Subject: A Day in the Life
Government of the USA in Exile
B.P., Halliburton and Transocean Have Unleashed Armageddon
and Now There Is No Stopping It
By Chris Landau
For OpEdNews: Chris Landau – Writer
This is the video showing Senator Nelson reporting the oil is coming up through the sea floor.
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Department of oil and gas, publish the mudlogs
Specifically, BP's Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles told CNN last Thursday that BP's data indicates that BP can't cap the leaking oil, or it might cause the well casing to blow out:
But many experts – including experts working for BP –say that there is damage beneath the sea floor. Indeed, Matt Simmons told Bloomberg today that America's top research vessel – the Thomas Jefferson – found that the well casing is gone, and can no longer even be seen on the sea floor, having been destroyed:
If you have listened to the news, you've heard how angry Louisiana and the other coastal states are becoming. Here's why, and if you thought George Bush made a bad impression, you just wait, until you hear what will be O'Bama's legacy.
If you examine how the oil spill is being handled, there is only one opinion, which makes sense. O'Bama doesn't consider the oil spill a federal disaster. To O'Bama the oil spill is a BP disaster. You can tell this is the case, because BP is exercising control everywhere and FEMA is no where to be seen.
To locals, who have experienced many hurricanes, the oil spill is an even bigger disaster, and it has a new ingredient which is just becoming obvious. It is against the Law for them to defend themselves, and the US Government isn't defending them, either. O'Bama had a choice of sending in FEMA and reacting quickly, but O'Bama didn't want to become a George Bush type victim, so he took the path, it was BP's responsibility to clean things up. It might have been fine, except BP isn't cleaning things at all. From the locals viewpoint, there are all these people flying around and giving speeches, but the oil is coming up in their backyards and it is illegal for them to stop it. While George caught flack, from being too slow. O'Bama's legacy will be, he was un-American and held down the victims while BP poured poison into their children's mouths. It has gone too far. O'Bama can't recover.
So far, the oil has come in slow, but that is about to change. Lessons learned in the west, is now being used in the east. Destin just told BP and the Government to go screw themselves. We are protecting our homes, we don't need your permission. Everyone signing the local order knew they were breaking O'Bama's Law and would face prosecution. Local citizens consider the Officials heroes. This will bring local National Guard Units controlled by the Governor into direct confrontation with any O"Bama Uniformed Buddies, planning to remove the local handiwork. Compared to Katrina, which was an emotional event. Gulf Coast 2010 is fast becoming a physical Gettysburg. Someone has to win. I suggested putting captured oil in the local city swimming pool and throwing unwelcome government and BP visitors in the pool. By their rules, it is water in the pool, so if they get oiled, they must have picked it up somewhere else.
For your discernment ..
Jane Burgermeister's Blog ..
40 million people in Gulf oil spill region to be “evacuated” by military, sources say
By Jane Burgermeister
The US military is preparing to “evacuate” 40 million people in the region of the Gulf oil spill under the pretext of toxicity, according to sources.
40 million people could only be accomodated in the notorious FEMA camps, built around the country and resembling concentration camps or prisons and with on site incinerators.
Although this move to camps appears to be being sold to people as only temporary, there is strong evidence that the oil spill was started deliberately in order to implement martial law and find an excuse to put people in FEMA prison camps as part of a Bilderberg agenda to take of the USA.
This is a report:
“Info from an Oil Industry guy in Texas :
Gulf oil spill cannot be stopped using any conventional method as the Well Riser Pipe has become loose in the drill hole and oil is gushing out from around the base of the pipe. and the casing pipe has become fractured from pumping high pressure mud during the top kill process. Other geological reports are now surfacing that there are several other very large leaks some distance from the well head as the sea bottom has been fractured from the high pressure (2200psi) of 80K barrels a day seeping horizontally into layers of surrounding strata.
There is currently a major news black out over the entire area from New Orleans to Florida, but my sources tell me the following is currently in the staging process for the following:
Military is mobilizing for an all out evacuation of the entire region approximately 40M people due to extreme toxicity of the methane, hydrogen sulfide and hydrogen cyanide, other reports indicate the only solution that can possibly contain the main leak is a Nuke placed down the second relief Well sometime in September. Remember: I did tell you that was what it would take!
Big problem is where to put the displaced persons until they can affect a fix.
Furthermore if the seabed is already fractured the Nuke could cause the situation to become untenable if it isn’t perfectly executed and really no one knows exactly how much explosive force is required and not harm the cap over the oil field which stretches from Venezuela to Utah.
Moreover: BP and Transocean will be filing bankruptcy within a couple of weeks leaving the American people to foot the bill which is expected to reach half a Trillion Dollars. BP has already spent 2 Billion and US Coast Guard and Navy another 3 Billion and that is nothing compared to the clean up if this goes on until the Oct or Nov.
