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BP security tries to block media access to clean up workers

Posted by 3citynewswire on 06/12/2010

WDSU-TV News anchor Scott Walker is confronted by BP security on a public beach. BP denies it is doing this.

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BP buys Google, Yahoo search words to keep people away from real news on Gulf oil spill disaster

Posted by 3citynewswire on 06/08/2010

In their most tenacious effort to control the ‘spin’ on the worst oil spill disaster in the history, BP has purchased top internet search engine words so they can re-direct people away from real news on the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe.

BP spokesman Toby Odone confirmed to ABC News that the oil giant had in fact bought internet search terms. So now when someone searches the words ‘oil spill’,  on the internet, the top link will re-direct  them to BP’s official company website.

This would not be the first time that BP has tried to control information to protect the company’s public image.

Shortly after the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20, 2010, BP executives quickly underestimated the size of the disastrous oil spill. Some suggest they did it to avoid costly EPA per-gallon spill fines. The less oil spilled, the lower the fines.

A month into the spill, the public learned through independent science, that the spill was in fact a million gallon a day gusher. BP got caught in their own lie when the used a syphon pipe in one of the broken riser pipes and proudly proclaimed that they were capturing 5,000 barrels of oil a day. With the oil obviously still gushing, they had to up their spill rate to explain the reported discrepancy in their earlier estimates.

As the dead bodies of birds, turtles and dolphins began showing up on land, BP used a private security company as their ‘oil spill police’  to try to keep photographers and reporters away from the true death toll from their spill. Tides of black goo lapping a shore lined in corpses did not portray the company image Tony Hayward and his oil rich executives wanted.

BP can spend millions on advertising campaigns, and they can try to misdirect people on the internet. But no matter how hard BP tries or how much money they spend on public relations, they will never be able to hide the apocalypse unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico. You just can’t buy or smile your way out of a multi-billion gallon oil spill disaster.

The world is watching the Gulf of Mexico from airplanes, boats and satellite images. Sending people to the BP company website when they click on the words ‘oil spill’ is not going to erase the horrors of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, nor will the trickery of British Petroleum.

The main stream media is useless, They seem to have to get the facts from BP or some talking head from the government who only talks about red tape and permits. As is usually the case when it comes to a complex issues, the MSM has spent a lot of time finger-pointing without much of an idea what they’re pointing at. It’s just a big mess out of control and our leaders are “Useless” whether you voted for a Republican or a Democrat just about every damn one of them has crawled under a rock, I mean really take a look… “Where in the hell did they all go?” Where are they?

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Now comes the sadness. Elected leaders did nothing to stop this from reaching the shores.

Posted by 3citynewswire on 06/04/2010

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Oil spill will be the worst environmental disaster in history of its kind.

Posted by 3citynewswire on 05/31/2010

The Gulf oil spill is probably the biggest environmental ­disaster ever to have faced the US, President Obama’s top ­energy adviser has said. In the wake of a failure this weekend to plug the BP well with the tricky “top kill” operation, BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward said the Gulf of Mexico leak may not be stopped for two months.

“There’s no doubt that the ultimate solution lies on the relief well, which is in August,” he said on Sunday as he toured the Louisiana fishing hub of Venice, largely idled by the spill.but reliable way to intercept and cap the leaking well that ruptured with a deadly rig explosion on April 20.

In the meantime, Mr Hayward said BP needs “to be in the mind-set of containment in the sub-sea, containment on the surface and defending the shoreline, in a very aggressive way.”

The Gulf spill has surpassed the Exxon Valdez disaster off Alaska in 1989 as the worst US oil spill, with an estimated 12,000 to 19,000 barrels leaking per day.

BP is preparing a containment cap to place on top of a lower marine riser package (LMRP), which is a piece of equipment that sits atop the failed blowout preventer at the seabed one mile below the surface.

The White House said the company would begin cutting a pipe that rises out of the so-called LMRP today or tomorrow. If the containment operation works – and BP expects to know later this week – then at least some of the leaking oil could be piped to the surface.

But even President Barack Obama’s administration, facing a barrage of criticism that they have been slow to respond to the crisis, is looking toward August and the relief well solution.

Mr Obama, who made his second visit of the disaster to the Gulf last Friday, is sending three of his top energy and environmental officials back to the Gulf this week.

Also speculation BP’s spraying chemicals on the oil spill makes the oil sink and stay’s hidden from the surface not telling the true consequences of the disaster.

Independent scientists and government officials say another disaster is playing out in slow motion — and out of public view — in the mysterious depths between the gusher and the coast, a world inhabited by sperm whales, gigantic jellyfish and diminutive plankton.

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Oil cleanup workers fall ill: Coast guard recalls 125 vessels involved in clean-up

Posted by 3citynewswire on 05/30/2010

Workers involved in the cleanup of the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have fallen ill. Nine people involved in oil cleanup operations reported feeling sick. It’s unclear if the sick workers were made ill by the oil or by dispersants.

