Update to “F*ck BP” post below

As noted below, engineers are criticizing BP’s apparent choice go “cheap and fast” with Deepwater Horizon’s installation of casing pipes from the wellhead to the bottom of the well. Now what?

Washington’s Blog: BP Official Admits to Damage BENEATH THE SEA FLOOR

As I noted Tuesday, there is growing evidence that BP’s oil well – technically called the “well casing” or “well bore” – has suffered damage beneath the level of the sea floor.

The evidence is growing stronger and stronger that there is substantial damage beneath the sea floor. Indeed, it appears that BP officials themselves have admitted to such damage. This has enormous impacts on both the amount of oil leaking into the Gulf, and the prospects for quickly stopping the leak this summer.

On May 31st, the Washington Post noted:

Sources at two companies involved with the well said that BP also discovered new damage inside the well below the seafloor and that, as a result, some of the drilling mud that was successfully forced into the well was going off to the side into rock formations.

“We discovered things that were broken in the sub-surface,” said a BP official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. He said that mud was making it “out to the side, into the formation.”

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WSJ: BP Told to Step Up Containment

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Associated Press

Crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill washes ashore in Orange Beach, Ala.

The U.S. has given BP PLC two days to devise a more aggressive plan for containing oil leaking from its damaged deepwater well into the Gulf of Mexico, as tension surrounding the spill grows.

More capacity to control the leak was “urgently needed” and BP’s current plans don’t provide enough redundancy measures, U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral James Watson told the company in a letter on Friday that was released publicly on Saturday.

Adm. Watson gave BP 48 hours to come up with a new plan to deal with the leak, which is now believed to be spewing as much as 40,000 barrels a day into the Gulf. That estimate has risen sharply, though at the same time the company has begun to capture some of the oil on location.

“I am concerned that your current plans do not provide for maximum mobilization of resources to provide the needed collection capacity consistent with the revised flow estimates,” Adm. Watson wrote. “I am also concerned that your plan does not go far enough to mobilize redundant resources in the event of an equipment failure with one of the vessels or some other unforeseen problem.”

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Video: Clarke & Dawe on BP’s oil spill

I posted in a ‘mock BP’ roundup below, but this deserves its own post.  It’s funny and, very likely, not far from reality.

Political Satire – John Clarke and Bryan Dawe on oil spills and a struggling president.

“No. You’re not going to have an accident before you start… I mean it’s starting that causes the problem. There is no problem before you start. It’s beautiful before you start.”
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You know what: F*ck BP

BP’s contingency plans and cost-cutting decisions

Obviously BP considered a real contingency plan for the Gulf coast a complete joke. And it appears that BP decided not to spend just a little more time and money on the Deepwater Horizon installation. BP went with the more ‘problematic’ (cheaper and faster) design: continuous casing to the bottom of the well — instead of the safer (but more expensive and slower) short string of segmented casing, which are cemented together, one at a time.

How’d that work out for you us, BP?

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1) An AP investigation finds that [BP]‘s contingency plans for both the Gulf and the Deepwater Horizon rig are “riddled with omissions and glaring errors”:

Professor Peter Lutz is listed in BP’s 2009 response plan for a Gulf of Mexico oil spill as a national wildlife expert. He died in 2005. Under the heading “sensitive biological resources,” the plan lists marine mammals including walruses, sea otters, sea lions and seals. None lives anywhere near the Gulf. The names and phone numbers of several Texas A&M University marine life specialists are wrong. So are the numbers for marine mammal stranding network offices in Louisiana and Florida, which are no longer in service.

2) A fascinating industry press piece that damns BP:

Engineers contacted by Technology Review insist that conclusive answers will come with completion of the investigations, but criticize, for example, BP’s decision to install a continuous set of threaded casing pipes from the wellhead down to the bottom of its well. “The only thing I can figure is they must have thought it was a cost-cutting deal,” says Bommer of BP’s well design.

This can be problematic in deep, high-pressure wells for two reasons.

First, it seals off the space between the casing and the bore hole, leaving one blind to leaks that sneak up around the casing pipe (as the BP Deepwater blowout is suspected to have done). Second, the long string gives gas more time to percolate into the well. A preferred alternative in high-pressure deepwater is a “liner” design in which drillers install and then cement in place a short string of casing in the lower reaches of the well before casing the rest of the well. This design enables the driller to watch for leaks while the cement is setting.

