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Who Died And Made BP King Of The Gulf Of Mexico?

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There is one question that I would really like an answer to.  Who died and made BP king of the Gulf of Mexico?  In recent weeks, BP has almost seemed more interested in keeping the American people away from the oil spill than in actually cleaning it up.  Journalists are being pushed around and denied access, disaster workers are being intimidated and abused and now BP has even go so far as to hire an army of private mercenaries to enforce their will along the Gulf coast.  Are we suddenly living in occupied Iraq?  How in the world did a foreign oil company get the right to start pointing guns at the American people?  The last time I checked, BP did not own the Gulf of Mexico and did not have the right to tell the American people where they can and cannot go.  The truth is that BP could have avoided all of this by running an open, honest and transparent operation from the start.  They could have welcomed help from all sources, they could have tried to be open with the media, and they could have tried to be fair with the volunteers and rescue workers.  But instead BP has been conducting this whole thing as if we are living in a totalitarian dictatorship and they are the dictators.

Over the last several weeks, members of the mainstream media attempting to cover the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been yelled at, harassed, kicked off public beaches and threatened with arrest.  The Obama administration keeps promising “to improve media access”, but so far their promises haven’t seemed to make much difference.  In fact, a recent AP report detailed several recent highly disturbing incidents of journalist intimidation….   

  • On June 5, sheriff’s deputies in Grand Isle threatened an AP photographer with arrest for criminal trespassing after he spoke to BP employees and took pictures of cleanup workers on a public beach.
  • On June 6, an AP reporter was in a boat near an island in Barataria Bay when a man in another boat identifying himself as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife employee ordered the reporter to leave the area. When the reporter asked to see identification, the man refused, saying “My name doesn’t matter, you need to go.”
  • According to a June 10 CNN video, one of the network’s news crews was told by a bird rescue worker that he signed a contract with BP stating that he would not talk to the media. The crew was also turned away by BP contractors working at a bird triage area — despite having permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to enter the facility.
  • On June 11 and 12, private security guards patrolling in the Grand Isle area attempted repeatedly to prevent a crew from New Orleans television station WDSU from walking on a public beach and speaking with cleanup workers.
  • But it is not just the media that are being pushed around.  The Louisiana Environmental Action Network is reporting that BP is actually threatening to fire fishermen hired to help with the oil spill cleanup for using respirators and other safety equipment that wasn’t provided by the company.


    The workers say that they are only using their own safety equipment because BP has not provided what they need.  It is a fact that a large number of rescue workers have already gotten sick enough to be admitted to the hospital, so it certainly makes sense that those working to clean up the oil would want to do whatever they can to stay safe.

    But no, BP has to be a bunch of jerks about the whole thing.

    Even the EPA says that workers need to be careful.  Hugh Kaufman, a senior policy analyst at the EPA’s office of solid waste and emergency response, made the following statement during an interview on Thursday….   

    “There’s no way you can be working in that toxic soup without getting exposures.”

    It’s not just the oil that is the problem.  The chemical dispersants that BP is using in the Gulf are even more toxic than the oil.  In fact, because it is so extremely toxic, the UK’s Marine Management Organization has completely banned Corexit 9500, so if there was a major oil spill in the North Sea, BP would not be able to use it

    But the Obama administration has allowed BP to dump over a million gallons of Corexit 9500, Corexit 9527 and other highly toxic dispersants into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Apparently the truth is that BP would rather disperse the oil so that the spill doesn’t look so bad even if it means creating an ecological disaster of nightmarish proportions.

    You see, these days BP does what it wants, and anyone who doesn’t like it gets pushed out of the way. 

    Monique Harden, the co-director and attorney at the New Orleans-based Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, is so outraged over BP’s behavior that she recently made the following statement….

    “BP should not be running the Gulf region like a prison warden, and we’ve got to stop that.”

    But rather than becoming more open and taking responsibility for their actions, BP has now hired private security contractors to keep the American people away from the oil cleanup sites.

    In other words, BP has brought in a horde of private mercenaries (just like the U.S. uses in Iraq and Afghanistan) to muscle the American people around.

    Yeah, we are really going to appreciate that.

    Doesn’t BP understand that the American people do not respond well to this kind of nonsense?

    In fact, it is being alleged that BP has actually attempted to manipulate the search results on sites like Google and Yahoo.

