IANAE (I am not an engineer), but I’m getting a little uneasy since the goals of BP and the government diverge.
|By: Dave Johnson Friday July 2, 2010 2:45 pm|
Hurricane Alex has passed but the aftermath of the storm continues to hamper cleanup and containment efforts. The Helix producer ship has been waiting to join the capture effort. This will allow a switch of containment caps, which facilitates connecting and disconnecting when storms come in, and might help relief-well efforts, but could mean free-flowing oil for a week to ten days.
|By: Michael Whitney Wednesday June 23, 2010 3:30 pm|
The ship captain found dead of a gunshot wound on his boat in Alabama this morning likely committed suicide.
|By: Michael Whitney Wednesday June 23, 2010 10:12 am|
MSNBC reported this hour that two workers involved in the recovery effort of the BP oil disaster have died. Details are sketchy at this time; the network said that two were dead; one was a cleanup worker, one was a ship captain.
|By: Michael Whitney Tuesday June 22, 2010 12:10 pm|
Despite clear evidence of illness from exposure to oil and dispersants, BP refuses to provide respirators to people cleaning up its disaster. Why? Because BP is afraid of the PR impact from images of people wearing this critical safety equipment in pictures and on TV. BP even threatened to fire workers who choose to wear their own. Firedoglake is joining with workers’ rights advocacy group American Rights at Work to petition BP – and government agencies like OSHA and the Department of Labor – to make BP provide respirators to protect cleanup workers in the Gulf of Mexico.
|By: bmaz Tuesday June 1, 2010 2:40 pm|
When the Obama Administration talks of potential accountability, it’s as if the 11 deaths on the Deepwater Horizon rig never happened. But hey, there are business interests and military fuel contracts it must protect. That clearly takes precedence for this Administration.
|By: Michael Whitney Tuesday June 1, 2010 1:10 pm|
Landrieu says that BP’s liability will be “hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars, and BP’s going to pay every penny. When I pressed her on the long-term damage done to fishermen and the community – one person told me that last time oil hit his oyster beds, it was there for 10 years – Landrieu immediately swatted back that number and said “we don’t know.” She says that if a fisherman “made $50,000 last year, BP’s going to write them a check for $50,000.”
But this disaster will last for well more than one year, and likely well beyond a decade.
|By: Ivan Oleander Saturday May 29, 2010 7:45 am|
Being here is a constantly evolving experience. I have learned a decent bit more about fishing than I ever thought I would care to, but the most interesting things I have learned are about how the media operate. Everyone has heard of reporters taking creative license when editing, bending the real story to fit their agendas.
What’s most shocking is just how easy it is to do.
|By: Michael Whitney Friday May 28, 2010 1:05 pm|
I went to the home of Raleigh and Kay Leseigne, 60-something residents of Grand Isle who have both lived here their whole lives. Raleigh and Kay made a memorial to their last oysters, putting them up on a shelf in their home. Kay wrote on the memorial: “We love you, going to miss you.”
|By: emptywheel Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:11 pm|
Fifty-some years ago, the UK recruited America’s help to overthrow the government of Iran to protect BP’s stake in that country because that was seen as the appropriate role for government by those mid-century Anglo-American Masters of the Universe. Now, we’re at that point where our government and BP appear to agree that it is the appropriate role of the corporation that caused a massive disaster to take charge of cleaning up that disaster.