BP has continued to spray two chemical dispersants into the Gulf despite an order by the Environmental Protection Agency to end the spraying on Sunday night. The chemical dispersants, made by Corexit, are banned in BP's homeland, the United Kingdom, because of their toxicity.
Fishernen report illness from BP chemicals
(Had not heard the theory--from the courthousenews link--that BP was letting the marshes die because it wants the oil underneath. That is way creepy.)
DEANO BONANO, director, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Homeland Security Chief: Last week, we picked up oil about 20 miles off our coast, and we gave BP the lat and long coordinates of it and so, man, go out there and skim it, start attacking it before it gets here. Nothing. Fourteen miles the next day, same thing, nothing -- 10 miles, five miles, every day, closer and closer. They took no action.
Two days ago, it started coming on our beaches, still no action. The problem is, is BP is a company run by petroleum engineers, administrators, oil pushers, et cetera. And they're trying to run an emergency operation with people who aren't trained for emergency management or emergency response. We quickly realized yesterday that, if we are going to try to save our coast, we have got to take over.
TOM BEARDEN: And take over they did, using a state law that allows local officials to assume control in a crisis.
DEANO BONANO: I informed them yesterday we were commandeering their access, since they had a whole fleet of boats anchored behind an island doing nothing because they said they couldn't communicate with them, they were having a problem getting fuel, ice. The bottom line is, within an hour, our fire and police men had it organized and had those boats on the move and were attacking the oil coming onshore.
TOM BEARDEN: So, yesterday, there were 50 fishing boats offshore trailing booms to corral surface oil, soak it up and take it back to shore.
DEANO BONANO: We spent the entire day cleaning the inside of the bay. And it's still not done. Today, the oil coming into the bay is a lot lighter than it was yesterday. Yesterday, it was really heavy oil. So, we were able to catch up a little bit today, but, essentially, the damage is done.
TOM BEARDEN: Bonano says repeated appeals to federal officials have gone unanswered.
DEANO BONANO: Deafening silence. Our governor is screaming at the top of his lungs for the federal government to act, and they are not acting.
TOM BEARDEN: Are you surprised that they're not acting?
DEANO BONANO: Yes, we're very surprised. It's almost as if they are more on BP's side than they are our side. How do you let the company who caused the damages be in charge of cleaning up and responding to that damage? It is like putting the chicken in charge of the -- or the fox in charge of the henhouse.
TOM BEARDEN: And it's not just about the money. For sportsmen like Paul Rougeau, it is a way of life. He runs a swimming pool business for a living, but his passion is catching fish. He spent the whole weekend fishing in the deepwater areas that are still open.
PAUL ROUGEAU, recreational fisherman: There is a potential threat that I will never be able to do this again if my life. I understand that. So -- but that's why we have been going every weekend and tearing it up.
TOM BEARDEN: He's been all up and down the coast and is very skeptical of those booms that are supposed to protect the shore.
PAUL ROUGEAU: It's not doing anything.
TOM BEARDEN: Why do you say that?
PAUL ROUGEAU: Because, on the backside of the booms, there's -- still looks like you spilled gasoline in the water.
Fuck. This. Shit.
sad, very sad
The Obama administration maintains there should be no limit on oil companies' spill liability, but a top Justice Department official said it is not proposing to change the $75 million limit on BP PLC's Gulf of Mexico spill because the company has pledged to pay all legitimate claims.
They will haggle over "legitimate" and someone will get a few cents from a class action suit about 5 years from now. That cap on liability is a disgrace.
a bp representative on the news hour mentioned twice "redoubling" the effort with out meaning twice as much effort. woodruff just didnt have the stuff to nail him down properly.
The free market ought to rule on damages too. If they cause eleventy zillion dollars of damage, then that's how much they need to pay -- plus punitive damages for being fuck wits.
Libertarian: "Companies should be allowed to compete in a free market!"
"What if a company is going to be bankrupted by lawsuits when it harms the public (so that it goes out of business)?"
"The government needs to cap the liability!"
exactly. every single penny even if it breaks them. then they wont take stupid risks. no more too big to fail bs. rope all this shit in!
Several days before the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, BP officials chose, partly for financial reasons, to use a type of casing for the well that the company knew was the riskier of two options, according to a BP document.
Douglas Brown, the Deepwater Horizon’s chief mechanic, testifying. His lawyers, Steve Gordon, seated, and Jeff Seely, conferred.
The concern with the method BP chose, the document said, was that if the cement around the casing pipe did not seal properly, gases could leak all the way to the wellhead, where only a single seal would serve as a barrier.
Using a different type of casing would have provided two barriers, according to the document, which was provided to The New York Times by a Congressional investigator.
Workers from the rig and company officials have said that hours before the explosion, gases were leaking through the cement, which had been set in place by the oil services contractor, Halliburton. Investigators have said these leaks were the likely cause of the explosion.
links activated. halliburton's, not too big to fail either. you break it, you pay for it. and its priceless.
the fed should hire every interested (under employed) worker in the united states to work containment / clean up on a wpa scale until the pollution is abated, which may be never. seize bp assets to insure payment.
what can be done.
top kill cam
I think in a just world BP would be forced to spend any remaining money the company has after making full restitution and clean up on developing algae based bio-diesel, solar technologies and other alternatives to oil. Some day we'll realize that we've squandered a valuable resource by burning it up in automobiles.
right, earthquake lube.
steve 100% agree, why why why have we yet to rock the sun???
via LB FB. caught in the oil.
Adm. Thad W. Allen of the Coast Guard, who is commanding the federal response to the disaster, said some oil had been collected in the cap and was beginning to funnel up to the surface. But he noted that a great deal of oil was still escaping, by design, through vents in the cap that were intended to let oil out in order to keep cold Gulf water from rushing in and forming icy hydrates that could block the flow of oil to the surface.
So it will not be clear if the cap is sealed tightly enough to prevent large amounts of oil from continuing to pour into the Gulf until those vents are closed, Admiral Allen said. He said that current plans call for closing those vents on Friday.
how far will it spread?
Josh Fox: Living In The Middle Of A 'Gasland'
Reporter: Documents Show Years of BP Neglect
• "Researchers have doubled estimates of how much oil has been spewing from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico, reporting Thursday that up to 40,000 barrels (1.7 million gallons) a day may have escaped for weeks."
We'll hear now about a stunning reassessment of the amount of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. According to an exclusive NPR analysis, there's at least 10 times as much oil pouring into the waters as officials estimate. (transcript)
just heard the term "orange-mousse" today. its been a slow process for recognition that there is a toxic 3-d monster out there in the gulf and not just surface slick effecting the beaches.
The oil emanating from the seafloor contains about 40 percent methane, compared with about 5 percent found in typical oil deposits, said John Kessler, a Texas A&M University oceanographer who is studying the impact of methane from the spill.
That means huge quantities of methane have entered the Gulf, scientists say, potentially suffocating marine life and creating "dead zones" where oxygen is so depleted that nothing lives.
"This is the most vigorous methane eruption in modern human history," Kessler said.
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