May 14, 2010

Plan B in the Gulf

Posted: 06:29 PM ET

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Stop Outsourcing

LIKE many other American corporations, oil and gas companies have been outsourcing critical, high-risk operations for several decades, sacrificing control to save money. Today, platforms like the Deepwater Horizon resemble small villages, home to distinct chains of command from several different subcontractors. Workers for different companies may hardly know one another despite working side by side; they often answer to different bosses.

Some argue that the level of specialization and technical expertise required to run a platform demands teamwork by different companies, each with its own research and development and command structures. True, but specialization and cost-cutting can go too far. Fragmented control is not likely to blame for the Gulf spill, but it is likely to hamper the search for the real cause and the effort to enact reforms to keep such disasters from happening again. Slowing, or even reversing, the outsourcing trend is a critical next step for the industry.

— JOHN HOFMEISTER, former president of Shell and author of “Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider”


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Joe G. (Illinois)   May 14th, 2010 6:54 pm ET

Borak Obama should be president of America.. A borrower of China and a consumer China.. We should stick to what we do best.. Can’t say raging wars anymore..! With the flop in Afghanistan, Iraq, etc, etc.

FAYE KIRCHOFF   May 14th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

my father in law has been trying to reach someone who will listen to him on the oil disaster. He has built bridges, houses, subways from Washington DC to Vietnam to Saudia Arabia. Please if someone would give him a chance to explain what his theory is all of this mess would be corrected. Contact me by email and I will forward the information to him. it is time to have him step in

Watson White   May 14th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

If the pipe is said to be six inches wide, why not put a five and a half inch pipe within the six inch pipe to control the flow of oil?!

Watson White
General Contractor
St Thomas, Virgin Islands

Luis Weber   May 15th, 2010 12:36 am ET

Okay let me say it again; Those bumps acting like a barrier to stop
the oil from reach solid ground: second move shall be bring tanker
vesells to suck-up that oil allready contained by the bumps.
Plan C: It may work better to introduce a pipe the size of the hole (if
possible) to let the oil be channeled to a tanquer vesells, so the oil
do not spread at all in the water. Please Larry if you think this may
can work, you have the power and the resourses to make this su_
ggestions got to the ears of the people on the gulf.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 15th, 2010 1:12 am ET


Sounds all too familiar what's in this article. You don't know whose controlling who or what's controlling what. Too many fingers in the pie. The lines are blurred. Lord help us.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 15th, 2010 2:42 am ET


They need to get their act together on this I think.

Ted   May 15th, 2010 7:45 am ET

After Plan B comes Plan C, then Plan D, etc.
It is more than obvious that those big shots do not know how to stop the flow of oil.
Please wake me when we are at Plan W.

One question: who owns that oil that is spilling all over the Gulf?
Do those oil companies pay our treasury for it, as in my oppinion it is the property of our nation, or they just get it free?

IKHAN   May 15th, 2010 12:26 pm ET

@Joe G (Illinois)

gee I didn't know that right after assuming office Obama borrowed a trillion dollar from China & opened our borders for Chinese products. Hey and also that right after taking oath the inept ,arrogant & foolish leader that he is he invaded Iraq & Afghanistan & got us into all that mess.
Sorry folks he did so much & I slept thru all this.
Thanks for educating us.

Charles Turner   May 15th, 2010 1:22 pm ET

Hey Larry,
I have a solution for this oil spill in fact I faxed the 6 step plan to BP Marine Safety Environment Dept in the United Kingdom yesterday, if you prvide me with a fax number I will fax it too you as well.
This plan came to me in a dream that will work.
As a former ARCO Marine Ablebodied seaman that know first hand you can't plug anything with pressure coming out with tremindous force can not be successful without equal pressure will not work.
Containment here is the priority then capping is next by redirecting the flow of oil and gases which is explained in the 6 step plan that was given me in a dream provide a fax number and I will send it to you as well.


IKHAN   May 15th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

I'm sure there must be some sort of payment tagged with the concession for drilling oil in these waters, to our treasury.
Unless of course the lobbies saw to it that BP is exempted. They are even trying to curtail the financial responsibility of the plugging effort.
However who pays for the losses to American businesses, property & clean up?

Theresa   May 16th, 2010 6:01 am ET

Hopefully some day soon the lightbulb in someone's mind will turn on & someone will come up with a plan that works. If that happens...I hope the gov't. will think hard if they allow any more drilling...more regulations seem to have to be put into place because usually voluntary measures don't work. Companies are on their best behaviour for a time, they decide the dust has settled,the $$$$$ once again becomes an obsessoion, they make a little cut in safety & quality & then the wheel begins to spin over & over again!!!

Tom Joyce   May 16th, 2010 12:15 pm ET

Stuff the hole with BP executives.

Smith in Oregon   May 16th, 2010 6:40 pm ET

Independent Scientists have found and proven what I have been actively complaining about since day ONE regarding the HEAVY CRUDE OIL gushing out of the Mercado Oil field exploratory well-head rupture.

Namely, the specific crude Oil gushing out into the Gulf of Mexico IS NOT LOUISIANA LIGHT CRUDE, it is HEAVY CRUDE composed of 50% Asphalt.

For WEEKS, BP and CNN Guests have erroneously repeated BP's talking points which include the misinformation that the crude Oil from this exploratory well is regular Louisiana Light Crude which mostly rises to the Ocean surface where it can be captured or dispersed.

Independent Scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick. Their discovery is fresh evidence that the leak from the broken undersea well is far worse than estimates that the government and BP have given.

“There’s a shocking amount of oil in the deep water, relative to what you see in the surface water,” said Samantha Joye, a researcher at the University of Georgia who is involved in one of the first scientific missions to gather details about what is happening in the gulf. “There’s a tremendous amount of oil in multiple layers, three or four or five layers deep in the water column.”

You wouldn't see that with Louisiana Light Crude which the BP mouth-pieces and the Coast Guard Admiral have been MOUTHING.

From day one, University of Louisiana Earth Science Dept. tested a sample from this specific well, found and reported it was HEAVY CRUDE OIL with 50% composed of Asphalt.

Over and over I have stated and shouted the BULK of the spill is beneath the surface and for the first time, independent scientists in cooperation with NOAA took a look and YES I WAS CORRECT.

In my opinion BP are crass and callous liars, the Coast Guard Admiral likely doesn't know this is NOT regular Louisiana light crude and is simply mouthing BP's talking points who supplied him with that FALSE information.

Why is it important? The BULK of the Heavy Crude Oil remains deep below the surface and it is very difficult to disperse or biodegrade Asphalt components.

Folks, in a refinery Tank Farm, the largest tanks hold 500,000 gallons (1/2 Million Gallons).

To fit just one of the located huge undersea Oil Plumes you'd need a tank 10 Miles Long, 300 foot tall and 3 Miles across!

Imagine how many MILLIONS of gallons of crude Oil are in just one of the huge Oil plumes which is 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick.

CNN and viewers, please do not be fooled by the BP PR spin as they repeatedly show and discuss the relatively thin layer floating across several thousand miles in the once pristine Gulf of Mexico region.

The Bulk of the Spill consisting of many Millions of Gallons of heavy crude Oil is beneath the Ocean surface. Insist on showing video taken by Independent agency's of beneath the Gulf of Mexico's surface.

Ted   May 17th, 2010 8:11 am ET

@ Tom Joyce

I second the motion and add all congressmen to it who voted for the relaxation of safety rules.
Finish the stuffing with the Bush family and Cheney.

Earl Richmond   May 23rd, 2010 4:10 pm ET

@ Tom Joyce and Ted

Sounds like an excellent strategy to me.

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