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BP oil rig protection 'fail-safe'? Hardly

There are 23 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 12, 2010, titled BP oil rig protection 'fail-safe'? Hardly. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

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Sloganeering

Minneapolis, MN

#1 May 12, 2010
Haliburton. BP. TransOcean. The American Petroleum Institute. All full of assurances that deep water drilling is failsafe. Combine that with the Republicans who believe anything Big Business tells them and what have we got??? The Exxon Valdez and the Gulf Oil oil spill. Strange.....has anyone seen enthusiastic Republican boosters waving those "Drill Baby Drill" signs lately? Why aren't we hearing John McCain, Sarah Palin, and other Free Marketeers promoting open coastal drilling? Does this mean that we shouldn't make complex technological decisions or seek short term energy solutions using quick and splashy slogans??
blackpiss

UK

#2 May 13, 2010
BP are shite! close them down!
What

Farmington, MN

#3 May 13, 2010
Sloganeering wrote:
Haliburton. BP. TransOcean. The American Petroleum Institute. All full of assurances that deep water drilling is failsafe. Combine that with the Republicans who believe anything Big Business tells them and what have we got??? The Exxon Valdez and the Gulf Oil oil spill. Strange.....has anyone seen enthusiastic Republican boosters waving those "Drill Baby Drill" signs lately? Why aren't we hearing John McCain, Sarah Palin, and other Free Marketeers promoting open coastal drilling? Does this mean that we shouldn't make complex technological decisions or seek short term energy solutions using quick and splashy slogans??
Do you actually believe the drivel you posted? You do know that EVERYTHING you do every day is possible because of oil.
Drill Baby Drill!
senior person

UK

#5 May 13, 2010
What wrote:
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Do you actually believe the drivel you posted? You do know that EVERYTHING you do every day is possible because of oil.
Drill Baby Drill!
yes! but we'ed rather Shell got the oil for us! BP are dangerous incompetent idiots! thats indisputable proven! Fact!
Not YO Mama

Union, MO

#6 May 13, 2010
Sloganeering wrote:
Haliburton. BP. TransOcean. The American Petroleum Institute. All full of assurances that deep water drilling is failsafe. Combine that with the Republicans who believe anything Big Business tells them and what have we got??? The Exxon Valdez and the Gulf Oil oil spill. Strange.....has anyone seen enthusiastic Republican boosters waving those "Drill Baby Drill" signs lately? Why aren't we hearing John McCain, Sarah Palin, and other Free Marketeers promoting open coastal drilling? Does this mean that we shouldn't make complex technological decisions or seek short term energy solutions using quick and splashy slogans??
DRILL BABY DRILL BABY DRILL BABY. Now does that sum up my position? You bet, we need to drill and drill some more. WE need to do so immediately to get OUR OWN oil to market. Build bigger and more refineries to handle the new oil. Become self sufficient. Reduce regulations that put oil rigs 50 miles off the coast and drill one mile down. How safe is that? Pretty safe I would say if there are over 4000 oil rigs operating for over 30 years with just ONE accident. You state the Exxon Valdez, horrible accident, and the oil rig blowing up, horrible as well. But two accidents in almost 32 years does NOT mean we give up, don't drill and or explore energy self sufficiency. It would ridiculous to NOT understand that China will be drilling between Cuba and the US in those very same waters out there. Who do you think should be better at drilling, China? or the BP folks? I'm hoping you say BP, with a nearly perfect safety record. Accidents will happen.
And by the way as horrible as this mess is, last night the meteorologist who forecasts hurricanes says we may have up to 18 hurricanes in the gulf. He stated that as bad as the oil is the hurricanes will help distribute and disperse a lot of this AND the bacteria that attack oil will be able to do what it does, eat it.
Using your logic we should NOT allow airlines to fly due to accidents they have? Sorry but as bad as this accident is, we should NOT just dump our ability to DRILL BABY DRILL. In fact, if we go green all manufacturing jobs will go overseas, our energy costs will skyrocket and then you will do what? Live off sunlight and the wind? Duh.
senior person

UK

#7 May 13, 2010
BP spill baby spill bunch of fossers!
senior person

UK

#8 May 13, 2010
world cars will soon be electric and an our polymers are not oil dependant; so go out of business you bunch of degenerate fossels! we use sunflower oil and synthetic oil and floating magnetic bearing! and nano engineering graphene and nano graphites and titanium nano spheres; natural oils and gas are on the way out and investors know it! super nano insulationwill be out soon! so gas companies we will not need you!
gwisahoax

Minneapolis, MN

#9 May 13, 2010
Sloganeering wrote:
Haliburton. BP. TransOcean. The American Petroleum Institute. All full of assurances that deep water drilling is failsafe. Combine that with the Republicans who believe anything Big Business tells them and what have we got??? The Exxon Valdez and the Gulf Oil oil spill. Strange.....has anyone seen enthusiastic Republican boosters waving those "Drill Baby Drill" signs lately? Why aren't we hearing John McCain, Sarah Palin, and other Free Marketeers promoting open coastal drilling? Does this mean that we shouldn't make complex technological decisions or seek short term energy solutions using quick and splashy slogans??
Except for Toyota. Dem's are giving them a free pass on their FAIL SAFE electronics problem.
painterman

