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Obama will try to 'Jawbone' BP into setting aside $$$….

President Barack Obama, pictured this weekend, will meet BOP execs on Wednesday, one day after deliveringa primetime speech.

Am I surprised?

Nope…..

The President is gonna try to put more pressure on BP to set aside money in an address to the nation ……

This is 20% operational…….80% politcal….

While the Dog agree’s a ‘set-aside’ would be a good idea…..

The fact is Obama’s moves are principally to assuage the media……

Because Obama is slow to anger….

And generally seeks to deal with issues rationally ….

He is under attack from the media….

The media and others are seeking revenge for the accident….

BP like the president has hunkered down and gone about its business…

That simply isn’t good enough, egh?


I watched  the MSNBC special of the Oil Spill today…

What struck me was the laid back way everything was…

The response was principally to save large amounts of bird wildlife….

But the think was not hurried just resigned….

No dramatic music…

Just people out there doing their jobs…..


The media needs to show more of this

And stop beating up the President and BP…


We need to see more of what can be done to deal with the problem….

The political ‘dog and pony’ show will surly come later……

As will the fines…….

June 13, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Obama will try to ‘Jawbone’ BP into setting aside $$$….

President Barack Obama, pictured this weekend, will meet BOP execs on Wednesday, one day after deliveringa primetime speech.

Am I surprised?

Nope…..

The President is gonna try to put more pressure on BP to set aside money in an address to the nation ……

This is 20% operational…….80% politcal….

While the Dog agree’s a ‘set-aside’ would be a good idea…..

The fact is Obama’s moves are principally to assuage the media……

Because Obama is slow to anger….

And generally seeks to deal with issues rationally ….

He is under attack from the media….

The media and others are seeking revenge for the accident….

BP like the president has hunkered down and gone about its business…

That simply isn’t good enough, egh?


I watched  the MSNBC special of the Oil Spill today…

What struck me was the laid back way everything was…

The response was principally to save large amounts of bird wildlife….

But the think was not hurried just resigned….

No dramatic music…

Just people out there doing their jobs…..


The media needs to show more of this

And stop beating up the President and BP…


We need to see more of what can be done to deal with the problem….

The political ‘dog and pony’ show will surly come later……

As will the fines…….

June 13, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Is it 5,000 or 40,000 barrels of oil coming out of the pipe daily in the Gulf?

Nobody really knows…..

Different scientists have different estimates…..

The cap IS draining off a good amount of the oil now…..

But a whole lot is in the water of the Gulf……

The one scientific certainty: It’s a lot — and more than some of the same scientists thought just a couple of weeks ago. It’s so much that the crews trying to siphon it to the surface are going to need a bigger boat.

Early in the crisis, BP and the federal government repeatedly said that the Deepwater Horizon well was spewing about 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) a day into the gulf. But the new estimates, released Thursday by government-appointed scientists, show that the well most likely produces 5,000 barrels before breakfast.

One team that has studied video taken of the leaking riser pipe before it was cut and capped last week has concluded that the well was most likely producing 25,000 to 30,000 barrels a day. If that estimate is on target, and if the flow has been more or less consistent since the April 20 blowout, the hydrocarbon reservoir 2 1/2 miles below the sea floor has gushed five to six times the amount spilled in Alaskan waters in 1989 by the Exxon Valdez.

Put it another way: It’s roughly one Valdez spill every week. Nearly two Olympic-size swimming pools of oil every day.

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Folks…like evrything else on this one…..

We’ll have to wait….

It IS fustrating….

Meanwhile ……

The President has asked the CEO and Board menebrs of BP to come to the White House for a chat….

Mindfull that BP IS a private Britsh Comapany ….

And…

American’s down South are pissed…..

The American Media is screaming blody murder….

And the Brits are getting defensiove over this whole thing…

Obama has to ask questions, show displeasure….

And hope for the best……

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June 10, 2010 Posted by | Other Things | , , | 17 Comments

Defense Secretary Gates on Oil Spill….The US Military can't handle it……

The U.S. military has no expertise that could solve the oil spill from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on June 4.

