Gulf 21 May 2010Posted by marisacat in DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, The Battle for New Orleans, WAR!.
A young girl stands in front of a banner during a demonstration outside a building that is being constructed by BP in Berkeley, California, in response to the oil spill. Picture: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Sort of a pathetic AP report just out now, old numbers and rehash… but at the end it gets a little something going…
[“W]e’re now looking at a scenario where response plans include lighting the ocean on fire, pouring potent chemicals into the water, and using trash and human hair to stop the flow of oil,” said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, in a letter to Obama calling for a formal moratorium on new offshore drilling permits. “If this is the backup plan, we need to rethink taking the risk in the first place.”
Lawmakers including Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., wonder why the company has to invent remedies on the fly.
“Shouldn’t you have thought of a worst-case scenario and prepared for it and had this type of technology from day one?” Cohen asked BP America President Lamar McKay during a hearing.
He’s not the only one with questions.
In New York, a morning show anchor pressed U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to accept responsibility; he didn’t.
In London, activists strung a banner at BP headquarters, rechristening the oil company, “BP, British Polluters.” And on Facebook, tens of thousands join groups with names such as “I demand to know how much of BP’s oil is in the Gulf.”
Ask Vincent Creel, spokesman for the city of Biloxi, Miss., about the spill and his words nearly spew, like a leak he can’t control. The oil hasn’t hit shore here, he says, but it overshadows everything, including a major golf tournament. It is an economic and PR nightmare.
“It’s staying out at sea so far,” he said, “and yet it’s bringing doom to our shores.”
Patience was wearing thin among state and local officials who called on Obama to take a larger role in the fight against oil invading the Louisiana coast.
“We’ve given BP enough time,” said Jefferson Parish Councilman John Young.
“Everything in that marsh is dead as we speak,” Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said after touring the clogged marshes. “Had you fallen off that boat yesterday and come up breathing that stuff, you probably wouldn’t be here, either.”
Poor Markey. Not up to speed.
[“I] think now we’re beginning to understand that we cannot trust BP,” said U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass. “BP has lost all credibility … It’s clear that they have been hiding the actual consequences of this spill.” snipthedrip
Apparently the house site with the live vid of the gusher crashed… Slipped and fell in its own oil, I would guess.
I scammed this from Sky Truth, in the comments… it explains why the usual milquetoast host on the CBS AM show yesterday pushed Salazar a bit, as in, Who’s in charge down there? BP or the Government?
Coast Guard Under ‘BP’s Rules’
Kelly Cobiella reports that a CBS News team was threatened with arrest by Coast Guard officials in the Gulf of Mexico who said they were acting under the authority of British Petroleum.
A couple more comments:
I’ve reached the point where I believe that the CG/NOAA lie is about more than just covering BP’s backside. I believe that they are scared. They think we will panic if the true extent of the gusher is known generally.
I also think its time to quit trying to save this well and just shut it down. BP is doing their dead-level best to save the well, and plan to worry about the clean-up later. We need to cut this well off and worry about getting to the oil later.
I, too, am convinced that the CG and NOAA are pretty much reading scripts written by BP, or at least are going out of their way not to dispute anything BP says. Without going all political… I am retired from a NOAA agency… and you’d better believe that science is censored. NOAA is part of Dept of Commerce… and I was told more than once, literally, that saying things (even if true)that could harm “commerce” goes against the Department’s mission statement about “promoting commerce”.
In a 60 minutes report Sunday, a driller/operator who survived shared that the pressures just prior to the blowout was ~3500 PSI – 7 times the normal range. If the pressure driving this oil and gas is even half that (1750 PSI) and the blowout preventor seal is gone (damaged a week prior, and seal rubber chunks came up in the mud and BP official said to ignore it), then what would the flow rate be out of the pipe at 1700 PSI assuming it’s a normal opening area for the BOP?
bolding is mine…