Gulf spill surpasses Valdez; plug try...

Gulf spill surpasses Valdez; plug try going well

There are 76 comments on the The Topeka Capital-Journal story from May 27, 2010, titled Gulf spill surpasses Valdez; plug try going well. In it, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that:

An untested procedure to plug the blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico seemed to be working, officials said Thursday, but new estimates showed the spill has already surpassed the Exxon Valdez as the worst in U.S. history.

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Lance Winslow

United States

#1 May 27, 2010
Everyone wanted to see the top kill work. Hope it holds. Thank God the spill was kept down to a few million gallons.

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Since: Apr 07

Wake Forest, NC

#12 May 27, 2010
Thanks for the Spill Obama.

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Since: Apr 07

Wake Forest, NC

#13 May 27, 2010
Thanks for Cutting Oil Rig Inspections by 1000's Obama.

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Since: Apr 07

Wake Forest, NC

#15 May 27, 2010
Thanks for Allowing the Horizon to Drill this well without proper permits and Environmental Impact reports Obama.

Amazing how a little BP cash sprinkled into your hand can get things done!

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Since: Apr 07

Wake Forest, NC

#16 May 27, 2010
Thanks for showing how important this was to you by having an hour interview with Marv Albert to talk B-Ball Hoops and ask Lebron James to come to the Chicago Bulls as a free agent.... BEFORE having an interview with regular reporters about this spill.

You suck Obama.

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Since: Apr 07

Wake Forest, NC

#17 May 27, 2010
Thanks for being totally unprepared with the Emergency Spill Plan Obama. I know you were working on your golf game.

It would have been nice if you would have bought the Fire Booms to burn the oil though.
I guess you still don''t have them, not that it would matter anymore since you sunk the oil!

FORE!!!!!!!!!!

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Since: Apr 07

Wake Forest, NC

#22 May 27, 2010
When Obama died, George Washington met him at the Pearly Gates. He slapped him across the face and yelled, "How dare you try to destroy the Nation I helped conceive?"

Patrick Henry approached, punched him in the nose and shouted, "You wanted to end our liberties but you failed."

James Madison followed, kicked him in the groin and said, "This is why I allowed our government to provide for the common defense!"

Thomas Jefferson was next, beat Obama with a long cane and snarled, "It was evil men like you who inspired me to write the Declaration of Independence."

The beatings and thrashings continued as George Mason, James Monroe and 66 other early Americans unleashed their anger on the radical, socialist, leader.

As Obama lay bleeding and in pain, an Angel appeared. Obama wept and said, "This is not what you promised me."

The Angel replied, "I told you there would be 72 VIRGINIANS waiting for you in Heaven. What did you think I said?"....."You really need to listen when someone is trying to tell you something!"

“Love of $ is the Root of Evil”

Since: Sep 08

Gotham City

#26 May 27, 2010
Do people realize that the company that was contracted to seal up the well was HALIBURTON!?!?!?!?

Dick Cheney and the Republican party are to blame for this!!!

Not only did the Bush Administration remove the requirement for an auto-shut off valve... but the ex-VP's own company caused the disaster!!!!!

“Love of $ is the Root of Evil”

Since: Sep 08

Gotham City

#27 May 27, 2010
The laughing liberal wrote:
When Obama died, George Washington met him at the Pearly Gates. He slapped him across the face and yelled, "How dare you try to destroy the Nation I helped conceive?"
Patrick Henry approached, punched him in the nose and shouted, "You wanted to end our liberties but you failed."
James Madison followed, kicked him in the groin and said, "This is why I allowed our government to provide for the common defense!"
Thomas Jefferson was next, beat Obama with a long cane and snarled, "It was evil men like you who inspired me to write the Declaration of Independence."
The beatings and thrashings continued as George Mason, James Monroe and 66 other early Americans unleashed their anger on the radical, socialist, leader.
As Obama lay bleeding and in pain, an Angel appeared. Obama wept and said, "This is not what you promised me."
The Angel replied, "I told you there would be 72 VIRGINIANS waiting for you in Heaven. What did you think I said?"....."You really need to listen when someone is trying to tell you something!"
Your an idiot.

