Reason No. 1 for not allowing offshore oil drilling: it leads to situations like this.
This really looks awful. I was just listening to the news on this topic and wondering what will happen come the first gulf hurricane. Will the oil then be spread all over the gulf states? And what further problems will this cause?
This may become the biggest oil spill disaster. Hurricane season is just around the corner. Need a full state of emergency clean up operation for the entire Gulf region.
Need to mobilize all available resources (domestic and international) before the gulf becomes turbulent due to impending tropical depressions and adverse weather conditions.
Do the officials really want the general public to know how many millions of gallons are being spilt?
"1989: 11m gallons were spilt into Alaska’s Prince William Sound in the Exxon Valdez disaster
1991: 520m gallons were deliberately released from Iraqi oil tankers during the first Gulf War to impede the US invasion"
How the oil has spread
Big oil has the last word I guess … they’ll put up more platforms and will drill sometime in the future in Alaska’s north …
North Pole is the last frontier… they are so happy they will not have to spend so much money on transportation, either, and may forget altogether about paying Suez, or even the Middle East conflict -they can go to nuclear war, it won’t affect their oil supply anymore.
Real awful man-made disaster. 11 lives initially lost, the cost for natural resources will be immense. Hope animal organizations are already mobilizing for the rescue operation. What a mess.
The era of oil is over. We gotta move on to the next level, or this will definetively kill us all.
Apparently the spill is already the size of Jamaica.
It’s kind of strange that no one is prepared to handle the incident … plan a, plan b … no plan c? Did they really believe that something like this would never be possible?
I guess Murphy was right …
What the “newsperts” say is that they have to drill into the well and cap it off below the leak–5,000 feet (1534 meters)under water.
Yes, well, it seems like the US government is really alarmingly bad at thinking through anything other than best case senarios. I mean, there have been so many MANY examples in the last 10 years or so of NO forsight, NO plan Bs or any other letters.
Many lives will be lost. Many natural resources destroyed. Many people’s livelihoods wiped out. The price of gas will skyrocket. Becaus no one ever imagined that a leak like this one was possible? It just seems so unbelieavably obtuse.
Thanks, Dickhead Cheney.
Another fine mess [color=#FF0000]HALIBURTON[/color] has gotten us into.
Hey, Dick. Let’s go hunting this winter on my ranch!
Oh, I’m sorry, just an accident. It wasn’t loaded, I was just cleaning it and it went off.
[quote=“saddletramp”]Thanks, Dickhead Cheney.
Another fine mess [color=#FF0000]HALIBURTON[/color] has gotten us into.
Still early days, so who knows what further info will come out yay or nay.
[quote]Halliburton May Be Culprit In Oil Rig Explosion
Giant oil-services provider Halliburton may be a primary suspect in the investigation into the oil rig explosion that has devastated the Gulf Coast, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Though the investigation into the explosion that sank the Deepwater Horizon site is still in its early stages, drilling experts agree that blame probably lies with flaws in the “cementing” process – that is, plugging holes in the pipeline seal by pumping cement into it from the rig. Halliburton was in charge of cementing for Deepwater Horizon.[/quote]
[quote] Last year, Halliburton was also implicated for its cementing work prior to a massive blowout off the coast of Australia, where a rig caught on fire and spewed hundreds of thousands of gallons into the sea for ten weeks.
In that incident, workers apparently failed to properly pump cement into the well, according to Elmer Danenberger, former head of regulatory affairs for the U.S. Minerals Management Service, who testified to an Australian commission probing that accident.
“The problem with the cementing job was one of the root causes in the Australian blowout,” Danenberger told Huffington Post, adding that the rig crew didn’t pick up on indications of an influx of fluids coming back in after they cemented the casing. “The crew didn’t pick up on them and didn’t take action.”
Any idea why they would send SWAT teams to the other oil rigs? I can see Coast Guard, EPA, NOAA, but why would you send counter terrorism teams unless it was related to either hostage rescue or terrorism?
[quote=“lbksig”]Any idea why they would send SWAT teams to the other oil rigs? I can see Coast Guard, EPA, NOAA, but why would you send counter terrorism teams unless it was related to either hostage rescue or terrorism?
To promote fear? To stop further attacks by terrorists?
BP is the UK’s largest corporation operating on one of its allies doorsteps.
BP has US $236.0 billion total assets (2009).
So, no fear for this Supermajor. They can buy themselves out of this mess.
"BP has smashed City forecasts with a 135% jump in profits, thanks to rising oil prices.
The energy giant reported profits of $5.6bn (£3.6bn) in the first three months of 2010, up from $2.4bn a year ago." (2010/04/27)
Remember, Bp has one of the better reputations in the oil industry
“Nobody really knows whether the London-based oil giant is being too conservative about the cost for the April 20 accident, which some experts say could end up as the biggest oil spill in history. The 1989 grounding of the Exxon Valdez off Alaska, for example, cost Exxon Mobil more than $4.3 billion, including compensatory payments, cleanup costs, settlements and fines.”
Adjust for inflation.
Or adjust the dependance on our oil consumption needs.
Perfect time to implement new energy bills (so they can finally see a return on investments in 20 years from now)
(thinking out loud)
"As Mr. Hayward said to fellow executives in his London office recently, “What the hell did we do to deserve this?”
Mr. Hayward is bringing religion into his quotes. Act of God. Act of the Devil. Let’s cover all our bases this time.
The so-called “SWAT teams” are inspectors from the Minerals Management Service, which deals with natural resources such as oil.
The so-called “SWAT teams” are inspectors from the Minerals Management Service, which deals with natural resources such as oil.[/quote]
Inspectors from the Minerals Management Service make sense, but why title them SWAT? That’s a completely different role than an inspector. Typo? Slow news day?
Inspectors from the Minerals Management Service make sense, but why title them SWAT? That’s a completely different role than an inspector. Typo? Slow news day?[/quote]
I don’t think they’re officially titled “SWAT”. It’s more of a genericized term, meaning something like a crack team of quick-responding specialists.
We know BP SHOULD be liable for any and all costs associated with clean up and damages.
- largest retailer of gasoline in the US
- about 17,150 service stations in USA (includes AMOCO)
- 11,850 BP stations worldwide, 1,525 in the UK including Safeway sales
- retails Castrol in over 50 countries
- supplies more than 900 ports and 1,400 airports worldwide
To be determined… WILL BP be penalized for all associated costs: local, state and federal?
Most Americans filling up at BP stations don’t even know BP stands for British Petroleum, but this may change quickly.
Not saying Obama will most likely to shield BP from the total bill, but Obama did win the majority of BP contributions.
As for Halliburton’s role, one can only hope Dick Cheney’s relation is consistently overemphasized in mainstream media.
I’ve never heard of a solar slick or a wind spill.
As the disaster worsens, is anyone still saying “Drill, baby, drill”?
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