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Ok, heard on the news this morning that the intercept well drilling is going much better than expected and that they are only a few hundred feet from intercept. They said that they were quietly optimistic that they could be a month ahead of schedule. Anyone hear anything on this?
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What kills me is the severity of this situation and yet Lindsay Lohan going to jail got top billing on MSN homepage yesterday!!
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Ok, heard on the news this morning that the intercept well drilling is going much better than expected and that they are only a few hundred feet from intercept. They said that they were quietly optimistic that they could be a month ahead of schedule. Anyone hear anything on this?
I sure hope so; however, the closer they get to intercept, the more times they need to stop drilling, pull the drill bit and drill pipe, insert the location package, get some readings, pull the location package, insert the drill bit and drill pipe, and resume drilling, with any course adjustments.

On a well this deep, I think that is a 1-2 day project (working 24 hours a day).

While I would be pleased, I would be shocked if they were a month ahead of schedule.
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Stop the oil spill by stuffing BP executives into the leaking pipe
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Angry BP is dumping oil in Gulf landfills

You Gulf Coast people need to look into this;

Residents outraged: BP dumping oily waste in Gulf landfills

By David Edwards
Friday, July 9th, 2010 -- 9:33 am

The Gulf area may have to live with oil long after the beaches have been cleaned. Some residents are outraged that BP has been dumping oily waste in landfills in their areas.

After BP crews scoop up the oil off Gulf beaches, the waste is transported to Mississippi's Pecan Grove landfill. Even workers' protective suits, gloves, shovels, rakes and anything else that touches oil is buried there.

The Board of Supervisors in Harrison, Mississippi passed a resolution saying they don't want any BP waste in their community but there is little they can do. BP has cut deals with Waste Management, the owners of the landfill. They answer to the state instead of local county government.

"We don't want it," President of the Board of Supervisors Connie Rocko told CNN's Randi Kaye. "It is valuable landfill space and hazardous to our citizens. Take your waste somewhere else or please find an alternative."

Rocko is concerned that oil could find its way into the water table and be harmful to the residents.

But Waste Management's Ken Haldin says there's nothing to be worried about. "It is an understandable concern because there is a lack of awareness," he told CNN.

Haldin explained that Pecan Grove landfill is designated a nonhazardous site which means no liquid waste can be dumped there. There is a liner underneath the landfill that is designed to prevent waste from seeping into the water table.

In the past 24 hours alone, 150 tons of BP waste has been dumped there, said Haldin.

The EPA has ordered that BP waste disposal efforts must be transparent. The company must post details of all collected waste at their website.

But considering accusations that BP and the Coast Guard have tried to prevent reporters from covering the cleanup efforts, some may have grounds to question that transparency.
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Default Who goes to jail; BP CEO or shrimper?

Do I even need to ask?

Who Goes to Jail? BP CEO or Shrimper

By Dennis Bernstein
July 11, 2010

On June 17, after watching BP’s oil blowout pollute the Gulf of Mexico for nearly two months, environmental campaigner and fourth-generation Texas shrimp boat captain, Diane Wilson, had had more than enough.

So Wilson seized the only opportunity she may ever have to confront BP chief executive, Tony Hayward, eye to eye, about his “criminal activities” as top dog at the oil giant.

That day, Hayward happened to be giving testimony before the Senate Energy Committee hearings. Wilson, who works with CodePink now, had been on the road and was heading home to Seadrift, Texas, when she heard Hayward would be testifying at the Capitol.
“I was coming back to Texas and I found out the CEO of BP was going to be in D.C,” said Wilson, in a telephone interview. “I felt compelled to come. I had to see Hayward. I had to. And I did.”

But Wilson was not merely planning to be a passive observer, sitting in awe in one of the great deliberative bodies of U.S. democracy.

“I got in and I snuck in some black paint,” she said, “and I sat there and waited ‘til he started testifying and then I smeared that paint all over myself, poured it on my hands, and I stood up and told him he should be jailed. He should be jailed, I told him.”

"BP is a criminal company that has ignored safety regulations at the health of our oceans and even its own workers,” Wilson called out to Hayward and the members of the committee,” before she was pounced on by security and hustled out of the hearing room.

“Tony Hayward and BP need to be held accountable for their criminal activities as well as paying every last cent they may have to the families in the Gulf affected by their willful, criminal neglect,” she told me, after she was arraigned in federal court on charges stemming from several acts of civil disobedience.
“Our message to Obama, and Congress: BP must pay to clean up this mess and our government must move to end offshore drilling and move us into a new century of clean energy.”

