Justice Dept. makes 1st arrest in BP oil spill; ex-engineer accused of obstruction of justice

Apr 24, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Washington Post

NEW ORLEANS - A BP engineer intentionally deleted more than 300 text messages that said the company's efforts to control the Gulf of Mexico oil spill were failing, and that the amount of oil leaking was far more than what the company reported, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

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Obama's an idiot from Day 1 in Federal Waters:

1- He put the wrong person in charge of the US Coast Guard response. She claimed they were prepared to limit the damage. They just relieved her!

2- The Obama Admin Grossly Underestimated what would happen to the Rig with an uncapped well spewing oil continuously on deck, Sinking the Rig.

3- The Obama admin was too stupid to realize or even ask what would happen to the open pipe IF/When the Rig Sank!

4- The Obama admin wasted this time READING & by NOT Preparing the Emergency Burn Plan.

5- The Obama admin Failed to locate and Provide Fire Booms required to Burn the Oil according to EM Burn plan, they didn't read!

6- The Obama admin Failed organize an Emergency Response team with capable people to lead/work with BP Engineering on:
A) Burning and/or Skimming the Oil AT THE SURFACE.
B) Understanding the massive Risk in Sinking the Oil w/dispersant.
C) Closing the Pipe or activating the BOP.

7- The Obama admin approved Harmful & Toxic chemical dispersant banned in other countries to be used in massive quantities in the pristine Gulf Waters!

8- The Obama admin approved this dispersant to SINK THE OIL which is opposite of what it should have demanded which is get it to the surface where it can be handled and taken out of the water! No it's 20 Mile Long blobs underwater that can't be processed! IDIOTS!

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Obama's Cozy Relationship with BP exposes "Revolving Door"

Revolving Door Between BP And Its Regulator Getting More Attention

FREDERIC J. FROMMER | 05/26/10 04:53 PM | AP

"To say that MMS has had a revolving door problem doesn't even begin to describe how profoundly this agency has entangled itself with industry," said Mandy Smithberger, an investigator with the Washington-based Project on Government Oversight, a private watchdog group. "The revolving door has spun so readily in this case that the lines between the regulators and the regulated are now virtually nonexistent."

The government restricts certain practices by federal workers. Government employees who participate in contracts, grants or lawsuits generally are barred forever from representing anyone before a federal department or court on that matter. For employees who supervised such matters in the final year of their government service, that ban lasts for two years.

"Very senior" employees – such as Cabinet officers, the vice president and some high-level White House officials – are subject to a two-year cooling-off period, during which they are banned from contacting their former agencies or certain high-level executive branch employees in any federal agency. "Senior employees" – who include other presidential appointees – are subject to a one-year cooling-off period, although Obama made these people sign a pledge agreeing to extend it to two years as a condition of employment.

Grant's name surfaced at a congressional hearing when Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., asked BP America President Lamar McKay about former Interior officials who worked at his company and about former BP officials who work for the Interior Department. Grant did not return telephone and e-mail messages seeking comment, and BP declined to discuss his employment.

McKay also cited Sylvia Baca as someone who went from BP to Interior. She made the switch twice. In the Clinton administration, she served as the Interior Department's assistant secretary for land and minerals management and worked as the department's acting director of the Bureau of Land Management.

In 2001, Baca joined BP, where she worked in several senior management positions. Last June, Salazar brought her back to Interior, tapping her for the position of deputy assistant secretary for land and minerals management.

He cited her "professionalism and detailed knowledge of Interior's land and energy responsibilities."

Asked about her hiring at a House hearing Wednesday, Deputy Interior Secretary David Hayes said that Baca has recused herself from the oil spill because of her prior employment with BP.

"She has not been involved in offshore energy issues," he added.

More generally, the offshore drilling industry has tapped the government's expertise and connections. The National Ocean Industries Association, an offshore energy trade group, has plucked its last two presidents from the ranks of former MMS directors. In March, Randall Luthi, who was MMS director from July 2007 through January of last year, took over the industry post, replacing Tom Fry, who had been president of the group since December 2000.