This could push the US over the brink as there are no sources available to borrow any additional money.
My source tell me that If the seabed is fractured then all gulf coast drilling will be suspended.. period and that will force the price of energy and gas to double world wide within a few months
There is a lot more but Ill save you from the worst case scenario regarding the final option. Its unthinkable if it goes wrong!
I know this sounds a bit extreme but my information is rock solid.
(end of info)
This only appears to confirm what people like Lindsey Williams, & others, have already stated.
BP oil spill Corexit dispersants suspected in widespread crop damage
Just when you thought the damages BP could cause was limited to beaches, marshes, oceans, people's livelihoods, birds and marine life, there's more.
BP's favorite dispersant Corexit 9500 is being sprayed at the oil gusher on the ocean floor. Corexit is also being air sprayed across hundreds of miles of oil slicks all across the gulf. There have been widespread reports of oil cleanup crews reporting various injuries including respiratory distress, dizziness and headaches.
Corexit 9500 is a solvent originally developed by Exxon and now manufactured by the Nalco of Naperville, Illinois. Corexit is is four times more toxic than oil (oil is toxic at 11 ppm (parts per million), Corexit 9500 at only 2.61ppm).
In a report written by Anita George-Ares and James R. Clark for Exxon Biomedical Sciences, Inc. titled "Acute Aquatic Toxicity of Three Corexit Products: An Overview" Corexit 9500 was found to be one of the most toxic dispersal agents ever developed.
According to the Clark and George-Ares report, Corexit mixed with the higher gulf coast water temperatures becomes even more toxic. The UK's Marine Management Organization has banned Corexit so if there was a spill in the UK's North Sea, BP is banned from using Corexit.
The danger to humans can be expected. The warnings on the Corexit packaging is straightforward. Breathing in Corexit is not recommended.
It seems NALCO Corexit is also dangerous to crops. It seems like damage brought by the oil gusher has spread way beyond the ocean, coastal areas and beaches. Collateral damage now appears to include agricultural damage way inland Mississippi.
A mysterious "disease" has caused widespread damage to plants from weeds to farmed organic and conventionally grown crops. There is very strong suspicion that ocean winds have blown Corexit aerosol plumes or droplets and that dispersants have caused the unexplained widespread damage or "disease".
There is no other explanation for the crop damage. Everything points to something that has a widespread effect on plants and crops. While no one precisely knows, all the signs point to BP's use of aerosolized Corexit brought inland by the ocean winds or rain.
Remember acid rain? Now it seems we could have toxic dispersant rain.
Shedding light on the dark hole in the Gulf
By Jerry Mazza
Online Journal Associate Editor
Jun 14, 2010, 00:25<
Do you have this feeling that despite all the press, you don’t really have a clue what’s going on down there in the oil-hemorrhaging Gulf, that is, with either the spill or BP. Except that the whole situation is getting worse by the minute? But here’s some light for thought.
Despite huge amounts of advertising as a Green Company, BP was named by Mother Jones Magazine as one of the “ten worst corporations” in both 2001 and 2005 based on its environmental and human rights record. “In 1991 BP was cited as the most polluting company in the US based on EPA toxic release data.”
BP catastrophes include the 1993-1995 Hazardous substance dumping; in 2005, the Texas City Refinery explosion; in 2006-2007, the Prudhoe Bay oil spoil due to corrosion in BP’s Alaska pipelines; in 2006-2008, the Texas City refinery fatalities; in 2007, Propane price manipulation; in 2008, Oil price manipulation; in 2009, a North Sea helicopter accident; and of course in 2010, the infamous Deepwater Horizon oil spill.”
With BP’s record, the latest disaster should come as a surprise to no one. But a scan of the 33-page wiki document should give you a really good idea, a third of the article being supporting footnotes for BP’s short memory. You can also view BP’s contributions to political campaigns, which go hand in hand with its record.
As to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, the New York Times reported as early May 26 that BP Used Riskier Method to Seal Oil Well Before Blast. “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.
“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.
“The approach taken by the company was described as the ‘best economic case’ in the BP document. However, it also carried risks beyond the potential gas leaks, including the possibility that more work would be needed or that there would be delays, the document said.”
Thus, in the pursuit of going on the cheap, BP and Halliburton created this priceless disaster. Read the full article for the gory details.
And, as recently as June 7, The New York Times reports Rate of Oil Leak, Still Not Clear, Puts Doubt on BP. Basically, the article said that BP claimed it was capturing 11,000 barrels of oil a day from the well, but the official government flow rate estimate was 12,000 to 19,000 barrels day, which indicates the new device should be capturing the bulk of the oil. Yet consensus among experts says, “It is difficult – if not impossible to assess the cap’s effectiveness.” Of course, BP’s “liability will ultimately be determined in part by how many barrels of oil are spilled.” So once again we smell BP obfuscation if not outright corruption.
