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Thread: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

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    Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    The President, because he has executive power over government departments and agencies and should have reacted faster and with more directness?

    Congress, because they write the laws that form regulations on both businesses and government operations but did not do either adequately enough to prevent or halt the spill?

    British Petroleum, because they've told Congress the industry can best regulate itself and yet their industry response has proven inadequate?

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    Re: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    I think that people are doing the best they can with the spill and the leak. Yes there was not the proper equipment positioned before hand. **** happens. They corrected that.

    The issue as I see it is who, if anyone, is culpable for causing the leak in the first place. I think it is clear that BP caused it. From what I have heard/read BP modified the BOP so it didn't function as needed. Furthermore, they evidently overrode Halliburton's advice to keep heavy mud in the pipe and replaced it with seawater. For all the money they were spending, they couldn't afford a modern, cutting edge BOP, I think called an acoustic BOP. There was talk that they knew pressure was rising in advance, by like a day, and they couldn't do anything about it. It may be that they couldn't have done anything about it anyway, if the equipment was solid. Don't know and we probably never will. Bottom line is BP was in charge, made overriding decisions on equipment and procedure, and is ultimately responsible.

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    Re: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    This can happen. BP is responsible and given the scope of the problem they are doing everything possible to get this fixed. I'm not sure what the US Congress can accomplish here. President Obama could always send more resources and approve Louisiana's requests for aid. But apparently we don't help Louisiana if it has a Republican Governor.
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    Re: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    It is BP's oil rig that is causing the problems and it is their responsibility to clean up their own mess. It was also BP who had the possibility of preventing a disaster like this from happening. Maybe government institutions can be blamed for having been too lax about control measures and failing to put up demands but the main responsibility lies with BP.
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    Re: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    You know what though? Sometimes **** just happens, and I think more than anything, that is what this is. Zero defects never happens.
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    Re: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    Quote Originally Posted by Burning Giraffe View Post
    This can happen. BP is responsible and given the scope of the problem they are doing everything possible to get this fixed. I'm not sure what the US Congress can accomplish here. President Obama could always send more resources and approve Louisiana's requests for aid. But apparently we don't help Louisiana if it has a Republican Governor.
    Yes this stuff can happen... which is why they should have multiple plans (that work) to close off the well head. It blows my mind that they don't know what will work to fix this. The only plan they have will take months meanwhile people are losing business and jobs and the Gulf is being ruined.

    If congress should do anything it should be to require all new off shore oil rigs to have multiple already dug relief wells ready incase something happens with the origional well head. Either that or make sure the damn equipment works. Or just find another solution that works.

    Man the oil companies do have it too easy... they don't have to pay taxes and they aren't expected to ensure the effectiveness of their equipment... all for the sake of cheap oil.

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    Re: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    **** does happen. Should it be a surprise that something like this happen, possibly, I don't necessarily believe so. I believe BP should have had a team of scientist with a list of plans just ready to roll in case of an oil spill. Now by the time this is over we will have spilled 75 million gallons(Conservative estimate) of oil into the gulf. THis will permanently damage our country and our world.

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    Re: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    BP is "responsible" in that its their rig, and the spill is happening under their watch. Obviously there was no intent to create a spill, and BP is doing what it can to try and slow/stop the flow(even if unsuccessful they are trying). Sometimes unexpected things happen outside the scope of what we know. That's why every crisis is an opportunity. This is an opportunity to make oil drilling safer in the future.

    The only thing we can sit here and say is "are there resources available to immediately stop the flow of oil?" If the answer continues to be no, then there is not much we can do than try and find the solution at either the private or government level. If the answer is yes, and someone does have the ability to stop this, we have to wonder why they aren't providing it.
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    Re: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    All of us who demand oil based products along with BP,
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    Re: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    The President, because he has executive power over government departments and agencies and should have reacted faster and with more directness?

    Congress, because they write the laws that form regulations on both businesses and government operations but did not do either adequately enough to prevent or halt the spill?

    British Petroleum, because they've told Congress the industry can best regulate itself and yet their industry response has proven inadequate?

    Other?

    Nobody?
    Let's have a thorough investigation to find the facts.
    All the facts.

    One point:
    We have much easier oil to access, and we have masses of it.

    Having to go to the deep seas and draw it out because some enviromaniacs and their political arm don't like us to drill where it makes most sense... these folks shoulder a good chunk of the blame.

    There should be Congressional Hearings, broadcast nationally, and those who have opposed should be grilled as to why we cannot drill where it makes most sense.

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