June 8th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Day 50: 11 dead, unknown gallons of oil, no end in sight

[Updated at 5:51 p.m.] We've reached the milestone of Day 50 of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, which has become the biggest one in U.S. history. The government's point man on the response says it could take until the fall for the underwater gusher to be capped, and years until the environment damaged by the disaster is restored.

While BP tries to continues to work on how to stop the oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico, anger is growing over who is to blame.

BP has been met with harsh criticism for not being prepared for the worst-case scenario and for the amount of trouble it is having capping the leak. Take a look at all of the efforts they've tried, what BP hoped would happen and how it worked out.

The oil rig explosion killed 11 people and is now leading to an environmental disaster threatening the livelihoods of those in the fishing, seafood and tourism industries.

So now, advocacy group MoveOn is planning to hold nationwide vigils Tuesday night to call for stepped-up efforts to stop the spill. And people across the country have been protesting BP and complaining about the lack of coordination and attempts to really work to stop the damage.

BP and officials say they're trying their hardest, but they've encountered trouble along the way. The biggest problem? The sheer amount of oil and the difficulty in controlling where it is going, according to the government's point man, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen.

Now, in addition to fighting a battle in the Gulf, BP is also fighting a massive public relations battle.

First, it was a fake BP Twitter account that grabbed people's attention - one that mocked the company's efforts. Now the oil company seems to be trying to take matters into its own hands. CNNMoney.com reports the company is snapping up search phrases like "oil spill" and "oil spill claims" on Google and Yahoo. The strategy, says a company spokeswoman, aims to "assist those who are most impacted and help them find the right forms and the right people quickly and effectively." It also will help them control their message.

And these days it is all about the message those being held responsible are trying to send - and that includes the president and his administration.

President Obama, who has come under fire for not having the government step in sooner, defended his administration's response, telling an interviewer he has met with experts to learn "whose ass to kick."

Obama also had some tough words for BP - telling NBC's Matt Lauer - that he would have fired CEO Tony Hayward for downplaying the oil spill. Hayward said he "wanted his life back" and said the impact of the spill would likely be modest.

"He wouldn't be working for me after any of those statements," Obama told Lauer on the TODAY show.

Another flurry of  frustration with Obama centers on the Minerals Management Service, which oversees U.S. offshore drilling, including the Gulf of Mexico. The MMS has come under fire for mismanagement, questionable conduct and cozy relationships with industry officials. Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar, during an appearance before the House Committee on Natural Resources, said he was trying to change the agency's culture and its structure, which some critics say leads to mismanagement.

Bobby Maxwell, a former Minerals Management Service auditor who spent 22 years with the Interior Department, tells CNN that he witnessed "inspections" on offshore oil rigs that were barely worth the name.

As this national story continues to develop, check out our full coverage page, and we'll continue to bring you the latest developments. Here's where we stand right now.

LATEST UPDATES

- President Obama will make another visit to the Gulf Coast next week to review efforts to contain and clean up the worst oil spill in U.S. history, the White House announces. 

- BP has provided new high-resolution video of the underwater gusher Tuesday after receiving a letter from Sens. Barbara Boxer and Bill Nelson imploring it to do so. Boxer and Nelson requested "full access to all video" related to the disaster to help independent experts determine the exact rate of oil flowing from the ruptured well. The latest minimum estimates have put the rate at between 12,000 and 25,000 barrels a day (500,000 to 1 million gallons), but scientists have complained about the quality of video used to determine those numbers, saying the amount could be much higher.
 
- BP CEO Tony Hayward has been asked to appear at a hearing June 17 before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
 
- BP announces that it will donate net revenues from the sale of oil skimmed off the water's surface to a new fund created to help restore wildlife affected by the environmental disaster.
 
- The Department of Interior issued new safety requirements for offshore
drilling Tuesday. The directive strengthens safety measures for drilling in
shallow waters as recommended by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in a report to the Obama administration. Deepwater drilling operations remain under a six-month moratorium in the wake of the disaster.

- In a letter to rig owner Transocean released Tuesday, Rep. Nick Rahall, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, raised concerns about staffing shortages aboard the Deepwater Horizon rig on the day of the explosion, citing daily drilling reports provided by the company.

