Somewhere, Andy Heyward is wiping his arse with a copy of this report.
R.J. Matson / Roll Call
Jeff Parker / Florida Today
A spokesman told the Wall St. Journal “The statements of fact in the proxy speak for themselves, but they do not and can not adequately convey the extent to which everyone at Transocean is keeping the families of the men who lost their lives at Macondo in their thoughts and prayers as we approach the first anniversary of the incident.”
That spokesman and his company are so full of fucking shit.
JON STEWART, reacting to Transocean executives awarding themselves bonuses for what they called their “best year in safety performance,” on The Daily Show.
Hey, let’s ask the families of those eleven workers how much Transocean and BP gave them. You know, for the companies murdering their loved ones during their “best year in safety performance.”
The BP oil rig Deepwater Horizon burns in the Gulf of Mexico in April, 2010. Now, on the eve of the one-year anniversary of that horrific environmental disaster — which also killed 11 of BP’s own workers — guess who wants to start drilling again? From The Washington Post:
BP is in talks with the Interior Department about permits that would allow it to resume deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, according to two sources familiar with the discussions. The company hopes that it can restart several projects sometime this summer.
The discussions come just before the anniversary of the April 20 blowout on the Deepwater Horizon rig that BP leased for an exploration well called Macondo. The blowout killed 11 workers, set the rig on fire and triggereda huge oil spill that gushed for 87 days.
BP hopes to ultimately obtain permission to begin drilling about 10 wells to boost output in fields that are already producing oil; none of them would be an exploration well, one of the sources said. No work would be done in the near future on the field discovered by the Macondo well.
Discussions with Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) about other BP wells are still underway, focusing on BP’s safety program. Melissa Schwartz, a spokeswoman for the agency, said that BOEMRE Director Michael R. Bromwich meets regularly with companies to discuss their operations and that “BP is no different.”
(Photo: Gerald Herbert / AP via The Washington Post)
In several editorial cartoons in late 1973, I suggested that while oil companies were eying the tempting drilling tracts opening up in the Gulf, they still needed to persuade the public that they intended to do no harm. I showed how drilling platforms could be disguised to look like something they were not. Such an idea is not entirely unthinkable, since in some urban areas today one sees cell phone repeater “trees” decorated to look like actual trees, with fake pine-tree-like branches.
The illustration above is his; more here.
CAP LOCK Welders worked on a BP oil recovery system chamber in Port Fourchon, La., on Monday. The four-story, 70-ton tower and dome - which is to be lowered onto one of three leaks on the Gulf of Mexico’s seabed - will allow workers to capture escaping oil and pump it to the surface. (Photo: Sean Gardner / Reuters via the New York Times)