Now the woman who has been fighting corporate polluters from the Gulf Coast of Texas to Bhopal, India, is facing two years in federal prison and will go before a jury on Aug. 20, which she notes will be “the fourth month anniversary of the oil spill.

“And that’s when I’ll go to trial for, can you believe, doing unlawful conduct?“

In the Heart of Seadrift

Wilson has been facing off with corporate polluters for many years around the world. Then, in 2006, she learned that she lived in the most polluted county in the United States.

She initiated a campaign against corporations that were covering up spills and dumping lethal toxins on the Texas Gulf Coast. Wilson wrote a book about her experiences, entitled An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas.

“You know, Dennis, I have been fighting, ever since I found out my county was the number one county in the nation for toxic disposal,” said Wilson. “We had half the waste generated in the state of Texas was right there in my home town. And we had the largest dolphin die-offs anywhere …

“We have the largest mercury superfund so I am used to fighting chemical plants, refineries, oil people.”

But even Wilson, a fierce fighter for the environment who is usually upbeat and a determined, seemed a bit daunted by the magnitude of the BP oil blowout a mile under the Gulf and the lack of a clear, effective response.

“I have been trying for twenty years to talk to these politicians,” she said, “these agencies, the criminal prosecutors, the federal, the state … and nobody paid any attention. …

“You know, I got to thinking, I must be crazy, it must not matter. And then now with this nightmare going on that for the first time people are looking at it. And they are saying, you know, is this what they do, is this what agencies do, is this what companies do?

“They lie about the releases, they don’t want to give you the information, you know, they don’t tell you about worse case scenarios; and you come to find out, this is what has been going on and … so I was not surprised. I just hated that it could, you know, it really is catastrophic in the Gulf.”

Though the oil first befouled the shorelines of Louisiana and Alabama, the brown ooze has now rolled up on the Texas coast.

“I know in the beginning they were predicting it wasn’t going to reach Texas,” said Wilson. “As a matter of fact, they were saying Texas was going to be kind of a sea bank for fish and that we would have the entire Gulf of Mexico off Texas protected.”

“Well everyone I talk to,” she said, “even the fisherman from Louisiana, they say it’s all just a matter of time. … We had a Vietnamese fisherman in my home town, and it was right after Hurricane Alex hit Brownsville … with all the high tides and the rain, and everything, he went out in the Gulf and he said – this was mid-Texas Gulf Coast, and he said it was covered in dead fish. It was small fish, big fish, he said it was everywhere.

“He couldn’t figure out what was going on and quite frankly I don’t think anybody knows. There is too much that people just find out bits and pieces.”

Wilson was outraged at how the government agencies dropped the ball and trusted BP to lead the clean-up and rescue effort itself.

“They were not reporting leaks,” said Wilson. They “had no type of response plan. Their clean-up program was totally non-existent. Now it has happened, you know, the unthinkable, I mean the worst-case scenario, that these companies will tell you will never, never, never happen: It happened.”

The frustrated activist-turned-author said people “are just sitting’ and waiting’ for it to happen. It’s kind of like sitting there watching Katrina on the TV set and you just see it get bigger and bigger and bigger, worse one day after the next…and just watching it happen.

“I think a lot of people have no idea what to do. The answer to almost every question, is ‘we don’t know’.”

Wilson’s latest nightmare scenario is that the toxic pollution won’t just kill off some fish, birds and other animals but entire species, turning the Gulf of Mexico into a mass graveyard. She said:

“They never thought it would put at risk the entire species of shrimp or crabs or fish, and when you start messing with that, when you start messing with the sea plankton, and … you’re messing with the food chain.

“You might, I think, for the first time you might see the end of it. And I think it’s like they have cob webs in their heads, and they keep trying to shake them off and not believing it. I have a hard time believing’ it too.”

Wilson’s strong will to stand up to BP CEO Tony Hayward and put her body on the line, including doing jail time, is explained by her love of the Gulf, of the region where, for generations, her family lived and thrived off the riches of the sea.

“I was just outraged,” she said of her confrontation with Hayward. “That was the first I saw the face of the man who represented the destruction of my home out there. You know, my family has been out there for a hundred years in that town. A hundred years, and it’s like seeing it go.

“And he somehow represented to me everything that BP was doing. And so I was directing it to him. I kept calling him Tony. I said, ‘Hey, Tony, you need to go to jail’.”

Dennis Bernstein based this report in part on interviews done for "Flashpoints" on the Pacifica radio network. You can access the audio archives at You can get in touch with the author at [email protected].

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They really should waterboard these enviro whackos
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