Shukri Ghanem, who serves as the (Libya) North African nation’s de facto oil minister, told a conference on Tuesday that the spill is “a real tragedy, but in a way it’s exaggerated.”
By JENNIFER QUINN
The Associated Press
LONDON — The head of Libya’s National Oil Corp. says he is happy for BP to continue to operate in his country’s territorial waters despite the damaging Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Oil from the blown-out undersea well has been washing up from Louisiana to Florida, killing birds and fish, coating marshes and wetlands and covering pristine beaches with tar balls and oily debris. A pair of relief wells considered the best chance at a permanent fix won’t be completed until August.
Westwell said Hayward was “genuinely sorry” not to be at the conference, where he had been due to give a keynote address on about the global responsibilities of international oil companies.
The massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico and the moratorium imposed by Obama dominated discussions at the World National Oil Companies Congress in the British capital, and a BP executive standing in for embattled CEO Tony Hayward was heckled by protesters.
- Date: 21 June 2010, 09:00 » 24 June 2010, 17:00
- Location: Grange St. Paul’s Hotel
- City: London
- Country: UK
- Website: Event website (external)
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My Note –
And they believe that the pictures coming in from the Gulf of Mexico, the media coverage and the reaction to the continuing deluge of crude oil going into the Gulf of Mexico – is exaggerated.
Well, there’s a reason they won’t deal with reality – they are discrediting reality instead of demanding solutions to the very real disasters and the realistic potentials of disasters from oil production, oil drilling, deepsea drilling and other petroleum harvesting activities.
Even today upon seeing this massive damage, they are discrediting the information as “exaggerated.”
No wonder nothing gets done to make things better and safer. The decision-makers are isolated in these sacred little halls among fellow elites that decide its all “much ado about nothing,” when confronted with any of the facts that there is a problem with how the petroleum industry is going about their businesses in the pursuit of profits by any means.
Those aren’t rational decision-makers. They are living in a fantasy land so far removed from reality that even the worst oil disaster in history doesn’t give them reason for pause or change or consideration.
They simply discredit the information and go on . . .
22 June * Tuesday
GALA DINNER & AWARDS
Celebrate your industry in style
Don’t forget to pack your tuxedos and gowns, as you definitely won’t want to miss the annual gala dinner and awards presentation on the evening of the 22nd June. Fine wine, exquisite food and the company of some of the greatest minds in the energy business will guarantee you a night packed with fun and networking at the highest level.
There will be three awards presented:
- NOC Executive of the Year
- IOC Executive of the Year and
- Joint venture of the Year
Last year’s winner of the NOC Executive of the Year award, H.E. Dr. Shokri Ghanem, Chairman, NOC Libya will be returning to bestow the honours.
- LIVE: Watch oil gush into Gulf
From a CNN IReport – June 22, 2010
Gentle, light-blue waves lapping her feet, Annette Stamm stood in silence as tiny tar balls tumbled ashore. Alongside her, residents and tourists lined the beach, watching helplessly as the oil arrived.
The vacationer had come to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, with about 25 family members to celebrate her parents’ 60th wedding anniversary. The family had been planning the getaway for two years. But, when they got there, no one was in the water. The kids couldn’t swim and everyone was disappointed.
Stamm grabbed a camera and started filming as the color of the tides changed and murky oil encroached the coast. “It really captured the moment,” she said. “It was terrible. Nobody said a word.”
Stamm, a diving aficionado and beach lover, hasn’t been able to shake the shock and disbelief she felt that day. The scene of floating tar balls in the clear water lingered in her mind.
“The hair on my arms just kept standing up for hours,” she said. “It was upsetting because I knew what [the oil] was doing to the environment.”
My Note –
That’s what happens when people are given lies about the tar balls and oil not being on the beaches and then when they’ve spent their money to get there and to have there time vacationing or celebrating in those areas – the oil comes ashore as it was known that would happen.
The state tourism boards and Governors are not doing anyone a favor acting like this event is not affecting their communities in advertisements and other public relations efforts. It isn’t fair and it leads people to believe that the oil won’t be there in the water where clearly it is.
