BP: Effort To Plug Gulf Oil Spill Going As Planned

There are 104 comments on the WFMZ story from May 26, 2010, titled BP: Effort To Plug Gulf Oil Spill Going As Planned. In it, WFMZ reports that:

BP started pumping heavy mud into the leaking Gulf of Mexico well Wednesday and said everything was going as planned in the company's boldest attempt yet to plug the gusher that has spewed millions of gallons of oil over the last five weeks.

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“Buddies”

Since: Dec 09

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#1 May 26, 2010
I hope this works !
Elmuertomonkey

Douglassville, PA

#3 May 26, 2010
Ignominious administration of gnomes and nimrods..
Vito

Chalfont, PA

#4 May 26, 2010
and don't forget Hobbits Frodo
Grizzly319

United States

#5 May 27, 2010
To blame this on Obama is Ludicrous. This was a disaster waiting to happen for years. The contengency plans were never tried in 5000ft of water. Why not? BP claims to have all these so called plans. Well? 37 days as of this post. WTF didnt you already have these so called plans ready the day the rig was operational? Complete Bullsh*t!!! Big polotics & Big Oil. Its been around for years. Get off Obamas back!!! Just a bunch of two faced hypocritical self rightous bas***ds!!!! BOYCOTT BP!!! Screw the independent station owners.(99% of them are Arabic) just lookin to make a buck!!!
Elmuertomonkeyje rkalert

Whitehall, PA

#7 May 27, 2010
Elmuertomonkey wrote:
Ignominious administration of gnomes and nimrods..
Let it to a suck-up like you to let big business off the hook and blame your easy target. Grow a pair and organize your baggers to start a homeland BP boycott. OR maybe not, you people just parade around and make spectacles of yourselves and proven you have no effect. It would take Americans with guts to do that. When you speak of nimrods, look in your mirror.
Lucretia

North Ridgeville, OH

#8 May 28, 2010
Bush prevents oil, gas drilling off Florida coast
Government to buy back leasing rights

WASHINGTON -- With his brother, Gov. Jeb Bush, looking on, President Bush sealed a deal Wednesday to prevent further oil and gas drilling off the white sand beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast and in the cypress swamps near the Everglades.

The unexpected announcement would require the federal government to repurchase $235 million worth of oil and gas leasing rights in the Destin Dome area, about 25 miles south of Pensacola, and in three wildlife areas including Big Cypress National Preserve.

Jeb Bush acknowledged that the Oval Office announcement would boost his re-election campaign in Florida, the swing state in the 2000 presidential election and a tourism mecca where polls show 75 percent oppose offshore drilling.

Afterward, the clearly buoyed governor spoke to Florida reporters on a car phone and was not at all flustered by a suggestion that his brother George W. Bush was only mining environmental votes in Florida and oil contributions in Alaska, where the presi
dent supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
"I disagree with that, but you know what?" Jeb Bush said. "I don't really care. How about that? I'm the governor of Florida and I am incredibly proud that this historic day has come."

President Bush said Wednesday's action "once again demonstrates that my administration will take seriously the views of local communities. The federal government should continue to work closely with states and local communities in solving issues that affect energy security, the economy and the environment."

Jeb Bush and Interior Secretary Gale Norton told reporters after a brief meeting with the president that the actions will help preserve the Florida Panhandle's pristine coastline.

"It just didn't seem right that 25 miles off that coast there would be the possibility of drilling, and today that possibility no longer exists," Bush said...

Sen. John Breaux, D-La., who has supported the president's efforts to open the Arctic refuge to drilling, said, "Once again politics is deciding energy policy.... Surely the administration that supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should find a way to drill in the Gulf of Mexico, where we have been successfully drilling for the past 60 years."

Florida lawmakers and environmentalists quickly hailed the agreements -- particularly the one affecting Destin Dome, where the state and a consortium of oil companies have been locked in a lengthy dispute over offshore drilling.

Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., said the agreements were "a welcome step for keeping both Florida's economy and environment healthy." But Graham noted that "there are 99 other leases in the Eastern Gulf that remain a threat. This is a step in the right direction, but today's developments should be a starting point to permanently end future drilling off Florida's Gulf Coast."

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., echoed Graham's concerns about the remaining leases and questioned the $115 million cost of the Destin Dome settlement.

Graham and Nelson had introduced a bill that would allocate $90 million to repurchase all outstanding leases in the Eastern Gulf.

President Bush's administration has been pushing to expand oil and gas exploration nationwide, but Wednesday's action led environmentalists to urge him to apply his new Florida position in other parts of the country.

The Natural Resources Defense Council urged the president to follow a similar course in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, off the California coast, and in areas of the West.

"The administration should abandon its `drain America first' energy strategy favored by industry for a sensible policy emphasizing conservation and clean energy sources that will benefit all Americans," said Lisa Speer, NRDC senior policy analyst.

http://www.spokesmanreview.com/news-story.asp...

