneously sink. All the workers, engineers, Coast Guard personnel and marine biologists measuring the oil plumes' advance will instantly perish...

Jun 18 13:58

Texas Rep. Joe Barton apologizes for apologizing to BP CEO Tony Hayward over '$20B shakedown'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Barton defended BP and gets pounded in the media, but is his defense of BP any less vile or corrupt than the numerous congresscritters who defended Israel after Israel attacked Americans in international waters? At least BP can claim they did not intend the damage; the IDF pumped four bullets into that 19 year old kid from New York!

Jun 18 12:45

Oh yes, the Florida Governor is keeping his eye on the oil!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The tanning oil, that is!

Jun 18 11:58

$7-a-gallon gas?

President Obama has a solution to the Gulf oil spill: $7-a-gallon gas.

That's a Harvard University study's estimate of the per-gallon price of the president's global-warming agenda. And Obama made clear this week that this agenda is a part of his plan for addressing the Gulf mess.

So what does global-warming legislation have to do with the oil spill?

Good question, because such measures wouldn't do a thing to clean up the oil or fix the problems that led to the leak.

Jun 18 11:49

The Big Question: Should Barton step down over BP apology?

Barton was forced to apologize but is clearly unapologetic in his defense of the oil industry, from which he has collected more than $1 million in the last two decades. He didn't make a gaffe, or confuse anyone with his statement and strong views -- he apologized to BP, called the president's request a "shakedown" and said the matter was a "tragedy."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just announced: Barton will resign his leadership post.

Jun 18 11:44

Bankrupt BP Sells Equipment to Israel, Israel Sideways Drilling Off Gaza

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has no offshore oil. That was established long ago. No coast was ever more thoroughly explored. But Palestine, specifically Gaza, does have oil and gas. Hence the Israeli holocausting of Palestinians. Israel has the technology for sideways drilling however. And so Zion Oil & Gas is created headed by a Bible quoting Christian Zionist. "It is the fulfillment of prophecy," we are told -- and so you are contrary to scripture if you question how oil and gas suddenly exist where they did not exist 25 years ago.

Jun 18 09:43

BP Oil Disaster now larger than Chernobyl!

Jun 18 09:39

Gulf oil full of methane, adding new concerns

It is an overlooked danger in the oil spill crisis: The crude gushing from the well contains vast amounts of natural gas that could pose a serious threat to the Gulf of Mexico's fragile ecosystem.

The oil emanating from the seafloor contains about 40 percent methane, compared with about 5 percent found in typical oil deposits, said John Kessler, a Texas A&M University oceanographer who is studying the impact of methane from the spill.

That means huge quantities of methane have entered the Gulf, scientists say, potentially suffocating marine life and creating "dead zones" where oxygen is so depleted that nothing lives.

Jun 18 09:02

BP scaring the crap out of people: dispersants having laxative effect on Floridians

According to a blog poster on a Middle Eastern website, ingredients in a dispersant chemical used to break up the BP oil gusher are allegedly causing massive outbreaks of diarrhea in a Florida. The poster says that an outbreak of diarrhea is allegedly causing so many cases of diarrhea in Miami, entire neighborhoods smell like a giant outhouse.

Jun 18 08:30

Arrest For Filming Oil Spill, BY BP CONTRACTORS: BP's Rules, NOT OURS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just think about it. A foreign corporation is giving directions to a US Government agency paid with your tax dollars and the agency obeys the foreign corporation????

Jun 18 08:21

Your government in action - Coast Guard halts oil cleanup for fire extinguisher inspections!

Jun 18 07:33

Officials Worried About The Gulf Cleanup Materials Sent To Their Landfills

They have good reason to worry. Even though BP claims otherwise, we just don't know for sure and you shouldn't just dump it anywhere (although I suspect they will, anyway):

About 35,000 bags — or 250 tons — of oily trash have been carted away from this beach, said Lt. Patrick Hanley of the Coast Guard, who is stationed at Port Fourchon. And as of Monday, more than 175,000 gallons of liquid waste — a combination of oil and water — had been sent to landfills, as had 11,276 cubic yards of solid waste, said Petty Officer Gail Dale, also of the Coast Guard, who works with at the command center in Houma.

Jun 17 20:48

BP Tells Cleanup Workers They'll Be Fired If They Wear Respirators

More egregious still, sources on the ground say that BP is telling cleanup workers that they will be fired if they wear respirators:

Why?

