May 14th, 2010
12:27 PM ET

Obama blasts oil executives for Gulf spill blame game

[Updated at 12:27 p.m.] President Obama promised Friday that his administration will end what he characterized as a cozy relationship between the federal government and oil companies drilling in areas such as the Gulf of Mexico.

Moving forward, we will "trust but we will verify" industry actions, he said at the White House.

[Posted at 12:24 p.m.] President Barack Obama said Friday that he did not appreciate what he considered to be the "ridiculous spectacle" of oil executives blaming each other for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico during this week's congressional hearings.

"I will not tolerate more finger-pointing," he said at the White House.

He "won't rest" or "be satisfied" until the leak is plugged and the Gulf is cleaned up, he said.

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  1. Smith in Oregon

    Independent Scientists have found and proven what I have been actively complaining about since day ONE regarding the HEAVY CRUDE OIL gushing out of the Mercado Oil field exploratory well-head rupture.

    Namely, the specific crude Oil gushing out into the Gulf of Mexico IS NOT LOUISIANA LIGHT CRUDE, it is HEAVY CRUDE composed of 50% Asphalt.

    For WEEKS, BP and CNN Guests have erroneously repeated BP's talking points which include the misinformation that the crude Oil from this exploratory well is regular Louisiana Light Crude which mostly rises to the Ocean surface where it can be captured or dispersed.

    Independent Scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick. Their discovery is fresh evidence that the leak from the broken undersea well is far worse than estimates that the government and BP have given.

    “There’s a shocking amount of oil in the deep water, relative to what you see in the surface water,” said Samantha Joye, a researcher at the University of Georgia who is involved in one of the first scientific missions to gather details about what is happening in the gulf. “There’s a tremendous amount of oil in multiple layers, three or four or five layers deep in the water column.”

    You wouldn't see that with Louisiana Light Crude which the BP mouth-pieces and the Coast Guard Admiral have been MOUTHING.

    From day one, University of Louisiana Earth Science Dept. tested a sample from this specific well, found and reported it was HEAVY CRUDE OIL with 50% composed of Asphalt.

    Over and over I have stated and shouted the BULK of the spill is beneath the surface and for the first time, independent scientists in cooperation with NOAA took a look and YES I WAS CORRECT.

    In my opinion BP are crass and callous liars, the Coast Guard Admiral likely doesn't know this is NOT regular Louisiana light crude and is simply mouthing BP's talking points who supplied him with that FALSE information.

    Why is it important? The BULK of the Heavy Crude Oil remains deep below the surface and it is very difficult to disperse or biodegrade Asphalt components.

    Folks, in a refinery Tank Farm, the largest tanks hold 500,000 gallons (1/2 Million Gallons).

    To fit just one of the located huge undersea Oil Plumes you'd need a tank 10 Miles Long, 300 foot tall and 3 Miles across!

    Imagine how many MILLIONS of gallons of crude Oil are in just one of the huge Oil plumes which is 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick.

    CNN and viewers, please do not be fooled by the BP PR spin as they repeatedly show and discuss the relatively thin layer floating across several thousand miles in the once pristine Gulf of Mexico region.

    The Bulk of the Spill consisting of many Millions of Gallons of heavy crude Oil is beneath the Ocean surface. Insist on showing video taken by Independent agency's of beneath the Gulf of Mexico's surface.

    May 16, 2010 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lookin In

    The time for name calling and wrist slapping is over! These corporations have been the triumphant bullies long enough. The individuals who consequently suffer at the hands of the *dinosaurs are not only the American people but a global population, the environment and the affected creatures who share this earth with us. Hit them once and for all where it hurts the most, in $$$$$$$$$$$$. Fine them DAILY in the millions (billions if necessary) until the leak is contained and the damage is cleaned up. Pay compensation to the families who will be affected with lost revenue for years to come. The cost of cleaning this mess will add up to an insurmountable sum, who will pay for it? Inevitably it will be the population at large reflected in an increase at the pumps, all oil related products,seafood costs etc. etc.. Those responsible should pick up the tab for ALL of the damage their greed has caused. The repercussions of the Exxon Valdez spill (30+ years ago) are continuing to be felt even now, did we learn nothing from this disaster?
    This administration has been soft long enough, how can they publicly denounce corporate executives for placing blame when the government as a whole is doing it on a daily basis amongst themselves. Who F*****G cares whose fault it is! The damage is done and will continue to spread. GO FOR THE JUGULAR AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
    * Something that is unwieldy in size, anachronistically outmoded, or unable to adapt to change. (Definition 'dinosaur' from Random House Webster's College Dictionary)
    ** Though eloquence is never lost, the antelope who spouts poetry to the lion will still end up on the menu.