"I have serious questions about whether enough people were working on the night of April 20 to adequately handle the complex operations that were being performed, of if crew fatigue caused by extended shifts may have played a role."

- BP said that as of Monday, it has paid nearly $49 million to individuals and businesses affected by the spill. The company said it expects to issue a second round of payments this month to cover anticipated lost income or profits, bringing the total it has paid to about $84 million.

- Alabama Gov. Bob Riley said he was frustrated with BP's reimbursement process, announcing that he will send National Guard troops and emergency management workers into affected communities to help residents prepare claims forms.

- The latest Consolidated Fish and Wildlife Collection report says 380 oiled birds and 50 sea turtles have been rescued alive; 594 birds and 250 sea turtles have been found dead.

- BP kept 621,000 gallons of oil from flowing into the Gulf of Mexico in the past 24 hours, said Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's response manager. He said the collection levels have "climbed steadily" since the containment cap became operational and they are expected to continue to grow in the next few weeks.

- The brother of one of the 11 workers killed in the explosion on the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon blasted BP chief Tony Hayward on Tuesday. Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Christopher Jones highlighted Hayward's recent remark that he wants his "life back."  "Mr. Hayward, I want my brother's life back," Jones said.  "We will never get (his) life back."

- Initial water samples have confirmed low concentrations of subsea oil from the ruptured BP wellhead, said Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "We suspected that but it's good to have confirmation," she said at a news conference Tuesday.

- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, called Tuesday for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's corporate liability laws in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, arguing that "no one's life should become an asterisk in somebody's cost-benefit analysis."

- BP has collected about about 1.8 million gallons of oil from the ruptured Gulf of Mexico well in the last four days, the company said Tuesday.

CLEANUP

- Workers in Louisiana have built about 2 miles of sand berms along the state's coast, Gov. Bobby Jindal said.

- BP Managing Director Bob Dudley said the company has agreed to pay $360 million toward the berm project, which is aimed at raising walls of sand along Louisiana barrier islands to catch the oncoming slick.

- BP says that it has closed one of four valves on the top of the cap and that the process is working well. The company says it may not close all four of the valves because engineers think the valves may be releasing more gas than oil.

- Federal authorities reopened about 340 square miles of federal waters off the Florida Panhandle east of Destin to fishing Monday after finding no sign of oil in that area, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration announced.

- The federal government has accepted Canada's offer of 3,000 meters - or more than 9,800 feet - of ocean boom to help combat the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, a State Department spokesman said Monday. The boom is expected to arrive in the Gulf on Tuesday.

- The total amount of crude being collected from the ruptured undersea well responsible for the Gulf oil disaster increased Sunday to roughly 466,000 gallons, or 11,100 barrels, according to estimates from BP and Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's response manager for the spill. On Saturday, BP indicated that it had increased the amount of crude being funneled to the surface to roughly 441,000 gallons.

- Since the containment cap was installed Friday, the total number of gallons of oil being captured on a daily basis has nearly doubled, Allen said at the White House on Monday.

- BP "anticipates moving another craft" to the well site shortly in order to raise the capacity of oil that could be captured on a daily basis to roughly 840,000 gallons, or 20,000 barrels, Allen said.

- In advance of approaching oil, Florida has about 250,000 feet of boom spread around the Panhandle and has another 250,000 feet available, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said.

- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said that barely any oil had appeared on the state's shores but that its tourist industry was nonetheless feeling the pinch because of "misperceptions."

POLITICS

- Sen. David Vitter, R-Louisiana, asked that the moratorium on deepwater drilling be lifted early.

- Allen briefed President Obama and the Cabinet on Monday on the administration's ongoing response to the incident.

- Obama plans to personally offer his condolences to families who lost loved ones in the rig explosion, said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. The president has invited the families of the 11 dead workers to the White House on Thursday.

-  The widows of two men killed aboard the offshore drill rig that sank in April, ripping open the undersea gusher, told members of Congress that more needs to be done to keep oil companies from putting profits ahead of safety.

soundoff (269 Responses)
  1. ry petermann

    Check out this link for a song that address the oil spill. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu-9Dob_oXw

    You might have to cut it and paste it.

