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Markey: BP oil spill is 'criminal'; BP: Oil leak may continue until August; Powell on 'don't ask'...
Washington Post BLog ^ | 30 May 2010 | Felicia Sonmez and Matt DeLong

Posted on 05/30/2010 1:33:17 PM PDT by Fractal Trader

BP managing director Bob Dudley said on NBC's Meet the Press that after the failure of the "top kill" operation to stem the flow of oil in the Gulf, the aim of the next maneuver is to contain the majority of the flow.He said the operation will take four to seven days, and has a better probability of success than the top kill. The outcome should be clear by the end of this week, Dudley said.

White House energy and climate change adviser Carol Browner said the administration is "prepared for the worst," which includes oil continuing to wash up along the Gulf Coast. Browner said BP has a financial interest in lowballing its estimate of how much oil is flowing from the well because the size of the fine it will pay is dependent on the size of the oil spill.

Browner said that the government is in charge of the operation "At the end of the day, the government tells BP what to do," Browner said.

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So now, the Obama administration is running the show. No room to blame BP anymore. They aren't responsible for what they do. Obama is now completely responsible for the clean up of the oil slick.
1 posted on 05/30/2010 1:33:17 PM PDT by Fractal Trader
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To: Fractal Trader

What does the Administration have to gain by NOT having already begun cleanup?

2 posted on 05/30/2010 1:35:47 PM PDT by Kimberly GG ("Path to Citizenship" Amnesty candidates will NOT get my vote!)
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To: Fractal Trader
and has a better probability of success than the top kill

If that was truly the case, why wasn't it done at the first?

3 posted on 05/30/2010 1:36:30 PM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: Fractal Trader

If they can succeed in pining “criminal charges” against BP, then obama will be off the hook, won’t he?

4 posted on 05/30/2010 1:37:25 PM PDT by FrankR (Standing against tyranny must start somewhere, or the future belongs to the tyrants.)
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To: Fractal Trader

Just preparation for the takeover of the oil industry, an act which is usually called “nationalization.” I can’t guess what the spinmeisters will call it when it finally happens, though.

5 posted on 05/30/2010 1:37:37 PM PDT by redpoll
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To: eclecticEel

The top-kill equipment and structure will be used for this operation. No way to have done it sooner.

6 posted on 05/30/2010 1:38:43 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Yes, Chef!)
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To: Fractal Trader

I understand that there are people, liberal and conservative, who believe that the Federal Government is the solution to problems such as the BP Oil Spill, but I believe that the capping of the well and the clean-up in the Gulf should be the responsibility of BP.

But to some, I imagine the Nanny State is comforting.

7 posted on 05/30/2010 1:41:05 PM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Fractal Trader

Thats correct
BP just runs the robots

8 posted on 05/30/2010 1:46:41 PM PDT by winodog
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To: Fractal Trader
Browner said that the government is in charge of the operation "At the end of the day, the government tells BP what to do," Browner said.

Ah yes, a statement that should be heard around the free world.

9 posted on 05/30/2010 1:48:09 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: FrankR

Not necessarily. If it’s proven that there was criminal negligence by the higher ups for cutting corners there needs to be some jail time. Don’t forget 11 men died in this incident and many more were injured.

As far as the government goes, the lack of response in the cleanup and containment is zer0’s fault. He’s the one in charge of that per the Oil Pollution Act.

10 posted on 05/30/2010 1:48:52 PM PDT by CajunConservative (Shut Up Mary!)
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To: Fractal Trader

Is today golf or basketball for 0?

11 posted on 05/30/2010 1:49:08 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Fractal Trader

“....size of the fine it will pay is dependent on the size of the oil spill.”

And this, folks, is why the Obama administration doesn’t really care about how much oil is leaking out. The Oblama Administration is sitting back just waiting on the check.

12 posted on 05/30/2010 1:51:30 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Fractal Trader
Browner said BP has a financial interest in lowballing its estimate of how much oil is flowing from the well because the size of the fine it will pay is dependent on the size of the oil spill.

