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Oil Spill May Affect Obama’s Offshore Drilling Plan

May 3, 2010 by  

Oil spill may affect Obama's offshore drilling plan Last week’s oil rig explosion off the Louisiana coast—which killed 11 workers and resulted in tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil being dumped into the Gulf of Mexico—could not have come at worse time for President Obama.

Just a month after rolling out a proposal to increase offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean and in parts of Alaska, Obama is being asked to scrap his plan in light of the tragedy.

Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) called for the president to rescind his plan on Thursday, and asked the Interior Department to provide Congress with a detailed report concerning the multitude of accidents that have occurred over the last decade, Fox News reports.

"Big Oil has perpetuated a dangerous myth that coastline drilling is a completely safe endeavor, but accidents like this are a sober reminder just how far that is from the truth," the senators wrote in a statement.

Whitehouse Press Secretary Robert Gibbs conceded on Thursday that the administration’s plan concerning offshore drilling could be modified depending on the specifics of last week’s accident, which may cost as much as $1 billion to clean up.

"Today, we don’t know what the cause is," said Gibbs. "If we’re saying that [United States officials] came to the president and said, here’s what caused it, would that possibly change his viewpoint? Well, of course."
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  • http://bodgeitandscarper.org John

    I was astounded at the logic shown by president Obama when he arrived in Louisiana when he talked about having to find out what happened followed immediately by …… “But one thing we do know, it was BP’s fault!” Where is the logic in saying we don’t have a clue what happened but we know it was a British company’s fault and not ours even though an American company, Halliburton, was involved along with a Swiss one on the actual drilling etc and Halliburton had been found to be to blame in an almost exact identical “accidenT” off Austaralia last year where oil poured into the seas for weeks.

    Maybe we need to use the oil company’s technology to solve this solution Moses style, …… after all if you can make it easier to make something a foot up in the air you can make it easier to make water anywhere but above a wellhead and go down in shirt sleeves to fix it.

    But of course that would kill the oil industry stone dead because who would need oil after that with everything else the same technology promises to be capable of? And maybe that is the problem with it.

    http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2008/01/06/crackpot-or-genius-has-a-shell-boffin-stumbled-on-a-scientific-breakthrough/

    • Dan2

      Why did obama send SWAT TEAMS to the oil rigs. Did NORTH KOREA TORPEDOE these platforms. you should read this from russian news

      http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1367.htm

      • ChuckL

        Dan2, You should learn to do some research on your sources for validity.

        But, then again, it clearly shows your validity.

      • Claire

        Maybe the SWAT teams were sent to investigate, after all, they are trained men. If there was any type of trouble, they would be able to handle it. Sorry folks, but in this day and age anything is possible. Look at the SUV in Times Square loaded with explosives. There are just TOO MANY NUTS out there. And to be honest, I think these nuts feed off of the dissent in America and some of the terrible things that are being said. These nuts are dangerous. And I truly hate to say this but some of these nuts are supposed to be American. These nuts think they are doing “something” but they end up killing innocent bystanders.

        • JeffH

          laire, I agree with this comment: “I think these nuts feed off of the dissent in America and some of the terrible things that are being said.”
          We have to realize who is promoting that thought by the terrible things being said. The White House, Congressionals, Senators, ex-presidents, and the MSM.
          I believe there is an underlying reason for all of this madness and it’s not in the best interest of America or the American people. Why else would anyone go through all of the trouble to constantly villify people and groups that only want to see America remain a democratic republic as our forefathers created for all of us.

          • Claire

            JeffH–There was a lot of garbage going around when Bush was in office but it is nothing like I am hearing now. Too volatile for me. It is scary.

    • allen johnson

      If there was ever an argument against offshore drilling, we have it now. It is indeed unfortunate that the “drill baby drill” team had some significant influence on Obama decisions, and that the nonsense of a 60% majority that we are threatened by causes this sort of capitulation. We all know the long term solution is not oil, but this country, and the right wing in particular, thinks in days, maybe weeks, perhaps quarters, but not further, and so we are in an incredible jam that unless huge-money influence is removed and people start having rational, reasonable discourse and problem solving, we are doomed as a nation. You want no government? Then be done with interstate highways, the FAA,drivers’ licenses, physician licenses, social security, medicare, the police, the fire departments, and the like. Let it all run like Goldman Sachs and its fellow travellers – let the buyer beware, and you are on your own! I thought we made it through all that nonsense several hundred years ago, but perhaps not, since the Wild West surely showed how to settle problems and eliminate any opposition.

      • George E

        Allen,

        One could have said “if ever we needed a reason not to go into space, we have it now” after any of the disasters that we experienced. But we didn’t. We persevered, and continue to learn from our work in space. That’s what tough people do.

        So long as the oil and gas industry learns from these accidents and continues to develop new methods and technologies to prevent accidents like this from happening in the future, we should not quit exploring and developing our natural resources.

        When this is all over, I’ll bet you that the people of Louisiana will not be the ones shouting the loudest to stop offshore drilling and production. They’ll work around this problem and move on because they understand the value of oil and gas to their economy and their lives. So, I believe everyone who lives outside Louisiana should learn from this incident as well, and continue to support drilling and production of oil and gas to reduce our balance of trade deficits, help ensure an ample supply of oil and gas to meet demand, and create good jobs for those employed and supporting this vital industry. Let’s learn from this terrible accident, and continue to improve. Let’s not over react. If we do, the solution will be much worse than the problem.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          George,
          I think Allens house should be the first one that we cut off from the gas and electric that is produced by these platforms!!! Oh, and don’t forget his car. We wouldn’t want his car to run on oil from those nasty platforms now, would we??
          Of course it was a bad thing that happened, probably the worst. does that mean we shoot ourselves in the foot and never take a chance again? Hell no!!! We LEARN!!! We INSPECT!! We do EVERYTHING we can to insure that it never happens again!!! We also fine so hard that no oil company ever thinks about cutting corners in US waters again. I wonder what Allen’s Idea would be about all those rigs that aren’t in US waters but close enough to cause us problems just as bad or worse???

          • George E

            You and I are obviously on the same page. Thanks.

  • http://bodgeitandscarper.org John

    Spell corrected version. :)

    I was astounded at the logic shown by president Obama when he arrived in Louisiana when he talked about having to find out what happened followed immediately by …… “But one thing we do know, it was BP’s fault!” Where is the logic in saying we don’t have a clue what happened but we know it was a British company’s fault and not ours even though an American company, Halliburton, was involved along with a Swiss one on the actual drilling etc and Halliburton had been found to be to blame in an almost exactly identical “accident” off Australia last year where oil poured into the seas for weeks?

    Maybe we need to use the oil company’s technology to solve this problem Moses style, …… after all if you can make it easier to make something a foot up in the air you can make it easier to make water anywhere but above a wellhead and go down in shirt sleeves to fix it.

