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GULF AND OTHER OIL DISASTERS

Jun 25 07:42

Shell Oil ex-CEO: “Whole casing system is deteriorating”, “We’re just getting a gusher”

Jun 25 07:20

Senator LeMieux on BP spill

Jun 25 07:16

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”

“It’s completely scientifically dishonest to pooh-pooh the potential here when you are talking about some of the most toxic chemicals that we know,” said Kramer, who is founder and president of consulting firm Epidemiology International in Hunt Valley, Maryland. She isn’t involved with the Institute panels.

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Yet BP is still forbidding clean-up crews to wear respirators?!?!?

Jun 25 05:51

Oil spill: Beach's beauty only skin deep

Despite intensive efforts by more than 1,100 workers and heavy equipment to clean thick tar from Pensacola Beach overnight Wednesday, massive sheets of oil remained buried in the sand...

Jun 25 04:56

Methane in Gulf "astonishingly high": U.S. scientist

As much as 1 million times the normal level of methane gas has been found in some regions near the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, enough to potentially deplete oxygen and create a dead zone, U.S. scientists said on Tuesday.

Jun 25 04:55

We all live in an oil slick now

Extracting oil from the ground has always been disastrous for the people who live nearby. The only thing that is unusual about this morphing of "Drill, Baby, Drill" into "Spill, Baby, Spill" is that, this time, the world noticed the victims. To pluck one random example, in Ecuador the petrol companies have to pump water into the Amazonian oil fields in order to extract it. This leaves behind a toxic soup of mercury, benzene and chromium 6. For decades, it was simply pumped into the local rivers – causing an epidemic of cancers and severely deformed babies. A US court calculated that the unpaid liabilities for destroying so many lives could total more than $27bn. Who has heard of it?

Jun 25 04:46

Concerns Grow Over Long-Term Health Effects of Oil Spill

More than two months after the April 20 BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, experts are still trying to determine what the health effects will be on the workers who are struggling to clean up the biggest oil spill in American history.

There are concerns that some workers could suffer lung, kidney and liver damage from exposure to the volatile organic compounds found in the oil.

Jun 24 21:38

BP's toxic legacy for workers/coast residents, Lifetime sicknesses

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
"BP's Other Toxic Legacy: 'Decades of Misery' for Gulf Health"
by Marty Beckerman
...As a cleanup worker in the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez disaster, Savage says she breathed crude- and dispersant-laced mist for weeks. (This photograph speaks for itself.) She was healthy for age fifty — she looked healthy — but soon experienced crippling health problems that have lasted for two decades: coughing spells, violent diarrhea, pneumonia, obstructed blood vessels. Her liver cirrhosis onset baffled doctors. "We were all coughing and vomiting for months," says Savage, who had no prior history of drinking or smoking and did not wear a respirator during the cleanup. "We thought it was the flu. Exxon told us crude oil was non-toxic and we believed them."

Jun 24 20:52

Factual Reporting: Possible Gulf Methane Eruption Tsunami, Earthquake

Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tsunami and Earthquake Reporting: Gulf Methane Bubble Could Be Horrific.
A new and less well known asymmetric threat has surfaced in the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher. Methane or CH4 gas is being released in vast quantities in the Gulf waters. Seismic data shows huge pools of methane gas at the location immediately below and around the damaged "Macondo" oil well. Methane is a colourless, odourless and highly flammable substance which forms a major component in natural gas. This is the same gas that blew the top off Deepwater Horizon and killed 11 people. The "flow team" of the US Geological Survey estimates that 2,900 cubic feet of natural gas, which primarily contains methane, is being released into the Gulf waters with every barrel of oil.

Jun 24 16:17

BP's Blowout Preventer is Leaning and Might Fall Over

As I have previously noted, it is now clear that there is damage to BP's well beneath the sea floor.

Jun 24 13:28

Pensacola Beach closed because of oil spill

Jun 24 13:22

It Begins… Plans to Evacuate Tampa Bay Are Put Into Place

As Barack Obama continues to golf, hit the ballpark, BBQ and party, the BP oil slick is now threatening Tampa Bay. Authorities have set up plans for evacuation.

Jun 24 11:19

BP Oil Slick Now Threatens 60 Percent of America's Tidal Marshes

Jun 24 11:18

Aging has-been rock star will say anythjing to get a little media attention.

Jun 24 09:37

BP's new Gulf spill cleanup head criticizes Americans, says job is to listen

The man taking over the Gulf oil spill response from BP's embattled CEO says he's concerned Americans are rushing to judgment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The well blew up, and the Gulf is toast. Not much gray area there.

Jun 24 09:36

Buy-Bull Bangers: Regular, or Extra-Crispy?

It is a compelling set of facts, isn't it? If I were a believer I would have no choice but to conclude that the big guy in the sky is really, REALLY, pissed off at the US and its allies.

Jun 24 09:34

An Oilicane?

