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Former Shell Oil Chief, Engineer: Supertankers Could Save the Gulf, So Why Won't BP Listen?


Environment  (tags: BP Oil Spill, POSSIBLE SOLUTION FOR OIL SPILL, MONEY, corruption, wildlife, conservation, ecosystems, environment, animals, science, politics, nature, habitatdestruction, oceans, pollution, habitat, endangered, destruction, government )

Julie
- 1634 days ago - current.com
"oil supertankers (already in the Gulf) could be used to suck up massive amounts of oil--possibly millions of barrels at a time" SO WHY AREN'T THEY (BP & THE US GOVERNMENT) ALL OVER THIS? MONEY...SAVING A FEW BUCKS WHILE MILLIONS OF ANIMALS DIE.



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Laura H. (899)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 3:58 pm
I am SO sick about this spill; people do not know what the HELL they are doing and animals are dying a slow, painful death...
WHY THE HELL AREN'T THEY TRYING THIS?! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Just Carole (338)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 4:06 pm
 
Sign the petition:
 
YES, I support the seizure of BP's assets to provide comprehensive compensation and relief for all affected people and for cleaning up the environment!
 
Sieze BP
 

Kathleen Blanchard (3)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 4:24 pm
If this is entirely true, I agree - why aren't they doing this. There is so much behind this that we don't know.
 

Mack David (100)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 4:57 pm
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
I am with Just Carole........seize their assets.........
N@T
 

Roseann D. (178)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 5:13 pm
And like the Brasscheck TV video showed, in 1969 during the Santa Barbara spill, they effectively used HAY (non-toxic, green, sustainable) to clean up the sludge. I guess BP can't make money off of it like their toxic dispersant.
 

Kathleen Blanchard (3)
Saturday June 5, 2010, 5:20 pm
There are over 13 million care2 members. BP has a website. Here is the number they say you can call to give them suggestions. Let's call?

Do you have ideas to help us?:
+1 281 366 5511
 

JOAN MASSETTI (11)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 1:07 am
SCREW BP AND THEIR PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPT. !!!!!!! GET THOSE TANKERS IN HERE & START SUCKING UP THE BP MESS !!! WHAT THE MORONS AT BP DON'T REALIZE IS THAT BY BRINGING IN THESE TANKERS THEY WOULD THEN HAVE MORE FAVORABLE PRESS THAN THEY WOULD KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH....THE SAUDI'S KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING & COULD SOLVE THIS PROBLEM, THEY OFFERED HELP, WHY NOT TAKE THEM UP ON IT ???? PAY THEM TO CLEAN UP BP'S MESS WITH BP'S MONEY, IF IT MEANS SEIZING THEIR ASSETS , WELL THAT'S THE BREAK OF NAVAL AIR !!! " DO IT ! ! ! & DO IT NOW ! ! ! "
 

sue M. (184)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 1:19 am
Since they are hiding and have no interest in giving any real true data on this spill one can only assume there is more to the story and that they caused it deliberately.
I say seize their assets and kick them out of the US for good!
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 2:04 am
Spills like this happen in the Niger Delta frequently, but don't make the headlines:

"The Deepwater Horizon disaster caused headlines around the world, yet the people who live in the Niger delta have had to live with environmental catastrophes for decades.

We reached the edge of the oil spill near the Nigerian village of Otuegwe after a long hike through cassava plantations. Ahead of us lay swamp. We waded into the warm tropical water and began swimming, cameras and notebooks held above our heads. We could smell the oil long before we saw it - the stench of garage forecourts and rotting vegetation hanging thickly in the air.

The farther we traveled, the more nauseous it became. Soon we were swimming in pools of light Nigerian crude, the best-quality oil in the world. One of the many hundreds of 40-year-old pipelines that crisscross the Niger delta had corroded and spewed oil for several months.

Forest and farmland were now covered in a sheen of greasy oil. Drinking wells were polluted and people were distraught. No one knew how much oil had leaked. "We lost our nets, huts and fishing pots," said Chief Promise, village leader of Otuegwe and our guide. "This is where we fished and farmed. We have lost our forest. We told Shell of the spill within days, but they did nothing for six months."