Of course, as the Washington Post reports, Estimate of spilled oil goes up, and BP stock goes down. “The stock price of BP plunged more than 15 percent Wednesday to a 14-year low as it became increasingly clear that the amount of oil spewing out of the Deepwater Horizon well is substantially greater than the company or the federal government initially estimated.”
What’s more, “Since the Deepwater Horizon explosion, BP’s stock price has dropped by more than 50 percent [italics mine]. Wednesday’s decline was attributed to both the amount of oil flowing from the well and comments from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that the Obama administration will ask BP to repay the salaries of workers laid off because of the six-month moratorium on deepwater exploratory drilling.
“Phil Weiss, an oil analyst with Argus Research in New York, said momentum is working against BP as the news gets progressively worse despite the increased capture of oil. He said he thinks the company can survive, ‘but there’s more doubt in my mind than there was a week ago. Momentum is a powerful thing.’
“Concerns have also grown that BP will have to suspend its dividend payment under pressure from U.S. lawmakers who say the money should go toward paying legal claims and for environmental repair in the gulf. In the past two days, seven analysts have cut their expectations on the likely payout, giving more reason to sell the stock.” Interesting the investors eat the tab, not the global corporation.
What’s troubling about this entire situation is that given the hedge fund sharks out there sniffing blood-money in an oil company takeover, they could push a tumble of the stock harder, pushing BP into bankruptcy, and we would be left without funds for reparation as well as cleaning up the mess. This can easily become a race between the greediest to make a literal killing on BP at the expense of everyone else the disaster has touched.
As it is, the Washington Post wrote in an earlier article Lawyers lining up for class-action suits over oil spill. Thus, more sharks appear, albeit with a nobler appetite: “The law firms now assembling are members of the all-star team of plaintiffs’ attorneys. They have experience suing big companies over asbestos, tobacco, oil company waste, breast implants and Chinese drywall. They have represented Ecuadoran shrimp farmers and New York lobstermen, patients who have swallowed Vioxx and investors who lost money on shares of Enron. And their ranks include the likes of Erin Brockovich, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and former partners of Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.
“’When we put together the team for tobacco . . . it was the A-team of lawyers, and this is the same thing developing here,’ said Mike Papantonio, who cut his teeth on asbestos litigation and is a partner in Florida-based Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Echsner & Proctor. The firm says it has won $2.5 billion in jury verdicts, including a dozen of more than $10 million each.”
The only voice really missing here is President Obama’s, directing a coordinated effort to control personally the potential feeding frenzy from either direction. His only statement were words to the effect that others are working on this colossal problem, so that he knows “whose ass to kick” in blame. As if, like Ronald Reagan, all he needed was the script handed to him so he could pitch it with his own rhetorical magic without sullying his hands or sweating the small stuff. His absence in this process rivals his predecessor, George W. Bush’s absence from Katrina.
Since Obama has too often been wrongly compared to FDR, let me mention FDR would be out there, even on his 10 pounds of leg braces and canes, personally managing the process, insuring the world that this matter was in his hands and that some finality was in store. But that was Roosevelt, who rode from a depression through the Second World War like a knight in shining armor, giving his health and his life for the cause of victory for America and the world.
I see no such commitment here, neither in handling BP firmly, speaking to its CEO and board members personally and letting them know they’re going to go down before we do. In fact, if this spill is not tamped soon, it can move through the ocean currents of the world in between 18 to 24 months.
Does anyone really want to look into this dark hole in the Gulf for anywhere near that amount of time? Look while it spews out ecological and financial destruction for everyone. I don’t think so. So let me pass the buck to where it should really stop, on Obama’s desk, as Roosevelt’s successor, Harry Truman, astutely noted, putting a placard on his desk, “The buck stops here.” Gad-flying days are over, Mr. President. The ship of state calls for your hand to be the one that caps this madness and corruption. It’s time to get your hands dirty, too.
Coincidentally, in an update last Thursday, New Estimates Double Rate of Oil that Flowed Into Gulf, the New York Times reported, “A government panel on Thursday essentially doubled its estimate of how much oilhas been spewing from the out-of-control BPwell, with the new calculation suggesting that an amount equivalent to the Exxon Valdezdisaster could be flowing into the Gulf of Mexico every eight to 10 days.
“The new estimate is 25,000 to 30,000 barrels of oil a day. That range, still preliminary, is far above the previous estimate of 12,000 to 19,000 barrels a day.”
What is equally interesting is that finally, “These new calculations came as the public wrangling between BP and the White House was reaching new heights, with President Obama asking for a meeting with BP executives next week and his congressional allies intensifying their pressure on the oil giant to withhold dividend payments to shareholders until it makes clear it can and will pay all its obligations from the spill.” Perhaps Obama will finally “kick some ass.”
