Oh ship of fools

Golgafrincham here we come
Not quite where we started to. …

British Petroleum > BP > Transocean Ltd > Marshall Islands > Deepwater Horizon > Gulf of Mexico > USA.

On no occasion is a nation required by law to permit any company from operating in it.
The Gulf of Mexico has been the home of porly/badly and plain un~ regulated oil drilling in the GoM.
At no point did the law enforcement agencies find any fault with the Deepwater Horizon.
The rig is from the Marshall Islands. That's a US dependency last I heard.
Transocean Ltd is a Swiss firm with offices in the USA and Brtain.

The rest you can get from Barack Obamma.

I'm not sure where the Bushes crawled out of the p1cture.

Now ask yourself with the knowledge of everything that is going on, why is BP the only party in this czjd storm that is not throwing czjd? A lot of the misdirection that is coming from the White House is aimed at not discussing the the other companies involved and the musical chairs involving the quasi political shennannigans going on over financial and legal laws of ships and other maritime businesses registered in the Marshal Islands?

How much of the lack of responsibilities is actually White House responsibility?
What reasons are there behind the US company that actually owned the rig and the business of running the contract having a Swiss address?
How long has Switzerland prospered from it naval history?

And how is Halliburton involved in all of this? Is that company involved or have I been mislead into thinking something not openly discussed is in fact just Swiftboating?
I've picked up from something online, that haliburton is a company involved halfway bewteen BP and the rig owners.

And my own personal dislike for a company linked to the Gerge "Hurricane Katrina" Bush era.

As I find links over the next few days, I will add them to this post.

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4 thoughts on “Oh ship of fools

  1. Originally posted by ZD.net a US based online computer magazine:

    Halliburton might be to blame for the Gulf oil spill that’s currently threatening the coasts, livelihoods, health, and seafood restaurants of many states along the Gulf of Mexico.Halliburton hot seatIf you don’t remember Halliburton, let’s recap. Former Vice President Dick Cheney was chairman and CEO of Halliburton before he became VP. According to the U.K.’s Guardian, he left with a severance package totaling about $36 million.Halliburton is also the company that made more than $16 billion providing services in the Iraq war and, according to the Washington Post, charged U.S. taxpayers “$45 per case of soda, double-billed on meals and allowed troops to bathe in contaminated water.”And, finally, Halliburton is the company that, after making all that money from U.S. taxpayers, decided to move its headquarters from Houston to Dubai — saving it, potentially, “a fortune in U.S. taxes,” according to ABC’s Jake Tapper.That Halliburton.So here’s the thing. Halliburton does oil well stuff. They’re particularly expert at that sort of thing, which is part of why we used the company in Iraq, and part of why they’re showing up in our story, possibly inflagranti delicto.Drill, Baby, DrillSince we just did a short Halliburton retrospective, let’s touch quickly on the Gulf oil spill. Contrary to what a lot of people apparently think, the spill was not a leak in an oil tanker, ala Exxon Valdez. Instead, an explosion occurred on BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig, drilling off the coast of Louisiana.This is not a minor spill. Deepwater was drilling in deep water, 5,000 feet down. The spill is covering about 2,500 square miles of ocean and is spewing 200,000 to a million gallons of crude into the ocean each day.In other words, it’s bad.So where’s Halliburton fit in with all this? It turns out, it was Halliburton’s job to cement the deepwater drilling hole where all the oil’s coming out of. There’s a lot of science here, but the gist of it is that cement is a key part of the process, sealing up the hole for part of the drilling process.If the cement were to fail, the hole would have a hole.This is apparently what happened off the coast of Australia about a year ago. There was a major blowout in the Timor Sea and Halliburton has been accused of performing a poor cement job.That time, they were being accused of poor performance by parties completely outside the American political system. This time, not so much. This time, Halliburton is being “investigated” by Congress-critters Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak (yep, that Bart Stupak).Waxman and Stupak, are, of course, Democrats. As you might imagine, with Halliburton’s ties to a former Republican administration, it could be interpreted that the Dems are merely trying to find a scapegoat and, to them, Halliburton would grill up oh-so-juicy.This may or may not be Halliburton’s fault. While Halliburton did complete the cementing process 20 hours prior to the blowout, the company claims the final cement plug hadn’t been placed, which might mean other methods were being used for sealing and it wasn’t Halliburton’s work that failed.At this point, no one knows. It may take quite a while to figure out the true cause of the disaster — and, sadly, probably as long to clean it all up.No matter what, in addition to being a complete and total economic and environmental disaster, the spill is going to be a sticky mess politically as well.

