Obama calls $20 billion BP escrow account for claims a ‘good start’

“I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the American people on behalf of all the employees in BP, many of whom are living on the Gulf Coast, and I do thank you for the patience that you have in this difficult time. The company appreciates Obama’s “deep concern” for the people of the Gulf Coast.

I trust also that the president sensed the sadness and the sorrow that we feel for this tragic accident that should never have happened.We will look after the people affected, and we will repair the environmental damage to this region and to the economy.

Obama is “frustrated because he cares about the small people and we care about the small people. I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies are greedy companies or don’t care. But that is not the case in BP.

We care about the small people.”

BP Board Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg

BP to test out actor Kevin Costner’s oil spill clean-up machine for possible use in Gulf Coast spill

NY Daily News BY Nick Klopsis

Kevin Costner hopes his invention can make the oil spill saga have a Hollywood ending.

The “Field of Dreams” actor called his oil separator a “life preserver,” saying that his device can help clean up the Gulf and that it’s not too late to put it into action.

Costner told ABC’s Sam Champion on “Good Morning America” that BP has already purchased 32 of the machines.

“I’m not on a white horse,” Costner said. “I’m not the savior to this thing. But I’m kind of saying, like, I got a life preserver.”

The device, which is designed to be brought to the spill site on barges, can separate 99% of oil from water and recycle up to 2,000 barrels per day. Costner spent 15 years and $20 million of his own money to develop the machine.

“If 20 of my V20s would have been at the Exxon Valdez, 90 percent of that oil would have been cleaned up within the week,” Costner said…

What I Don’t Understand

Huffington Post – Laurie David, Producer/Author/NRDC Trustee

… Why are we using dismal and inadequate boom technologies from the 60’s to try to stop the biggest oil slick in U.S. history from suffocating our coastlines? With all the billions of dollars that have been poured into new 21st century drilling technologies, are absorbent pads really the best we can do? Really? Where are Shell’s ideas, or Chevron’s?

Why have one million gallons of toxic chemical dispersants been poured into the Gulf when we don’t know the full effects on marine animals and plant life? And what about the cleanup workers who are getting sick? Lots of these were fishermen hired by BP to clean up the same disaster that already robbed them of their livelihoods. Now they’re breathing in toxic fumes — do we really need to kick them when they’re down?

What will happen when the fisheries in the Gulf reopen and we start ingesting fish that have been swimming through plumes of oil? How many dead birds, fish and mammals, covered in grease, have sunk to the bottom of the sea where they won’t be counted as part of the death toll of this disaster?

… Even once the hole is plugged, the grease will never completely be cleaned up — we’re still finding oil from the Exxon Valdez spill! We can’t lose sight of a better future and what it takes to get there. With President Obama’s support, the Senate must pass tough climate and clean energy legislation THIS YEAR that makes the polluters pay, really moves us beyond petroleum and paves the way for the clean energy economy.

We are all heartsick watching the tragedy in the Gulf unfold. Our children deserve a healthier, safer future — one that’s not slicked with oil…

Engineering Professor Gives Maine Boom Thumbs Up

ABC News – Jake Tapper

“I have never directly looked at boom before,” says Ian T. Durham of the Department of Physics and Cooperative Engineering at Saint Anselm College.

That said, Durham says, analyzing boom “is a fairly standard, pretty simple mechanical engineering problem.”

Durham was recently hired by Packgen — the Maine packaging company that manufactured roughly 80,000 feet of boom that the US Coast Guard says failed an initial BP quality control test. Packgen president John Lapoint III has expressed frustration at BP/Coast Guard bureaucracy, insisting that the boom he’s making will work well in the Gulf, where boom is desperately needed.

Durham would not say how much he was paid, but he says he’s generally paid $100 an hour for consulting, and his analysis of Packgen boom took rougly 40-45 hours.

You can read Durham’s report HERE.

He says Packgen’s boom is superior to other boom. Its woven polypropelene is “practically indestructible,” he says. “Packgen uses it to make toxic waste disposal containers.”

Using woven polypropelene means the Packgen boom isn’t “going to twist like the vinyl” boom. “And it’s easier to deploy. It’s nice and stiff and it floats really nicely.”

Durham says he was hired to make sure that the Packgen boom met all of the ASTM standards, which he says it did. He “absolutely” believes the government should buy and deploy it. “I don’t work for Packgen, I have no loyalty to them,” he says. “I think it certainly will work” in coastal areas, though he “wouldn’t deploy it deepwater.”

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Al Gore – Diddling Mrs. David?

The New Yorker: Tugs and the Spill

WA2S.org All Eyes On The Gulf Expedition

NPR: The Boom In Boom: Will Oil Spill Defenses Hold?

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