It was Haliburton who was ON SIGHT when the explosion occurred.

Helping to generate profits for BRITISH PETRO!!!!

You sold out the USA to greedy international bankers by supporting the conservative lie.

Haliburton is at fault here..... the idiots who blindly support them are just part of the problem, the real blame is with de-regulation and the multi-billionaires who profited from your ignorance.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Wake Forest, NC

#29 May 27, 2010
Danny_Livewire wrote:
Do people realize that the company that was contracted to seal up the well was HALIBURTON!?!?!?!?
Dick Cheney and the Republican party are to blame for this!!!
Not only did the Bush Administration remove the requirement for an auto-shut off valve... but the ex-VP's own company caused the disaster!!!!!
Obama gives KBR (Haliburton) a No-Bid Army Work

By Tony Capaccio
May 06, 2010,

May 6 (Bloomberg)-- KBR Inc. was selected for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011 for military support services in Iraq, the Army said.

The Army announced its decision yesterday only hours after the Justice Department said it will pursue a lawsuit accusing the Houston-based company of taking kickbacks from two subcontractors on Iraq-related work. The Army also awarded the work to KBR over objections from members of Congress, who have pushed the Pentagon to seek bids for further logistics contracts.

Odierno’s View

The view of General Ray Odierno, the U.S. military commander in Iraq, was crucial to the decision, Army Chief of Staff General George Casey told reporters today.

“Odierno said,‘I’ve got three million pieces of equipment I’ve got to get out of Iraq, I’ve got 100 or so bases to close, I’ve got to move 80,000-plus people out of here and you want me to change horses in the middle of the stream?’” Casey recounted.

Senate Objections

KBR’s no-bid work order drew criticism from two U.S. senators even before it was announced.

Senator Claire McCaskill, the Missouri Democrat who heads a subcommittee that oversees military contracting, and the panel’s ranking Republican, Susan Collins of Maine, wrote Defense Secretary Robert Gates on April 30 urging the Army against “continued reliance” on KBR in light of the Justice Department’s April lawsuit.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-05-06/k...
Ross

Fruitland Park, FL

#30 May 27, 2010
Danny_Livewire wrote:
Not only did the Bush Administration remove the requirement for an auto-shut off valve... but the ex-VP's own company caused the disaster!!!!!
Dream on you fing idiot.

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Since: Apr 07

Wake Forest, NC

#31 May 27, 2010
Danny_Livewire wrote:
<quoted text>
Your an idiot.
It was Haliburton who was ON SIGHT when the explosion occurred.
Helping to generate profits for BRITISH PETRO!!!!
You sold out the USA to greedy international bankers by supporting the conservative lie.
Haliburton is at fault here..... the idiots who blindly support them are just part of the problem, the real blame is with de-regulation and the multi-billionaires who profited from your ignorance.
I don't care if your mother was on the rig working as a wildcat.

It blew up and Obama CUT the Safety Inspection to that RIG and also allowed the Horizon to drill that well without a Permit or Environmental Plan!

Obama DEREGULATED THE Mandate MMS OIL RIG INSPECTIONS!!

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Since: Apr 07

Wake Forest, NC

#32 May 27, 2010
Danny_Livewire wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm lost.
~ BOMBSHELL!~ Obama Admin Justified Less Rig Inspections in MMS Budget!

May 18, 2010

After Obama’s much-ballyhooed triangulation around offshore drilling as a key component of his energy policy, the Deep Water Horizon had a Blowout killing 11 workers in the explosion that destroyed the rig.

A little know fact is that Obama's MMS established some new principles for safety inspection and appeared to be concerned more with risk assessment than covering every facility according to their "Budgetary Justification" report".