Who is responsible for that situation? Who made the law that made fines dependent on spill size? Some idiot politicians that's who.

You're doing a heckuva job, Browner!

13 posted on 05/30/2010 1:59:32 PM PDT by TigersEye (0basma's father was a British subject. He can't be a "natural-born" citizen.)
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To: Bryan24; Fractal Trader
And in sooooo many ways.

Obama's Oil

1) Pres_ _ent Obama gets $$$$$ from BP ............. check
"Obama biggest recipient of BP cash
BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million
to federal …with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama"

"Obama White House and British Petroleum (BP), which pumped $71,000 into Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign
are covering up the magnitude of the volcanic-level oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico."

“Top PR firm for BP tied to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel
PR firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner "helped BP plan and evaluate its successful re-branding campaign,
focusing the company's branding on energy solutions, including the development of solar and other renewable energy sources."
The firm's Stanley Greenberg is married to Rep. Rosa De Lauro, D-Conn.
There was something of a flap last year when it was pointed out that White house Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had been living in the couple's Capitol Hill townhouse and resulting in a lot of questions about whether or not this arrangement violated congressional ethical guidelines.
Further, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee paid Greenberg's firm some $500,000 in 2006 and 2008 while Emanuel was living with Greenberg, and Emanuel was even in charge of the DCCC during the 2006 election cycle.."

Bombshell expose'. The real reason the oil still flows into the Gulf of Mexico.
The real money is in the use of dispersements.
There is a company called NALCO. They make water purification systems and chemical dispersements.
NALCO is based in Chicago with subsidiaries in Brazil, Russia, India, China and Indonesia. "

2) The secret reasons for the $$$$$ to Obama ............. check
BP oil leak: Fallen Deepwater Horizon was tapping second largest oil deposit in the world
If there is a single aspect to the dangers of the BP oil leak,
it lies in the question CEO Tony Hayward and other BP executives
have been avoiding since the first drop of oil went rogue: How much oil is leaking?
The real answer is - more than anyone wants to admit,
because the well holds enough oil to make Saudi Arabian drillers jealous."

3) Pres_ _ent Obama exempts BP from normal requirements ......... check

Gulf oil spill: BP has a long record of legal, ethical violations
…. the London-based company has a penchant for putting profits ahead of just about everything else.
Over the past two decades, BP subsidiaries have been convicted three times of
environmental crimes in Alaska and Texas, including two felonies. It remains on
probation for two of them. "

Federal Regulator Repeatedly Failed to Inspect Deepwater Horizon - Including for... Obama Presidency
ABC News has learned that in the 16 months from January 2009 through April 2010
MMS failed to inspect Deepwater Horizon four times - in May 2009, August 2009, December 2009, and January 2010."

"U.S. exempted BP's Gulf of Mexico drilling from environmental impact study"

"Obama admin exempted BP's Gulf drilling from environmental impact study "

"Obama sheltered BP's Deepwater Horizon rig from regulatory requirement"

"Red Flags Were Ignored Aboard Doomed Rig "

"US allowed drilling 'without required permits"

"U.S. Said to Allow Drilling Without Needed Permits
The federal Minerals Management Service gave permission to BP …
to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits "

4) Pres_ _ent Obama creates a dangerous, negligent environment ......... check

Internal Documents Show Early Worries About Safety of Rig
BP internal documents show they knew the risk of using thin casing in high pressure, lied to MMS."

BP reports warning signs before gulf oil rig explosion"

"Heated Argument on Rig Hours Before Blast ( Deepwater Horizon oil spill )
Mr. Brown said Transocean's crew leaders-including the rig operator's top manager,
Jimmy W. Harrell-strongly objected to a decision by BP's top representative, or
"company man," over how to start removing heavy drilling fluid and replacing it with
lighter seawater from a riser pipe connected to the well head. Such pipes act as conduits
between the rig and the wellhead at the ocean floor, and carry drilling fluid in and out of the well."

