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« Topic Start: June 09, 2010, 09:05:30 pm »

Since it's pretty obviously going to be with us a long time, here's a category to put any oil spill stories in.
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« Reply #1: June 09, 2010, 09:05:59 pm »

If oil spill is 'an act of God,' BP merits divine retribution

God spoke to Moses through a burning bush on Mount Horeb. He apparently speaks to Republicans through a spewing oil well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/04/AR2010060402701.html?hpid=opinionsbox1
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« Reply #2: June 19, 2010, 11:05:35 am »

Since it's pretty obviously going to be with us a long time, here's a category to put any oil spill stories in.

Dutch offer skimmer vessels on day 2 of spill. Vessels turned down, citing a need for President to sign a waiver.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/steffy/7043272.html

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« Reply #3: June 19, 2010, 12:44:52 pm »

Dutch offer skimmer vessels on day 2 of spill. Vessels turned down, citing a need for President to sign a waiver.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/steffy/7043272.html



This is something that has irritated the crap out of me since I first read about it weeks ago. I know the Jones Act is holding this up, but why hasn't there been a move to waive it? I don't get this. I didn't like this sort of thing when NOLA was dealing with Katrina, and I don't like this now with Obama's administration.
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« Reply #4: June 19, 2010, 01:00:58 pm »

As oil spews in Gulf, BP chief at UK yacht race
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100619/ap_on_bi_ge/us_gulf_oil_spill

BP chief executive Tony Hayward, often criticized for being tone-deaf to U.S. concerns about the worst oil spill in American history, took time off Saturday to attend a glitzy yacht race off England's Isle of Wight.
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« Reply #5: June 19, 2010, 01:08:36 pm »

This is something that has irritated the crap out of me since I first read about it weeks ago. I know the Jones Act is holding this up, but why hasn't there been a move to waive it? I don't get this. I didn't like this sort of thing when NOLA was dealing with Katrina, and I don't like this now with Obama's administration.

The Jones Act was waived after Katrina and after Rita. Both union and non-union companies and the unions worked to keep the time limited and subject to review. It was renewed once I think after the initial waiver. The wavier was limited to vessels involved in the oil trade, so the request to move US grain for pigs from the US Great Lakes to North Carolina via foreign vessels was denied.

There is an objection currently by non-union dredge companies with regards to making berms on the grounds that there are US (Gulf Coast companies mostly) vessels ready to do the work. This would not affect the skimmer vessels.

As to why no waiver has been offered, I have no idea.

More info on the Jones Act from an industry journal.
http://www.marinelog.com/DOCS/NEWSMMIX/2010jun00120.html
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"There are well-established federal procedures for waiving the Jones Act to bring in foreign vessels in those situations were American vessels are not available," said the MCTF. The American maritime industry has not and will not stand in the way of the use of these well-established waiver procedures to address this crisis.

 
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« Reply #6: June 19, 2010, 01:10:51 pm »

As oil spews in Gulf, BP chief at UK yacht race
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100619/ap_on_bi_ge/us_gulf_oil_spill

BP chief executive Tony Hayward, often criticized for being tone-deaf to U.S. concerns about the worst oil spill in American history, took time off Saturday to attend a glitzy yacht race off England's Isle of Wight.

The board of BP had already relieved him of direct supervision of BPs response and called him home. Other than PR, he really wasn't needed here. The Designated Person Ashore already had the authority to spend what's needed for clean up.
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« Reply #7: June 19, 2010, 10:33:46 pm »

The board of BP had already relieved him of direct supervision of BPs response and called him home. Other than PR, he really wasn't needed here. The Designated Person Ashore already had the authority to spend what's needed for clean up.


Peter,

I'm seeing some stuff that's pointing to some confusion about this.

I know yesterday it was said he'd been called home. Tonight (over on MSNBC), I'm reading where that may not be the case:

"Questions remained about whether Hayward is still in charge of the cleanup effort. BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg seemed to suggest Friday that he was being withdrawn from the front line of the response.