    But of course that would kill the oil industry stone dead because who would need oil after that with everything else the same technology promises to be capable of? And maybe that is the problem with it.

    http://royaldutchshellplc.com/…..akthrough/

    • American Liberal

      Robin… Bush knew almost 2 weeks before Katrina arrived…you can’t know an oil platform will blow till it actually blows …president Obama was right on this disaster…. But you can trace the deregulation of these offshore drilling rigs to Bush Sr…

      • libertytrain

        If the governor would have asked for help, she would have had it. Until she asked, he could do nothing.

        • Claire

          libertytrain–And thank you for your common sense!!! Believe me, it is appreciated.

          • libertytrain

            Claire – back at you – I always enjoy reading your posts.

          • Claire

            liberytrain–I wonder why the Exxon Vakdez spill did not get all this notoriety? Was that sabotage? Or an accident? What did they ever decide about this?
            This BP oil spill is far worse than we can ever imagine.

          • Claire

            Egads! “Valdez”

          • libertytrain

            I remember it getting an awful lot of attention – but keep in mind times have changed and if obama gets a sliver – it causes a sensation – now we get continuous news streams -usually with the most negative viewpoints possible. However, as you know and I know, this oil mess is really very bad and a frightening scenario for so many things. I don’t know that we’ll get the truth.

          • George E

            Libertytrain,

            I’d bet the industry will get the answer as to what caused this oil leak. They have to know so they can take measures to avoid further incidents. They take situations like this very seriously and will make every reasonable effort to avoid this sort of thing in the future.

          • libertytrain

            George – I certainly hope they do.

      • angel-wanna-be

        AM LIB__ and Bush told them ALL to get out, before Katrina hit. If they didn’t listen or believe they were in real danger, and decided they were WRONG after the fact, that’s ones fault except the people that stayed!!

        • angel-wanna-be

          Spelling, that’s no ones fault except the people that stayed.

      • George E

        Liberal,

        Katrina is off subject, but I would like to add a couple clarifications nevertheless.

        First, you can know a hurricane has formed in the Caribbean and likely to enter the Gulf of Mexico at some point in the next week or so, and still not know where it will actually hit land. In fact, hurricanes often stall just before making landfall, and change direction at the last minute. You really can’t say exactly where a hurricane will hit land until the last few (8-24) hours before landfall. In the case of Katrina, if it had shifted direction and hit land 50 miles to the East or West of where it actually made landfall, the dikes in New Orleans probably would not have broken under the pressure of high tides from Lake Pontchartrain. So, knowing Katrina was a hurricane 2 weeks before it made landfall, and that it might enter the Gulf of Mexico and might make landfall somewhere around Louisiana (which was very unlikely at that time), would not have helped President Bush or anyone else forecast a dike failure in New Orleans. Many hurricanes had passed near New Orleans in the past without causing a dike failure, so it was not unreasonable to assume a dike failure would not occur this time either. In fact, Louisiana state authorities nor New Orleans city officials saw this disaster coming until it was too late to respond effectively.

        Second, it is my understanding that the Bush Administration asked the Louisiana governor if she wanted federal assistance, and was turned down early on after Katrina made landfall. I’m not sure why she delayed her request for help, but she has to accept a large portion of the blame for a late response. Certainly, New Orleans city officials were grossly inept in their planning for disasters like this, so they were less than effective in helping solve the problem. This is generally not the case in other areas when hit by very destructive hurricanes.

      • George E

        Frankly, I wish everyone would slow down on the political blame game. Everything that happens in this world doesn’t have to come down to politics. Bush didn’t know Katrina would cause a dike failure 2 weeks prior to it making landfall, and I doubt Obama knew how much oil was escaping from this well for several days, since BP didn’t know. There may be an issue of whether the Obama administration made the decision not to burn the surface oil, is still a question that needs to be answered, but it’s still early and there’s time for that. Even if they did make that decision, it may only mean they didn’t know how bad the spill was, and judged a burn to be more harmful to the environment than letting the oil dissipate in the water.

        It’s OK not to like one of these guys, but let’s do it for valid reasons, please.

        • Claire

          George E –Again!! Thank you for your common sense and rationality. It is always great to hear a voice of reason in these crazy times.

          • George E

            Well, thank you again, Claire. I appreciate your search for truth, fairness and objective reasoning. I wish everyone could come off the political talking points long enough to do the same as you. Thanks.

  • Lawrence

    Drill baby drill! Right? I wonder what Sarah Palin thinks about this disaster.

    • Chuck

      I know what I am about to say will go right over the liberals heads because they have no clue as far as logic is concerned but here goes anyway.

      First, I’m all for developing new cleaner forms of energy. My children and grandchildren for many generations to come will have to live here long after I am gone and they will have to be healthy to be able to work off Obama’s asinine national debt. So let’s find ways to power the future without poisoning them.

      Secondly, whether the environmentalist like it or not, every drop of usable oil will be pumped out of the ground and burned for fuel. The question is, who is going to benefit from it. Right now our coastal waters are surrounded by oil rigs belonging to foreign countries. Some of them are our friends while many of them are not. THE WELLS ARE BEING DRILLED AND THE OIL IS BEING PUMPED WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT. Right now Cuba, Spain, Mexico, and China, just to name a few are pumping oil out of the gulf as fast as they can.

      My question is should we continue to allow others drill for oil that should belong to America and us have no control over the safety of the operation, And then, we have to buy our own oil back from foreign owned companies like BP? Or should we keep buying middle Eastern oil from a bunch of Jihadist nutcases that might turn off the supply on a whim.

      Why do the liberals want to keep us crippled and dependent on outsiders.

      • Time

        Chuck,
        Its not “pure liberals” its the bent and preverted brand known as PROGRESSIVES, of what = Marxist.

        Saddly the Media is in bed with them – thus all storys get a solid spin job before the people get fed the rhetoric on MSNBC or MSN, Abc Cbs Nbc, CNN etc.
        So what you read or see is not whats really going on.

        When and if the media ever really reports the TRUTH, then perhaps the world will change for the better, {but don’t count on it.}

      • Camille

        Chuck,
        How right you are! We need to be sure that all sides are heard on every incident. The last presidential election proved just how “in bed” with certain factions the Media is. It is time for truth on all areas and let the chips fall where they may.

      • James

        Chuck, liberals want to keep us dependent on other nations so we can’t attack other nations without hurting our selves. China is a good example, we must continue to support communism, or there wouldn’t be anything to buy here, our economy would collapse.

  • tubamom

    Something is not passing the smell test to me. Obama never has and never will REALLY want us to become energy independent. This is a quick fix for him, I can hear him now. “Let me be clear, I wanted to drill, but with this problem we can’t drill, sorry.” In the mean time China is drilling like crazy in the gulf. No wonder he bows to the Chinese leaders when they meet.