The most recent budget request from the Department of Interior states outright that “MMS focuses compliance efforts on those operators whose performance does not meet certain targets.”

~ BOMBSHELL!~

What this means is that they are focused on the facilities with the greatest risk. And to that end, MMS explained in its budget request that while it completed around 27,000 inspections in FY2009 (the last year of the Bush administration), it anticipated completing fewer inspections in both ‘10 and ‘11 – 22,000 and 23,000 respectively.

~ BOMBSHELL!~

And for that reason, it’s possible that TransOcean’s Deepwater Horizon may not have been on its radar screen.

For instance, according to TransOcean’s own internal magazine, Deepwater Horizon in the spring of 2009 reached its sixth year without a major safety problem or a ‘lost time incident.’ Which may mean that the TransOcean rig was not subject to the kind of scrutiny that other more troubled platforms received from MMS inspectors. It certainly didn’t sound like it was considered a ‘high-risk’ rig by anyone in the industry.

Meanwhile, paired with MMS’s new slimmed down approach to inspections was a brand new set of responsibilities for the agency – renewable energy development under the Obama administration’s commitment of to developing green energy. While modest resources were devoted to renewable energy before Obama came in, the President’s new people at MMS got $21 million for programs (with a small bump this year) that would “enable MMS to further identify and address any major challenges to issuing commercial leases for generation of renewable energy by increasing its visibility and accessibility to major stakeholders.” Basically, an agency focused on fossil fuel resources – you know,“minerals”– is now spending tens of millions of dollars to get into things like tidal or wind energy – sort of like the turbines approved to be built off Cape Cod earlier in the week.

This is a classic example of bureaucratic ‘mission creep’ where a new responsbility (and a bigger budget) is sought out by a government entity, while core responsibilities wither on the vine because they aren’t the hot new thing. An agency which may not have been doing a stupendous job in its main areas of concern decides to focus its attention on something cool and new, like green energy.

While I’m suggesting that the offshore drilling safety wasn’t a principal concern of anyone in the administration, it will be easy for others to blame ‘Big Oil’ for the disaster.

Marcus Baram at the Huffington Post did some deep digging into federal records and found that companies like BP, which leased the Deepwater Horizon from TransOcean, fought some proposed safety rules last year. But that doesn’t come as much of a surprise – opposing regulations is what American corporations do.

And it’s also not hard to imagine a good reason companies like BP would have for opposing new regulations: a lack of regulators to enforce them. But hey, if BP is looking for a tidal energy lease…

http://www.doi.gov/budget/2011/data/greenbook...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...

http://beaconmag.com/Archives/Archive_Spring0...

OBAMA IS A PIECE OF LYING FILTH!

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Since: Apr 07

Wake Forest, NC

#33 May 27, 2010
Danny_Livewire wrote:
<quoted text>
Your an idiot.
It was Haliburton who was ON SIGHT when the explosion occurred.
Helping to generate profits for BRITISH PETRO!!!!
You sold out the USA to greedy international bankers by supporting the conservative lie.
Haliburton is at fault here..... the idiots who blindly support them are just part of the problem, the real blame is with de-regulation and the multi-billionaires who profited from your ignorance.
Obama admns's Salazar: Gov't failed to assure drilling safety

May 18, 11:06 AM EDT
By MATTHEW DALY (AP)

WASHINGTON (AP)-- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar concedes the government failed to hold the oil industry accountable and ensure safety in offshore oil drilling.

He promises to give "more tools, more resources, more independence and greater authority" to the Minerals Management Service, which regulates drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Salazar on Tuesday was making his first appearance before Congress since the April 20 oil spill. He says in prepared testimony that oil companies have opposed efforts to change "the culture of doing business" at the agency.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GUL...

You are an Idiot dannyboi!