The Times added, “The higher estimates will affect not only assessments of how much environmental damage the spill has done but also how much BP might eventually pay to clean up the mess — and it will most likely increase suspicion among skeptics about how honest and forthcoming the oil company has been throughout the catastrophe.
“The new estimate is based on information that was gathered before BP cut a pipe called a riser on the ocean floor last week to install a new capture device, an operation that some scientists have said may have sharply increased the rate of flow. The government panel, called the Flow Rate Technical Group, is preparing yet another estimate that will cover the period after the riser was cut.
“The new estimate appears to be a far better match than earlier ones for the reality that Americans can see every day on their televisions. Even though the new capture device is funneling 15,000 barrels of oil a day to a ship at the surface, a robust flow of oil is still gushing from the well a mile beneath the waves.”
And so it goes, above and beneath the oil-smeared, scandal-stained surface of the truth.
Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer and life-long resident of New York City. Reach him at email@example.com. His new book, “State Of Shock: Poems from 9/11 on” is available at www.jerrymazza.com, Amazonor Barnesandnoble.com.
Irrigation pump numbers illustrate under-reporting by BP and U.S. Govt
A 4-inch pipe on a tractor PTO-powered pump can crank out around 35,000 barrel-equivalents per day. Considering the length of the Gulf oil gusher pipe, and the viscosity of the oil, an expert shows that the Coast Guard's number for the reservoir pressure of 8-9,000 psi is far too low.
by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News
We all know that BP and the U.S. government have been low-balling the numbers for just how much oil is spewing from BP's Gulf oil disaster. Doing doing a comparison to the irrigation pump industry can help show how dishonest they are being. At least so I thought until I called a professor from a local university, who ran some numbers for me and also explained the variables involved.
Paul Noel sent me a link today to http://gator-pump.com/specs.
According to the specs overview sheet, their smallest pump, the Sunfish, with just a 4 inch pipe, pumps 1150 gallons per minute (gpm) with 35 feet of head (uphill), using a 540 revolution per minute power takeoff from a tractor. (Note, the numbers for flow vary depending on head, horsepower, and rotation speed of the PTO.)
Here's the math. 1150 gallons per minute x 60 minutes per hour x 24 hours per day = 1,656,000 gallons per day. Divide that by 42 gallons per barrel (of oil) = 39,429 barrels of water per day. That's for their smallest pump.
That's close to the biggest numbers that have been published for the Gulf oil gusher rate of flow by the mainstream press, who tend to play lapdog for the corrupt powers that be.
According to BP, the gusher pipe has a diameter of 21 inches.
Now let's apply the same math for the largest irrigation pump that Gator Pump, Inc. sells. According to the specs overview sheet, their Whale, which has a 24-inch diameter — three inches larger than the BP gusher pipe — pumps 17,000 gallons per minute (gpm) with 15 feet of head (uphill), using a 540 revolution per minute power takeoff from a tractor. 17,000 x 60 x 24 / 42 = 582,857 barrels per day. That's twice the amount of the Exxon-Valdeez spill every single day.
Seeing that, I was curious to know the pressure behind this irrigation pump. That was when I called and talked to Dale Lemmons, who said the pressure in the Whale pump was measured by the Engineers at 10 psi.
Here's the Engineering report for the Whale irrigation pump.
There are some important differences between the scenario of an irrigation pump being powered by a tractor, and an under-sea oil gusher powered by tremendous pressures. We've heard numbers in the range of 20,000 to 50,000 psi for the oil gusher, but as is to be expected, the mainstream press shows numbers much smaller. An interview that Alex Jones had with Lindsey Williams today gave that range of numbers as well, his sources including a former oil CEO as well as some BP personnel.
According to an ABC News interview with US Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, published today, Allen said that the pressure down at the gusher is estimated at between 8 and 9,000 psi.
TAPPER: What is the wellhead pressure, do we know?
ALLEN: Ah, well, we haven’t tested it in a while, I can tell you during the “Top Hat” evolution – let me start at the reservoir, down at the reservoir where the well was drilled to varied somewhere between 8-9,000 PSI, pounds per square inch. During the Top Kill evolution, I think at the bottom of the blowout preventer, somewhere around 3500 PSI.
TAPPER: Is it possible that it is worse than that?
ALLEN: We won’t know. In fact that’s the reason we need the pressure readings.
TAPPER: Are there thresholds impossible to control — that would be above 20,000 PSI example?
ALLEN: Yeah, there are thresholds at even the well bore can’t contain that kind of pressure. One of the reasons we didn’t move to cap the well completely after the Top Kill failed was we didn’t know what the condition of the well board was. If you keep jamming mud down there, or you cap it completely, put pressure back down the well bore, the one thing you don’t want to do is have hydrocarbons or oil get outside the well or into what we call the formation or the strata and somehow make its way to the surface, where you would have an uncontrollable leak at that point. You want to guard against that at all costs.