    June 8, 2010 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
    • will

      All this money that Bp has spent on trying to influence search engines results should be put to a better use like the oil leak not a Spill. and all the top water equipment is pointless if you dont stop the source the oil is coming from it will still spread. Everyone blaming obama its dumb its not his fault for Bp stupidity..

      June 8, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • m

      thank you canada for stepping up!!!

      June 8, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • dan Peragine

      Star from Yahoo posted this comment which I have been supporting fro 3 weeks now.;
      SUPER TANKER RETRIEVAL is CRITICAL. GET BP’s OIL OUT OF OUR WATER. Putting BP be in charge of the disaster is equivalent to putting Al Qaeda in charge of Home Land Security. BP has ruined our Gulf food chain, ecosystem and beaches with oil, chemicals, GREED. BP’s sub-sea containment failed. BP lied about the amount of oil being spilled & consequently, their retrieval efforts have fallen far short. SUPER TANKER RETRIEVAL is CRITICAL. There are miles & millions of gallons of oil slick with no ships or skimmers to retrieve it.
      In the 1990’s there was a comparable unpublished disaster in Saudi Arabia. Shell & the major oil companies organized a flotilla of super tankers surrounding the spill area. They pulled up oil and water until the oil was all retrieved. They retrieved 10 million gallons of oil and water per tanker per trip and effectively cleaned up the oil and saved the environment. BP’s oil did not have to reach Louisiana’s shore , it did not have to kill the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem, IT DOES NOT HAVE TO REACH FLORIDA & THE EAST COAST. Our government has failed with unforgivable procrastination for RETRIEVAL EFFORTS TO REMOVE THIS OILUS government officials are allowing the oil to continue to flow while oil company profiteers keep on keeping on. DEMAND SUPER TANKER RETRIEVAL CLEAN UP NOW. GET THE OIL OUT OF OUR WATER. Shell Oil CEO CALLED FOR Super Tanker Retrieval weeks ago on NBC news – if the government & BP had made the call then the tankers would be here by now.
      Please contact the President, the Department of Interior, Department of Justice, Governor, Senators and Representatives. SUPER TANKER RETRIEVAL NOW – GET BP's OIL OUR OF OUR WATER

      June 8, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Patty

      Instead of just vents, why couldn't they have made the vents where they could have connected pipes to them, so that after the cap was in place, they add a pipe to each vent to collect additional oil, but keep pressure from building?

      June 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry Cedars

      Who was the Company Man on the Rig??? Whats his thoughts on What Happened....

      June 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Moore

      Actually, the largest oil spill in U.S. history is the Lakeside Gusher in 1909. This spill actually dwarfs in comparison.

      June 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gil

      Nice one Ry!
      I wrote a song myself called "Drill Baby Drill" on 5/19/10 and decided to donate it to Global Green USA to help the Gulf Coast recover and move toward a sustainable future. CNN actually contacted me about this song.
      Check it out here, just fetured on No Depression the Roots Music Authority:

      http://www.nodepression.com/video/drill-baby-drill-song-to

      June 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan Medina, Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I am really outraged that there are no systems in place for a tragedy like this. Why can we build a rig, and not have a set of valves that are sectioned off in different lengths to be able to be turned off by a diver or automatic system?? it iIS our fault and the FAULT of BP for our demand, but it is BP's responsibility to deliver this product safely and without damaging the environment!! There should be NO OFFSHORE DRILLING if there are no PROVEN ways of preventing or actions to stop another tragedy like this!!!

