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He forgot to throw the papers and say "good night, and good luck."
what can you say? He speaks the truth
phalsebob: About 75-80% of oil reserves ARE nationalized. The national oil companies like PDVSA, Permina or Pemex have considerably worse environmental and safety records than the Western corporations. So its difficult to pin blame for shortfalls on profit motive alone.
More than a little grandstanding.
The CEO should have taken the same advice everyone on the rig and at the home office has been issued: to keep extremely mum. Every word will be taken out of context, anything said could fuel the decade of litigation winding its way through the courts.
Chancho: according to maritime law BP and lease partners APC and Mitsui are legally responsible for the spill costs, regardless of whether they or contractors Transocean, Halliburton, Hydril, or Cameron are responsible in fact for the operational fault. BP and APC have publically acknowledged this.
After Valdez, Exxon spent $2.5 billion in clean-up and paid out $1.1 billion in legal settlements. BP and its partners will fare worse. BP's shareholders already lost $40 billion in market valuation in anticipation of this, and tens of thousands of workers at BP (and other offshore operators & contractors) who had nothing whatsoever to do with Deepwater Horizon are facing serious anxiety about their livelihood in the aftermath.
It isn't a comic book or movie. You'll get your blood, if that's what you want.
BP, which is mandated to take 100 percent responsibility for the oil clean-up, is demanding that the volunteers indemnify it for any accidents that might occur from the volunteers' efforts (Art. 13(F));
BP demands that the volunteers waive their First Amendment constitutional free speech rights about the volunteer's participation in the clean-up efforts of the disaster; for example, if a commercial fisherman signed this agreement he or she could not then speak to anyone about the disaster or clean-up efforts until BP first "approves" of what the volunteer wants to say (Art. 22);
BP demands a free-ride on the volunteers' insurance policies so that if there is damage to a volunteer's vessel or other injuries, such as to a crew member, BP will be an "additional insured" and the financial responsibility for the damage will rest on the volunteer's insurance carrier, not BP; quite obviously, the volunteers paid good money for this insurance and BP should not be allowed after-the-fact to worm their way into that contract so that it can attempt to avoid further legal responsibility for the very volunteers it is asking for aid and assistance; (Art. 13(A)); and
BP demands 30 days of notice before any volunteer is allowed to pursue legal claims against BP, and there are no exceptions made for emergencies (Art. 13(I) [sic (G]).
Oh, and even a quick glance at Wikipedia calls bullshit on your claims of how much Exxon paid. I guess you forgot about the 20 years of legal shenanigans Exxon pulled to minimize their responsibility.
All of this is bog-standard boilerplate for many companies employing subcontractors.
If I were BP, I wouldn't accept volunteers AT ALL for the legal headaches they might cause. They've already got 10,000 workers, subcontractors and temps and about 1400 boats working the booms, skimmers, barges etc. Let the Feds or NGOs coordinate volunteers (or at least give them make work).
You said above "Nobody will ever be held responsible," which is more a snippet of movie dialogue than portrayal of what goes on. Lots of people, including the innocent, have already and will continue to be held responsible. I wouldn't be surprised if the company man who ordered drilling mud to be replaced with seawater in the riser after some iffy pressure tests (if there was a crucial mistake, it was his) is on suicide watch. BP is likely to be out over $10 billion when all is said and done.
Exxon paid those sums for cleanup and in settlements with the locals. The judgment they disputed through the appeals process was a jury's $5 billion punitive award in addition to those amounts.
BP sold all their corporate-owned stations in the US South to local owners in 2007, Exxon sold every US retail outlet last year. Gas retail is a shitty business, so I don't blame them, but pity the poor franchisee stuck with the signage/brand.
There's a regionally pooled gasoline distribution system in the US which means there's no way for the consumer to hold any upstream operator or refiner accountable through boycotts. Neat, innit?
If it helps any, this might actually be Wormwood from the Book of Revelations. That means it's like two weeks until the Temple of Solomon is rebuilt and the red calf is sacrificed.
I doubt that helps.
Sup, crazies, I read your book, you magnificent bastards, I read your books.
Grandstanding or not, I like when Shep gets pissed off about stuff that's happening back from where he's from. He delivered some of the most memorable reporting from Katrina (talking to douchenozzle Hannity) and this is a proper bit too. I just wish Shep was more likable, he seems care salesman-ish to me.
I'm surprised that this is coming from Fox News.
I've always wanted to vacation in the Gulf, but now I probably wont want to. Will young people like me get to enjoy the world after our elders have eaten the best parts of it?
So far, no visible oil on the beaches around Pensacola (you don't want to bother with Mississippi or Alabama, unless you like to gamble).
It looks like the strategy of adding surfactants/dispersants (fancy words, but its the same chemicals as in Simple Green detergent) underwater has caused the bulk of the oil to remain in a mid water column emulsion, rather than a surface slick. Its shifting harm from shorelife and the sensitive brine marshes towards pelagics, and in the process leaving photographers empty handed for dramatic photos. Also, Mississippi Canyon 252 happens to be in the midst of the annual hypooxic dead zone caused by fertilizer runoff from the Midwest.
So, the major known consequences are contaminated shrimp harvests and oyster beds. Not recreational spots.
If the discounts run high enough this year, I'm seriously considering scheduling a trip to dive some of the wrecks off Pensacola. In the right season (mid-winter, IIRC), visibility is as good as in the Bahamas, which is amazing for the Gulf.
Unsure how to star this. I live in Southern Louisiana. It's all good he's indignant and 'taking a strong stand', but the reality is that he, and conservatives like him, have always been the first to rail against 'intrusive government regulation of private businesses.'. Feel good words, but when it really counted (I.E. before the oil spill) people on Fox and their viewers were dead set against strong oil rig regulation. Just because he decides to turn colors now earns him no points in my book.
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