Saturday, May 22, 2010

Deregulation's Collateral Damage 11 Men Dead & EPA Weighing Sanctions Against BP’s U.S. Operations & Gulf Coast Community to BP: Never Again!

UPDATE !!! UPDATED: 4:49 PM, 5:02 PM, Sat. May 22, 2010

Correction for Olbermann 95,000 barrels are leaking each day minus 5000 = 90,000 leaking -a mere drop in the bucket or barrel

Keith Olbermann "why aren't these executives of BP being led off in handcuffs for their criminal activities"
May 21, 2010

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Pic of massive oil spill from BPs Deepwater Horizon Calamity

BP oil caught in Loop Current

FOR LIVE FEED: AP /BP Live Feed of oil pouring into Gulf of Mexico

Call for BOYCOTT of BP's products and services:

Boycott BP? Here is a list BP made products to boycott BP. via Alexander Higgins Blog

Spill may be 19 times larger than BP & Gov't say
Via Real News Network May 21, 2010

One month after explosion of Deepwater Horizon rig, journalists update situation

Jesse Freeston interviews journalists at McClatchy's DC bureau to get the latest on the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Journalists believe that BP and the Government may be hiding information on the severity of the leak. Those who fish for a living in the Gulf of Mexico are after BP for compensation. The central question yet to be answered to help resolve the question of how the explosion happened. And, the Cuban government is concerned but not vocal, given it's own aspirations for deep sea drilling. Produced by Jesse Freeston.

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And lest we forget 11 men were killed by the explosion on Deepwater Horizon Rig. The eleven dead crew men are the Collateral Human Damage of the cost of Bush , Cheney and Nocons and Newt Gingrich & Sarah Palin's Tea Party 's and their Fox News enablers mania for DEREGULATION at any cost. They have little or no sympathy for the dead who died unnecessarily due to BPs gross negligence and refusal to abide by safety regulations and safety protocols . Their blood is on the hands of all those who have over the last 30 years have championed DEREGULATION of all Businesses.

Gulf oil spill: Remembering Deepwater Horizon's dead By Anna M. Tinsley | Fort Worth Star-Telegram via McClatchy Newspapers , May 21, 2010

Most of the national attention since the April 20 explosion has been focused on the looming ecological disaster from the resulting oil spill. But for 11 families – including two from Texas – the tragedy is about the loss of their loved ones.

Billy Anderson grieves the loss of his son, Jason, who he said was a devoted husband and father, a former high school football player, a man he said was “as good as gold.”

“It’s real hard to talk about,” he said. “He was everything a father would hope, pray and want his son to be.

“He was on his watch (April 20), doing what he was supposed to be doing to save his rig and that crew,” Billy Anderson said. “(The 11) were all doing their jobs that day and they saved 115 other lives.”

Today,sat Jason Anderson’s family will remember him in a memorial service, at the same Bay City church where he and his wife were married nearly eight years ago.

On May 25, Transocean, the company that owned the rig, will hold a memorial service in Jackson, Miss. for the 11 crew members killed in the explosion.

The other Texas victim was Adam Weise, a 24-year-old toolhand on the rig. also from Texas, is among those who will be remembered. His grandmother said she realizes cleanup is a priority, but she fears that her grandson’s sacrifice – of his life – is being lost in the shuffle.

“There has not been much said about the 11,” said Nelda WinsletteÖ of Yorktown, who helped raise Weise. “They did give their all.

“I think they were trying to prevent this from happening and they were not able to,” she said. “Those 11 are forgotten.”


Eleven crew members died during the April 20 explosion; 115 were rescued.

Jason Anderson, 35, toolpusher, of Midfield, Texas. He and his wife Shelley have two children.

Dale Burkeen, 37, a crane operator from outside Philadelphia. He and wife, Rhonda, have two children.

Donald Clark, 49, assistant driller, of Newellton, La. He and his wife, Sheila, have four children.

Stephen Curtis, 39, assistant driller, of Georgetown, La. He and his wife Nancy have two children.

Gordon Jones, 28, mud engineer, of near Baton Rouge, La. He left behind a pregnant wife, Michelle, and a son.

