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At oil hearing, Republican Cao notes dishonored executives in past faced 'harakiri'

By Aaron Blake

UPDATED at 2:16 p.m.
Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) on Tuesday called for BP America President Lamar McKay to resign, while Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.) suggested BP executives' fate would have been even worse in another place and time.

"Mr. Stearns asked Mr. McKay to resign; well, in the Asian culture we do things differently," said Cao, a Vietnamese-American who represents a New Orleans area district. "During the Samurai days, we just give you a knife and ask you to commit harakiri" - a form of Japanese ritual suicide.

The harsh criticisms came at a hearing investigating the oil industry's disaster response practices. Stearns, who represents a district just off the Gulf Coast in northern Florida, got rare applause in the hearing room when he asked for McKay to step down.

"It's really outrageous that you sit here and tell us that you're going to punt to the Unified Command when we have 11 people killed, we've had huge environmental damage, and you're still sitting here as a CEO of BP," Stearns said. "I'm not asking for an apology, I'm asking you to resign."

Previously in the hearing, subcommittee chairman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) asked for an apology for what he deemed to be BP's low-balling of the spill estimate.

Oil executives seated alongside McKay at the hearing said all indications are that BP didn't follow industry-standard guidelines in advance of the April oil spill that is still uncontained.

Stearns pressed the executives on whether they thought BP had followed protocol for avoiding the spill.

They all said indications were that they didn't.

"At least that's what's been reported," ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson said.

"Based on the information, we've seen, yes," Chevron CEO John Watson said.

BP executive says underwater response 'pretty effective'

12:28 p.m.: A BP executive said at a hearing Tuesday that his company's underwater spill response has been "pretty effective."

"I understand everyone's frustration with how long this is taking, but the spill response has actually been pretty effective in terms of dealing with it underwater," BP America President Lamar McKay said. "It's unfortunate we can't get it stopped at the source right now; we're doing everything we can to do that."

At the same time, other oil executives acknowledged that none of them are prepared to handle such a situation if it happens to them.

"We are not well-equipped to handle them," ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson said. "There will be impacts, and we are seeing them."

Tillerson and the others emphasized that their companies have more safeguards in place to avoid such a situation in the first place, but Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) pressed him on what happens in the worst-case scenario.

Stupak noted that one of the disaster-response plans said it could deal with a spill of 166,000 barrels per day - which is much more than the current estimates of the BP spill.

"This worst-case scenario is pie in the sky and oil in our waters," Stupak said, adding: "Your plan is written by the same contractor that BP used. If you can't handle 40,000, how are you going to handle 166,000?"

Noting BP CEO Tony Hayward's first visit with President Obama this week, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) asked the executives whether they had been in contact with the White House since the spill.

They said they hadn't had in-depth talks.

Tillerson said he's had "very brief" conversations with the president and his advisers.

Rep. Ed Markey presses BP for apology on spill estimate

11:45 a.m.: Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said BP's estimates of the number of barrels spilling out - which began at 1,000 - were too wrong to have been done in good faith.

He said until BP acknowledges low-balling the estimate, it's hard for the government to proceed with the company.

"I do believe that it's either deliberate deception or gross incompetence," Markey said. "On the day you are ready to apologize, that is the day that we can begin to move forward."

BP America President Lamar McKay said BP wasn't responsible for the estimates, which were based on outside sources.

"We are sorry for everything the Gulf Coast is going through," McKay said. "We didn't have the technology to measure that."

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the chairman of the full House Energy and Commerce Committee, pressed the executives on whether they thought BP made mistakes and, if so, what their companies would have done differently.

The executives assured that what happened to BP wouldn't happen to them.

"A number of the design standards that I would consider to be industry norms were not followed," ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson said.

"It certainly appears from your letter that not all standards that we would employ" were followed, Chevron CEO John Watson said.

Markey also went after the companies' disaster-response plans. He noted that the companies included walruses, which do not exist on the Gulf Coast, in their region-specific disaster-response plan.

"It's unfortunate the walruses were included," Tillerson responded, after Markey pressed him.

Markey also noted that a doctor who has been dead for several years was included in the reports, complete with contact information.