    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/government/could-the-gulf-oil-disaster-be-halliburtons-fault/8899

  2. BP has been hauled over the coals by a witch-hunting party. All of which it has acceded to.And there is much to concede. However the company to blame isn't BP, nor the Swiss one or the US one. (The two latter getting away with it, are they?)The real culprit in all this is the United States Government.Their oversight was (to put it mildly) criminally negligent.Were they getting a roasting too?Meanwhile, here is some English silliness (please bear in mind the moron is only writing for a living not for a cause and certainly not for anything resembling truth.) Originally posted by The Gonadiron:

    The machine can clean 200 gallons of water a minute, says the manufacturer. That sounds impressive but just how much water is there in the Gulf of Mexico?According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the volume of water in the gulf – the ninth largest body of water in the world – is 643 quadrillion gallons.We don't get to deal with quadrillions too often in our everyday lives, so let's put it another way. We're talking about 643,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2010/jun/17/kevin-costner-oil-spill-cleanThe Gulf does indeed wash out millions of cubic miles of water every hour. At some 4 knots (a fair trot) the entire surface of the gulf rotates rapidly and a great deal of the surface of it is shed to head over here in a relatively simple "continuum".The actual process is somewhat difficut to analyse but it is basically what happens when two or three jets meet in plumbing or a wind instrument.It's no more complex than a good auto-mechanic can ge his head around. The staff of life for boy racers and hot rodders.What the idiot in the article failed to realise is that the company will not be plunging the depths. Oil…. wait for it…floats.Seiving 200 gallons an hour, per pump, will recover vast quantities of goop. Most of the volatiles are going to boil off and the dense bunker crude will be drifing in the deep; being attacked by bacteria that the decades of oil drilling have released from the depths.Or not, as the case may be.What might be worth rememebring is that all over the third world, huge tracts of land are being used to dump oil sludge, the by-product of well heads.The stuff is then left there to rot, the same way that tarmacadam rots. And millions of tons of the sludge are produced world wide every day.It is a toxic mixture of sulphur, acidic water, other chemicals and oil waste. And that isn't counting the stuff that the companies lose to leaks and spills every day -even on well run units.The men working rigs are not paid to keep the environment friendly. They are paid to extract crude oil. It costs very little to produce and spills are not recovered as though it was gold.If it spills, it is lost and that's all they care about it.If things were different, emergency recycling facilities would be part and parcel of all drillining activity. Such has never been the case.What BP is remembering in all this -and it may be how they can maintain a stiff upper lip; is that they have struck oil. The relief rigs that took so long to get to the area are going to be sucking money out of the ground.Soon the well will become a money-tree.And USAns will be buying its produce.Here's something that I can't understand: Originally posted by Christian Science Monitor:

    The study noted that neither the MMS nor the American Petroleum Institute (API) had any specific standards dictating how much external pressure the seals and gaskets must be able to withstand.

    The quote comes from an indictment of the design of the broken valve in the well:http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0617/Studies-suggest-MMS-knew-blowout-preventers-had-critical-flaws/The difficulty for me is that fish live in the sea and are capable of diving to great depths with no harm. The solution being that depth is no problem provided internal and external pressures are equal.It is a general idiocy that stains science. It was discussed by Thomas Gold in his book Deep Hot Biosphere. That geologists didn't understand that aquifers could exist at great depth the same way they can exist near the surface.They don't get squeezed dry because the push back with equal and oppoosite force.Why are experts divided over that law of physics in this millenium? The Ancient Greeks lost the plot a long long time ago, yet they are still alive and kicking by the sound of it.But back to the Guardian's article:

    "Some experts now say [the leak] has a flow rate as high as 2.5 million gallons of oil a day.""The volume of water in the gulf is 643,000,000,000,000,000 gallons.""The current legal limit for oily discharge from a ship is 15 parts of oil to one million parts of water – or 15 parts per million."

