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Why is B.P. Just Now Testing the Best Sorbents?

May 23, 2010

I don’t get it. Although I have tried to buffer myself from all the latest news about the Gulf oil tragedy, I can’t help but see the headlines. So B.P. has determined that hair mats aren’t the ticket. B.P. is criticized for not being open to suggestions from the public about ways to counter and absorb the oil. With the oil reaching the shore, it is of utmost importance to find the best methods NOW and start applying them. I hear Kevin Costner has an effective method. Well, boys. Get to work!

I just don’t understand why oil companies wait until a tragedy like this before they look for a cure. That is so regressive and reprehensible. Do any oil companies have fixes they are not sharing? I wonder. It is too bad it took an event like this to make us wake up to the accidents that are waiting to happen. More will happen. We need to prepare.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. redeemedhippiesplace permalink
    May 23, 2010 7:07 am

    Well rosehips, I for one am more and more doubting they even want to “fix” this. I’m curious as how and what you mean to “prepare.” I know how and what I am to prepare. But, will you tell me what it is you mean?

    I do not think BP is the main one responsible for this. God only knows what the truth is concerning this. One thing is for sure: man and politicians will milk it for all they can in spite of it harming the American people in one way or the other. Peace.

  2. jay permalink
    May 23, 2010 7:17 am

    Oil companies are greedy, careless citizen (I could say sociopaths). I’m not sure who to blame for that: them, or us for not enforcing standards to make them care.

  3. May 23, 2010 7:56 am

    hippie, I was only meaning that if we engage in risky endeavors that could end in tragedies like this, we must be prepared for the worst case scenario and not wait until something awful happens and then seek a solution.

  4. May 23, 2010 7:59 am

    jay, I agree with you. We must admit that greed is prevasive in society and therefore people will do things that are unthinkable for money. We need to do what we can to prevent this. We can not let foxes guard chicken houses or let snakes guard animal labs. That just doesn’t make sense.

  5. redeemedhippiesplace permalink
    May 23, 2010 8:13 am

    okie dokie rosehips. I was thinking along another line. 🙂

    I’m afraid anyone who would desire the job of “guard(ing) the chicken houses” would be corrupt and greedy individuals who would care nothing about the people they say they care for. Not one of them would be worthy for such a job. No, not one! so it is better if we “prepare” by thinking how we are to survive during an event where all water and food will be kept from us in order to control us. If we wait on man, government or otherwise to “help” us, we may be up $hit creek without a paddle. Just my forever humble (you know it, haha!) opinion. 😀

  6. May 24, 2010 3:57 pm

    I think THEY, ‘The Powers that be”, wanted this “spill” “Rupture” in order to force people off their lands along the coast and inland…this IS the year of Bio-Diversity ya know!

  7. May 24, 2010 4:04 pm

    So you think the “accident” was an intentional act? Who do you think is behind it exactly?

  8. May 24, 2010 4:06 pm

    hippie, I agree we should be prepared and those who know how to survive and not depend on the system for food and necessities will be much better off.

    Thanks for commenting gals!

  9. Chum Bucket permalink
    June 1, 2010 9:30 am

    Africa’s oil spills are far from U.S. media glare
    Tue May 18, 2010 1:49pm EDT

    LONDON (Reuters) – Oil gushing from an undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico has damaged BP’s reputation and share price but accidents involving other companies in less scrutinized parts of the world have avoided the media glare.

    U.S. | Green Business | Gulf Oil Spill

    Investors have knocked around $30 billion off BP’s value since an explosion at a drilling rig killed 11 people and began an oil spill the London-based major is struggling to plug nearly a month after the accident happened.

    The U.S. media and political machine has turned its full force on BP and U.S. President Barack Obama has set up a commission into the leak which is sending an estimated 5,000 barrels per day (bpd) into Gulf of Mexico waters.

    In contrast, the international media has largely ignored the latest incidents of pipeline damage in Nigeria, where the public can only guess how much oil might have been leaked.

    The most recent damage in Nigeria, which has not been attributed to militant attacks that have preyed on Nigerian oil infrastructure for years, forced U.S. operator ExxonMobil to relieve itself of contractual obligations by declaring force majeure on its exports of Nigerian benchmark crude.

    The light sweet crude is particularly well-suited for refining into gasoline and is regularly supplied to the United States, the world’s biggest oil burner.

    Exxon declined the opportunity to give details of the damage, clean-up or repair work.

    An industry source, who declined to be named, said 100,000 bpd of oil had leaked for a week from a pipeline that has since been mended.

    “If this (the BP spill) were in the Niger Delta, no one would be batting an eyelid,” said Holly Pattenden, African oil analyst at consultants Business Monitor International. “They have these kind of oil spills in Nigeria all the time.”

    SHARE PRICE IMPACT

    BP’s share price has fallen around 18 percent since news of the fire at the drilling station on April 20, while Exxon shares were largely unchanged after the force majeure announcement.

    The largest operator in Nigeria, Royal Dutch Shell has clashed with the Nigerian government for decades following numerous spills in Africa’s largest energy producer.

    Shell said in a statement on its website that its Nigerian joint venture cleans up oil spills as quickly as possible, no matter what their cause, but is sometimes delayed by security concerns or because some communities deny access.

    The Anglo-Dutch major said the volume of oil spills in Nigeria for its joint venture was almost 14,000 tonnes last year, the equivalent of around 280 bpd, mainly because of militant attacks on facilities.

    “It (the U.S.) is without doubt the worse place for BP to lose their political capital,” said James Marriott, oil and gas analyst at environmental organization Platform.

    “If the U.S. administration gets aggressive against BP, then it’s a problem for them offshore, onshore in terms of shale gas, for conventional gas, refining, some cross-border projects with Canada and further afield.”

    In the United States, BP’s massive spill and the risk of an environmental catastrophe could have implications throughout the industry as it has reopened the debate about deepwater drilling.

    Analysts say, however, the world is hugely dependent on deepwater drilling to secure oil supplies.

    The ExxonMobil force majeure relates to shallow offshore oil, but much of West Africa’s crude production, like that in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, is deepwater.

    Analysts say it is unrealistic to veto deepwater drilling if the world’s oil needs are to be met.

    “Perhaps in terms of health and safety regulation (things will change), but not in terms of drilling,” said Angus McPhail of Wood Mackenzie consultants.

    “It is not really feasible to stop drilling altogether as long as there is good demand for the product…. It would be total economic madness.”

    (Additional reporting by Barbara Lewis in London and Randy Fabi in Abuja; editing by Anthony Barker)

  10. June 3, 2010 6:55 pm

    There are unknown environmental dangers with that dispersal agent beyond the gulf. The Russian media is carrying a report that may be bogus that we will have chemical rain and the east coast will be destroyed. If that means DC will go with Obama in it then I would not mind being among the destroyed.

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