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Oil FAIL: BP insertion tube not working

BP's tubes work perfectly well when they're inserted into our veins sucking out money, but when they're inserted into the oil gusher that's destroying the Gulf of Mexico, not so much. That's a shame.

And BP still won't give numbers how much oil their blowout is leaking. I'm totally sure that's because the volume is embarrassingly small. Not.

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Submitted by jawbone on

in depth investigation of BP's management problems of the Alaskan pipeline and how it ignored repeated warnings there could be a rupture. And there was, indeed, a rupture.

Mention the name of the corporation BP to Scott West and two words immediately come to mind: Beyond Prosecution.

West was the special agent in charge with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) criminal division who had been probing alleged crimes committed by BP and the company's senior officials in connection with a March 2006 pipeline rupture at the company's Prudhoe Bay operations in Alaska's North Slope that spilled 267,000 gallons of crude oil across two acres of frozen tundra - the second largest spill in Alaska's history - which went undetected for nearly a week.
West was confident that the thousands of hours he invested into the criminal probe would result in felony charges against the company and the senior executives who received advanced warnings from dozens of employees at the Prudhoe Bay facility that unless immediate steps were taken to repair the severely corroded pipeline, a disaster on par with that of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill was only a matter of time.

In fact, West, who spent more than two decades at the EPA's criminal division, was also told the pipeline was going to rupture - about six months before it happened.

Lots more at the link.

Via commenter harpie at FDL.

Submitted by jawbone on

beaches! CBS news report, article in HuffPo.

When CBS tried to film a beach with heavy oil on the shore in South Pass, Louisiana, a boat of BP contractors, and two Coast Guard officers, told them to turn around, or be arrested.

"This is BP's rules, it's not ours," someone aboard the boat said. Coast Guard officials told CBS that they're looking into it. [This might help explain NOAA's reticence to deal with the real science of the Gulf Gusher, eh?]

As the Coast Guard is a branch of the Armed Forces, it brings into question how closely the government and BP are working together to keep details of the disaster in the dark. [Ya think?]

Furthermore, this may not be the sole incident of its kind. According to Mother Nature Network's Karl Burkhart, his contacts in Louisiana have given him unconfirmed reports of equipment being turned away or confiscated.

CBS video at link.

And, oh yeah: Mr. President, lie down with Big Oil, get up with tarballs!

Submitted by jawbone on

washing up dead on parts of the LA coast.

Dotty Oliver has a series of posts on the Louisiana situation, The Mistress of Misunderstanding and the Sea Captain.

BP's worst fears: Signs of damage the MCM can focus camera lenses on and people can grasp.

But the coolest thing is BP had plans to rescue walruses, sea otters, and seals in the Gulf of Mexico in case of oil spills. Of course, they'd simply cut and pasted plans for colder waters, but the MMS apparently didn't notice....

Best comment of the day (so far):

EvilDrPuma May 19th, 2010 at 9:03 am

I see a big upswing in sales of seal, sea otter, and walrus costumes.

Submitted by jawbone on

greater numbers than usual.

Gulf Oil Again Imperils Sea Turtle By LESLIE KAUFMAN
Published: May 18, 2010

PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE, Tex. — It is nesting season here, and just offshore, Kemp’s ridley sea turtle No. 15 circles in the water before dragging herself onto the sand to lay another clutch of eggs.

The sea turtle, affectionately nicknamed Thelma by a National Park Service employee, has already beaten some terrible odds. Still in the egg, she was airlifted here from Mexico in the years after the 1979 blowout of the Ixtoc 1 rig, which spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and covered the turtles’ primary nesting place.

Now Thelma and others of her species are being monitored closely by worried scientists as another major oil disaster threatens their habitat. Federal officials said Tuesday that since April 30, 10 days after the accident on the Deepwater Horizon, they have recorded 156 sea turtle deaths; most of the turtles were Kemp’s ridleys. And though they cannot say for sure that the oil was responsible, the number is far higher than usual for this time of year, the officials said.

The Deepwater Horizon spill menaces a wide variety of marine life, from dolphins to blue crabs. On Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expanded a fishing ban in the gulf because of the spreading oil. But of the endangered marine species that frequent gulf waters, only the Kemp’s ridley relies on the region as its sole breeding ground.

Since the Ixtoc 1 spill, the turtles, whose numbers fell to several hundred in the 1980s, have made a fragile comeback, and there are now at least 8,000 adults, scientists say. But the oil gushing from the well could change that.

Submitted by jawbone on

NPR reporting new analysis of amount gushing from still existing leaks: More than 100,000 barrels of oil a day. This is based on viewing videos available so far, which are of poor quality; also, it's difficult to estimate the percentage of gas and oil with these videos. So, amount may change, but will be higher than BP's stated amount. (Right now on NewsHour, BP guy is saying really high percentage of gas. Gas has expanded, hard to measure, etc. etc. Still going by slick on surface. Those estimates of 100K barrels are not scientific....)

Sure ain't no 5000 barrels a day.

Where is our Science President while BP spouts this BS???? What about Chu???

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Submitted by Bryan on

That's what they are afraid of. because both are affected by how much oil has come out of that well. Oil companies pay a royalty to the US for every barrel that comes out of an oil lease, and courts have a habit of judging the impact of a spill based on how much was spilled.

The pipe manifold that is used to pump in the "kill mud", the heavy clay based fluid they are going to pump in to stop the flow, and always been there. They could have been pumping mud into that well any time in the last month, but everything BP has done was done to capture oil, not stop the flow.