    They seem absolutely obsessed with controlling what we see and think.

    Perhaps what BP should be obsessed with is stopping the oil from shooting out of the ground.

    Meanwhile, BP execs are busy testifying in front of Congress and making half-hearted apologies. 

    Carl-Henric Svanberg, the BP chairman, has even apologized for referring to those affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as “small people”.

    Isn’t that nice of him?

    While all of this is going on, BP is already trying to ensure that things go their way legally.  Back in May, BP requested that one particular judge be assigned to preside over all lawsuits related to the spill.  Well, it turns out that this particular judge gets tens of thousands of dollars a year in oil royalties and is paid travel expenses to attend oil industry conferences.

    Isn’t that convenient?

    But that is how the game is played these days.

    Meanwhile, the “oil volcano” on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico continues to pump out a nightmarish amount of oil every single day.  BP is even admitting that oil is escaping from the leak at such high pressure that if they try to cap it the entire well may blow.

    So this crisis may keep getting worse for months.

    By the time this is over, will anything in the Gulf be left alive?

    Even now, hordes of dolphins, fish, sharks, crabs, rays and other sea creatures find themselves trapped between the rapidly advancing oil and the shore.  Unprecedented numbers are showing up just off the Gulf coast in an attempt to escape certain death, but once the oil reaches shore there will be nowhere else for them to go.  The tragedy will be unspeakable.

    Things did not have to turn out this way.  BP and the Obama administration could have done things much differently.  But they didn’t. 

    Now we all have to live with the results.

    • Save the Republic

      It is all lies and cover-up. I think it is becoming obvious to most people with half a brain (which, unfortunately, most TV/entertainment brainwashed American sheeple don’t have), that BP doesn’t know how to stop it, and has just been trying whatever comes to mind. All the while, BP is dumping all that toxic dispersant, not to alleviate the negative environmental impact, BUT TO ATTEMPT TO HIDE AS MUCH OIL FROM DETECTION AS POSSIBLE, IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE THEIR FINANCIAL LIABILITY.


      I don’t know if any of the gulf states has a right to carry law, but if I lived there, I’d be going down to the public lands and see if them mercenaries for a non-American company would be telling me where I can and can’t go.

    • What an ignorant sentence I find here: …”as if we are living in a totalitarian dictatorship and they are the dictators.”
      We ARE slaves! Those who own the majority of the shares in all these megacorporate industries are very few, know each other, talk to each other, have more than half the money in the world and rule the world! All the others on this planet are their slaves. Read David Astle, Ferdinand Lips, Goethe, Voltaire, Edward Griffin, Alex Jones, Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, Carlos Castaneda, etc…
      Everyone who doubts this should start reading. Slavery can only stop once the vast majority of the people knows how the world works. It is impossible nowadays to find out how many shares of any one company is in the hands of one small group of criminals who work together, since shares can be owned by companies who own shares in companies who own shares in companies who own shares in…..

    • kolchack

      “Doesn’t BP understand that the American people do not respond well to this kind of nonsense?”

      Ummm…what exactly are the American people going to DO about it? My guess would be nothing, which has been par for the course for about 20 years now.

    • Dave

      You have absolutely no clue…two words come to mind: ******* idiot. This is seriously the most twisted/slanted garbage I’ve ever read out there…..

    • Jack

      It’s an an absolute ****ing disgrace the way this entire crisis has been handled. The US government could have pulled their thumb out at any time to take charge and get BP to work in a manner appropriate to the US (i.e. open to the media, more concerned with fixing the problem than Public Relations exercises).

      BP gets away with murder, literally, of millions of sea life and the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people in a massive area of the planet.

      The entire administration should be arrested and thrown in jail for the rest of their lives. Or, preferably, moved to a state in the US that allows lethal injection. The “little people” can watch as Svanberg et al get poison pumped into them.

      I just hope that the methane gas buildup doesn’t lead to some apocalyptic explosion/tsunami scenario. As if things could get any worse…

    • Rodger Yerallies

      Has your government just shot someone using a firing squad.

      With the kangaroo court you held yesterday against Tony Heywood I’m surprised anyone gets justice in your country.

      Still you’ll no doubt invade Iran soon to solve your impending oil problem.

