Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill Cover Up By BP And Your Government. Spill Could Have Been Avoided With Proper Safety Equip. Was Not "Cost-Effective"

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[YESWECANSOLVEIT] Fw: Read the article regarding 
safety equipment...JUST AS I THOUGHT BP White Washing...
.[USACAN] Re: RE: FW: Dick Cheney and the oil spill
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Subject: [USACAN] Re: RE: FW: Dick Cheney and the oil spill

Well, Rob, here is part of an exchange I had on April 30 with my friend Jan from New Orleans [until Katrina]. Now she is still in Louisiana, but she moved farther north. Note her comments about her friend.

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I have been talking to a friend who is a retired rig stablizer/safety trainer.  He cannot imagine how/why the very safety mechanisms he invented were not even installed.>>



Jan

On Apr 30, 2010, at 9:02 AM, JaneAnne Jeffries wrote:


How are you doing, with oil creeping toward the shore and filling the gulf waters?

I need a major attitude adjustment. I hardly slept last night. It's windy here, and my nose and eyes are watering.

Drilling a mile below the surface of the ocean to continue to mine sticky black stuff that pollutes the environment is insanity. It's difficult to be 68 amidst the folly.




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On May 4, 2010, at 9:31 AM, Rob Bartlett wrote:


Caution is advised on this matt er.
 
Right wing bloggers are not the only ones who tend to jump on fragments of information and try to make a sensational story out of it. Ed Shultz tends to jump on anything he can find to assign guilt to Cheney (sure, Cheney’s guilty of many things, but not every scrap of info you can find proves it).
 
There are multiple mechanisms on the rig that sank – multiple – designed to shut off the flow in the event of an incident. Even though they might not be the same as a particular mechanism that Norway requires in their waters, that doesn’t mean there were NO shutoff devices on this rig.
 
Why let the Obama listserv join in the same bad practice as the Right Wing bloggers and Fox talking heads we deplore?
 
Rob Bartlett
 
From: "Cheryl Coon" [mailto:CCoon@shannongracey.com] 
Sent:  Tuesday, May 04, 2010 10:02 AM
To: USA.CAN
Subject: [USACAN] FW: Dick Cheney and the oil spill
NPR had a story the other day - brazil and i think norway and other countires require this switch - so it is not farfetched and is very real...............thanks cheney and bush
Subject: Dick Cheney and the oil spill

This is the kind of article we're going to see about FW's first gas related disaster.   There'll be all kinds of Monday morning quarterbacking and no one will be held truly accountable--least of all the most responsible person--Mayor Mike Moncrief. He won't be legally liable.

Jerry

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/michaeltomasky/2010/may/03/usa-dickcheney
Dick Cheney and the oil spill

As we know from our own comment threads right here on this very blog, right-wingers are expert at taking a few facts from situations that appear to be superficially similar but really aren't upon reflection or closer examination and using them to attack liberals.


And so, in the last few days, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has become Obama's Katrina. Um...look, I'm as pro-pelican as the next guy, and obviously I don't mean to gainsay the scope of this environmental catastrophe, wh ich will end up being staggering.


But Katrina killed about 1,500 humans. And no, it's not George Bush's personal fault that they died, either. But I still rate Katrina a far bigger tragedy for that reason.


And now it turns out, according to an environmental lawyer whose interview on Ed Schultz last week is getting a lot of circulation, that this leak may well be traceable in part to...Dick Cheney.


How? It's hardly as far-fetched as it sounds. From the Wall Street Journal:
The oil well spewing crude into the Gulf of Mexico didn't have a remote-control shut-off switch used in two other major oil-producing nations as last-resort protection against underwater spills.
The lack of the device, called an acoustic switch, could amplify concerns over the environmental impact of offshore drilling after the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon rig last week...
... regulators in two major oil-producing countries, Norway and Brazil, in effect require them. Norway has had acoustic triggers on almost every offshore rig since 1993.
The U.S. considered requiring a remote-controlled shut-off mechanism several years ago, but drilling companies questioned its cost and effectiveness, according to the agency overseeing offshore drilling. The agency, the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service, says it decided the remote device wasn't needed because rigs had other back-up plans to cut off a well.
The U.K., where BP is headquartered, doesn't require the use of acoustic triggers.
The Journal's report doesn't come out and say this, but the env ironmental lawyer, Mike Papantonio, said on the Schultz show in an interview you can watch here that it was Cheney's energy task force - the secretive one that he wouldn't say much about publicly - that decided that the switches, which cost $500,000, were too much a burden on the industry. The Papantonio segment starts at around 5:00 in and lasts three minutes or so.


In the interests of disclosure I will note that I haven't heard the phrase "acoustic switch" until this weekend, so I don't really know. And obviously the fact that the US isn't alone in not requiring this switch indicates that there are legitimate questions about cost v. efficacy. So maybe it's just one of those things.


But then again, m aybe it's not. Regulatory decisions have consequences all the time, and the people who made them should be asked to justify their decisions in a democracy. It'll be very interesting to watch this week and see if other news outlets pursue this.

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2 comments:

Earl Allen Boek said...

Not too worry...Greedy Bastards...GOD has a very "cost-effective" and "Preserved Area"
waiting for you.

Remember, as Clinton continues to beat the WAR DRUM on Iran. Iran has 5 times the natural gas and oil in reserves that WE do. We just can hardly wait to get our hands on it.

Even if it means starting WWIII. EAB

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