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Old 04-30-2010, 08:38 PM   #1
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I wish all of you affected directly and indirectly by this oil spill a quick return to "a normal life" as soon as possible. I hope this passes quickly and the aquaculture, wildlife and affected industries rebound quickly. This is just friggen terrible!
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Old 04-30-2010, 08:42 PM   #2
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Breaks my heart.
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Well maybe in 10 years BP will get huge tax cuts and make record profits then get a judge to rule they don't have to pay all that money out like Exxon did. Damn shame too that money was for the fishermen who lost their livelihood because of that spill.

On a positive note local oysters and seafood is gonna go up a lot. Crap that isn't positive for anyone who loves to eat seafood.
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I am trying not to get political here (cause it go that way quickly), but it is interesting how those in that area have lauded the money the rigs have brought to the area.

In retrospect, I wonder if they feel it was worth it.

What I do not understand is why all wells do not have an automatic valve shutoff. Or maybe its not that simple.



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I'm sure its not as simple as an automated shut off but one thing I know is oil is good and domestic oil is great. Almost my entire business is based off of oil money. Its a tragedy this happened but I hope that does not end domestic oil production or hurt oil companies in general. The last thing we need now is another profitable business going under.
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I'm sure its not as simple as an automated shut off but one thing I know is oil is good and domestic oil is great. Almost my entire business is based off of oil money. Its a tragedy this happened but I hope that does not end domestic oil production or hurt oil companies in general. The last thing we need now is another profitable business going under.
What about the peoples livelihood that depends on tourism and fishing. That is a billion dollar industry on the gulf coast as well that is at risk right now.
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I am trying not to get political here (cause it go that way quickly), but it is interesting how those in that area have lauded the money the rigs have brought to the area.

In retrospect, I wonder if they feel it was worth it.

What I do not understand is why all wells do not have an automatic valve shutoff. Or maybe its not that simple.
you do realize that the whole rig exploded and fell into the ocean right? Nothing but the lines coming up from the bottom.. I am sure they will think of something in the future for this type of deal... but..

Yeah this totally toasted the coastline. ONLY thing that is even remotely good about this happening is the fact that oil/crude is naturally occuring. It isn't like plutonium which is a by product from enriched uranium and man made.. it will eventually go back into nature.
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What about the peoples livelihood that depends on tourism and fishing. That is a billion dollar industry on the gulf coast as well that is at risk right now.
I'm not saying that bp should be off the hook. The last couple major oil leaks and fires in this country have been BP, they need to be fined and compensate for the damages If it was their fault. If it was the builder of the rigs fault than they need to be held accountable as well. The Alaskan Pipeline leak a year ago was theirs as well. Like I said it is a tragedy. I'm just afraid this will be used as ammunition to end all domestic drilling which would not be good for the country in my opinion and definetly not good for my wallet considering my hometown is where phillips oil was started, now concophillips, and most my customers are oil related.

Obama shut down all new offshore drilling which is a good idea until they find out what went wrong I just hope they open it up again once the problem is solved. That is my only fear that they will not allow any more drilling.
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It's heading our way as well....On a side note,why is that BP is drilling all over the US do we,the US, not have any drilling capabilities.
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Maybe we could dump large quantities of Dawn on top of it??
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bp is about 50% usa owned it. It is publically traded but it merged with amco years ago which was american company so it is a usa oil company as well.
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What I do not understand is why all wells do not have an automatic valve shutoff. Or maybe its not that simple.
I'll try not to get too political.

In theory they should have one. There are actually several methods of oil spill control that the companies/rigs are supposed to have. In addition to the blowout preventer not working, they also can't get it to activate via submersible. Devices exist that allow for remote control shut off (called acoustic switches), but the oil industry penetrated Washington enough to prevent them from requiring rigs to have them. Some companies still install them just because spending half a million on a safeguard is a hell of a lot cheaper than $6-10+ million a day on cleanup. Of course they'll likely get out of that bill - and I'm looking straight at Exxon here. Give it a few years and everyone won't care about this anymore, so BP/Transocean, Ltd will just find ways to get out of paying the bill. Remember how quickly everyone forgot about the BP Alaska Pipeline spill?

They are supposed to have all the tools necessary to clean up spills. But this was in deeper water than usual, and they don't have the methods necessary to shut it off.
It seems to be a problem of lax regulation and allowing the oil industry to pretty much regulate itself.

Now I'll go back to my lurker's hole. Sorry for any inconvenience/abrasiveness.

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