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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby Freakzilla » 15 Jun 2010 10:54

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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby merkin muffley » 16 Jun 2010 23:35

    I knew a guy that was part of a Davy Crockett squad stationed in Wurzburg, part of a crazy NATO strategy to counteract Soviet tank superiority.* The Cold War was hilarious. :|


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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby Freakzilla » 16 Jun 2010 23:39

    merkin muffley wrote:I knew a guy that was part of a Davy Crockett squad stationed in Wurzburg, part of a crazy NATO strategy to counteract Soviet tank superiority.* The Cold War was hilarious. :|


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    How else do you suggest stopping a million tanks from rolling through the Volga Gap? :wink:
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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby merkin muffley » 16 Jun 2010 23:54

    Freakzilla wrote:
    merkin muffley wrote:I knew a guy that was part of a Davy Crockett squad stationed in Wurzburg, part of a crazy NATO strategy to counteract Soviet tank superiority.* The Cold War was hilarious. :|


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    How else do you suggest stopping a million tanks from rolling through the Volga Gap? :wink:


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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby SandChigger » 16 Jun 2010 23:55

    Freakzilla wrote:How else do you suggest stopping a million tanks from rolling through the Volga Gap? :wink:

    Oh, gawd, not THIS ONE again. :roll:

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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby merkin muffley » 17 Jun 2010 00:34

    I bet Onasander would know what to do.
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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby SandChigger » 17 Jun 2010 03:42

    From experience. :shock:
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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby Freakzilla » 20 Jun 2010 14:34

    BP CEO takes a break to go to yacht races...

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100620/ap_ ... _oil_spill
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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby SadisticCynic » 21 Jun 2010 07:16

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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

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    Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium

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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby Kensai » 27 Jun 2010 15:15

    I love how the American's reacted to this. First of all it was all us Brits fault, because its British Petrolium (even though 40% of shareholders are American), then it was Obama's fault for not personally diving down (after walking on the water) and fixing the problem.
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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

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    Kensai wrote:I love how the American's reacted to this. First of all it was all us Brits fault, because its British Petrolium (even though 40% of shareholders are American), then it was Obama's fault for not personally diving down (after walking on the water) and fixing the problem.


    :?

    I haven't seen anyone blamed for the spill besides BP and criticism for Obama not acting quickly or decisively is not the same as blame.
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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby A Thing of Eternity » 27 Jun 2010 15:55

    Freakzilla wrote:
    Kensai wrote:I love how the American's reacted to this. First of all it was all us Brits fault, because its British Petrolium (even though 40% of shareholders are American), then it was Obama's fault for not personally diving down (after walking on the water) and fixing the problem.


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    I haven't seen anyone blamed for the spill besides BP and criticism for Obama not acting quickly or decisively is not the same as blame.


    Yeah, I've never heard anyone (other than maybe some FOX idiots) say that this was anyone's fault other than BP's... not sure where you got that from.
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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby SandRider » 27 Jun 2010 18:37

    specifically, it was the TransOcean Project Superintendent's fault -
    he's the one who made the call to continue drilling after evidence
    of the damaged BOP was presented to him the month before the
    blowout ...
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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby Freakzilla » 27 Jun 2010 18:47

    SandRider wrote:specifically, it was the TransOcean Project Superintendent's fault -
    he's the one who made the call to continue drilling after evidence
    of the damaged BOP was presented to him the month before the
    blowout ...


    They were the subcontractor of BP that was doing the actual drilling, right?
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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby SandRider » 27 Jun 2010 19:28

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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby chanilover » 28 Jun 2010 16:48

    I'm doing some work with BP at the moment, but this is a land-based project rather than off-shore. They seem to give their subbies who work under their framework agreements a complete hold harmless. Wonder if they do the same off-shore, so Transocean are completely off the hook?
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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby Nekhrun » 28 Jun 2010 17:46

    chanilover wrote:I'm doing some work with BP at the moment, but this is a land-based project rather than off-shore.

    Would this "land based" project happen to be the one in the Arctic where they build their own island in the water and linked it to a road to get over the other regulations?
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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby A Thing of Eternity » 28 Jun 2010 18:01

    Nekhrun wrote:
    chanilover wrote:I'm doing some work with BP at the moment, but this is a land-based project rather than off-shore.

    Would this "land based" project happen to be the one in the Arctic where they build their own island in the water and linked it to a road to get over the other regulations?


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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby A Little Galach » 29 Jun 2010 09:49

    A Thing of Eternity wrote:
    Freakzilla wrote:
    Kensai wrote:I love how the American's reacted to this. First of all it was all us Brits fault, because its British Petrolium (even though 40% of shareholders are American), then it was Obama's fault for not personally diving down (after walking on the water) and fixing the problem.


    :?

    I haven't seen anyone blamed for the spill besides BP and criticism for Obama not acting quickly or decisively is not the same as blame.


    Yeah, I've never heard anyone (other than maybe some FOX idiots) say that this was anyone's fault other than BP's... not sure where you got that from.


    The only time I heard the nation of GB pulled into this thing is when the British PM actually started making comments in defense of BP. It was as if he was BP's older brother that was getting picked on by a bully.

    The whole thing reeks of incompetence. BP, the government agencies supposed to regulate the process and plan/execute the cleanup process, the White House -all fuckups. Eveyone except the people who will actually be affected by this mess: The affected states and their constituents.
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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby chanilover » 29 Jun 2010 17:18

    A Little Galach wrote:
    A Thing of Eternity wrote:
    Freakzilla wrote:
    Kensai wrote:I love how the American's reacted to this. First of all it was all us Brits fault, because its British Petrolium (even though 40% of shareholders are American), then it was Obama's fault for not personally diving down (after walking on the water) and fixing the problem.


    :?

    I haven't seen anyone blamed for the spill besides BP and criticism for Obama not acting quickly or decisively is not the same as blame.


    Yeah, I've never heard anyone (other than maybe some FOX idiots) say that this was anyone's fault other than BP's... not sure where you got that from.


    The only time I heard the nation of GB pulled into this thing is when the British PM actually started making comments in defense of BP. It was as if he was BP's older brother that was getting picked on by a bully.

    The whole thing reeks of incompetence. BP, the government agencies supposed to regulate the process and plan/execute the cleanup process, the White House -all fuckups. Eveyone except the people who will actually be affected by this mess: The affected states and their constituents.


    Meh, the only disaster is the ecological one. The residents of those clapped out states with their already dying industries are in for a bonanza.
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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby Freakzilla » 29 Jun 2010 17:33

    The gulf coast region is what we call our "Redneck Riviera" and thousands go to those beaches on vacation every year.

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    Re: Gulf Coast Oil Spill

    Postby Omphalos » 29 Jun 2010 18:13

    chanilover wrote:Meh, the only disaster is the ecological one. The residents of those clapped out states with their already dying industries are in for a bonanza.


    That's just plain wrong. Those states may not be as productive as others in the union, but they are important to the nation and in their own regard. They're also some of the brightest cultural spots in the entire country. This seems to me to be a huge deal. Huge.
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