Posts Tagged ‘BP’

UK Papers Not A FOB….. Friend Of Barack

August 16, 2010

He’s never been shied away from showing off his toned physique. But President Barack Obama’s latest beach moment might yet come back to haunt him after he enlisted his youngest daughter for a publicity stunt.

In an attempt to show the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, despite the massive BP oil spill, were safe he took the plunge with youngest daughter Sasha in a very carefully controlled photo opportunity.

No photographers or reporters were allowed to be present for the short dip in the Gulf waters off Alligator Point in Panama City Beach, Florida out of the Gulf..

But the White House later released one photo of the pair smiling as they frolicked with heads just above the water in warm waters of the Gulf.

Officials said they released the photograph to show that the region is back in business and was a safe destination for tourists.

But Mr Obama has come under fire for the decision – both for using his daughter to score political points, and for staying in the area for just 26 hours.

The family will instead holiday later this month on Martha’s Vineyard, an elite resort island off the coast of Massachusetts – far to the north of the oil-stricken Gulf waters.

Mr Obama had sparked fears about the safety of the Gulf by declaring the BP oil spill as America’s worst environmental disaster.

His doom-laden prediction turned out to be untrue as BP spent over £4billion on a clean up and containment operation to stop the spread of the oil following the April explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig.

Fears that the white sandy beaches along the Florida coast and other states would be affected proved unfounded.

The leaking well has been capped but has cost BP more than a third its value as shares plunged and also cost chief executive Tony Hayward his job having been pilloried by the Obama administration.

BP has set up a $20billion fund to pay compensation to those along the Gulf coast whose livelihoods have been affected.

UK papers do not read the AP press……….UK papers not a FOB.

  

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Fake Fisherman Paid Off By BP, Told To Hit The Road

August 12, 2010

BP could be paying millions in compensation to ‘fake fishermen’, it has been revealed.

So far BP has paid $308million to those whose livelihood has been threatened by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

But to receive compensation, fishermen must display a valid fishing licence – and applications for such licenses have spiked by nearly 60 per cent, despite most fishing grounds being closed by the disaster. 

Three people suspected of abusing the system have been arrested in the past week in the U.S. – but there are fears there could be many more such ‘fraudsters’ at work. 

One genuine fisherman even told reporters of being approached by two men who asked him to sign documents for them showing that they had worked for him.

He said he refused – but told the BBC that other captains have been offered thousands to sign similar such documents vouching for fraudsters trying to claim compensation.

BP helps create new breed of fishermen… Fraudsters told to hit the road……..

  

 

BP In Bed With UC Berkley, Reputation At Stake, Can’t See The Forest For the Trees

July 31, 2010

BERKELEY, Calif. — BP’s catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is fueling opposition to the University of California, Berkeley’s research partnership with the British company, with activists and professors on the famously liberal campus calling for a severing of ties.

The oil giant gave UC Berkeley a $500 million grant in 2007 to create the Energy Biosciences Institute, which works to develop new sources of plant-based fuel. The 10-year deal, believed to be the largest-ever corporate sponsorship of university research, has outraged many students and professors who worry the global oil company will exert too much influence over academic research and damage the university’s reputation.

But UC Berkeley officials say the institute has nothing to do with the Gulf spill, and the university has no plans to end its research partnership with BP.

“The horrible events in the Gulf should only strengthen our commitment to find alternatives to fossil fuels,” said Graham Fleming, UC Berkeley’s vice chancellor of research. “Why would anyone’s interest be served by stopping this research?”

Critics say corporate money steers university resources toward certain types of research, and widens the financial disparity between faculty members in science and engineering and those in the humanities and social sciences.

Other critics say doesn’t federal money do the same thing but in social engineering..

 Eye View calls for Berkley Tree Protesters to rally to stop the use of  plant based fuels…

BP Attempts New Junkyard Well Kill Strategy, Tony Can You Hear Us?

July 23, 2010

BP has received Washington approval to attempt a new plugging strategy for killing off the damaged oil well in the Gulf. BP has decide to go from an earlier Top Kill and Junk Kill  strategy to using a SUV for a new Junkyard Kill strategy  to plug the damaged well.

As part of a secret agreement BP has agreed to use Tony Heyward’s SUV to plug the well.

 Unfortunately for Heyward, Tony “volunteered” to drive his SUV into the damaged well.. Radio communication has been lost with Tony, as drilling crews abandoned location due to pending storm..BP will monitor well for 48 hours prior to  appointing a new CEO.

Eye View Undercover,BP Admits Photoshopping Images Showing Happy Beaches

July 22, 2010

BP acknowledges it posted on its website an altered photo that exaggerates the activity at its Gulf oil spill command centre in Houston.

The picture posted over the weekend showed workers monitoring a bank of 10 giant video screens displaying underwater images.

The spokesman Scott Dean said yesterday that three screens were blank in the original picture and a staff photographer used Photoshop software to add images.

Photoshopped photos show unspoiled LA  beach scenes with Frankie and Annette. Gulf coast  residents not convinced.

  

  

 

 

BP Cap in Limbo Over Gov’t Questions, Obama Places Moratorium On Fixing Leaking BP Well..

