Monday, May 17, 2010

Bush, Cheney & Halliburton To Blame For Gulf Oil Spill


By The Associated Press
May 06, 2010, 12:52PM

"Petrochemical giant BP didn't file a plan to specifically handle a major oil spill from an uncontrolled blowout at its Deepwater Horizon project because the federal agency that regulates offshore rigs changed its rules two years ago [when Bush was President] to exempt certain projects in the central Gulf region, according to an Associated Press review of official records

The Minerals Management Service, an arm of the Interior Department known for its cozy relationship with major oil companies, says it issued the rule relief because some of the industrywide mandates weren't practical for all of the exploratory and production projects operating in the Gulf region.

The blowout rule, the fact that it was lifted in April 2008 [when Bush was President] for rigs that didn't fit at least one of five conditions, and confusion about whether the BP Deepwater Horizon project was covered by the regulation, caught the attention of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

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The Deepwater Horizon disaster is not the first time MMS has been criticized as being too close to the oil industry.

In 2008 [when Bush was President], the Interior Department took disciplinary action against eight MMS employees who accepted lavish gifts, partied and -- in some cases -- had sex with employees from the energy companies they regulated. An investigation cited a "culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" involving employees in the agency's Denver office.

MMS workers were given upgraded ethics training."

Not enough? Need more?


By Bridget Huber on April 30, 2010

"As the Deepwater Horizon oil rig continues to spew 210,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico, the Associated Press takes a look at the rig’s history. Its nine years in operation [most of which when Bush was President] have seen many smaller spills and fires caused by human error, malfunctioning equipment and weather.

The article does not attempt to determine what caused the rig to explode and sink last week, killing 11 workers. But it details a number of problems, including a 2005 fire [when Bush was President] caused when a worker forgot he was refilling a crane fuel tank, spilling diesel fuel that then ignited. Bad weather and human error caused it to float off course in 2003 [when Bush was President] and spill 944 barrels of oil.

The rig, which drilled the world’s deepest offshore well, also collided with a towing vessel in 2003 [when Bush was President] and sustained $95,000 in damage to its hull, which, if not properly repaired could have compromised its structural integrity or weakened the structure supporting its drilling apparatus, the AP reports."

Still not convinced? Still trying to blame President Obama for Bush's complete and total lack of oversight of Halliburton and the rest of their oil buddies? You're killin' me! I can't take complete responsibility for your education. I got shit to do.

So I'll give you this one last link and I'm done.


FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press Writers

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"Oil services contractor Halliburton Inc. said in a statement Friday that workers had finished cementing the well's pipes 20 hours before the rig went up in flames. Halliburton is named as a defendant in most of the more than two dozen lawsuits filed by Gulf Coast people and businesses claiming the oil spill could ruin them financially. Without elaborating, one lawsuit filed by an injured technician on the rig claims that Halliburton improperly performed its job in cementing the well, "increasing the pressure at the well and contributing to the fire, explosion and resulting oil spill."

Do you still not fucking get it?


m.v. said...

#1 your quote is saying that there was an investigation of MMS by interior department [when Bush was president], what did you expect him to do? Obama will do an investigation as well and I guarantee no one will get executed.maybe few people will get fired,someone will get probation or a year in jail.
#2 this would be all cool and informative if Bush wasn't blamed for flooding of NOLA,when shit that was built before he was president didn't hold up. so when things happen it's the response that counts first, then investigation, then assigning the blame,but you can keep dreaming that something will happen to bush or cheney. good luck.

Xavier Onassis said...

An Interior Department Investigation of it's own minor MMS under an administration that eschewed any oversight or regulation by anybody over anything wasn't likely to find any wrongdoing.

But there's a new sheriff in town.

"Gulf oil spill to be subject of presidential commission
Napolitano pledges to do 'everything in our power' to see leak stopped"

emawkc said...

What I want to know is, how can I get a job with MMS?

..."culture of substance abuse and promiscuity"

I Travel for JOOLS said...

The Democrats were in control of Congress in 2008.

BP was given an exemption from an environmental (EA) impact statement and the studies that are required in April, 2009, when Obama was President and Democrats were in control of Congress.

Since the BP explosion, 27 exemptions from an EA have CONTINUED to be given to oil companies while Obama is President and the democrats are in control of Congress.

emawkc said...

The executive branch (i.e. President) is in charge of regulation (among other things). So it is Obama's fault that he didn't take care of this in the year and a half he was in office.

But at lease he got the health insurance and pharma comapnies a nice big government handout.

Anonymous said...

THOSE that have to GOLD makes the rules. Christ tried to challenged the money changers in the temple and failed. Where is the 8 BILLION that went to Iraq on C5A's?

Anonymous said...

Obama is President. He has not mobilized resources to stop the spill and thus is responsible.

Many people can contribute to an accident, but the one with THE LAST CLEAR CHANCE TO STOP IT is is the principle actor.

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