"The plans need to be updated more frequently," ConocoPhillips CEO James Mulva acknowledged.

Subcommittee Ranking Member Fred Upton (R-Mich.) pressed McKay to grade the administration's response to the spill, but McKay declined.

Oil executives say drilling must continue

11:24 a.m.: In their opening statements, the executives said they are happy to institute changes made once it is determined what went wrong with the BP spill, but they cautioned against moving away from drilling too quickly.

They said their companies support efforts to deal with climate change and move toward renewable energy, but that the country needs oil in the meantime.

Shell President Marvin Odum said President Obama's six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling will create difficulties for the American people.

"It is not without consequences," Odum said. "Shying away from oil and gas development during the transition is not the answer."

Chevron CEO John Watson said deepwater development needs to continue, but that his company would embrace new industry-wide safeguards.

"We have multiple systems to prevent a tragedy like the Deepwater Horizon," Watson assured. "We know that we can always learn and improve."

ConocoPhillips CEO James Mulva added: "We will get there, but it is going to take us some time."

Waxman says disaster-response problems widespread

10:17 a.m.: Waxman said the oil companies "are no better prepared to deal with a major oil spill than BP."

"We found that none of the five companies has an effective response plan," he said.

Waxman said the plans submitted by the five oil companies present were just "paper exercises" and that BP failed "miserably" in executing its plan. He said it's hard to expect the others will succeed where BP failed.

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the ranking member on the subcommittee, warned his Democratic colleagues that they shouldn't put climate change on trial at the hearing. He raised concerns about some questions that were leaked to the media before the hearing.

"Frankly, I would like to bring the cap and trade bill up again on the House floor, because this year I think it would fail," Upton said.

Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) defended raising clean energy as an issue: "Every single well we drill is an invisible oil spill."

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) echoed Upton, worrying that the hearing will be used as a means to pass more climate change legislation.

"I hope that during this hearing members of this committee will have a laser-like focus on how we plug this leak," Burgess said.

Original Post: Blogging Rep. Henry Waxman's big oil hearing
9:35 a.m.: Plenty of drama is expected Tuesday as Rep. Henry Waxman's (D-Calif.) Energy and Commerce Committee puts the oil industry in front of his subcommittee. 44 will be watching the hearings all day (so you don't have to) and picking out the key points.

BP CEO Tony Hayward won't testify till Thursday, but Tuesday will include several other big oil executives who are certain to get a grilling. They are: ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, Chevron CEO John Watson, ConocoPhillips CEO James Mulva, BP America President Lamar McKay, and Shell President Marvin Odum.

Refresh the page regularly for updates.

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Last I checked, the act of suicide is illegal - and it still won't plug the leak. It only makes some feel better about themselves. I thought that was inappropiate - to suggest that to anyone is over the top - we need leadership that will LEAD morality by showing respect instead of reflect immoral thoughts. Disrespect the act, not the person. I would hope Rep. Cao has rethought his position.

The US has a gas surplus --- in Congress and the media - no one is trying to plug the real leak. What's up with that??

Bottom line, it is election year and our government is busy in trying to win votes. Slapping BP and "Big Oil" doesn't fix the leak, if anything it detracts from the real challenge at hand.

If the government is really unhappy with the industry, they should nationalize oil, a strategic interest, and take the risks themselves. I'm pretty sure they will leave the risks to the private oil companies - those that decide to remain here.

Posted by: Oldfashioned2 | June 16, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Yes, there is a disaster that will take years to mitigate but lets stop the he did-he didn't and look at the long term.

There is a discipline called dynamic programming that says given the current state of the system, regardless of how we got here what is the best way of reaching our goal(s). I suggest that our long term goal is to reduce our dependence on a finite supply of energy.

That will not be done by simply increasing the efficiency of those users of power. Eventually, we will run out of viable sources of oil and while coal may be plentiful, unless we can do something efficient about carbon dioxide, we will be poisoning our environment.

