U.S. fights to protect shore from massive oil spill

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This is getting out of control. I thought they had this under control but NOOOOOOO! What a mess

Apr 29, 2010 9:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dockowbbler wrote:

Here is another example of Corporatism and Washington Leadership run amuck…according to the Wall Street Journal; internal company memos show the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Platform was missing a key piece of Safety Back-up Equipment used to cap a blown-out well during a drilling operation.

This Remote Activated Device, called an acoustic switch, is considered a weapon of last resort when it comes to sealing off ruptured offshore wells, but isn’t required on platforms operating under U.S. laws.

The Acoustic Switch’ is used by other industrialized nations, but not considered mandatory by U.S. Regulations, most likely because of the same old corporate influence over our so called leaders in Washington.

I just got that sickening feeling in my stomach…you know the one we all felt when we found out that ‘You’re doing a Heck of a Job, Brownie’ was the leader of some horse association, prior to getting his ‘Good Ol’ Boy Crony Job’ as the Head of FEMA.

Apr 29, 2010 9:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
eartha5 wrote:

i agree dockowbbler, too little too late at this point. the slick was floating in water–potentially containable for the past 7 days. NOW the military gets involved? the slick has hit the shore now. this starts the real disaster…

i’m very happy to hear a class-action for negligence has already been started by fisherman.

Apr 29, 2010 10:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Looks like Louisiana is once again getting the shaft. This so called great new governor Bobby Jindall seems to be dragging his feet the way they claimed Kathleen Blanco did before, during and after Katrina. Once he was elected he’s just interested in a bid for Washington now. He’s done nothing impressive but talk big. I am very disappointed in his performance. I don’t think the implications are quite yet realized how fragile this area is. It’s more than fishermen, it’s seafood, vegetation that protects the coastline with wildlife and marine animals. Louisiana swamps are like the rain forests and Everglades. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is just coming back from Katrina and what if the slick gets to Alabama and Florida? Hurricane season isn’t far off, even a bad tropical storm would spell an even bigger disaster. If there is any proof that we need other energy sources, this is it. We can’t afford to lose precious land that’s already eroding to this kind of catastrophe.

Apr 29, 2010 11:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
thoughtpolice wrote:

“DRILL BABY DRILL; SARAH PALIN LAST YEAR-

Apr 30, 2010 6:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kaisersoze wrote:

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the oil rig lacked a device called an acoustic switch that could have shut off the flow of oil. The remote controlled device sends acoustic impulses through the water that can trigger an underwater valve to shut down the well.
All offshore rigs have one main switch to shut off the flow of oil by closing a valve located on the ocean floor. There is also supposed to be a backup, a so-called “dead man,” that will shut down the well in the event of a catastrophe on the rig. Apparently neither of these devices worked on the Deepwater Horizon rig. The crewmembers who would have been closest to the shutoff switch are among those missing and presumed dead.
With an acoustic trigger a crew can shut down a well even if the rig is damaged or evacuated. However, BP, which reported profits of $5.598 billion for the first quarter of 2010, vigorously resisted changes to US regulations that would have required acoustic triggers on deep sea rigs, citing effectiveness and costs, about $500,000 per unit. Compliant US regulators agreed, saying other backup plans were sufficient. They called the acoustic triggers unreliable and prone to causing unnecessary shutdowns.
However, according to a spokesman for Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority quoted by the Journal, acoustic triggers are “the most successful and effective option.” Norway has used acoustic triggers on almost all its oil rigs since 1993.

Apr 30, 2010 6:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kaisersoze wrote:

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig lacked a device called an acoustic switch that could have shut off the flow of oil. The remote controlled device sends acoustic impulses through the water that can trigger an underwater valve to shut down the well.
All offshore rigs have one main switch to shut off the flow of oil by closing a valve located on the ocean floor. There is also supposed to be a backup, a so-called “dead man,” that will shut down the well in the event of a catastrophe on the rig. Apparently neither of these devices worked on the Deepwater Horizon rig. The crewmembers who would have been closest to the shutoff switch are among those missing and presumed dead.
With an acoustic trigger a crew can shut down a well even if the rig is damaged or evacuated. However, BP, which reported profits of $5.598 billion for the first quarter of 2010, vigorously resisted changes to US regulations that would have required acoustic triggers on deep sea rigs, citing effectiveness and costs, about $500,000 per unit. Compliant US regulators agreed, saying other backup plans were sufficient. They called the acoustic triggers unreliable and prone to causing unnecessary shutdowns.
However, according to a spokesman for Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority quoted by the Journal, acoustic triggers are “the most successful and effective option.” Norway has used acoustic triggers on almost all its oil rigs since 1993.