According to the local professor of Mechanical Engineering, and an expert in fluid dynamics, the primary driver for flow rate is the pressure difference between the reservoir and where the fluid emerges. Pipe length, bends, fluid viscosity, density, and temperature also all play a determining role, in addition to the diameter of the pipe and of the opening.
For his calculations, he used the following information:
- Reservoir pressure = 8,000 psi
- Pressure at rupture = 3,500 psi
- Elevation from well to rupture = 25,000 ft [this is the primary point of friction]
- Pipe diameter = 21 in.
- Density of crude = 840 kg/m^3
- Viscosity = 2-4 Pa-s [viscosity and density using Azeri crude as typical, according to BP's website (density is addressed on page 3; see near the bottom of page 5 for viscosity)]
- Temperature 1 mile down: "Almost all of the deep ocean temperatures are only a little warmer than freezing (39°F)." (savethesea.org)
Here is what he wrote in response:
Based on the numbers you gave me the pressure in the reservoir is insufficient to overcome the hydrostatic head and there is no flow.
Obviously there is something wrong with this because we know that there is a lot of flow and this means the value of 8,000 psi in the well is too low. All other numbers seem to make pretty good sense.
Using a value of 20,000 psi in the reservoir I estimate, based on accepted analysis, a flow rate of nominally 65,000 barrels/day. This assumes a straight pipe and oil at nominally 40 deg. F.
If the pressure in the well is as high as 70,000 (this seems very very unlikely), I estimate the flow rate at nominally 185,000 barrels/day.
The pressure in the well is the most important parameter. As you can see, the estimates very significantly based on best estimates for the well pressure.
Without a better estimate for the well pressure than we have, I don't think it is possible to do better than this.
65,000 barrels a day seems to be in line with reports I have seen.
If you have a better estimate on the well pressure I can update my analysis.
One thing that is clear from this expert's analysis is that the reservoir pressure of 8,000 psi as stated by the Coast Guard admiral is obviously incorrect, being far to low to push oil through that long of a pipe; and the numbers being cited from non-mainstream media sources, in the range of 20,000 to 70,000 psi are much more likely for producing the volume of oil that we're seeing in the Gulf.
BP generates enough cash to absorb its liabilities from the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico.
But that doesn't mean it will.
One of the benefits of the corporate form is that it gives giant corporations the ability to escape liability. BP may or may not choose to capitalize on such escapes, but it would be foolish to presume that it won't. That's why President Obama's call for the company to establish a $20 billion escrow account is such a positive and needed — if still inadequate — step.
Consider first the liabilities that BP may face. No one really knows what the damage from the oil gusher or the overall costs to BP may ultimately be. Some analysts are now throwing around numbers of $70 billion on the upper end — but it's not hard to see how the ultimate cost to BP could rise even higher.
The company faces civil fines of up to $3,000 per barrel of oil polluting the ocean. If the gusher lasts for four months at 40,000 barrels a day, the fine alone could hit $14 billion. If it is found that the actual oil flow is double that level, the fine could potentially approach $30 billion — more, if the gusher lasts for more than four months.
Beyond the payments the company is making, it is going to face massive lawsuits, with damages surely in the billions and quite possibly in the tens of billions. On top of that, it may face a massive punitive damage award. Exxon challenged a punitive damages award of $10 billion in the Valdez case, and succeeded through appeals in dragging out payment for 20 years and lowering the amount to $500 million. But that was $500 million on top of compensatory damages of $500 million.
On top of all this, BP's brand — just a couple months ago, the most valued among oil companies — is now ruined.
Still, as hard as it is to conceptualize, BP can afford to pay $70 billion. The company made $14 billion in profits in 2009, a bad year. Before the Gulf disaster, it was on track to make much more in 2010.
BP may be able to pay $70 billion, but it surely doesn't want to. Even as the company pledges again and again to cover all "legitimate" claims, you can be sure that its attorneys are conjuring a variety of maneuvers to avoid paying. Here are five approaches they must be considering:
1. The AH Robins/Dalkon Shield Bankruptcy Scam
A.H. Robins, the manufacturer of the defective Dalkon Shield intrauterine device, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1985. Women who were victims of the dangerous device received less compensation than they otherwise would have. Meanwhile, with the company's otherwise open-ended liability demarcated in the bankruptcy process, Robins' value shot up. AHP (now part of Wyeth, itself now part of Pfizer) acquired the company at a premium, with the Robins family making off with hundreds of millions of dollars.
BP wouldn't follow the Robins' model exactly. The play for BP would not be to declare bankruptcy for the parent company, but for BP America or another subsidiary that could be tagged with the liability for the Gulf of Mexico gusher.
