BP Gulf Oilspill – the Haliburton Cement NON-connection

The papers have been talking about Haliburton supposedly bearing some responsibility for cement flaws in the BP oil disaster. For whatever reason, some are now trying to put blame on Haliburton. While they’re certainly not a favored company, in this particular case, it’s simply not their fault or responsibility.

Interview footage from months ago aired, a supervisor on the rig telling of how he had reported the rubber coming up out of the pipe, but was told to ignore that warning sign. He also relayed info of a meeting held shortly before the explosion, in which the Haliburton rep DID raise objection about cement set time, and the BP agent in charge insisted that it was costing them money to wait ($25 million a day?) so to go ahead, not wait on the cement. When the Haliburton rep objected, he was shut down rather rudely by the pompous BP agent in charge.

What was clear was that the BP rep, a middle/upper mucky-muck visiting the rig, overrode all the objections, concerns and voices of reasonable caution. Citing costs, he pulled rank on them and told them to stand down. The fault, then, lies entirely with BP.

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Corexit Disease — Bad And Getting Worse!

BoingBoing just posted an article sourced from Al Jazeera that confirms what we’ve been warning of (and reporting about): Corexit is causing people to become sick.  What’s more, it’s forming new ways to be dangerous, both in chemical compounds and the genetic mutations it creates.  Carla Mayes, a political activist contact of ours with close ties to people at the Gulf, has been keeping us abreast of the many reported cases of illness.  Now this, and it seems the soup just keeps on getting thicker!

One source, Naman, states “The dispersants are being added to the water and are causing chemical compounds to become water soluble, which is then given off into the air, so it is coming down as rain, in addition to being in the water and beaches of these areas of the Gulf.” The article goes on to state that “residents are reporting brown vomit, brown urine, copious diarrhea, skin rashes, sore throats and even internal hemorrhaging.” The number of cases is increasing, rather that declining.

Veteran RN Trisha Springstead told Al Jazeera “They have sore throats, respiratory problems, neurological problems, lesions, sores, and ulcers. These people have been poisoned and they are dying. Drugs aren’t going to help these people. They need to be detoxed.”

Meanwhile, the White House seems to be singing a country song, “That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.” Though their claims that 75% of the oil was miraculously evaporated were obviously inaccurate, they’ve yet to come back and address the issue. It’s as though they feel that since the oil leak has supposedly been plugged (what about the OTHER leaks?) that there is no longer an issue to be dealt with. Protect The Ocean continues to receive weekly BULL-etins from Deepwater Command Central with tedious rhetoric amounting to nothing. THe latest from them is that the State of Alabama’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and others are hosting a public meeting on November 11, 2010. The purpose? To explain to the Little People what methods they’re using to ASSESS the situation, and explain opportunities for public to help with clean-up. Don’t you feel better, knowing that they’re still busily assessing it? HOW ABOUT SOME ACTION? But to be fair, that’s at a state level. The Feds stopped DOING anything months ago.

We very much wish that we had better news, but the bottom line reality is that BP has soiled our waters, and nobody’s doing a damned thing about it. Meanwhile more people are getting sick and sicker, and nobody’s doing anything about THAT either.

Post Script: The Executive Order Recognizing the Gulf Coast as a national treasure, on October 5, 2010 President Obama issued an Executive Order creating the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, continuing the Administration’s ongoing commitment to the region. The mission of the Task Force is to efficiently integrate Federal efforts with those of local stakeholders and state and tribal governments so as to better implement Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration and to facilitate appropriate accountability and support throughout the restoration process. The President’s Executive Order establishing the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/10/05/executive-order-gulf-coast-ecosystem-restoration-task-force

On November 8th, only a little over a month from the date of the above Executive Order (which is only God-knows-how-many months late in coming,) there will be the FIRST meeting, from 11:30am through 4:pm, in Pensacola, FL, of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. Feel better yet?