    • JAFO

      Like maybe, N.Korean Sub left Port in Cuba just before ?… Or maybe the Official Blackout of U.S. Media in regarding a “Torpedoeing Incident” sent to the Kremlin ? … Maybe it’s the sensability of 20,000 barrels a day being siphoned each day from an “Exploratory Rig” reporting only 5,000 barrels a day ? … From a Rig Financed by “South Korea” not BP ! (Sure all the Big Oil Players are there,But?) Or possibly the coincidence that North Korea hasn’t made the Headlines here in the states since the Obama Administration took Power in the White House ? …
      Then again, I guess an explosive component could be overlooked in the design and it still be approved in the plans… In that exact location… It’s not like they would be handling a combustable material or anything like that…. Or that no such component exists that would cause such a Dynamic on any other Rig… I mean, who pumps gas (or oil for that matter) and even leaves their ignition key on, much less while holding a powder keg and a match in the other hand…. Right?

  • Doc Sarvis

    I think any president who puts their hopes in an oil based economy does not want the country to become energy independent. Oil is on the decline worldwide, this is exacerbated by the fact that countries like China are becoming more dependent on oil. I know there are conflicting points of view but the data that I have seen and trust (and it only makes sense if one thinks about it) indicate that we are at or just past the peak of our oil supply. As it becomes harder to find/extract it will become more and more expensive, quickly becoming cost prohibative.
    We need to be making a move off of oil A.S.A.P. This is one place our country could really lead on. I think President Obama has made some steps in that direction. Our country is not yet ready to jump off of the oil bandwagon, very few first world countries are either.

    • George E

      The market is a better determinator of when we should move off oil, and how fast, than either you or I or any government official. I say, everyone should get out of the way and let the market decide. Let’s not let this accident cause us to throw away logic and fact, and once again turn our lives over to the “all knowing, all caring” government to make decisions like this and further run (screw up) our lives.

      • Doc Sarvis

        I would agree with you (I think) if oil was a renewable resource. [I guess it is renewable if you are willing to wait for millions of years.] Since we need to view it as a nonrenewable/finite resource, I doubt the market should drive our forward direction.

        • George E

          Are you suggesting that since oil is not naturally and practically renewable that the government should own it? If that’s the case, we would never get enough oil out of the ground to do anyone any good. Government owned oil companies just don’t do as well as privately owned companies. They aren’t motivated by profits, so they don’t invest in projects that make money or return on their investment. This is really no different from other government owned enterprises. They just don’t work very well.

          • Doc Sarvis

            That is not what I am suggesting. I think we need to have higher efficiency standards on all energy consuming products and we need to have more research and investment into alternatives to petroleum based energy production.

          • George E

            Doc,

            I think I understand better now. Sorry if I took the discussion down the wrong path.

            I’m pretty much in agreement with you, especially on the R&D effort. I really don’t have a problem funding more research into alternative sources of fuel. However, I do start to get “heartburn” when the government pushes us to use these alternatives. I’d much rather let the market help us decide when and at what rate to do that. In theory, I’m not afraid of asking our government to do things like this, but I have no confidence they can, and will, do it well. I’m afraid they’ll find some way of screwing it up and sending us the bill. For the same reason, I don’t like the idea of the government telling us what kind of cars/trucks we have to buy and what their fuel efficiencies have to be.

        • Time

          So Doc,
          Lets see just how up on this you are, as you may know I endorce the use of Hemp Oil, (of what is 100% renewable,) as well cost pennys on the dollar for production v crude oil.

          What that means to everyone is rather than $3.00 per gallon plus or more. Hemp oil would be about $1.50 per gallon and after set up and retooling that amount would drop by half. And by the way hemp oil is {100% Renewable.}
          But what that means is that Hemp / Pot will need to be legal.

          Plus the fact that Hemp seeds are a better form of protein than beef, and again (100% Renewable.) And would cost very little.

          Also that 75% of all Cancer’s can be cured for just a few dollars, as in less than $50.00.

          Also that car bodys, can be made from Hemp as in the cars bodys would break down with no harm to the earth, rather than the rotten steel bodys that seep into the water supply and we have no clue what the effects will be in the long run. This would reduce the cost of Auto’s by as much as 40%, so a car that cost $20K would be only, $12K and the plastic body parts would also not be needed as the hemp could be molded just like plastic’s, and its very hard to dent – so Insurance cost would drop for your car.

          Plus cloths can be made from hemp, they last longer and again will 100% break down with no ill effects on the earth.

          Plus All Paper products can be made from hemp, thus again rather than cutting down ten acres of forest for wood pulp to make paper, the same amount of pulp can be had from 1 acre of hemp.

          Seem strange that when Jimmy Carter was given all this info he passed on it, but rather than take action that would have been of benefit to the world he instead came up with the Bogus – EPA, {of what was alledged to cut our dependance on OIL.}

          So Other than the growth of this Government unit in JOBS, its produced 100% of nothing in all these years.
          And by the way cost the US tax payers Hundreds of billions per year to pay these worthless employes, that have done nothing at all ever, thus combined with the fact that its now 35 years into the nothing factor, and at a cost of well over 5 Trillion dollas of TAX payers money, combined with 30 Trillion dollars of TAX payers money on the DEA, prisons and court cost in the case of tracking down Pot growers and smokers.

          So what say you oh alledged Liberal one?

          • Doc Sarvis

            Time
            Okay, I don’t know a lot about hemp but what I do know leads me to have no objection to using it in all its forms. As I said, I don’t know a lot about it so I can’t be sure about all the figures you listed but I don’t doubt that hemp has a number of benefits.

            I don’t quite follow your logic in your last large paragraph and I know that it was Richard Nixon who established the EPA.

            Lastly, I don’t see myself as a liberal. If you are going to label me something, that is your issue. Of course, I have been called MUCH worse on this site.

          • TIME

            Doc,
            Forgive me its not the EPA but the Department of Energy. Of what was set up to alledgly cut all ties with oil from outside the USA.

            It was set up to be just one office with a small budget – of what its now 30 differant departments, with over 130,000 people employed as I understand it 80K are outside contracted, yet paid by the US government with full benifits.

            What have they done?

            Well as best as I can tell – ZERO. The Cost per year $128 Billion dollars from what I can figure out.
            Strange that since 1977 they have not been able to come up with anything.
            Thats 33 years, with nothing to show other than wasting tax dollars on what again?

          • Doc Sarvis

            Time
            I don’t know a lot about the Dept. of Energy but, considering energy’s importance to our daily lives and the fact that it is a big factor in our national security it would seem to have an important role for our country.
            I do know that the D.O.E. deals a lot with nuclear energy safty standards, transport and storage of nuclear waste, and the production of nuclear energy for the Navy (subs and such). I found out that D.O.E. actually “loans” our country’s nuclear weapons to the Defense Dept. so I guess they design and build these cornerstones of our largest weapons.
            As I understand it, the D.O.E. is also heavily involved in efficiency standards, without which, we would be in even deeper trouble needing even more sources of energy.
            It seems to me a rather important agency.