    • Concerned Reader

      If BP was as good at stopping the oil as they are the truth thos mess would have been over a long time ago.

    • Elocutionist

      Even conspiracy theorists have to be right sometimes. And I’m turning into a bigger one everyday. It wouldn’t surprise me, therefore, if the whole BP leak was engineered to, in cahoots with the Obama administration, further the goal of enhanced (read that ‘forced’) alternative energy usage. BP was, after all, Obama’s largest big oil contributor during his presidential campaign. BP was, as well, one of the first proponents of clean energy for the sake of rectifying the now much discredited climate change situation. Furthermore, BP acquiesced all too quickly (in a 20-minute meeting) to the administration’s extortion of a $20 billion clean-up fund that won’t even cap at that amount. If BP doesn’t have something to gain through this whole mess, then it’s hard to imagine how it could have gone along with the administration’s extortive demands and how, even now, it continues to work against its own (apparent) best interests in cleaning up the mess. Who died and left BP King of the Gulf? Why, the American people and their constitutional republic, that’s who. We’re in the process of seeing yet another crisis present opportunities for Obama’s agenda and if anyone can’t add up those data points, then it won’t be possible for people to add up the rest of it. Even when all of our resources and freedoms are gone.

    • Paul

      BP was one of Obama’s biggest contributors.

      At the BP/Obama meeting, BP was represented by long time Democrat, Jamie Gorelick. She was on Frannie Mae’s board and was paid 5 mill a year, for four years. She also was the lead investigator of Janet Reno’s Waco burn down, and found nothing.

      And as always, everywhere, BP retained Goldman Sacs.

      Pre meeting there was a chance that BP could lose 90 billion, but with the 20 billion slush fund agreement ( not all at once, paid in dribs and drabs, mostly by insurance. Maybe AIG. ) BP is near in the clear, financially, and the White House has a 20 billion dollar slush fund.

      Hope and Change! …..and now we return you to coverage of the Presidents golf outing…..

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    • Anna

      I loved this article, as it shows many how the UK works and expects it’s subjects to bow down without protest. We are not “subjects” we are “citizens” and I would think the States would be able to override BP rules on their own beaches and the US government within 12 miles of our water border.
      Yet our government is not doing it…and losing the TRUST of it’s citizens.

    • Jojo

      Rodger… just for your info… a jury did decide that Heywood was guilty and he was sentenced to die by a judge with all the facts/evidence in the case…

      BP is from a country that has bent over backwards trying to cater to muslims who have now taken over their country. They protest British soldiers and spit on them in the streets.

      Those at BP forget where they are. Despite the fact that 51% of our ignorant population voted a socialist into office, most of them have woken up and have joined those of us who do not appreciate being kept from the truth. Thanks to obama, a sleeping giant has awoken and we DO NOT put up with that crap anymore. We want the truth and BP can only hide it for so long. We will find out.

    • lostinmissouri

      I come to only one conclusion after reading ECOLUTIONIST’S post and agreeing with him….Obama hates Americans!

    • braven

      But rather than becoming more open and taking responsibility for their actions, BP has now hired private security contractors to keep the American people away from the oil cleanup sites.

      “In other words, BP has brought in a horde of private mercenaries (just like the U.S. uses in Iraq and Afghanistan) to muscle the American people around.

      Yeah, we are really going to appreciate that.

      Doesn’t BP understand that the American people do not respond well to this kind of nonsense?”

      Really? Are you serious? What is Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander. When you allowed your people to strong arm the people in Iraq and Afghanistan, I did not hear your protest. Yes, unlike BP, you did not call them “Small people”. Instead, you broke into innocent peoples homes, and shot them down like Pigs, at the merest suspicion.

      I pray that God bestows many more BPs on the Americans.— and Yes, I am American, but will call for justice, where it belongs.

    • The clock is ticking, there will soon be a forced evacuation on the gulf coast with FEMA in charge! It is going to get very ugly real soon down there! Watch how the current economy will also take a nose dive. BP will get their just reward, the Lord Almighty will see to that real soon!!!

    • Brittany Shelley

      Braven not everybody supported the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    • Charles Grey

      Could some communities become abandoned because of this spill, leaving only buildings and roads behind?

    • pnguine

      You Americans want to be the new Rome and the new Romans. That’s the answer and it’s that simple.

