May 26, 2010

Deadliest Catch Captain: Spill Impact Could Be "Tenfold" Worse Than Valdez

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Captain Keith Colburn is best know as captain of the Wizard on the Discovery Channel's hugely successful series, "Deadliest Catch."  He's been a commercial fisherman for 25 years, and he's even participated in an oil spill cleanup in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.  Colburn also testified before Congress against off-shore drilling in Bristol Bay.  Captain Keith spoke with the LKL Blog and gave a unique, fisherman's perspective on the oil spill.

LKL Blog: You're a fisherman.  How have you reacted to the Gulf oil spill?

Colburn: Being an Alaska fisherman, there is grave concern about what is exactly going to happen to the food chain in the Gulf.  The fish inside the Gulf, and also a lot of the predator fish outside, are all going to be impacted dramatically.  Especially the oil down in the water column, down in the bottom where these species live.   As a fisherman it's pretty dramatic, and it could have widespread implications.

When the Exxon Valdez hit the rocks in Prince William Sound, the biggest thing that impacted us in the Bearing Sea, and there wasn't a drop of oil in the Bearing Sea, was the public perception of anything Alaskan that was seafood.  That dramatically impacted our pricing, and impacted all fisherman in the state of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.  The perception from the public was that all seafood coming out of Alaska was tainted, which was not the case.

Unfortunately, what I think we're starting to see now is consumers are concerned that anything coming out of the Gulf States is tainted seafood products.  So it's unfairly hurting these fisherman in advance of their fishing grounds being tainted by oil.  That could have lasting effects on the shellfish and the fishing industry throughout the US.

As an Alaska fisherman, I'm not concerned about my resource because it won't be impacted environmentally, but, especially the fisherman down there in the gulf - Florida, Texas, Mississippi - they're all going to be impacted because of the consumer misconception that it's all tainted seafood.  Hopefully by the end of the day there will still be fishing grounds that will be open, productive, and able to sustain at least some of the resource that has been harvested previously, but we'll have to wait and see.

LKL Blog: Do we know yet how much the overall catch will be affected?

Colburn: My concern is some of the Gulf fisherman I've talked to think this may affect them one, two, three years.  They need to realize that this could dramatically impact and affect their way of life permanently.

The herring stocks in Prince William Sound 20 years later have never recovered, never. They have basically almost been completely decimated, and so this spill, which I believe has tracked to be already larger than the Valdez spill, has the potential because its moving slower and moving in and spreading out over a wider area, to be two to three times as devastating to that marine ecosystem as the one that happened in Alaska 20 years ago.

LKL Blog: Do you feel a kinship to the Gulf fisherman?

Colburn: Without question.  I was in New Orleans not even a year ago and did a function with the Louisiana Shrimpers Association in the Gulf.  It was to basically help them out because the shrimpers were already struggling with the high price of diesel to actually make a living.

They were struggling already with diesel prices and with imported farm shrimp, so now you are going to double that up with decreased quotas, decreased areas to fish, public skepticism about the quality of the product.  It could have lasting and detrimental effects to not only the guys that fish.

All fisherman feel a kinship to each other, whether its lobsterman back on the east coast, or sailors fishing for herring in the bay area in San Francisco, we all make our living from the sea, we are all a little different breed of guys and gals.  At the end of the day we are all hard working guys to make a living off the sea without damaging it at the same time.

LKL Blog: After the Valdez spill, what did the fisherman do? Obviously your life, your economic well-being is turned upside down.

Colburn: You're right, your economic well-being is turned upside down, you have no idea what the future holds for you. Some fisherman will be impacted greater than others, but in the near-term the thing that is scary is that what occurred during the Valdez spill is that fisherman all of a sudden became spill response personnel.

They basically took their fishing vessel, because the fisheries were closed, and went right into working on spill response cleanup.  So for a year they managed to see good returns and good revenue based on a changing lifestyle for one year.  But after that one year, and after they decided "well we have done as much as we can for the cleanup, that’s the best we’re going to do," the next season reality set in and it was "well wait a second, what am I going to do now?  My herring fishery is closed, my salmon run that I use to fish is now closed, what am I going to do to get by this year?"

Now that’s what these guys need to look at, how am I going to be impacted long-term? If I do get through this season working on the spill as opposed to working on my boat catching shrimp, what am I going to do in the future after that.

LKL Blog: What can the government do to help these guys?

Colburn: Well you know, I don’t know.  What I would like to see, to this point we are 36 days into this and it seems to me, and I'm not talking about the government, I'm talking about the oil industry - Halliburton, and Transocean - just keep this revolving door passing the buck and assessing blame. Instead of assessing blame lets find a realistic way to get this thing capped.

