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The Dog told ya so…Louisiana Pols push for Deep Water Drilling to continue….

Quite a few people here have argued that BP should be ran out of business…

That Oil drilling should stop….

And that the federal government should get involved in oil drilling…..

None of those things are going to happen….

Actually …..

The politicians (Republican AND Democrats ) of the Gulf States will fight against those actions….

The simple facts are that BP employees a lot of people in those states…..(even more now working on the cleanup)…

BP has a lot of American and British money invested in it…..

A failure of the company would hurt British AND AMERICAN investors…..

Oil drilling isn’t going to stop…

Louisiana Governor Jindhal not happy with the Government’s 6 month hold on deep water permits in the Gulf…

We American’s need gas and oil too much…..

And the Gulf states need the jobs, taxes and money for their economies….

They need to stop the leak…

Clean up….

And move on……

“Our bottom line is that we absolutely want drilling to be done safely, but it shouldn’t take months of federal government committees and meetings,” Gov. Bobby Jindal told reporters Thursday.
Jindal’s comments came in response to the Obama administration’s recent decision to halt all deepwater oil exploration in American waters for six months while a safety review determines the chances of another underwater blowout like the one that began the BP disaster and killed 11 rig workers.

Local residents and members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation in Washington have criticized the six-month time frame as arbitrary and potentially catastrophic to the state’s economy and the hundreds of thousands of Louisianans whose jobs depend on the oil industry.

The Obama administration has said the president will propose an Oil Spill Unemployment Assistance Program for workers who lose their jobs because of the moratorium, but Jindal said people don’t want unemployment checks — they want work.

“Just because the federal government can’t do their jobs doesn’t mean thousands of Louisianans should lose their jobs,” he said.

Along with Jindal, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) called on the administration to lift the moratorium while the safety review goes on. “There is no one more environmentally devastated by this oil disaster than the people of the Gulf Coast. It’s our coast, our marshes, and our way of life that is being impacted,” Vitter wrote in a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. “Simply put, [the moratorium] will cost us more jobs and economic devastation than the oil spill itself.”

According to the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, the moratorium means that 33 floating drilling rigs — typically leased for up to $500,000 per day by companies like BP, Chevron, Shell and Marathon — are costing local rig operators $16.5 million per day.

But Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said the real pain is being felt by the men and women who work on those rigs (between 100 and 200 on each rig) and the estimated 20,000 people whose jobs on shore support them, including supply boat operators, welders, divers, caterers, and tugboat runners. The LMOGA estimates that the lost wages locally could top $330 million per month while the rigs sit idle.


Note…..On this one……. Obama is in a lose…lose situation…..

The media is fanning anger at BP and him….

They are constantly showing pictures of oil soaked wildlife…..

He can’t leave the country to get away….

The Gulf stste politicians are asking for money…while beating him up for not enough action …..

And they want him to get rid of the ban so they can have MORE drilling..

The British are pissed for him pissing on BP….



EXCEPT …..Wait….. like everyone else for BP …….AND LOOK PAINED……

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June 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 15 Comments

The cap is catching about half the oil coming out of th Gulf Oil well pipe…

That IS Progress…


But nevertheless Progress….

The containment cap that’s sucking some of the oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico is making slow but measurable progress.

The lid trapped about 441,000 gallons of oil Saturday, BP spokesman Mark Proegler said Sunday, up from about 250,000 gallons of oil Friday.

That’s still only a little more than half of the higher estimates of oil leaking each day from the well that began gushing oil into the water when a BP rig exploded April 20. It’s also unclear just how much is still escaping.

An estimated 500,000 to 1 million gallons of crude is believed to be leaking daily. BP chief executive Tony Hayward told the BBC on Sunday that the cap is likely to capture “the majority, probably the vast majority” of the oil gushing from the well.

Yet Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, head of the federal oil spill relief efforts, tempered that enthusiastic outlook.

“We’re making the right progress,” he said Sunday in an interview aired on CNN‘s “State of the Union.” But he added, “I don’t think anybody should be pleased as long as there’s oil in the water … So I would say progress has been made but nobody should be pleased until a relief well is done.”

The next step is for engineers at BP to close vents on the cap that were deliberately allowing streams of oil to escape the system so water could not get inside.

BP plans to use an additional set of hoses and pipes to increase the amount of oil being trapped, but the ultimate solution remains a relief well that should be finished by August.


June 6, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , | 5 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…….


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

Talkandpolitcs……BP expenses and profits…….

