Protesters bare nearly all at BP's Houston office

HOUSTON Mon May 24, 2010 8:09pm EDT

Codepink activists stage a demonstration calling for British Petroleum to clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, during a protest outside BP Plc's corporate headquarters building in Houston May 24, 2010. The U.S. government piled pressure on BP to clean up a ''massive environmental mess'' in the Gulf of Mexico amid growing anger at the oil giant's failure to contain a five-week-old oil spill. The company insisted it was doing all it could to try to shut off a blown-out oil well spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons (liters) of oil into the Gulf every day. REUTERS/Richard Carson

Codepink activists stage a demonstration calling for British Petroleum to clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, during a protest outside BP Plc's corporate headquarters building in Houston May 24, 2010. The U.S. government piled pressure on BP to clean up a ''massive environmental mess'' in the Gulf of Mexico amid growing anger at the oil giant's failure to contain a five-week-old oil spill. The company insisted it was doing all it could to try to shut off a blown-out oil well spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons (liters) of oil into the Gulf every day.

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HOUSTON (Reuters) - About 100 protesters, some wearing cowboy boots and little else, took to the sidewalk outside the U.S. headquarters of BP Plc on Monday to "bare the truth" about the giant oil spill that is threatening an environmental disaster for the Gulf of Mexico.

On a hot Texas afternoon, protesters marched to BP's Houston "campus" from a nearby park chanting phrases like "Hey, hey, Lamar McKay, how many fish did you kill today," a reference to BP's top U.S. executive.

The protesters -- many of them women from the activist group Code Pink -- wore little clothing, while others were costumed to resemble the fish and birds that have been injured or killed by the spreading massive oil slick caused by the deadly April 20 oil rig explosion.

"What do you get when you drill, drill, drill?" chanted protester Medea Benjamin, wearing a bright pink wig, pink tape covering her breasts and skin-colored spandex shorts covered by a fishing net. "The naked truth, spill baby spill."

The Houston event was one of many staged by environmental groups in recent weeks.

In Port Fourchon, Louisiana, Greenpeace activists boarded a ship contracted to drill for Royal Dutch Shell in Alaska and wrote the words "Arctic Next?" in oil. Seven activists were arrested, Greenpeace said.

The Houston protest was a variety of street theater, with a man dressed in coveralls and a hard hat emblazoned with the BP log impersonating BP's chief executive.

"Everybody make way for the CEO of BP!" one protester yelled.

"Here's what you get baby!" yelled the faux BP chief executive, the lenses of his sunglasses emblazoned by gold dollar signs as he poured black viscous liquid over a woman dressed in a bird costume. "What do I care?" he said, laughing maniacally. "It's about the money!"

(Reporting by Chris Baltimore, Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Comments (3)
Dan_Kolis wrote:
I suppose I would like to hear sombody like Chris B tries to get the correct method to stop the flow to these guys. They are sort of close to succeeding technically, but there just, well, they don’t seem to know much about fluid power…

Heres the fix. Its not easy and not every vastly at variance with there failures.

http://www.web-solutions.ca/~dank/GulfLeak/GSinHtml3a.htm

If you have contacts, be a hero and see if you can tell them how to do this.

There really close. If the magic IQ fairy is available, they need about 15 big ones badly.

Nature is tkaing a beating here, the fun has drained out of this little adventure, so if you can tell the B- team there something aka the above, please do.

I’v encountered Hydride/drate crystals hundreds of times in Methane systems. You would think they would be able to solve problems better? Anyway, the best proposal is above at the URL listed.

Jun 05, 2010 11:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dan_Kolis wrote:
Ohh, confidentially and all that. The extinction of species is a big thing, and some poor people about to get a lot poorer it would appear. I’ll risk more spam!

Dan Kolis
dan_kolis @ yahoo . com

remove the spaces, if you can’t figure out why, then ask the I.Q. fairy for a second serving (nothing personal)

Jun 05, 2010 11:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dan_Kolis wrote:
Oh the reason this one failed is really easy. The resistance to deform a low Duro O-Ring is far less then the resistance to get up thru a mile of pipe. If you try to balance the delta PSI so its right at the bottom, the variable resistance of the column is toleranced far higher then the equilibrum point. So either blow the ring out in the ocean *or* let it leak. Or suck it up the pile. So, there are three ways to fail, easily forseeable. They didn’t even recut the pipe flush! (would fail anyway).

Maybe they just do these for show and tell? Its just as complex and expensive to succeed.

How is it possible they can’t figure this out?

I posted the correct approach as above as a URL and an email address, since this process protects the writers ID which in the general case is desireable. I’ve send about ten posts… Very maddening. Its tough because there is a pretty small coeff of eng. and physics knowledge to ideas, clearly. I mean, its touching to read up on people wanted to soak it up with hair, etc.

I am reenforceing the obvious, this is not fixed with a helecopter full of lawyers and forensic acocuntants, dropping on to ships in boson’s chairs…

Its not fixed with FEMA borne again insurance agents. Its takes technocrats with direct experience, and some mild steel and welding, a little software, etc. Technocrat guy stuff only.

Jun 05, 2010 11:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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