To say that we can replace fossil fuels with solar, wind and geothermal is smoking a commonly banned substance! Like it or not, nuclear power is the solution but it must be executed intelligently. The French did just that. They developed A design for their power plants and built that design. None of this going out to bid on plants so that there are a myriad of designs with different structures and controls and whatever. They derive 80% of their power from nuclear plants that can be operated using standard procedures.

It is time to face facts!

Posted by: stan75mill | June 16, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Blaming the environmentalists is outstandingly idiotic: if the environmentalists had had their way, aggressive fuel efficiciency standards would have eliminated the need for both deep-water oil wells, and drilling in pristine wilderness areas.

For example: In the 70's a car with good fuel efficiency got 17mpg (like my '73 Dodge Dart); after fuel efficiency standards took effect in the 1980's, 33mpg. Since that time, drill&fill troglodytes blocked any improvements, and all of the improvements in technology went into building bigger cars.

Posted by: Denswei | June 16, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

The worst may be yet to come...
The Ixtac I, in 1979, dumped 140 Million gallons (probably more, it is in International waters, i.e., no one cares).
Yet, two years later, all the damage in Eastern Mexico, Texas and all gulf shores damage was gone IN TWO YEARS!!!
Why? Because a bacteria that eats oil took care of all the oil.
What if all the tons of stuff BP add to dissolve the oil kill this oil-eating bacteria? Was the additive tasted for its effects? I'd bet not. Will this oil stay around for more than 2 years? The Valdez spill is still there, the bacteria must require warm waters to thrive.
Don't know the name of the bacteria. Do you? Does BP?

Posted by: MikeSar | June 15, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Any of you who states that the american government should take over the problem in the gulf is insane. What makes you think that our government won't hire some overpriced cronies to do the job? It always seems to be the same way when government contracts are issued. The company who knows the most people and has paid in the right amount to corrupt political figures wins every time. Halliburton is a prime example. Instead, we should continue escalating fines on a daily basis against BP until the oil spill is cleaned up. We need to enforce that the american public is not responsible for causing the spill and should not be forced to pay for cleanup. Any government based costs should be passed back to BP for payment. In addition, BP should not be paying out monetary compensation to investors. All of those who invested in BP should be made to suffer also.

Posted by: trent1a1 | June 15, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

BP believes they have "been pretty effective"?

What have they been smoking?

Mr. Cao has the right idea for these clowns - either resign or commit sepaku.

Posted by: chamateddy | June 15, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

BP lies, BP tells damn lies, BP's CEO is a blasted, damned liar.

Posted by: elainedatter2 | June 15, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Here is a little more scientific discussion of the sand berms under construction off Louisiana:
http://throughthesandglass.typepad.com/through_the_sandglass/

Posted by: PostSubscriber | June 15, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

lol this is only "news" because an Asian-American mentioned harakiri, isn't it?

Posted by: dkp01 | June 15, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Eric Holder; get off your lazy butt and Arrest the BP Executives and Lawyers that are destroying the Gulf Coast and Constantly Lying and Withholding Evidence. The Oil Gusher is a National Man Made Terrorist Disaster perpetuated by BP.

You don’t ask Drug Dealers to Treat Victims of the Drugs they’ve sold, you Don’t Ask Terrorists to clean up the Body Parts of people they’ve Killed, you don’t let Madoff to keep Swindling Investors, and you Don’t Allow BP Executives who have Lied from Day One about Oil Spill rates and What’s Needed to Stop and Clean the Spill to keep Obstructing Operations.

BP executives are still Lying about Oil Spill Rates, Lying about Oil Plums, Lying about Intimidating Cleanup Workers from discussing the spill, and Nickel and Diming Cleanup and Reparations while setting aside Billions for Stockholder Dividends. This Oil spill is an Attack on America and these guys should be arrested Immediately.

Prosecution and Jail for all BP and MMS Managers Responsible for the Oil Flood/Eruption and Fine BP Wrath of God Money ($100~400 Billion) as that is the Only thing that will force these Companies to stop;

* Falsifying, inspections,
* Neglecting key safety equipment,
* Failing to perform key checks and maintenance, and
* Harassing and Intimidating workers, and whistleblowers.