Because - as part of their PR campaign - BP is doing everything it can to prevent dramatic pictures or headlines regarding the oil spill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember 9-11, where the EPA told the emergency workers that the air was perfectly safe at Ground Zero and no special protection was needed, and now all those workers are ill with cancer, mesothelioma, etc.?

Jun 17 20:40

16 Burning Questions About Gulf Oil Spill...

Now Barack Obama has made a big Oval Office speech and has tried to convince all of us that he is in charge of the crisis. Well, perhaps if he had tried to take decisive action a month ago the American people may have rallied around him. But right now the BP/government response to this disaster remains completely and totally chaotic.

Jun 17 20:38

Obama vows to enrich himself by forcing carbon bill passage

After oil spill, Obama vows to find votes for energy bill
Wed Jun 2, 4:13 pm
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (AFP) – President Barack Obama Wednesday vowed to find the votes to pass a stalled energy bill, saying the Gulf of Mexico oil catastrophe showed the need to "aggressively" seek a clean energy future.
"The only way the transition to clean energy will succeed is if the private sector is fully invested in this future -- if capital comes off the sidelines and the ingenuity of our entrepreneurs is unleashed," he said.
"The only way to do that is by finally putting a price on carbon pollution," Obama said, noting that the House of Representatives had already passed a climate change bill, which had become stalled in the Senate.

Jun 17 20:21

Flashback: Chicago Climate Exchange funded by Obama before he was POTUS

Obama’s involvement in Chicago Climate Exchange—the rest of the story
By Judi McLeod Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The same Chicago Climate Exchange promoting public rip-off was funded by Obama before he was POTUS.
Even as man-made global warming is being exposed as a money-generating hoax, Obama is working feverishly to push the controversial cap-and-trade carbon reduction scheme through Congress.
Obama was never the character he created for himself in the fairy-tale version in “Dreams of My Father”. He’s the agent of Change and Hope for cohorts making money down at the Chicago Climate Exchange.

Jun 17 20:17

Crime inc ~ RICO Investigation Needed NOW about Gulf, Energy & CCX

Crime inc ~ RICO Investigation Needed NOW about Gulf, Energy & CCX
2010 June 9
by Greg Hedgepath
The White House is right in the middle of the cover-up:
Contrary to early reports from the Obama Administration that it was not aware of the catastrophic nature of the Gulf oil spill, newly-released Coast Guard logs show that the government knew within hours that the spill would be devastating.
Reports indicate Obama is to use the Oil Spill Disaster to renew a push for Cap & Trade. This is made more suspicious by his apparent delay and even obstruction of solutions:

Jun 17 12:06

BP Aware Of Cracks In Oil Well Two Months Before Explosion

BP was aware of cracks appearing in the Macondo well as far back as February, right around the time Goldman Sachs and BP Chairman Tony Hayward were busy dumping their stocks in the company on the eve of the explosion that led to the oil spill, according to information uncovered by congressional investigators.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember when the Space Shuttle Challenger had frozen O-Rings and management said, "We have to launch; we're on a tight schedule"?

Didn't work out then.

Didn't work out now.

and the lesson is that the real world does not bend to the will of CEOs and politicians, no matter how much they bark.

Jun 17 11:21

Did the BP Oil Well Really Blow Out in February, Instead of April?

It took 10 days to plug the first cracks, according to reports BP filed with the Minerals Management Service that were later delivered to congressional investigators. Cracks in the surrounding rock continued to complicate the drilling operation during the ensuing weeks. Left unsealed, they can allow explosive natural gas to rush up the shaft.

“Once they realized they had oil down there, all the decisions they made were designed to get that oil at the lowest cost,” said Peter Galvin of the Center for Biological Diversity, which has been working with congressional investigators probing the disaster. “It’s been a doomed voyage from the beginning.”

Jun 17 10:58

BP's Largest Shareholder says Oil Spill Good for the Economy

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perfect example of how breathing that benzine can seriously screw up your brain.

Jun 17 10:01

WH talking drilling moratorium... while giving out 400 new drilling leases for Gulf of Mexico

Why did the Obama administration just approve more than 400 new leases for oil companies to operate in the Gulf of Mexico?