“I know there’s been some commentary about this. The truth of the matter is we don’t have any expertise in this area,” Gates told reporters during a visit to Singapore.

As BP has struggled to stop oil from gushing out of its ruptured well, some lawmakers and commentators have called for the American military to take over the effort.

Gates said the military had no magic bullet to address the worst oil spill in U.S. history, though it had provided some equipment and other assistance.

He said that “we’ll do whatever we can to help but this is not our area of specialty.”

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The Dog told ya that…….

Nuff Said……

June 5, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Weather, Women | , , , | 8 Comments

Defense Secretary Gates on Oil Spill….The US Military can’t handle it……

The U.S. military has no expertise that could solve the oil spill from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on June 4.

“I know there’s been some commentary about this. The truth of the matter is we don’t have any expertise in this area,” Gates told reporters during a visit to Singapore.

As BP has struggled to stop oil from gushing out of its ruptured well, some lawmakers and commentators have called for the American military to take over the effort.

Gates said the military had no magic bullet to address the worst oil spill in U.S. history, though it had provided some equipment and other assistance.

He said that “we’ll do whatever we can to help but this is not our area of specialty.”

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The Dog told ya that…….

Nuff Said……

June 5, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Weather, Women | , , , | 8 Comments

The Cap IS working on the Oil pipe in the Gulf…….

Slowly they WILL get this thing done……

I commend the President for now jumping on the media ‘hype’ express…..

And Thad Allen for do a damn good job under intense pressure….

They need to keep him …….

Adm. Thad Allen of the Coast Guard, who is in charge of the federal response to the oil spill, at the staging and decontamination area in Theodore, Ala., on Saturday.

[ CG Admiral Thad Allen ]

“The vents remain open,” Adm. Thad Allen of the Coast Guard, who is in charge of the federal response to the oil spill, said in a briefing Saturday morning.

Admiral Allen said that while engineers had so far been able to bring 6,000 barrels of oil to the surface, they had been hesitant to close the vents. If they do so, they fear, water will rush in and form the kind of icy hydrates that doomed a previous attempt to cap the leak.

“When we put the cap down, there were four vents on the cap that allow oil to escape that’s not going up through the pipe,” he said. “What you want is you want to keep oil in the containment cap and not let water in, because when water gets in you form hydrates.”

The admiral had initially said that engineers hoped to begin closing the vents on Friday. But on Saturday he said they had not because of fears that the pressure inside the cap would become so great that oil would blast through the imperfect seal.

With the oil staining beaches and killing wildlife across the gulf, and tar balls beginning to surface on the shores of the Florida Panhandle, President Obama said in his weekly Saturday radio address, “We are prepared for the worst, even as we hope thatBP’s efforts bring better news than we’ve received before.”

BP and government officials have said it will take at least until Sunday to fully deploy the containment device and make a definitive assessment of the amount of oil it can collect. BP executives have said that as much as 90 percent of the escaping oil may be contained by the cap if all goes well. A ship on the surface is capable of collecting 15,000 barrels a day, Admiral Allen said.

The cap is a temporary measure. The well cannot be cemented shut until two relief wells are drilled, by August at the earliest.

Technicians, employing submarine robots, worked through the night to begin closing the vents. So far the cap has been able to bear the pressure and there is no sign of hydrates forming. That is viewed by experts as a positive sign because hydrates clogged a similar containment device a month ago and prevented it from capturing the oil effectively.

[ A drawing of the cap ]

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June 5, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Weather | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

BP reports capturing Oil from the well…..The Cap is working…….

Obama 'furious' as BP wrestles cap onto oil leak

[ AFP/BP – This still image from a live BP video shows a cap being lowered in the hopes of sealing the fractured ]

BP has finally had some luck in fixing the cap onto the pipe spewing oil in the Gulf……

Hopefully they can capture enough oil to render this spill over…..

Something about closeing the evnts to the cap without it being blown off……

Mean while oil droplets have reached the coast of Florida….and the President is back in the region just in time to get the good news…..

On day 46 of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP, at last, began to siphon oil from the ruptured undersea well to the surface, where it was flowing onto the awaiting drill ship Discover Enterprise.