There is the Cost for Cleanup ($60~$100 Billion), Cost for Decades of Lost Income of USA and Gulf Coast Residents ($100 Billion) and the Cost for Criminal Negligence (Double these two Costs: $320~400 Billion).

Posted by: liveride | June 15, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Each Republican Law Maker knows Bush signed a contract with BP/Halliburton and if Obama were to take over BP/Halliburton would file a suit for breach of contract and you betcha BP/Halliburton would win. But the Media/Press don't want to report that news because it's better to put out the propaganda news. Notice how many Republicans are backing BP while accusing Obama for the oil spill. Right now the GOP are working on protecting BP from criminal charges that they committed. Even Senator Vitter got his check and now is calling for more drilling and who knows more spills. Rep. Boehner is demanding the taxpayers pay for the clean up. You can't make this stuff up and Americans are still buying the beans Republicans are selling.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | June 15, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I would have liked to have heard some discussion as to how to fix this problem - either get a joint task force of industry experts (those with experience) and a dialog on how the US (government?) might be more involved, to fix the problem, not just "take over" the compensation to those affected. I think we missed (yet another) opportunity to stop the blame games - as that is clear, and start working together. What a waste of time (and taxpayers' money).

It was sad to hear that an oyster farmer had a right to be compensated, and anyone in the oil industry (at any level) was not worrisome as well. Hello?? Don't they have mortgages and families too? It's concerning that our government thinks they will have to just get by somehow.

Posted by: Oldfashioned2 | June 15, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

We need to harness the brain power of the entire country to solve this problem. I have started a BLOG and twitter campaign to capture ideas that can stimulate solutions. The people of our country have solved more serious issues than this in the past. The conflict at the base of the American Revolution was not easily solved, but because many people volunteered their time and ingenuity they resolved it. Too many people are waiting for experts to solve this problem for them. My twitter campaign is #twitterbrainstorming. My BLOG is
http://electin2010.blogspot.com. I am a high school teacher that cares about his country and the ramifications of the oil spill on the world. This is my only qualification and special interest to solve this problem.

I suggest that we reverse the flow of the Mississippi to pull the oil slick into Yellow Cotton and Bastian Bays. Perhaps there we can use some of Kevin Cosners machines to separate the oil from the water.
http://electin2010.blogspot.com/2010/06/operation-clam-can-fix-oil-spill-on.html

My giant clam analogy may make you laugh, but if that laughter stimulates a solution to this problem, then I am very content to be laughed at. It is better than complaining about BP or blaming others for negligence. The time for this type of action should be after we stop proposing solutions to this problem.

Please consider posting a solution on the BP website or my BLOG. Here is BP idea submission form. http://www.horizonedocs.com/artform.php


Posted by: pparris | June 15, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

After 55 days or so, the BP CEO is tied with President "Talks" with speed in addressing the spill. But don't forget, "a crisis is too valuable a thing to waste"

Posted by: treedbrent | June 15, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Callous disregard for safety in pursuit of the almighty dollar, cutting corners in procedural matters, ignoring the warnings provided by operators on the drilling rig when they found pieces of the annular coming up in seawater from the well, rushing to get the well cemented and not following industry norms or standards or their own engineering suggestions leads one to believe that the BP personnel in charge were after their own bonuses and rewards for finally bringing in the well, no matter the condition. Sadly, those same people are responsible for 11 cases of homicide. Acting dangerously with premeditation, and endangering the lives of others knowing that your actions could cause them serious harm or death warrants criminal charges against every official in the decision chain who pushed Deepwater Horizon to its death. NO SYMPATHY FOR ANY OF THEM. The escrow account should be funded at a minimum of $20Billion, but more preferably at twice that and BP has no decision making authority over even one pence. They should be barred from paying dividends while the cleanup is ongoing. That should get the world hopping mad at them and push them to the maximum to get this done. If British pensioners are harmed, let BP compensate them from their billions of dollars of quarterly profits. As a final thought, post the photos of the BP officials in charge of this disaster at every beach entrance with the phrase, Thank these guys for the loss of your beach and seafood for the next ten years.