“It takes a more time and costs a little more but it’s a much safer way to do it,” says Geoff Kimbrough, vice president for deepwater operations at Houston-based drilling consultancy New Tech Engineering.

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Media black out

Karl Burkart: Gulf ‘media blackout’ triggers journalist fury

CBS, CNN, the New York Times — these are not fringe media outlets. And when Anderson Cooper and Katie Couric complain about press barricades, you know that not only is the rumored media blackout very real, but it is clearly also very serious:

… The restrictions imposed upon journalists [has] been so bad that yesterday both the New York Times and CNN came out strong, calling out the U.S. government for its involvement in interfering with the press:

Journalists struggling to document the impact of the oil rig explosion have repeatedly found themselves turned away from public areas affected by the spill, not only by BP and its contractors, but by local law enforcement, the Coast Guard and government officials.
Today ABC posted a report about harassment of journalists by BP contractors, but Anderson Cooper in his television report made it clear that it was not just BP contractors but federal wildlife officials and national guardsman who were blockading CNN’s media team from filming the oil-soaked birds as they came in off the rescue boats.


This morning I heard a radio interview with documentary filmmaker James Fox who is in the region and who describes how strangely militarized the Gulf operation has become. Any time he approached someone to ask what was going on, he was completely ignored. He managed to get one 15-year-old boy to speak who said ominously, “The media’s not reporting one tenth of what’s going on up there.”

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Karl Burkart’s Twitter:

@greendig

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  • greendig Just received insider leak from Gulf cleanup that is so horrific I almost can’t believe it. Working to confirm.. yesterday from web

(NOTE: Karl still hasn’t posted any information about what he heard yesterday. You wonder if it has anything to do with the munitions dump that’s located near the leak.)

  • greendig Benzene is the biggest threat right now in the Gulf. Respirators can’t filter it and it is absorbed directly thru skin. about 18 hours ago from web
  • greendig You can’t filter benzene with a mask. You have to have a full respirator with a vapor canister. about 7 hours ago from web

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About dispersant & respirators & clean-up crews

Crooks & Liars: (VIDEO) Human rights group: BP discouraging crews from using respirators

RFK Center President Kerry Kennedy traveled to the Gulf Coast to talk to cleanup workers and found that BP was trying to repress the use of safety equipment.

“In all three states that I’ve visited, fishermen said when they went out to work on the cleanup, that if they tried to bring respirators they were told it was unnecessary equipment and would only spread hysteria,” Kennedy told Fox News Friday.

“When I went out with eleven people, we had respirators on and within half an hour, all of our eyes were burning and our throats were closing and we all had headaches,” she explained.

Kennedy was also concerned that BP was refusing to release information about the contents of the dispersant being used.

“They’re basic human rights issues. The right to access of information. BP still will not say what the chemical makeup of the dispersants are so health care officials and victims can know why they’re sick and what’s going on with them,” Kennedy said.

And the health care options for workers who have fallen ill is a problem too.

“One of the things that we were told is that BP would not allow county health officials on to their campus. They finally allowed one nurse. They told workers that if they became sick, the nurse could only give them a Band-Aid or an aspirin. If they really felt sick they had to go to the BP doctors. So BP has completely control over the health care of those workers and what’s happening,” Kennedy told Fox host Eric Bolling.

“And no government health care down there at all?” asked Bolling.

Kennedy found that there was government health care but workers were reluctant to accept it. “The workers are concerned that this is the only job in town and if the go outside what BP tells them to do they might lose the only job they could get,” she said.

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Part of what they don’t want you to see

And then from Boston.com – The Big Picture more of this:

[R]ecent photographs of oil-affected wildlife, people and shorelines around the Gulf of Mexico on this, the 51st day after the initial explosion.