Spill expenses so far: about $1 Billion

Profits 1. Quarter this year: $6 Billion


Comment from the Dog……Think about all the oil coming out of that well…..That’s awful lot ain’t it?

Here’s something that ought make some people REAL happy….In the end you know the scenario is to drill relief pipes into the area…..THEREAFTER they will continue to pull oil from that find?…That would enable BP to make MORE money from the same deposit…..

May 30, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Projections, The Economy, Updates, Weather | , , | 2 Comments

In Defense of President Obama on the Oil Spill….

This is why president’s gets the bennies…

This is crunch time…..And he just made a call….

In these situations there is no right answer…

The Dog has preparing the pound for this moment…

The Oil spill in now the Administration’s ….

The President has announced that at today’s presser …….” The Government is in Charge!”

Praise the Lord!…

We can all go home now…

Except…this is a Kobayashi Maru…..

There is no GOOD solution.….

The White House at first had the line…..’It’s their well…let them handle it’

Then when their was no oil coming ashore it was….’Okay maybe we can hunker down and get thru this?’

But The Dog began to post up this story …With this caveat….The Feds where get this dumped in their lap as soon as the oil picture started coming in…

That’s what happening now…

And even if you’re the President of the United States…..

Nature is going to hurt you politically on this…..

The BP oil spill, now in its 38th day, is different. It oozes, it spreads, it mushrooms, it winds its way toward our coastline while doing untold damage beneath the Gulf of Mexico. It is seemingly immune to containment domes, pipe intrusions, junk shots and other weird-sounding measures that most of us had never heard of. And it has begun to stain the Obama administration, perhaps in an indelible way.

It’s increasingly apparent that the president has mishandled the politics of the situation, which is why you’ve got the presser Thursday and the gulf trip Friday. But I’m not convinced that Obama could have ridden to the rescue on the leak itself.

British Petroleum is a flawed and, critics would say, reckless oil company. But could a government that has presided over the Madoff mess, the Wall Street meltdown, the S&L bailout, the Toyota debacle, the Massey mine collapse and two exploding space shuttles have done any better?

Still, as a barometer of Obama’s political position, it’d be hard to top the rant that James Carville unleashed yesterday on “Good Morning America.” The Cajun rage was on display as the Louisiana native, normally a reliably Democratic voice, let loose:

“The president of the United States could have come down here, he could have been involved with the families of these 11 people. . . . He could be commandeering tankers and making BP bring tankers in and clean this up. They could be deploying people to the coast right now. He could be with the Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard . . . doing something about these regulations. These people are crying, they’re begging for something down here, and it just looks like he’s not involved in this. Man, you’ve got to get down here and take control of this, put somebody in charge of this thing and get this thing moving. We’re about to die down here.”

I’ve seen interviews with Louisiana shrimpers and others who are watching their livelihood be destroyed and it’s heart-rending. The government deserves a large slice of the blame for rubber-stamping industry permits in the first place. And the lack of aggressive reporting on these agencies has become the signal failure of Washington journalism.

The incumbent takes the hit when things go wrong, even if the bumbling response is primarily BP’s fault. That’s how politics works. USA Today goes with the day’s cliche — “Is oil spill becoming Obama’s Katrina?” — in reporting that 53 percent in its poll disapprove of his handling of the crisis.

But I wonder whether some of the demands now being made of Obama are realistic. What should he do now?


May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , , , | 8 Comments

Offshore Oil drilling continues……

[ BP has stationed one oil rig above the mile-deep wellhead to siphon the leaking oil and two other rigs to drill relief wells.* ]

Least you think this country has forgotten for one moment……. what it uses to fuel its millions of cars, trucks, boats , airplanes and even lawn mowers…….

It hasn’t…..

As my friend Manila would say…..


There really isn’t any choice…..

In the days since President Obama announced a moratorium on permits for drilling new offshore oil wells and a halt to a controversial type of environmental waiver that was given to the Deepwater Horizon rig, at least seven new permits for various types of drilling and five environmental waivers have been granted, according to records.

The records also indicate that since the April 20 explosion on the rig, federal regulators have granted at least 19 environmental waivers for gulf drilling projects and at least 17 drilling permits, most of which were for types of work like that on the Deepwater Horizon shortly before it exploded, pouring a ceaseless current of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Asked about the permits and waivers, officials at theDepartment of the Interior and the Minerals Management Service, which regulates drilling, pointed to public statements by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, reiterating that the agency had no intention of stopping all new oil and gas production in the gulf.