Jun 17 09:20

I've Had Enough Of The BP Spill

Jun 17 09:07

BP Gulf Oil Spill Is Already In Gulf Stream And May Hit North Carolina Beaches Any Day

Satellite Images Show The BP Gulf Oil Spill May Have Hit The Florida Keys On May 23rd

Jun 17 08:09

BP chairman says company cares about ‘the small people’

Obama said he had urged the BP bosses to remember when they were meeting in the boardroom to "keep in mind those individuals, that they are desperate, may lose business that have been in their families for two or three generations."

Svanberg agreed, saying: "We care about the small people."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A corporation is, by definition, an entity without a conscience.

In its catastrophically indifferent and cavalier handling of the Gulf Oil spill, BP managed to prove that very clearly.

Jun 17 08:07

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “Billion potential barrels of oil” under BP’s ruptured well; “Thing could really explode” expert says

Jun 17 07:49

License To Drill

At his long-awaited press conference on the Gulf oil disaster last month, President Obama announced a moratorium on new oil drilling and exploration for six months. "We can't do this stuff if we don't have confidence that we can prevent crises like this from happening again," he declared. But while existing rigs may be out of commission for the near future, the administration hasn't exactly put the brakes on new oil and gas drilling ventures. In recent weeks, the government has quietly approved the sale of more than 400 new leases for vast swaths of the Gulf of Mexico. And these contracts—which mark the first step in the drilling process—were subjected to the same slapdash environmental oversight that failed to prevent the BP catastrophe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Swell.

Jun 17 07:12

Dead sperm whale found in Gulf

The whale was found floating 77 miles due south of the Deepwater Horizon spill site.

Jun 17 06:56

FU BP!

When I hear reports of 60,000 barrells of oil are spilling into the ocean a day, it pisses me of. Our water, our wildlife, our citizens well-being is out the window. What pisses me off even more are the lies. I was born on a Tuesday… but not LAST Tuesday. I hate being talked to like I’m Boo-Boo the Fool. How we went from a couple of thousands of barrells to now 60,000 is beyond me. Actually, it’s not. They merely just lied.

Jun 17 06:12

Sea creatures flee oil spill, gather near shore

Dolphins and sharks are showing up in surprisingly shallow water just off the Florida coast. Mullets, crabs, rays and small fish congregate by the thousands off an Alabama pier. Birds covered in oil are crawling deep into marshes, never to be seen again.

Marine scientists studying the effects of the BP disaster are seeing some strange — and troubling — phenomena.

Fish and other wildlife are fleeing the oil out in the Gulf and clustering in cleaner waters along the coast. But that is not the hopeful sign it might appear to be, researchers say.

The animals' presence close to shore means their usual habitat is badly polluted, and the crowding could result in mass die-offs as fish run out of oxygen.

Jun 17 04:00

50 mile oil ‘patch’ just south of Florida Keys by June 19: Forecast

Latest HYCOM-GFS oilspill forecast shows a large stretch of oil approximately 15 miles south of the Florida Keys, near Marathon and Big Pine Key by this weekend.

Jun 17 03:36

9/11 payout czar Kenneth Feinberg to dole out gulf oil disaster funds

President Obama's choice to oversee the gulf oil disaster fund is one of the very few people who have weighed the dollar value of devastation before: 9/11's special master Kenneth Feinberg.

Jun 17 03:32

Gulf DIsaster Pay Czar's Relationship to Goldman Sachs

Feinberg "consulted" with Blankfein about the Goldman bonuses
Goldman "followed [Feinberg's] prescriptions" about how bonuses should be paid
Feinberg thinks Blankfein's $9 million bonus is "too high"
Feinberg has no authority over the Goldman bonuses

Jun 17 03:26

Zionist Kenneth Feinberg, 9/11 Cover Up Agent, to Administer BP's $20 Billion Claim Fund

As the sole person responsible for distributing the money from the Victims Compensation Fund, Feinberg paid out nearly $7 billion to families in compensation - if they would sign the agreement not to sue the airlines or the Israeli airport security firm involved in 9-11 (Huntleigh USA/ICTS). More than 98 percent of the families accepted the money from the Feinberg-managed fund. The amounts of the payments and the amounts paid to Diane Feinberg and the 30 lawyers are not known. The American people deserve to know how the funds were used and who got paid.

