Massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

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This catastrophe has been in the news for a couple of days and there is a potential for a great deal of ecological damage in the area.

This is going to effect a great many lives in the area, and not for the good.

I am sure that all these people did not have nessesary insurance that would cover them in case of this event occurring.

What is the governments responsibility that the safety equipment (blowout preventer) that was meant to prevent this type of ecological damage work properly?

 

BP says it will pay for Gulf spill's cleanup

 

BP 'absolutely' will pay for Gulf oil spill cleanup, CEO says

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Who pays the fishermen that make their living in those waters? Not just them but the tour boats, the humane society that is cleaning the oil off the wildlife etc.

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Theres an emergency fund thats been funded with taxes but that only has a billion in it... BP is on the hook for cleanup costs but at the moment only 75 million.

 

Of course, my Aunt and Uncle are alaska commercial fishermen who didn't see a cent of the Exxon Valdez settlement until over a decade later when the court drastically reduced the responsibility of Exxon, so the oil companies will likely come out on top as usual.

 

 

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Who pays the fishermen that make their living in those waters? Not just them but the tour boats, the humane society that is cleaning the oil off the wildlife etc.

 

From CNN

 

 

 

 

BP chief executive, Tony Hayward, has vowed that company would "absolutely be paying for the clean-up operation" of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

"Where legitimate claims are made, we will be good for them," he told NPR's "Morning Edition."

 

Which means its not our fault your fish swam into our oil.

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Shame crawfish season will be ruined this year, BP just took away the only good thing louisana had going for it anymore.

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Or if you like your news served up as a side dish of Jon Stewart:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-may-3-2010/beyond-awful

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Shame crawfish season will be ruined this year, BP just took away the only good thing louisana had going for it anymore.

 

I don't think it will affect the crawfish since they mostly come from inland farms on the other side of river from the spill, but it could affect the oyster beds, shrimp, and saltwater fish from the gulf. And I hope you're not serious when you say crawfish is the only thing going for Louisiana! ;)

 

My friends and family back home say that the smell of the oil is hanging in the air, and they are really worried.

 

There was also some news that BP was offering jobs to local fisherman to help clean up the oil, but then they were requiring the fisherman sign waivers saying they wouldn't sue BP for the spill if they took a job.

 

Hopefully some good will come out of the disaster--like mandatory shut-off valves (common in Norway and Brazil) on all existing and future wells.

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And I hope you're not serious when you say crawfish is the only thing going for Louisiana! wink.gif

 

Nah, you also had the closest legal poker room to Houston and a drive through daquiri stand, which was pretty amusing.. Apparently in LA a paper top on the straw makes it a "Closed Container". And Boudin and Andouille sausage.

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There was also some news that BP was offering jobs to local fisherman to help clean up the oil, but then they were requiring the fisherman sign waivers saying they wouldn't sue BP for the spill if they took a job.

Some MBA that is getting 100k+/yr had to of thought that one up... :angry: . Great PR BP

 

 

Hopefully some good will come out of the disaster--like mandatory shut-off valves (common in Norway and Brazil) on all existing and future wells.

This well had one. but it has fail to work properly & as well, after repeated failed attempts to get it to work properly with backup procedures.

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This oil spill should not constitute any problem. Donate your hair (not pubic)to the cause and get this world clean again.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8674539.stm

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Gulf oil spill 10x worse than originally predicted

 

"New data indicates that nearly 70,000 barrels are gushing out every day - that is 10 times the original estimate of the flow by the US Coast Guard and the equivalent of one Exxon Valdez tanker every four days. The Huffington Post reports that crude oil has been jetting out of a pipe a mile underneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico for three weeks now. According to NPR the spill is much worse than originally reported"

 

BP Disaster

 

What a frikkin mess. I feel bad for the fishermen and people in Louisiana, Mississippi River Delta, Alabama and Florida coastlines. The environmental impact is devastating and may last for years to come, poisoning the whole area. This is going to be bigger than Katrina in damage, long-term.

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An exemple has to be made : The BP C.E.O. has to be thrown in jail, this is the only language those corporate executives will understand!!!

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An exemple has to be made : The BP C.E.O. has to be thrown in jail, this is the only language those corporate executives will understand !!!

 

 

And who exactly do you propose throws him in jail and under what law?

To add to that, if all statutes and laws were adhered to than what is the purpose, a show trial like they in countries where politics overrides laws (no countries named but you guess).

 

The real item that worries me is the state of the economy, and the peoples livelihood, financial condition during this disaster in this area after this mess is taken care of minimally. Where no more wildlife are dying, but the ecology of the area is still a place where no food is fit for consumption due to ongoing contamination within the food chain.

 

imho helping people ten years after the disaster when the courts have decided who is at fault, is really no help at all. A great many people by that time have lived through the hardship of reconstructing their lives to the new reality of less opportunity within their community. Or they just pickup and leave at a huge loss (both personal and economic) for a place that offers them that economic opportunity which the community that live in currently does not.

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imho helping people ten years after the disaster when the courts have decided who is at fault, is really no help at all. A great many people by that time have lived through the hardship of reconstructing their lives to the new reality of less opportunity within their community.

10 years is a bit optomistic too, my aunt and uncle are commercial fishermen in Alaska and only got their (largely slashed by the court) settlement almost 20 years later. Its like sending the firemen to douse the ashes of your house with water after the fire had died down.

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