Posted by: ronjeske | June 15, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Henry Waxman (D-CA) another self-righteous, smug, Liberal-Left-Wing Jew...what a surprise!

Posted by: vince33x | June 15, 2010 2:38 PM
_____________________
Take your anti-Semitic crap back under your rock, you pig.

Posted by: luridone | June 15, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Henry Waxman (D-CA) another self-righteous, smug, Liberal-Left-Wing Jew...what a surprise!

Posted by: vince33x | June 15, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sirs,
Wasn't BP part of the closed door talks with Cheney?
Remember when he said that it would have a chilling effect if he made those talks public.
What is the temperature in the Gulf?
Its a little late for apologies or to throw people under the bus!
Clifford Spencer

Posted by: yankeefan1925 | June 15, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Remove BP from Cleanup Operation! They are the Criminals!! The USA should hire Private Companies to do it and Bill all Expenses to BP.

Crews idled from Oil Exploration should be working to Clean up this Oil Industry Spill. There is no reason for these men to be Sitting Around and Complaining. Join America in Cleaning up this spill. These are the Jobs that the Gulf Coast needs right now.

Bill BP for the Clean up costs Weekly even if it’s $1 Billion a week. "Get the Money and Clean it UP". The Longer it takes to Stop, the Longer they Pay for the Damage.

Order Supertankers to Suck up the Oil, Barges and Skimmers with Vacuums, Pumps and Separators to Suck up the Oil, Sand-Shifting Oil removal machines, Hay, Smart Sponges, A Million Man Effort to Clean up the Oil, ... What's taking so Dam... long!!! Remove BP from Cleanup Operation!!! They are the Criminals!! The USA should hire Private Companies to do it and Bill all Expenses to BP.

The USA, Obama, Congress, Senate, FEMA, Coast Guard, National Guards; must Take over Clean up Operations from BP Nickel and Diming Obstruction.

Posted by: liveride | June 15, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

IT is good to see Congressman Hampster back at grandstanding and continuing the administration's efforts to turn this disaster into a political circus..

First we need to SOLVE THE PROBLEM.. NOT TALK ABOUT WHO IS TO BLAME (Blame comes later and let the chips fall where they may)

We should then focus on solving the problem that the environmentalists created with their demands to drill so far offshore that this problem was bound to happen.

We have a recently discovered oil field in North Dokata with 200 Billion barrels that could eliminate our need to drill in deep water wells... We could plug a hole there in a day! What have the Dems done about it?? Ignored it!!!!

http://www.nextenergynews.com/news1/next-energy-news2.13s.html

Posted by: 2010Rout | June 15, 2010 11:26 AM
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Unfortunately, you and all the other oil industry apologists keep ignoring the fact that, according to the USGS, at most, 4 billion barrels of that oil is technically recoverable. The Bakken is very non-porous and dense. That's less than half of one year's U.S. demand. It doesn't solve any problems at all.

http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=1911

Posted by: luridone | June 15, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

In 2006 then Congressman Bobby Jindal sponsored the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act (H.R. 4761) a bill to eliminate the moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling over the U.S. outer continental shelf. This bill allowed unsafe oil drilling offshore without requiring Drillers to carry 3rd party disaster insurance.

Posted by: liveride | June 15, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

There is no energy crisis. All we need to do is capture the hot air these politicians are blowing around. I ask one simple question, who issues the drilling permits for the Gulf? Who would that make responsible for oversight? If you said USA government, in other words our elected politicians, you would be 100% correct.

Posted by: POD3 | June 15, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

We know now that drilling a Secondary Relief Well is the only thing that will Stop this Spill.

All Current Drillers should be required to drill secondary relief wells. It's Crazy to allow Current Drillers to not have Secondary Relief Wells and potentially create a Duplicate Disaster.

Oil Companies Must Get Insurance to prove their Drilling Safety preparation. Let private Insurance Companies bring the power of Private Industry to help insure safe operations.

Posted by: liveride | June 15, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

obama *invented* the apology tour, and this time he needs to apologize to America. He's the president, and he is the one who dithered, vacationed and partied during the disaster.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | June 15, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

The waste of time and money for the "Gulf Coast Commission" will now be exceeded in a classic waste when Waxman stirs the pots in his own special way to his greater glory as he explores BP,etc. Perhaps his time would be better spent by figuring out how to get California solvent.