NOAA Incident Update – June 21, 2010 (today is June 22, 2010)
Of the 504 turtles verified from April 30 to June 20, a total of 383 stranded turtles were found dead, 41 stranded alive. Four of those subsequently died. Four live stranded turtles were released, and 33 live stranded turtles are being cared for at rehabilitation centers. Turtle strandings during this time period have been much higher in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle than in previous years for this same time period. This may be due in part to increased detection and reporting, but this does not fully account for the increase.
The NOAA Ship Pisces reported a dead 25-foot sperm whale was located 150 miles due south of Pascagoula, Miss. and approximately 77 miles due south of the spill site earlier last week. The whale was decomposed and heavily scavenged. Samples of skin and blubber have been taken and will be analyzed. Sperm whales are the only endangered resident cetacean in the Upper Gulf of Mexico.
From April 30 to June 20, 50 stranded dolphins have been verified in the designated spill area. Of the total 50 stranded dolphins, 46 dolphins stranded dead, four dolphins stranded alive and two of those have subsequently died, one on the beach and the other euthanized. The other two include one in rehabilitation at Audubon Aquarium found Saturday and the one freed from oil booms.
(Birds are not included in this page).
|Trajectory Forecast Maps
24, 48 and 72 hour oil spill trajectory forecasts. Updated daily.
[ 24 Hour | 48 Hour | 72 Hour ]
GeoPlatform.gov/gulfresponse [leaves OR&R site] is a new online tool that employs the Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA®) a web-based GIS platform that provides you with near-real time information about the response effort. The site offers you a “one-stop shop” for spill response information.
The site integrates the latest data the federal responders have about the oil spill’s trajectory with fishery area closures, wildlife data and place-based Gulf Coast resources — such as pinpointed locations of oiled shoreline and current positions of deployed research ships — into one customizable interactive map.
(from NOAA response to the oil spill of Deepwater Horizon on Gulf of Mexico resources.)
From CNN just now –
Fishing ban for the Gulf of Mexico covers 90,000 square miles now.
The oil spill forecast for today and tomorrow –
From NASA Ocean satellite coverage –
MODIS website – NASA
Effective 4 May 2010:
A new page with quick links to imagery of the oil in the Gulf of Mexico, and additional information about the imagery, is available.
MERIS – ESA
The MODIS Rapid Response System generates daily near-real-time imagery of the oil in the Gulf of Mexico, including GIS compatible formats. Images are available in photo-like, true and false color from both the Terra and Aqua satellites at 2km, 1km, 500m, and 250m resolutions.
Images are available in photo-like, true and false color from both the Terra and Aqua satellites at 2km, 1km, 500m, and 250m resolutions.
Captioned, interpreted images of this event for educators, the media, and the public are available through the Earth Observatory Natural Hazards section under “Unique Imagery”.
June 19, 2010 Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico… (31 images)
On Saturday, June 19, 2010, oil spread northeast from the leaking Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil appears as a maze of silvery-gray ribbons in this photo-like image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.
The location of the leaking well is marked with a white dot. North of the well, a spot of black may be smoke; reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say that oil and gas continue to be captured and burned as part of the emergency response efforts.
The large image provided above is at MODIS’ maximum spatial resolution (level of detail). Twice-daily images of the Gulf of Mexico are available from the MODIS Rapid Response Team in additional resolutions and formats, including a georeferenced version that can be used in Google Earth.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (2010, June 20). Deepwater Horizon Incident, Gulf of Mexico. National Ocean Service, Office of Response and Restoration. Retrieved June 21, 2010.
NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey.
- Terra – MODIS
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
download large image (10 MB, JPEG) acquired June 19, 2010
My Note –
Judge Martin Feldman, New Orleans – Federal Judge hearing the case on the moratorium on deepwater offshore drilling was just announced to have denied the moratorium and in judgment against the moratorium. So, the FoxNews broadcast said at 1.55 pm today – a few minutes ago.
There was a comment by FoxNews about the hearing before Judge Feldman only lasting two hours with one hour scheduled for each side to have made their case yesterday and then today, he delivered his judgment. However, the US government can choose to appeal the case which will also be in the same Federal district court of appeals in the same building with Judge Feldman.
Honorable Martin Feldman
Judge Feldman graduated from Tulane Law School in 1957, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, and Assistant Editor of the Tulane Law Review. Upon graduation in 1957, Judge Feldman became Judge John Minor Wisdom’s first law clerk when Judge Wisdom was appointed United States Circuit Judge.