      • LocalYokel

        The oil deal with Saudi was cut 30 years ago by Kissinger with prices set by middle men over here in American dollars. In return Saudi would buy treasury bonds to keep the dollar afloat. Can you see a better way out for them now than dollar collapse? Or a better way to facilitate it than a stupid leader and totally blind liberal congress?
        The only truth you will learn from controlled media is just that they are all controlled, some to a lesser extent than others, but all controlled. Watch for the sudden change of the subject being discussed with untrained guests when a revelation is eminent.

        • eddie47d

          Revgay NO POINT MADE-go back to sleep.

        • Herbal Pharmacist

          I grew up in the Port Arthur, TX area near the Louisiana and Texas border and I am well aware of the toll the oil industry has taken on the Gulf of Mexico. As a young girl growing up in the late 50′s and early 60′s we were still able to throw out and catch fresh shrimp right from the shore with small casting nets off of the pier in downtown Port Arthur. But, throughout the 60′s the pollutants from the area refineries slowly obliterated the conditions necessary for shrimp harvesting in that manner. Today when I mention the amount of fish and the variety of seafood that was available back then right from the local pier people just don’t believe me. I was told by my grandfather who migrated to Port Arthur from Louisiana at the turn of the last century, and who helped build the Texaco oil refinery, that he remembers when a whale acutally beached itself near the Pleasure Pier shore. I thought he was joking until I did some research and actually found a picture of it in the local library. It is profoundly disturbing to me what we are willing to sacrifice for the priviledge of a sound economy. And in my mind I think it was a lack of foresite and good judgement that brought about most of the ecological problems we face in the world today. If only for the sake of our children and grandchildren I think it’s time to say enough. My home town by the way has the highest incidence of brain cancer in the world and I have lost several family members to cancer. I now live in Houston, TX and most of the blue crabs we catch in our area have unacceptable levels of dioxin. I am a healthcare provider, a pharmacist by trade, and would be remiss if I didn’t say that even though I still eat seafood from the Gulf I truly feel it is against my better judgement.

    • JAFO

      I feel ya Doc… Coming from a man who runs a company that is scheduled to install 3 Wind Generators this month, let me tell you this… This Administration will not let “Renewables” take their rightful place until Americans have Forgotten that the Previous one started the drive to energy independence… Since Congress went left in the ’06 elections Regulations have been insane… We’ve discarded the Solar Technologies since it’s not economically feasible to do as an “American Based” company… Did you know that the “Energy Credit (30%) on the Business end can only go to comanies on the DOE (Dept. of Energy) list5? And they all have common denominators that will clarify the direction ? They’re not gunning for “Americans” energy independence… It’s Gov. Regulated, Union Controlled and Not Gonna Happen until the American People have been “Properly Fleeced and Policed”! Oh it’s coming allright… Energy and Agriculture. Get informed Quickly about the “Direction” My Fellow Americans and Friends

  • http://yahoo Upsidedownjack

    I also wonder just how? every fail safe “FAILED”! all at once? Could it be like the “Levey’s” there in New Orleans? Just like when BUSH had them all Blown Up? Just take a look at “Who” will profit from all of this and then ask could they/would they do something like this? They not only have STOPPED ALL DRILLING off the Coast of the United States of America, they have Killed all of the Fishing, Shrimping,ETC in the Gulf for many MANY year’s! Now there will be a “Fishing” industry,that is TOO BIG to FAIL? Will all of these Fisherman now find there lively hood in the HAND”S Of OBAMA? Their Saver of all thing’s GOOD? God Help us ALL!

    • JC

      Speculation at BP is that the contractor who runs the rig did not have their BOP in place (Blowout Preventer)and that the two back up systems were also not in place. Without these they shouldn’t have been drilling at all. Also the remote controls for the BOP went down with the rig. Why isn’t their a redundant backup system at a different location?

      They’ll be rewriting the manual after this one.

  • Neil

    Don’t drill Doc don’t ! Left ? Why because my tooth hurts and it may become a disaster.
    Think about it Lawrence

  • JAFO

    By the time we will have “The Right” to the Truth…. We will likely have lost “The Right” to the Truth. Sometimes you must be out of the room to hear the conversations. Other medias are discussing this and other governments have been informed of the nature of this. It only takes one credible leak to go viral, though realize who controls our internet now… I was getting them emailed to me from overseas the next day… They got them the same day… There is usually something to cover up when there is a cover up… Excluding the only logical possibility (of the rig causing the “Explosion” would take one glimpse,literally) finding a hook inwhich to spin on usually involves Congress and the Administrations Cronies… Just to consider…

  • eddie47d

    Neil/??? How lame! Drill Baby Drill was one of the Republicans mantras for many years. They attacked those who warned of environmental disasters and many asked what was the Republicans back up plan to oil and gas and to these impending problems.All that was heard is that “tree huggers” were naive and un-American. I’m personally not against drilling but would like to see less of it. It’s the same with nuclear power because of the contentious problem with it’s waste.(Not In My Backyard). When we lay waste to our surroundings that is not progress and alternatives need to be found and quickly.

    • George E

      Eddie,

      This oil leak sounds like it’s going to be an ecological disaster. I don’t think anyone debates that, and certainly hopes nothing like this happens again. However, we shouldn’t shy away from drilling offshore just because we’ve had a problem. There is still too much to be gained by exploring and producing our natural resources.

      Also, I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if new technologies and safe guards are developed from this unhappy experience that will further reduce the risk of anything like this happening in the future. For instance, I understand BP is planning to sink a large steel and concrete bell over the leaking well head to capture the oil before it escapes into the ocean. Then the oil will be pumped out of the bell to the rig where it will be processed and/or loaded onto tankers. This strikes me as a possible safe guard that might be added to other offshore well heads just in case they begin to leak, sort of like building double walled tankers that are now being used since the Exxon Valdez accident.

      • Claire

        What bothers me is that this well is still pumping out oil way below the surface of the ocean. Thousands/millions of gallons a day. It has to be stopped, Somehow. To me, this is a monumental disaster. I am truly concerned for the fishermen that make their lives fishing. The tourist trade, the marine animals, the wildlife will all suffer. It makes me positively sick.

        • George E

          Claire,

          BP is working around the clock to get a bell cover fabricated so they can cover the well and capture the oil that leaks from the well head. At the same time, BP, the US Coast Guard, and other volunteers are trying to control the oil on the surface with various types of barriers and containment and capture equipment. I’m pretty sure this is about as good and fast as can be done under the circumstances.