In advance of such a move, BP might try to move assets out of the designated subsidiary and into other subsidiaries in its vast network. Such asset shifting is not permissible, and creditors would challenge any such moves, if they could discover them. But using its labyrinthian structure, BP might hope to evade the creditors.
Even without the asset shifting effort, bankruptcy for an affiliate could prove attractive for BP.
2. The Union Carbide Disappearance
Union Carbide was the company responsible for the world's worst industrial disaster. A gas escape from its chemical facility in Bhopal, India killed many thousands (likely tens of thousands) and severely injured tens of thousands more. After settling for a paltry amount with the Indian government, Union Carbide disappeared as a standalone company. It is now a subsidiary of Dow Chemical.
Says Dow: "Dow has no responsibility for Bhopal." Moreover, "the former Bhopal plant was owned and operated by Union Carbide India, Ltd. (UCIL), an Indian company, with shared ownership by Union Carbide Corporation, the Indian government, and private investors. Union Carbide sold its shares in UCIL in 1994, and UCIL was renamed Eveready Industries India, Ltd., which remains a significant Indian company today."
BP might conceivably be acquired by another oil major. Or, more likely, it might just sell some or all of its U.S. subsidiaries. If the liability cap in the Oil Pollution Act works to protect BP from legally recoverable claims (perhaps less likely than has been reported, since the cap does not apply to a spill caused by violation of applicable federal rules), an acquiring company could simply state that it refuses to make good on the liabilities that BP now says it will voluntarily accept. A new company would also benefit from operating BP assets with a new, uninjured brand name.
3. The Shell Company Game
A variant on the Union Carbide Disappearance gambit would involve selling one or more subsidiaries' assets, but leaving the current corporate structure in place. Liability would still attach to the old subsidiaries, but it would be devoid of assets to pay — if BP could find a way to move the cash it received for selling assets out of the subsidiary and out of reach of creditors.
Again, such a move should not be legal. But it would be a mistake to assume that formal legal rules provide guarantees when billions or tens of billions of dollars are at stake for a giant, global multinational.
4. The Exxon Hardball Approach
BP's lawyers are undoubtedly considering other, more straightforward approaches to limit the company's liability.
Under the Exxon Hardball approach, BP would follow its oil company brethren's approach to the Valdez spill. Drag out compensation payments. Challenge adverse legal rulings. Rely on a corporate-friendly judiciary to overturn or scale back any large scale jury verdicts or government-proposed fines.
5. The Big Tobacco Global Deal
Another approach might be for BP to offer a "global settlement" of all claims arising from the Gulf Oil gusher. This would follow the precedent of Big Tobacco, which in 1997 offered to put hundreds of billions of dollars on the table, and accept some regulatory restraints, to settle lawsuits for its past misconduct and effectively preclude new litigation. (This deal was ultimately scuttled.) For BP, the play would be to put a "shock and awe" amount of money on the table to resolve all claims and penalties. Its aim would be to eliminate the prospect of getting hit with outsized punitive damages or fines, and escaping payment for ecological damage that may not be apparent for many years –amounts that might vastly exceed what BP pays.
Against this panoply of available maneuvers, public officials have limited options. The Obama administration is finally doing the right thing in first, talking about the danger of BP draining company assets via dividend payments, and, second, demanding the establishment of an escrow fund. Calling attention to abusive corporate stratagems not yet underway is one of the best ways to prevent their deployment. And an escrow fund would establish a guaranteed pool of available money for victims — establishing the fund apart from BP's control is at least as important as ensuring fair and independent handling of victims' claims.
What this and future administrations also need is a way to exert control over companies facing environmental or other liabilities of the scale now facing BP — a kind of receivership to prevent manipulations of the corporate form to enable corporate goliaths to escape liability.
Forcing corporations to pay for the damage they cause is not sufficient to prevent them from recklessly endangering people and the planet, but it is certainly necessary. Permitting them to avoid liability and foist costs on to others is to ensure more and worse corporate catastrophes.
Grand Isle, La. — Private security guards patrolling an oil-stained portion of Grand Isle attempted repeatedly to prevent a WDSU news crew from walking on a public beach and speaking with cleanup workers — a confrontation that followed a BP corporate promise not to interfere in such a manner.
The BP Speech: Obama Still Refuses to Lead
There's no getting around it: President Barack Obama's speech on the BP oil disaster was an overwhelming disappointment. Despite confirming support for stronger regulation of offshore drilling and developing a national clean energy agenda, Obama failed to offer any policies to actually prevent the kind of catastrophe currently playing out on the Gulf, and refused to coalesce around any specific measures to wean the United States off of fossil fuels. Faced with the gravest environmental catastrophe in American history, Obama has indicated he believes sweeping change is necessary. It is equally clear that he is unwilling to fight for that change.