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Since: Apr 07

Wake Forest, NC

#34 May 27, 2010
Danny_Livewire wrote:
Do people realize that the company that was contracted to seal up the well was HALIBURTON!?!?!?!?
Dick Cheney and the Republican party are to blame for this!!!
Not only did the Bush Administration remove the requirement for an auto-shut off valve... but the ex-VP's own company caused the disaster!!!!!
You are dumber than a rock. The Blowout devices were supposed to be fail safe but out government approved them to use whatever they wanted based on documentation from 1999.

Guess who was Prez then??????????

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. ROFL! Crawl back into your hole!

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Since: Apr 07

Wake Forest, NC

#35 May 27, 2010
Danny_Livewire wrote:
<quoted text>
Your an idiot.
It was Haliburton who was ON SIGHT when the explosion occurred.
Helping to generate profits for BRITISH PETRO!!!!
You sold out the USA to greedy international bankers by supporting the conservative lie.
Haliburton is at fault here..... the idiots who blindly support them are just part of the problem, the real blame is with de-regulation and the multi-billionaires who profited from your ignorance.
Despite Warnings, Obama admin Allowed Horizon Rig Drilling Without Needed Permits

By IAN URBINA
Published: May 13, 2010

WASHINGTON — The federal Minerals Management Service gave permission to BP and dozens of other oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits from another agency that assesses threats to endangered species — and despite strong warnings from that agency about the impact the drilling was likely to have on the gulf.

Those approvals, federal records show, include one for the well drilled by the Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers and resulting in thousands of barrels of oil spilling into the gulf each day...

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/14/us/14agency...

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Since: Apr 07

Wake Forest, NC

#36 May 27, 2010
Danny_Livewire wrote:
<quoted text>
Your an idiot.
It was Haliburton who was ON SIGHT when the explosion occurred.
Helping to generate profits for BRITISH PETRO!!!!
You sold out the USA to greedy international bankers by supporting the conservative lie.
Haliburton is at fault here..... the idiots who blindly support them are just part of the problem, the real blame is with de-regulation and the multi-billionaires who profited from your ignorance.
Obama admim lax on rig Inspections & Permits

AP/Huffington Post
05-16-10

LOS ANGELES — The federal agency responsible for ensuring that an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was operating safely before it exploded last month fell well short of its own policy that inspections be done at least once per month, an Associated Press investigation shows.

Among the dubious oversight practices, the MMS has reportedly allowed hundreds of drilling plans to move forward without required permits since Obama took office. On Friday, the New York Times revealed that one of those projects lacking a permit was the Deepwater Horizon rig:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, is partly responsible for protecting endangered species and marine mammals. It has said on repeated occasions that drilling in the gulf affects these animals, but the minerals agency since January 2009 has approved at least three huge lease sales, 103 seismic blasting projects and 346 drilling plans. Agency records also show that permission for those projects and plans was granted without getting the permits required under federal law.

"M.M.S. has given up any pretense of regulating the offshore oil industry," said Kierán Suckling, director of the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental advocacy group in Tucson, which filed notice of intent to sue the agency over its noncompliance with federal law concerning endangered species. "The agency seems to think its mission is to help the oil industry evade environmental laws."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/16/deep...
SAM

Cincinnati, OH

#37 May 27, 2010
With no other information than the media,I believe the oil spill was sabotage by Haliburton to turn votes against the Democratic President.

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Since: Apr 07

Wake Forest, NC

#38 May 27, 2010
Danny_Livewire wrote:
JOY BEHAR told me that the company that was contracted to seal up the well was HALIBURTON!?!?!?!?

Joy Behar told me:
Dick Cheney and the Republican party are to blame for this!!!

Joy Behar told me:
Not only did the Bush Administration remove the requirement for an auto-shut off valve... but the ex-VP's own company caused the disaster!!!!!
Joy Behar is probably the only person dumber than you dannyboi.

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Since: Apr 07

Wake Forest, NC

#39 May 27, 2010
Come back for another asswhippin' dannyboi.

I have many more facts to beat you upside da head with. ROFL!

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