That’s that most disappointing thing.  You've got these billions of dollars that go into research and development to tap wells and to pump.  It's a thousand times greater than the amount of research and development to goes into capping these things. I mean, the oil industry is great at tapping wells, let's learn how to cap them as well in the event that we have something like that in the future.

LKL Blog: From what we know now, would you assess this as having a far greater impact than Valdez?

Colburn: With the information that is coming out now I think this will have an impact that could be tenfold what Valdez was. You are looking at heavily populated areas, ports and everything from tourism to sport into commercial fishing to transportation. All kinds of things could be impacted on the entire Gulf region and down the coast of Florida. This stuff might even make it up the east coast to the Atlantic coast.

We’re talking about heavily populated areas with lots of infrastructure, lots of jobs that are related in one way or the other to the ocean, to the beaches. Whether its tourism or guys fishing for little restaurants and mom-and-pop chains, it’s going to have a domino effect through the entire high depths of financial infrastructure of the southeast region of the U.S.

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LacrosseMom(the real one)   May 25th, 2010 7:46 pm ET

Yes, true. That's why the U.S. had a 30 year ban on additional offshore drilling!

And still people want to continue drilling..... hell no!

Are you watching what is happening to the Gulf?! That could happen all over our coastline, and then what?!

The answer is, conservation, until we can have clean renewal, sustainable energy!

America, we have to stop being pigs and CONSERVE!

Barry Dalby   May 25th, 2010 8:26 pm ET

I note the comments fom BP that they have not had an accident in water this deep before, so they are not sure what to do to rectify it.

Why did they not run a simulation study of possible accidents like this before they started exploring, it is possible, for example they test submersible robots in tanks above ground with the pressures of the deep so they can check out any errors and rectify them before they go down to depths like this one and also for deeper dives like that of the Titanic.

J. Cumings   May 25th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

Who died and made the BP CEO King so he can ignore the EPA???

My guess is that BP wants this chemical because the problem then is submerged.... out of sight out of mind..... ??. They weren't counting on Cousteau to take a look.

Jordan   May 25th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

You're.right, these exploration societies concerning obtaining minerals must be held responsible for harm to the environment and be even further prepared as a corporate standard to resolve issues concerning its practise and procedure in any case of possible, forseeable crisis.

Smith in Oregon   May 25th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

Unfortunately 10 fold is not even in the ballpark. Anderson Cooper and their moderators deleted the actual estimates on the Mercado Oil field that I posted several weeks ago, I have no idea why they would try to prevent CNN viewers from knowing?

The Mercado Oil field which the heavy crude Oil is gushing out of is estimated to contain 2 BILLION GALLONS of heavy crude Oil.

Exxon Valdez spilled around 11 Million Gallons, do the math.

Nearly 2,000 times greater?

nelda Mills   May 25th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Let's go back to basics. Parenting skills No. 1. "You drill, baby, drill folks-"I have a very big mess to clean up. You will go to your room and think about what choices you have made while I clean up. You will go there and be very, very quiet and think about what you have done. You will not come out until I come and get you. Then we will talk about what you could do differently next time. Get it!"

kristina   May 25th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

how did u deal with the spill in alaska. i wasnt born yet when it happened i think. what doing for the gulf spill

Eric   May 25th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

What is the pressure of the oil exiting from the pipe? I know static pressure at the depth is .45 lbs per foot of depth. What's the oil pressure?

nelda Mills   May 25th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Excuse me, but not one person on this panel has suggested that we reduce our consumption. Perhaps we just don't have exotic fruit from thousands of miles away. Perhaps we all drive hybrids. Perhaps......for God's sake we are supposed to be creative people.

Sharon   May 25th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Few people mention the word REDUCE. We need to be aware of our usage and attempt to reduce it. Read your bills and work to make your contribution by reducing your energy usage. UK is instituting a 10/10 program to get people to reduce their carbon footprint by 10% in 2010. You make your pledge to do so by 10/10/10, Too bad we don't lead the way in such programs.

oily   May 25th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

am i the only one who knows BP dragged its feet cuz it was trying to save the oil first...could have plugged the leak the first week...O is at fault, he should have taken over the first week and plugged it! effed up ...

Danny Conner   May 25th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

Larry, how much diesel fuel does Captain Keith use in a fishin season and where does he think that it is coming from. Maybe he should use a sail or wind mill to power his boat. Has Ted been to china lately...........they burn oil and coal with no precipators to clean their carbon footprint.......remember the Olimpics? Their smog is terrible. Ask the evnvioromentalist and the sicence guy why our soilders are dying in the middle east.........9/11 and oil????????Someone should use our American inginuity to clean this oil mess up now and safely drill in the USA for oil..........To hell with the Middle East.........sincerely, Danny Conner, Eastover, SC.