Posted by: gupton1 | June 15, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

B.P. and the Feds, allow me to introduce two Hay boys that have a plan , some hay, and a rake system, who are much smarter than all of you. There was no reason for this muck to hit the marshes like it has and soon will, all the way up the eastern seaboard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5SxX2EntEo


Paying attention to liveride's post about relief wells now, and a couple of Americans with Hay ingenuity is smart.

Posted by: dottydo | June 15, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

B.P. and the Feds, allow me to introduce two Hay boys that have a plan , some hay, and a rake system, who are much smarter than all of you. There was no reason for this muck to hit the marshes like it has and soon will, all the way up the eastern seaboard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5SxX2EntEo


Paying attention to liveride's post about relief wells now and a couple of Americans with Hay ingenuity.

Posted by: dottydo | June 15, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Are we anti-industry, anti middle class,, anti capitalistic as hundreds of thousands of varying industries from Auto, to Wall-street, to Oil lose their livelihood, (too)? This spill is a catastrophe, and we don't know what happened - though it is hard to imagine that if BP can't cap the well, they wouldn't cap it. BP should know what's at stake, here.

Lets look at the evidence and work together to find out what the H happened, THEN impose appropiate and fair penalties - on BP,maybe preserving some of the talent there. I blame the government as much as BP-oversight was next to nothing and scrutinizing the "plans" after the fact is not productive at this time. (Why did the government OK the disaster response plans, if they were "insufficient"? to begin with?)

I see a major problem here, over and above the largest oil spill in America's history. I'm not so sure it's our government's role to kick industries out of the country - especially with an industry related to our national security, like it or not. We neet to find a balance between "not in my backyard" attitudes and anxiety over relying on foreign oil sources and stay commited to an energy policy longterm.

Posted by: Oldfashioned2 | June 15, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Are we anti-industry, anti middle class,, anti capitalistic as hundreds of thousands of varying industries from Auto, to Wall-street, to Oil lose their livelihood, (too)? This spill is a catastrophe, and we don't know what happened - though it is hard to imagine that if BP can't cap the well, they wouldn't cap it. BP should know what's at stake, here.

Lets look at the evidence and work together to find out what the H happened, THEN impose appropiate and fair penalties - on BP,maybe preserving some of the talent there. I blame the government as much as BP-oversight was next to nothing and scrutinizing the "plans" after the fact is not productive at this time. (Why did the government OK the disaster response plans, if they were "insufficient"? to begin with?)

I see a major problem here, over and above the largest oil spill in America's history. I'm not so sure it's our government's role to kick industries out of the country - especially with an industry related to our national security, like it or not. We neet to find a balance between "not in my backyard" attitudes and anxiety over relying on foreign oil sources and stay commited to an energy policy longterm.

Posted by: Oldfashioned2 | June 15, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Pretty effective for the safety of mankind, or pretty effective for collecting some oil?

An Apology does what for the loss of life that comes with this mess right after a hurrincane slings flaming tarballs from the sky in the devil's artwork?

Posted by: dottydo | June 15, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

We know now that drilling a Secondary Relief Well is the only thing that will Stop this Spill.

All Current Drillers should be required to drill secondary relief wells. It's Crazy to allow Current Drillers to not have Secondary Relief Wells and potentially create a Duplicate Disaster.

Oil Companies Must Get Insurance to prove their Drilling Safety preparation.

Crews idled from Oil Exploration should be working to Clean up this Oil Industry Spill. There is no reason for these men to be sitting around and complaining. Join America in Cleaning up this spill. These are the Jobs that the Gulf Coast needs right now.

BP’s cleanup crew wage is $12/hour. Come On BP, someone working in that crap in 95~100 degree heat deserves $25/hour and more!!! The USA needs to Remove BP from Cleanup operations and hire Private Contractors paying workers at $25/hour and get the Job done Right and Fast using Sand-Sifting machines, which are capable of cleaning long areas of beach in minutes rather than the hours it takes to do the work by hand.

