Tues: They’re Cutting the Pipe

BP and Your Federal Government, welcome you to the Gulf of Mexico’s Dia de los Cortadores de Pipa celebration for the first day of Hurricane Season.  

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His Tools Are Bigger Than Your Tools

And the sooner he can get this done:

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ROV moving under the BOP with headlights as pincer arm prepares to grasp pipe for the saw to cut



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June 1, 2010. Tues afternoon.   BP Starts Cutting the Pipes coming out of the BOP of the Deepwater Horizon.  Oil spill of the Deepwater Horizon, day 41.


The Sooner he can go on to getting his life back.

Poor Baby.  BP CEO Tony Hayward laments the distraction that 2 million gallons of oil a day can cause when it hits our nation’s biggest marine nursery for subtropical fish, mammals, and birds.

video transcript:

BP CEO Tony Hayward:  “We’re sorry.

We’re sorry for the massive disruption this caused to their lives.  I…. we’re….  there’s no on who wants this thing over more than I do.  I want my life back .”

narrator:   Life here may never be the same. The water and all that lives in and around (shows oiled pelican) could be harmed for years.  So on this holiday weekend some people in New Orleans protested.

bullhorn:  we’re trying to clean up this mess

woman with umbrella:   I’m  filled with anxiety every night and I hope that BP executives feel the same way, unfortunately I doubt that they do.

Meanwhile, Rear Admiral Mary Landry, lately famous for shepherding the Lost, er, BP’s hapless spokesperson Doug Suttles, thru the official press conferences,  has been put back on duty with the Coast Guard to prepare for Hurricane Season.    http://www.deepwaterhorizonres…

Just as Attorney General Eric Holder announces a criminal investigation into what BP was doing, and the President issues another sternly worded statement.


“We will closely examine the actions of those involved in the spill. If we find evidence of illegal behavior, we will be extremely forceful in our response.” Holder said in New Orleans.    

The president said that if laws are insufficient, they’ll be changed. He said that if government oversight wasn’t tough enough, that will change, too.

Laws, schmaws.  What about policy. Who opened more coastal offshore areas to bidding leases?  And enforcement of existing safety checks. Who’s MMS signed off on the well design ?

This from the same guy who couldn’t find anybody doing anything criminally wrong with Jack Abramoff’s old unindicted co conspirators, nor from the mercenary and CIA rendition & torture crews since his boss has been in office.  Did I mention that Abramoff was a long time lobbyist for foreign energy interests ?

It’s all good !

Pass the candles.   Prepare the offerings.


edit update 5:30 pm PDT:

  Per the Alabama Dept of Health pdf link in the first comment, oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill has now officially reached the coastline of Alabama, near Dauphin Island,  closing the offshore oyster beds, and fishing grounds of that state.  You can beach, but don’t get in the water or swim, and seek medical advice if you have trouble breathing.   They didn’t say what legal advice to seek if you have trouble earning a living.

Warning. Not. Snark. BP has hired the former press secretary for ex VP Dick Cheney to be their new spokesperson for US media relations.  Anne Womack Kolton, formerly of the Brunswick Group , also defended Dick Cheney’s secret Energy Task Force,   http://emptywheel.firedoglake….   and ran public affairs in the Dept of Energy under George W Bush.

from Brunswick


Before joining the Department of Energy, Ms. Kolton was Director of

Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Treasury,
where she was the

primary spokesperson on issues and policy related to financial markets,

financial institutions and financial education. She has extensive

on-the-record experience with the media, particularly those covering energy

and finance. Ms. Kolton also served as an advisor to  Securities and

Exchange Commission Chairman William Donaldson, as a White House

spokesperson and on major state and national political campaigns.

Cheney, The Treasury, and the SEC.   Perfect.  If Darth Cheney didn’t have his sticky little fingers in it directly before, he does now.


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  1. Oil has officially come home to you

    http://adph.org/news/assets/10…  (pdf download fr AL dept of Health)

    The Alabama Department of Public Health, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, and Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are taking steps to protect the public’s health as a result of new developments concerning the Gulf oil spill.

    Oil has been identified on a portion of Dauphin Island beaches and in waters immediately offshore. In response, the Alabama Department of Public Health is issuing a swimming advisory for Dauphin Island beaches. Because of the presence of visible oil in Gulf waters adjacent to Dauphin Island, individuals are discouraged from swimming in these waters. The Alabama Department of Public Health will be posting signs advising residents not to swim.

    The state health officer will be closing all Alabama oyster beds at 3 p.m. CDT today. This closure is precautionary due to presence of oil in Alabama waters. In addition, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will be closing all Gulf waters, including Pelican Bay, west of longitude 88 degrees 4.5 minutes to all commercial and recreational fishing. This closes Alabama Gulf waters to fishing from the east end of Dauphin Island to the Mississippi state line.  

    In an effort to ensure the health and safety of the public, ADEM has been collecting water and sediment samples for more than a week. Hydrocarbons have been detected in Alabama waters which extend from the shoreline to points three miles offshore. At this point the detected chemicals do not pose a health threat and the concentrations are lower than levels permissible in drinking water.

    Dr. Donald Williamson, state health officer, said, “These are precautionary measures to protect the public’s health. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess the need for further advisories if the situation changes.”


    Residents should take the following additional precautions.

    Protective Measures

    • Avoid direct skin contact with the oil. If you get oil or tar balls on your skin, wash with soap and water.

    • Launder clothing as usual if you get oil on it. There is no need to use harsh detergents, solvents or other chemicals to wash oil from skin or clothing, and it is discouraged.

    Food Advisories

    • If a fish smells or tastes like oil, do not eat it.

    • Wash hands before eating.


    Some people also may be sensitive to any change in air quality, which could cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or headaches. If you have these symptoms, authorities recommend you consider staying indoors, ventilating your home with air conditioning, and avoiding strenuous outdoor activity. If these symptoms do not improve, you should then consider contacting your primary care physician or other health care provider for medical advice. If you have pre-existing medical conditions, such as asthma or other respiratory illness, you should consider communicating with your physician if you feel symptomatic.

    Updated information will be available at http://www.adph.org .


    • Edger on June 2, 2010 at 02:59

    a very clear live video feed if you want to embed it here too?

  2. The hypocrisy of prObama, Holder-onya, et. al. proclaiming they will get to the bottom with a criminal investigation is beyond jaded.  

    Since I first heard Holder’s arrogant, self righteous statements on this early in the day, I wanted to scream that he, and his boss, had refused to do anything about the criminality of the Bush-43 Administration which most certainly led to this.  

    You mention this, ARC, I know.  But I just had to repeat it.  What a travesty.  But then I guess BO likes all the precedent of unprosecuted power abuses which his, BO’s administration, received as great gifts from the previous criminal regime.

    If Darth Cheney didn’t have his sticky little fingers  prick in it directly before, he does now.

    And the whole Bush Admin sticky little ‘stick it to us’ policies which the BO Admin finds it obviously enjoys so much.

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