Well Lookey Here

November 10, 2010

White House alters drilling report to make it appear unsafe.

The Interior Department’s inspector general says the White House edited a drilling safety report in a way that made it falsely appear that scientists and experts supported the administration’s six-month ban on new drilling.

The inspector general says the editing changes resulted “in the implication that the moratorium recommendation had been peer reviewed.” But it hadn’t been. The scientists were only asked to review new safety measures for offshore drilling.

WOW, the White House lies, about most everything.

The Cap Is Still Holding

July 16, 2010

The oil flow into the Gulf of Mexico remains halted, but the cap is an interim step. BP plans to open the cap and resume siphoning operations within about 48 hours. Live video from the seabed Friday morning showed that all was quiet around the top of the well, suggesting the test assessing the integrity of the well was continuing.

Earlier in the week, Kent Wells, a senior vice president for BP, had said that the longer the test continued the better, because it would indicate that the pressure inside the well was holding. There are two final fixes being pursued, one is the relief wells and cementing in the once leaking well, by drilling into it’s casing. The other is to actually produce the well by laying connecting pipes to a oil pipeline on the Gulf floor.

BP Based Spill Plans on Faulty U.S. Data Model(Software)

June 24, 2010

The government’s optimistic (computer) forecasts reinforced the oil industry’s confidence in its spill-prevention technology, leading to decisions that left both oil companies and the government ill-prepared for the disaster that has unfolded in the Gulf since April 20.

BP PLC and other big oil companies based their plans for responding to a big oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on U.S. government projections that gave very low odds of oil hitting shore, even in the case of a spill much larger than the current one.

The government models, which oil companies are required to use but have not been updated since 2004, assumed that most of the oil would rapidly evaporate or get broken up by waves or weather. In the weeks since the Deepwater Horizon caught fire and sank, real life has proven these models, prepared by the Interior Department’s Mineral Management Service, wrong.

Oil has hit 171 miles of shoreline in southern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and northern Florida. Further, government models don’t address how oil released a mile below the surface would behave-despite years of concern among government scientists and oil companies about deep-water spills.

Not to worry though, the U.S. Governments analysis of computer models that predict we are all going to die from global warming, are dead on — Or are computer models the failure point of most systems that rely on computer models instead of real data.

Who Is In Charge ?

June 16, 2010

The President shall direct all Federal, State, and private actions to remove a discharge or mitigate or prevent the threat of a discharge from onshore or offshore facilities which is determined to be a substantial threat to the public health or welfare of the United States.—Clean Water Act 311 (c) (2)  (Link)

So the statute, which derived from the 1990 OPA says Obama, the incompetent, is in change.

What Did I Think Of Obama’s Oil Spill Speech

June 16, 2010

Well I didn’t actually watch it, I was busy, but after reading it, it’s obvious what is going on. We’re being played, gamed for crap and tax, a brand new economy crippling energy tax. And today, as even Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was quoted by The San Francisco Chronicle saying, “the climate bill isn’t going to stop the oil leak.” Stopping the leak should come first, she said.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he agrees with Feinstein and that the energy policy proposed by Obama will not help Gulf residents in the near-term.

“What they’re doing here in effect is holding the Gulf hostage to a national energy tax,” he told Fox News.

More like this :

fire -> explosion -> oil leak -> crisis -> let ‘er leak, need bigger crisis -> leak, leak leak -> bigger crisis -> ta da -> cap and trade.

We will clean it up later.

Oh BTW, our debt gets an upgrade … from $106 trillion in unfunded mandates to a mere $130 trillion or so, or just under ten times the official national debt. Putting Nancy Pelosi in a smaller jet isn’t going to make that go away.

Why Drill So Deep, So Far?

June 8, 2010

Simple actually, the eco-nuts have pushed drilling far from our shores, probably so we cannot see the ugly oil rigs, while looking at the hoards of gigantic windmills as they whack-kill every bird in sight. Yes it one of the trade-offs, oil rig for windmills and don’t forget those do nothing fields of solar panels. All in the end for what? As best I can see, it’s designed to increase American’s energy costs. For environmental radicals to create a difficult situation, then complain when it turns out actually to be difficult to manage is disingenuous. It’s a bit like the way they demand that you must use “alternative” energy their friends are willing to manufacture for you, IF you subsidize it because it isn’t economical to manufacture otherwise.

