Category Archives: The gusher in the gulf
Just a short note…that I knew this shit was gonna happen. Mostly because the corporate media has covered BP’s ass when it comes to the possibility of an ocean floor leak and of course the whole horrific mess that will kill off the environment for decades and the toxic chemicals they spray from the sky on all living things. From the WaPo writeup:
A seep would be a serious setback if it indicated oil or gas escaping from the capped well and burbling up through the seafloor.
Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad W. Allen released a letter Sunday night that he had written to BP, noting a “detected seep a distance from the well and undetermined anomalies at the well head.”
He gave permission to keep the well shut but said BP must keep him abreast of any potential problems at the well and prepare to release oil if a serious leak appears. “When seeps are detected, you are directed to marshal resources, quickly investigate, and report findings to the government in no more than four hours,” Allen wrote.
Wonder if their fucking stock will dive again with this ‘setback’. Mutha Fuckas..
I ain’t buying BP’s newest bs that they stopped the leak. First off, if the pipe under the ocean floor now explodes, the Gulf of Mexico will become another Dead Sea.
Second, their stock prices went up at least 7% today, and frankly…that is all they give a shit about…who is kidding who here?
Third…the corporate media is covering BP’s ass to the hilt…which is why they aren’t talking about the possibility of the BP pipeline under the ocean floor now taking a huge shit. No need to worry the common folks…or as BP likes to refer to us…the little people.
Fourth…the wetlands, the people who live there and the 10,000 birds that are dying off the coast of Louisiana, not to mention my friend RJS’s post on the toxic dispersants permanent effects on all living things… What-the-fuck will BP do to ‘make them whole’ again? Yeah right…
Enough on BP and their victory..The Obama/Dodd/ Frank Financial Reform bill has passed..whoopee-fuck. That watered down horseshit won’t change most of the casino-style bullshit the Wall Streeter’s pulled to get us into this mess. From Dean Baker’s statement, someone I usually listen to on financial shit:
“The final bill passed by the Senate today and already approved by the House of Representatives will improve regulation in the financial sector. However, given the severity of the economic crisis caused by past regulatory failures, the public had the right to expect much more extensive reform.(emphasis mine)
“The requirement that most derivatives be either exchange-traded or passed through clearinghouses is also an important improvement in regulation. However, important exceptions remain, which the industry will no doubt exploit to their limit.
“The creation of resolution authority for large non-bank financial institutions is also a positive step, although the fact that no pre-funding mechanism was put in place is a serious problem. Also, the audit of the Federal Reserve’s special lending facilities, as well as the ongoing audits of its open market operations and discount window loans, is a big step towards increased Fed openness.
“On the negative side, there is little in this legislation that will fundamentally change the way that Wall Street does business. The rules on derivative trading will still allow the bulk of derivatives to be traded directly out of banks rather than separately capitalized divisions of the holding company. The Volcker rule was substantially weakened by a provision that will still allow banks to risk substantial sums in proprietary trading.
“More importantly, there is probably no economist who believes that this bill will end the risks of too-big-to-fail financial institutions. The six largest banks will still enjoy the enormous implicit subsidy that results from the expectation that the federal government will bail them out in the event of a crisis.
“Also, the fact that no regulators, most obviously Ben Bernanke at the Fed, were fired for failing to prevent the crisis leaves in place serious doubts about the structure of incentives for regulators. Cracking down on reckless behavior by politically powerful financial institutions will always be difficult for regulators. On the other hand, if regulators know that failing to crack down carries no consequences, even when it leads to disastrous outcomes, we can expect that regulators will have a strong bias toward ignoring reckless behavior.
Yes, we had every right to expect more from those fuckers..so don’t expect me to get giddy over this horseshit ok boys?
On the homefront…yuppie sista is going crazy with Dad at her house…welcome to my world for the last two months chica. She is still giving me orders although we did have a huge come to jesus-type headbutting yesterday…and I came out on top. But, all in all…it’s still a fucking mess. I am talking to the Escondido Director of the Humane Society (Her name withheld by me since it took me forever to work my way up to her level) in an effort to figure out what the fuck to do with Dad’s wonderful grey cat that is still in that fucked up complex with a fucking money-grubbing whackjob hopefully feeding him.
Hugs to all that read my bs…fuck the rest of ya. 😉
Politico evidently filched a story from CBS’s Bob Schieffer during his taping of this Sunday’s Face the Nation, which they published this evening:
Attorney General Eric Holder signaled here that the Justice Department may be conducting a sweeping criminal investigation into the Gulf Coast oil spill, saying that its suspected targets may cover more than just BP.
“There are a variety of entities and a variety of people who are the subjects of that investigation,” Holder told CBS’ Bob Schieffer at the Aspen Ideas Festival. “For people to conclude that BP is the focus of this investigation might not be correct.”
Holder said he wouldn’t go “any further” when Schieffer asked if it might be correct to assume BP could still be the main target, and he “wouldn’t put a timetable” on when any indictments might come down.
On Thursday, Holder said the investigation was “ongoing,” adding that federal officials were reviewing documents, collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses in both of the probes. He added that there has been a “certain commonality of the way oil companies had been operating” in the Gulf when asked if BP was doing anything different than others in the industry – though he didn’t go into specifics.
Hang ’em High Eric..bust all their balls dude….every last friggin company who cut corners in order to save a couple of bucks and/or wanted to get the drill operational asap, regardless of safety regulations or concerns. What is happening to the ecosystem and the wildlife in the Gulf is nothing short of criminal.