Obama did at least reiterate his support for a six-month moratorium on new permits for deepwater oil drilling, but offered no proposals for dealing with drilling in shallow waters, and no long-term solutions for how to regulate drilling anywhere. The president also acknowledged that the Deepwater Horizon fiasco was a direct result of our nation's failure to embrace a long-term clean energy policy, and strongly urged Congress to act now to overhaul our current policy. The best moment of the speech came nearly two-thirds of the way through:
"No matter how much we improve our regulation of the industry, drilling for oil these days entails greater risk.After all, oil is a finite resource.We consume more than 20 percent of the world's oil, but have less than 2 percent of the world's oil reserves.And that's part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the ocean – because we’re running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water."
It appeared for a moment that things were about to take off. And then … they didn't. Obama made clear how high the stakes are on our nation's energy policy, but never exactly said what our nation must do to fix it.
"I am happy to look at other ideas and approaches from either party – as long they seriously tackle our addiction to fossil fuels …. the one approach I will not accept is inaction."
Translation: Give me a bill, I'll sign it.
What should be done? Let's start with walking back Obama's previous expansion of offshore drilling operations and redirecting the $39 billion a year in taxpayer subsidies for the oil industry toward investments in clean energy. There are plenty of problems with the cap-and-trade plan approved by the House last year, but there were plenty of good provisions that Obama could have endorsed tonight. It's not like climate change is a new issue for this administration. They've been working on it for more than a year.
The speech was, in short, woefully insufficient as a response to the worst environmental catastrophe in history. But it would be a mistake to view the shortcomings of tonight's BP speech as an isolated failure. Tonight's address, instead, is indicative of a now well-established pattern in the president's governing strategy. Obama does not advocate for reforms, he advocates for consensus, and his rhetorical insistence on fixing a "broken" Washington and entering a new "bipartisan" era has rendered his administration utterly subservient to the very problems he seeks to transcend.
When we say that Washington is broken, we mean many things, but the core issue is whether top policymakers are still capable of enacting policies in the public interest. But Obama has steadfastly refused to stick his neck out on almost any policy during his presidency. Passing a health care reform billwas the goal, not securing the public option that could rein in long-term health care costs. Passing the stimulus was the goal, not passing one large enough to actually break the back of the recession. After tonight's speech, it's not clear what, exactly, Obama is fighting for on climate change, but he is adamant about not alienating "either party."
Obama's opponents have clearly learned their lesson. All you have to do to thwart the president is refuse to play ball. The more unreasonable your behavior, the further he will cave in his quest for bipartisan support. Hence the absurd accusations of health care "death panels" and permanent Wall Street "bailouts." More than a month after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, BP's liability for economic damages stemming from the spill remains capped. The only way to end partisan sniping is to make the political debate about something other than partisan negotiations—that is to say, make the debate about an actual policy, and force people to discuss that policy in good faith. By focusing on Republicans and Democrats coming together, Obama has created a political environment that is about Republicans and Democrats, rather than citizens and solutions.
Leaders make a clear and convincing case for their policies, based on how those policies will play out in the real world. When someone opposes those policies with irrational or absurd arguments, a leader explains to the world why that opposition is unwarranted. Obama has been reluctant to confront his opponents at best, and his refusal to stand firm for sound environmental policy in the face of the BP oil catastrophe betrays him as a leader with no policies. In other words, he has allowed himself to become exactly what the John McCain campaign called him in the last desperate weeks of the 2008 contest: a mere celebrity.
There are limits to what a U.S. president can accomplish, particularly when one political party entirely devotes itself to blocking his agenda, regardless of the effect on the citizenry's well-being. But a leader does not simply refuse to fight when faced with difficult odds. And despite the small-bore reforms outlined in tonight's speech—a new chief for the regulatory agency responsible for overseeing Deepwater Horizon—Obama explicitly backed away from anything resembling a fight over energy or environmental policy.
This response to BP's malfeasance might be forgivable had it been Obama's first capitulation in the name of political expediency—environmental disaster or no, he could credibly claim to be withholding political capital for other endeavors. But we've already watched Obama give away critical provisions on the economic stimulus package, health care reform, Wall Street reform, climate change and even subsequent legislative efforts to create jobs (he is now, timidly and belatedly trying to make the case for a jobs bill in small forums). There is no longer any reason to make excuses for him. Time and again, this president has simply refused to fight for any controversial legislative act. This is not an effort to gain greater political leverage. This is Obama's "leadership" strategy. Tonight's speech, for all its minor merits, was a tremendous failure of leadership.
