May 25, 2010
Shit Always Rolls Downhill

BP is hard at work investigating other people’s responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon explosion:

COVINGTON, La. – Oil giant BP said its internal investigation of the unchecked Gulf oil spill is largely focused on work done by other companies as a new government report Tuesday showed workers at the federal agency that oversees offshore drilling accepted sports tickets, lunches and other gifts from oil and gas companies.

BP PLC said in a release that an initial investigation found multiple control mechanisms should have prevented the accident that started with an oil rig explosion April 20 off the coast of Louisiana that killed 11 workers.

BP, the largest oil and gas producer in the Gulf, listed seven areas of focus as it hunts for a cause. Four involve the blowout preventer, a massive piece of machinery that sits atop the wellhead and should have acted as a safety device of last resort but did not. That was manufactured by Cameron International Corp. and owned by Transocean LTD, which also owned the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

The other three areas of focus for the investigation involve the cementing and casing of the wellhead, which was Halliburton Inc.’s responsibility.

BP isn’t primarily responsible, it was Cameron International Corp., TransOcean LTD, and Halliburton. Meanwhile, Halliburton is blaming TransOcean, and TransOcean has its own investigation underway. Each one will spend millions trying to finger all the others and get their own slimy hides off the hook. Round and round the accusations will go in a great big toxic circle-jerk that will reveal, yet again, what spineless little weasels our ‘elites’ truly are. A blinding storm of reports, investigations, hearings, statements, briefs, motions, accusations, counter accusations, delays, obfuscations, evasions, lies, lawsuits and pay-offs will choke the air like swarms of malarial insects buzzing over the carcass of a dead ox. Everything will become so cloudy and confused that nobody will be able to figure out exactly what happened or who is really to blame, if anyone. By the time the truth finally comes out, nobody will care anymore. Mission accomplished.

Luckily for them, an engineer at Texas A&M just might have come up with a compromise solution they can all agree on, a multi-partisan consensus, if you will:

Gene Beck, a petroleum engineer at Texas A&M at College Station who worked in the drilling industry for two decades, said the list of problems BP is investigating appears exhaustive. But he said the company also needs to look at decisions made by people on the rig.

“That needs to be investigated: Why did they do what they did?” Beck said. “They need to ask themselves that very, very serious question: ‘Why did we make these choices?’”

Eureka! The workers are to blame!

Why didn’t anyone think of that before, you ask? They have, but a TransOcean spokesman says the’re waiting until after the company memorial service for the dead workers to bring it up. “We’ll comment at the appropriate time,” he said. That’s thoughtful of them. To do otherwise would be unmannerly.

Every problem has a solution.

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Posted by OHollern at May 25, 2010 06:08 PM
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My family would travel to Charleston SC when I was a child to see my grandparents, after having been born there, even after we moved inland 75 miles when I was a child, I have grown up with the wonderful smell of the marshes of the South Carolina Coast, in summer, winter, fall and spring there was a difference between the seasons in the wonderful smell of the saltwater marshes of Charleston and it was always pleasant to take in the scenery of the marshes both freshwater, brackish and salt water marshes. Today at my mother's home one can go crabbing and bring in as many crabs as one desires, the shrimpers in small boats can be seen daily, casting their nets to bring in a small harvest of shrimp at the edge of the marsh, and the tidal creek rises and falls with the moon's movement, a reminder of the bounties of food and nature that we have relied on and enjoyed as human beings since man first arrived in America, long before Columbus. Dolphins swim in on the tide and one can see them far inland on the marsh channels when the tide is high, feeding on the shrimp and other small creatures that live in the waters of those marshes. And now, for Gulf Coast residents and perhaps even for those along the East Coast, if the Gulf stream works to carry the oil to unexpected places, all of that and much more will soon be gone and may not ever come back. I am sure there will be a loss of many species of fish, insects and animals.

This week the Gulf of Mexico was officially declared a national fisheries disaster area. So for many of those who live there and perhaps all of those who live there and perhaps in other places, all that and more is going to become a distant memory, a part of the past. All because of our insatiable desire for oil as expressed in Jerry's post previous post to this one. And it is all the fault those who deregulated the oil companies and allowed them to police themselves, as well as the collective guilt of almost every person in this nation, myself included, all of us who use oil in ways that we don't deserve.

I don't have words to express my dismay and disgust, such beauty, such wonders of nature, all that and more is going to be gone if not forever, at least for a long, long time, perhaps after we eventually kill ourselves off. Damn the bastards. Damn them to hell.

Posted by: Buck on May 26, 2010 10:07 AM
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