    Is 643,000,000,000,000,000/2500000 larger or smaller than 15 parts per million?64,300,000,000,000/25 = 2,572,000,000,000/1.I'm not very good at maths, so I will let you be the judge.

  3. Originally posted by The Wall Street Journal:

    When President Obama last month announced his six-month deepwater moratorium, he pointed to an Interior Department report of new "safety" recommendations.That report prominently noted that the recommendations it contained—including the six-month drilling ban—had been "peer-reviewed" by "experts identified by the National Academy of Engineering." It also boasted that Interior "consulted with a wide range" of other experts.The clear implication was that the nation's drilling brain-trust agreed a moratorium was necessary. As these columns reported last week, the opposite is true.In a scathing document, eight of the "experts" the Administration listed in its report said their names had been "used" to "justify" a "political decision." The draft they reviewed had not included a six-month drilling moratorium.The Administration added that provision only after it had secured sign-off.In their document, the eight forcefully rejected a moratorium, which they argued could prove more economically devastating than the oil spill itself and "counterproductive" to "safety."

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704198004575311033371466938.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLETopStoriesPersonally, were I Presidense of the USA and found out about the problems with deep well safety valves, I'd shut them down a lot sooner for a lot longer.

  4. Through a slab of highly polished obsidian, darkly.I'm beginning to sound like a PR man for BP. The fact is I can't see what is happening in the Gulf of Mexico as any different from what has been happening all over the globe under British, Dutch, French and above all: United States auspices.Isn't the fact that a heavily tanned US presidunce is a cartouche of everything the previous encumberance wasn't an archetypical cliche for everything that is happening to BP now -as opposed to what should have happened to Bush, Brown, Nagin and the rest of them five years ago?Cluebyfour: which led to hundreds of deaths Looking back to the era beforeLooking back to the holes in the floorThe regime was outragiousStupidity contageousThat so many diedEach inaction having a knock on effect with the fools on each sideThe acts of incompetenceNothiong at all making senseNow we have the opposite and it's still all untrueBP will pay their duesSays the White House to the pressAnd amid the redressA man takes the time to relaxBreaking the backs of all the hacks.As if he could walk on water and cause the oil to cease its flow.What's a man doIf he's doing all he canHe is just a man. Originally posted by Earth Times:

    The Obama administration continued to blast BP Saturday, as news that chief executive Tony Hayward took a break to attend yacht races caused a further public relations debacle for the British oil giant.Images of Hayward at the yacht races in Britain incited outrage among residents of the Gulf Coast and in the blogosphere Saturday and prompted further criticism from the White House.

    It's easy to see the predominating colour of the residents on that part of the coast of New Mexico.And that animals are more important than poor New Orleanders.Talking about colour: Originally posted by Department of Oceanography, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University:

    Although gas hydrates contain hydrocarbons that are colorless, not all of them are white like snow.Some hydrates from the deep Gulf of Mexico are richly colored in shades of yellow, orange, or even red. The ice-like masses are beautiful, and contrast with the dull gray of deep sea muds. Hydrates from the Blake-Bahamas Plateau in the Atlantic Ocean can be gray or blue.Scientists would like to explain why hydrates show these colors, but so far there is little agreement on reasons. A number of different factors, including oil, bacteria, and minerals, are probably at play in producing the rainbow hydrates.The Gulf of Mexico is the best natural laboratory in the world for studying gas hydrates, because they outcrop on the sea-floor as mounds and can be easily sampled in sediments.

    http://ocean.tamu.edu/Quarterdeck/QD5.3/sassen.html

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