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Report: BP Had No Plan, No Concern About Major Oil Spill


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02 May 2010, 7:42 AM
Today's catastrophe won't happen, BP assured government
Video of President Obama's remarks after the jump.

<Update: President Obama, on the scene in Louisiana today where oil from a massive offshore drill rig blowout is coming ashore, said "a massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster" is occurring.>

<Update: Interior Sec. Ken Salazar said today that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be worse than the Exxon Valdez ship spill.>

For more than a year, British Petroleum downplayed any chance of a catastrophic oil spill occurring on the scale now threatening the shores and wetlands of four gulf coast states, The Associated Press and Gulf Restoration Network are revealing. As a result, the company had no plan in place to deal with what now is happening. AP reports:

BP's plan filed with the federal Minerals Management Service for the Deepwater Horizon well, dated February 2009, says repeatedly that it was "unlikely that an accidental surface or subsurface oil spill would occur from the proposed activities."

BP's oil rig blew out April 20, and is pouring oil at an estimated 210,000 gallons—some say much more—per day into Gulf of Mexico waters. According to AP:

In the 52-page exploration plan and environmental impact analysis, BP repeatedly suggested it was unlikely, or virtually impossible, for an accident to occur that would lead to a giant crude oil spill and serious damage to beaches, fish, mammals and fisheries.

And while the company conceded that a spill would "cause impacts" to beaches, wildlife refuges and wilderness areas, it argued that "due to the distance to shore (48 miles) and the response capabilities that would be implemented, no significant adverse impacts are expected."

Today, prodded  by political and environmental concerns, President Obama is flying to the gulf for a first-hand look at what the spilled oil is doing and threatens to do to the lives of residents, wildlife and habit.

The problem with some company is that they don't care on the bad side of their business. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010 wasn't a downfall for everybody. Actually, wind power promoters are at long last receiving the consideration they deserve due to this tragedy. America has some wind farms throughout the country; however they are small in amounts. It appears as though the harder someone works for a wind farm; the harder a lot more individuals push back away from a wind farm. With the BP oil spill increasing gas prices, it's also raising wind power stock prices. The 2 seem to go hand in hand. I think that we will finally start to make a dent on our environment.

Have u seen........"the day the earth stood still".....that black swarm reminds me of this oil gyzzer.Soooo...if we cant cap it,can we at least contain it.How can i help?

This is just an idea..why arnt all these oil carrying boats retro fitted with vacuums and filters 210000 gallons a day maybe we can't keep up but there won't as much later...at this point these oil companys have bent the world population over and there still shovin it in our shorts ..money shouldn't even be an issue for them..

Hi I don't have a step in oil rigs. But my understanding is all technology hasn't been used to the fullest extent.. Why I'd to know if they ever had a
( WHAT IF THIS OCCURS , WHAT THEN )

Well if there had been a electronic submarine automatic closing hatch door to close as what if things may occur under water.

I'm sure there are safety devices for above water as a shut off , but that is surely not the case! Why do we as humans don't want to use a little more money and have WHAT IF THIS MAY BUT NEVER WILL..........

Well implement it we as so called smart rich people that have money . THIS OIL SPILL WHY CAN'T PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT SAFETY IS FIRST U WILL MAKE MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELLO ...............

MONEY MAKES TECHNOLOGY IF IT WAS DESIGNED AS A SHUT OFF VALVE THERE COULD HAVE BEEN A UNDER WATER SHUT OFF DOOR AS A WATER HOSE SHUT OF ELECTRONICALLY U BIG SHOTS NEVER LOOKED INTO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

U COULD HAVE ALSO REROUTED THE OIL IF U WOULD HAVE THOUGHT WHAT IF WE COULD ROUTE THE OIL 2 OUR NEIGHBOR OIL RIG OHHHHHHHHHHHHH WOW WHAT AN IDEA ........ DUMB DUMBS. THE OIL SPILL MAKES U THE IDIOT OF WHAT IF'S, IMBISILES

If there is a devise as a Automatic door that would have closed close to the base of the drilling u would have been smart u dumb idiot's..
Thanks 4 destroying out oceans, and land plants, sea creatures, also our fundamental fun love of Wild Life....... Thank u 4 being incoherent of easy way to not think about safety. You who have money, think , define , safety double take WHAT IF WHAT IF WHAT IF Who's Falt it is u as a person or a commity, or as a business, or as just a huge oil sucking expensive tax greedy money hungry, stop you're stupidity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stop w hike'n up gas U WILL GET PAID U IDIOT'S. THIS SHOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED, MONEY TURNS PEOPLE THE VAST OF PEOPLE INTO GREEDY INCOHERENT SELFISH IGOTISTICAL ADDALECENT MONGERS. REALLY FORGET WHERE THEY COME FROM THAT IS SAD U S . O . B'S

you're grammer is a pauling!

I work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/NOAA, a trustee of coastal resources. NOAA and other state and federal agency co-trustees will be assessing the oil spill impacts to natural resources and the public's lost uses of those resources (recreational fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, canoeing, etc.).

This multi-year effort is called a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) and the goal is to restore resources injured by the spill and lost-uses of those resources. Some examples of restoration projects include restoring wetlands, removing fish passage barriers, improving recreational facilities, creating oyster reefs, improving bird habitat, and improving shellfish habitat.

Pleases visit
http://www.darrp.noaa.gov
for more information about natural resource damage assessment.

Below are some additional links you and others may find useful about Deepwater and oil spill impacts to wildlife and shorelines:

http://www.incidentnews.gov/incident/8220
http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/orr_search.php?keywords=wildlife
Click on Biological Resources
http://www.tristatebird.org/response/effects
http://www.owcn.org/about-oiled-wildlife/effects-of-oil-on-wildlife
http://alaska.fws.gov/media/unalaska/Oil%20Spill%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf
http://www.response.restoration.noaa.gov
Click on Deepwater Horizon on the right and then see the links at the bottom of that page.

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