Apr 30, 2010 6:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Doc00001 wrote:

I, as well as most run roughshod over American citizens see this as a need for some restraints to be placed on capitalist interests. Money is nice but after the greedy bastards in this world have destroyed everything and left we who never got our share with nothing, what will it buy? I myself look at the recent controls imposed on the air travel industry and conclude that the airlines haven’t paid their representatives sufficiently. If it were otherwise, we the people could be jailed in those oversize cigar tubes until we rot,,,no problem!

Apr 30, 2010 7:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
thetallnathan wrote:

Mayhaps this catastrophe in the making will inspire Obama to reconsider plans to drill oil off the Atlantic coast.

Apr 30, 2010 8:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
GerardTV wrote:

Point is no oil is clean! All the environmentalists are picking on the oil sands but don’t realize we live in a world were oil is scarce. We need every possible supply of oil. Just because pollution is not in our back yards doesn’t mean it’s clean. Saudia Arabia’s environmental report card is never discussed. How do we know they aren’t polluting the water/air just like everywhere else in the world. At least the west has strick rules that oil companies must adhere too. I don’t think those same rules apply in Non Democratic
countries. One oil spill in an environmentally sensitive area like the gulf makes the oil sands look like a do do in a sand box.
sensitive area makes the oil sands look at allot more appealing

Apr 30, 2010 8:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
reamoor1 wrote:

I’m reminded of the “beating” the media gave Mr. Bush after Katrina. OK,… where was the Obama administration for the last 10 days?

Apr 30, 2010 8:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jeff81201 wrote:

This is devastating. It will be the most documented slow painful environmental disaster in U.S. history.

All because some industry hack convinced some turnstile govt regulator that US rigs did not need a particular type of shut off switch.

As to delayed response, what can one do? 1,000 bbls a day was clearly BS, but how does one collect any substantial amount of oil in windy, choppy seas?

Apr 30, 2010 9:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bert2 wrote:

Jindal, what’s the problem? You wanted more offshore drilling, so man-up and deal with it. Or do you suddenly need “big government” come to your rescue? My tax dollars helping you out is called “socialism”.
The GOP is full of selfish hypocrites. First to blame the federal government, but first to use it to their advantage.
I am all in favor of tighter controls and regulations. If prices go up, consumer demand will go down.

Apr 30, 2010 9:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gb123 wrote:

I say – DRILL BABY DRILL!!!!

That ol’rig is just acting up – you gots to drill that baby to submission, these border land states are patriots, they don’t give a hooting hootinagan about a little oil in their beaches this is Obama trying to “GREEN” the south – DRILL BABY DRILL!

Apr 30, 2010 9:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
LDMerriam wrote:

BP’s fake green brand is finally exposed
http://bit.ly/9TyDBx

Apr 30, 2010 10:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Benny_Acosta wrote:

Putting in extra safety devices cost money. That affects big oil’s profit margins. They wanted to go cheap on the safety measures. Now they have huge bill.
Profit over people has given us this mess.

This is why Obama didn’t want to open off shore drilling in the first place. But big oil and their puppets wanted to demonize him over it. Hind sight is always twenty twenty. Let’s see if big oil has the stones to keep pushing for off shore drilling now.

How much longer do we have to put up with this crap before green tech is given the help it needs to enter the market place?

People bitch about the cost of green tech because the technologies are still fairly new. But how much will this, and other spills cost the working citizen? We all know that the cost of this clean up will be passed on to the very people that have been adversely affected by the spill.

Yet another reason to impose and ENFORCE strict regulations and safety requirements. Get the corporate lobby out of Washington. Remove the status of personhood from these sociopathic corporations. They are businesses and nothing more. They must not have a say in the laws that govern industry safety standards, or be able dictate what they are responsible for. When will Washington get it through its dense collective skull corporations do not deserve a voice in government?

Apr 30, 2010 11:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Big Oil gets its way again at the expense of the taxpayer. Millions of not Billions will be spent to clean up this spill not to mention the damage to fisheries, wildlife and tourism. All of the Oil Company leaders are Republican…..don’t vote for them, your voting only for more damage in the future.

