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Old 06-02-2010, 10:06 PM
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Default BP Oil Spill Crisis

In an attempt to get away from the religion vs science threads, I thought I'd bring up something that probably should have been highlighted a while ago.

Unfortunately, after over a month, the situation in the Gulf of Mexico only continues to grow worse after BP's oil spill has even grown worse than the Valdez disaster in Alaska. Meanwhile, their recent "Top Kill" attempt only had minimal success at slowing down the leak. Right now, there are over 21 million gallons that have leaked, and that number on continues to rise.

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In my opinion, considering what BP is doing and how poorly they're handling the situation, I for one would not miss them if they go completely under because of this. This isn't the first time BP has spilled oil (they spilled over a million gallons up in Alaska), and I think this is a clear example of a company that completely lacks ethics and social responsibility.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:27 PM
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In an attempt to get away from the religion vs science threads, I thought I'd bring up something that probably should have been highlighted a while ago.

Unfortunately, after over a month, the situation in the Gulf of Mexico only continues to grow worse after BP's oil spill has even grown worse than the Valdez disaster in Alaska. Meanwhile, their recent "Top Kill" attempt only had minimal success at slowing down the leak. Right now, there are over 21 million gallons that have leaked, and that number on continues to rise.

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In my opinion, considering what BP is doing and how poorly they're handling the situation, I for one would not miss them if they go completely under because of this. This isn't the first time BP has spilled oil (they spilled over a million gallons up in Alaska), and I think this is a clear example of a company that completely lacks ethics and social responsibility.

Agree wholeheartedly. Not only that, but the fact that 21 million gallons of oil is an incredible amount of oil to lose in a world where we are fast losing oil. I'm going to take a wild guess that thats a good year or two's worth thats just been lost because of incompetence. Granted, it might not be my place to say, but the ideas they have come up with to stop the flow are rubbish.

Not only that, but the enviromental damage that has been caused will be catastrophic too. All because of a stupid human blunder. Meh.
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My only thought is why these idiots weren't prepared for something like this. I mean, really, aren't there safety requirements you have to pass before you start drilling for oil? From what I hear, there are, but still, in all honesty, they should have been prepared for something like this to happen. I agree, I really hope BP goes under for this.

EDIT: Also, I'm hoping they can get that thing plugged up before we end up seeing oil floating in the waters around South Carolina.
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Agree wholeheartedly. Not only that, but the fact that 21 million gallons of oil is an incredible amount of oil to lose in a world where we are fast losing oil. I'm going to take a wild guess that thats a good year or two's worth thats just been lost because of incompetence. Granted, it might not be my place to say, but the ideas they have come up with to stop the flow are rubbish.

Not only that, but the enviromental damage that has been caused will be catastrophic too. All because of a stupid human blunder. Meh.
The sad irony is the fact BP claims to be "beyond petroleum" when this shows that they can't even do petroleum right. Meanwhile, it seems like they're far more concerned with saving themselves than trying to address the problem and help compensate for the massive amount of damage both to the environment and the livelihood of people that have been affected in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida. And the fact they're throwing a measly $5,000 at anyone affected by spill BUT with the restriction that they can't sue is simply deplorable.

Seriously, may BP go the way of Enron.

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My only thought is why these idiots weren't prepared for something like this. I mean, really, aren't there safety requirements you have to pass before you start drilling for oil? From what I hear, there are, but still, in all honesty, they should have been prepared for something like this to happen. I agree, I really hope BP goes under for this.

EDIT: Also, I'm hoping they can get that thing plugged up before we end up seeing oil floating in the waters around South Carolina.
They weren't prepared for anything, that's the problem. They weren't prepared in Alaska and they weren't prepared here when they should have been. Instead, they screwed up and miles and miles of US coastline is becoming an environmental disaster.