Should a major hurricane push the spill towards the gulf coast there will be nothing that can be done to stop it. No amount of planning or engineering will help. No number of visits to the gulf by the president or any other official will stop the inevitable. The storm surge will drive the water and the oil miles inland. Everything in its path will be coated in a greasy bath of crude. Even the wind may have oil in it. In New England, I have seen hurricanes and tropical storms that have blown salt spray many miles inland from the coast. The leaves of the trees eventually turn brown and fall off. In the case of the gulf it will be oil that will spray the trees, buildings and everything else in the way.

Jun 24 09:17

Along Gulf coast highway, anxiety spreads with oil

"I'm 41 years old and that's the way it's always been," says Marino, a lifelong fisherman who started his own charter business in Myrtle Grove, La., to relieve the stress of his primary job, fighting fires.

This morning, though, there'll be no escaping reality. The waters at the end of the canal have all been put off limits to fishing. Marino's usual charter customers have canceled or stopped calling.

Jun 24 09:05

Surf On Pensacola Beach Boiling Like Acid

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"Oh forget about that stupid gulf oil crap; I'm gonna give you a REAL Fourth of July Fireworks show this year ... over IRAN! Won't it be fun?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 24 08:53

Methane in Gulf "astonishingly high": U.S. scientist

As much as 1 million times the normal level of methane gas has been found in some regions near the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, enough to potentially deplete oxygen and create a dead zone, U.S. scientists said on Tuesday.

Jun 24 08:50

History Channel Mega Disasters - Methane Explosion

Jun 24 08:36

Oil soaks miles of Pensacola Beach

Jun 24 08:32

Methane in Gulf "astonishingly high": U.S. scientist

Texas A&M University oceanography professor John Kessler, just back from a 10-day research expedition near the BP Plc oil spill in the gulf, says methane gas levels in some areas are "astonishingly high."

Kessler's crew took measurements of both surface and deep water within a 5-mile (8 kilometer) radius of BP's broken wellhead.

"There is an incredible amount of methane in there," Kessler told reporters in a telephone briefing.

In some areas, the crew of 12 scientists found concentrations that were 100,000 times higher than normal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We may not be seeing the worst of the damage at this point.

Jun 24 08:29

Rare Aerial footage of MASSIVE Oil Landfall in Pensacola Beach Florida

Jun 24 06:49

How the ultimate BP Gulf disaster could kill millions

What makes the location that Transocean chose potentially far riskier than other potential oil deposits located at other regions of the Gulf? It can be summed up with two words: methane gas.

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Side note here; methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. If this methane blowout occurs, the damage to the atmosphere will make Al Gore's concerns over CO2 (and attempts to tax it) look like much ado about nothing.

Jun 24 06:21

BP Labor Camps

Disaster capitalism is the way of the entire country right now. Employers large and small are taking advantage of the dismal economic climate and they are padding their profit margins by rolling back pay rates and benefits for the average working man. It’s an all out assault on the standard of living of the blue-collar worker that I personally have seen growing in popularity over the past 24 years. Working Americans undermining other working Americans, literally stealing food right off their families tables, in order to achieve “just a little more” profit for themselves.

Jun 24 05:37

BP boss retreats as stand-in faces spill protest

Beleaguered BP Plc boss Tony Hayward retreated from daily management of the oil spill crisis on Tuesday and dodged a conference appearance where his stand-in was heckled by angry environmentalists.

Hayward's move, after a series of PR gaffes by the CEO and a failure to quickly stem the leak, came ahead of a U.S. court decision over whether to uphold a post-spill ban on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

The ban is being contested by oil drilling companies but has support among environmentalists and in other quarters after more fishing areas were closed on Tuesday in response to the worst spill in U.S. history.

Jun 23 20:11

3-dozen US Navy oil-skimmers NOT being used to save gulf coast

Free skimmers for gulf help: Bureaucracy keeping many in American ports.
By The Palm Beach Post
Posted: 6:23 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2010
A bigger problem is that the administration hasn't been using all the oil skimmers in this country - in some cases only a day away from the gulf.... This week, Sen. Nelson's office supplied an inventory obtained from the Navy showing that roughly three dozen other Navy-owned skimmers - about 30 feet long and in good operating condition - could be mobilized. Sen. Nelson said in a statement. "We need as many of these boats as we can to skim the oil before it gets into the wetlands."

Jun 23 19:57

If The Methane from the Gulf Explodes

IT'LL GIVE A NEW MEANING TO THAR SHE BLOWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 23 16:01

Prof. Ignacio Chapela speech on the Berkeley-BP Deal

Yes, this article is dated, it is also relevant to what is happening today.

Jun 23 14:55

'Reasonably High' Chance BP Files for Bankruptcy

There is a reasonably high chance that BP could file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the next few years, or even months, and the result would be an "absolute horror" for the government, according to a bankruptcy expert.

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The specter of Chapter 11 bankruptcy terrifies Gulf residents because it could allow BP to delay, or even avoid, paying billions of dollars to businesses and individuals affected by the Gulf spill.

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”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"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...

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