41 photos total at Boston.com link — a few below:
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Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill pools against the Louisiana coast along Barataria Bay Tuesday, June 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Patches of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill are seen from an underwater vantage, Monday, June 7, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico south of Venice, Louisiana. (AP Photo/Rich Matthews)
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A brown pelican coated in heavy oil wallows in the surf June 4, 2010 on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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A sea turtle is mired in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Grand Terre Island, Louisiana June 8, 2010. (REUTERS/Lee Celano)
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An exhausted oil-covered brown pelican tries to climb over an oil containment boom along Queen Bess Island Pelican Rookery, 3 miles northeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana June 5, 2010. Wildlife experts are working to rescue birds from the rookery which has been affected by BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and transporting them to the Fort Jackson Rehabilitation Center. (REUTERS/Sean Gardner)
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Brown Pelicans, covered in oil from BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill, huddle together in a cage at the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Buras, Louisiana June 6, 2010. (REUTERS/Lee Celano)
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Oil covered brown pelicans found off the Louisiana coast and affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico wait in a holding pen for cleaning at the Fort Jackson Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Buras, Louisiana, June 9, 2010. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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Hermit crabs struggle to cross a patch of oil from the the Deepwater Horizon spill on a barrier island near East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana on Sunday, June 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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A dead young egret covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead is turned over to wildlife rescue team near Bird Island in Barataria Bay, Louisiana just off the Gulf of Mexico June 7, 2010. (REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana/Greenpeace)
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Marine reef ecologist Scott Porter works to remove oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill from his hands on Monday, June 7, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico south of Venice, Louisiana. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

[The Big Picture]

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How far might the oil spread?

I’ve had a lot of people ask me, ‘Will the oil reach Florida?’” says NCAR scientist Synte Peacock, who worked on the study. “Actually, our best knowledge says the scope of this environmental disaster is likely to reach far beyond Florida, with impacts that have yet to be understood.”

[UCAR]

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Saturday: Have you mocked BP today?

$28 BILLION dollars

Josh Marshall: Analysts at Bank of America say a conservative estimate” for BP’s total liability is $28 billion dollars. That, I think, is what this Chamber of Commerce/Boehner thing is all about.  That includes a lot more than the narrow clean-up expenses.  And even for BP that’s real money.

[TPM]

Clarke & Dawe on the US BP Oil Spill


“No. You’re not going to have an accident before you start… I mean it’s starting that causes the problem. There is no problem before you start. It’s beautiful before you start.”
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[Neatorama]

Pull yourself together, chaps

Marbury::

The fact that BP is being “beaten up” isn’t what’s causing the share price to crash – it’s the bloody catastrophe that’s doing that, and it really doesn’t need much help. If British pensioners are losing money that’s because their fund managers over-invested in BP and didn’t properly account for the risk of a disaster like this one…

[Andrew Sullivan]

Dick!

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[BP is BC: Beyond Catastrophic]

GOP ethics

There’s nothing quite like the interesting ethics of the Republican Party.

A multimillionaire House Republican who owns thousands of shares of BP stock has no plans to recuse himself from a congressional investigation related to the Gulf oil spill or from votes on Capitol Hill that could affect his investments in the oil company.

Rep. James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin has avoided directly criticizing BP for the spill itself. At the same time, he has watched his BP stock tank in value.

Worth more than $251,000 just a few years ago, Sensenbrenner’s 3,604 shares of BP PLC stock had plunged in value to just $118,000 by the end of trading Thursday. That’s roughly half their value the day before the April 20 oil spill. Sensenbrenner has said his net worth is about $10 million.

Note from Joe: Sensenbrenner’s nickname is “Tex” — a moniker he reportedly really hates. He got that nickname because he’s an heir to the Kotex fortune. His great-grandfather invented the Kotex product. Yeah, that’s why he’s rich. Family money. Kotex money.

[AMERICAblog]

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Thursday: Have you mocked BP today?

Our last hope

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[The Daily Wh.at]

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Who should pay for this disaster?

The American taxpayer should help pay for cleaning up BP’s ongoing oil spill:

  • Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue thinks the taxpayers should help pay for BP’s ongoing oil spill. “Everybody is going to contribute to this clean up. We are all going to have to do it. We are going to have to get the money from the government and from the companies and we will figure out a way to do that,” he said.
  • House Minority Leader John Boehner agrees with Donahue and says taxpayers should help pick up the tab. “I think the people responsible in the oil spill — BP and the federal government — should take full responsibility for what’s happening there.” (see below)

BP should pay for cleaning up the disaster it’s caused:

  • Democrats in Congress are seeking to lift (or eliminate entirely) the liability cap  that BP has for cleaning up after its spill, which currently stands at just $75 million.
  • Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) said, “The person who makes the mistake ought to be responsible. And if the penalty is that they’re going to be responsible and have to pay, they’re sure going to be a lot more careful about what they’re doing.”