That was the Niger delta a few years ago, where, according to Nigerian academics, writers and environment groups, oil companies have acted with such impunity and recklessness that much of the region has been devastated by leaks.

In fact, more oil is spilled from the delta's network of terminals, pipes, pumping stations and oil platforms every year than has been lost in the Gulf of Mexico, the site of a major ecological catastrophe caused by oil that has poured from a leak triggered by the explosion that wrecked BP's Deepwater Horizon rig last month."

http://freeinternetpress.com/story.php?sid=25915

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/30/oil-spills-nigeria-niger-delta-shell

Thanks to Shell and Exxon.
 

Monica D. (580)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 2:52 am
Very interesting!
 

Bon L. (0)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 2:55 am
Should try every possible option.
 

Elainna Crowell (174)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 3:02 am
These damn Oil Companies are destroying a huge part of the world and the horror of the Gulf leak just might wake America up to it. I heard about the use of Supertankers by the Saudis and wonder why the hell it isn't being implemented!
 

Peter B. (54)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 3:17 am
thanks for info
 

Arielle S. (316)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 7:41 am
So BP doesn't want to spend the money tying up the super tankers.... gee, wouldn't that be sad? Almost as sad as seeing all the dead animals, all the destroyed environment, all the people out of work, all the tarry beaches, and all the toxic chemicals they are using instead. Seize BP - FIX this!
 

Judith H. (27)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 7:41 am
If it was the British shores being decimated, I am sure they'd be using them! BP should be made to follow thru on the clean up till the end, even if it brings bankruptcy to them!
 

Mike M. (56)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 7:58 am
I do not understand the inaction than is really taking place in the gulf.
 

Veronica G. (108)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 8:17 am
Yet again, it's down to greed and profits; if this advocated method is used it would cost BP more, apparently. That's a no-no for them. LOSE MONEY? no way, they say!
 

Mike K. (1)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 8:19 am
I wonder what the "agenda" is behind all of this stalling
 

Richard Zimmerman (1)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 8:44 am
Why does the government poke their noses in meaningless agendas. When they should be more involve now..Believe this administration isn't going to sanction penalties if they expect to run in 2012. The black gold rules
 

Mike H. (234)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 9:34 am
BP isn't doing anything because they don't give a damn. We must reduce oil consumption and develop alternative energy to stop these oil spills from occuring.
 

Pama L. (8)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 12:54 pm
I hope they don't do like they always do and have it take years before they help anyone. This whole thing is sickening. I hope BP never recovers from this and they loose everything. Hate to be mean, but that is how I feel.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 1:10 pm
Why don't they listen to Shell , sounds like a good solution .
 

Shakima J. (18)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 1:46 pm
Its amazing to me that BP is now considering the economic ramifications when trying to decide how to clean up this spill. When they were considering the economic benefits of drilling, they seem to have made far more swift decisions. Its time for BP to earnestly say, we made a huge, huge, far reaching mistake and we will do whatever it takes and pay whatever it takes to make it better.
 

gerald b. (0)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 1:53 pm
First off, let's get our terminology correct, this is not a spill, technically it is a 'blowout' due to pressure and unknown volume as opposed to the fixed volume such as a ship leaking.

I first heard about this potential solution on Book TV today and I wonder about the efficiency when a dispersant has been applied I.e. Will~85% be achieved? In any event, we can only pray that someone will come up with a solution to this ongoing catastrophe.
 

Bess moore (6)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 2:39 pm
We poke our noses over seas where we don't belong but we can't tke care of our own problems!! Unbelievable!!! Only in America!! Corporate Greed!! Screw BP!!
 

Ricardo C. (66)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 3:21 pm
Seizing BP's assets is politically incorrecct....They are donators!!! I am all for it, but I bet they won't do it!

 

Ricardo C. (66)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 3:24 pm
The oil is still gushing...Do they wan't this to be Obama's Katrina? Bush's Katrina was nature made. Obama's is man made!
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 3:50 pm
Thanks Julie. This post makes a good point.
 

eileen k. (1)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 4:03 pm
We talk about well capping, supertankers, booms, etc.; however, the use of microbes was mentioned only once yesterday, on CNN, weeks after the blowout.