As the recovery process started Friday, BP said it would shut four vents on top of a containment cap from which oil was still escaping into the ocean. The company hoped that closing the vents would greatly reduce the amount of gushing crude, though there was still enormous uncertainty about the ultimate success of BP’s latest effort to contain and recover the oil.

U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government’s response manager, said estimates of how much oil is being captured or whether any leaks develop will be determined later Friday.

President Obama, who said he was “furious at this entire situation,” arrived in Louisiana on Friday afternoon to get another firsthand look at the environmental damage and speak with political and business leaders.

Obama did not provide details about attempts to seal the well, but said “it does appear that the cap — at least for now — is holding.” He quickly added, however, that it is “way too early to be optimistic.” Officials should know more about the success or failure of the effort in next 24 to 48 hours, he said…….

Link……..

June 4, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Ecology, Government, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , , , , | 2 Comments

BP cuts the Pipe……Temporary Cap to be placed shortly…..

Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen* has announced that BP has successfully cut the pipe extending from the well oil pipe…

They expect to place a temporary cap over the spewing oil pipe shortly……

This should enable them to catch and start to collect the oil from the well, again…as they did before the break….

If they are successful BP will have stopped the leak almost completely…..(Until August when a relief well is in place and this pipe is sealed)

And…

Begin to make revenue again….

After days of reporting failures, BP made progress in containing a ruptured oil well Thursday when it was able to sever a damaged riser pipe.

The success, however, was tempered by the grim reality that oil could continue gushing into the Gulf of Mexico at least until August, when BP hopes to have a relief well in place.

An effort to slice off the pipe with a precision diamond-tipped cutter failed Wednesday, forcing BP to settle for a rougher cut of the pipe using shears. The more primitive cut means that a rubber seal will not be as tight as previously hoped, said U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government’s response manager.

Allen said BP will now attempt to lower a containment dome over the ruptured well, after which it will begin siphoning oil a mile up to the surface.

BP has said the cap would be a temporary solution until a more permanent relief well can be drilled in the ocean’s depths.

The latest containment effort comes on day 45 of the disaster, as oil drifted eastward toward Florida and President Obama announced he will return to Louisiana on Friday to assess the latest efforts to counter the spill.

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BP has begun a public relations Campaign…….

Meanwhile, BP, under fire from seemingly every angle, launched a national ad campaign to improve its tarnished reputation.

The beleaguered oil giant released television spots featuring Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward, who apologizes and promises to “make this right.”

Even as the ads began to air, a grass-roots campaign dubbed Seize BP planned to kick off a week of demonstrations in more than 50 cities.

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* I guess they didn’t let Allen retire two weeks ago like he was supposed to……

Note…..As I have said here before…..No Governmenet take over…Just let BP do it’s thing……Why put the government holding the bag?

June 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Weather | , , , , | 2 Comments

The 'Top Kill' mud strategy stops the Gulf Oil flow…Will it hold….Can they permanently cap the well?…and Drilling goes on in other places…..

As I have posted here in the ‘Fallout’ pieces….

You knew they would fix the leaking oil problem sooner or later….

Ret. Admiral Thad Allen announce today that BP ‘Top Kill’ method of flooding the pipe has worked…

The engineer’s now have to follow thru with pouring cement over the whole thing to cap it…..

The technical attack on the problem took time..but there was never any doubt really that it would work…

Now the HEAVY LIFTING…

With the oil rolling in on the beaches and inlets in Louisiana and soon other states…the media hype is starting to run on full blast…

Dumping its wrath on Washington and yes…..President Obama……
The “top kill” effort, launched Wednesday afternoon by industry and government engineers, had pumped enough drilling fluid to block oil and gas spewing from the well, Allen said. The pressure from the well was very low, he said, but persisting. The top kill effort is not complete, officials caution.

Once engineers had reduced the well pressure to zero, they were to begin pumping cement into the hole to entomb the well. To help in that effort, he said, engineers also were pumping some debris into the blowout preventer at the top of the well.
As of early Thursday morning, neither government nor BP officials had declared the effort a success yet, pending the completion of the cementing and sealing of the well.