    • Jim

      I am an American, and I can tell you that my countrymen are, on average, too simple-minded, too frightened and too shallow to grasp the logic in this piece. Our father’s generation would have taken up arms against BP mercenaries in the gulf, but this generation is mentally and spiritually broken. Sorry to say it, but we all know it’s true.

    • Last week, I contacted a detective at the local sheriff’s office RE: some dope dealers behind my house. He said he’d come to my house, and call first, but did NEITHER. Have’nt heard a word since.

      Arizona had to pass their controversial laws to attempt to dissuade the invasion of our homeland on the Mexican/American border, because, the Federal Government won’t lift a finger.

      Now, the ‘OBAMA Administration’ is such a joke, everyone just feels a sense of helplessness when America seeks help with the BP OIL SPILL.

      What does it mean? It means, we, the people, must take the law into our own hands. There is no help any longer from the police (who joined in the looting in New Orleans), from Government (Colorado, California et. al. in bed with the drug dealers), etc. WE MUST NOW ENFORCE THE LAW, OURSELVES!

    • Yah, its amazing that is seems like BP can do whatever it wants in the Gulf. Crazy times man, crazy times.

    • Something Wicked This Way Comes

      I’m not sure which is the biggest disaster. Oilbama or the Gulf.

      That 52% of our voters voted for a child of Indonesia with no resume and no leadership skills, a Muslim, still has me drooling and talking to myself. The next 2.5 years cannot get here fast enough for me. Suing Arizona and golfing every day.

      Send us a hero. It’s gonna take years to undo the crap and damage this guy is causing. If this is the product Harvard produces, I’ll happily pass.

    • dave

      Here’s something interesting. Last week I heard about a new cleaning product on the radio – a non-toxic biodegradable cleaner / degreaser, totally plant-derived, made from leafy green vegetables, edible seeds and seed-bearing plants, and includes amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. It’s called Bio Green Clean. And I thought it might be something our company could use, since we do a lot of petroleum-based cleanup operations, oil spill response, etc. So I called the president of this company to get more information. And I decided to try it out on a few projects at work.

      And while I had him on the phone, I thought I would ask whether they had offered to try their product on the Gulf of Mexico cleanup effort. Boy, did I get an earful. They had been in contact with both BP and the EPA. Corporate officers from BP headquarters in Houston had responded quite rudely to him and clearly had no interest in his product. They even left weird voice mails from phone lines that were disconnected minutes after making a call, so that he could not return the call. Pretty odd stuff.

      He also spoke with the EPA, but was told that his product would have to undergo toxicity testing before it could be approved for use, which could take months. This was interesting for two reasons: 1) The product contains no toxins, no ammonia, no peroxides, no hydrocarbons, no dyes, perfume, bleach, or any other harsh chemical found in most cleaners; and 2) the EPA did not require testing on the poisonous dispersants that BP has been dumping in the Gulf, which is probably more harmful than the oil.

      Now, of course, I’m no longer surprised by the fact that regulators have been in bed with the despoilers for a long time. What does surprise me is that neither of them seem interested in finding solutions to this disaster. Even if they don’t care about the ecosystems that are being destroyed, they both are in need of some good p.r.

      Also, I heard recently that 80% of our oxygen comes from the ocean. Don’t know if that’s true. I always thought most of it came from the rain forests. But either way, don’t worry too much about saving the planet. After humans are gone the planet will be just fine.

    • Joe in JT

      If oil giants like BP are pushing around American citizens in their own country, and controlling the internet and media on what the public can see, just imagine what’s being blacked out in Iraq and Afganistan.

    • I suspect most American people are going to sit back and take it though. I’ll be blown off of my tail if they actually do something about it. But I can only pray that they will.

    • Lonnie Griffis

      The situation in the Gulf will continue to get worse, and we who live the the Southeastern US need to prepare for the worst. While Obama plays golf, rather like Nero playing a fiddle while Rome burned, the US is being destroyed by the oil disaster in the Gulf.
      So much for Hope and Change.

    • This whole situation just leaves you stupefied, BP has failed in my opinion. They have no credibility left. What I find hard to believe is that a multinational cooperation like BP, with over a 100 years experience in the business, couldn’t do more. Companies like BP really have gotten too much of our trust for too long. This is sad, so very sad. 🙁 So many people have lost their livelihood because of this.

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