Bill BP for the Clean up costs Weekly even if it’s $1 Billion a week. "Get the Money and Clean it UP". The Longer it takes to Stop, the Longer they Pay for the Damage.

Order Supertankers to Suck up the Oil, Barges and Skimmers with Vacuums, Pumps and Separators to Suck up the Oil, Sand-Shifting Oil removal machines, Hay, Smart Sponges, A Million Man Effort to Clean up the Oil, ... What's taking so Dam... long!!! Remove BP from Cleanup Operation!!! They are the Criminals!! The USA should hire Private Companies to do it and Bill all Expenses to BP.

Posted by: liveride | June 15, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Shell President Marvin Odum said President Obama's six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling will create difficulties for the American people.

Did he mention what an outstanding job Gail Norton (Bush's former Interior Secretary) is doing for the company as legal adviser?


"The Justice Department is investigating whether former Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton illegally used her position to benefit Royal Dutch Shell PLC, the company that later hired her, according to officials in federal law enforcement and the Interior Department."

LA Times, 09-17-09

Posted by: twm1 | June 15, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh, for crying out loud. I don't want the oil industry to apologize--that is stupid. I want them not to screw up, not to pollute, and stop being so greedy and corrupt.

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Posted by: darrin_burton | June 15, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

They should apologize right after our government and Wall Street apologies for the fraud and schemes they ran that took down the West's economies' right after we all receive an apology from the government for permitting job an factory outsourcing that cost us our middle class and wrecked American's faith in their own government. Hey, Congressional Bozo's, mindless cheerleading and blaming BP for the problems YOU created just doesn't cut it any more.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | June 15, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

MONSTERS NEVER APOLOGIZE

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 15, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Perp walks before Congress these days are ABSOLUTELY MEANINGLESS!!! No Corporate entity or rich individual are EVER held accountable for anything. This is all BS HOT AIR, completely a waste of time and money, we would all gain vastly more intelligence watching Gomer Pyle reruns...

Posted by: Impeachbush99 | June 15, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Oil executives on C-Span are still Lying to our Faces about their Safety standards and capabilities. They keep repeating that they have and practice a strong safety and response plan which is Contrary to what they are doing right now in response to the Gulf Coast Oil Disaster.

BP, Exxon, Chevron, and others are still Lying about Oil Flow Rates, Oil Spill Rates, and Oil Emergency Response preparedness. Stop Lying, and get Insurance to prove your Safety practices. At least an Insurance company will Inspect and Verify a $100~$500 Billion Insurance policy holders Safety and Emergency Response ability.

We Must Immediately Require and Enforce:

* Require Secondary Relief Wells for all Current and Future Deep Sea Drilling. It's Crazy to allow Current Drillers to not have Secondary Relief Wells and potentially create a Duplicate Disaster.

* Require Current Drillers to be subject to new Insurance and Safety Regulation Requirements (& Frequent Inspections to Verify compliance and well maintained 450 Ton Blow-Out Preventers (BOP), Storage Tanks leak checks, and Pipeline Cleaning and Corrosion checks.

* Require Remote Acoustic Triggers for Shut Off Valves,

* Require Drillers to be Insured for Worst case Scenario ($100 Billion ~ $500 Billion).

* Raise the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund supported by industry fees from $1 Billion to $500 Billion.

* End the Billions in Tax breaks for Oil Companies and end all fossil-fuel subsidies.

Posted by: liveride | June 15, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

As a military veteran who has served in the Middle East I am deeply offended by several Republican Congressmen’s defense of and kowtowing to BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, and Marathon Oil Executives lack of a viable Oil Emergency Response plan. Today’s hearing with Oil Executives on C-Span is a real awakening to the Corruption of Oil Politicians in allowing Oil companies to Operate in American waters with Fraudulent plans for Safety and Emergency Response as they Defend BP and fight against Reparations for the People and Resources of the Gulf Coast.

