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In Search of the Blues

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By Marybeth Hamilton

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Ear to the Ground

BP to Erect 3 More Rigs in the Gulf

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Posted on May 1, 2012
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Thick smoke rises from a controlled burn of oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill in April 2010.

You read that correctly. Two years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 people and spilling nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the company got the go-ahead to build three new rigs in the region.

A BP representative—Bernard Looney—said that “after much soul-searching,” abandoning the undeveloped submarine oil fields would constitute “walking away” from “a key component of our future.” He said BP would work hard to prevent “such an accident from ever happening again.”

We can only hope so. —ARK

The Guardian:

Bernard Looney, BP’s executive in charge of new wells, said BP is expecting to spend $4bn (£2.5bn) on new developments in the Gulf of Mexico this year and hopes to “invest at least that much every year over the next decade”.

“After much soul-searching in the fall of 2010, we concluded it would be wrong to walk away [from the Gulf of Mexico],” Looney said at an offshore oil conference in Houston, Texas, on Monday. “We would have been walking away not only from our past, but from a key component of our future.”

He said the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which killed 11 people, had “challenged us to the core”, but said the company has been working hard to help prevent “such an accident from ever happening again”.

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By Maani, May 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm Link to this comment

A more aptly-named spokesman for BP would be hard to find.

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By heterochromatic, May 2, 2012 at 6:14 am Link to this comment

Blueokie—- yes, it was rather lame of me and I’m quite glad to be incorrect.
Congrats for you and your wind power.

So gratifying that I won’t even belabor you to explain that odd-sounding

” 11 counts of first degree murder”

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By Blueokie, May 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm Link to this comment

hetero - That was a rather pedestrian retort.  Let me get this straight, I use electricity so I condone 11 counts of first degree murder with massive law-breaking of virtually every imaginable type.  I’ve seen you throw out better non sequiturs in your sleep.

FYI, no treadmills, my electric comes from turbines spinning in the breeze of Western Oklahoma.  Try again.

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By heterochromatic, May 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm Link to this comment

Blueokie——- and you’re running on a treadmill to power up your keyboard so
you could place that comment, I reckon.

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By Blueokie, May 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm Link to this comment

And why not, parts of the Gulf still looks like water, there are a few things still living in it, and ObamaRahma’s got their back.

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By heterochromatic, May 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment

the world didn’t stop turning and not too many people decided that they would no
longer use oil…. so yeah, there will be more drilling.

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By PatrickHenry, May 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment

If at first you don’t succeed…..

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By RHONDA, May 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm Link to this comment
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Just let the INSANITY ROLL ON…....

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