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After two weeks all they can come up with is a band-aid? Lose lose situation for oil companies because the environmentalist political machines are going to rally for a ban on off shore drilling and then we're back where we started.
    
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My father works for BP and is pretty well respected in the engineering community. He was telling me that it wasn't BP that owned that rig out there, they were on a contract with another company, or something of that sort, and it wasn't BP's fault that any of this is happening. He also didn't like the idea of putting the dome over the well, he thought that drilling into the well and filling it with cement would be the better option, and that idea floated around for a while as well.
BP should be making sure their contractors are running a tight ship (or drilling platform).

BP is blaming their contractors because they contracted the equipment that failed, and that company is blaming the company that manufactures the parts that make the equipment that failed. Maybe THAT company will blame the mining/smelting companies that mined/smelted the steel that was used to manufacture the equipment.

Anyway, BP blamed other companies for the Texas City disaster, but they still ended up paying out over 1 billion USD in settlements for that. I predict the same thing will happen with this event as well.
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The Minerals Management Service, an arm of the Interior Department known for its cozy relationship with major oil companies, says it issued the rule relief because some of the industrywide mandates weren’t practical for all of the exploratory and production projects operating in the Gulf region.

The blowout rule, the fact that it was lifted in April 2008 for rigs that didn’t fit at least one of five conditions, and confusion about whether the BP Deepwater Horizon project was covered by the regulation, caught the attention of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Following a tour of a boom operation in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Salazar said Wednesday that he understood BP was required to file plans for coping with a blowout at the well that failed.

"My understanding is that everything was in its proper place," said Salazar.

But an AP review of government and BP documents found that the company had not filed a specific comprehensive blowout plan for the rig that exploded April 20, leaving 11 workers dead and spewing at least 210,000 gallons (795,000 liters) of oil a day.

Instead, a site-specific exploration plan filed by BP in February 2009 stated that it was "not required" to file "a scenario for a potential blowout" of the Deepwater well.

When questioned about the exemption claim, BP spokesman William Salvin said provisions for handling a blowout incident were actually included in the firm’s 582-page region oil spill plan, though he had difficulty pointing to specific passages.

He later maintained that the Deepwater location was not subject to the blowout scenario requirements because it triggered none of the conditions cited in the MMS’s April 2008 notice to operators about a loosening of the rules.

Still, Salvin insisted the company was prepared to handle a blowout and catastrophic spill at the project through provisions included in its regional plan.

"We have a plan that has sufficient detail in it to deal with a blowout," Salvin said, while acknowledging that the ongoing crisis at the Deepwater site is "uncontrolled."

The lack of a specific plan for the Deepwater project raises questions about whether BP could have been better prepared to deal with the ongoing disaster and whether MMS is fulfilling its regulatory oversight.

Robert Wiygul, an Ocean Springs, Mississippi, environmental lawyer, said the lack of a blowout scenario "is kind of an outrageous omission, because you’re drilling in extremely deep waters, where by definition you’re looking for very large reservoirs to justify the cost."

"If the MMS was allowing companies to drill in this ultra-deep situation without a blowout scenario, then it seems clear they weren’t doing the job they were tasked with," he said. "The MMS can’t change the law just by telling people that they don’t have to comply with it. I think it really indicates that somebody at MMS was asleep at the switch on this."
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This just keeps getting better!
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This entire debacle is depressing.

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the best part everyone is forgetting what The White House or more specifically President Obama said on the very first day this happened.

Obama ceased all Oil drilling, and mining. In order to allow our special forces to secure and hold onto every single oil platform as we speak. We have guys on platforms right now as I type this. They literally stopped all oil drilling in major and unspecified areas, and we WERE being told it was every single platform in the gulf and around FL into the Atlantic.

The commander in chief doesn't just send federal military, special forces mind you, into multiple state waters without a large and legitimate reason. Including a lot of legal processes that happen in between state and fed governments.

I find it funny that there is no investigation after the 3rd day of press coverage on how this "massive" explosion occurred. Or the fact we have armed and ready troops "securing" our oil platforms. It is theorized the explosion was so large that it most likely was man made and on purpose.

Does anyone remember the press reporting the platforms being evacuated? They are still empty and they are still manned by our troops. Why aren't we being told this?

If this is true...give me a god damn gun and send me where this **** storm came from. That's what I say.
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the best part everyone is forgetting what The White House or more specifically President Obama said on the very first day this happened.

Obama ceased all Oil drilling, and mining. In order to allow our special forces to secure and hold onto every single oil platform as we speak. We have guys on platforms right now as I type this. They literally stopped all oil drilling in major and unspecified areas, and we WERE being told it was every single platform in the gulf and around FL into the Atlantic.

The commander in chief doesn't just send federal military, special forces mind you, into multiple state waters without a large and legitimate reason. Including a lot of legal processes that happen in between state and fed governments.

I find it funny that there is no investigation after the 3rd day of press coverage on how this "massive" explosion occurred. Or the fact we have armed and ready troops "securing" our oil platforms. It is theorized the explosion was so large that it most likely was man made and on purpose.

Does anyone remember the press reporting the platforms being evacuated? They are still empty and they are still manned by our troops. Why aren't we being told this?

If this is true...give me a god damn gun and send me where this **** storm came from. That's what I say.
Lots of talk, no sources. The mark of tin hats. Are you familiar with a BLEVE? They're big, and associated with holding tanks of flammable material.
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Lots of talk, no sources. The mark of tin hats. Are you familiar with a BLEVE? They're big, and associated with holding tanks of flammable material.
Obama making a speech about the special forces was on tv, they made a huge deal of it for about a day.....Now it is completely not, but the drilling, and mining is still ceased and special forces are still "securing" that is all I'm pointing out.

It's just funny how our oil prices are doing fine, dropping 10 cents in the last week, even though we aren't drilling AT ALL forget refining. When Katrina hit, prices went to 5 bucks in some places, even though we still drilled, we just lost refining capabilities.

Go do your own research, this is all happening, it was in the news, and now it isn't. Why won't they tell us everything?

yes, I understand this oil spill is terrible. I grew up on the beach in NJ and I live on the Gulf coast of FL, and yes the media should report about how we are going to tackle this terrible problem...BUT what happened to finding out why this huge explosion occurred? Or why our entire gulf coast and a large if not majority proportion of our wildlife is in danger......

edit**- Or why military action was and apparently is still needed but no answer as to why?
Edited by Berger - 5/6/10 at 9:40pm
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All the talk about oil drilling from Obama and then this happens right after... why?
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Drilling != pumping oil.
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