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Bobbyrx
05-09-2010, 06:56 PM
"During his time in the Senate and while running for president, Obama received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years, according to financial disclosure records." link (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64420A20100505)

Could this be the reason for his lack of action with the Gulf oil spill? Or his stance on off shore drilling that has angered may on the left? Hmmmmmmm

LWW
05-09-2010, 08:03 PM
Haven't you heard?

Just because it's true doesn't mean it's true.

LWW

Gayle in MD
05-11-2010, 09:35 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Bobbyrx</div><div class="ubbcode-body">"During his time in the Senate and while running for president, Obama received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years, according to financial disclosure records." link (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64420A20100505)

Could this be the reason for his lack of action with the Gulf oil spill? Or his stance on off shore drilling that has angered may on the left? Hmmmmmmm

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I don't think he has shown a lack of action, and also, I've posted information in another thread which shows overall money from oil, and he's far from the top recipient.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/11/minerals-management-servi_n_571253.html

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">WASHINGTON The Obama administration is proposing to split up an Interior Department agency that oversees offshore drilling, as part of its response to the Gulf Coast oil spill, The Associated Press has learned.

An administration official who asked not to be identified because the plan is not yet public said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will urge that Congress approve splitting the Minerals Management Service in two. One agency would be charged with inspecting oil rigs, investigating oil companies and enforcing safety regulations, while the other would oversee leases for drilling and collection of billions of dollars in royalties.

Currently, the Minerals Management Service, an arm of the Interior Department, is responsible for collecting more than $10 billion a year from oil and gas drilling and with enforcing laws and regulations that apply to drilling operations.

Some critics have said the two roles are in conflict and are one reason the agency has long been accused of being too cozy with the oil and natural gas industry.

An internal investigation in 2008 described a "culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" by workers at the agency. The investigation by Interior's inspector general found workers at the MMS royalty collection office in Denver partied, had sex with and used drugs with energy company representatives. Workers also accepted gifts, ski trips and golf outings, the report by Inspector General Earl E. Devaney said.

Devaney decried "a culture of ethical failure" and an agency rife with conflicts of interest.

Salazar, who promised aggressive reform when he took over the Interior Department early last year, believes the tragedy aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the resulting massive oil spill has made reform even more urgent, the administration official said.

The Interior Department will move to establish an independent energy inspection agency within the Minerals Management Service "so that the American people know that they have a strong and independent organization holding energy companies accountable and in compliance with the law of the land," the official said.

Salazar is expected to announce the reforms Tuesday in what is likely to be the first of several structural changes he is considering at Interior. At the request of President Barack Obama, Salazar is conducting a 30-day review of offshore drilling. He also has appointed an Outer Continental Shelf Safety Oversight Board to recommend management improvements and closer oversight of offshore drilling operations.

The MMS and U.S. Coast Guard are conducting a joint investigation of the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig and will file a report to Obama. The six-member panel begins two days of hearings Tuesday in Louisiana, the same day Congress begins a series of hearings on the oil rig explosion and oil spill.

Since taking office in January 2009, Salazar has pushed a series of reforms at MMS, including establishment of new ethics standards, termination of a controversial royalty-in-kind program, and increased emphasis on wind and other renewable energy sources.

He also has canceled proposed offshore lease sales in Alaska and the Arctic Ocean and established what he calls a science-based process for determining where offshore drilling is appropriate on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Last week, the Interior Department said it is indefinitely suspending public hearings on the proposed sale of oil and gas leases off the Virginia coast while it focuses on the Gulf oil spill. The department said MMS staff had focused their attention on the Gulf incident and would be unable to conduct the meetings until a later date.

On March 31, three weeks before the Gulf explosion, Obama called for new offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean from Delaware to central Florida, plus the northern waters of Alaska. He also said he wants Congress to lift a drilling ban in the oil-rich eastern Gulf of Mexico, 125 miles from Florida beaches.

After the oil spill, Obama promised that no new offshore oil drilling leases will be issued unless rigs have new safeguards to prevent a repeat of the explosion. He ordered Salazar to report on what new technologies are needed to tighten safeguards against oil spills from deep water drilling rigs.

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The Bush Administration removed much of the environmental limitations on oil, coal, and even the amount of arsenic in our dirnking water....

I've posted this information, as well, with the links....numerous accolades included about the massive amount of investigators and government officials, and immediate support from the Obama Administration, all were there within 24 hours to aid in solving this crises, as result of the massively failed Republican policies over decades, aimed at removing environmental regulations in the interest of bottom line profits for the oil, coal, and other industries.

BTW, Halliburton was working on that rig just twenty hours before it blew.

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G.

pooltchr
05-11-2010, 09:44 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body">
BTW, Halliburton was working on that rig just two hours before it blew.

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G.

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Check your facts. I believe it was WEEKS, not hours.

Steve

Gayle in MD
05-11-2010, 09:52 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: pooltchr</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body">
BTW, Halliburton was working on that rig just two hours before it blew.

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You check your facts, you're wrong, as usual. Interesting, you quoted me just as I was in the midst of changing the two hours to twenty hours....you sure are johnny on the spot in your stalking, but nevertheless, you are still wrong...I've already posted this story here this morning....the full story, including the 20 hour time-line, BTW....

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">WASHINGTON Oil services contractor Halliburton Inc. says it safely finished<span style='font-size: 20pt'> a cementing operation 20 hours before a Gulf of Mexico rig went up in flames. </span>In testimony prepared for a congressional hearing Tuesday, Halliburton says it completed work on the well according to accepted industry practice and federal regulators.

Halliburton executive Tim Probert says a pressure test was conducted after the work was finished, and the well owner decided to continue. A copy of the testimony was obtained by The Associated Press.

The cause of the April 20 explosion is under investigation, but lawsuits filed after the disaster claim it was caused when Halliburton workers improperly capped the well a process known as cementing. Halliburton denies wrongdoing.

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Check your facts. I believe it was WEEKS, not hours.

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