      June 8, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      BP Plans to Replace Containment Cap Next Month
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      cbsnews.com/stories/2010/06/07/national/main6557952.shtml
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      "Company [BP] Believes a Bigger Cap Will "Provide a Better, Tighter Fit" over Oil Well Blowout at the Bottom of the Gulf of Mexico"
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      it's (exactly) MY IDEA published in June 6 on my blog and posted hundreds times (or sent via email with the text below) on several blogs everywhere on the Web... CBS, CNN, DHR Facebook Page, BBC, Huffington Post, WSJ, Bloomberg, NYT, BusinessWeek, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, etc. etc. etc.
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      thanks BP to have (finally!) decided to adopt MY VERY GOOD IDEA, but, NOT SO THANK for having waited so much to adopt MY ideas, and to (still) haven't acknowledged me as the inventor of this idea... :[
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      the BP's "cap" CLEARLY is a DRAMATICALLY WRONG idea!!!
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      don't wait more DAYS or WEEKS to do something better!!!
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      take a look and adopt NOW my NEW idea just published!!!
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      it can STOP up to 100% of the leak in a matter of days!!!
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      http://bit.ly/c8y9GX
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      in the mean time, just seeing its live video, the oil flow from the BP wellhead seems INCREASED VERY MUCH despite the "cap"...
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      deepwaterbp.com/
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      and it should continue to spill oil until this year's fall... WHEN the US governement and the Coast Guard will (finally) take the control of the crisis so far leaved to the BP's businessmen?
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      June 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      and other agree with me...
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      msnbc.msn.com/id/37573643/ns/disaster_in_the_gulf/
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      June 8, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      "Coast Guard seeking new ideas on dealing with oil disaster"
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      edition.cnn.com/2010/US/06/07/oil.disaster.new.ideas/
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      June 8, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      READ THIS AMAZING SCOOP ABOUT HOW BP WOULD BEEN ABLE TO STOP THE OIL SPILL FROM THE EARLY DAYS !!!
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      June 9, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Sad part is BP has everything to stop this leak but BP will not stop it at all. It is not in their best interest so they will play us all out till the releive wells are in place. They will make more money off the oil than they will spend in all the clean up and recovery cost. So Bp just tells us that this the best they can do.
      Think about this. If BP did stop the oil leak and the well cap held we would all want them out ASAP (Wich we already do) and the releive wells would not be drilled any further. Which would mean BP would loose out on all that cash from the oil well.
      Another thought, I have been watching the video from the ROV'S and by looking at the bolts they are in realy great shap. All they got to do is unbolt the old riser flange and drop a new valve with a new gasket in place and bolt it up. They could eather shut it down from there or the can hook up more pipe to the new valve and capture all the oil at the ships on the surface. Sounds easy but at those depths its not but it can be done. They drilled it and got all that equipment down there so im sure they can fix it this way, all they got to do is get off their butts and do it.

      June 9, 2010 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      Bid for Oil Recovery Workers Act
      Clean up recovery workers wage: @ 27.00 per hour.
      Wage per week estimate at: $ 1080.
      Health insurance issuance per worker @ $1,551.25 @ six workers = $ 9,307.05
      Estimated 6 workers per acre site – per day estimated recovery = 150 mph & drum capacities of 6 gal. ... 0.18 cu. m/hour to 0.42 cu. m/hour flow rate, 750 kg to 4500 kg weight 12000 V to 1380 V x 8 hours.
      Fueling cost per wet vacuums @ 1380 V 30 gallons @ 2.98 x 8 hours x 6 wet vacuums = $10.01 x 6 = $300.38 weekly.
      36 gallons waste oil – one 50 gallon drum with recovery and waste water removal = 216 gallons…Need 5 50 gallon drums – 2 process drums for waste water removal.
      Rent and Storage: 6400 sq ft. @ 1,500.
      Cost per drum @ 50 metals for $250 @ $1750 x 3 sets for storage and delivery to waste oil processing facilities.
      Transportation costs: estimated mpg@ $2.98 for diesel @ 5 deliveries and pick up – barrel drums @ = $500 fueling cost per week.
      Penske 26 foot truck @ $150 per day with full coverage insurance @ 30 days = $4,500.
      Area: Site location 1; Site location 2; Site location 3;
      Total estimated cost per month per six employees.
      Wages: $25,920.
      Health Insurance: $9,307.50.
      Cost 6 Wet Vacuums: $1,440.
      28 / 50 gallon waste drums: $7,000.
      Rent and Storage: $1,500.
      Fueling costs @ 6 wet vacuums: $1,201.54.
      Transportation costs: $4,500.
      Repair costs: $1,200.
      Clothing and hazardous clothing attire: $45.00 per uniform @ 6 = per month $2,400.00.
      Transportation Fuel costs: $1,800.
      Total Monthly Cost: $56,269.04
      Total Yearly Cost: $573,948.48
      *Distribution and contaminant – dependant on recovery and recycling sites.
      **Wet Vat consumption and containment estimate per 50 gallon drum @ rate per hour x 6 employees at 8 hour intervals.
      ***Estimated hours per week @ 40 hours each worker @ $672.00 weekly @ $27.00 per hour
      These are real costs associated with the clean up and recovery workers bidding on areas to help restore and preserve the coast lines along the affected oil spills.
      This is why the government wants you to bid.
      You are worth more than free use of time.
      Submit your bid now…and help restore the coat land areas.
      Be sure to communicate with those who will and can help start the bidding process.
      Go to the Bureau of Land Management and get an estimate on the areas you will be working.
      Work with the local agencies to help the bidding process.