For Bush/Cheney this was politics as usual.
Oily The Pelican

Raleigh, NC

#9 May 30, 2010
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Tpo Kill FAILS.
Que

Bethlehem, PA

#10 May 30, 2010
Grizzly319 wrote:
To blame this on Obama is Ludicrous. This was a disaster waiting to happen for years. The contengency plans were never tried in 5000ft of water. Why not? BP claims to have all these so called plans. Well? 37 days as of this post.**** didnt you already have these so called plans ready the day the rig was operational? Complete Bullsh*t!!! Big polotics & Big Oil. Its been around for years. Get off Obamas back!!! Just a bunch of two faced hypocritical self rightous bas***ds!!!! BOYCOTT BP!!! Screw the independent station owners.(99% of them are Arabic) just lookin to make a buck!!!
Obama nor Bush had anything to do with it.

Regardless of the cause it's a mess with years of cleanup.

And regardless of the means to the end, if we don't drill offshore, India and China will go in international waters off of our coasts and do so.

A chinese rig is only 50 miles away from the Deepwater Horizons site.

So save your politicking.
Lucretia

North Ridgeville, OH

#11 May 30, 2010
Que, Bush I and Bush II policies had a lot to do with this eco-fiasco. How to solve it is our problem.

Our Fix-It Faith and the Oil Spill
By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
“IF we’ve learned anything so far about the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, it is that it contains surprises. And that means an operator needs depth — depth in terms of resources and expertise — to create the capability to respond to the unexpected.”

These prophetic words came from a 2005 presentation by David Eyton, who was then vice president for BP’s deepwater developments in the Gulf of Mexico. Reprinted that year in a journal of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the speech acknowledged that oil companies “did somewhat underestimate the full nature of the challenges we were taking on in the deep waters of the gulf.”

Still, Mr. Eyton expressed buoyant optimism that BP’s risk management expertise, as well as its new technologies, would play a “critical role” in allowing the company to triumph over nature’s daunting obstacles.

As the world now knows, it did not turn out that way.

...“Americans have a lot of faith that over the long run technology will solve everything, a sense that somehow we’re going to find a way to fix it,” said Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. He said Pew polling in 1999 — before the September 2001 terror attacks — found that 64 percent of Americans pessimistically believed that a terrorist attack on the United States probably or definitely would happen. But they were naïvely optimistic about the fruits of technology: 81 percent said there would be a cure for cancer, 76 percent said we would put men on Mars.

...Many experts in the field of undersea oil exploration believe that technology can also resolve the risks of operating tens of thousands of feet under the seabed, despite BP’s current problems.

“We’re pushing the envelope, but I personally believe that the technology, in terms of equipment and processes, will be able to keep up with what we’re doing — though this experience may slow things down,” said Stefan Mrozewski, a senior staff associate at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, whose research involves projects like drilling boreholes in deep water to study chemicals under the seafloor.

...Still, as he watched a live feed of drilling mud being pumped into the leaking well on the seabed, he acknowledged that the science of repair and cleanup seemed lacking.“My impression is that we were unprepared for this,” he said.“There were not a lot of good technologies and techniques ready.”

William Jackson, deputy director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Gland, Switzerland, said abstract devotion was misguided:“At this time in history we have great faith in having the technological ability to solve problems, and that faith has proved incorrect in this place.”

...In his 2005 talk, Mr. Eyton, now BP’s group head of research and technology, was not so cavalier, discussing the need for vigilant risk management.

“We find ourselves designing floating systems for 10,000 feet of water depth before the lessons of working in 6,000 feet have been fully identified...“We know the premium associated with hardware reliability is high, but at this stage, operators still have a limited failure database for forecasting the required levels of intervention in ever-deeper and more remote environments...Technology, he added,“becomes both an enabler, while at the same time being itself a source of risk.”

history. As Richard Feynman, the physicist, once observed,“For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.” Sometimes ingenuity may not help us..."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/30/weekinrevie...
Yup

New Palestine, IN

#15 May 31, 2010
Wow. That didn't work out, ey?
So now they're going to drill a relief well that'll be finished in August?
Isn't that, like, three months away? Okay, so lemme do some math here. Hmmm...
200,000 gallons of crude oil per day, times 120 days... and hurricane season is upon us in 2 days time. Minus NO MONEY for cleaning it up cuz BHO already blew his wad, plus the (possibly up to) 6 million gallons already in the ocean and on the beaches...

Yup....we're fucked.

“Buddies”

Since: Dec 09

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#16 May 31, 2010
Yup wrote:
Wow. That didn't work out, ey?
So now they're going to drill a relief well that'll be finished in August?
Isn't that, like, three months away? Okay, so lemme do some math here. Hmmm...
200,000 gallons of crude oil per day, times 120 days... and hurricane season is upon us in 2 days time. Minus NO MONEY for cleaning it up cuz BHO already blew his wad, plus the (possibly up to) 6 million gallons already in the ocean and on the beaches...
Yup....we're ****.
EXACTLY ! We can't do better than this ? I just hope this does not ruin all of our East coast shores yet.
This is a disgrace.
Un-United States

Tampa, FL

#17 May 31, 2010
You're hanging on to a cluster fluck of a nation divided by politics.
obama has put the last nail in the coffin.