Why didn't BP accept help from locally based oil companies and the Saudis, who are experienced in handling oil leaks? Two worlds: GREED AND ARROGANCE. The Saudis handled their oil leaks woth supertankers, which are capable of capturing milllions of gallons of the crude; and, the Texas-based oil companies used microbes to clean the Texas marshlands of crude.

The worst part of this whole catastrophe is that it was TOTALLY PREVENTABLE. The first warnings about the well beneath the Deepwater Horizon rig were issued 11 MONTHS prior to the deadly blowout; even stronger warnings about the cement casings and blowout preventer were issued just a month prior to the disaster; not to mention, alarms about methane gas rising within the well just hours before the deadly blowout. The motive for ignoring all these warnings is moot; the fact is this: 11 workers on this rig were killed in the explosion and fire; and, crude oil has been gushing from the affected well for about six weeks.

As a result of this preventable catastrophe, not only must BP's assets be seized to help clean up the resultant mess and to compensate the coastal communities for destroyed fisheries as well as lost tourism, its top executives must be prosecuted for crimes such as homicide (for the deaths of the 11 workers) and violations of the Clean Water Act. Such prosecutions must be pursued, even if it's to send a message to every oil company's top executives that safety and environmental protection come ahead of greed for profits.
 

Teresa K. (33)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 5:28 pm
noted and thank you.
 

Ricardo C. (66)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 6:04 pm
I am wary of politicians and if I am not mistaken, BP will get away with this mess! If there is another Congressional hearing on this, watch the politicians very carefully and you will see a lot of finger pointing and probably some shouting, but it is all a scam, a show, made especially for those that trust their Congressmen and that voted for them, you and me (I don't trust them all, only a few and I would have to check them out also to verify their truthfulness) to hide their involvement in permitting this horrendous thing called offshore drilling. If I am correct in this, America will change for the good, because if it comes out as I have said, then you will know that America's problems come from those that are supposed to solve them...Congress! And it all has to do with greed! And remember I did not mention any political party in particular. Both are in it up to their necks!

 

Renee M. (0)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 7:41 pm
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/25/stop-the-use-of-dispersants-in-the-gulf
 

Ancil S. (175)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 7:46 pm
I live here in south Mississippi and am worried about a hurricane spreading this oil around.BP needs to get up off there cheap a** and get the supertankers down here now,before it's too late!!!
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 7:56 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Carole Cherne (35)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 8:50 pm
This makes me feel infuriated and powerless, a poor combination of emotions, because for me, at least, this can lead to inertia, the last thing that is needed to help end this madness. I sign petitions, contact political leaders, work with environmental groups, and strive to make better and more informed choices to reduce my consumption of oil-based products. I keep asking myself what do we, as citizens, need to do to promote more immediate and effective changes. Then I run smack into the Himalayan obstacles surrounding this disaster and am simply reduced to tears.
 

Michael M. (35)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 10:34 pm
Listening costs money. Just like the Iraq war this disaster is in the best interest of some of the major players. If you think these people care about the oil workers who died or a couple hundred million in fines, clean up , lawsuits etc then think again. It is in their interest to let he oil flow. For a while . As the oil flows BP has lost billions in equity as the shares have declined ,what is it now 30/40 percent ? Certain individuals will ,as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, buy millions of these shares at a fraction of their actual value and end up making tens of billions. It's true. In fact at this very moment traders are telling the same story about the profit potential. They just fail to mention the bad part which regardless of whether or not it is true could never be proven in a court of law. Not with who is involved.
 

Kimberly Lewis (24)
Sunday June 6, 2010, 11:25 pm
The precious Ocean, the planet, the animals, the atmosphere, and even us, its all connected. We are being Schmucks, if we can't use it correctly, then we shouldn't use it. We have to be society that demands alternatives.
 

Jitse G. H. (2)
Monday June 7, 2010, 12:19 am
Well US government here is your chance to get some bonuspoints! GET THOSE BLOODY TANKERS IN, TAKE ALL ASSETS BP HAS, ASK THE ARABIANS FOR ADVICE AND LET THEM HELP YOU TO GET RID OF THE MASS BP HAD MAKE IN AN EFFORT TO KILL ALL ANIMALS AND PLANTS IN THE GULF REGION!!!!!! MAYBE THE ENVIRONMENT CAN REMEDY ITSELF WITHIN SAY 5 YEARS FROM NOW INSTEAD OF DECADES.
 