          • Claire

            George E—Yes, I have heard what they are doing. And under the circumstances, working that far below the water must be one heck of a job. I hope and pray they solve the problem ASAP. I heard Limbaugh at noon screaming about burning the oil on top of the ocean? Since oil is still pouring out of the well and rising to the top, wouldn’t that create a horrible explosion? Wouldn’t the fire go right down the path of oil to the well itself and explode?

          • George E

            Claire,

            There is no chance of an explosion from burning the crude oil. Conditions will not support an explosion, above or below the surface. Don’t worry about that. However, there is the problem of creating black smoke from the burning oil, but doing that at the rig allows the smoke about 100 miles to dissipate before getting to land, so that shouldn’t cause a problem either.

          • Claire

            George E — Okay, I will try to quit worrying then.

  • American Liberal

    all drilling should be regulated ….our enviorment is at risk….Bp shouldn’t be allowed to pass the cost of this clean up to the consumer …and you know they will try and the republicans will help them…

    • George E

      Liberal,

      You can bet our drilling industry is already required to meet a whole host of governmental regulations of all kinds, not the least of which are environmental. Let’s not go crazy adding new regulations, especially before we know exactly what caused this accident, and then only add new regulations that make sense. In other words, lets not go out of our way to cripple our US oil & gas industry.

      BP will definitely pass these costs on to their investors, and customers to the extent the market will let them. That’s how business works. However, the market will not allow BP to raise its prices to its customers to offset these costs. If BP tries to raise its prices, their customers will simply buy from BP’s competitors, and will only pay market competitive prices, which are primarily set by market supply/demand forces.

      • American Liberal

        George.. It appears their wasn’t enough regulations on the offshore rigs to require they have an emergency shutoff valve… I’m not an expert on offshore drilling but I’m told that most international rigs have shutoff valves… I’m also told ( could be misinformed) that Bush sr stripped our offshore drilling rigs of the rewuirment to have those valves… I’m not forgetting how safe the conservatives said offshore drilling was… I’m also convinced the rightwing couldn’t care less how safe drilling is, as long as they’re making Huge profits…

        • George E

          Liberal,

          I don’t know if the US government requires drillers to install emergency shutoff values on well heads, or not. Regardless, it would surprise me greatly to find out that this well, and all wells, especially in offshore do not have emergency shutoff values on the well head. Companies almost always put them on onshore wells, so why wouldn’t they install them on more expensive offshore wells? If you had a well that was producing 5000 barrels of oil a day, would you risk losing that production because you chose to not install an emergency shutoff valve? I don’t think so, and you wouldn’t need some government regulation telling you to install one. Also, can you imagine that BP would take a chance of incurring all the expense of cleanup and the terrible publicity this is causing them just to save the expense of an emergency shutoff valve? Not likely. Finally, look at the price BP is paying in the stock market because of this debacle. Their stock has already dropped about 17% in value since this spill first happened, so it’s costing the company and their investors millions of dollars, not to mention the cost of cleanup and the legal costs that will undoubtedly come later. Common sense and reasoning tells me we don’t need a government regulation, if one doesn’t already exist to make oil drilling companies install emergency shutoff valves or other safety equipment on their well heads to protect the environment, their equipment, or their employees.

      • Claire

        George E–We do need some regulations or the oil companies would not give a damn about nothing but oil. They probably would not care what they ruined in the process. Sure, maybe I can give them the benefit of a doubt, but money talks and greed is rampant.

        • George E

          Claire,

          I really don’t know whether there is already a regulation in place or not requiring drillers to install emergency shutoff valves on their oil wells. Regardless, I’m pretty sure they are installing them anyway just to protect their investment, not to mention to prevent the terrible publicity they could get by doing harm to the environment or their employees. I really doubt that more regulations are needed, but let’s just wait until the facts are learned before passing judgment on this. If we really do need additional regulation, I’m pretty sure our government which is always ready to add more regulation and restrictions to our companies and our lives will quickly put them in place. My fear is that they’ll do it anyway, even though additional regulations may not be necessary.

          • Claire

            George E–Yes, we will have to wait and see what happens. Whether or not it will be the truth, who knows? Like I have said before in another post of mine, I haven’t trusted the government for years. Nor do I trust oil companies. Greed is at the root of America’s problems. Nothing will make me believe otherwise.

          • George E

            Claire,

            It’s always smart/wise to be skeptical of everyone and everything.

          • Claire

            George E– I agree with you on this.

    • s c

      OK, einstein. You might just as well ADMIT that if
      Bubba Obama had his way, every oil well (on land or off-shore) would be a government-run oil well. That would be an easy way to create more ‘jobs’ out of thin air. Without a doubt, Bubba Obama would find hordes of loyal retards to operate those oil wells.
      YOU might be one of them! Imagine a country where oil wells were run the same way as America’s airports. It would be another worker’s ‘paradise.’
      You could learn it ‘on-the-job,’ you wouldn’t need any experience and you’d make a lot of money. It sounds good on the surface, but you’d have to remember that if anything goes wrong, your life would be in Bubba Obama’s hands. And, since Obummer didn’t handle this emergency very well [Bush handled Katrina better], you’d have to get all the insurance you could get (that wouldn’t be possible, because it’s a government job – OOOPS!).
      Good luck with your new job, einstein. And good luck in waiting for Bubba Obama to save your sorry #^^. You sure know how to pick your ‘leaders,’ don’t you?

  • JPW-

    Well it is a fact all Americans that drive will pay the clean up costs.Thats where Beyond Petroleum gets it’s revenue.I always thought BP was just in the North sea and off of England.Did’nt realize they were in the gulf and also control the Alaskan pipeline.Where are the American companies and how does British Petroleum own so many oil resources within the US?

    • George E

      All of these big oil companies operate internationally. BP is not any different in that regard than Exxon, a US based oil company, which has holdings all over the world. In the end, consumers don’t really care who owns these resources so long as they are produced. Privately owned companies do this best, and thereby are best at helping to keep the cost of crude oil and its products at reasonable prices.

  • http://victorbarney@embarqmail.com Victor L Barney

    I can’t wait until they come-up with the reason for this oil rig explosion! I hope that I’m not going to be turned into a “Truther” too!

  • chuck b

    all the green whackos can celebrate, barry isn’t going to drill offshore, they can get their magnifying glass and oscillating fans out an capture energy from the wind and sun, only american liberal types can fall for this. we have ample oil in this country that will last hundreds of years. the greenies are the ones standing in the way of our opening these fields up. also the commodities market is playing a part in keeping profits rolling in to union retirement funds (per) george soros and so on. so the more catastrophes, intentional or accidental, guess what everybody connected to the oil market profits. shortages drive the futures market and i would imagine the greenies probably had an extra dance around the pole saturday. the greenies really don’t care about cheap energy, they have been hitch hiking since the sixties.