Allen said one ship that was pumping fluid into the well had run out of the fluid, or “mud,” and that a second ship was on the way. He said he was encouraged by the progress.

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The headlines are screaming that the President has capped all Drilling for 6 months…

That isn’t quite true…

He has halted all DEEP WATER drilling…all shallow water drilling will continue to be approved…

The Shell Oil Alaska drilling Project will be on hold….

The country simply cannot stop ALL drilling…..

Obama is continuing the ban on deepwater wells announced last month for another half-year while a bipartisan independent commission he recently established probes the Gulf spill and needed safety and regulatory improvements.

Planned drilling in shallower waters off Alaska’s coast will also be delayed pending the commission review, a White House aide said. However, other shallow-water permits will now be able to proceed with new safety conditions, another official said.

Obama’s comments Thursday will follow his receipt of a more accelerated, 30-day Interior Department safety review that Obama ordered last month.

“The president will discuss the conclusions of the 30-day safety review on offshore drilling he directed Secretary Salazar to conduct,” an administration official said.

“He will announce standards to strengthen oversight of the industry and enhance safety, a first step in a process that the independent Presidential Commission will continue,” the official added.

Salazar declined to discuss the specifics of the upcoming White House announcement. But he broadly cited a need to improve offshore practices.

“We need to make sure that if there is going to be deepwater drilling in the outer continental shelf that it is going to be done safely,” Salazar said.

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May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The ‘Top Kill’ mud strategy stops the Gulf Oil flow…Will it hold….Can they permanently cap the well?…and Drilling goes on in other places…..

As I have posted here in the ‘Fallout’ pieces….

You knew they would fix the leaking oil problem sooner or later….

Ret. Admiral Thad Allen announce today that BP ‘Top Kill’ method of flooding the pipe has worked…

The engineer’s now have to follow thru with pouring cement over the whole thing to cap it…..

The technical attack on the problem took time..but there was never any doubt really that it would work…

Now the HEAVY LIFTING…

With the oil rolling in on the beaches and inlets in Louisiana and soon other states…the media hype is starting to run on full blast…

Dumping its wrath on Washington and yes…..President Obama……
The “top kill” effort, launched Wednesday afternoon by industry and government engineers, had pumped enough drilling fluid to block oil and gas spewing from the well, Allen said. The pressure from the well was very low, he said, but persisting. The top kill effort is not complete, officials caution.

Once engineers had reduced the well pressure to zero, they were to begin pumping cement into the hole to entomb the well. To help in that effort, he said, engineers also were pumping some debris into the blowout preventer at the top of the well.
As of early Thursday morning, neither government nor BP officials had declared the effort a success yet, pending the completion of the cementing and sealing of the well.

Allen said one ship that was pumping fluid into the well had run out of the fluid, or “mud,” and that a second ship was on the way. He said he was encouraged by the progress.

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The headlines are screaming that the President has capped all Drilling for 6 months…

That isn’t quite true…

He has halted all DEEP WATER drilling…all shallow water drilling will continue to be approved…

The Shell Oil Alaska drilling Project will be on hold….

The country simply cannot stop ALL drilling…..

Obama is continuing the ban on deepwater wells announced last month for another half-year while a bipartisan independent commission he recently established probes the Gulf spill and needed safety and regulatory improvements.

Planned drilling in shallower waters off Alaska’s coast will also be delayed pending the commission review, a White House aide said. However, other shallow-water permits will now be able to proceed with new safety conditions, another official said.

Obama’s comments Thursday will follow his receipt of a more accelerated, 30-day Interior Department safety review that Obama ordered last month.

“The president will discuss the conclusions of the 30-day safety review on offshore drilling he directed Secretary Salazar to conduct,” an administration official said.

“He will announce standards to strengthen oversight of the industry and enhance safety, a first step in a process that the independent Presidential Commission will continue,” the official added.

Salazar declined to discuss the specifics of the upcoming White House announcement. But he broadly cited a need to improve offshore practices.

“We need to make sure that if there is going to be deepwater drilling in the outer continental shelf that it is going to be done safely,” Salazar said.

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May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments