Monday, July 5, 2010

BP beeds your help...............(that's the set up line)

                            Seems the nice people at BP are getting nervous, I suspect they (BP) will cease to exist as BP and become part of another company & will continue on business as usual,after probably staging a Bankruptcy or Takeover deal where they pump a few Billion into clean up services (which will take decades most likely) then they will leave Uncle Sam on the hook for the real tab.  however we will see I guess, The beaches for the 4th of July weekend were empty of people who are avoiding the area,too bad a lot of small business's will be devastated & jobs will be lost & in some cases their family livelihoods too LONDON/KUWAIT - Shareholders in British oil company BP balked at reports it would seek urgent investment from a wealthy Middle East or Asian country as clean-up costs for its U.S. oil spill topped $3 billion.

Over the weekend, while U.S. Independence Day holidaymakers shunned Gulf of Mexico beaches tarred by the leaking well, media reports said BP was looking for a strategic investor among the sovereign wealth funds of the Middle East and Asia.

An investor would help ward off a takeover and raise funds for the liabilities racking up behind the worst oil spill in U.S. history, the reports said.

BP shares rose 4.35 per cent in London to 336.95 pence at 1345 GMT after the reports, but some shareholders balked at the idea of a strategic investor.

"We don't think a strategic partner is at all necessary," said one top-10 BP shareholder who did not want to be named. "We think this is just people trying to panic the company and stampede into doing something to earn huge fees from selling new shares in BP. Shareholders will be saying 'No, thank you' to this and we have communicated this to the company."

Another top-10 investor agreed that BP "probably did not" need a strategic investor at the moment.

Britain's Sunday Times said BP's advisers were trying to drum up interest among rival oil groups and sovereign wealth funds to take a stake of between 5 and 10 per cent in the company at a cost of up to 6 billion pounds ($9.1 billion). BP declined to comment.

One former investment director at a Dubai-based state investment company said it was a predictable move for BP to seek a strategic investor, but he doubted it would find one among the oil rich sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) of the Middle East.

A London banker said any SWF involvement might more likely involve the Far East than the Middle East.

Separately, several newspapers reported interest among SWFs in buying some of BP's assets in the Middle East and Asia. BP has said it hopes to raise $10 billion from asset sales this year as part of its plan to fund a $20 billion clean-up fund set up under pressure from U.S. authorities.

Arabic language daily al-Jarida was most specific, saying state-run Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Co (KUFPEC) is reviewing investing in oil fields in Egypt, Yemen and east Asia.

BP shares have lost more than half their market value since the worst U.S. oil spill in history struck on April 20, the result of an explosion on a drilling rig that caused a well to rupture and spew millions of gallons of crude into the sea.

Attempts to stop the flow have been unsuccessful, with BP now pinning hopes on a relief well that should be complete in August.


Some oil is being captured through a pipe, while some is being burned off. BP said it collected or burned 25,195 barrels on Saturday but estimates of the total amount flowing go as high as 100,000 barrels a day.

BP said on Monday it had so far spent $3.12 billion on the response effort, including $147 million paid out in claims to those affected by the disaster. Plans are being developed for additional containment capacity, it said.

Skimmer vessels have been out in force — a fleet of 89 was watched returning from their efforts through Biloxi Bay channel on Sunday — but the hurricane season has hampered efforts and high seas were preventing most from operating.

A super tanker adapted to scoop oily water from the surface was still being tested by Coastguard officials just north of the well site, said Bob Grantham, spokesman for TMT Shipping Offshore, which operates the vessel, named "A Whale."

"Once the effects of Hurricane Alex on wave action have sufficiently passed, we will be able to test skimming operations with an important boom system deployed to draw and direct more oily water in the direction of the A Whale's intake jaws," Grantham said.

TMT hopes that once the ship has passed the test it will secure a skimming contract that could enhance the total capacity of the containment operation to remove oil pollution from the water.

The impact on the Gulf of Mexico tourist industry was evident on Sunday, the 76th day of the disaster, as dozens of workers picked up tar balls along Pensacola Beach.

"It's . . . sad to see the beach is not as crowded as it normally is, there's not as many people here. Not as many people in the restaurants. Very sad because you know they need the business," said Derek Robbins, a tourist from Houston who has been coming to Pensacola every year for decades.

The Sunday Telegraph reported that BP was facing fresh criticism over its approach to safety as it emerged it did not use an industry standard process, known as a safety case, to assess risk at the Deepwater Horizon rig.

A BP spokeswoman confirmed that it did not use the procedure, developed in Britain after the Piper Alpha oil rig explosion in 1988, at any of its U.S. wells because it was not legally required to do so in the United States.

A federal court last week lifted a six-month drilling ban imposed by the Obama administration. A new moratorium now being sought through the courts is expected to be more flexible and could be adjusted to allow drilling in certain subsea fields.

...........they claim in the article that the US flag came ashore in an oil slick from the doomed oil rig......... I think it looks more staged than anything,However that's how they report it in the paper.
An American flag lays in a slick of oil that washed ashore from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on July 4, 2010 in Gulf Shores, Alabama



Les F said...

who’s going to pay the real price for the disaster? Mother Nature, that’s who.

Is this accident going to deter offshore drilling? No. Humans are no more capable of learning from their mistakes than knowing their limits when it comes to exploiting this planet. Just because you can do something doesn’t always mean that you should. Sometimes the price is simply too high.

We’re a world dependent on oil. It’s hypocritical to denounce BP and others like it, if we’re willing to get in our car in the morning and drive off to work. But there are ways to conduct business that doesn’t endanger everything we hold dear, and there are safety precautions that cost money, but must be implemented and legislated as mandatory, to protect our world from the grubby hands of businessmen who would see fit to cut corners just to make a quick profit.

With the U.S. having a measly two per cent of the world’s oil reserves, why is offshore drilling even being allowed in that country? Why are lives and livelihoods put at risk for such a pitiful return? So large oil companies can make millions? The fact of the matter is Americans simply cannot produce enough oil domestically to make large investments in offshore drilling worthwhile. But that hasn’t stopped them.

For some stupid reason, as humans, our relationship with our natural surroundings has always been based on the foolish assumption that, no matter how much damage we manage to inflict on the environment, nature always has a way of bouncing back. There will come a time when it won’t.

“We probably could have saved ourselves, but we were too damned lazy to try very hard ... and too damn cheap,” writer Kurt Vonnegut once suggested carving into a wall on the Grand Canyon, as a message for aliens. If we keep this up, we better start carving.

the above was taken in part from Montreal Express ,Toula's Take
the whole article can be read here:

Ken McLaughlin said...

Yep, it all boils down to the fact that we are so willing to totally enslave ourselves to irrational beliefs while remaining oblivious to all other points of view. This ability probably came in really handy and effectively back in the days when we were just pre-literate tribes trying to survive and make sense of things, but it is killing us today. If the history of mankind has taught us anything it is that humans can do very well and thrive in small closed off cultures, but we fail spectacularly at large scale "civilizations". Instead of being the people who do things, we all become passive followers angrily demanding that everyone who does not agree with us be silenced, making us ripe for the pickings again - Rome, Nazis, etc.. If there actually is intelligent life forms in the universe humans surely do not qualify. That we can't, or refuse to, make the connection between burning fossil fuels and global warming/climate change is simply at the heart of our failure as a so called civilized and intelligent species. It's like living in a house with 20 people and everyone smokes 5 packs of cigarettes a day, yet these people are so confident that the smoke is harmless that they don't even open a window once in a while. Let's face it, we re screwed!

Ken McLaughlin

Les F said...

An Optimist sees the Glass Half Full
the Pessemist sees the Glass Half Empty
the Engineer sees a Container built twice as large as it needs to be

Les F said...

the Planet is Fine & will always heal itself even it if has to get rid of US to do it.......
....... a take on George Carlins's viewpoint.
ps: If language is a concern for some Don't watch or Listen to this....George Carlin can be down to earth (so to speak) which is appropriate considering the theme of the video is 'Save the Planet'

Les F said...

(again language warning for those easily offended).You Have Nothing & are not in Control