    May 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
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  4. Philip Tortora

    As this environmental disaster of epic proportions drags on – with the dire consequences yet to be fully determined and realized – the U.S. government needs to take a more urgent and heavy-handed approach to the clean up. And not publicly designate a company already being accused by many as grossly negligent and incompetent as the primary organization responsible for saving the environment.

    Sure, some of this is posturing and our government is letting BP know it has a lot of liability in the matter.

    But this oil spill has already spun way too far out of control, and it’s starting to seem like nobody knows what to do or how to stop it.

    May 16, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bonnie Anthony

    President Obama must demand that BP employ every means possible to immediately stop the thousands of barrells of oil from spewing into our gulf waters every moment of every day (affecting every aspect of the ocean, including destroying wildlife, marinelife, coral reefs, wetlands, fish spawning areas ). President Obama also needs to roll up his sleeves and dedicate all of his efforts to stopping this oil spewing 24/7 now! He needs to address the American people formally and honestly about this horrific catastrophe and crisis. All deep water oil wells/rigs should be stopped now to check for saftety and install all needed safely valuves to prevent another disaster of this nature from occurring again.
    Foreign countries, such as China, should not be getting their oil from the Gulf waters, here in the US. BP should provide jobs to the unemployed along the gulf coast to clean up the effects of this disaster, including savng marine and wildlfie. The horrific pictures of the oil gushing and spreading throughout our pristine and precious gulf and ocean waters says it all....we must demand that it stop immediately. The President needs to regard this as an eco-terrorism type catastrophe, whether it was intentional or not. The American people must insist that this tragic oil spill be stopped and averted for the future. Le'ts commit to alternatives (Not nuclear power, as this is just as dangerous...toxic, hazardous radioactive waste, threat of explosions or leakage, terrorism threat, etc)...but promotion and development of solar, wind and geothermal. This is where our energy future should be and we can accept nothing less than this. Let's hold all oil companies fully accountable and those who are negligent or contribute to these major disasters must go to jail and pay.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Constantine Balakiryan, PhD, Professor

    I have developed a concept to reduce the ecological catastrophe of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
    In my opinion, the solution to reduce scales of ecological accident in Mexican
    Gulf is to immediately start downloading liquid nitrogen into the oil well’s breakthroughs.
    The low temperature will increase the viscosity of oil and may even freeze it.
    The freezing will slow down the speed of emission of oil and make it easier to facilitate the collection of oil in the off shore sector.
    If you would like to discuss this concept with me please contact me.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Constantine Balakiryan, PhD, Professor

    BP testing President Obama’s patience
    Constantine Balakiryan, PhD, Professor
    The 43rd day is growing huge oil slick on the surface of the Mexican Gulf, with the dimensions exceeding the territory of many countries and many States.
    How long this can be continued?
    Does BP have sufficient technological resources to close the damned holes?
    They certainly do.
    Then, what is the real reason they aren’t resolving the problem, for example, using my know-how and equipment for freezing the oil with liquid nitrogen?
    The point is that blocking well BP will lose the"frosting on the cake”.
    That's why BP proposed a new project "B," which assumes not only drilling new wells, but also construction a new platform.
    For this escapade BP requests another 60-90 days.
    It is easy to imagine what kind ecological disaster awaits US, if plan «B” is approved.
    Very important to consider that the hurricane season is started, so the first hurricane sends in hell, all these shielding floats and oil will gush out to the territory not only the coastal states of the Mexican Gulf.
    It is time to act.
    Tomorrow will be too late.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Constantine Balakiryan

    From: Constantine Balakiryan, PhD, Professor.
    7 million barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico
    To day is 68th day, since the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. Oil keeps gushing from the leaking well into the Gulf of Mexico. The amount of spilled oil now is around 300 000 000 gallons.
    BP significantly reduces this rate motivated by the fact that the daily capturing 15-20 thousand barrels of oil.
    I have repeatedly explained, no matter how much oil BP capturing from the Cap, because the pump creates inside the Cap additional negative pressure which immediately compensated by the pressure in the petroleum layer and accompanied by an additional release of oil, correlated with this negative pressure.
    So, the amount of gushing oil unchanged or unaltered is about 90-120 thousand barrels per day.
    There are many people like myself, who would like to give alternative methods to BP and the government but lack the contacts to meet the right people. BP lacks thinking “outside of the box” and continues to solve its problems to the “best” of their knowledge.
    Using my know-how and liquid nitrogen oil freezing equipment we can shut the well during the nearest 3 weeks.
    Constantine Balakiryan, PhD, Professor.

    June 27, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. mark

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