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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:38 AM
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Oil spill: BP nears deal to continue drilling in Gulf of Mexico
Source: The Telegraph

BP was on Tuesday night close to safeguarding its future in the Gulf of Mexico as it neared a break-through deal aimed at smoothing relations with the Obama administration.

The deal with the White House would allow BP to guarantee its $20bn (13bn) clean-up fund against revenues from its operations in the Gulf, which account for approximately 10pc of its oil and gas business.

If the deal were to be agreed it remains one of a number of solutions being discussed it would all but guarantee BPs future in the Gulf, despite efforts by certain members of the US Congress to force the company away from US shores.


Related The negotiations led on BPs behalf by incoming chief executive Bob Dudley continued as BPs attempt fully to seal the Macondo well were hampered by bad weather, delaying drilling of the relief well by two to three days.

The talks also came as it emerged that BP renewed its insurance policy to cover its directors just ahead of the explosion on the rig above the Macondo well on April 20


Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/...
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:59 AM
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1. I bet that'll go down here
like a lead balloon.
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JustABozoOnThisBus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 05:34 AM
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2. BP is killing a well
but there's no way they're abandoning that reservoir of crude. They'll sink another well to tap it.

They'll do what it takes to get permission to drill. Slick "I (heart) the Gulf" ads, payoffs to congress, whatever.

:hi:
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groundloop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 06:22 AM
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3. There's really not much the govt. could do to lock them out
As long as ANYONE is allowed to drill in the gulf it would be exceedingly difficult for the govt. to discriminate against one particular company, even given the fact that their negligence caused this horrific disaster.

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Devil_Fish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:06 PM
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13. How about houlding them to safty standards. That would lock them out. N/T
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 06:34 AM
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4. If they have a legally-binding contract we can't stop them, but
it would be nice if someone from the government took 10 or 15 minutes to inspect their lousy operation before accepting a bribe.
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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:35 PM
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10. Charge them with the crimes they have committed and negate any contracts!
Not so damn complicated!
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:05 AM
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5. We will never learn
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:22 AM
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6. Like nothing happened...nt
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:27 AM
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7. what about the thousands of dead fish off Miss. & other animals in the Gulf?
What about the oil-soaked wetlands? What about the lost jobs? What about this corpos' record of 731 violations in the Gulf? And they can just continue drilling there? :shrug: :puke:
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nalnn Donating Member (528 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 10:59 AM
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8. Indeed
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 10:59 AM by nalnn
What is up with that? Fish Kill story

I find that story almost unforgivable. Who is to blame though? I haven't the energy left to be angry about this. I need a staycation...
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:01 AM
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9. K & R
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 06:34 PM
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12. people in louisiana want the drilling to resume, we just want it done safely
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 06:35 PM by pitohui
there's no reason we can't do this safely, and having seen the cost of fucking up, it's hard to believe anyone would be better motivated than BP to improve their safety record

oil is valuable -- apparently it's valuable enough to spend soldier's lives in the middle east

we would rather develop our oil in the gulf, we just want it done SAFELY, with the alarms operational, so folks don't get freakin' blown up alive while they're trying to bring us the energy we need for a decent life

oil is a good product, as people would quickly remember if/when we go back to coal, it does need safeguards tho

there has to be a way to make this work, many families in louisiana have both fishers and oil workers in their families, and they respect everyone's need for decent work that pays well

i do not understand the attitudes of states like california and florida that believe the oil should not be drilled, i guess they are just such rich states that they can afford to leave a valuable resource under the ground and instead have poor people killed in iraq for them, she sniffed, but it just doesn't seem like all that moral a stance to me...i don't get it to be honest...it just seems wrong somehow to say, "oh we're too good to drill OUR oil, we'll take YOURS"



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