The defense of these worthless 500 page plans by Republican Congressmen is Criminal and Disgusting. If an Oil company or workers Job is to Destroy our Land and Water then you should not be in business in our Waters. The Oil money that has soaked these politicians is a rotting stain on their States and our Nation. If you cannot even make an effort to demand stringent Safety and Regulation of Companies that Murder your people and Destroy Hundreds of Billions of Wildlife and Water resources then you need to crawl back to the Slime you come from and let real Men and Women get the Job done right.

Remove BP from Cleanup Operation! They are the Criminals!! The USA should hire Private Companies to do it and Bill all Expenses to BP.

Ordering BP to Pay $20 Billion into a Reparations and Clean-Up Escrow Account is a first step towards Protecting the People and Resources of the Gulf Coast and Hundreds of Billions of USA Resources.

Posted by: liveride | June 15, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

IT is good to see Congressman Hampster back at grandstanding and continuing the administration's efforts to turn this disaster into a political circus..

First we need to SOLVE THE PROBLEM.. NOT TALK ABOUT WHO IS TO BLAME (Blame comes later and let the chips fall where they may)

We should then focus on solving the problem that the environmentalists created with their demands to drill so far offshore that this problem was bound to happen.

We have a recently discovered oil field in North Dokata with 200 Billion barrels that could eliminate our need to drill in deep water wells... We could plug a hole there in a day! What have the Dems done about it?? Ignored it!!!!

http://www.nextenergynews.com/news1/next-energy-news2.13s.html

Posted by: 2010Rout | June 15, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

What's sad is the GOP members in the hearing are hijacking it to claim the hearing is or should be about plugging the current oil leak.

The POINT of the hearing is preventing FUTURE disasters.

Posted by: rpixley220 | June 15, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Get rid of republicans and save the United States and Planet Earth.

Posted by: vintel7 | June 15, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Cut defense allocations by 1/3 and save the planet, provide real health care for all, and implement stringent regulations to protect the environment. All made possible by a 1/3 cut in defense spending. We do not need weapons of mass destruction. We do not need loads and loads of the newest aircraft. This is all due to the corruption in the republican party and their ongoing support for the defense contracting giants in their home states. Northrup, Raytheon, et al. We sit by idly while the republicans ruin the country and the planet with excessive defense spending and warmongering...both of which are immoral.

Posted by: vintel7 | June 15, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

QUOTE OF THE CENTURY……….MAYBE EVEN THE MILLENIUM


This quotation came from the Czech Republic . Someone over there has it figured out. We have a lot of work to do here.

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."

Posted by: armagedon | June 15, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Reps Waxman and Inslee couldn't tell the difference between a Kelly Hose and panty hose. I suggest the 2 of them sacrifice their's (panty hose), and go down to the Gulf, go for a swim, and stuff them in the top of the BOP's. For heavens sake, don't get caught in one of the scimmers - they're made for collecting oil, not toxic waste.

Posted by: armagedon | June 15, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

This is going to be a "Circus." It will be used by the Democrats to pass damaging legislation using the current disaster as a propaganda basis. I truly feel sorry for Americans. Our government is not helping us. It is causing fiscal diaster and horrible problems of income loss to all of us. There are no Oil industry experts in government, including our showman President. Government people talk alot, get nothing useful done. They do not know what they are doing...so, they just make the oil disaster things worse...
The Government is disfunctional under the Obama administration. They can't even pass the budget yet. They are incapable of planning themselves, yet demand to control everybody and everything else! We all are at great risk...

Posted by: USDefender | June 15, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

It figures. The republicans are too slow intellectually and too inept to understand that the 2 issues go hand and hand. Republicans are too stupid and unconscious to do anything meaningful in re: climate change. This is because big business is in their shorts and the republicans are in big business' shorts. The Republicans are corrupt through and through. What we really need is a new constitution and to start over with our government. A country that spends trillions on war and weapons of mass destruction but that can't provide health care and can't sufficiently reign in banks and big financial nor regulate emissions to save the planet, has its priorities all WRONG. Not responsibly stewarding the environment of the planet is a mortal sin and constitutes crimes against humanity. Republicans and their corrupt politicians will be held to severe consequences when they die...they will go to the place where worms never die.

Posted by: vintel7 | June 15, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

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