[Think Progress]
[Plumline]

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BP Spills Coffee

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LOL! “Don’t worry about it. It’s a small spill on a very large table.

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How’s BP hanging in there? How’s it doing?

BP shares “plunged” in London today, with investors “shaken by the prospect that the British oil giant might cut its dividend.” UK business leaders are upset at the criticism the Obama administration is directing at BP, and Prime Minister David Cameron will be speaking with Obama about BP this weekend.

In response to its tumbling stock prices on the New York Exchange last night, BP said it was not aware of any reason which justifies this share price movement.”
[Think Progress]

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Brown. It’s the new green.

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The Great Wave off Louisiana

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[The Daily Wh.at]

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Randomness

  • HE’D LIKE HIS LIFE BACK: Introducing Our New Oil-Spill Columnist, BP CEO Tony Hayward
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    Wonkette's new lifestyle columnist!
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    Hello there, quite sorry about all of this. Terrible mess everywhere, isn’t it? Tony Hayward here, BP CEO, just popping in here at Wonkette to say, once again, that I’m awfully sorry about the troubles with the well. That crude oil does seem to get everywhere, doesn’t it? Like children tracking in mud from the garden or the cricket pitch. We can all relate, of course, and it’s unfair to place the blame for a natural catastrophe such as the Gulf oil spill on an individual, when we all should come together and roll up our sleeves and etcetera. Terrible shame about the birds and all that, as well. More…

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Wednesday: Have you mocked BP today?

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Portrait of a BP Executive

Mike Mitchell: “Portrait of a BP Exec” @BPGlobalPR says:  We went to get our portraits done, and this is what we got back.  NOT  FUNNY!   [sirmitchell.]

Mike Mitchell: “Portrait of a BP Exec”

@BPGlobalPR says:

We went to get our portraits done, and this is what we got back. NOT FUNNY!

[The Daily Wh.at]
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“Note to self: don’t buy condoms at a BP station.” ~ Stephen Colbert

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  1. BP Public Relations
    BPGlobalPR Celebrating 50 days of the spill w/ hotel conference room, catered lunch, funny speeches and a lot of back patting. #bpcares


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Massive Flow Of Bullshit Continues To Gush From BP Headquarters

LONDON—As the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico entered its eighth week Wednesday, fears continued to grow that the massive flow of bullshit still gushing from the headquarters of oil giant BP could prove catastrophic if nothing is done to contain it.

The toxic bullshit, which began to spew from the mouths of BP executives shortly after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in April, has completely devastated the Gulf region, delaying cleanup efforts, affecting thousands of jobs, and endangering the lives of all nearby wildlife.

“Everything we can see at the moment suggests that the overall environmental impact of this will be very, very modest,” said BP CEO Tony Hayward, letting loose a colossal stream of undiluted bullshit. “The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean, and the volume of oil we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total volume of water.” More…
[The Onion]
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Palin to Obama: “Give me a call” — I have “experience working with oil execs”

She sent her very important ‘message’ to President Obama via FACEBOOK

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Mario BP level

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Bob Cesca: Pity party for BP

BP stock is down 14 percent today.

Shares of BP (BP) are getting clobbered again today, down to about $30 per share, or 50% since the rig explosion in late April. Today’s worries are being attributed to two stories. First, talk of a dividend suspension is not exactly new and even if the company did suspend dividends, or as I have suggested, paid out a BP stock dividend rather than cash, it should not have any impact on the stock price (shares are not valued off of dividend yields, only cash flows). Also today the New York Times wrote about a possible pre-packaged bankruptcy for BP.

And we should probably keep an eye on that last part. A pre-packaged bankruptcy would probably shield BP against any large-scale judgments.
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A Teabagger’s Guide To The Oil Spill

haha. Yay, BP + Kenya + Obama!  BECAUSE IT’S ALL CONNECTED. And “Obama” in quotes — as if the teabagger doubts that’s even his “real” name…
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[Buzzfeed]
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Gulf Coast birds may be cooked alive by the oil spill.