Apr 30, 2010 11:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BugBoy wrote:

Any thing public/volunteers do?

Apr 30, 2010 1:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RMEdaps wrote:

Had Bush dithered and done nothing about this curiously timed oil spill for 8 days like Obama, Reuters would be screaming incompetence and collusion with Big Oil. But not a peep of criticism about our little Socialist in the white house.

Apr 30, 2010 2:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
maclavian wrote:

What I want to know is, will the Republicans, after seeing what a disaster their insistence on expanding offshore drilling was, now support the climate change bill without the provision for expanding offshore drilling? The Democrats shouldn’t just give up on the bill, they should put it up for vote and give the country a chance to see just what kind of party the Republicans are.

Apr 30, 2010 2:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KINGFISHER wrote:

The oil spill is being manipulated by the some unscrupulous opposition party activists whereas when they should be helping the people trying to control the spill but no they have to do. How mean opined the Intelligentsia.

Experts opined that all equipments including the alternates should be stationed at the site at once, so as to put into operation if one fails to work out the needed works to save time.

President’s decision to keep on hold the drilling for oil till the review of the spill is down and is found to be safe to continue.

It speaks of a very unhealthy practice of the nation to blame the President for everything that happens, but surprisingly such never happened in previous regime when Bush did things which brought disaster to the nation opined the Political Analysts and asked Why?

Apr 30, 2010 2:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
kmsba wrote:

The tragic and devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a stark reminder that offshore oil drilling is not the answer.
Surfrider has set up a great site here, that let’s you email gov decision makers with a fill in form
http://action.surfrider.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1727

Apr 30, 2010 2:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KINGFISHER wrote:

Experts opined that all equipments including the alternates equipments need should be stationed at the site at once, so as to put into operation if one fails to work out the needed work, to save time.

President’s decision to keep on hold the drilling for oil till the review of the spill is done and is found to be safe to continue is welcomed.

Apr 30, 2010 3:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
indieinfla wrote:

I’m surprised there’s only a couple of posts attacking Obama. Funny that both compare this to Katrina. No comparison. I just hope this doesn’t get to my favorite beach.

Apr 30, 2010 3:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
threepines wrote:

Funny how it was President Bush’s fault when a hurricane hit. Interesting that President Bush could not be bothered and responded too slowly while President Obama today finally spends 30 seconds respoding to the oil spill and then three minutes bragging about how he has turned the resession around. Also funny that before the election that when the ecomnomy’s numbers were the same as they are today (no doubt they will be revised downwards in 30 – 60 days) that President Bush had ruined the economy but now President Obama has rescued the economy.
Senate leaders were wishing President Bush harm, movies were produced that showed him dying, he was called all kinds of names, and death threats were at an all time high.
Funny that those that oppose Arizona’s law can threaten voilence and it is okay but the tea party people are a violents people. Where did all the honest jounalist go????

Apr 30, 2010 3:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
threepines wrote:

Our President made SIX million then his pay czar wants to limit the excutives to $500,000. I say when he and his cronies (most of the Democrat members of the Senate give all of their money above $500,000 people then we will discuss his asine statement. That sometimes enough is enough.

Apr 30, 2010 3:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
indieinfla wrote:

Weird, I thought this article was about an oil spill? Trollers are out in force today! I hope the efforts to contain this unfortunate, yet preventable accident are effective. We have a beautiful coastline on the Gulf coast of Florida and I truly do not want to see it damaged.

Apr 30, 2010 4:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PR-MO wrote:

200,000 gallons a day and they expect this to last 3 months, that is 18 million gallons of oil. This is a disaster that will be felt for decades. I don’t know if the fish have enough intuition to flee this mess or not. Where are all of the offers of help from our allies in the United Nations or NATO? We are generally the first to help any nation in a disaster, but I have heard nothing about offers from anyone. We could use help from anyone on the planet at this stage of the game.