Department of the Interior officials said in a statement that the moratorium was meant only to halt permits for the drilling of new wells. It was not meant to stop permits for new work on existing drilling projects like the Deepwater Horizon.

But critics say the moratorium has been violated or too narrowly defined to prevent another disaster.

With crude oil still pouring into the gulf and washing up on beaches and in wetlands, President Obama is sending Mr. Salazar and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitanoback to the region on Monday……


* While the media keeps it dog and pony show going on with the Feds…BP and its hired contractors will go on until they finally cap the pipes spewing the oil into the Gulf…..

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Oil comes ashore on Louisiana Beaches…..


It will get REAL sideways from this point….

The abstract concept of the BP Gulf oil leak will now feed the media with fresh evidence….

The people of the Gulf Sates are about to undergo another economic hardship……

“We knew it was coming,” said PJ Hahn, Plaquemines Parish’s Coastal Zone Manager. Mr. Hahn saw the crude first-hand on Wednesday in the sensitive Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area.

“It was just thick, gooey oil in pools all up against the marsh,” he said. The marshes, which teem with wildlife, help keep erosion at bay, and if they’re damaged by the crude, officials fear that even more of Louisiana’s rapidly disappearing coastline would melt away into the Gulf.

“We haven’t seen the worst of it,” said Billy Nungesser, president of Plaquemines Parish, the area where the Mississippi empties into the gulf and the bulk of the beached oil has been found.

The arrival of tides bearing crude, one month after the spill began, underscores the heavy and unprecedented environmental toll the Deepwater Horizon incident could have in a region that has long been familiar with oil and gas production. The Macondo deepwater well, which Transocean Ltd. was drilling for London-based BP PLC, is still gushing crude into the Gulf. BP said Thursday that an effort to siphon the crude directly from a damaged drilling pipe into a ship on the surface is capturing about 3,000 barrels a day of oil. The company is working on a plan to inject heavy drilling fluids into the well to shut down the leak.

Also, more questions are being raised about whether the chemical being used by BP to break up the oil is more toxic than some other alternatives.

In an effort to stave off damage until a solution could be found, BP hired local fishermen to lay plastic piping, known as “boom,” in spots along the Gulf coast. BP and federal officials have acknowledged that they don’t have enough boom to wall off the entire coastline, a jagged jumble of inlets, islands and bays. So they are playing triage, deciding which areas are the most important to block off as winds and currents constantly shift.


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May 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , , | 9 Comments

One of the three Oil pipes are caping in the Gulf Oil leaks……….

British Petroleum ( BP ) has capped one of the open oil pipes in the Gulf of Mexico ……

While it is the lowest producing pipe…..

It IS progress…

The next step for the project is to lower a four-story containment cap on another one of the pipe sending oil into the Gulf of Mexico waters……

Though by itself the move was not expected to reduce the amount of oil being released — estimated at 210,000 gallons a day — it “does enable to us to make progress, to winnow down the focus from three leaks to two,” said the spokesman, John Curry.

Submersible robots, controlled remotely from a ship on the surface, were able to place a specially designed valve over the end of a leaking drill pipe lying on the sea floor in water about 5,000 feet deep, and stop oil from escaping at that point, Mr. Curry said. The company had been trying since Monday to place the specially designed valve but had been hampered by rough seas and high winds that diminished on Tuesday.

With one valve shut, BP is now turning its attention to capping the worst of the leaks. Crews have loaded a 98-ton, four-story structure called a containment dome onto a barge, and are expected to tow it at midday Wednesday to the site of the spill, a 12-hour trip.

The plan is to lower the dome to the sea floor and place it over the leak, capturing the gushing oil and funneling it up to a rig waiting at the surface. That is expected to be operational by the end of the week, BP officials said.

Weather conditions continued to look promising on Wednesday, allowing recovery crews to move forward on several fronts to control the spread of the oil slick.

Mr. Curry said crews were preparing to conduct a “controlled burn” of some of the oil at sea, and that skimming boats were out in other areas to corral the thick oil from the surface of the water. Aircraft were also expected to resume dropping dispersants from overhead.

The report of progress in containing the leak came as BP, which is responsible for cleaning up the vast oil spill resulting from the fatal explosion and fire that destroyed the rig it was leasing, acknowledged that the flow of oil could become vastly larger than initially estimated…..


May 5, 2010 Posted by | Ecology, Government, Media, Military, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Weather | , | 3 Comments