Yesterday, MSNBC did a segment with NBC reporter Kerry Sanders, who was live in East Grand Terre Island, LA, one of the places hardest hit by the BP oil spill. The area is covered with “thick, goopy oil” that is “hot because the oil absorbs the heat of the sun.” Sanders talked about the deadly mix of oil and heat for wildlife:

As you know, a bird has a natural repellent in its feathers that keeps the water out. That’s a little area — a little cushion — that keeps it cool. Well, this oil here gets on those feathers, and they lose that little insulation. And then, when you have this oil at 100+ degrees, the bird experts say, it begins to literally cook the birds.

[Think Progress (video at link)]
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[The High Definite]
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Andrew Sullivan:

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As of yesterday, 874 animals (birds, sea turtles, other mammals, and reptiles) had been collected dead in the affected area. Another 466 had been collected with alive, but visibly oiled. Some new pictures from the AP, including dead sea turtles, fish, and birds, as well as pelican chicks discolored by oil [are here]. More…

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Monday: Have you mocked BP today?

Logomyway.com — BP logo contest!

Company Name: BP (Logo Redesign Contest)
Our Slogan: Open for suggestions
What We Do: Help Redesign BP’s logo! They need a NEW Brand.

Some favs:

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[This Blog Rules]
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BP Buys ‘Oil’ Search Terms to Redirect Users to Official Company Website

Be careful where you click, especially if you’re looking for news on the BP oil spill.

BP, the very company responsible for the oil spill that is already the worst in U.S. history, has purchased several phrases on search engines such as Google and Yahoo so that the first result that shows up directs information seekers to the company’s official website.

A simple Google search of “oil spill” turns up several thousand news results, but the first link, highlighted at the very top of the page, is from BP. “Learn more about how BP is helping,” the link’s tagline reads.

For the record, BP isn’t the first thing that comes up when I do a Google search of “oil spill.”
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How To Fix The BP Oil Spill

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[I'm Totally Serious, Bro]
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Promises:

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“We are going to stop the leak. We’re going to clean up the oil, we’re going to remediate any environmental damage and we are going to return the Gulf coast to the position it was in prior to this event. That’s an absolute commitment, we will be there long after the media has gone, making good on our promises.” ~ BP CEO Tony Hayward

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Surfing in Florida

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[I'm Totally Serious, Bro]
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Via Soup:

“Are you fucking happy? Are you fucking happy? The rig’s on fire! I told you this was gonna happen.”

~ Deepwater Horizon installation manager Jimmy Harrell
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Sunday: Have you mocked BP today?

Princess Arioil

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Thanks to @BPGlobalPR, British Petroleum is losing the Twitter wars

  1. BP Public Relations
    BPGlobalPR Safety is our primary concern. Well, profits, then safety. Oh, no- profits, image, then safety, but still- it’s right up there.


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And now there’s a new Twitter account to mock BP: spill_updates

  1. Spill Updates
    spill_updates still gushing
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    spill_updates Wait a minute! I think it may have finally…
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    spill_updates Nope, my bad…still spilling…
  4. Spill Updates
    spill_updates still spilling
  5. Spill Updates
    spill_updates hasn’t stopped yet

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[The Daily Wh.at]
[Crooks & Liars]
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Well this is embarrassing…

Remember “Drill, Baby, Drill”? Here’s video of the BP oil disaster, close-captioned with video mashup for the irony-impaired of Palin, McCain and their GOP / Teaparty crowds:


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Sarah Palin: Drill Queen

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As per usual when she’s said / done something stupid, Palin blamed others. She recently came out with the argument that it’s the fault of “environmentalists” (or as she calls them on teh Twitter, “Extreme Greenies”) that she and McCain and the wingnut horde have to cheer for deepwater offshore drilling:
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  1. Sarah Palin
    SarahPalinUSA C’mon., Extreme Greenies-who-lock-up-our-lands
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    SarahPalinUSA Extreme Greenies:see now why we push”drill,baby,drill”of known reserves&promising finds in safe onshore places like ANWR? Now do you get it?