"It is clear that Tony has made remarks that have upset people," Svanberg told Sky News television, adding that Hayward was "now handing over" daily operations to BP Managing Director Bob Dudley.

But BP spokeswoman Sheila Williams said Svanberg was misunderstood and that only a transition to Dudley, an American with 30 years in the oil business, had begun.

"Hayward is very much in charge until we've stopped the leak," she told the AP on Saturday."

My own personal opinion is if he HAS been called home, there needed to be a really clear announcement of that. And even if he had, it might have been wise to keep a low profile for a couple of weeks while his replacement transitioned in.
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« Reply #8: June 19, 2010, 10:43:12 pm »

Peter,

I'm seeing some stuff that's pointing to some confusion about this.

I know yesterday it was said he'd been called home. Tonight (over on MSNBC), I'm reading where that may not be the case:
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My own personal opinion is if he HAS been called home, there needed to be a really clear announcement of that. And even if he had, it might have been wise to keep a low profile for a couple of weeks while his replacement transitioned in.

I don't know. Definately agree that there is confusion about why he went back to the UK. There are plenty of good reasons for him to have done so, but also plenty of bad ones.

I'd be surprised if Hayward had much direct control over the BP effort, especially any more control than he could excercise in the UK. I'd expect Dudley to already be up to speed before Hayward left. About the only thing Hayward could do that Dudley can't is talk to Congress and Obama. (Actually he might be able to talk better to Congress, but it would look bad if a number 2 person spoke while the #1 guy fled).

Looks like BP is in for another spate of bungled PR on top of the spill effort.
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« Reply #9: June 19, 2010, 10:46:00 pm »

I don't know. Definately agree that there is confusion about why he went back to the UK. There are plenty of good reasons for him to have done so, but also plenty of bad ones.

I'd be surprised if Hayward had much direct control over the BP effort, especially any more control than he could excercise in the UK. I'd expect Dudley to already be up to speed before Hayward left. About the only thing Hayward could do that Dudley can't is talk to Congress and Obama. (Actually he might be able to talk better to Congress, but it would look bad if a number 2 person spoke while the #1 guy fled).

Looks like BP is in for another spate of bungled PR on top of the spill effort.

I was telling Randall that BP is the AIG of the petroleum industry.

Whomever is in charge of their PR should be fired. They're already in a huge hole, but these extracurricular problems aren't doing a thing for anyone.
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« Reply #10: July 02, 2010, 10:51:47 am »

Since this keeps coming up...

Oil Spill, Foreign Help and the Jones Act

http://factcheck.org/2010/06/oil-spill-foreign-help-and-the-jones-act/
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« Reply #11: July 02, 2010, 11:57:00 am »

Since this keeps coming up...

Oil Spill, Foreign Help and the Jones Act

http://factcheck.org/2010/06/oil-spill-foreign-help-and-the-jones-act/

Most often when you here about requests to waive the Jones Act it's being pushed by agribusiness to drive down freight train rates for grains.
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« Reply #12: July 02, 2010, 11:58:15 am »

Most often when you here about requests to waive the Jones Act it's being pushed by agribusiness to drive down freight train rates for grains.

Now that I've got no clue on, but I do know I've been hearing a lot about this Act over the last few weeks, and it seems to be coming from various places.
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« Reply #13: July 15, 2010, 07:05:26 pm »

Since it's pretty obviously going to be with us a long time, here's a category to put any oil spill stories in.

The new cap is on and the valves are closed.

http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/2010/07/14/oil-spill-now-the-pressure-is-really-on/?xid=rss-topstories

This is kind of fascinating to watch.  Granted they appear to have made some screw-ups that resulted in the spill in the first place, but the ad-hoc team on the fixing end of things is pretty impressive, shutting this thing down a mile underwater with ROVs and a custom apparatus.

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« Reply #14: July 18, 2010, 10:52:43 pm »

A Real Joe the Plumber Plugs BP Well

http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/60552

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