Judge Feldman served as Judge Wisdom’s law clerk in the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals from 1957 to 1959 and, thereafter, practiced law in New Orleans until October of 1983. His practice emphasized tax law and complex commercial litigation. He is a past chairman of the Law Reform Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association, and a founding member of the Section on Anti‑Trust Law. Judge Feldman is also a Life Member of the American Law Institute
On October 12, 1983 he was appointed United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana by President Reagan, and presently serves as the Chairman of the Fifth Circuit’s Committee on Pattern Civil Jury Instructions. Judge Feldman was a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Judicial Center (1991-1995), and was Chair of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges (1996-1997).
He is a visiting lecturer at Cambridge University, and an Honorary Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple Inn of Court, London.
Judge Feldman is a member of the Advisory Committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is Chair of the Board of Advisory Editors of the Tulane Law Review, and was the Fifth Circuit district judge representative on the Judicial Conference of the United States for the 2001-2004 term.
From 1994 to 2000 he was a lecturer in Constitutional Law and war powers at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Public Administration. During the Fall of 2002, he was Princeton University’s Distinguished Visiting Jurist in the James Madison Program of American Ideals and Institutions. He is a frequent James Madison lecturer at Princeton University and has been a guest lecturer at Amherst College in constitutional interpretation and the philosophy of the Rule of Law.
About Judge Feldman’s Opinion and Judgment on the moratorium from NPR article –
But the moratorium’s opponents — including oil industry and state and local government officials, as well as workers and even those like fishermen hurt by the oil spill disaster — said the administration’s moratorium was arbitrary and that there was nothing inherently dangerous about offshore drilling.
They called the ban a further blow, following the BP oil spill, to the Gulf Coast region’s economy that would unnecessarily cost thousands of jobs and billions of dollars. Judge Feldman agreed.
An excerpt from his opinion.
This Court is persuaded that the public interest weighs in favor of granting a preliminary injunction. While a suspension of activities directed after a rational interpretation of the evidence could outweigh the impact on the plaintiffs and the public, here,the Court has found the plaintiffs would likely succeed in showing that the agency’s decision was arbitrary and capricious. An invalid agency decision to suspend drilling of wells in depths of over 500 feet simply cannot justify the immeasurable effect on the plaintiffs, the local economy, the Gulf region, and the critical present-day aspect of the availability of domestic energy in this country. Accordingly, the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction is GRANTED.
My Note –
This Judge’s opinion and judgment was not based on the rights of the US government and its agencies to manage these permits on the offshore drilling in the interest of public safety and to place a temporary moratorium on the deepwater drilling operations. In fact, the judge’s opinion is based on some other considerations than public safety as noted in his opinion above.
If this judgment is allowed to stand, then the ability and authority of our government agencies to oversee, manage and regulate the offshore and onshore drilling operations will be compromised. It defied the rule of law which says that the management of these regulations, public safety and legal rights belong to our federal government – not to the lease holders exclusive of the considerations of our national interests and particularly when there are questions of safety in their dangerous operations and the ascertained facts which are that none of them have the capacity to mitigate a spill nor to manage a disaster caused by their operations.
I guess that wasn’t important to Judge Feldman in comparison to the profits and corporate interests involved. But, it is a matter of record that these rigs are dangerous and that the safety planning and oil spill response planning that they used for the initial permits was based upon faulty equipment, poorly placed belief in wide ranging systems well-proven to be deficient, and improperly developed spill mitigation concepts such as the Marine Spill Response Corporation and similar contractors’ plans submitted as their own.
It is just a matter of time. Not only are we not receiving royalties on any of these deepwater wells, but thr disaster filling the Gulf of Mexico has proven the worthlessness of their submitted safety and spill mitigation plans. It is very evident that the blowout preventers in use on these wells can and do fail and that is what they are using.
(from CNN story about the judge’s decision, strangely enough – )
Elsewhere, a spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry said the Islamic republic would consider helping the U.S. with the oil spill if asked, according to the Iranian Labour News Agency.
“The fact that America is still stuck, despite all its claims that it will solve this problem, is puzzling,” ILNA quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying. “The difficult solution of an oil spill, from the standpoint that it’s a humanitarian problem, persuades all countries to offer help.