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CBS News:

Palin has always maintained that offshore drilling is safe – and has in fact called for such drilling to be expanded. (She later expanded on the argument, writing to environmentalists that “Extreme deep water drilling is not the preferred choice to meet our country’s energy needs, but your protests and lawsuits and lies about onshore and shallow water drilling have locked up safer areas.”)
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[Buzzfeed]
[Palin FB] [Palin Twatter]
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This is America’s Deepwater Horizon disaster

“…This is not Hurricane Katrina. This isn’t another Katrina. This isn’t another anything. This is a whole new thing, happening to us. This is America’s Deepwater Horizon disaster. We all own it forever.
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~ Rachel Maddow

Have you mocked BP today?

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BP Irony:
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  1. BP Public Relations
    BPGlobalPR ANNOUNCEMENT: No one is allowed to look at our oil. All Gulf residents are required to close their eyes until this is over.
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    BPGlobalPR It’s hurricane season now. Don’t worry! We’ve planned for that just as well as we’ve planned for everything else! #bpcares
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    BPGlobalPR Words can not express how sorry we are. So we are going to stop apologizing and just give our investors 10 billion dollars.


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The reality of what BP has caused:

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A bird is mired in oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast on Thursday, June 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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[Boston.com]
[The High Definite]
[EPICponyz]
[BPGlobalPR]
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Obama: I don’t want to hear that BP is ‘nickel-and-diming’ people in the Gulf. “I am furious”

President Obama: June 4, 2010:

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“But I want BP to be very clear, they’ve got moral and legal obligations here in the Gulf for the damage that has been done. And what I don’t want to hear is, when they’re spending that kind of money on their shareholders and spending that kind of money on TV advertising, that they’re nickel-and-diming fishermen or small businesses here in the Gulf who are having a hard time.”

Speaking from Grand Isle, Louisiana this morning

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The President discusses the hardships local residents and small business owners are facing as a result of the BP oil spill. He pledges to make sure those responsible do not shortchange them. [Whitehouse]

********** UPDATE: Obama on Larry King: “I am furious”

KING: Some — I know you — you appear so calm.

Are you angry at BP?

OBAMA: You know, I am furious at this entire situation, because this is an example of where somebody didn’t think through the consequences of their actions. And it is imperiling not just a handful of people, this is — this is imperiling an entire way of life and an entire region for, potentially, years. So…

KING: Has the company felt your anger?

OBAMA: Well, they have felt the anger. But what I haven’t seen as much as I’d like is the kind of rapid response.

Now, they want to solve the problem, too, because this is cost — costing them a lot of money. And the one thing that I think is important to underscore is that I would love to just spend a lot of my time venting and yelling at people. But that’s not the job I was hired to do. My job is to solve this problem. And, ultimately, this isn’t about me and how angry I am. Ultimately, this is about the people down in the Gulf who are being impacted and what am I doing to make sure that they’re able to salvage their way of life?
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Video animation: How far the oil may spread

[UCAR]: BOULDER—This animation shows one scenario of how oil released at the location of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on April 20 in the Gulf of Mexico may move in the upper 65 feet of the ocean. This is not a forecast, but rather, it illustrates a likely dispersal pathway of the oil for roughly four months following the spill. It assumes oil spilling continuously from April 20 to June 20.
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I’ve had a lot of people ask me, ‘Will the oil reach Florida?’” says NCAR scientist Synte Peacock, who worked on the study. “Actually, our best knowledge says the scope of this environmental disaster is likely to reach far beyond Florida, with impacts that have yet to be understood.”

[UCAR]

BP wants to hide the dead animals…

…because the ocean will eventually wash away the evidence.

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“There is a lot of coverup for BP. They specifically informed us that they don’t want these pictures of the dead animals. They know the ocean will wipe away most of the evidence. It’s important to me that people know the truth about what’s going on here,” the contractor said.

“The things I’ve seen: They just aren’t right. All the life out here is just full of oil. I’m going to show you what BP never showed the President.” [...]

The grasses by the shore were littered with tarred marine life, some dead and others struggling under a thick coating of crude.

“When you see some of the things I’ve seen, it would make you sick,” the contractor said. “No living creature should endure that kind of suffering.”

“BP is going to say the deaths of these animals wasn’t oil-related,” the contractor added. “We know the truth. I hope these pictures get to the right people — to someone who can do something.”
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Some of the pics BP doesn’t want you to see (Boston.com)

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