UPDATED 7/20/10 - See below
As of last Thursday BP claims to have plugged the leaking well. This could be good news except have they really stopped it?
According to oil industry insider and former energy adviser to President George W. Bush there is in fact another massive hole seven miles from the BP leak which is pouring up to 150,000 barrels per day into the gulf: VIDEO LINK
Also there is evidence of leaks from a fracture in the sea floor: VIDEO LINK
This article postulates that all of this is in fact a calculated attempt by BP to limit its liabilities by hiding the real damage done through the use of dispersants as well as keeping reporters and scientists away from the spill and subsequently polluted areas:
BP’s Strategy to Limit Liability in Regard to Its Gulf Oil Gusher
This strategy includes, but is not limited to, intentionally underestimating the rate of flow of oil that’s being released into the Gulf of Mexico, prohibiting independent measurement of the BP oil gusher by unbiased third party scientists and engineers, the excessive and unprecedented use of dispersants (both on the surface and underwater), systematically and intentionally collecting as small an amount of oil as possible from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and controlling and restricting media access to the areas affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil gusher.In fact BP as launched a program of buying up scientists to work on their defense team: VIDEO LINK
As McClatchy has reported, it’s been obvious from the start that BP has looked at the oil spill through the lens of legal risk, not
reputational risk – BP moved quickly to hire all the best oil spill experts, to make sure they couldn’t testify against the company in coming litigation. They’re not really concerned about the truth; they’re more concerned about ensuring the complete destruction of the proof!
And what of the dispersants, what are the consequences of their use? VIDEO LINK
Now today we hear of a new strategy supposedly to seal the well which they call a Static Kill.
But what is the motive in that maneuver?
Kenneth Feinberg, who manages BP's 20-billion-dollar compensation fund, said capping the well would allow compensation claims to move forward more quickly as the extent of the damage becomes clearer.
He urged fishermen, oyster collectors and hotel owners and other businesses to come forward with claims, including emergency payments to cover the first six months of damages.
Residents face a tough choice: whether to accept compensation from the fund or pursue legal action against BP or the other companies involved.
"I'll be much more generous than any court will be, and at the same time you won't need to pay lawyers' costs," urged Feinberg.
"I'll be much more generous than any court will be..."
Give me a break, so far the payouts they have given equal little more than $3,000 per claim!
The company said it has made payments totaling $207 million to settle claims for damages. Almost 116,000 claims have been submitted and more than 67,500 payments have been made.LINK
The Gulf way of life and culture are being destroyed and taken over by a Police State run by BP. Video Link
If the cork holds, if the sea floor doesn't blow out, if, if, if, this is one small victory, but the damage is done, BP has put up a smoke screen, and with the full cooperation of the US Government and the National Gaurd is hiding its true liabilities and quite literally getting away with murder!
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