While BP says they are making another attempt that could “permanently cap the well, and capture all of the oil”, let’s look back on the past few days and see what’s really going on.
Obama Rejected Again
On Thursday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals told the Obama Administration to take a flying leap where deepwater drilling bans are concerned.
A U.S. appeals court on Thursday rejected the Obama administration’s request to stay a lower court decision to lift a six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the wake of the BP Plc oil spill.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, based in New Orleans, ruled about an hour after hearing arguments.
Its decision will likely prompt the Interior Department to quickly issue a revised moratorium order on deepwater drilling below 500 feet to address concerns raised by the federal courts.
If there is one thing the Obama Administration does well, is scramble. It seems they’re always trying to cover their asses or find an alternative solution with every single thing they put their grubby little hands on.
Once Again, Late To Their Own Party
How many stories have we heard about BP involving them dragging their feet?
Helix, the Houston-based owner of floating oil platforms and subsea wells, offered its Helix Producer I vessel in late April to help BP collect oil that has been gushing from the Macondo well since an April 20 rig explosion that killed 11 workers, Chief Executive Officer Owen Kratz said today in an interview. BP initially declined the offer, he said.
BP notified Helix June 10 that it wanted to lease the Helix Producer I platform to augment two other vessels that are receiving oil from the Macondo well, Kratz said. The delay meant Helix had to construct a collection tube from spare parts that will be plugged into a pipe just one-sixth the diameter of the main opening atop the well, he said.
The oil leak itself is the only thing quick and efficient that BP has done since April 20th.
Covering Up The Safety Excellence of BP
If it wasn’t for the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, BP would have been on-track to receive a 2010 safety commendation from the Minerals and Management Service! You go BP!
Shortly after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, we reported that the Minerals Management Service canceled its annual “Safety Award for Excellence” luncheon, which—rather embarrassingly—included BP as one of the finalists for a 2010 safety commendation. The SAFE event was never held, and MMS never did get around to announcing a winner.
Now Energy & Environment reports that the Department of Interior has scrubbed the evidence of BP’s finalist-status from its website.
I bet the staff over at the Department of the Interior are wishing they could whitewash BP’s entire existence from the minds of people everywhere.
Gulf Oil Spill Panel To Look At Root Causes
Don’t you just love that headline? Idiots I tell ya. It’s pretty obvious why the oil is spilling. Instead of looking at the cause, maybe they should focus on the solution?
The new presidential oil spill commission will focus on how safety, government oversight and the ability to clean up spills haven’t kept up with advances in drilling technology, the panel’s leaders say.
Oil Spill Workers Are Being Exposed To Some Nasty Stuff
Workers in the Gulf are being exposed to 2-butoxyethanol, and their lives are being put at risk.
In an under-the-radar release of new test results for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill workers, BP PLC is reporting potentially hazardous exposures to a now-discontinued dispersant chemical — a substance blamed for contributing to chronic health problems after the Exxon Valdez cleanup — among more than 20 percent of offshore responders.
They’re testing for more and more chemicals, but for some workers, it may be a little too late.
It just goes to prove, what you don’t know might kill you.
The Flyover by John L. Wathen
Here’s a longer version of a video I featured the other day. Pay attention people, this problem is NOT going away anytime soon.
No Freedom Of The Press On Federal Wildlife Refuge Property
Check out this video from Citizen Tube.
Apparently this same suspension of the First Amendment is being enforced near BP properties as well.
More Links You Should Read
As if I haven’t posted enough for you to read and digest tonight, you may want to look at these links as well.
Oil Is Not Hazardous
Oil in the water is making workers sick. Oil in your water, would make you sick. Yet, oil in a landfill is “not considered hazardous”.
Tons of oil-contaminated sand and debris arrived in a convoy of Waste Management trucks at Magnolia Landfill on Friday, a scene repeated at other landfills in the region.
Scott Hughes, spokesman for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, said Friday that three landfills in the state — Magnolia, Chastang in Mount Vernon, and Allied Waste Services Timberlands in Brewton — had been approved by the agency to take oil waste scraped and cleared from beaches.
Various forms of oil — tarballs, mousse, patties and globs — continue to be removed from shorelines by heavy equipment and by crews armed with shovels and plastic bags.
Late this week, oil struck all 32 miles of Gulf-front beaches in Baldwin County.
Hughes said the waste is not considered hazardous, by landfill standards.
How long do you think it will be until someone announces the bags containing the oil have been breached and the ground water has been contaminated with… get this… oil?
There Is No Clean Water
The farther out you travel, the more oil you find. Is there any clean water remaining in the Gulf of Mexico?
Corexit May Be Damaging Our Food Supply
Check out these two videos, then check your own backyard.
Oil Is Seeping Into Lake Pontchartrain
Because of the ineffective leadership in the White House, this beautiful body of water is at risk.
For the first time since the accident, oil from the ruptured well is seeping into Lake Pontchartrain, threatening another environmental disaster for the huge body of water that was rescued from pollution in 1990s to become, once more, a bountiful fishing ground and a popular spot for boating and swimming.
Five Million Buoyant Particles
Check out this research from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Fire In Your Throat
What happens if you don’t use a respirator down near the Gulf?
Mr. Sandman, Bring Me The Truth
Is BP trucking in sand to cover up the truth? Sounds like a sand job to me.
I wonder what would be happening right now if the Obama Administration had actually started working in the Gulf rather than the golf course two months ago.