America is defeated and the whole world knows it.
stayingput

Allentown, PA

#18 May 31, 2010
Un-United States wrote:
You're hanging on to a cluster fluck of a nation divided by politics.
obama has put the last nail in the coffin.
America is defeated and the whole world knows it.


Quitters like you are expendable. Leave.

“Buddies”

Since: Dec 09

Location hidden

#19 May 31, 2010
Un-United States wrote:
You're hanging on to a cluster fluck of a nation divided by politics.
obama has put the last nail in the coffin.
America is defeated and the whole world knows it.
Never give up hope, OUR FOREFATHERS AND CURRENT DAY SOLDIERS DID NOT DIE FOR NOTHING.
Lucretia

North Ridgeville, OH

#20 May 31, 2010
Yup wrote:
Wow. That didn't work out, ey?
So now they're going to drill a relief well that'll be finished in August?
Isn't that, like, three months away? Okay, so lemme do some math here. Hmmm...
200,000 gallons of crude oil per day, times 120 days... and hurricane season is upon us in 2 days time. Minus NO MONEY for cleaning it up cuz BHO already blew his wad, plus the (possibly up to) 6 million gallons already in the ocean and on the beaches...
Yup....we're fucked.
While B-P's ineptitude in fixing their mess, all those Big Oil types who have invested heavily in B-P are seeing their investments go down the tube with the mud and sea water.

That other oil companies have not stepped forward to join in to help close up this leak, tells me none of think it is possible and to join in would open them up for law suits if what they recommend or attempts fails.

So, much for the patriotism and saving the evnironment and the livelihoods of the Gulf states who have bent over backwards (Just ask Jindal) to support big oil's drilling in the deep waters of the Gulf.

And, who is noticeably absent from any discussion on how to solve the B-P leak? Why Mr. DICK Cheney, of course. Seems someone should ask him if all those energy and drilling policies and regulations he and Big Oil wrote in 2001 through January 19, of 2009 are working out they way they planned it?

“Buddies”

Since: Dec 09

Location hidden

#21 May 31, 2010
Looks to me NO ONE WANTS TO GET INVOLVED, except the people directly effected by this. Eventually everyone will be affected by this. Seafood prices, gas prices, fisherman industry, job loss, most of all A POLLUTED OCEAN THAT COULD POSSIBLY TAKE YEARS TO CLEAR, OR WORST YET NEVER RECOVER.

I wish it was MANDATORY that everyone possible get involed with this cleanup. Let's get all the brilliant minds together and invent some type of device to clean this up. We went to the moon, next Mars. We should be able to clean up this Oil Spill.

Let's get fund drives going like the Live Aid Concert for example. This oil could seep in all ocean waters all over the world, everyone world wide may become affected, who knows where this spill will take us. This is new territorY, the worst spill in history, LET'S START TREATING IT THIS WAY !!!
Sue zanet

Reading, PA

#22 May 31, 2010
Looks to me NO ONE WANTS TO GET INVOLVED, except the people directly effected by this. Eventually everyone will be affected by this. Seafood prices, gas prices, fisherman industry, job loss, most of all A POLLUTED OCEAN THAT COULD POSSIBLY TAKE YEARS TO CLEAR, OR WORST YET NEVER RECOVER.

I'm fat wish it was MANDATORY that everyone fat get involed with this cleanup. Let's get all I'm fat the brilliant minds together and invent some type of device to clean I'm fat this up. We went to the moon, I'm fat next Mars. We should be able to clean up this Oil Spill.

Let's get I'm fat fund drives going like the Live Aid Concert for example. This I'm fat oil could seep in all I'm fat ocean waters all over the world, everyone world I'm fat wide may become affected, who I'm fat knows where this spill will take us. This is new territorY, the worst spill in history, LET'S START TREATING IM SO FAT IT THIS WAY !!!
Reds

Clinton, NY

#23 May 31, 2010
Relax, it will all come out in the wash,I promise
Omerta

Houston, TX

#24 May 31, 2010
If BP had capped the oil leak quickly.....then they would have to get new authorization to build another platform to recoup the oil field. In this political climate they knew they would not have gotten that from the Obama administration. As you see already there is a moratorium on new drilling. So sadly they are dragging their feet in stopping the oil leak so they can use the sprewing oil as an excuse to need to move another rig in to extract the oil. This way they bypass any attempts on the Obama administration to stop them from getting the oil.

“I'm not nuts. Just different”

Since: Mar 08

Cheswold, Delaware.

#25 May 31, 2010
Obama will go down in history as the father of Americas Dead Sea.

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