Subject: FWD: Dr. Masaru Emoto's Healing Prayer for the Gulf
Dr. Masaru Emoto's Healing Prayer for the Gulf
Focusing our energies in response to the Gulf tragedy and for healing the waters and its inhabitants –
Yesterday at our spiritual center we read a letter from Dr. Masaru Emoto who many of you will recognize as the scientist from Japan who has done all the research and publications about the characteristics of water. Among other things, his research reveals that water physically responds to emotions.
Right now, most of us have the predominantly angry emotion when we consider what is happening in the Gulf. And while certainly we are justified in that emotion, we may be of greater assistance to our planet and its life forms, if we sincerely, powerfully and humbly pray the prayer that Dr Emoto, himself, has proposed.
"I send the energy of love and gratitude to the water and all the living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings. To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, plankton, coral, algae, and all living creatures . . . I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you. "
We are passing this request to people who we believe might be willing to participate in this prayer, to set an intention of love and healing that is so large, so overwhelming that we can perform a miracle in the Gulf of Mexico.
We are not powerless. We are powerful. Our united energy, speaking this prayer daily…multiple times daily….can literally shift the balance of destruction that is happening.
We don't have to know how……we just have to recognize that the power of love is greater than any power active in the Universe today.
Please join us in oft repeating this healing prayer of of Dr. Emoto's. And feel free to copy and paste this to send it around the planet. Let's take charge, and do our own clean-up!
And so it is! Pass it on.
date Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 8:38 AM
[ECETI News] Huna Prayer for Water
Good Girls for Dead Whales
With an international meeting on whaling set to open soon, Japan is pushing hard to break a 24-year moratorium by offering cash and call girls to countries willing to back them, says the U.K.'s Times. Even worse, Obama backs a plan to suspend the moratorium. To see what he supports, here's a videoof a minke whale getting hit by an exploding harpoon from a Norwegian ship. Petition to ban such barbarism here.
On Grossly Incompetent Cookie Cutters
More WTF? facts emerged from testimony by oil executives before Congress, in part thanks to the intrepid Rep. Ed Markey (D.-Mass.) It seems all the companies have identical so-called response plans, including references to walruses – not seen in the Gulf for three million years – and the same expert – deceased several years before the plans were issued. Markey cites useful numbers: BP made $289 billion in profits over the past three years but spent $20 million a year in safety efforts. One exchange captures the surreal whole.
"We now know the oil industry, and the government agency tasked with regulating them, determined that there was a zero chance that this kind of undersea disaster could ever happen. When you believe that there is zero chance of a disaster happening, you do zero disaster planning."
It looks like the Icelandic government might have freed itself from Rothschild's clutches, and become the first truly honest and sensible government in the world.
I would vote for the Wikileaks director Julian Assange as a president of the new world government which is to be based on bioregions, with no hard and fast borders, and minimal bureaucracy.
A Safe Haven For Investigative Journalists Everywhere
WikiLeaks Inspired "New Media Haven" Proposal Passes In Icelandic Parliament
The WikiLeaks advised proposal to build an international "new media haven" in Iceland, with the world's strongest press and whistleblower protection laws, and a "Nobel" prize for Freedom of Expression, has unanimously passed the Icelandic Parliament.
If you have not yet been told about this very special interview, then permit me to make a few introductory comments.
PROJECT CAMELOT: AARON McCOLLUM: PROJECT SEAGATE – Kerry Cassidy
Initially this will certainly seem too far-fetched for most people, but by persisting to the end of the two hours and twenty three minutes, which isn't difficult because of the rapidity of revelation, I am sure that many thoughts will be triggered, and many former loose ends will become tightly bound together.
The variety and depth of topics covered as we review the life of this high-level whistle-blowing special ops practitioner verge on mind-blowing, but the interviewer carefully and consistently double-checks the information provided such that full credibility is maintained.
The topics covered include:
How black ops are conducted to appear like alien abductions
The fact that the murder of the Polish Government was a black op.
How government is working with Greys and other aliens, both benevolent and otherwise
Supersoldiers genetic engineering
How jackal and human DNA is mixed to produce super-soldiers, and how dolphin and human DNA is mixed to produce underwater operatives
Advanced aircraft (ufos)
The latest hardware that can circumnavigate the earth in 25 minutes
2 run by humans and 8 run by aliens
Stargates and seagates
Details of portals for transfer to other worlds, with remote viewing
Pharmaceutical black ops to provide advanced cognisance of the future
Global elite whale and dolphin slaughter to suppress human advancement
I couldn't help thinking that the oil volcano has something to do with this, although this topic is not discussed.
Make time, and enjoy this highly educational interview
— Global economic meltdown —
BOJ to Offer 3 Trillion Yen to Spur Corporate Loans
Will Obama Force BP into Bankruptcy?
"Power companies with plants that have saltwater intakes already have response plans in preparation for the worst-case scenario. This could include shutting down electric generation plants to avoid oil-caused damage to equipment."