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The White House trys to wring more money out of BP on claims…..

Under media pressure on the BP adherence to paying no more than the standard amount for claims for oil related loses….

Thad Allen has voiced concern for how and how much BP is paying out on claims…..

Allen and the White House can’t legally  tell BP what to spend as long as the company follows it’s published guidelines which I’m sure are not written for something this catastrophic….

As I have indicated before….

While the public pressure is out there….

The government is actually just a bystander on this whole affair……

BP (  a Private Company ) IS running the show…..

In addition, this cry for transparency….. is in fact media driven…..

At their own risk mind you…

BP does not have to tell the press a thing…

The oil isn’t owned by the government, neither was the equipment drawing it out of the earth….

You will notice….

Allen does the presser’s……

The company  does have to follow US rules and regulations on HOW to manage that operation…

And they are going to pay dearly for any transgressions….

And money spend by the government to manage and clean up the spill….


Adm. Thad Allen, the national incident commander in charge of the response to the spill, wrote BP CEO Tony Hayward to request a wide swath of information on how the oil company has dealt with claims against it.

“We need complete, ongoing transparency into BP’s claims process, including detailed information on how claims are being evaluated, how payment amounts are being calculated and how quickly claims are being processed,” Allen wrote in a letter on Tuesday that was released Wednesday morning by the White House.

“To that end, I am directing that you provide the National Incident Command (NIC) and appropriate representatives of the state governments with information we need to meet our responsibilities to our citizens.”

Allen asked Hayward to allow access to information as quickly as possible on how the company is processing claims online, as well as information on BP’s plans to pay out claims going forward.

The Coast Guard admiral’s letter comes against a backdrop in which President Barack Obama has warned BP against “nickel-and-diming” Gulf Coast residents whose livelihoods have been adversely affected by the oil spill.

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June 9, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Health, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

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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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.

More…..


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.

More…..

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 Political Fallout begins in Louisiana over the Oil Spill……

In these days of instant gratification and communication……Things are getting tight for Lusitania’s Politicians….

Tired of getting asked over and over when and how the Gulf Oil mess is going to get cleaned up….

They have decided to go public with their displeasure…and to position themselves AGAINST BP and the Government….

The Dog listen to Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen* yesterday…and I have to admit…the guy sounds’ top-shelf’….

He is now the National Incident commander for the situation that is marrying BP, The Feds and The Louisana, Florida and Mississippi in a unusual  relationship….

The Fed’s have this dumped in their lap…….BP is the people doing the technical work…it’s their pipes in the Gulf’s floor, The Fed’s have veto power on their actions…but will wisely not wage into that area……The State are responsible for their property…and following Katrina……The Feds will ASK them for what they need and supply it…..

But this thing is gonna take time…

And Money…..Lots of it……

And with the media hype…..

No one wants to wait for it to be over………

But they will……

Thirty-four days after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, Louisiana officials have lost patience with BP, the Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers. “I don’t have a crystal ball,” said Craig Taffaro, St. Bernard Parish president. “But if I were a betting man, I would be betting that [BP’s] plan is to let us die, then come back and do $75 million of cleanup, then close the book.”
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That sum — $75 million — is the federally mandated cap for oil-spill clean-up expenditure. BP has promised to address the long-term needs of everyone affected by the spill, especially commercial fishermen. The potential expense involved is incalculable, far beyond $75 million, and many people in south Louisiana do not believe such whatever-it-takes pronouncements of full responsibility.

At a press conference Monday in Galliano, La., Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) assured the public: “If you made $50,000 last year and you can’t work this year, BP is going to write you a check for $50,000. If your business made a million dollars last year and you can’t make that million dollars this year, BP is going to make your business whole.

There is no question . . . who will pay these bills to the individuals, to businesses, to the parishes, state government and to [the] federal government. Those bills will be paid in full.”

Serious doubts remain, however, spurred in part by BP’s current legal maneuvering to have all spill-related cases litigated in Houston, instead of Louisiana.

Also in attendance at the press conference were Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The presence of these out-of-state solons is an apt indicator of growing national concern.

Jindal, disgusted with the lack of progress and organization, said, “In Terrebonne Parish, [where] oil is moving through their waters, boom and workers sat for days waiting for their orders to be deployed.” Jindal went on to state that on May 3, he asked the federal government for supplies including “3 million feet of absorbent boom and 5 million feet of hard boom.”

To date, only 815,569 feet of hard boom has arrived, and 135,320 feet of that hasn’t been deployed, he said.

In addition to such practicalities, Jindal noted a more heart-wrenching problem. “On Cat Island . . . I saw pelicans that were oiled so bad they couldn’t fly,…….

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* On Thad Allen from the Washington Post.……

The BP oil spill that continues unabated in the Gulf of Mexico is more like the crisis our nation faced with Apollo 13 than with the Exxon Valdeez catastrophe. Whatever solution is finally able to stop this disaster will only come from a leader who is both creative in his thinking and trustworthy in his character. Fortunately for us, Admiral Thad Allen is such a man.

Although he will be retiring as commandant of the Coast Guard later today, Allen will remain the federal government’s point man for the BP oil spill for the foreseeable future. No one is better prepared for the job.

The Tucson native learned a great deal about the Gulf Coast when he was handpicked by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff as the principal official tocoordinate Hurricane Katrina response after the embarrassing performance of FEMA Administrator Michael Brown.

A few years earlier, Allen had led the team that smoothly transitioned the Coast Guard into the newly formed Department of Homeland Security in 2003. Prior to that, Allen had organized the U.S. government’s sea response on September 11, 2001. His creativity and resourcefulness had led him to move large Coast Guard cutters (normally reserved for high-sea patrols) to block the mouths of the Potomac River and every major port on the Atlantic coast.

Allen not only has the right experience; he also has the right disposition. Earlier this year, I spent time with the man who has spent 38 years in the Coast Guard and lived in 47 different residences. I interviewed the commandant and researched his life as part of a major study I am conducting on America’s top leaders (the first part of which focused onthe White House Fellowship).

Described by colleagues as cool and unassuming……click the Washington Post link for more

May 25, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Ecology, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather, Women | , , , , , , , | 12 Comments