The more we are finding out about BP, the more angry I get, both at BP and the Obama Administration who allowed them to operate within our borders. As
I have said in previous threads, I think we should ban BP from working in the US. We should not even be allowing them to call the shots in this clean
up and containment effort. It is more than obvious to me that there is more they could be doing to get this disaster under control. Now, the CEO of
BP, Tony Hayward , is saying that the company with an extraordinary long list of violations was not prepared for a leak of this magnitude.
How could you be drilling so deep with out a plan in case things go wrong? Is it not a given? Many people might say that it would be too hard and time
consuming to prepare for every disaster that could come around the corner but I say that is complete non-sense. This is why BP was making the big
I started a previous thread about BP's extremely long list of violations (in only a few
which only proves that BP was not capable of the type of drilling that our government was allowing them to do. For this, we need to
hold our own government accountable, right along with BP.
Anyway, without further adieu, I present the Wall Street Journal article about this glaring admission from BP PLC Chief Executive Tony Hayward:
HOUSTON—BP's chief said the company could have done more to prepare for a deepwater oil leak, as the British oil giant met with affected
residents Thursday and embarked on fresh efforts to stem the vast slick now threatening the Gulf of Mexico shoreline.
BP PLC Chief Executive Tony Hayward has come under mounting pressure over the spill, caused after a drilling rig BP was leasing, the Deepwater
Horizon, caught fire and sank last month. The accident killed 11 workers and raised fears of widespread ecological damage.
Mr. Hayward said he didn't think his job was on the line over the disaster but said "that, of course, might change."
Since the accident, the well BP was drilling has been spewing about 5,000 barrels of oil a day into the sea. BP is trying to install a dome over the
leaking well with hopes of funneling a substantial portion of the oil onto a tanker above. An earlier attempt to do this with a larger containment
dome failed. The smaller one will be moved over the leak in the next few days.
The Obama administration says BP is responsible for the spill and will bear the cost of the clean-up. Some officials and Gulf coast residents have
slammed the company's response to the disaster as inadequate.
At a community meeting in Port Sulphur, La., on Thursday, representatives from BP and federal agencies heard residents' complaints, ranging from
economic hardship to perceived ailments related to the spill.
"People are truly concerned. They're not eating or sleeping," said Kendra Arneson, wife of a fisherman left without work by the spill, in the
meeting at a local church.
BP has been particularly vulnerable to criticism because among the large oil companies it is by far the biggest player in deepwater oil exploration.
Some in the industry have said a company with such a strong focus on deepwater drilling should have had much better contingency plans for dealing with
an underwater oil leak at this depth.
Mr. Hayward, speaking to a small group of journalists Wednesday night in Houston, admitted that the oil giant had not had the technology available to
stop the leak. He also said in hindsight, it was "probably true" that BP should have done more to prepare for such an emergency.
"It's clear that we will find things we can do differently, capability that we could have available to deploy instantly, rather than be creating it
as we go," he said.
BP has created a huge command center at its Houston offices, mobilizing 500 people from 160 firms across the oil industry. In one room, engineers
operate underwater robots to perform tasks on the rig's failed shut-off valve, or blowout preventer, which stands on the seabed nearly a mile
Mr. Hayward was speaking after two days of hearings in Congress in which BP, Transocean Ltd., the Swiss-based company that owned and operated the
Deepwater Horizon, and Halliburton Co., which was handling the cementing of the well, blamed each other for the disaster. Mr. Hayward declined to
comment on the testimony, saying it was too early to speculate on the causes of the incident.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
BP has already screwed us enough, it's time that we take over the helms on this containment operation so that we may do it right. BP has proven over
and over again that they are incompetent. We can't afford to allow them to keep screwing up while our "southern sea" is being ruined before our