So we the people let it happen, we let the eco-nuts push drilling farther and farther offshore, farther into the technological frontier, where now it is barely possible, and riding the edge ripe for accident. Did you stop and think, we have never even had the type accident that happened with the Deepwater Horizon before April 20. But did this alert the federal government, safety and environmental impact must be foremost in everyone’s minds? Hah, LOL, you’re kidding right? The day of the accident MMS was awarding the rig for safety. Waivers, sure why not …

And isn’t it odd how no one wants to talk about this problem? It started in 1995 with Clinton, who traded under the table tax cuts for oil companies, in exchange for drilling out of sight offshore. The federal government can fight wars, conduct a census and hand out billions in earmarks, but it has not a clue how to cap a one-mile-deep, out-of-control oil well. Nor even do the job they assigned to themselves, run the containment and cleanup operation, what 1990 OPA was all about.

And what about this? The Interior Department had given BP a “categorical” environmental exemption in April 2009 — the buck stops, and it looks like, the campaign contributions contributed to failure.. Two years ago next week, Obama declared that history will mark his ascent to the presidency as the moment when “our planet began to heal” and “the rise of the oceans began to slow.” When you anoint yourself King Canute, the peons expect more.

Of course we can expect the usual lies from Congress who will now sit there from on-high and conduct a stage show of blame-game politics, all the while complaining they had no knowledge of the lax enforcement, the lack of a state of readiness, and a toal flop of containment and cleanup of the spill, which Congress took for itself, after the Exxon Valdez debacle. So that it will never happen again.

It’s happened — It’s time the people are heard, and never let it happen again.

Do You Expect The Federal Government To Lie To You? – YES!

June 8, 2010

What is a ‘shuck and jive’ man, someone who sings and dances while lying to you. Or trying to show you how tough he is, wants ‘some ass to kick’. The oil spill has become the latest to remind people government is basically a disorganized, do nothing, porn watching kind of institution. Government doesn’t even follow the rules and regulations it wrote, while making everything worse, with an aura of invincibility.

The bottom line about the oil spill, the MMS should never have allowed the well to be drilled in the first place. But they waived the requirements. And then the cozy MMS and oil industry relations finished off the job of killing the Gulf of Mexico. And for BP to think that some 10s of millions in PR ads will fix everything, they know nothing. And if you look at the decision chain the day the well blew up, you know the disaster was inevitable — BP Decisions Set Stage for Disaster, with MMS along for the ride, not regulating the situations as the law required them to do.

Meanwhile, our dear reader want some “ass to kick” … LOL. First he need look no farther than his own, to find the most incompetent ass of all.

Then along comes the oil spill to remind people of why they don’t trust leaders – and why so many Americans, looking for information and action, are turning instead to blogs, Twitter feeds and their friends.

Consider this revealing scene: With reddish-brown oil globs washing ashore at Fort Morgan, Ala., Faith Kaiser and Bertice McPherson decided to do what generations of Americans have done when government can’t – or won’t – tackle a big problem: They handled it themselves.

Before paid cleanup crews started work, the volunteers pulled on rubber gloves and picked up the gooey mess. As they did so, Kaiser said this: “Six months from now the government will lie to us and say everything is fine.”

How did we get to this point where people EXPECT their government to lie to them? And what does it say about where we’re headed?

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Oil Company Damages Trust Fund

May 6, 2010

Arising from the OPA of 1990, the oil companies were allowed to put together a trust fund that shares the liability for spills.

History of the Fund

In August 1990, when President George H. W. Bush signed the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) into law and authorized use of the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (OSLTF), the Fund was already four years old. Congress created the Fund in 1986, but did not pass legislation to authorize the use of the money or the collection of revenue necessary for its maintenance. It was only after the Exxon Valdez grounding and the passage of OPA that authorization was granted.

Oil Pollution Act (OPA)

In addition to authorizing use of the OSLTF, OPA consolidated the liability and compensation requirement of certain prior federal oil pollution laws and their supporting funds, including the:

  • Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA),
  • Deepwater Port Act,
  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) Authorization Act, and
  • Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.

Uses of the Fund

With the consolidation of these funds and the collection of a tax on the petroleum industry, the Fund increased to $1 billion. Fund uses were delineated by OPA to include:

  • Removal costs incurred by the Coast Guard and EPA
  • State access for removal activities;
  • Payments to federal, state, and Indian tribe trustees to conduct natural resource damage assessments and restorations;
  • Payment of claims for uncompensated removal costs and damages;
  • Research and development; and
  • Other specific appropriations.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 increased the maximum size of the Fund to $2.7 billion.

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