"Workers on doomed BP oil rig: Corners were cut to save money
Two workers injured when an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico told Congress on
Thursday that the companies in charge of the doomed drilling operation cut corners and
neglected maintenance in a race toward higher profits.
MMS official Jason Mathews, one of the panelists who questioned Harrell, noted that the
project was several weeks behind schedule, a delay that had cost more than $20 million at
a daily rate of $525,000."

"BP Used Riskier Method to Seal Oil Well Before Blast
Several days before the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, BP officials chose,
partly for financial reasons, to use a type of casing for the well that the company knew
was the riskier of two options, according to a BP document.
BP's decision was "without a doubt a riskier way to go," said Greg McCormack,
director of the Petroleum Extension Service at the University of Texas at Austin"

"U.S. oil drilling regulator ignored experts' red flags on environmental risks
Minerals Management Service officials, who can receive cash bonuses in the thousands
of dollars based in large part on meeting federal deadlines for leasing offshore oil and gas
exploration, frequently changed documents and bypassed legal requirements aimed at
protecting the marine environment, the documents show."

5) Pres_ _ent Obama, BP, and the DNC begin the obstruction ......... check
"There Was 'Nobody in Charge' (Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Fire)
In the minutes after a cascade of gas explosions crippled the Deepwater Horizon on April 20,
....Andrea Fleytas, a 23-year-old worker who helped operate the rig's sophisticated navigation machinery,
suddenly noticed a glaring oversight: No one had issued a distress signal to the outside world,
she recalls in an interview. Ms. Fleytas grabbed the radio and began calling over a signal monitored by the Coast Guard and other vessels.
"Mayday, Mayday. This is Deepwater Horizon. We have an uncontrollable fire."
When Capt. Kuchta realized what she had done, he reprimanded her, she says.
"I didn't give you authority to do that," he said, according to Ms. Fleytas, who says she responded: "I'm sorry."

Limited Media Access to Oil Spill?
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Media organizations say they are being allowed only limited
access to areas impacted by the Gulf oil spill through restrictions on plane and boat traffic
that are making it difficult to document the worst spill in U.S. history."

"McCarthy: Obama hasn't returned call of lawmaker representing district of rig!! "

"Obama sat on sand berm request 2 weeks, still no reply"

"Frustration over sand barriers boils in Louisiana as federal government offers few answers"

6) Pres_ _ent Obama and the DNC begin the coverup ......... check
BP buses in 400 for photo op with Obama

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts, whose district encompasses Grand Isle, told
Yahoo! News that BP bused in "hundreds" of temporary workers to clean up local
beaches. And as soon as the president was en route back to Washington, the workers were clearing out of Grand Isle too
A local radio host suggested that the White House was behind the effort to set up the photo op. ."

"Parish official: BP shipped in workers for president's visit
Roberts said the workers were offered $12 an hour to come out to the scene at Grand Isle and work.
But, when Obama departed, so did the workers, he said."

"Oil Spill - CBS Threatened With Arrest For Filming The Oil Spill (Coast Guard: "This Is BP's Rules."

"Lab Chosen To Test Oil Spill Water & Animal Samples Has Ties To BP
In addition to this potential conflict of interest, federal officials have mandated that BP
gets to hire the companies that collect data as part of efforts to rescue wildlife covered with oil."

President Delays Oil Spill Recovery Efforts For San Francisco Fundraiser With Getty Oil Heirs"

7) The REAL DEAL: Pres_ _ent Obama displays utter incompetance (again) ......... check
"Louisianans take oil cleanup in own hands as frustration mounts."

"Worst Press Conference Since " I Am Not A Crook"
It's hard to imagine a Republican president getting away with the weasel words offered
today by Barack Obama. The President couldn't determine if MMS head Elizabeth
Birnbaum was fired or she resigned. Even the Obama bread carriers at CBS were skeptical:
Elizabeth Birnbaum's departure was first reported as a "firing." Later, a "resignation."
When asked for clarity, President Obama told the press corps today he had no idea."