  • Suzanne

    Obama probably never intended for there to actually be drilling when he decided to sell the leases to all of those coastal areas along the east coast and Florida. He just wanted the money for the leases… most probably sold to the highese bidder. The oil companies would have sat on those leases for a long time anyway before doing much of anything.

    That rupture in the Gulf is leaking at the rate of one million gallons a week. They were drilling in deep water, and at the very tip of what our technology was capable of… and it failed.

    • Claire

      What leases? Please explain.

      • George E

        Claire,

        Since Suzanne hasn’t responded to your question, I’ll try to give you an answer.

        When the government decides to allow drilling in offshore areas, it draws up a map of these areas and sections it off into parcels. The government then posts a notice letting everyone know it has decided to lease this offshore property for drilling, invites oil and gas companies to bid on each parcel for the right to drill there, and sets a date for companies to submit bids. Then the oil and gas companies that are interested prepare and submit bids for each parcel that they want to drill in. The highest bidders (usually) are awarded leases for those areas and own the exclusive right to drill in them for a specified period of time. No other company can drill there during the lease period.

        I hope that answers your question.

        • Claire

          George E– Yes, you have answered my question. Thank you. So in reality, there is no money until such time an oil company bids on a parcel. Right? Do you know if any oil company has purchased any parcels?

  • Robin from Arcadia, IN

    I will admit that I didn’t read the posts too closely before posting my own, but where is the outrage that Barry and his buddies didn’t react sooner to this disaster? This is not a matter of political issues, where the Dems are pitted against the Republicans, but the issue is one of environmental problems. Whether is was an accident or deliberate, it is a terrible tragedy. People lost their lives, and now wildlife and sealife are affected as well. If President Bush were still in office, the MSM would have been all over this. Why is he not being held accountable for not responding sooner? And if it was deliberate, will we ever find out?

  • JPW-

    There was an immediate response from the White House but BP said they had things under control and did’nt apparently realize the scope of the disaster.They were hoping the automatic shutoff valve that kicks in with a sudden surge of oil would close but it didn’t.

  • eddie47d

    George E. Thanks for some useful information.

    • George E

      I hope I can help sort out the logic of this disaster so we can figure out what really caused it and what should be done to prevent another one in the future.

  • chuck b

    eddie47

    that crude washing on to our beaches is a government problem to deal with, just like the hurricane. the democrats failed in new orleans and barry has made a bigger failure at this point. geroge bush didn’t have the guts to tell the liberal media and demo politicians to go to hell, as he should have. barry is to busy acting stupid and making speeches to worry about minor things like this catastophe.

  • http://yahoo REVGAY

    Im sorry but i find myself wondering if there’s some kind of a conspiracy against our national energy suppliers—look what happened in the coal fields twice in the past month and now oil, especially offshore drilling especially since Obama flip-flopped recently and decided to open up new offshore drilling sites. with what’s happened out in the gulf now he has an excuse to back out of something he really didn’t want in the first place—was just trying to make points!!

    • George E

      Revgay,

      This does make one wonder, but frankly most conspiracy theories turn out to be false. This one is probably just caused by either faulty materials or human error, like most accidents. However, until the experts have had a chance to get the facts and analyze them, we won’t really know the cause of this disaster.

  • http://yahoo REVGAY

    why isn’t there a way to clean up the oil retrieved from the surface and put it to use?

    • George E

      I’m pretty sure this oil can be processed “IF” they can contain it and pump it out of the ocean. I believe containment is the biggest problem in cleaning up oil spills like this.

  • American Liberal

    Drill baby Drill…. All these offshore oil platforms should be regulated… Once again the rightwing won’t be happy till America is a 3rd world country….as long as big oil and Wallstreet are making money the rightwing couldn’t give a rats behind about the enviorment or workers safety…now the republicans down in the gulf want government involved … What hypocrites ..

    • JC

      Nice spin!
      The “right wing” won’t be happy huh?
      When it’s you left wing parasites that produce nothing and choose to live as sycophants. THAT’s what is going to turn the US into a third world country.

      • American Liberal

        Jc… Correct… 4 decades of Reaganomics are what’s destroyed this countrys economy….whith you help…. If by some huge mistake that the rightwing gets power back America will look just like Afghanistan…the rightwing agenda is ” let big business run wild”…trust Wallstreet to do the right thing….

  • American Liberal

    Where was the automatic shutoff valve?…it appears BP didn’t want to spend the money to install them

  • American Liberal

    You nutcase rightys have been deregulating big business for decades… And just like the coal mine disasters this is the result …. This countrys biggest threat is from the rightwing…. The same idiots on this site that complain about government being involved in regulating business are now complaining that president Obama wasn’t involved….Bush had 2 weeks to get ready for Katrina and still screwed it up… President Obama acted as soon as correct information arrived… Did you want him to dive down and stick a finger in the leak?…everyone of these offshore wells should be regulated and union….

    • TIME

      Bone head – Nano Wit – no one can controll a Hurricane nor where it will come on land, or if it even will.
      So your two weeks babble is a sad excuse; and shows just how stupid you can be – or is it (that your here just to inflame.)
      Thats what I think – as I know your not stupid but you are deliberate in your attempts to compell anger. Thus your a Shill.

    • coal miner

      American Liberal,

      This is reported by Fox News.600 violations.
      Wouldn’t it be frightening if these nuclear power plants had serious and dangerous violations.We need strong unions now.We saw what happened with oil drilling.

      http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/04/06/west-virginia-coal-cited-violations

    • coal miner

      Liberal,
      Fox Newes -600 violations
      CNN 547- violations

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/13/west-virginia-mine-disast_n_535807.html · Cached page

      • coal miner

        Liberal,

        Wouldn’t it be frightening, if it had been a nuclear power plant?We need strong unions and regulations now.

        • JeffH

          coal miner, you make it sound so easy. Strong unions? How about GOOD strong unions. There are plenty of Bad Strong Unions and plenty of bad regulations. Enforcement might be a better term, not more unions and more regulations.

          Just an FYI, there are some good unions and some bad unions, but even good unions can be worthless and damaging to the employees of good companies. So that being said, I just can’t buy into the “union” is the only answer.

          I’ve worked very hard, on both sides of the fence and helped to organize a union for the first company I worked for in 1970. In recognition of my honesty, hard work and dedication, I was recruited to become a business agent for Local 6 ILWU in California in 1978 when the other business agent was retiring.
          Unions do have a place in labor, but they are far from being the only answer some wish them to be.

    • coal miner

      liberal,

      Right on,wouldn’t it be frightening if the nuclear power plant had serious violations too?

  • Jeff in OH

    The media is trying to make Obamass out of a hero again. We all know he is dead against drilling for oil and has always been. If this has any true meaning in learning it is that we should drill only on land where we can control it.

