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BP Oil Disaster-Day 53

On day 53 of BP’s bungling:

  • Kevin Costner (yes, that Kevin Costner) plans to stop the crisis with his oil separating technology.  Seriously.
  • Transocean, one of the corporations responsible for this mess, has invoked a 19th century law to cap their liability at $26.75 million.  Small price to pay for destroying a way of life.  Cheap bastards
  • A government panel has doubled its estimate of how much oil is flowing into the Gulf each day.  They now estimate 25,000 to 30,000 per day.  That’s the equivalent of the entire Exxon Valdez disaster happening every 8 to 10 days.
  • British are starting to backlash against American anger.  London Mayor Boris Johnson:
    • “When you consider the huge exposure of British pension funds to BP, it starts to become a matter of national concern if a great British company is being continually beaten up on the airwaves,” Mr. Johnson told BBC radio’s Today program.
    • Sorry bub, but your “great British company” may destroy an entire region of the United States.  Please shut up.

This will be a daily update until the leak is stopped or BP no longer exists.  Whichever happens first.

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5 thoughts on “BP Oil Disaster-Day 53

  1. James S. on said:

    Here’s something to think about with regard to this oil spill: if a foreign government or a terrorist organization was responsible for this catastrophe, the United States would waste no time attacking said government or terrorist organization with all its military might. But, since a multinational corporation is responsible, the U.S. is supposed display no anger and politely respect B.P.?

    If the Brits are upset by our anger, they can go fuck themselves. Perhaps they’ve forgotten that we saved that God-forsaken pile of shit island(s) twice in the last century. Anyone, British or American, who condemns the righteous anger displayed by residents of the Gulf Coast is an overbearing, pompous shit-bag.

    • James S. on said:

      Sorry, but it should read: “…the U.S. is supposed to dispaly no anger…” I aplogize for my typo.

    • The only difference in your terrorist or foreign government analogy is that in such a case, our own government wouldn’t have any responsibility. In this instance, we do have to take a fair share of the blame. There was definitely regulatory failure in addition to the lack of planning or safety measures on the part of BP.

      My main issue with the Mayor’s comments are the implication that BP is being unfairly attacked. I think his concern with their retirement accounts, etc. being in danger is legitimate. But then calling them a “great company” or whatever is ridiculous.

      • James S. on said:

        Oh I know it’s not a fair comparison, I was just venting. You can’t really blame an oil company for being crooked and breaking the rules if you’re never going to hold them accountable. Our regulatory agencies failed big time. I was just letting out a little visceral rage, that’s all.

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