edited & updated version cross-posted at Huffington Post
We’re now all caught in a horror film entitled Waiting for BP.
The whole problem with Pres. Obama’s continued reliance on BP is that it simply won’t get the job done, because contrary to the mantra coming from federal officials, BP simply cannot be trusted. They have been in a place of epic corporate damage control that prevents them from being transparent about how this blowout happened in the first place. Everything from that point is mitigating the damage that can be seen.
Gov. Jindal should be given every resource he needs and then some. Arguing with him on technicalities of Corp of Engineers is petty and small. Give him everything, sand barriers, anything else.
Internal documents from BP show that there were serious problems and safety concerns with the Deepwater Horizon rig far earlier than those the company described to Congress last week.
The problems involved the well casing and the blowout preventer, which are considered critical pieces in the chain of events that led to the disaster on the rig.
The documents show that in March, after several weeks of problems on the rig, BP was struggling with a loss of “well control.” And as far back as 11 months ago, it was concerned about the well casing and the blowout preventer. […]
I also find the juvenile back and forth between Robert Gibbs and James Carville not only beneath the debate that needs to take place, but nakedly political on the part of Gibbs. The only thing that will help Pres. Obama is if this leak is stopped. Saying that Carville, who is on the ground in Louisiana, doesn’t have the facts to weigh in is insulting, elitist, and arrogant.
What the White House does not get is that all anyone is seeing is BP’s floundering. There is no federal effort that Obama is overseeing that offers another point of information, study or fact gathering that can lead the public to believe Pres. Obama is in charge. People need to see Obama’s leadership in action. Watching BP fail over and over again is going to start sticking if he’s not careful.
Oil experts I’ve emailed or with whom I’ve had dialogue offered some suggestions, which I believe would make a huge difference. That’s because it begins with getting BP off point. I’ve compiled some, which includes my own interpretations of what was written or said, to prove that it’s not that hard for the Administration to show visible signs of leadership that would have an impact immediately.
Aid to businesses: Obama needs to get the ball rolling on economic damages immediately. This takes BP, Transocean, Halliburton and Cameron International Corp (who supplied the rig) working together. Get the money flowing now. Immediately. This should be Obama’s number one priority. Use last year’s tax return as jumping off point.
Plugging the well: Obama needs to assemble a task force of oil and drilling company CEOs beyond BP. These individuals will come up with a plan of action beyond “top kill.” This group will also decide what role BP will play. A spokesperson from the group will report.
Clean up the gulf: All the governors of the states impacted, plus scientists and environmentalists in another group. Same thing as above, get a plan of action together, one person report.
Wildlife and bird rescue: International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) needs all the help they can get. Pick a team, the best team should be assembled, plan of action, one person reporting to Obama, as above.
Once we get into next week, if BP fails, which I’m expecting, Pres. Obama’s problems rise exponentially. People have to see the feds doing something. They need evidence of teams responding beyond BP. The time is now.
UDPATED: It’s now time everyone remember what Matthew Simmons said on Dylan Ratigan’s show several times this week: “… The thing you need to be terrified about is there might be no way to put this out other than waiting for the giant oil (inaudible) to deplete, which would be 9,000 days. So what they’re already worried about is that it’s going to take (the oil) out of the Gulf of Mexico.”
The evidence was out there from the start, according to experts, including those I was engaging, that BP was not the company that could solve the catastrophe they’d caused by what is likely criminal corporate malfeasance. The latest statement from BP proves what these experts have said from the start; people who were out there, but the Obama administration chose not to tap, because they put all of their hopes on BP. As we all know well by now, hope is not a plan. Now we’re getting “we tried” from BP, when the worst was foretold by their negligence from the start, which is coming out in documents. The incompetence is overwhelming on all fronts. Once it surfaces that Pres. Obama has no plan b, but that this is only going to be oil containment, his problems are going to multiply exponentially. Not having multiple options already in motion is simply horrific crisis management. An epic failure that will hobble Pres. Obama if he doesn’t start issuing directives, getting small tankers at the very least in the area, as well as putting the options I listed above in motion immediately.
“I can say we tried. But what I can also say is this scares everybody, the fact that we can’t make this well stop flowing, or haven’t succeeded in that so far,” Doug Suttles, BP’s chief operating officer, said in a late-day news conference. – BP must fall back on oil spill containment strategy
This essay has been bumped and edited for update.