BP Hopes Tube Will Siphon Oil To Tanker

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Undersea robots were trying to thread a small tube into the jagged pipe that is pouring oil into the Gulf of Mexico in BP's latest attempt to cut down on the spill from a blown-out well that has pumped out more than 4 million gallons of crude. Full Story
Willard allentown pa

Allentown, PA

#1 May 14, 2010
BP is now trying to be limited to total liability of $27 million. Costs maybe could hit 1 $ billion BP should not have ANY contact whatsoever with any government official. They make billions annual
profit. They are the EPITOME of whats wrong with our corporate
america today. Even if BP is allowed to go down, their market share
would only be absorbed by other domestic producers. If I were PRESIDENT of this once great country I would push for 100 % independence
from foreign oil in 5 yrs. It can be done with renewable resources NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT. Brazil did it with their sugar cane.
We could do it now with plant algae and or hydrogen and be the major supplier for the technology with rest of free world. MR OBAMA: I hereby CHALLENGE you to do what the hell you should be doing with this energy problem.
John

Conshohocken, PA

#2 May 14, 2010
Three new studies have come out from view the video that BP has show. Their calculations are show that anywhere from 29,000 barrels to 75,000 barrells of oil are being released a day. Thats anywhere from1,595,000 gallons to 4,125,000 gallons a day.

BP calculations are based on whats on the surface of the water not underneath or what has been dispensed by chemicals.
mark led

Pearland, TX

#3 May 14, 2010
It's Transocean not BP that is trying to limit it's liability to $27M - the value of the drill ship/drilling rig classified as a sunken ship. After Exxon Vadez, laws were passed to limit oil companies to $75M. BP has clearly stated that they will pay full cleanup cost. What BP wants to avoid is paying every unemployed red neck within 500 miles of the coast now claiming to be a now unemployed fisherman.
larry allentown pa

Allentown, PA

#4 May 14, 2010
mark led wrote:
It's Transocean not BP that is trying to limit it's liability to $27M - the value of the drill ship/drilling rig classified as a sunken ship. After Exxon Vadez, laws were passed to limit oil companies to $75M. BP has clearly stated that they will pay full cleanup cost. What BP wants to avoid is paying every unemployed red neck within 500 miles of the coast now claiming to be a now unemployed fisherman.
GOOD POINT
Uncle Fred

Hillsborough, NJ

#5 May 14, 2010
If I remember correctly I think BP was a huge Obama 08 contributer.....Might want to check this out....
John

Conshohocken, PA

#6 May 14, 2010
Uncle Fred wrote:
If I remember correctly I think BP was a huge Obama 08 contributer.....Might want to check this out....
Yep $73,000. They also donated closed to that to McCain.
Whamo

Bangor, PA

#7 May 14, 2010
Fred you are a tool

The Tillman Act 1907
No corporation can contribute to Federal Candidates
Employees and thier spouses bundle contributions
and are not considered from the companies themselves

Heres the list read it and weep
I'm tired of correcting you morons thats why I don't come in here
But please don't stop on my account
I'm sure the educated people of your families
SNICKER behind your backs at the dinner table

McCain

AS YOU WERE

Connections In Congress May Aid BP Lobby Effort
By Paul Blumenthal on 05/04/10 @ 12:42 pm | 2 Comments
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is quickly becoming a serious ecological disaster. At the same time, the event has become a political hot potato as the various parties involved attempt to protect themselves from blame. British Petroleum (BP), the owners of the oil lease site where the sunken rig was drilling, is gearing up their lobbying team to present their case to congressional investigators. Thanks to their long-established connections, they may find some in Congress who are willing to listen.

The Center for Responsive Politics ranks BP as one of the top donors to political campaigns over the twenty years having given in excess of $6 million to congressional and presidential campaigns. The ten biggest recipients of BP contributions still in Congress are Rep. Don Young ($73,300), Sen. John McCain ($44,899), Sen. George Voinovich ($41,400), Rep. John Dingell ($31,000), Sen. Mary Landrieu ($28,200), Rep. Joe Barton ($27,350), Sen. Jim Inhofe ($22,300), Sen. Mitch McConnell ($22,000), Rep. John Culberson ($20,950) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison ($19,500).

BP has focused a good portion of their campaign contributions on the House Committee on Energy & Commerce. The committee is scheduled to begin hearings on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Wednesday. Since 1989, BP has contributed a total of $195,550 to the current 51 members of the committee. Rep. Barton is the ranking member of the committee. Rep. Dingell is chairman emeritus and was recently deposed as chairman by Rep. Henry Waxman. Other top recipients include Rep. Ralph Hall ($14,500), Rep. Fred Upton ($13,100) and Rep. Roy Blunt ($12,500).

