Day 63 of the oil leak disaster in the Gulf and some disturbing news, of course about BP. Because BP has not prepared with enough tankers, they are burning off excess oil on the surface of the water. The problem that is developing is that some endangered turtles are being cooked alive. Add to that the high temperatures are also cooking to death the oil soaked brown pelicans , which were just removed from the endangered list. BP seems to be on a path to make both the turtles and brown pelicans extinct.
Some other oil leak disaster news, in New Orleans, strippers at the Mimosa Dancing Girls Adult Entertainment Club are trying to get some of the BP $20 billion escrow. The strippers claim that since the April 20th explosion, business has been way down. Kenneth Feinberg, the 3rd party handing payments out of the BP $20 billion escrow says he does not think their claims are valid.
Weeks before the April 20th explosion on the Deepwater Horizon Rig and the death of eleven men, a BP employee -Tyrone Benton, claims that he warned the company about a leak in the blowout preventer. Benton is suing BP for negligence. He was interviewed by BBC News today.
BP says it has spent $2 billion so far in its operations to stop the leak and claim payments since the April 20th disaster began.
Republicans are accusing President Obama of using the oil leak disaster to push his alternate fuels program. That really doesn't seem wrong, does it? I know the republicans care much more about Big Oil than Americans, but this really does not seem like a good time to defend the oil companies.
Meanwhile the Minerals Management Service which had wild parties with oil company employees and let the oil rig operators fill out their own inspection forms, is no more. The new agency is called The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Regulation, and Enforcement. It is headed by former Justice Dept. Inspector-General Michael Bromwich.
A U.S. District Court judge is considering requests to lift President Obama's six month ban on any new drilling in waters more than 500 feet deep. The lifting of the ban is wanted because it is causing an economic disaster to become even worse. There isn't much optimism that the ban will be lifted.
BP has said in an internal document that 100,000 barrels of oil could leak in the Gulf per day if the blowout preventer and wellhead were removed. BP says it probably is leaking 60,000 barrels of oil into the Gulf per day. This however was a document from Mid-May when BP was claiming that 1,000 barrels of oil were leaking per day.
State Senators and TV personality Sarah Palin are calling for a Day of Prayer to ask God to stop the oil leak, since BP does not seem capable of doing so. It would be nice, but I think that God helps those who help themselves. Besides, God did not cause this, BP did. And....it should be noted that not one walrus has died. The polar bears so far are ok too. But, BP has big plans in the Arctic Region to drill where we have never drilled before. So far, The Obama Administration has not made a move to stop it.
So far, President Obama still has not forced BP to require all cleanup workers to wear Haz-Mat suits and respirators. More and more workers are getting sick and the longer they are exposed to this toxic mess, will bring life long health problems or death. Please, Mr. Obama, you need to take care of this now.
Looking at the live feed of the leak still shows the oil gushing into the Gulf and it is not hard to believe that 100,000 barrels could be leaking every day. Whatever happened with those sensors that the U.S. sent down to the oil leak to measure how much is leaking per day. We have not heard a word about that, or how BP expects to capture 90 percent of the leak in the near future.