      June 17, 2010 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. ry petermann

    There is a lot more to this song,this is just a taste. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu-9Dob_oXw

    Ry

    June 8, 2010 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
    • wayne holm

      We the government have the technology to stop this. there are engineers and cleanup specialists who BP wont listen to. We need to take control now. We can work a mile down and plug this damn hole. When are we going to wake up and stop this tragety because BP is taking their sweet time. Time we dont have..

      June 8, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • OKRight

      Idiot

      June 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steff

    BP's in some serious trouble... letting it go this long was more than likely intentional to give them reason for a takeover...

    Here's the news information on BP's potential seizure by the US: http://www.tacticalrss.com/?article=1478&headline=bp_assets_seizure_by_the_us_a_possibility

    June 8, 2010 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
    • LooseLips

      I'm not sure what argument you're trying to make – this article describes how the US will likely NOT be able to seize BP's assets. BP is not a US company, by the way, so the US has no power (or political guts) to do it.

      And what would the US do with some rigs and refineries anyway? Try to run them? A hoot. Or better yet, sell them off to Exxon Mobil (2nd largest U.S. oil spiller and not even interested) or Shell (has even more safety infractions than BP, do your homework) for scrap? Try getting claims out of that transaction. Need you all be reminded of what happens when the government runs something...FEMA!

      June 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. damiao

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com

    June 8, 2010 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. wes

    if obama cares so much for this country why doesnt he take ovre instead of just talking about it, if hes sooo great why doesnt he do something about it? also BP should just give all the money that they have to the US for making such an impact on OUR land!!!! or we should take all the oil from the gulf that us americans pick up an go put it on there beaches??? sounds like a good idea to me!!!!!

    June 8, 2010 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
    • NOSaints

      how old are you? Even if he could take over, where would the money come from to clean it up?? More taxes, yes that would make him more popular. This is BP problem that they need to fix, and by fix I also mean to help recover loses to those affected.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Sparky

      Take over and do what? Go down there personally, put on a hardhat and abandon managing a country and 2 wars? Get real.....If you're responsible for creating a mess you clean the damn thing up. Not sit and wait for someone else to do it

      June 8, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • corrina

      Maybe they should put it towards the leak instead of spending it on google and yahoo, and perhaps concentrate on the impact it's doing to the environment, not the amount of money they're losing. Everytime I look at this it makes me absolutely sick.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • patNY

      BP not the US has the equipment to work over a mile below the water's surface, so, we have no choice but to let them plug it up. Didyou not read the article? The Feds are coordinating the clean up through the Admiral. Obama is the US President and with everything else that's going on, he has to rely on people he can trust to delgate things to. This spill included. He has been to the region and is going back to over see the progress. Short of the guy flying down to the bottome of the Gulf and squeezing the pipe closed with his bare hands and single handedly rescuing all the wildlife from oil, people like you will criticize every step he takes. If he cured cancer you would complain he put oncologists out of work,

