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Showing posts with label BP Oil Spill. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BP Oil Spill. Show all posts

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Stopped, say BP

BP says that the cap over the oil well has completely stopped the spill, with no oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.

From The Telegraph

The news was released via Twitter and news agencies. A live video feed of the well shows no oil flowing.

BP has been slowly reducing the flow as part of a test on a new cap. Engineers are now monitoring the pressure to see if the broken well holds.

The oil has been leaking into the Gulf since April, when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers.

Louisiana has suffered the worst of the damage, with the spill affecting miles of its coastline.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Obama Continues to Refuse Foreign Offers of Assistance

Senator George LeMieux states that 21 offers of assistance with the Gulf oil spill, from 17 countries, have been refused.

As contemptible as we believe Obama to be, we reject the common view that he is just grossly incompetent. Such outrageous mismanagement,
as we have said before, is a deliberate attempt to create crisis, bring pressure on the system, cause social instability, and then effect the Marxist change they believe in. They are doing it in refusing to defend the US border, they are doing it with unprecedented spending and debt, and they are doing it with an environmental disaster in the Gulf.

It is treasonous.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

More Americans Say They Want BP ‘in Charge of’ Cleaning Up Oil Spill Rather Than Obama’s Federal Government

President Barack Obama, with Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, looks at oil containment booms being cleaned at a staging facility in Theodore, Ala., on Monday, June 14, 2010.
(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

From CNSNews

More Americans say they want BP to remain “in charge of” cleaning up the Gulf oil spill rather than have the federal government in charge.
A USAToday/Gallup Poll asked 1,014 adults this question between June 11-13: “As you may know, BP is currently in charge of the efforts to control the oil spill and its effects on the ocean and coastal areas. Do you think the federal government should take over these efforts, or should BP continue to be in charge?”

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Crisis of Competence

The only things missing were the sweater and pictures of Amy.

From The Heritage Foundation "Morning Bell"

Nearly 31 years ago, on July 15, 1979, President Jimmy Carter told the American people from the Oval Office: “Energy will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this nation, and it can also be the standard around which we rally. On the battlefield of energy we can win for our nation a new confidence, and we can seize control again of our common destiny.” Last night the American people heard almost the exact same speech from President Barack Obama: “I’ve returned from a trip to the Gulf Coast to speak with you about the battle we’re waging against an oil spill that is assaulting our shores and our citizens. … The tragedy unfolding on our coast is the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now. Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash America’s innovation and seize control of our own destiny.”

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs billed the speech as an “inflection point,” where the President’s initial response would be replaced by more decisive action. But this is now day 57. Where has the decisive action been up to this point? The Obama administration has not been working in a coordinated fashion. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of the Interior, the Department of Homeland Security, and the White House, as well as the Coast Guard, have been putting out confusing and contradictory statements since the disaster began.

Federal regulatory red tape has gotten in the way of the cleanup, including: 1) missed opportunities to burn off more of the oil because of overblown air pollution concerns; 2) holdups in the use of dispersants; 3) permit delays in allowing the state of Louisiana to create artificial barriers against the encroaching oil slick; 4) failure to waive reg­ulatory prohibitions against foreign assistance; and 5) failure to approve barges and booms in time to block oil from reaching Alabama’s Magnolia River.

Instead of providing leadership and properly coordinating the response, the Obama administration has chosen to shift blame and politicize the disaster, including: 1) “not-at-all veiled shot[s] at the Bush Administration” for the state of the Minerals and Management Service; 2) vague threats of criminal prosecution from Attorney General Eric Holder; 3) a moratorium on offshore oil drilling which could kill 120,000 jobs in the Gulf alone; and 4) pushing caps on carbon dioxide emissions which have no hope of cleaning up a single drop of oil spilled.

The President spoke of “political courage and candor” last night, yet both were missing from his speech. The President asserted: “Time and again, the path forward has been blocked … by oil industry lobbyists.” But the reality is that BP lobbyists have been pushing for the President’s energy agenda from the beginning. The President claimed: “Countries like China are investing in clean energy jobs and industries that should be right here in America.” But the reality is that China will account for nearly 45% of oil demand growth in the next five years, receives 70% of its energy from coal already, and is projected to nearly triple coal capacity by 2030.

In his 1979 “malaise” speech, President Carter told the American people: “I want to talk to you right now about a fundamental threat to American democracy. … The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways. It is a crisis of confidence.” Carter was wrong. America was not suffering from a crisis of confidence. As the election of President Ronald Reagan would show the next year, it was the Carter administration that was suffering … from a crisis of leadership. Today, our country is in crisis again. The Obama administration’s constant blame shifting, politicization, and lack of organization demonstrate a crisis of competence. To restore America’s faith, the White House should drop irrelevant policy priorities, refrain from making the economic damage worse, end unnecessary bureaucratic delays, and restructure the response and recovery efforts. As MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann said following the address: “It was a great speech if you’ve been on another planet for the last 57 days.”

Monday, June 7, 2010

New Oil Plume Evidence Uncovered

As if the pictures of birds, fish and animals killed by floating oil in the Gulf of Mexico are not disturbing enough, scientists now say they have found evidence of another danger lurking underwater.

The University of South Florida recently discovered a second oil plume in the northeastern Gulf. The first plume was found by Mississippi universities in early May.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

U.S. Official: Flow of Oil from Spill Has Stopped

But BP says it will be 48 hours before success of 'top kill' will be known


The flow of oil from the broken well in the Gulf of Mexico has stopped, the U.S. incident commander Admiral Thad Allen claimed Friday, but BP warned it would be a further 48 hours before it was known whether the "top kill" procedure had been successful.

The next 12 to 18 hours would be "very critical" in the effort to stop the gusher which has caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history, Allen said on ABC's Good Morning America show.

BP's CEO Tony Hayward told NBC's TODAY show that the top kill attempt, which involves shooting heavy drilling mud into the blown-out well 5,000 feet underwater, was "proceeding pretty well according to plan."

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Friday, May 21, 2010

BP: Oil Leak Could Be Stopped By Next Week

A BP official says a gusher of oil pouring from its damaged Gulf of Mexico well could be shut off as early as next week.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Scientists Accuse Obama Over Oil Spill

Tensions between the Obama administration and the scientific community over the gulf oil spill are escalating, with prominent oceanographers accusing the government of failing to conduct an adequate scientific analysis of the damage and of allowing BP to obscure the spill’s true scope.