Have BP been plugging the wrong hole? Additionally a note to Americans about Al Megrahi

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  • slimboyfat

    I saw this video a while ago ago. Simmons says he reckons the pictures BP have been broadcasting and the hole they have plugged in the last few days is not the source of the oil leak at all. If the oil is indeed leaking somewhere else it may make the situation much more serious.


    News out today that oil still appears to be flowing from an unknown source despite the cap that BP fixed would seem to confirm his comments.

    I find this interesting because Matt Simmons is a key peak oiler (author of Twilight in the Desert that argued the Saudis are running out of oil fast). If he is proved right about the BP leak it perhaps lends credibility to his views on the urgency of the oil/energy crisis generally.

    Also there seems to be a lot of nonsense in America about Al Megrahi being released by the British as a favour to BP. This is self-serving anti-British nonsense. What commentators over there don't seem to understand is that the British government did not release Al Megrahi, the Scottish government did. And while the British government may have had an incentive to appease Libya in order to secure oil contracts for BP, it is hard to see how the Scottish government could have been persuaded to help out the UK government on that basis. There is no love lost between the Scottish and Westminster (British) governments. The Scottish government released Al Megrahi on compassionate grounds because medical advice indicated he had only weeks to live. To complicate matters slightly I could add that anger over Al Megrahi's release is tempered slightly in Scotland because many feel that Al Megrahi did not get a fair trial and that his conviction was far from secure, and that America was too eager to pin the blame on a non-Iranian suspect so as to obscure the connection between the Panam bombing and the Americans bringing down an Iranian passenger jet.

  • Justitia Themis
    Justitia Themis

    America was too eager to pin the blame on a non-Iranian suspect so as to obscure the connection between the Panam bombing and the Americans bringing down an Iranian passenger jet.

    ...very astute SBF. Most American's are unaware of our...cough...cough..."accidental" downing of the civilian Iranian passenger jet.

  • leavingwt
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton concluded Monday that BP had no part in the release of so-called Lockerbie bomber Abdelbasset al-Megrahi from Scottish prison.


  • slimboyfat

    The different responses of Clinton and Obama are perhaps revealing.

    It is suspected on this side of the pond that Obama has never much cared for the UK: something do to with those DVDs he gave Brown as a present, and speculation about his roots in Kenya souring his view of the British. Plus he has a clear political motivation to let BP and Britain take some flack to take the heat off himself and his handling of the situation in the gulf.

    Clinton on the other hand is believed to take a much more positive view of America's relationship with Britain. A cynic might also add that just as Obama would like to divert criticism elsewhere over the gulf oil spill, Clinton does not mind so much that Obama takes the flack himself.

  • cognizant dissident
    cognizant dissident

    Has BP been plugging the wrong hole?

    Well, they are British aren't they.

  • wobble

    Is plugging the wrong hole a euphemism for something ?

    Good post SBF,

    it is amazing how none of us get the whole story presented clearly to us, we always have to wade through the down-right lies, half-truths, obfuscations and individual agendas to see what is really happening, the media does not help by presenting things in such a bland non-confrontational way so as not to annoy advertisers etc.

    Good Investigative Journalism is rare. Real news is rare.

  • mkr32208

    WRONG HOLE, WRONG HOLE!!! lol...

  • leavingwt


    U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday blasted Scottish authorities' decision to release the convicted Lockerbie bomber last year and agreed on the need to push for a more transparent disclosure of the circumstances surrounding Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi's release.
    . . .
    "We can never say it enough. The United States and the United Kingdom enjoy a truly special relationship," Obama said. "We celebrate a common heritage. We cherish common values. ... (And) above all, our alliance thrives because it advances our common interests."
    . . .
    Cameron said the release of al Megrahi, who had been sentenced to life for his role in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, was "wholly wrong." Al Megrahi, he said, was "the biggest mass murder in British history."

    . . .


  • Caedes

    Plugging the one hole could easily cause a leak elsewhere because you are effectively increasing the well pressure in a damaged well. A new leak doesn't mean they have plugged "the wrong hole".

  • leavingwt

    (I'm not familiar with the reputation of this news source. If someone could comment on their reputation, this would be beneficial, IMHO.)

    White House Backed Release of Lockerbie Bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi

    THE US government secretly advised Scottish ministers it would be "far preferable" to free the Lockerbie bomber than jail him in Libya.

    Correspondence obtained by The Sunday Times reveals the Obama administration considered compassionate release more palatable than locking up Abdel Baset al-Megrahi in a Libyan prison.

    The intervention, which has angered US relatives of those who died in the attack, was made by Richard LeBaron, deputy head of the US embassy in London, a week before Megrahi was freed in August last year on grounds that he had terminal cancer.

    The document, acquired by a well-placed US source, threatens to undermine US President Barack Obama's claim last week that all Americans were "surprised, disappointed and angry" to learn of Megrahi's release.

    Scottish ministers viewed the level of US resistance to compassionate release as "half-hearted" and a sign it would be accepted.

    The US has tried to keep the letter secret, refusing to give permission to the Scottish authorities to publish it on the grounds it would prevent future "frank and open communications" with other governments.

    . . .


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