Through a spokeswoman, Luthi declined an interview request. Fry did not return a message left through the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation, where he serves as a trustee.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/26/bp-r...

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you poop in clean water

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If corporations are persons, and BP is a corporation, BP would be in jail. Since BP is not in jail,corporations must not be persons.

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The laughing liberal wrote:
Obama's massive mistakes Killing the Gulf of Mexico: U.S. refused to accept Dutch expertise
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http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/...
Politifact rates the statement, "The White House has "refused" international help in dealing with the oil spill" barely true. It says that 18 countries have offered help to the US. However that figure is a bit misleading, because the State Department says a significant number of those offers were not for free aid, but offers to sell equipment to the US. It also contains some offers that the US could not accept: Norway offered a spill response that included a chemical dispersant that is not approved by the EPA for instance. Four of these foreign aid offers have been accepted:

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From Mexico -- Two skimmers and 13,780 feet of boom (accepted in early May).

From Norway -- Eight skimming systems (accepted in early May).

From Netherlands -- Three sets of Koseq Rigid Sweeping Arms, which attach to the sides of ships and gather oil (accepted on May 23).

From Canada -- 9,843 feet of boom (accepted on June 4).

http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/...

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Latest fro Greg Palast:
ARREST OF BP SCAPEGOAT: REAL KILLERS WALK

"...Last week, I released evidence we uncovered that BP top executives concealed evidence of a prior blow-out. Had they not covered up the 2008 blow-out in then Caspian Sea, then the Deepwater Horizon probably would not have blown out two years later in 2010.(Watch the film and read the stories here.)

I urge you to read the affidavit of FBI agent Barbara O'Donnell which the government filed in arresting Mix. His crime is deleting texts from his phone indicating that the blown-out Macondo well was gushing over 15,000 barrels of oil an hour, not 5,000 as BP told the public and government. If true, it's a crime, destruction of evidence. But Mix is a minnow. What about the sharks. The texts were obviously sent to someone (named only "SUPERVISOR" by the FBI). If "Supervisor" knew, then undoubtedly so did BP managers higher up. Presumably, even CEO Tony Hayward would have gotten the message on his racing yacht.

Destruction of evidence is not nice, but concealment of evidence and fraud by corporate bigs, is the bigger crime. I hope, I assume, I demand that we find out what Supervisor's supervisors knew and when they knew it--and didn't tell us.

And far, far, far more important: when is the Justice Department going to go after the greater wrongdoing: covering up before the spill that the drilling methods used on the Deepwater Horizon had led to a blow-out nearly two years earlier.

Let's face it: to go after the bigger crime means going after the entire industry. THE EARLIER BLOW-OUT WAS CONCEALED BY BP AS WELL AS ITS PARTNERS EXXON AND CHEVRON AND, BY THE US STATE DEPARTMENT UNDER CONDOLEEZZA RICE. If you want to get that story, please check out Part II: BP Covered Up Prior Oil Spill at http://truth-out.org/news/item/8701-part-two-... )

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For the two year anniversary of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Republic Report has compiled some of the best stories on BP’s efforts to influence government and avoid taking responsibility for its actions in the Gulf:

– Huffington Post: BP’s Influence Peddling In Congress Bears Fruit Two Years After Gulf Spill.

– ThinkProgress: BP funds front group claiming oil spills are better than “normal” ones, storm will clean up oil.

– ABC News: BP turns to political shop for $50 million ad buy to convince you the company ‘Will get this done’ and ‘Make it right.’

– New Orleans Times-Picayune: BP Claims Processing CEO To Raise Funds For Gov. Jindal.

– Mother Jones: 5 Ways the [U.S. Chamber of Commerce] Shills for BP.

– ProPublica: Take It With A Grain Of (Sea) Salt: Gulf Microbe Study Was Funded By BP.