“Iran has professional experts, and if the Americans ask for help we will take their request under consideration,” Mehmanparast said, according to the report.
Judge blocks deepwater drilling moratorium
By the CNN Wire Staff
June 22, 2010 2:53 p.m. EDT
My Note –
So, is Iran really taking this moment to be ugly and get in a jab at the US or are they really interested in being of help?
Govt. to appeal oil drilling ruling 1:49
(Also from a CNN link to one of their affiliates – )
Few opportunities for oil spill volunteers
by Katie Moore / Eyewitness News
Posted on June 15, 2010 at 5:45 PM
NEW ORLEANS — People across the country are trying to lend a hand with the cleanup of the oil spill.
But many are left feeling helpless because according to volunteer coordinators, there’s not much hands-on work available because BP is coordinating paid workers for the clean up.
It has locals doing just about anything they can think of to help out.
“It’s heartbreaking. You know, it starts to bring you to tears,” said t-shirt shop co-owner Anne Warren.
She said she didn’t know what else to do.
“When all of this began I think we, like a lot of people, just felt kind of helpless and wanted to help,” she said.
So, her Oak Street shop, Skip and Whistle, is doing what they do best, making T-shirts. “We thought of this as a way to gain exposure on a cause and raise money at the same time,” Warren said.
$10 of the $25 shirts will go to help with wildlife impacted by the oil spill. And other t-shirts are popping up all over town, a trend that says more than their catchy messages.
“What can you do? We wanted to do something,” Warren said.
“Unfortunately, there’s not a lot to do. There’s not a lot for the volunteers to do. A lot of it takes a lot of training,” said Cathy Puett, CEO of Hands On New Orleans.
The group is the non-profit that coordinates volunteer groups in the metro area in the event of a disaster, something Katrina taught them well.
“We get about five to 20 calls a day looking for that type of thing from people who are from out of town,” Puett said.
Seeing images like oil-soaked pelicans and beaches on television is leading thousands to want to get their hands dirty and help.
The Louisiana Serve Commission said they have 6,000 people in their database who are looking to help with the cleanup. Many of them get referred to Hands On New Orleans.
“We have had some people who have actually gotten mad at us. People who are frustrated with us but what they don’t understand is we’re really limited by again, safety issues, but also by BP,” Puett said.
WWL-TV reporter Katie Moore called BP’s volunteer line. They took her personal information and said someone would be in touch, but that the only opportunities available are administrative or picking up trash on a beach before the oil gets there.
Projects that allow people to get down to the oiled coast, like a coastal mapping effort, are surprisingly rare.
“We have six slots available,” Puett said.
Some are satisfied donating money. The Greater New Orleans Foundation started a gulf coast oil spill fund to help local fishermen.
“Since that time, it’s been a month or so now, we’ve received about $160,000,” said Marco Cocito-Monoc.
It’s all the result of that feeling of helplessness from an out-of-control disaster that no one can wrap their mind around. For some, the only way to try, is one t-shirt at a time.
When volunteer opportunities do become available, Hands On New Orleans sends out blast emails to everyone on their list.
You can sign up through their website, http://www.handsonneworleans.org
My Note –
I’m not sure if it is still the case, but it has been that there is only one contractor that was allowed to get the wildlife affected by the oil and even those qualified to participate and those organizations qualified to participate were being kept out of the area and denied the opportunity to lend a hand with wildlife rescue and recovery. Maybe that has contributed to the very few the contractors are getting cleaned up and released compared to the numbers being collected dead or those alive but in distress that are not getting cleaned up and released quickly. There is just too much to do and too much area to cover, but the incident command and BP continue to deny access and to restrict the available resources rather than expanding them. I just don’t get it.
Posted on June 20, 2010 at 12:08 PM
In Hopedale, the nerve center of the effort to protect the St. Bernard coastline from crude, boom and equipment sit, waiting to be deployed.
(from page of videos available here)
Miami Seaquarium To File Claim Against BP
Seaquarium Worried Water From Bay Will Be Tainted By Oil
POSTED: Tuesday, June 15, 2010
UPDATED: 8:13 am EDT June 16, 2010
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Although no oil has reached South Florida and there are no signs of that happening yet, Miami Seaquarium plans to file a claim to BP.The Miami Seaquarium has been using and recycling 10,000 to 20,000 gallons of seawater from Biscayne Bay since 1955.