And I hate to say it, but they're predicting its going to go all the way up the eastern coastline if they don't stop it soon.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:59 PM
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And I hate to say it, but they're predicting its going to go all the way up the eastern coastline if they don't stop it soon.
Which is another reason why I'm enraged at these colossal (I have a feeling I misspelled that...) idiots! From what I've heard, all BP has done is point fingers and say 'It's their fault' about the two other companies that built the platform/did the drilling (if I remember right). Like you said, they should have been prepared for something like this.
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ok so first time i guess it could have been an honest mistake, or just a slip up whatever. people make mistakes but i would have guessed bp would have done their best to avoid another spill.

i just hope they can clean it up in alteast a 3 months, which is the time it should take to clean up that mess.
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I heard if it sinks down deep enough it could get caught up in the sea currents and get carried around the world. Also, will this affect drinking water, too? :9 If it will then BP just trolled us.
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Agree wholeheartedly. Not only that, but the fact that 21 million gallons of oil is an incredible amount of oil to lose in a world where we are fast losing oil. I'm going to take a wild guess that thats a good year or two's worth thats just been lost because of incompetence. Granted, it might not be my place to say, but the ideas they have come up with to stop the flow are rubbish.

Not only that, but the enviromental damage that has been caused will be catastrophic too. All because of a stupid human blunder. Meh.
Nah, the amount is insignificant. BP refined an average of 100 million gallons of oil per day in 2009 (taken from their website). 21 million gallons of oil is enough to run the US for about half an hour. The environmental damage is what's going to cost them.

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Not unless you get your drinking water from the Gulf of Mexico.

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There is evidence that suggests that BP had forgoed some safety measures in an attempt to rush the derrick to the next well, as it was already behind schedule.
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Anyone who says that it was an honest mistake or an accident, listen closely. One of the survivors from the initial explosion, a head engineer on the rig, issued a report to the federal government of a discussion that took place between executives from BP and from the rig's owner company (don't remember the name atm). The discussion became an argument, specifically about problems with the rig and the kind of fluid to use in the pumping process. BP insisted that the problems were to be ignored, demanded that seawater was to be used instead of heavier stuff that would have kept the methane bubble that caused the explosion down, and pumping went on. When did this take place? Less than twelve hours before the explosion.

Ladies and gentlemen, please begin revving your pitchforks. I feel that a good angry mob is in order.
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Anyone who says that it was an honest mistake or an accident, listen closely. One of the survivors from the initial explosion, a head engineer on the rig, issued a report to the federal government of a discussion that took place between executives from BP and from the rig's owner company (don't remember the name atm). The discussion became an argument, specifically about problems with the rig and the kind of fluid to use in the pumping process. BP insisted that the problems were to be ignored, demanded that seawater was to be used instead of heavier stuff that would have kept the methane bubble that caused the explosion down, and pumping went on. When did this take place? Less than twelve hours before the explosion.

Ladies and gentlemen, please begin revving your pitchforks. I feel that a good angry mob is in order.
I also read in my local paper a couple of days back that the employees could have shut down the pump while they were evacuating and avoided the whole mess, but in order to shut down the pump you needed to get approval from the higher-ups, so he sent a emergency message to the higher-ups. They never sent an order back down even after half an hour, and when someone finally decided to screw the orders the fire already destroyed the electronic system to shut it down.

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Anyone who says that it was an honest mistake or an accident, listen closely. One of the survivors from the initial explosion, a head engineer on the rig, issued a report to the federal government of a discussion that took place between executives from BP and from the rig's owner company (don't remember the name atm). The discussion became an argument, specifically about problems with the rig and the kind of fluid to use in the pumping process. BP insisted that the problems were to be ignored, demanded that seawater was to be used instead of heavier stuff that would have kept the methane bubble that caused the explosion down, and pumping went on. When did this take place? Less than twelve hours before the explosion.

Ladies and gentlemen, please begin revving your pitchforks. I feel that a good angry mob is in order.
Well duh, accidents like this don't happen without a major screwup somewhere.
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Well duh, accidents like this don't happen without a major screwup somewhere.
Screw up isn't quite the phrase I'd use. I'd lean more towards "gross neglect and indifference."
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This is why we should attempt to move away from oil with more vigor than we are.

The consequences of the spill will be felt in the marshlands for a long time, money cannot fix that.

In my opinion there were mistakes on many levels, both in government in the extent of their negligent oversight and in terms of BP in its negligence.

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Admittedly other alternatives also run the same risk. Nuclear power? Chernobyl. Hydroelectric? The damming rapes the area, and if mismanaged you'd have an artificial flood on your hands. Safer types like wind and solar power don't generate nearly enough power, so you're screwed anyway.
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BP is stupid. The only thing I am worried about is the sea and its wildlife.





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