While BP made investments in Congress with their wide reach of contributions, some lawmakers made investments in BP. At least 17 lawmakers reported holding stock in BP in their most recent personal financial disclosure filings. Rep. James Sensenbrenner holds the largest amount of stock in BP with a value between $100,001 and $250,000. One member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, Rep. Upton, also holds stock in BP valued between $16,002 and $65,000.

The lobbying team assembled by BP also provides the company with reach into both Congress and executive branch. Twenty-five of the thirty-seven lobbyists listed in 2010 first quarter lobbying disclosures as being hired by BP have previous government experience. This includes two former top aides to Sen. Landrieu, a former aide to the Energy & Commerce Committee, former congressman Jim Turner and 15 others with congressional experience.

The former Energy & Commerce Committee staffer, Courtney Johnson, was listed as the host for two fundraisers over last year, according to the Party Time database. One was for Rep. Dingell, the former Energy & Commerce chairman. The other was for the political action committee of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a lawmaker close to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Prolific Democratic fundraiser Tony Podesta is listed as a lobbyist for BP. Podesta is listed as hosting eighteen fundraisers since the beginning of the 111th Congress.

Other congressman who have had held fundraisers hosted by lobbyists hired by BP since the beginning of 2009 include Rep. Walt Minnick, Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (twice), Rep. Barbara Lee, Sen. John Thune, Rep. Kay Granger, Sen. Richard Burr, Rep. Glenn Nye (twice) and Rep. Dennis Moore.
Whamo

Bangor, PA

#8 May 14, 2010
Fred you are a tool

1907 Tillman Act
prohibits contributions from the companies directly to federal candidates
PACS yes
Husband and wife workers bundle their contributions to candidates

I'm tired of coming in here and correcting you morons
I know the educated members of your families
SNICKER behind your backs at the dinner table
Don't stop on my account
continue with your uninformed POV

CARRY ON

Connections In Congress May Aid BP Lobby Effort
By Paul Blumenthal on 05/04/10 @ 12:42 pm | 2 Comments
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is quickly becoming a serious ecological disaster. At the same time, the event has become a political hot potato as the various parties involved attempt to protect themselves from blame. British Petroleum (BP), the owners of the oil lease site where the sunken rig was drilling, is gearing up their lobbying team to present their case to congressional investigators. Thanks to their long-established connections, they may find some in Congress who are willing to listen.

The Center for Responsive Politics ranks BP as one of the top donors to political campaigns over the twenty years having given in excess of $6 million to congressional and presidential campaigns. The ten biggest recipients of BP contributions still in Congress are Rep. Don Young ($73,300), Sen. John McCain ($44,899), Sen. George Voinovich ($41,400), Rep. John Dingell ($31,000), Sen. Mary Landrieu ($28,200), Rep. Joe Barton ($27,350), Sen. Jim Inhofe ($22,300), Sen. Mitch McConnell ($22,000), Rep. John Culberson ($20,950) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison ($19,500).

BP has focused a good portion of their campaign contributions on the House Committee on Energy & Commerce. The committee is scheduled to begin hearings on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Wednesday. Since 1989, BP has contributed a total of $195,550 to the current 51 members of the committee. Rep. Barton is the ranking member of the committee. Rep. Dingell is chairman emeritus and was recently deposed as chairman by Rep. Henry Waxman. Other top recipients include Rep. Ralph Hall ($14,500), Rep. Fred Upton ($13,100) and Rep. Roy Blunt ($12,500).

While BP made investments in Congress with their wide reach of contributions, some lawmakers made investments in BP. At least 17 lawmakers reported holding stock in BP in their most recent personal financial disclosure filings. Rep. James Sensenbrenner holds the largest amount of stock in BP with a value between $100,001 and $250,000. One member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, Rep. Upton, also holds stock in BP valued between $16,002 and $65,000.

The lobbying team assembled by BP also provides the company with reach into both Congress and executive branch. Twenty-five of the thirty-seven lobbyists listed in 2010 first quarter lobbying disclosures as being hired by BP have previous government experience. This includes two former top aides to Sen. Landrieu, a former aide to the Energy & Commerce Committee, former congressman Jim Turner and 15 others with congressional experience.

The former Energy & Commerce Committee staffer, Courtney Johnson, was listed as the host for two fundraisers over last year, according to the Party Time database. One was for Rep. Dingell, the former Energy & Commerce chairman. The other was for the political action committee of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a lawmaker close to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Prolific Democratic fundraiser Tony Podesta is listed as a lobbyist for BP. Podesta is listed as hosting eighteen fundraisers since the beginning of the 111th Congress.

Other congressman who have had held fundraisers hosted by lobbyists hired by BP since the beginning of 2009 include Rep. Walt Minnick, Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (twice), Rep. Barbara Lee, Sen. John Thune, Rep. Kay Granger, Sen. Richard Burr, Rep. Glenn Nye (twice) and Rep. Dennis Moore.

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