Jun 16 17:37

The BP Gulf Oil Disaster: New Facts Diabolical

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The BP Gulf Oil Disaster: New Facts Diabolical
OIL GATE NEW FACTS DISCOVERED
6. That the current oil spill could be stopped within 72 hours under an executive order from the White House to the US Navy, at any time.Who will broker all the cap-and-trade certificates to keep American companies in legal compliance ~ why the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), of course. And who will ultimately pay all the costs ~ US consumers and taxpayers as higher prices are passed along. And who are the major stockholders who stand to transition from stockholder losers to massive windfall winners as CCX stockholders, or those who own stocks in other companies that own CCX stocks?
• Barack and Michelle Obama
• Al Gore (Generation Investment Management)

Jun 16 11:32

BP starts burning oil from leaking ruptured well

BP began burning oil siphoned from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico early Wednesday as part of its plans to more than triple the amount of crude it can stop from reaching the sea, the company said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... while totally ignoring the contaminants and pollutants pouring into the atmosphere from the fires.

Jun 16 11:21

Cuba braces to contend with BP oil spill

Cuba is steadying itself for an ecological and tourism crisis as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill appears to be heading towards its pristine northern coast.

Patches of oil were reportedly spotted 100 miles north-west of the island, prompting concern that gulf currents will add Cuba to the list of casualties from the April 20 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This spill and damage to the ocean floor will be impacting the region for decades, possibly longer.

And it is painfully apparent that neither Obama, nor BP, have a clue as to how to deal with this.

Jun 16 11:10

Pundits boo President Obama speech

President Barack Obama’s Oval Office address on the Gulf Coast catastrophe is being greeted with a barrage of criticism from commentators and political analysts across the ideological spectrum—the most intense negative reaction to any major public appearance he has given as president.

If the goal was to change the widespread Washington storyline that Obama is not rising to the occasion for the BP debacle, it became clear within moments that the 18-minute speech was an emphatic failure—and not just among conservatives who predictably root for the president’s failure.

“Junk Shot,” blared the headline at Huffington Post. Salon took a similar theme: “Just words: Oval Office speech fizzles.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear President Obama. You do not kowtow to Israel, defending the nation that attacked Americans in international waters, then expect those same Americans to fall for another BS sales pitch about the disaster the US Government itself allowed to happen. Your presidency is finished, and you will go down in history as the most treasonous head-of-state since Charles I.

Jun 16 10:58

Dutch oil spill response team on standby for US oil disaster

Two Dutch companies are on stand-by to help the Americans tackle an oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico. The two companies use huge booms to sweep and suck the oil from the surface of the sea. The US authorities, however, have difficulties with the method they use.

The Americans don’t have spill response vessels with skimmers because their environment regulations do not allow it. With the Dutch method seawater is sucked up with the oil by the skimmer. The oil is stored in the tanker and the superfluous water is pumped overboard. But the water does contain some oil residue, and that is too much according to US environment regulations.[media:factfile1]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is high time for this administration to get off their high horse, and get the American people in the Gulf some relief from this spill.

That the Dutch companies with intensive experience in dealing with large oil spills have not been called to help is infuriatingly absurd.

Jun 16 10:49

Mr. President, can BP arrest Our Journalists?

Mr. Obama, it would be disturbing enough if media censorship of a major event in this country were imposed by our own government. But for it to be imposed by a FOREIGN-owned corporation is unfathomable. I am not aware of any legal provision that gives standing to foreigners to authorize the arrest of American citizens for any reason, so the obvious question that follows is this: Under whose authority is the threat of arrest for photographing dead and dying animals being issued? Under whose authority, for but one example, was a reporter from WDSU in New Orleans turned away from seeing for himself the havoc being wreaked on his state?

Jun 16 09:23

75 percent of board overseeing major study into effects of oil spill have ties to BP

some scientists accused BP of trying to control the research by selecting the research topics and the members of an advisory committee that would select the institutions to oversee the money and research.

Jun 16 08:35

BP Admits That - If It Tries to Cap the Leak - the Whole Well May Blow

Specifically, BP's Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles told CNN last Thursday that BP's data indicates that BP can't cap the leaking oil, or it might cause the well casing to blow out:

Jun 16 08:34

Fears that BP oil spill may reach Irish coastline

Fears have been expressed that the BP oil spill will eventually make its way to the Irish coast because of being carried on the Gulf stream currents.

Jun 16 07:52

BP Was Founding Member of ‘Cap-and-Trade’ Lobby

Expect BP to be public enemy No. 1 in the climate debate.

There’s a problem: BP was a founding member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a lobby dedicated to passing a cap-and-trade bill. As the nation’s largest producer of natural gas, BP saw many ways to profit from climate legislation, notably by persuading Congress to provide subsidies to coal-fired power plants that switched to gas.