Images: Local 10 Reporter Photographs Oil Over Louisiana Coast
Special Section: Gulf Oil Spill
“Keeping pristine water for our animals is paramount. It is our lifeblood,” said Seaquarium General Manager Andrew Hertz.With wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico already struggling with the oil spill, some are concerned that the water in Biscayne Bay could eventually become tainted with oil.
Seaquarium leaders said the time to act is now.”If I have damages, I’ve got dead animals that are irreplaceable. I need help on the front end to keep that from happening,” Hertz said.When the Seaquarium pulls saltwater from Biscayne Bay, the water goes through a complicated filtration system before it gets to the animals. But Seaquarium representatives said even that system cannot handle large amounts of oil, so they are looking at alternatives — but none of them are cheap.
“Whether it is digging a deep well here on property that hits salt water underground or whether it is burying a new intake under the seabed out there so the seabed turns into a filtration system for us, however it works it is going to cost money I don’t have in my budget right now,” Hertz said.
BP flexes muscle in D.C.
WASHINGTON (CNNMoney.com) — Even before the April 20 explosion on its rig off the Louisiana coast, BP spent millions of dollars lobbying Washington’s power players. BP will now tap that power and influence as it tries to repair its image.
In 2009, BP (BP) spent $16 million on lobbying, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. This year, it has spent $3.5 million through the end of March.
The lobbying firms working for BP are among Washington’s most influential, including one headed by Ken Duberstein, a chief of staff for President Ronald Reagan, and another led by Tony Podesta, whose brother was President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff.
“They are among the biggest of the big. Consistently, year in and year out, they spend millions in federal lobbying efforts,” said Dave Levinthal, spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics. “How that will change post-oil spill remains to be seen, but it would be hard to believe their numbers would do anything but go up.”
During the 2008 election cycle, BP spent $531,000, through its corporate political committee and in contributions to candidates. So far this cycle, it has spent $113,000, with most of the money going to Republicans.
What do they care about? Last year, BP had more than a dozen lobbyists working on energy legislation, energy jobs bills and derivatives legislation, which impacts the trading of energy futures.
Lobbying reports suggest it spends a lot of time hounding government officials inside the Departments of Interior and Energy. It also lobbies the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Security Council.
“They have a large government relations staff, and they have the budget to work all aspects of government in Washington,” said John Pendergrass, a senior attorney with the Environmental Law Institute, a Washington think tank.
Another way BP influences federal government is through its role as a major contractor for the military. Three of the past five years, BP has been the largest fuel supplier to the Pentagon, topping out in 2009 with a $2.2 billion contract, according to federal records.
( . . . lot’s more – really great article)
As BP defends itself from the barrage of worldwide criticism, it has added staff to its media team, including Anne Womack-Kolton, a former Energy Department employee and campaign press secretary for Vice President Dick Cheney
Added On June 21, 2010
CNN’s Anderson Cooper talks to Congressman Markey about BP’s worst case leak scenario: up to 100,000 barrels a day.
Added On June 22, 2010
This animated map, based on NOAA photographs, shows how the spill has spread through the Gulf of Mexico.
My Note –
Only covers through June 14, 2010
(Today is June 22, 2010 – a week later)
However, it is pretty dramatic in the coverage of the Gulf of Mexico by the spill increasing exponentially in the days shown, and especially now, if the other maps are consulted on the NOAA site. (listed earlier in this and other posts.)
Also from the CNN videos group –
BP oil scams 1:40
This video includes some current scams about paying to train in Hazmat which is wrong – there are also jobs listed in Florida – some 3500 on their website at the state – it tells about it in this video from CNN.
Big oil’s safety woes 3:52
Added On June 15, 2010
The oil industry has a long, checkered past when it comes to safety. CNN’s Carol Costello reports.
My Note –
This video describes 19 oil industry accidents, fires, and deaths in two months among other serious incidents even as the oil industry claims they have a great safety record. Maybe the members of the oil industry are living in a world where the truth simply doesn’t matter and where life means nothing as long as they make 300% profits.
– cricketdiane, 06-22-10