      June 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose

      hey, can you tell me which part of the US Govt has the expertise to handle this? the military can blow stuff up, FEMA -they arent sure what they do, Homeland Security? nope. cmon Wes, use that big brain of yours & come up with the right govt agency that can handle this. should the Pres be putting more pressure on BP? heck yeah. but as far as taking it over? if we dont really have a Dept of Environmental Disasters (Offshore Oil Spill Division) but if you like Wes, i'm sure they will create one, staff it, increase taxes to fund it and then get criticized for having a Dept that sits around & does nothing most of the time since disasters like this are thankfully not happening all the time. Or do you really want FEMA to branch out and take it over? think instead of being a drone...this should go on BPs tab, not the US taxpayers

      June 8, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      because he wants BP to take the hit for the shortcomings instead of him..and BP has all the related gov't agencies and experts from other oil companies at the command center already

      OBAMA OIL SPILL DISASTER

      June 8, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • batmobile

      Obama's leadership is getting the right people in there and getting the resources. The government doesn't have the equipment to plug a hole that is a mile down in the ocean. Why would anyone blame the government for BPs mess. BP fought long and hard against regulations and took the risk to go against recommendation by industry partners and they chose to drill and forgo safety steps. Ultimately, BP will fail and probably file for bankrupty or get bought out at which point the government will be held accountable for corporate greed.

      June 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • OKRight

      wes, you are an idiot

      June 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • OKRight

      Bob, your definitely an IDIOT

      June 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Codifex Maximus

      Seems to me that the US should take any revenue (In addition to other sources within BP) from the well that leaked to assist in paying for the disaster – as long as it takes. That should put a cap, so to speak, on less than sound engineering of under sea wells. (Mind you, I'm not blaming the engineers themselves... they are subject to being overruled by management.)

      June 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. joseph wiltbank

    How long do you guys think this oil spill will last I wondering because its killing our planet

    June 8, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. pmarkus

    North Sea oil rig safety is also re-examined after gulf oil spill http://bit.ly/9QCCJs

    June 8, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. NRPasse

    Here we are into Day 50 of this nightmare. Lets turn the clock back about 2 months to the "Toyota-gate" affair. The top dogs at Toyota admitted a cover-up of safety issues. Next comes a $16 million dollar fine, but the company still posted a $ 2 billion dollar profit in the same fiscal quarter. I'll bet Toyota is happy as a freaking clam that BP screwed up, so that Toyota is out of the media limelight. Woops , my bad; no clams.

    June 8, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. damiao

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com help to spread this idea overseas...

    June 8, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. woolie

    When one tries to lift a stone made too heavy one should plan to be severely bruised. Our slick even looks like a bruise.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. Saints

    http://www.wimp.com/copymachines

    DO THIS BP!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • PK

      Ya gotta admit, we Americans may not be as well educated as other countries but we sure do have an amazing cleverness that can't be beat. Too bad BP engineers are "too smart" and therefore not open minded about some of these ideas.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Freaking awesome.. why is this not making the news right now??

      June 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dennis

    What happens if they cant stop this leak. I read that this well is possibly the 2nd biggest oil well ever found. Why doesnt anyone address this?

    June 8, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. michelle

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPv_0RBQFEM&w=640&h=360]

    It's what you don't see on the surface. This is what friends found off Pensacola last week.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Islandson

      Indeed. That's what the dispersant does. Simply hides it from sight on the surface. Of course it's no less lethal. But in fact even more so because of the added toxins from the dispersants. Plus now you can't skim off and out.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. All American!

    "BP says that it has closed one of four valves on the top of the cap and that the process is working well." Yeah, right....come on BP, spew some more of your lies.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • clarkdes

      Couldn't agree more!!

      June 8, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jessica

    I imagine that conservatives/republicans must be conflicted. On one hand their mantra is "govt has no role in business"...and on the other hand, they realize now how utterly unpractical that position is. Has govt been involved, yes, but ultimately its BP at the helm, BP is the one making choices NOT to do whats best and right for thoes affected, BP is the one that is not putting all hands on deck to clean up the mess. BP Is the one downplaying and outright lying about how much is coming out, if there are underwater plumes, ect.

    The question is this, if the govt wasnt breathing down their neck – how much less would BP be doing?

    June 8, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
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