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It wasn't clear what Mr. Harrell objected to specifically about BP's instructions, but the rig's primary driller, Dewey Revette, and tool pusher, Miles Randall Ezell, both of Transocean, also disagreed with BP, Mr. Brown said. However, BP was in charge of the operation and the BP representative prevailed, Mr. Brown said.
"The company man was basically saying, 'This is how it's gonna be,' " said Mr. Brown, who didn't recall the name of the BP representative in question.
Mr. Vidrine was supposed to testify Thursday but dropped out, citing an undisclosed medical issue, according to a Coast Guard spokeswoman. Another top BP official who was scheduled to testify Thursday, Robert Kaluza, declined to do so, asserting his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, the Coast Guard spokeswoman said.
Originally posted by trolleleet
reply to post by HunkaHunka
I am not prepared to draw conclusions about this accident.
There is clearly some issues that our investigation has identified a..and when the investigation is complete, we will draw the right conclusion.
Originally posted by Maxmars
Just to add some more material to this....
It was known well-before the "hearings" started....
Big spat on rig preceded explosion
They knew this would come out... have they found their sacrificial lamb?
Originally posted by HunkaHunka
There was one point yesterday at which Tony Hayward denied that there was any altercation on the oil rig prior... Though im sure this is all part of what his lawyers have probably said could be claimed under plausibilie deniability.
Though im surprised he denied it outright
Thank You for your interest in my run for U.S. Representative in Louisiana's 7th District. In coming months, you will find this isn't a typical political campaign, just as I am not a typical candidate.
I decided to run in 2008 because our state and nation are in dire need of returning to our core founding values. While you might hear other candidates talking about change, our campaign is focused on Restoring America to its original founding principles.
If You agree that our federal government has become a monstrous burden on its people ... if You are also disheartened, seeing our personal freedoms rapidly exchanged for false security ... If You too wish to take America Back, then I need Your Support!
What About Current Gas Prices?
As I have been visiting around the district, meeting people, the one consistent question I'm being asked is, "What will you do about the price of gas?"
Should the current trend remain the same, which we should expect with our current President and Congress, in 2008 we will export over 651 billion dollars to other countries for oil. Worse yet, over 416 billion of those dollars will be given to our enemies. Yes, this year, Americans (You and I) will be giving 416 billion dollars to nations who wish to see us annihilated. And, what is George Bush or Congress (or Lord Boustany) doing about it? Really, not a thing.
Oh, they are making some new noise ... as could be predicted, blaming the Democrats for the current oil pricing. Now they are demanding that we open up drilling in ANWR and the Outer Continental Shelf. Great idea, but too little ... too late. For six years we had a Republican President, Republican House and Republican Senate. When they had absolute power to achieve that necessary goal, what did they do? NOTHING. Absolutely NOTHING. Indeed, whatever John McCain may spew out in the future, he historically voted against exploration in ANWR and offshore drilling. But, this gives them a little Tonka toy to crash into the Democrats Tonka toy. A lot of noise with absolutely no substance. Americans will continue being raped and pillaged by our enemies and our leaders could not care less.
In April, when oil hit the $130 per barrel mark, oil man T. Boone Pickens predicted that oil would reach $150.00 per barrel in the near future. Goldman Sachs predicted it would reach $200 per barrel. Their predictions were based on the pricing frenzy on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Of course, they have no problems with the pricing reaching those levels. While you and I are paying $4.00 per gallon of gasoline and $4.50 for diesel, they are making lots of profits ... that, of course, our enemies also profit from.
What will our federal government do if oil reaches $200 per barrel? $300 per barrel? $400 per barrel? No plans yet. Just as they had no plans for when it hit $130 per barrel. You can count on it, however, the Democrats will blame the Republicans and the Republicans will blame the Democrats, and you and I will suffer further.
So, what will Peter Vidrine do to put oil prices when they should be (in a free marker of supply and demand?) First, I will support offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf and exploration in ANWR. This should never have been a political issue. It's a national security issue. It's absolutely ridiculous to watch our President and the neocons saber rattling against the terrorists, while openly supporting them financially by blocking exploration and production in the United States. Their hypocrisy is repulsing.
Second, we need to turn over all offshore production royalties to the coastal states hosting oil and gas production. For too many years, Louisiana and Texas have been producing the bulk of this nation's oil and gas supply, yet to little benefit to the states. While states like Florida and California do everything in their power to prevent offshore exploration and development off their coasts, they reap the benefits of what we're doing in Louisiana and Texas. If each state could benefit directly from the royalties of oil and gas production off their coasts, you would certainly see greater support to extract fuel in those states.
Third, we must immediately curtail speculation. The reality is that there is no oil shortage and demand has not gone up. Most analysts estimate that based on current supply & demand, the price of oil should be around $50-60 per barrel. It is no longer OPEC controlling prices, it is Wall Street speculators. Of course, OPEC and our enemies are more than happy to have the speculators doing their dirty work ... they're doing a better job. There are many options we have to rein in the speculators. Congress should do it. Congress MUST do it.
Fourth, really, really support the research and development of alternative fuels. We need to run away from the insane option of subsidizing corn based ethanol (aside from destroying our food chain, it will be an environmental and economic disaster), and take a serious look at cellulose and sugar cane based ethanol. Even today, the seventh district has a plant in Jennings (Verenium) developing the process to convert bagasse (Sugar cane waste) and other wastes into alcohol. Cellulose based ethanol will have no negative impact of our food supply environment, it just makes sense.
Whenever our President and Congress decide to quit playing politics with oil & gas and quit letting Wall Street play Virtual Casino with our gas and home heating oil affordability, then and only then will sanity dictate what you and I spend at the gas pumps.
Your vote for Peter Vidrine will certainly bring a voice of reason and concern to Washington; a voice, not a whimper.
Peter Vidrine has been a lifelong resident of Eunice, LA. A graduate of St. Edmund High School (Eunice), he began his career early as an electrician.
After years of working as a construction electrician in Louisiana, he became employed with Marathon Oil Company in 1987. After three years of working on an offshore oil platform, Marathon promoted him to a position, first, as an Reservoir Engineering Technician, then later as an Advanced IT Specialist. In 2000, Marathon Oil Company reduced the Lafayette office to a minimal staffing level. Preferring to remain in Acadiana, Peter requested to not be considered for a transfer to Marathon's Houston office.
Returning to his roots as an electrician, Peter became employed in the Automation & Controls field. Later, in 2005, he started a new company, Sirius Technologies, in Eunice, LA. Sirius Technologies has had an average of 16 employees in the service industry.
Peter is married to the former Aline Saucier from Opelousas. Married 25 years, they have three children, Jordan, Alex, and Stephanie (who has gone to meet Jesus.) They are members of Unity Baptist Church in Opelousas, where Peter and Aline are children's ministers.
In 1996, Peter ran for U.S. Representative as a Republican, in a field of 8 candidates. As a full time employee of Marathon Oil Company, his ability to actively campaign was severely restrained. He chose to complete the race, however, since no other candidate was committed to constitutional conservatism. Spending only $2,000 of his own money, he finished the race with over 5,000 votes. While he has considered running for office again, he never felt the right opportunity. In 2008, in consideration of the major problems facing our nation today and the current opportunity to be involved full time in campaigning, Peter had decided to run again.
While other candidates for office focus on personalities, Peter is committed to focus on the real issues facing the constituents and their children today.