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If state and local officials are starting to feel desperate about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill,...

If state and local officials are starting to feel desperate about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP (BP) is already in full-blown panic. The company, responsible for covering the costs of the spill, has asked rivals for help, and is already trying out one possible leak solution suggested by Exxon (XOM).
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  • churchie
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    Was the blow out protection device that failed made in China,I bet it was really cheap saved lots of money.
    2 May 2010, 10:48 PM Reply Like
  • dfbell
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    Drillers in all other major oil drilling countries are required to use a "acoustic coupler" to exactly prevent what happened. But BP used a $500,000 cheaper SLB device because they were able to successfully lobby VP Cheney to relax regulations. It's totally safe Mr. Vice President. Bet they didn't have to lobby very hard.

     

    Also interesting is that Deepwater Horizon was operated by Haliburton. Another Cheney connection. Surprise, surprise.

     

    Why do we want to drill new wells? America has 5% of the proven reserves and we use 25% of the world's oil. If we find and extract it all we still dont have enough. The money being spent to chase the last dry well is better spent on alternative energy. But it is still extremely profitable to pursue the last drop. Exxon paid no federal income tax last year. Zip, zero, nada. And they got tax breaks to boot! Arrrrrrrrrrggggggggggg...

     

    We are idiots.
    (sorry for the morning rant)
    3 May 2010, 05:06 AM Reply Like
  • Dan in mpls
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    Now THERE was an Olympic sized leap. As I search the news I can find nothing of substance about the explosion and leak to speak of. I am gratified to hear that BP is asking anyone and everyone for help.
    2 May 2010, 10:53 PM Reply Like
  • churchie
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    Born in 1955 the year Einstein died.
    2 May 2010, 10:56 PM Reply Like
  • Wyatt Junker
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    At least Exxon Valdez could blame things on a driving while drunk.

     

    And you can do spot pee-in-a-cup safety checks for that.

     

    This time, we will be stuck with oil rig fear of contagion.
    2 May 2010, 11:09 PM Reply Like
  • earl880
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    Looks like the blow out preventor was made by SLB. And the cementing work was botched by HAL. Exploding oil rig provided by RIG.

     

    And as we all know, the entire party was sponsored and hosted by BP.
    3 May 2010, 12:18 AM Reply Like
  • WayneS
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    Lets hope the government does not get involved and handcuff BP the way they kept Exxon from responding in Valdez. They waited until too late to approve an already approved method of mitigating the spill. They then had Exxon wash the beaches with steam that killed the bacteria that could have biodegraded the crude.
    3 May 2010, 10:09 AM Reply Like
  • helplessobserver
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    Seems like we never learn. At the TVA Brown's Ferry nuclear plant a fire in the tunnel connecting the reactor and control room destroyed the electrical wiring that controlled the shutdown of the reactor. Looks like the same thing here, like Brown's Ferry, there was no safety backup in place.
    3 May 2010, 12:22 PM Reply Like
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