July 14, 2010

NEW ORLEANS – BP’s work on capping the Gulf of Mexico gusher was frozen Wednesday after the federal government raised concerns the operation could put damaging pressure on the busted well that could make the leak worse.

An administration official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the talks with BP, said the government was acting out of “abundance of caution” and didn’t want potentially dangerous pressure tests on a tighter containment cap that has been placed over the well to go ahead until BP answers questions about possible risks.

At the same time, BP on its own halted the drilling of two relief wells that are designed to be a more permanent solution to plug the well.

The delays were a stunning setback after the oil giant finally seemed to be on track following nearly three months of failed attempts to stop the spill, which has sullied beaches from Florida to Texas and decimated the multibillion dollar fishing industry.

“Our basic position was, if you can give us the answers we need … then go ahead,” the official said. Until then, “they can’t go forward.” This has never been done before so there are no sure answers..

Moratorium placed on fixing well now… Crisis is a terrible thing to waste..

Hoping Well Cap Pressure Between 8,000-9,000 PSI

July 13, 2010

NEW ORLEANS – With a tight new cap freshly installed on its leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico, BP planned gradual tests starting Tuesday to see if the device can stop oil from pouring into the sea for the first time in nearly three months.

Engineers will slowly shut down three valves that let oil flow through the 75-ton capping device to see if it can withstand the pressure of the erupting crude and to watch if leaks spring up elsewhere in the well. National Incident Commander Thad Allen said the process of closing the valves, one by one, would start later Tuesday.

If pressure inside the cap stays in a target range for roughly six hours after the valves are closed, there will be more confidence the cap can contain the oil, Allen told a news briefing at BP’s U.S. headquarters in Houston. That target range is 8,000 to 9,000 pounds per square inch, he said. Anything lower could indicate another leak in the well.

Hoping well cap pressure  will stay between 8,000-9,000 psi helping Dow Jones pressure  to 10,000-12,000. Anything below 10,000 shows a larger leak in the economy.

 

Libya Supports Deep Water Drilling Moratorium,Just Not Theirs

June 27, 2010

TRIPOLI, Libya — Libya will allow BP to begin drilling in its offshore deepwater region next month, despite the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the head of Libya’s National Oil Co. said Sunday.

Shokri Ghanem, who serves as Libya’s de facto oil minister, said the April explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, and the subsequent spill, were “tragic,” but the oil industry is also moving into “new frontiers.”

 “An accident will not stop us from digging in this new frontier,” Ghanem said. “Life must go on, but we will learn a lot of lessons.”

Ghanem’s comments are the latest confirmation by the OPEC nation that it was planning to honor the contract it signed with BP in 2007 to drill in the Libyan deepwater region of the Mediterranean Sea.

BP has been battling sharp criticism over the incident which left 11 workers dead and millions of gallons of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.

Ghanem said that drilling at such a depth makes it difficult to know exactly what is happening.

“Accidents happen all the time. If an air crash takes place, we don’t stop air traffic,” said Ghanem. “So we have to continue but we take this step to learn more lessons,” he said.

If US moratorium is put in place, Oil Company Employers will leave the region for other countries and help turn parts of  Gulf Coast into Appalachia Part 2.

  

 

Tony Gets Blasted at Yact Race,Obama Gets Pass on Golf Course,What About Bob?

June 19, 2010

LONDON – In what one environmentalist described as “yet another public relations disaster” for embattled energy giant BP, CEO Tony Hayward took time off Saturday to attend a glitzy yacht race around England’s Isle of Wight.

Spokeswoman Sheila Williams said Hayward took a break from overseeing BP efforts to stem the undersea gusher in Gulf of Mexico so he could watch his boat “Bob” participate in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. The 52-foot yacht is made by the Annapolis, Maryland-based boatbuilder Farr Yacht Design.

The annual one-day race is one of the world’s largest, attracting more than 1,700 boats and 16,000 sailors as world-renown yachtsmen compete with wealthy amateurs in the 50-nautical mile course around the island.

Robert Wine, a BP spokesman at the company’s Houston headquarters, said it was the first break that Hayward has had since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded April 20, killing 11 workers and setting off the undersea oil gusher.

“He’s spending a few hours with his family at a weekend. I’m sure that everyone would understand that,” Wine said Saturday. “He will be back to deal with the response. It doesn’t detract from that at all.”

Redistribution of Responsibility completed…

 

 

BP CEO says he’s ‘deeply sorry’ Jesse James, Happiest Man in America

June 17, 2010

Chastened by heavy criticism from lawmakers, a grim-faced BP chief executive Tony Hayward said Thursday he was “deeply sorry” for his company’s catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

“I understand the seriousness of the situation, the frustrations and fears that continue to be voiced,” he told a House investigations subcommittee.

But before testifying, Hayward had to endure more than an hour of mostly unrelenting criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike.

“We are not small people, but we wish to get our lives back,” Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., the panel’s chairman, told Hayward, throwing back at the oil giant comments made the day before by BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg — about how BP sympathized with the “small people” of the Gulf — and Hayward’s earlier remark that he wanted his “life back.”

Moving day in the court of public opinion..Jesse James happy to move out from under the bus.. Tony Hayward moves in..Sandra Bullock “speeds” up one more time to back over Jesse.

 

 


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