Baldwin, WI

#10 May 13, 2010
Seems almost "charachature like" to create an "oil shortage" of such gigantic proportions, with such disasterous results on the ecology, etc . It shouldn't be a far stretch of your imagination to believe such a thing "can happen".Its real apparent .....there is TOOOOOOOOOO much oil being produced, there has to be a way to create an "accident " where millions of gallons are made totally useless. I think we found a way!!!!!!!!!! C'mon people ! There is NOOO WAY such a disaster could E V E R happen. You're drilling O I L in the middle of W A T E R!!!!!!!! I learned in grade school about the fact they didn't mix well together. How about fining bp hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars?? Oh, I almost forgot about the guvment and big oil sleeping together. NEVER MIND !!!!!!
Error America

Saint Paul, MN

#12 May 13, 2010
senior person wrote:
world cars will soon be electric and an our polymers are not oil dependant; so go out of business you bunch of degenerate fossels! we use sunflower oil and synthetic oil and floating magnetic bearing! and nano engineering graphene and nano graphites and titanium nano spheres; natural oils and gas are on the way out and investors know it! super nano insulationwill be out soon! so gas companies we will not need you!
Yeah and we all know that electric cars run on electricity produced by..........well ah yeah, ah, you mean like coal? oil? gas? Oh..... that's where we get electricity from. OK, now I get it. Thanks, dorkhead
Keep On Drillin

Saint Paul, MN

#13 May 13, 2010
painterman wrote:
Seems almost "charachature like" to create an "oil shortage" of such gigantic proportions, with such disasterous results on the ecology, etc . It shouldn't be a far stretch of your imagination to believe such a thing "can happen".Its real apparent .....there is TOOOOOOOOOO much oil being produced, there has to be a way to create an "accident " where millions of gallons are made totally useless. I think we found a way!!!!!!!!!! C'mon people ! There is NOOO WAY such a disaster could E V E R happen. You're drilling O I L in the middle of W A T E R!!!!!!!! I learned in grade school about the fact they didn't mix well together. How about fining bp hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars?? Oh, I almost forgot about the guvment and big oil sleeping together. NEVER MIND !!!!!!
Biggest recipient of BP oil money in DC? Can you say O B A M A??????? Gee, that may explain why the regulations for offshore oil drilling were relaxed in 2006?????
But we still need oil, gas and coal. Let's do something like drill in Alaska and let the moose, bear and elk know that the two square miles of space needed is off limits. There that should work.
The real - NICE

Saint Paul, MN

#14 May 13, 2010
Sloganeering wrote:
Haliburton. BP. TransOcean. The American Petroleum Institute. All full of assurances that deep water drilling is failsafe. Combine that with the Republicans who believe anything Big Business tells them and what have we got??? The Exxon Valdez and the Gulf Oil oil spill. Strange.....has anyone seen enthusiastic Republican boosters waving those "Drill Baby Drill" signs lately? Why aren't we hearing John McCain, Sarah Palin, and other Free Marketeers promoting open coastal drilling? Does this mean that we shouldn't make complex technological decisions or seek short term energy solutions using quick and splashy slogans??
This is exactly what the extreme environmentalists want to see...huge outrage so that no drilling ever start.....Hum....what actually caused the rig to explode? Does anyone know?
Common Sense

Lakeland, FL

#15 May 13, 2010
Keep On Drillin wrote:
<quoted text>Biggest recipient of BP oil money in DC? Can you say O B A M A??????? Gee, that may explain why the regulations for offshore oil drilling were relaxed in 2006?????
But we still need oil, gas and coal. Let's do something like drill in Alaska and let the moose, bear and elk know that the two square miles of space needed is off limits. There that should work.
I guess you are not aware that Obama was not president in 2006 and that Bush is an OIL man and Cheney was CEO of HALLIBURTON, the company that messed up the concrete pour and both of them relaxed the regulations making it not mandatory for BP to buy the fail remote shut off for this exact reason.

It is incredibly sad that you on the right refuse to place blame on the correct parties in this mess as in BP, TransOcean and Halliburton. All you want to do is blame Obama for everything.

I just can't get my head around how you all can ignore the parties ACTUALLY responsible and instead blame Obama because he took donations from BP four years ago?

I guess that is why Obama is talking about rethinking off shore drilling while all the "drill baby drill" Republican crowd is deathly SILENT right now.

Your logic is non existent.
freebird

Mansfield, TX

#16 May 13, 2010
The real - NICE wrote:
<quoted text>
This is exactly what the extreme environmentalists want to see...huge outrage so that no drilling ever start.....Hum....what actually caused the rig to explode? Does anyone know?
BLOWOUT THERE EINSTEIN!
Common Sense

Lakeland, FL

#17 May 13, 2010
The real - NICE wrote:
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This is exactly what the extreme environmentalists want to see...huge outrage so that no drilling ever start.....Hum....what actually caused the rig to explode? Does anyone know?
Non regulation of the oil industry perpetrated by the previous administration. You know Bush? THE OIL GUY?

