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DISASTER 2010: Gulf of Mexico Explosion and Oil Spill

30 May 2010 at 5:36:11 PM

a Case of Criminal Negligence and Homicide
by Peter Stern
No one wants to point fingers at those responsible for the catastrophe that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico, where 11 human lives were killed due to faulty, inadequate drilling equipment and unsatisfactory safety precautions.  No one is stepping-up to tell the truth about the unknown quantity of crude oil spewing into the gulf waters.  No one is discussing the very real possibility that there is another leak 5 miles from the publicized leak.  The majority of the truth is being kept hidden as British Petroleum Corp. (BP) is trying to maneuver itself into a position to take "less of a hit" from pending lawsuits and astronomical costs that are sure to come.
The truth is out there.  The truth is that BP is running away from its responsibility and trying to hide the premeditated intent to avert safety regulations that threatened the lives of all the crew on the Deepwater Horizon rig.  That intent knowingly bypassed the safety regulations and measures needed to ensure the safety and protection of humans, sea wildlife and the ecosystem.  Those entities at fault are BP, TransOcean (rig owner), Halliburton (performed cementing of the well seals at the bore hole) Cameron (blowout preventer manufacturer) and the Minerals Management Service (government agency in charge of oil drilling safety oversight).
Under the Public Information Act previously concealed BP documents have disclosed that all or some of the above companies knew that there were problems with well casings, the blowout preventer, pressure valves, oil riser and other potential issues and opted to circumvent ensuring the safety regulations and procedures to ensure ultimate safety of operations.
The documents show that BP knew of problems with the blowout preventer and several other issues, but the company did not apply all the safety maintenance, repair and further testing that should have been done.  There is little doubt that with better supervision, repair and testing of the equipment the explosion and oil spill may have been avoided, as also the tragic deaths of the 11 crew members.  All companies found guilty must be held accountable and all offshore drilling operations must be stopped immediately and unconditionally.  The current tragic spill in the Gulf of Mexico is proof that offshore drilling is NOT safe for our world ecosystem.

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1 - salon   1 Jun 2010 @ 8:26:43 AM 

Amen to that, Peter. I read an article yesterday that said people should be prepared for this to take a very long time to plug, with lots of oil gurgling out in the meantime. I wonder what will happen when BP  and the others finally gets put on the dock for accountability? Will there be?

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2 - pstern   1 Jun 2010 @ 1:42:18 PM 

In my honest opinion, Salon, I believe that BP cannot cap the spill at the mile-down underwater ground well and then it will have to wait for the oil deposit to run out, which could take many more months.  I have not read anywhere that they are still burning the oil off the top of the water, which they should continue to do even though in pollutes the atmosphere.  However, whatever happens it is a "lose-lost" proposition.  It is a tragedy that BP and the other companies caused the death of 11 crew members and that they promised all of us that nothing like this would happen.  The truth is that it will happen again and again because of greed, ineptness and short-term thinking.

In answer to your question, I hope BP and the others will be held accountable and that finally we will put an end to offshore drilling for the environment's sake.  It is bad enough that we continue to pollute our ecosystem in so many different ways.  Ending offshore drilling is easy to do, along with reducing our dependence on oil and gas via alternative energy options.

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