BP Spill Response Plans Severely Flawed--Big Surprise

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  • fokyc

    The American authorities should never have allowed these 'cowboys' of so called oil well drillers to set up in the Gulf to work.

    Identically the same situation had already arisen with Pemex in the Mexican field.


    This well was only 180 feet under the Gulf and it took over 8 months to fix!

    Incidentally the Mexicans refused to pay the USA any compensation.

    Similar problems had happened in the Timor Sea,


    The outcome was just waiting to happen and will happen again unless proper precautions are in place.

    The US has some of the best drillers in the world, why aren't they supervising these works?

  • sammielee24

    I saw the list this morning on the news and my jaw dropped!

    The professor to call should there be a spill was already dead when the list was drawn up! And the idiots at the governmental office signed off on it!

    If this isn't negligence then what is? No passing go - straight to prison. The Bhopal incident that killed thousands of people, just concluded and it's been what? Twenty six years?

    Exxon what? Twenty one years?

    BP - how many years should we bet on? Thirty? sammieswife

  • purplesofa



    How BP is controlling Google results

    When you search for information about the Gulf oil spill, BP wants you to see their side of the story first — and they're paying up to make that happen

    POSTED ON JUNE 7, 2010, AT 12:15 PM BP is paying Google big bucks to ensure their website is the first hit in a search list.

    BP is paying Google big bucks to ensure their website is the first hit in a search list. SEE ALL 32 PHOTOS

    If you search Google, Bing, or Yahoo for information about the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, there's a very good chance the top result will be a BP site explaining what the company is doing to mitigate the disaster. Coincidence? Hardly. BP is essentially renting oil-related search words and phrases to make sure search engine users see their pages first. (Watch one fan's parody of a "BP" Google search.) Here's a look at what BP's up to:

    Why is BP buying search terms?According to BP, ensuring that its own links are at the top of Google, Bing, and Yahoo's search results will "make it easier for people to find key links to information on filing claims, reporting oil on the beach, and signing up to volunteer," as well as learn about BP's efforts to fix the spill. Though it's hardly unprecedented to purchase search terms, some critics characterize BP's efforts as a PR offensive to influence public opinion and help salvage the company's besmirched image.

    What terms is it buying?BP acknowledges paying for "oil spill," and neutral phrases like "spill," "gulf oil," "offshore oil," "Louisiana coast spill," and "oil cleanup" all return search results with BP's sponsored link at the very top. BP's also apparently paying for "BP disaster," but not "gulf disaster" or "oil disaster."

    How much is BP paying for them?Google sells sponsored links, which are really a form of advertising, to the highest bidder. New York marketing analyst Scott Slatin, who specializes in search engines, estimates that BP is paying Google at least $7,500 a dayto "own the top positions" for related search terms, plus another $3,000 a day to cover Bing and Yahoo.

    Has anyone else done this before?Certainly. Political campaigns — notably John McCain's — have paid to sponsor keywords before, and some companies have sponsored links, usually through a nonprofit or lobbying outfit, to buy influence on certain topical political issues, like health care. But this is one of the more ambitious campaigns to combat a corporate PR nightmare — Toyota, for instance, didn't rent the phrase "Toyota brakes" earlier this year.

    Is this a good idea, business-wise?
    "From BP's perspective it's a brilliant move," says Motivity Marketing CEO Kevin Ryan. "If they're not buying that link that goes back to their message, they're kind of leaving the universe to kind of decide for itself." Slatin concurs that it's a "very effective" PR tactic.

    How about ethically?
    "That's another question," says Ryan. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) andPresident Obama both criticized BP for spending millions on PR that it could give to Gulf residents harmed by the oil. And BP's also using its deep pockets to elbow out "news and opinion sites that would normally buy at least one of these terms" — especially less-affluent nonprofits, says Jacqueline Leo in The Fiscal Times. "Oil money, as slippery as it may be, talks louder than most."

  • blondie

    The WTS uses this technique to make sure their main website comes up in the main position.

  • B-Rock
  • sammielee24

    ..and apparently after that screw up and all the hot air about BP being totally accountable for it's mess, some members of government think the taxpayer should foot the bill for it........sammieswife


    Chamber Of Commerce Says Taxpayers Should Help Pay For BP Spill Cleanup; GOP Leader Agrees, Then Recants

    First Posted: 06-10-10 01:56 PM | Updated: 06-10-10 02:16 PM

    Boehner Oil Spill

    Hey there, Americans! I'm sure, by now, many of you have had some time to reflect on the massive, unfolding Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and thought to yourselves, "My, that really is a terrible, apocalyptic cock-up!" But have you gone so far as to think to yourself, "My, that really is a terrible, apocalyptic cock-up, the costs of which I should logically be burdened with, because I am responsible for everything that happened?" No? Well, you should maybe start thinking that way, because the U.S. Chamber of Commerce thinks you should!

    You know, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce typically doesn't put itself out there as a big fan of socialism. But that all changes when we're talking about risk and liability. In those cases, they love socialism to death! And that's basically how Chamber President Tom Donohue is framinghis call to put a greater share of the oil spill price tag on you and me:

    "It is generally not the practice of this country to change the laws after the game," said Tom Donohue, the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. ". . . Everybody is going to contribute to this clean up. We are all going to have to do it. We are going to have to get the money from the government and from the companies and we will figure out a way to do that."

    Yes, now is the time for America to come together and demonstrate some communitarian pluck in response to the time that all of us collectively decided that British Petroleum should cut corners, blow up their oil rig, and cause a massive disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

    House Minority Leader John Boehner cosigns this call for collective responsibility:

    In response to a question from TPMDC, House Minority Leader John Boehner said he believes taxpayers should help pick up the tab for the clean up.

    "I think the people responsible in the oil spill--BP and the federal government--should take full responsibility for what's happening there," Boehner said at his weekly press conference this morning.

    That's from TPM's Brian Beutler, who very helpfully points out that this is one of those times when the words "federal government" is used as a euphemism for "American taxpayers."

    HuffPost asked Boehner's office to confirm his support of the Chamber's position, and Boehner spokesman Michael Steel seemed to recant: "Boehner made a general statement about who is responsible for the spill, and the federal government oversight was clearly lacking, but he has said repeatedly that BP is responsible for the cost of the cleanup.

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