    • American Liberal

      Jeff in oh… Jeff you either didn’t listen to Obama during the campaign or you can’t comprehend….Obama said during the campaign he was concidering offshore drilling… And just 2 weeksago said he was going to allow limited offshore drilling…do you understand ?.. Or does it even matter?

      • George E

        Liberal,

        Obama has said a lot of things he hasn’t followed through on. Some say he lies. I’ll try to be a little more diplomatic than that, but that’s one of the reasons folks don’t know what to believe and what not to believe when Obama talks.

        • Claire

          George E– Every politician makes promises they cannot keep. Once a politician is elected as President or Congress, the minute they step into office they find out they cannot deliver on what they campaigned for. This is exactly what happened. Neither party wanted to “work together.” In this present administration, the Republicans made up their minds from the getgo that they would not work with Obama. It is a known fact. Now everyone can scream at me for saying this, but this is the truth. Communistic? I believe we could say there is a bit of communism in both parties. Look at past performances. Did any of them really and truly think about the good of America or were they out for their own political gain? At this very moment the politicians are thinking about re-election, this is all they are concerned about. Personally I would like to see all of them get on the ball and do the job they were “hired” to do. I do not approve of what is going on right now, but then again, I didn’t approve of a lot of things that were done in the past. But I can’t worry about the past, that is over and done with. I am more worried about the present and the future. At this point in time I do not think either party is better than the other. There are a bunch of idiots in office now, and they need to get their heads on straight. All of them.

          • Claire

            George E–I can remember Limbaugh screaming he wanted Obama to fail, he wanted the Democrats to fail. And the Republicans jumped on the bandwagon. Frankly, when any President and administration fails, America bears the brunt. I am not condoning the present administration, in fact I dislike both parties. I am just trying to point out the shallowness of both parties. Neither are sincere in their actions, they always have a game plan for what they do when they are in office. The name of the game is re-election and frankly I will not vote for any of them that are in office at this time. And the upcoming politicians leave a lot to be desired. I will not vote for any person that is going around spewing nonsense. I will vote for the person I believe will be honest and has the backbone to give some ideas and solutions for the mess we are in. I don’t have time to hear the mudslinging that is going on and on.

          • George E

            Claire,

            I know what you mean. Neither political party, nor any politician is perfect. I’m pretty sure our founders tried to design a system that would survive in the absence of perfect people. When I look at it over a few years, it looks ugly and seems like it is probably destined to fail. However, our system of government has survived a pretty long time in spite of itself, so we should take some consolation in that fact.

            Having said that, I really have trouble with the way our government is spending our money, the massive debt they are accruing in our name, and the way our government is encouraging, through public policy, a cultural drift of relativism away from traditional values and norms. I’m afraid people today think that socialism is a workable and often superior system than free market capitalism. This, in my opinion, can only lead to second class status for our nation, substandard living conditions for our citizens, and perverted cultural thinking. Therefore, I’ll vote for any politician that convinces me he/she is most aligned with my love of country, our traditions, our constitution and our history, wants to preserve and defend those values and traditions, but is tolerant of others, and wants to represent all Americans regardless whether they voted for him/her.

          • Claire

            George E — Sounds good to me.

  • chuck b

    amer lib

    union!!!haha i can see it now. four day work week (6 hour day) weekend’s on shore, complete benefit program, six week vacation after first six month employment. crude oil jumps to #200.00 per barrel. imperative that you vote for the muslim in chief or no job.

    and what else did the muslim say during his campaign, oh!!, he lied about much of what he said and you don’t want to talk about that. oh that doesn’t matter.

  • Claire

    To be honest with everyone, to hell with government and the blame game right now, I just want this oil spill to be fixed like immediately. It has become a nightmare from hell in more ways than one. It will affect all of us and every living creature in that ocean. Dang, wish there was something I could do to help. I hate not having situations like this in control.

  • eddie47d

    Chuck B; You must live on the same planet as S.C. and it’s not Earth. Why don’t you wake up and smell the OIL. Do you even comprehend how many times you attack the American worker? WE get tired of hearing you whine about what people don’t do. You also want government of our backs ( which is okay) yet you blame government for everything and anything. Even when when it’s the fault of Private Industry. So is private industry responsible for themselves or are you going to twist it around and put it on the governments shoulders. Now your setting the Democrates up for the New Orleans disaster. I guess Obama must have been President then too!! Go get a clue! In March 2005 British Petroleum had an oil fire in Texas City 15 were killed 170 injured.They had disconnected a warning signal and forgot to hook it back up.$50 millon fine. In early 2006 in Prudhoe Bay they didn’t repair corroded pipe and 4.800 barrels spilled. $12 million fine. They also mannipulated the price of propane and had to pay a $300 million fine. Can we believe anything from you loonies on the right? That private companies can take care of everything without oversight. Not in our lifetime! B.P was also asked to put an acoustic switch on all it’s wells (which it does in other countries).Since no one could “force” them to do the right thing we end up with this shell game. That switch has been effective where they were installed.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Janice, Alabama native

    If any of you actually believed Barry Soetoro was going to allow drilling for oil on HIS shores, think again. Please don’t believe anything he says. This oil spill was NO accident.

  • chuck b

    eddie47

    i don’t have to set up barry for anything he’s doing quite well for himself. nobody is saying private industry shouldn’t be responsible for their actions. this oil rig tragedy is the responsibility of bp, our government responsibility is to help prevent the spread of crude to our land. (thats protecting our shores) you liberal types have a hard time relating to the protection of our border and beach, such as illegal immigrants and oil spills. the government should have been on this thing from the very first minute, we don’t depend on a foreign country 90 miles off shore to do our thinking for us. you and your ilk will try to spin this off on bp, however, i doubt you will get away with it this time. this shows the mentality of the white house.bp will be liable for any damage, barry will be liable for neglect.