Dr. Ira Leifer was appointed, by the federal government, to the Flow Rate Technical Group. Since BP is still lying through their collective teeth about how much oil is actually gushing from their screw up, and which parts of the ecosystem (including animals) are being destroyed, this is an important study. From DemocracyNow, via CrooksandLiars:
Congressman Ed Markey wrote a letter to BP last month requesting that the corporation provide safe access to the well site and full financial support, but there’s been no response from BP. Dr. Ira Leifer is the scientist leading the proposed research mission known as “Deep Spill 2.” He’s also on the federally appointed Flow Rate Technical Group. He’s a researcher in the Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, joining us now on the phone. Dr. Leifer, Welcome to Democracy Now!. Explain what you are requesting and what you are not getting.
DR. IRA LEIFER: Well, Amy, about 10 years ago, almost to the day, there was an experiment in frigid Arctic Norwegian waters to try to learn where the oil would go and because it was a small release, it was artificial. We didn’t learn from that what we need to know now to try to understand where the oil’s going from the Macondo spill. We don’t know, we’re searching in the dark. Deep Spill 2, this experiment that I proposed and created and brought together a team of scientists to research, is trying to understand hypothesis driven science where the oil goes in the water column so that we can actually go and respond to it. And in part it’s for now, to know what it’s effect on the ecosystem is, but a big part of this is for the future and for the next generation, so that in a future oil spill, we actually are not searching blindly for where the oil goes but we have a good idea and we can actually respond to it appropriately.
AMY GOODMAN: What has BP said?
DR. IRA LEIFER: It’s been silent. We put together this experiment, we have literally centuries of field experience from world-class researchers like Miriam Kastner and Rick Koff and Vern Asper, and we’ve heard nothing from BP, as well as other scientists I know who are doing and trying to do research, find themselves blocked at every turn from actually learning what we need to know so we can address this spill safely.
AMY GOODMAN: What is your sense of how much oil is flowing out of this well?
DR. IRA LEIFER: The flow rate team is going to come up with its numbers within, I think, later this week and they’ll be sort of, mine tend towards the top side. But the real problem is not what the amount of oil is flowing out, but where its going, what parts of the ecosystem it’s attacking. Its like a cancer that is metastasizing the patient. The ecosystem may not be dead yet, but its at great risk and patients sometimes die of pneumonia. In this case, a hurricane could come through and my big worry is that if we don’t know where the oil is going and where it’s going to be, then this interwoven network and fabric that is the life of the Gulf of Mexico could be taken out. For example, eagles that never get oiled, if their fish disappear, they too will die. We really need to understand what’s happening and the science is not being done, because in my view and that of many of my colleges, BP is blocking it.
AMY GOODMAN: Why do you have to ask BP for permission? Who is in charge here? You’re working for the government. You’re working with them.
DR. IRA LEIFER: As far as I understand, BP is still in charge of access to the well site, as well, it’s unclear in terms of financing and support for science to understand what happens. BP caused this accident and so there’s a certain strong sense that they should in fact support strong efforts to try to understand it, to minimize the damage. And instead, they seem to be worrying about their long-term profits and not the long-term health of the environment.
AMY GOODMAN: You’re not getting permission to do this study but this, it seems to me, this is an indictment not only of BP, but of the U.S. government that allows this to go on. But also reporters, journalists, photographers who are attempting to document this will now be charged with felonies if they come within 65 feet of any site, even to try to photograph an oiled bird?
DR. IRA LEIFER: I don’t really understand that, it makes no sense to me. Where there’s clear safety issues, of course, there’s some issue. But here in Santa Barbara, we have oil, and people work around it and photograph it, and so on. As a scientist, my concern is that if we do science, everyone wins but if we don’t, we’re actually doing a disservice to humanity. That is just inexcusable, in that, if we don’t do the science and nobody learns from this horrible catastrophe to try to be ready for the future one— to myself that is inexcusable—so I and my scientific colleges, are trying to do everything we can to make sure we can learn as much about that. And I would include that the free and fair flow of information, reporters having access is part of the learning process as a society, so that when there are accidents in the future, we actually can respond intelligently and not with a lot of unknown assumptions and just waving our arms and trying to hope we get things right.
AMY GOODMAN: So BP does not want you to study them, but how high up have you gone in the U.S. government—since you work with the U.S. government—to demand access?
DR. IRA LEIFER: What I have done is, I have put together this experiment and I have shared it with members of the Technical Flow Rate Team and other people within the government, hoping to get the go-ahead on being able to do this experiment. As a scientist, I can only make proposals for what to do and try to share what our efforts are with the public through venues like “Democracy Now!”
This is also an indictment of the Federal Government who BTW.. has also restricted access to the area for all members of the press. From the C&L writeup:
The Coast Guard has announced new rules keeping the public, including photographers and reporters covering the spill, from coming within 65 feet of any response vessels or booms on the water or on beaches. Violators could face a fine of up to $40,000 and felony charges. In order to get within the 65 foot limit, media must get direct permission from the Coast Guard Captain of the Port of New Orleans. (emphasis mine)
Bureaucracy and bullshit at it’s finest folks!! Thanks Obama…so much for transparency eh dude? Obama’s really heading to the top of my shit list lately in record time.
The blog is located here, it’s called the BP Slick. Its the gentleman that was on KO’s show tonight. It will possibly make you ill and perhaps cry….it did that to me.
Then, it made me incredibly angry. Oh, how I would love to see some of the exec’s from BP in a dark alley…they lie and obsfucate their fucking asses off about the toll their screwup has caused. But they have no problem putting out press releases on how much money they have spent so far on fixing their fuckup.