"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:
These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.
Sex, Lies and Oil Spills – Royal Dutch Shell plc .comA common spin in the right wing coverage of BP’s oil spill is a gleeful suggestion that the gulf blowout is Obama’s Katrina.
In truth, culpability for the disaster can more accurately be laid at the Bush Administration’s doorstep. For eight years, George Bush’s presidency infected the oil industry’s oversight agency, the Minerals Management Service, with a septic culture of corruption from which it has yet to recover. Oil patch alumnae in the White House encouraged agency personnel to engineer weakened safeguards that directly contributed to the gulf catastrophe.
The absence of an acoustical regulator — a remotely triggered dead man’s switch that might have closed off BP’s gushing pipe at its sea floor wellhead when the manual switch failed (the fire and explosion on the drilling platform may have prevented the dying workers from pushing the button) — was directly attributable to industry pandering by the Bush team. Acoustic switches are required by law for all offshore rigs off Brazil and in Norway’s North Sea operations. BP uses the devise voluntarily in Britain’s North Sea and elsewhere in the world as do other big players like Holland’s Shell and France’s Total. In 2000, the Minerals Management Service while weighing a comprehensive rulemaking for drilling safety, deemed the acoustic mechanism “essential” and proposed to mandate the mechanism on all gulf rigs.
Then, between January and March of 2001, incoming Vice President Dick Cheney conducted secret meetings with over 100 oil industry officials allowing them to draft a wish list of industry demands to be implemented by the oil friendly administration. Cheney also used that time to re-staff the Minerals Management Service with oil industry toadies including a cabal of his Wyoming carbon cronies. In 2003, newly reconstituted Minerals Management Service genuflected to the oil cartel by recommending the removal of the proposed requirement for acoustic switches. The Minerals Management Service’s 2003 study concluded that “acoustic systems are not recommended because they tend to be very costly.”
The acoustic trigger costs about $500,000. Estimated costs of the oil spill to Gulf Coast residents are now upward of $14 billion to gulf state communities. Bush’s 2005 energy bill officially dropped the requirement for the acoustic switch off devices explaining that the industry’s existing practices are “failsafe.”
As I have said before, once again the corruption and criminal activity that greatly contributed to this disaster can be traced right back to good old Bush and Cheeney! Scum of the earth, the both of them.
Thank You Barack Obama for Restoring Honor To The Presidency.
President Obama will rank as one of our greatest presidents!
Perhaps lefties should rethink their stance on nuclear energy....seems drilling just encountered a serious obstical, couple that with their abject hatred for the coal industry, refineries, and damming rivers for hydro....WTF, lefties.....electric cars, solar power and windfarms gonna provide our energy?....jeez...****ing idiots.
Perhaps horse drawn wagon trains will soon be spotted on our commutes....then they'll bitch about **** on the streets.
Last edited by webrockk; 05-14-10 at 10:10 PM.
BP posted over $6 billion in profits last year. It seems they can pay for this mess.
Twice a week the press announces that it's ten times worse than reported.
Granted, BP is ultimately responsible for all the FUBAR's, but you said in another post that BP actually owned rigs and that the BP owned rigs had more safety features.(2)
No one said they did. BP is 100% responsible for this operation the same way a general contractor is responsible for sub-contractors hired.
And, who said that all of these safety features were on this rig?(3)
No one is saying that safety feature should be "on" the rig.
Again, you're speaking of that which you know nothing about. By the time the gas had reached the production string, the blowout had bypassed the BOP stack. In no way is the casing cement meant to prevent, obstruct, slow, or otherwise curtail a blowout. If the pressure took the path of least resistance, after it had blown past the BOP stack. THAT is an established fact. Welcome to the oil patch, sir.(4)
Looks like it was their incompetence in their cementing process. It was their cementing that allowed the methane to seep thru causing the explosion. Granted, working with cement at those depths causes many problems not encountered at shallower depths. All the more reason to have "all" recommended safety features installed. BP's decision to not spend that measly $500,000 on that acoustic BOP device now looks very, very short sighted.
Cementing contributed to half of the 39 U.S. blowouts between 1992 and 2006, according to a report that Danenberger co-authored in 2007.
(4) Intentionally disingenuous spins on already established facts. Seriously