As a result of the reported illnesses, the Unified Command, which is a coalition of federal agencies including the Interior Department, U.S. Coast Guard, and National Park Service, said it recalled 125 vessels from Breton Sound. Breton Sound is about 50 miles southeast of New Orleans. Four crew members in three vessels involved in oil cleanup reported feeling sick, the agencies said in a statement.

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Oil nightmare could drag on to August: Left unchecked oil would spew for 7 years scientist estimate

Posted by 3citynewswire on 05/30/2010

Greenpeace worker Lindsey Allen collects samples of oil

It will take 7 years for the oil deposit below the Deepwater Horizon  well to empty if left alone. A senior White House adviser says the blown-out wellhead at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico could continue to spew oil into the ocean until August.

Carol Browner, the president’s adviser on energy and climate, says the oil spill is the country’s biggest environmental disaster.

BP’s latest attempt to stem the leak, the so-called “top kill”, failed over the weekend and the company is now working on another approach involving underwater robots and containment domes.

But Ms Browner says there are growing fears nothing will work in the short-term.

“There could be oil coming up until August when the relief wells are dug,” she said.

“This is probably the biggest environmental disaster we have ever faced in this country. It is certainly the biggest oil spill and we are responding with the biggest environmental response.

“It means more oil is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico than at any other time in our history. It means there is more oil than the Exxon Valdez.”

At least *20 million gallons* of oil are now estimated to have leaked into the ocean since the rig exploded on April 20.

BP had tried forcing in a mixture of mud and cement, known as a “top kill”, but it did not seal the well.

Executive Bob Dudley says the energy giant is going back to a previous plan – the containment dome – hoping they fixed what went wrong with that the first time.

“The engineering on this is more simple than the top kill. What we need to do is go down with the robots, diamond cut saws, [and] slice off the top of that riser with a clean surface,” he said.

“The flow rate shouldn’t be that much higher. And then [we can] drop this containment over it. It will be a four to seven-day operation.

“I think the probability of it working is much different than the top kill.”

BP is facing even more criticism with new allegations that internal company files showed BP had serious concerns about the Deepwater rig weeks before the accident.

On the defensive

But appearing on all of the Sunday morning talk shows in America, Mr Dudley defended the efforts so far.

“As you know there’s 5,000 feet of water. No humans can go down there. We’re reliant on the robots,” he said.

“These guys that are working offshore are incredibly skilled at this. We have been asking them to do the equivalent of open heart surgery on television for everyone.

“They are very, very careful people that check pressures and temperatures and connections.”

Anger grows

Meanwhile, the anger continues to grow.

Longtime Democrat supporter James Carville vented his frustration live on television.

“The country feels like it’s entitled to abuse this state and forget about us, and we are sick of it,” he said.

Former general and secretary of state Colin Powell said the Obama administration’s response was not enough.

“I think the federal government has to move in quickly and move in with, to use my favourite expression, decisive force, to demonstrate that it is doing everything that it can do,” he said.

“The president correctly said the other day that he is monitoring and following it and [has] essentially been on top of it from the beginning, but that impression was not conveyed to the American people.

“And the comprehensive speech he gave the other day, I think he would have been better served and the nation would have been better served if he’d given it a few weeks earlier.

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Oil spill: ‘Top kill’ “FAILS” Oil continues to poison the Gulf

Posted by 3citynewswire on 05/29/2010

It will take 7 years for the oil deposit below the Deepwater Horizon well to empty if left alone. On Saturday, BP acknowledged it may abandon its best chance so far to cork the well: the ‘top kill’.

Third attempt to jam a junk shot of shredded tires and golf balls into the broken-down blowout preventer on top of BP’s Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico has failed, darkening prospects for BP’s high-stakes “top kill” maneuver that began Wednesday.

In a dramatic turn from early optimism, BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles told reporters in Grand Isle, La., on Saturday that so far the attempt to stem the flow using heavy drilling mud and junk shots has not worked.

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BP Buses In 400 Workers During Obama’s Visit. All leave when Obama gone.

Posted by 3citynewswire on 05/28/2010

GRAND ISLE, La. — Officials from Jefferson Parish claim BP bused 400 cleanup workers into Grand Isle on Friday in time for a visit from President Barack Obama. Jefferson Parish Councilman John Young said the workers were brought in to clean oil off Grand Isle’s beaches. The extra workers were brought in for Friday only, at a rate of $12 an hour, officials told the press. They were mostly from Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts called BP’s efforts “shameful.” “The level of cleanup and cooperation from BP in the last week in no way compares to the effort shown on the island today,” Roberts said. “This is a total shame that a mockery has been made of this visit by the executives of BP.” During a visit Friday to Louisiana, Obama toured a beach where tar balls are washing ashore and attended a briefing at a Coast Guard station in Grand Isle. Oil has been washing ashore in Grand Isle for about a week. The workers were informed not to talk to the press about anything, after president Obama departed the workers were bused out leaving the coast line empty of workers to clean up the oil spill.

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New NASA image shows Gulf spill expanding

Posted by 3citynewswire on 05/19/2010

Nearly a month after a deadly explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, the damaged well on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico continued to spill oil.

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