Jun 16 07:42

Once a government pet, BP now a capitalist tool

As BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig was sinking on April 22, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., was on the phone with allies in his push for climate legislation, telling them he would soon roll out the Senate climate bill with the support of the utility industry and three oil companies — including BP, according to the Washington Post.

Kerry never got to have his photo op with BP chief executive Tony Hayward and other regulation-friendly corporate chieftains. Within days, Republican co-sponsor Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., repudiated the bill following a spat about immigration, and Democrats went back to the drawing board.

Jun 16 07:22

BP warns its new oil collection plan has safety risks

BP warns its new oil collection plan has safety risks

Jun 16 05:47

Obama’s Oval Office speech: A cowardly cover-up of BP’s crimes

President Obama’s Oval Office speech Tuesday night on the Gulf oil disaster was a cowardly exercise in evasion and cover-up that could have been written by the publicity department of BP.

The 18-minute speech, coming on the 57th day of the worst environmental catastrophe in US history, provided no concrete assessment of the causes of the oil spill or the dimensions of the crisis—in terms of damage either to the ecosystem or the economy.

The speech represented a complete capitulation to BP and corporate power. Anyone who expected that Obama would use the occasion to provide the American people with an honest accounting of the disaster and the culpability of BP had to be sorely disappointed.

Jun 15 08:06

BP hires private security contractors to guard ‘black water’

If they had hired Blackwater, the firm would have had a particularly appropriate sounding name for the job: guarding tar-stained beaches.

In their latest eyebrow-raising PR move, multinational oil giant BP has enlisted private security contractors to keep onlookers away from oil cleanup sites. While the firm they hired apparently isn't Blackwater (the private security firm Blackwater changed their name to Xe Services after a spate of killings in Baghdad, and has now put itself up for sale), they certainly seem to have 'black water' in their sights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If BP has gone to these extraordinary lengths to keep people away from the cleanup sites, this catastrophe is far worse than either BP or the Federal government is willing to divulge.

Jun 15 07:16

BP Gets OK To Burn Off Captured Oil, Gas At Sea

BP won permission to start burning oil and gas piped up from its broken seafloor well as part of a pledge to more than triple how much crude it stops from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.

Federal authorities gave permission late Monday for BP PLC to use a new method that involves pumping oil from the busted wellhead to a special ship on the surface, were it would be burned off rather than collected.

"Global warming! Global warm ... aw forget it."

Jun 14 22:17

BP Hires Blackstone Group, Goldman Sachs To Defend Itself Against Takeover Attempts

BP has hired two banks to defer any kind of takeover attempt a rival company (like ExxonMobil, perhaps) would make.

Similarly, Dow Jones newswires claim that the aforementioned banks could be Goldman Sachs and Blackstone Group, the same guys who took Nalco public, you know, that company that manufactures the lethal and controversial Corexit 9500 dispersant.

Jun 14 17:06

The ties that bind

The ties that bind. Remember Rahm Emanuel's rent-free D.C. apartment? The owner: A BP adviser

We already knew that BP and its folks were significant contributors to the record $750-million war chest of Barack Obama's 2007-08 campaign.

Now, we learn the details of a connection of Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayoral wannabe, current Obama chief of staff, ex-representative, ex-Clinton money man and ex-Windy City political machine go-fer.

Jun 14 07:38

BP Grasping At Strings

Struggling to halt the gargantuan flow of crude oil from the seabed of the Gulf of Mexico, BP CEO Tony Hayward took time out from his demanding schedule to discuss with Outside The (Cardboard) Box the effect the environmental disaster has had on his life, BP’s plans for the future and his inspiration for BP’s latest approach to stemming the flow.

Jun 14 06:13

Obama To Use BP Oil Spill As An Opportunity To Push His Economy Killing Climate Change Bill

You see, to those obsessed with "climate change", just getting corporations around the globe to radically cut carbon emissions is not nearly going to be good enough. The truth is that they know that in order to get carbon emissions down to where they want them to be, they are going to have to do something about the growing world population.

To them, in the "war against climate change" anyone who breathes is the enemy. In fact, according to an official UN report, no human can ever truly be "carbon neutral".

So please understand that for those obsessed with climate change, "carbon taxes" and "cap and trade" are just the beginning. To truly achieve their goals, "one child policies" and "forced abortions" will also be necessary.

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

OBAMA MAY WANT BP TO FAIL !

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.

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