Bottom line is BP, Halliburton and Transocean are solely responsible. Not some crap spewed by Rush Limbaugh blaming Obama for the spill because he didn't think Obama spoke enough about it fast enough.

You all cry about wanting Washington to be held accountable, well why don't any of you get up in arms about these three corporations going in front of Congress the other day and pointing fingers at each other.

I don't care about what regulations were in place, I care that safety should ALWAYS be the number one concern and these companies hid behind "We weren't required to buy something so therefore it isn't our fault."

So to all you DRILL BABY DRILL people, make sure you advocate for more drilling when you are paying $5 a gallon for the next decade so BP can make their lost revenue back off of their blatant disregard for the safety and welfare of their own employees and the surrounding areas.
Common Sense

Lakeland, FL

#18 May 13, 2010
Not YO Mama wrote:
<quoted text>DRILL BABY DRILL BABY DRILL BABY. Now does that sum up my position? You bet, we need to drill and drill some more. WE need to do so immediately to get OUR OWN oil to market. Build bigger and more refineries to handle the new oil. Become self sufficient. Reduce regulations that put oil rigs 50 miles off the coast and drill one mile down. How safe is that? Pretty safe I would say if there are over 4000 oil rigs operating for over 30 years with just ONE accident. You state the Exxon Valdez, horrible accident, and the oil rig blowing up, horrible as well. But two accidents in almost 32 years does NOT mean we give up, don't drill and or explore energy self sufficiency. It would ridiculous to NOT understand that China will be drilling between Cuba and the US in those very same waters out there. Who do you think should be better at drilling, China? or the BP folks? I'm hoping you say BP, with a nearly perfect safety record. Accidents will happen.
And by the way as horrible as this mess is, last night the meteorologist who forecasts hurricanes says we may have up to 18 hurricanes in the gulf. He stated that as bad as the oil is the hurricanes will help distribute and disperse a lot of this AND the bacteria that attack oil will be able to do what it does, eat it.
Using your logic we should NOT allow airlines to fly due to accidents they have? Sorry but as bad as this accident is, we should NOT just dump our ability to DRILL BABY DRILL. In fact, if we go green all manufacturing jobs will go overseas, our energy costs will skyrocket and then you will do what? Live off sunlight and the wind? Duh.
Hey Sara Palin...Apparently you aren't aware of the fact that we only have about 3% of the world's oil reserves in America even if we tap every one and we consume 25% of the world's oil. Now you may not have made it out of high school but I do believe you can see that even at max capacity we are still short a little oil for what we consume.

Drilling more is not the answer, finding a more sustainable energy source for the future would be the logical progression in the world. But until ignorance, greed and power are a thing of the past, we should at the very least concentrate on mandating safety regulations on all drill rigs to prevent this from happening again.

BP could have avoided this whole thing by putting in a drop in the bucket investment of $500,000 which they have to do everywhere else in the world when they drill that deep so why is it that this same safety regulation mandated in other countries is not required here?

I don't like the oil industry because they falsely manipulate the market by skewing the idea of supply and demand. You ever wonder why every holiday we have in this country we must pay more at the pump? When the supply is high and the demand is high the price should go down but it never does.

Pay attention, right before July 4 there will be some down played announcement that OPEC will cut production deliberately cutting the supply so when the demand goes up for the holiday they can justify raising prices.

But make sure you are all out there advocating for these oil companies when we are stuck paying $5 a gallon at the pump for the next decade so BP can make back that lost revenue that is destroying hundreds of thousands of people's lives. You don't actually think BP is going to pay for this do you?

My problem is not drilling for oil, it is the practices of the industry as in neglecting safety, manipulating the market and not being real men and owning up to mistakes that are clearly theirs.
Pete Wendell

Saint Paul, MN

#20 May 13, 2010
Sorry, but there's risk involved in the equation here, and I don't want to live in a society where everything is off the table because something might go bad.

Blame BP, and blame the government for poor monitoring (big shock). Wasn't BP also the company that let their Alaskan pipeline erode and then cause a price spike as they shut it down to fix it?
Which Ones Pink

Prior Lake, MN

#21 May 13, 2010
I always thought BP stood for Biggest Price. Turns out it also stands for Bogus Pipes. Hope they get sued to extinction.
debby

Weatherford, TX

#22 May 13, 2010
frankly i think gas/oil needs to be rationed and you lazy asses need to walk to work.
senior person

UK

#23 May 13, 2010
its almost like BP exsecutives are having a laugh like school boys isn't it! these guy's need very heavy fine leveying against their salaries and if they dont act more responsibly a jail term will be the order of the day! shortly! these guys are on 6 figure salaries! i would not let them mak a childs push-pull go-kart-buggy! the chairman of BP must be held responsible as well and fined 10 million pounds! because he clearly is not fulfilling his duties as a person of high responsibility!

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