This is just breaking within the past hour or so.
Below is the press release from the ‘Restore the Gulf.gov’ site along with the initial draft agreement.
Still looking at the news articles just coming online.
May 25 2010
BP Hard To Pin Down On Oil Spill Claims
NPR, Morning Edition – May 24, 2010
BP has repeatedly said it would pay all legitimate claims resulting from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but such promises raise a crucial question: What exactly does “legitimate claim” mean?
BP has declined to define the term or provide examples.
BP American President Lamar McKay remained steadfastly vague during a Senate hearing this month. Despite prodding from Washington Democrat Maria Cantwell, McKay would not veer off of his message: We’re going to pay all legitimate claims.
A BP spokesman declined to discuss the company’s definition of “legitimate.” In an e-mail, the spokesman said BP hired a firm called ESIS to assess all oil spill claims. As of last week, it had received nearly 16,000 claims. The spokesman said BP has in some cases paid some claims within 48 hours of receiving supporting documentation.
What exactly does “legitimate claim” mean? Good Question.
May 14 2010
Cool, being a life-long Science fan, I have always liked Experiments …
But I generally prefer those of the ‘Controlled Experiment’ variety. Those fly-by-night Variety, like combining a jet of Hair Spray with a tiny Lighter flame, always left me a little frightened.
Funny, I’m starting to feel that way again …
As the oil gushes from the broken well head at the sea floor, Rader says it has the potential to contaminate each layer of the water column that, “directly exposes those animals to toxicity, at the surface including the very sensitive surface zones where not only sea turtles and marine mammals and sea birds can be oiled, but also where the highways for fish larvae exist. And then as it rains back into the abyss over a much wider area carrying toxicants back into the deep sea where ancient corals and other sensitive ecosystems exist.”
One response strategy has been to use dispersants or anti-freeze-like chemicals to break the oil up into smaller globules.
It is a choice, he says, between two bad options. While the chemicals may protect birds and other wildlife by dissipating the slick before it reaches shore, their toxicity in the Gulf could harm fish and other marine life.
May 13 2010
Well here we go, and guess what, once again No Accountability, Especially for the deaths of the 11 rig workers, that’s Us, America, of the 21st century!!
This is just coming across from McClatchy and not very long but somewhat informative.
May 12 2010
There used to be a day when the ‘Blame Game’ was just NOT an option. There used to be a time, WHEN Action was called for, Action was taken.
My oh my, how times have changed.
“The buck stops here” is a phrase that was popularized by U.S. President Harry S. Truman, who kept a sign with that phrase on his desk in the Oval Office. (Footage from Jimmy Carter’s “Address to the Nation on Energy” shows the sign still on the desk during Carter’s administration.) The phrase refers to the fact that the President has to make the decisions and accept the ultimate responsibility for those decisions.