"President Obama Returns to LA to Assess the Oil Crisis
Prepare for another impact from the deep water Horizon accident: higher energy prices.
It`s not the rupture of the well itself that`s going to influence prices, but a six-month
extension of the moratorium on new deep water drilling projects declared yesterday by
the Obama administration. Bernstein Research predicts if the moratorium continues
for a year, it would cut global oil supplies by 500,000 barrels a day between 2013
and 2017. …The Bernstein report expects new regulations to add about 10 percent
to the price tag of offshore production. U.S. drillers will get hit first, but if the new
tougher regulations become the worldwide standard, then offshore drillers every."

8) The REAL DEAL: Pres_ _ent Obama destroys America (again) ......... check
"Analysis: Could U.S. Lose 200 Rigs by the End of Summer?
The Philadelphia Oil Service Sector index, commonly known by its ticker OSX, is based
on the stock market movements of 15 oil service company components.

Most recently the OSX peaked on April 23rd at 228.22, the day after the Deepwater
Horizon sank. Subsequently, the index has fallen 20% as both the broader markets have
been roiled by European concerns and the oil prices have begun to re-couple with
fundamentals (i.e. excess inventory levels). Crude oil has fallen 14% in recent weeks.
If the recent fall of the OSX and commodities foreshadows a similar move in the US rig
count, then a pullback to 1300 rigs or a 15% decline from current level of 1518 rigs
would not be a huge surprise. Of the 200 rigs that would be sidelined, a split of 45% oil
and 55% gas rigs removed from the count seems plausible."

14 posted on 05/30/2010 2:00:57 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Article IV - Section 4 - The United States … shall protect each of them against Invasion)
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To: Diogenesis

Isn’t hurricane season starting soon?

15 posted on 05/30/2010 2:04:36 PM PDT by SCalGal (Friends don't let friends donate to H$U$ or PETA.)
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To: SCalGal

It starts Tuesday, but things usually don’t get hoppin’ until at least August.

16 posted on 05/30/2010 2:12:51 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Kimberly GG; All
What does the administration have to gain by not having already begun clean up?

I think we got a birds eye view of that with the foot tapper interview on ABC today with Bobby Jindal.

Jake the snake did his best to shift blame to Jindal for not being ready for the spill.

This will be a DNC talking point in the future give La. as little as possible and make Jindall look responsible for everything that goes wrong.

Jindal was definitely following protocol by asking the Corp. of Engineers for permission to dig sand islands to block the oil from hitting the wetlands. He was surprised when they stalled him for weeks until it was basically too late,the oil had already arrived.

Anyone that thinks that's a coincidence or anything other than pre-planned is naive. This was all part of the Marxist plan by the regime to hold both Jindal and big oil hostage to their every whim. They just needed little more destruction on land to make it look better for their DBM cohorts.

So far they have given Jindall permission to build a few islands but little or no money!! As far a big oil goes they are stalling or preventing drilling in deep water except for stand alone rigs to appease their environmental Marxist faction of the regime.

Zero is perfectly willing to let the wetlands of LA. perish if there is even a chance that he can make Jindal look weak or incompetent as he is.

17 posted on 05/30/2010 2:15:42 PM PDT by rodguy911 ( Sarah 2012!!! Home of the free because of the brave.)
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To: Fractal Trader

“ABC: THIS WEEK - Powell on ‘don’t ask’ repeal: ‘Things have changed’”

Yeah, I’ll tell what changed. Powell looked at Obama and thought “I like the cut of his jib”.

18 posted on 05/30/2010 2:17:19 PM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: redpoll
Just preparation for the takeover of the oil industry

We have a winner, Dumbo's plans exactly...!

19 posted on 05/30/2010 2:19:01 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (To anger a Conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a Liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: eclecticEel

BP is concerned primarily with protecting its investment at this point. That means maximizing the chance of being able to resume pumping at the well site. (They certainly need to recoup some of their losses.)

The procedures that it’s attempting are done in the order of what will be easiest for them to use for future pumping. After all, there is an estimated two BILLION gallons of crude under the Mercado Basin. And they know they’ve found it.

20 posted on 05/30/2010 2:25:17 PM PDT by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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