Roy Wyatt Kemp, 27, assistant driller, of Jonesville, La. He and his wife, Tracy, have two daughters

Karl Kleppinger, 38, floorhand, of Natchez, Miss. He left behind his wife, Tracy, and a 17-year-old son. Dewey Revette, 48, driller, of State Line, Miss. He and his wife, Sherri, have two children.

Shane Roshto, 22, roustabout, of Franklin County, Miss. He left behind his wife, Natalie.

Adam Weise, 24, floorhand, of Yorktown, Texas. He was not married.
If there were any justice the managers, CEOs administrators etc. would be detained and held accountable for these avoidable deaths which were the result of gross negligence on the part BP.

And BP has been shut out of Obama's blue ribbon task force. BP and its supporters might complain but it is reasonable to exclude BP given BP's poor safety record and its mishandling of the current oil spill . BP has deliberately under estimated the amount of oil gushing into the Gulf and has interfered with outside experts trying to examine the flow of oil and how much area it is now covering. BP is only concerned with its bottom line and so has misrepresented the size of the spill to limits its liability.

BP not named to task force that will figure Gulf oil spill's size via McClatchy newspapers,May 21, 2010

WASHINGTON — An Obama administration task force formed this week to determine how much crude is surging into the Gulf of Mexico from a wrecked oil well includes an engineering professor who's told Congress he believes the spill is far larger than originally thought, but not a representative from BP, the oil company responsible for the spill.

Administration officials, who've stressed for nearly a month BP's preeminent role in cleanup efforts, offered no explanation for BP's exclusion from the panel, which a top Coast Guard official said was expected to deliver a new estimate of the spill's size early next week.

The move to keep BP from being a full member of the task force may be intended to provide credibility for the new estimate after nearly two weeks of open challenges to the official 5,000 barrel a day estimate. Experts who have studied videos of the spill pegged the amounts at many times that.

BP's own announcement Thursday that a tube inserted into one of the leaks was now siphoning 5,000 barrels of oil to the surface, while a live video feed showed crude still billowing from the pipe, further discredited the official estimate. Friday’s amount was less than half that, and officials said it was normal for the oil flow to vary day to day.

Communities in the Gulf area are understandably upset and angry at BP for its cavalier attitude towards safety regulations and protocols and its dismissive attitude regarding the size and impact of the Deepwater Horizon calamity.
BP sees the whole issue as a public relations matter .
Fox News (with the exception of Shep Smith) and others in the media are on BPs side and see any criticism of BP as part of Obama's socialist agenda . They characterize President Obama and anyone who criticizes BP or any other oil company as an UnAmerican style attack on private businesses .

Gulf Coast Community to BP: Never Again! by Dan Bacher via, may 20, 2010

Gulf Oil Is in the Loop Current, Experts Say :Satellite pictures show oil snared by an eddy. by Christine Dell'Amore National Geographic News, May 18, 2010

Some oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill is "increasingly likely" to be dragged into a strong current that hugs Florida's coasts, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials said today.

But other experts say that the oil is already there—satellite images show oil caught up in one of the eddies, or powerful whorls, attached to the Loop Current, a high-speed stream that pulses north into the Gulf of Mexico and travels in a clockwise pattern toward Florida.

Images from the past few days show a "big, wide tongue" of oil reaching south from the main area of the spill, off the coast of Louisiana, said Nan Walker, director of Louisiana State University's Earth Scan Laboratory, in the School of the Coast and Environment

EPA Officials Weighing Sanctions Against BP’s U.S. Operations by Abrahm Lustgarten at propublica via CommonDreams , May 21, 2010

Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency are considering whether to bar BP from receiving government contracts, a move that would ultimately cost the company billions in revenue and could end its drilling in federally controlled oil fields.

Over the past 10 years, BP has paid tens of millions of dollars in fines and been implicated in four separate instances of criminal misconduct that could have prompted this far more serious action. Until now, the company's executives and their lawyers have fended off such a penalty by promising that BP would change its ways.

That strategy may no longer work.

Days ago, in an unannounced move, the EPA suspended negotiations with the petroleum giant over whether it would be barred from federal contracts because of the environmental crimes it committed before the spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Officials said they are putting the talks on hold until they learn more about the British company's responsibility for the plume of oil that is spreading across the Gulf.

and so it goes,

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