OT BP again
So they capped the pipe.
Where was this cap for the last 89 days? Why don't they have three
of them or more, at least one on each continent where they have
Why was every procedured they did reported with the caveat, This has
never been done before. Why not?
Why haden't they tested all the procedures and devices when they first
started underwater drilling, again when ty started deep water
drilling, and again every time a new procedure or device was
And this maybe because they weren't required to by the
fox-guarding-the-henhouse regulatory agency in charge, the Minerals
Management Agency. (Such regulatory laxity having been most pronounced
in Bush-Cheney time, but seamlessly continued by Obama ...)
The fashion in killing has an insouciant, flirty style this spring,
with the flaunting of well-defined muscle, wrapped in flags.
Nothing like waiting until the last minute.
What one BP guy said since I posted was that they had had the idea in
their head since the leak started, but afaict: didn't start building
it for what I guess was a month or more, or even two.
If they had thought about it and started building it last year, it
would have been done 3 months ago.
What do the other oil companies plan for such an event. Instead of
jut making them testify that BP shouldn't have drilled this well where
it was, did any in the congressional hearing ask about their own plans
in case of a leak?
Did they test those in shallow water at least. The news never says.
The news "reporters" probably never ask them.
NASA still managed to test its space capsules before it launched them.
That's the trouble with this deep well. There has never been an event quite
like this one.
The he first blow-out protector was tested and failed some of the tests.
They used it anyway. Probably a combination of greed and incompetence.
Stop reading the funnies and pay attention to the real (such as it is )
I've heard at least one person use fail-safe without even knowing what
it means, as if it were synonymous with fail.
Today I heard on the radio, no discussion of when the cap was first
conceived or how long it took to make, or why it wasn't conceived and
made long ago, but that it was used last because methods that couldn't
make things worse were used first.
A) Even if this is a good reaso;n, there still seems to have been too
much time in between. Even more delayed afaict was bp's efforts at
cleanup. It seems they didn't even contract for most of the skimmers
until weeks or a month had gone by. They were "on their way" 6 or 8
weeks in, and not ships that were newly built. No one has said they
were skimming other oil leaks elsewhere.
In addition was one days' report, a long interview, 5 or 8 minutes,
with two people who were there but not allowed to enter, by Mother
Jones reporters that they weren't allowed on some beaches either by BP
guards or by local police, working afaict at the behest of BP. The
normal situation is that "for the public safety" the public is not
allowed where someone decides its dangerous but reporters are allowed
everywhere. At the most, they have to sign a release, releasing as
many as anyone and everyone from repsonibiity for harm that comes to
them. It's not like Godzilla was waiting down the beach to eat them.
It was tarballs and oily water. Too hot to use my web browser so I
can't look at the mother jones site for updated info, if any.
I suspect there was some legal angle that the beach being a work site,
then BP had the right to keep people out (like a construction site).
They certainly had the right to prohibit people they hired from talking
to the press during work hours. I'm sure not on BP's side, nor do I
approve of their conduct of passing along information...just sayin'.
I think if the beach was closed to all by the local authorities then
I think it was the right thing to not let reporters on the beach. If BP
was not letting anyone on public beaches on its own "authority" then I
think regular citizens should have told them to kiss my aura, dora. The
press should have followed suit.
I want to find a voracious, small-minded predator
and name it after the IRS.
Right. What I'm saying is it should have been conceived, designed,
and built years ago.
I agree it takes some time, but I've heard no one say they were
contracted for less than a month after the leak started. Plus there
are skiimmers already built for that purpose. If they ordered some
immediately, I would think they would be talking about that. Because
they have commercials which give plenty of opportunity to say what
they are doing, but they don't say anything specific.
They had one commercial, with a black guy from the area, which said,
"We won't always do things perfectlly...." I saw that twice, but I
think they got ridiculed, because afaik they haven't done anything
perfectly. So they rewrote his script more artfully.
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