Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Collection of some data

September 16, 2004
Gulf of Mexico oil platform destroyed by Hurricane Ivan.

August 25, 2005
Hurricane Katrina.
Over seventy countries pledged monetary donations or other assistance. Notably, Cuba and Venezuela were the first countries to offer assistance, all this aid was rejected by the U.S. government.

March 19, 2008
Riots in Tibet.

March 19, 2008
Early Spring Midwest floods.

March 19, 2008
Mineral rights were purchased by BP.

June 20, 2008
President Obama: "When I'm president, I intend to keep in place the moratorium here in Florida and around the country that prevents oil companies from drilling off Florida's coasts."

June 22, 2009
Warnings about a blowout preventer worst-case scenario.

July 14, 2008
President Bush lifts executive ban on offshore oil drilling.

October 7, 2009
BP begins drilling the Macondo Well.

November 9, 2009
Hurricane Ida damages rig - has to be replaced.

February 15, 2010
2010 Deepwater Horizon starts drilling in 5,000' depth.

February 16, 2010
Barack Obama urges for new safe Nuclear Power Plants.
He acknowledged that there were concerns among environmentalists about nuclear power.

March 9, 2010
Gasket on the blowout preventer damaged.

March 17, 2010
BP Chief Tony Hayward sells 1/3 of his BP stock (933T$).

March 31, 2010
President Obama announced the end of a decades-old ban on oil and gas drilling.

April 2, 2010
President Obama: "Oil rigs today generally don’t cause spills."

April 15, 2010
BP requests permit to fraction its blockage plan.

April 17, 2010
Report: There may be a failure of the cement job.

April 18, 2010
Report: Well may have a SEVERE gas flow problem.

April 19, 2010
Halliburton completes final cementing.

April 20, 2010
7:00am BP cancels a recommended cement bond log test.
April 20, 2010
9:40pm BP officials celebrate 7 years no injury on rig.
April 20, 2010
9:45pm Deepwater Horizon on fire. 11 workers dead.

April 21, 2010
Mary Landry named Federal On Scene Coordinator.

April 22, 2010
♦ 10:21 am Rig sinks. Oil leaking about 8,000 barrels/day.

April 29, 2010
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal: State of emergency.

April 30, 2010
President Barack Obama halts new offshore drilling.

May 2, 2010
Obama meets with fishermen and Coast Guard in Venice.

May 11, 2010
BP, Transocean and Haliburton blaming each other.

May 22, 2010
Obama signs executive order for National Commission.

May 27, 2010
Obama announces six-month moratorium on new deepwater oil drilling permits in 500 feet of water or more. The moratorium will affect 31 wells.

May 28, 2010
Obama visits Louisiana again.

May 31, 2010
Robert Reich: United States should temporarily takeover BP.

June 1, 2010
Mary Landry steps down, assistant James A. Watson takes over.

June 1, 2010
♦ Atlantic hurricane season begins.

June 2, 2010
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal opposes moratorium.

June 2, 2010
Minerals Management Service approves new drilling permit for Gulf of Mexico offshore well.

June 4, 2010
Tar balls arrive on beaches in Pensacola, Florida.

June 5, 2010
Obama in his third trip to Louisiana since the disaster.

June 6, 2010
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour says "we have had virtually no oil".

June 9, 2010
The Guardian reports that since April 20, 2010, 27 new offshore drilling projects have been approved by Minerals Management Service, the agency in charge of oversight. All but one project was granted similar exemptions from environmental review as BP. Two were submitted by the UK firm, and made the same claims about oil-rig safety and the implausibility of a spill damaging the environment.

June 10, 2010
Testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs indicates there is a not single command and control hierarchy in the cleanup and frequently BP is still taking the lead. Billy Nungesser, president of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, said “I still don’t know who’s in charge. Is it BP? Is it the Coast Guard? I have spent more time fighting the officials of BP and the Coast Guard than fighting the oil.”

June 12, 2010
Pools of crude oil as much as 4 inches deep hit Alabama beaches which previously had only been getting tar balls. State closes Mobile Bay to fishing. Only tarballs are washing up in Florida.

June 13, 2010
BP begins installation of sensors into containment cap to measure oil flow.

June 14, 2010
Obama in his fourth visit to the Gulf visits Gulfport.

June 15, 2010
Competing oil executives testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee imply in their testimony that they have stronger safeguards than BP in drilling. Rex W. Tillerson, chairman of Exxon Mobil testifies if companies follow proper well design, drilling, maintenance and training procedures accidents like Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20 “should not occur. John S. Watson, chief executive of Chevron, testifies that every Chevron employee and contractor has the authority to stop work immediately if they see anything unsafe. Other executives testifying are Shell and Conoco Phillips. Edward J. Markey takes the oil companies to task noting that their submitted plans for dealing with disasters in the Gulf were nearly identical to BP’s including a plan to protect the walrus which does not occur in the Gulf.
Obama visits Pensacola, Florida where bathers are photographed on the beach in the background during the tour. He gives a speech at the Naval Air Station Pensacola.
Obama in the first speech from the Oval Office of his Presidency gives attorney Michael R. Bromwich power to clean up the Minerals Management Service.
Unified Command announces plans to move its 350 staff into 38,224 square feet of space to downtown New Orleans, Louisiana near the Superdome.

June 16, 2010
Obama meets with Svanberg, Hayward, McKay.
BP agrees fund a $20 billion escrow administered by Kenneth Feinberg.
Svanberg said no BP quarterly dividends would be paid anytime in 2010.
BP will pay $5 billion a year into the fund.
BP’s net income was $21.2 Billion in 2008 and $16.6 Billion in 2009.
“People say that large oil companies don’t care about the small people".
Transocean's Newman testifying before the United States Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations that the company is not legally responsible for "fluids emanating from the well."

June 16, 2010
Gulf of Mexico oil platform still leaking after five years.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Our Presidents Oil Crisis Speech Today

The Gulf catastrophe, today exactly for eight weeks now, is an awful destroying crisis, but at the same time a chance - hopefully or not - once in a century to change history.

But what is happening now?

This crisis makes the United States more vulnerable than all the neglected hints about the planned attacks on the World Trade Center nine years ago.

The greatest cost is the cost of inaction, to quote The White House Speaker.
And people all over the world are recognizing that our President looks like a paper tiger.
He does all what in his power, it is said - the meaning: it is not in his power to do something. Everybody can see this with this crisis now.
Sorry to write this, because I am admiring our President and his great social skills.
We should do something about dependency on oil - that means:
we should, but we don't, doesn't it?

April 29 - U.S. President Barack Obama pledges "every single available resource," including the U.S. military, to contain the spreading spill
... but that did not happen.

So it's clear for everybody what's going on.
I'm feeling pity, recognizing the situation.
Sorry about that.

But I learned exciting news:
Soon there will be cars powered by wind, sun, and rain!

To know what's really going on in this world, read George Orwell's epic "Nineteen Eighty-Four" strip off the garbage, and then you will find it.

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