John H   May 25th, 2010 10:59 pm ET

To all above who want to fix blame: when is the last time you walked to buy your groceries or rode your bike to work? How many of you switched on a light this evening or are using electricity to turn on your TV sets or computers. We are all guilty and all have oil on our hands. Push for Compressed Natural Gas which is plentiful in this country, cleaner, and cheaper. Insist that all new trucks taking our products to market are switched to Natural Gas. Insist on immediate tax breaks to companies that create solar and wind power plants. If you use energy, you are guilty as am I. T. Boone Pickens is trying to get our politicians to take immediate action and we need to support him and similar efforts. Stop wasting time placing blame and start doing something constructive.

JBM   May 25th, 2010 11:36 pm ET

John H,
Good to see you here and I agree with you totally. We spend too much time pointing the finger instead of taking action. I suggested to LKL a few months ago that Larry try to schedule Boone Pickens. He knows what he's doing and he knows what he's talking about. And sadly there are many who know nothing about his efforts; too busy pointing the finger and as usual, in a very partisan manner.

D. Marney   May 26th, 2010 12:20 am ET

Thank you for your coverage of the oil spill. I am heart sick for this nation to lose their beautiful beaches and wildlife, not to mention the jobs of those that depend on the Gulf.
If oil companies are allowed to drill that deep, did know one think to ask,"What if...?"
I have written my senator to pass my feelings to Washington. This shouldve been handled immediately without blame or concern for cost

Lewis Walker   May 26th, 2010 1:11 am ET

BP oil spillage is threating the beaches, the shorelines, and the lives of thousands of people. As I type this I'm watching Anderson Cooper on the beaches and discussion the damage done by the oil spill. A water control system is desparately needed to help protect the beaches and the coastal areas. Such a system has been developed by a small company based in Kalamazoo, Michigan–Super Bag Network. And this company is trying to get the public and those in power to become of this product and put it immediately in place to save our environment. It is truly a revolutionary product that could help save our environment.

Thanks for your attention. James Jackson is president of Super Bag Network and contact information is found on the website.

lynda   May 26th, 2010 1:14 am ET

The government should set up a committee of experts (ones that were around for Exxon Valdese) that set up guidelines for ANY oil drilling ANYWHERE. Does mankind never learn? Of course this disaster has a rippling effect on people, ecology, economy and who knows what else. The green back will never replace this. I personally will never buy BP gas again, I have taken steps to replace anything that is made with oil products, the best I can. When I listen to Esso, BP, Shell or any other oil company's yearly profits – it makes me hurl. They are greedy, selfish, money grubbing creeps. This product has caused wars, human lives, jobs, and now a loss of nature. God will bring to ruin those ruining the earth – get the point. I don't know how they sleep at night – for shame.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 26th, 2010 1:29 am ET

This BP Oil Company was pushing the depths by the sounds of things and they don't even know themselves what to do with a problem like this. They should have proceeded with caution and probably not push the boundaries until they knew what they were doing or getting into.

Seems a reckless way to operate.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 26th, 2010 1:36 am ET

Requoted from the above article –

"LKL Blog: What can the government do to help these guys?

Colburn: Well you know, I don’t know. What I would like to see, to this point we are 36 days into this and it seems to me, and I'm not talking about the government, I'm talking about the oil industry – Halliburton, and Transocean – just keep this revolving door passing the buck and assessing blame. Instead of assessing blame lets find a realistic way to get this thing capped.

That’s that most disappointing thing. You've got these billions of dollars that go into research and development to tap wells and to pump. It's a thousand times greater than the amount of research and development to goes into capping these things. I mean, the oil industry is great at tapping wells, let's learn how to cap them as well in the event that we have something like that in the future."

Well said and would agree.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 26th, 2010 1:40 am ET

@ lynda May 26th, 2010 1:14 am ET

Well said.

Mary-Jane   May 26th, 2010 11:45 am ET

@ lynda

The problem rests with the Americans who want smaller government and less regulations on corporations....

Cindy   May 26th, 2010 12:01 pm ET

Why not boycott ourselves; we are those who have created the dependency. As long as we have that dependency we would be in sad shape without the oil companies.

Venancio Sado   May 26th, 2010 4:35 pm ET

All veterinary hospitals who are grooming dogs and all grooming facilities need to send the discarded hair shavings to BP for use in oil spill. This will be a good method to absorb the oil. It is very easy to collect the hair after it absorbs the oil.

Susan, Vancouver   May 26th, 2010 7:59 pm ET

My anger is with the people who want to do something – who actually have some solutions and are stopped because the EPA or other entities say they have to wait for approval. I say, unless the solution is predictably a bad idea, let these people put their boots on and try to fix this mess!