  • http://gmail i41

    All the democrats liberal retards, like am lib comment “regulate oil rigs”, what and how are you going to regulate them. Oh, I forgot by foreign oil, all of are waiting to find out, if you are a welfare rat, a government employee, or just a lazy leech on society? If the simple minded dems would allow on land drilling on private land, instead of going out in water over a mile deep, on government controlled land,and then drilling a few miles down. Claire are you living with your head stuck in a dark damp spot? The oil leases give the US government millions of dollars off of leases on and off shore. The idea of using hemp oil to power engines, will not work in cold climates, or the tempature is few degrees below 32 degrees, it congeals, like sunflower, canola oil, olive oil, or soybean oil which has to be cut or thinnned out with ethanol or some kind of thinner. Your democrat smucks in Congress in 2006 stopped letting companies put in diesel engines in Volkswagan, Mercedes,GM, Ford, Chrylser, and cars and small vehicles. The EPA hopefully will let deisel engines be put back in more cars. Our neighbor has a TDI jetta that still makes over 55 miles a gallon,so before you liberal, head in the clouds morons start showing how damn dumb you are, when talking about energy independance, if money for ethanol plants, wind, solar wasn’t sent down a rat hole and we would have been drilling, oil would be at $16.oo a barrel at todayes prices. Go read the Stansbury report on the Rocky Mt. with oil at a 1000 feet down, it has over 2 trilion barrels in one big pool, or check on the Bakken-Williston Basin which has over 503 billion barrels in one pool, the USA uses 11.8 million barrels a day and if it was increased to 15 million barrels there would be enough for 2000 years, in just the Williston Basin. There is a Canadian oil pipeline running through and beside it going to the gulf, to sell oil to China. But our envoir green dumazzes President and democrat Congress want the USA in debt to China and in fetter to the muslim dictators. Check the USGeological Survey report. If blow outs or ruptures happen on land, it is easy to dam and control, and way easier than a mile under water, you simpleton envior, braindead grass eaters. The hemp idea is a small option but not a big part of fuel usage, ethanol is OK to boost power, but our power sources are easier to operate on oil power. Most enviors I have met are vegans, who preach no meat, and if we all live in fairy land. First if every damn acre or hector of ground that could grow crops was utalized, we would starve over 60% of the world’s population to death. Cows,deer, elk,, and all ungulates are the only ones that can take grass and convert it to protein for humans. I was around when the Alaskan pipeline was put in, the beltway idoits said it would only last a couple of years at best and would kill off the wildlife. We are having to replace pipelines from oil wearing it out and the caribou have more than doubled in herd size. See what a bunch of dopeheads know about the truth and facts, so they were wrong and getting more stupid as they ingest more crap taught in schools and colleges on climate change. We could be energy independent and have no federal debt, but the dems and Omoron wouldn’t have a socialist USA.

  • chuck b

    141

    good post, hope the little commie demos understand.

  • Todd

    What I think we need to do is send the Sesame Street Gang to our nanny-state Senators, to explain: “Oil is combustible! That means it can catch fire and explode! Also, it’s deep in the ground, and sometimes it can be dangerous to go get it!” Then have some color charts and illustrations while the Senators drink Kool-Aid and munch on cookies.

    Funny. If you’ve ever been inside a refinery (or on an oil tanker), there are more caution signs and rules and restricted access areas than you can shake a stick at. It did not ever cross my mind in any of these venues that being around crude oil and refined petroleum was “completely safe”. In fact, I got the notion it was even dangerous.

    But wind farms are totally safe. Well, as long as you stay at least a mile and half away from one. Otherwise, it will kill all the wildlife in that radius and drive you insane.

    There’s that.

  • JeffH

    George E, Am Lib and Claire, it is my understanding that the “explosian” that occured some 5000′ below the surface blew out the pipe and there was an “emergency shut off” plan. Because the pipe was destroyed, any shut off equipment was destroyed with it.

    Think of a water line in your yard breaking underneath the ground and the shut off valve was set up behind the part that has broken, not in front of. The water will continue to drain until you dig up the ground and recap the pipe to stop the leak. Now think in terms of 5000′ beneath the surface of the ocean. Under any circumstances, that’s not going to be an easy task.

    • George E

      Jeff,

      That explanation makes more sense to me than there not being an emergency shut off value installed on the well head. Thanks.

      • Claire

        JeffH– And thanks from me. It makes sense.

  • http://diamant-ring.org/ Christamaria Kirstein

    This oil disaster is one of the biggest problems which has ever been. I hope with the help of BP the most damage can be stopped.

  • Claire

    I have mixed feelings about this–what IF it was sabotage? What if it is BP’s fault? Any company is responsible for the safety and welfare of their employees and their equipment. I have already heard there was some faulty mechanical that was at fault. Who knows the truth, we cannot depend on the news media. We will hear and read so many assumptions as to the cause of this explosion. Regardless of whose fault it is, BP and the U.S. should get on the ball, and get it fixed. This is no time to play the blame game. Too much is at stake here. The local fishermen, the tourist beaches, the environment, the wildlife, all of us are going to pay the ultimate price. It is a major disaster and time is of the essence.

  • American Liberal

    If this doesn’t prove we need more Green energy what would?….BP has already said they will clean this up abd pay the damages…. Going to give them the benifit of doubt till they prove I shouldn’t…..all these derricks should have shut off valves… That should become law now…

  • Dan2

    MEDIA BLACKOUT; is the US hiding this info about NORTH KOREA bombing the oil wells. This story seems to have more truth than the spin we are being told. is this the newest conspiracy for obama to nationalize the oil indusrty

    http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1367.htm

  • Camille

    well, we all know that there is a large faction out there who does not want further off shore drilling in the US. They do not want us to be capable of taking care of our own needs and not depending on other countries to provide our oil needs. I would vote that it was sabotage and not put it past the “leaders” of our own country to have perpetuated the deed.

  • George E

    I suppose this incident could have been caused by sabotage. It could also just be an accident. Accidents do happen from time-to-time regardless how much planning and care you invest in the project. There is no risk-free way of doing anything. I suggest we hold off passing judgment until we get the facts.

  • LocalYokel

    Naaaaah Camille. Just the Times Square event to use for political hay and and give the media an excuse to let up on the cover up in the gulf.

  • s c

    Camille, Obummer doesn’t give a damn about offshore drilling. America’s hardcore progressives have been ignoring offshore drilling for decades. Obummer, who is a saul alinky robot, wouldn’t dare think of letting offshore drilling proceed.
    When it comes to what this regime/administration would or wouldn’t do about staging an oil rig accident, don’t put ANYTHING past this band of thugs and criminals. Obummer is too busy trying to destroy America. No nation-destroyer like Obummer would ever let America become energy independent, no matter what the lamestream media or his hack press secretary says.

  • eddie47d

    S.C.10:50am; Nice try! More delirious comments from you.” Bush handled Katrina better”. Stop shaming yourself! Everyone on the Right says government should stay out of private business,so that makes it British Petroleums’ problem,Right! So why are you bringing up sorry comments about government takeovers? Go slither back under you rock with your conspiracies!

  • http://yahoo REVGAY

    how will we know when we are getting the REAL facts?

  • Claire

    George E—Thank you for your common sense post. I think you are being truthful.

  • chuck b

    american lib

    is school out yet? you better hurry home. your caliph fell down on the job, barry probably knew what blew up the platform thats why he wasn’t in any hurry to get the gov. involved. now lets see how your commie friends are going to cover for your hero. lol

  • George E

    Thanks, Claire.

  • http://?? Joe H.

    Carefull on that site people my security wouldn’t let me open it!!

  • http://lucidpublicrelations.com Los Angeles Public Relations

    It is horrifically shortsighted of British Petroleum to stand by permit these things to go on. Not only is it an worldwide failure, but also a PR failure for the business that now goes under the new name “Beyond Petroleum.”

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