Apr 30, 2010 4:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ffotoragg wrote:

so i just read that halliburton performed work less than 24 hours before the explosion—cementing—and that they were the ones who performed the same work on an australian rig some time ago—right before IT blew up—-i think i would love to see halliburton go down—i –as much as this is painful to say–i have to applaud bp for their instant response–they have not stopped trying–but they were renting the equipment and the services–which also makes them liable for anything that happens–i understand that–but if halliburton was there less than 24 hours before the explosion–???????????and they’ve already been cited for faulty work on the australian rig that blew up; i know it’s an assumption, but i wish more news organizations would find out—-because it doesn’t matter if all 3 companies went bankrupt paying for this catastrophe, the damage is done—the seabed floor supplies almost all the food for everything that lives there, and no amount of money will bring that food source back, not will it replace any of the wildlife that will die because of this.

Apr 30, 2010 4:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mykldean wrote:

Republicans/Conservatives need this sustained diversion from how horrible they look as they try to stop regulatory reform of the huge financial companies/Wall Street.

Apr 30, 2010 5:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LilyRam22 wrote:

I really really do not understand how intelligent people think it is a good idea to do ANY offshore drilling. If this is what it takes for people to begin to consider that plans for offshore should be terminated indefinitely, then I really worry about our global community.

Apr 30, 2010 5:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Stupidscript wrote:

So … Emergency Plan A has failed, obviously. What was Emergency Plan B? Or didn’t they have a Plan B? What kind of monkey brain is in charge at BP? I can’t help but think that similar monkey brains are in every other oil-drilling company executive, and in anyone who trusts them.

This is a predictable disaster in what will be a long line of failing and broken pumping operations … left to decay because it’s cheaper to pay for a cleanup and deflect bad press than it is to maintain and protect these rigs like they should be.

Plan B? Send out the PR teams to spin the the media. That should work just fine.

Apr 30, 2010 6:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PeterMelzer wrote:

The estimates of the oil released from the well were revised upwards today by an incredible factor 5. That means 115 tractor/trailer tanker trucks of oil spill into the Gulf every day.

I remember vividly the oil spill of the Amoco Cadiz three miles off the coast of Brittany in 1978. Although the impact was concentrated on a smaller swath of coastline, the cost to the oyster and shellfish industry alone was estimated at 26 million in those days dollars three years after the incident.

References to the Amoco Cadiz disaster can be found here:
http://brainmindinst.blogspot.com/2010/04/energy-mind.html

Apr 30, 2010 7:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JCJ wrote:

Cost estimates for deep and ultra deep water just went up a bit. Analysts should add $5 barrel to long-term crude price decks in response to this event.

This also suggests pre-salt in Brazil will likely be more expensive to develop than previously thought.

Apr 30, 2010 8:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Anonmucker wrote:

Will this spill drive up the cost of oil and prevent plans for additional off shore drilling? Is this a win win situation for BP and the oil industry? Save money by neglecting prevention and make money on a moratorium of additional sources of oil?

Apr 30, 2010 9:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
danj585 wrote:

I see that everyone has someone to blame. To be honest, it’s partly my fault. I have purchase gasoline for my car from BP and other oil companies.I also have taken my car when I should have walked, and I own toys that use gasoline. If I had thought about the environment and how other people might be affected, I probably would have bought less. Those companies got big, because I, and people like me, bought their products. Thye wouldn’t have gotten so big if I had refused to use the product.

Apr 30, 2010 9:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DipuKurian wrote:

People are showing the money loses for BP…But please look into the face of the mother nature…We damaged a lot…We still damaging … This catastrophe damage her beyond we can repair..Look at the species loses their habitat …She is giving her precious resources without any gain…But we are hurting …. Our politicians should open their eyes and fight for their mother.

Apr 30, 2010 9:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RMEdaps wrote:

Obama did NOTHING for 8 days!!!! Where is your criticism Reuters?

May 01, 2010 1:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
dead_fish wrote:

Booms, what the heck do people think these worthless joke of booms are going to do to stop an uncapped oil disaster? The BP Oil Spill is dumping 210,000 or more gallons of oil per day in one of the most wildlife sensitive / fisheries / Seafood production areas in the US and the best BP and Obama can do is sit on their hands. Unless the well is capped, anything else will be futile.

BP Oil company and the people who approved their drilling are all environmental criminals and this incident is an example of big business trumping wildlife and environmental concerns. It was poorly and carelessly planned, this rig had a history of incident problems and it is a group of complete idiots that allowed a mile deep oil well drill in the first place with these careless thugs.

This oil will forever destroy that once beautiful area and will never be able to be restored back to its safe level of environmental cleanliness. Shame on BP, Shame on our government and the idiots that support deep drilling like this.

May 01, 2010 9:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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