Black People : Brit Petroleum lax safety standards, result of Washinton favoritism?

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Government Exempted BP from Environmental Review
    Newly-released documents show government regulators exempted BP from a comprehensive environmental review of the project that resulted in the spill. The Minerals Management Service granted BP a “categorical exclusion” from a full review before approving the project just over a year ago.

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    Government Exempted BP from Environmental Review

    Newly released documents show government regulators exempted BP from a comprehensive environmental review of the project that resulted in the spill. The Minerals Management Service granted BP a “categorical exclusion” from a full review before...
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    BP Oil Spill Highlights Poor Safety Record, the Worst of Any Oil Company in America
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    BP Oil Spill Highlights Poor Safety Record, the Worst of Any Oil Company in America

    "BP is a London-based oil company with one of the worst safety records of any oil company operating in America," says Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen. "In just the last few years, BP has paid $485 million in fines and settlements to the US...
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    BP Funnels Millions into Lobbying to Influence Regulation and Re-Brand Image

    ......AMY GOODMAN: Antonia Juhasz, talk about the lobbying money that is being spent by BP in Washington.


    ANTONIA JUHASZ: BP spent $16.5 million lobbying last year. That made it among the top twenty lobbyists in the United States. That was $6.5 million more than it spent in 2008, which was its previous record. .......


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    BP Funnels Millions into Lobbying to Influence Regulation and Rebrand Image

    We speak with Antonia Juhasz, author of The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry – And What We Must Do To Stop It. "The entire oil industry, will continue to use its vast wealth — unequaled by any global industry — to escape...
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  2. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    AP INVESTIGATION: Blowout preventers known to fail

    JEFF DONN AND SETH BORENSTEIN | May 8, 2010 08:04 AM EST |


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    HOUSTON — Cutoff valves like the one that failed to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster have repeatedly broken down at other wells in the years since federal regulators weakened testing requirements, according to an Associated Press investigation.

    These steel monsters known as blowout preventers or BOPs – sometimes as big as a double-decker bus and weighing up to 640,000 pounds – guard the mouth of wells. They act as the last defense to choke off unintended releases, slamming a gushing pipe with up to 1 million pounds of force.

    While the precise causes of the April 20 explosion and spill remain unknown, investigators are focusing on the blowout preventer on the Deepwater Horizon rig operated by BP PLC as one likely contributor.

    To hear some industry officials talk, these devices are virtually foolproof.

    But a detailed AP review shows that reliability questions have long shadowed blowout preventers:

    _ Accident reports from the U.S. Minerals Management Service, a branch of the Interior Department, show that the devices have failed or otherwise played a role in at least 14 accidents, mostly since 2005.

    _ Government and industry reports have raised questions about the reliability of blowout preventers for more than a decade. A 2003 report by Transocean, the owner of the destroyed rig, said: "Floating drilling rig downtime due to poor BOP reliability is a common and very costly issue confronting all offshore drilling contractors."

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  3. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Since lobbying is behind the failure and the disaster, what ever happened to the promise of an end to corporate, billion dollar lobbying and the "revolving door"?
     
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    Catastrophic outcomes that corporate spin can not cover up.
    I say that to say, unless the situation goes beyond the
    breaking point, nothing will to end lobbying, the leads
    to these f'ups.
     
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    Rolling Stone’s Tim Dickinson on the Inside Story of How Obama Let the World’s Most Dangerous Oil Company Get Away with Murder
    An extensive new investigation into the Obama administration’s handling of the BP oil spill disaster reveals that it was government mismanagement, delays and absence of oversight that allowed the crisis to spiral out of control. In the article "The Spill, the Scandal, and the President," Rolling Stone’s Tim Dickinson writes, "Though George W. Bush paved the way for the catastrophe, it was Obama who gave BP the green light to drill." Dickinson explores how Interior Secretary Ken Salazar kept in place the oil industry-friendly environmental guidelines that Bush had implemented and ultimately let BP, an oil company with the worst safety record, to get away with murder.

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    Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson on the Inside Story of How Obama Let the World's Most Dangerous Oil Company Get Away with Murder

    An extensive new investigation into the Obama administration’s handling of the BP oil spill disaster reveals that it was government mismanagement, delays and absence of oversight that allowed the crisis to spiral out of control. In the article...
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    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    freedom of informatio inspires liberation
     
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    Greed.

    I suspect the Brits are colonizing through emperical capital means, financial assasination, etc. It's amazing really when you think about it. Those usury f#ck$ just took 1 trillion dollars of our money, so they can lend it back to us at interest. What a sham! Sham-wow they sure cleaned us out.

    Now they took a dump on our lawn too, peed in our pool.
     
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    please brother there is no need to use foul language, but what you say is right, but the big question is why did an administration that promised to end lobbying allow such a sellout to happen?
     
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    Sorry for the foul language, I am a woman though.

    As to your question, it would and has always been the same with any administration. There are two things that will never happen in American politics. The first, is campaign finance reform. And the second being lobbby reform, real lobby reform.

    There is an interlocking directorate of the wealthy corporatists where wealthy corporatists own the nation. They do this through the election process and the revolving door we call lobbying. To fix either campaign finance or lobbying would be the corporate Beast shooting itself in the head. The elites would lose their power to rule, since money sways policy and elections. It is their voice.

    I used to think that voting out every encumbent would work, but now I realize we would also have to circumvent thee media to get a real representative government. Obama, and I hate to say it, is a corporatist. He was not immune to the influence of power, it corrupts absolutely. I'm white and I think they set him up to take the fall, personally. I hope he does something unexpected.
     
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    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    You mite have a point there partner, anmd the internet may be just the means and sites like this to organize it
     
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