– OpenSecrets: BP Enjoys Lobbying Strength, Close Ties To Lawmakers As Federal Investigation Looms.

– Politico: BP Donates Big to GOP leadership.

– ThinkProgress: BP worked with FreedomWorks and the Chamber to build “grassroots” support for more drilling.

– Los Angeles Times: Gulf disaster a boon to Washington lobbying.

– Washington Post: BP, Transocean tap a well of Washington lobbyists and consultants.

– Huffington Post: BP’s Lobbying Clout: 27 former Hill, White House staffers working for oil giant.

– ThinkProgress: BP is top funder of ALEC annual meeting in oil-soaked Louisiana.

http://www.republicreport.org/2012/bp-lobby-r...
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The laughing liberal wrote:
Obama bungles Oil Rig disaster from Day 1:

Search continues for 11 workers missing after oil rig explosion

By The Associated Press
April 21, 2010
The rig was tilting as much as 10 degrees after the blast, but earlier fears that it might topple over appeared unfounded.
Coast Guard environmental teams were on standby, though officials said the damage to the environment appeared minimal so far.

http://blog.al.com/live/2010/04/search_for_11...

I think our Coast Guard underestimated and misdiagnosed the mortally wounded rig and was not ready for this. Understandable to a point...

Obama's Coast Guard Environmental teams where on stand by to do what?

What was their plan?

Why didn't it work?

Why didn't they know the oil was still flowing and feeding the fire?

It looks like they didn't realize the rig could or would sink even as it listed 10% after the explosion.

Mishandled from Day 1. Thanks Obama!
really ... Do you not think they are making this guy a scapegoat ???? One guy arrested ..really ... From south Louisiana ..... I not buying this shit
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PlacitasRoy wrote:
Latest fro Greg Palast:
ARREST OF BP SCAPEGOAT: REAL KILLERS WALK

"...Last week, I released evidence we uncovered that BP top executives concealed evidence of a prior blow-out. Had they not covered up the 2008 blow-out in then Caspian Sea, then the Deepwater Horizon probably would not have blown out two years later in 2010.(Watch the film and read the stories here.)

I urge you to read the affidavit of FBI agent Barbara O'Donnell which the government filed in arresting Mix. His crime is deleting texts from his phone indicating that the blown-out Macondo well was gushing over 15,000 barrels of oil an hour, not 5,000 as BP told the public and government. If true, it's a crime, destruction of evidence. But Mix is a minnow. What about the sharks. The texts were obviously sent to someone (named only "SUPERVISOR" by the FBI). If "Supervisor" knew, then undoubtedly so did BP managers higher up. Presumably, even CEO Tony Hayward would have gotten the message on his racing yacht.

Destruction of evidence is not nice, but concealment of evidence and fraud by corporate bigs, is the bigger crime. I hope, I assume, I demand that we find out what Supervisor's supervisors knew and when they knew it--and didn't tell us.

And far, far, far more important: when is the Justice Department going to go after the greater wrongdoing: covering up before the spill that the drilling methods used on the Deepwater Horizon had led to a blow-out nearly two years earlier.

Let's face it: to go after the bigger crime means going after the entire industry. THE EARLIER BLOW-OUT WAS CONCEALED BY BP AS WELL AS ITS PARTNERS EXXON AND CHEVRON AND, BY THE US STATE DEPARTMENT UNDER CONDOLEEZZA RICE. If you want to get that story, please check out Part II: BP Covered Up Prior Oil Spill at http://truth-out.org/news/item/8701-part-two-... )
thank you .... Mix is being use as a scapegoat ..
DENG

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IT'S PROBABLY TRUE THE RUMORS THAT THE GULF OF MEXICO IS ECOLOGICALLY NOW DEAD THE REASON BEING THE WELL BLOWOUT BY BP OIL COMPANY.

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BP lies about magnitude of spill

thx alot BP

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