JoAnn Gerfen (0)
Monday June 7, 2010, 1:21 am
LISTENING TO MY LOCAL PROGRESSIVE RADIO STATION AND HEARD A COMMENT THAT "HIT HOME"!-WHEN THIS DREADFUL DISASTER NO LONGER HAS HEADLINE NEWS MOST PEOPLE WILL LATCH ONTO THE "NEXT" ONE! WE WILL GO ON WITH OUR DAILY LIFE AND FORGET ABOUT WHAT A MESS THIS IS-ABSOLUTELY HEARTBREAKING IN EVERY WAY. ALSO, APPARENTLY THE JUDGES WHO WILL AWARD COMPENSATION-(?) TO THOSE PEOPLE WITH LOSSES HAVE TIES TO THE OIL INDUSTRY. IS IT IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE CLEAN POLITICS? UNADULTERATED GREED-I HATE THIS ENVIRONMENT THAT MAKES US FEEL SMALL AND HELPLESS AND CONTROLLED BY A--H----S LIKE BP. THE THOUGHT OF A SOCIAL REVOLUTION SOUNDS GOOD-ALL IT TAKES IS $$$$. TO HELL WITH THE ENVIRONMENT, ANIMALS, WHAT IN GOD'S NAME HAVE WE COME TO IN THIS COUNTRY?????
 

Tekla Drakfrende (82)
Monday June 7, 2010, 2:14 am
yes - why???
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Monday June 7, 2010, 2:56 am
These are some really sad photos of birds caught in the oil. Heartbreaking.

http://news.msn.co.nz/glance/1064969/birds-struggle-to-escape-sea-of-oil

The oil is a disgusting brown goop in the oceans, wetlands, on the beaches, where it doesn't belong.
 

Beverly C. (0)
Monday June 7, 2010, 3:51 am
These two men need to meet with President Obama. BP should not be allowed to get away with extending the clean-up time because they don't want to spend extra money. The people, economy, animals, wetlands, etc. of that area must be the first priority.--Without question, many people involved in the clean-up and who live in the area are getting sick and some will die. BP's "bottom line" and bonuses need to take a back seat.
 

MarieAnne Duhem (93)
Monday June 7, 2010, 6:47 am
I wonder what is behind the shenanigans of BP... I do not believe one minute that they are candid about this salvage... If these supertankers can provide a solution, it is a major crime that they don't use them!!!
As for Nigeria, it is a fact that there are constant spills, but who cares, it 'just' Africa...
 

E F Z. (2)
Monday June 7, 2010, 8:37 am
The oil separation machines have been approved by BP as of May 27th. Check it out here: http://www.hydro-international.com/news/id3898-BP_Approves_Oil_Separation_Device_Test.html
 

Sara T. (3)
Monday June 7, 2010, 10:00 am
I've heard this solution before - why in the world hasn't BP tried it - I think it's criminal of them not to attempt that as part of a fix!!
 

Patricia C. (96)
Monday June 7, 2010, 1:35 pm
Bp's inadequacy to stop this gush is just not acceptable, and it is past time for the government to seize control and start using some of the great ideas being submitted from all over the world. The suffering of the birds and other marine creatures is difficult to think about, and every day that the gush continues, their chances for survival are less and less. BP's wealth makes them so powerful; it is a scary situation that I am seeing unfold. Thanks Julie, for the info.
 

Bud S. (4)
Monday June 7, 2010, 1:49 pm
We should not wait for BP to clean up the oil. Offer FREE CRUDE OIL to any company that wants to send in a tanker and suck it up out of the Gulf! First come, first served!
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Tuesday June 8, 2010, 6:22 pm
Why is it taking so long for commonsense to prevail. Perhaps I am being naive - but aren't the tankers the answer and shouldn't they have been implemented at the beginning?
 

Debbie Z. (1)
Wednesday June 9, 2010, 6:07 pm
I agree the government should seize BP's assets. I can't understand why the tankers aren't being used to clean up the oil. I'm heartbroken about what's happening to the wildlife, plus the fact that BP has ruined the economy in the Gulf.
 
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