Michael NYC   May 26th, 2010 9:00 pm ET

Dear Larry,

It occured to me that "capturing oil leakage" from wild well is synomonous with "stoping oil leakage" until well kill.

This would give time to for "Wild Well Containment" with minimal enviromental impact.

Following are the general specifications for "Oil Containment Ring" (OCR):

From day one – build a "oil collection ring" flotation miles in diameter which has deep aprons that zipper together as they extend below the surface (this happens physically as aprons on mudules are zipped) and capture the rising oil leak – which is continually pumped into tankers/barges – circumvent first ring with a second and so on as needed.

Do not use any dispersant – pump out water seperation from collected oil.

boom ? module diameter 10 + feet with aprons possibly up to 1000 ft

Thank you – and good luck today – hope for kill – would be happy to see OCR's used in future.

Michael Gruters – physicist / engineer – faculty princeton late 60's –

Michael Gruters
New York, NY – 10128

p.s. OCR should be in place asap – mud plug may blow back.

LacrosseMom(the real one)   May 26th, 2010 9:04 pm ET

@ Lynda....... Bravo! Yeah.....let's boycott BP!

BTW on CNN today Gen. Honore' suggested that the Attorney General of the U.S. charge British Petroleum $100,000 MILLION A DAY for each day the oil continues to flood the Gulf!

I say do it!

Smith in Oregon   May 26th, 2010 9:08 pm ET

For decades Republican lawmakers in Louisiana have placed Big Oil's special interests above those of commercial fishery's and the environment. Public schools receiving a small portion of the Big Oil payoff to the State of Louisiana proudly display Oil Derricks shooting Oil out of the top with the words, 'OILERS' on them.

Sadly when Republican's special interests are placed far and away above the needs and common sense of those they have given their 'oath and promise' to serve, those under the Republican lawmakers thumbs suffer and Louisiana is greatly suffering now as a result.

The Hero and Darling of the Republican Party, former President George W. Bush speaking before an audience of entranced ardent Republican boosters and Tea potty neo-cons at the Dallas Convention Center today who had gathered at the American Wind Energy Association meeting stated, 'It's in our economic interests that we diversify AWAY from oil' and 'It's in our environmental interest'. The former Texas Oilman and member of a longtime Oil family finished his speech stating 'It's in our national security interest'.

The Republican party now has their marching orders. Perhaps they'll stop bashing former Vice President Al Gore over his insistence for America to move away from Oil for the past 20 years.

The MAJORITY in America expects the Republican party lawmakers, leaders and members to now follow your Hero's advice and help move America AWAY from Oil.

Joe G. (Illinois)   May 26th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

It’s not appropriate to criticize the White House Administration handling of this matter. I could be misconstrued as “Tea Partian.” You know..!

Sherry   May 26th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

Has anyone ever heard of the Williston Basin? We were drilling and pumpng there till the late 70s. Then wells were caped and oil companys pulled out.Why?

mtnvet   May 26th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

I still haven't heard anyone ask how much oil BP was getting out of the Deepwater rig on a daily basis BEFORE it exploded. I would like to know what the monetary value of that is and BP should be made to pay at least that much for every day since the explosion until it is capped. Then they should also pay until the area is restored; somehting that will take years to finish. There should be no liability limit for BP on this disastrous catastrophe. As has been said, BP and those like them are totally greed and money mongers. I feel nauseous every time I see the tragedy unfolding before us. If I can find a way to get down there to help, I will go.
This whole country and a few others as well are completely motivated by greed and gaining weath and more wealth. It needs to be stopped. It is out of control.

Susan, Vancouver   May 26th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

The trouble with boycotting BP is that you will also boycott some hardworking small business people who had nothing to do with this mess. Just because they bought a franchise does not mean they should follow BP into the toilet.

Lisa   May 26th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

President Obama should do whatever it takes immediately, and to step in, do not waste another day, If I were President, I would have been there on day one, and BP heads would have rolled all the the way down to hole to block it up. This is worse than Hurricane Katrina, and it is appalling as to the lack of protection, action and regulation. We need an Act Of Congress to pass a Law stopping these out of control oil Behemoths, who also happen to fund the Republican Party. Stop them once and For All.
To ensure environmental protection, which protects us all and our world, we must have real action not corrupted government whose influence is paid for by global banksters. There is no real competition. It is a Centralized economy with a limp-biscuit goverment. That is OK. American people will stand up and fight to end the madness.

cheryl   May 27th, 2010 12:15 am ET

This is devestating! WE the people need to go and start skimming and cleaning up this oil!! We also need to boycott BP!!!!

Douglas Wotton   May 27th, 2010 1:32 am ET

Dear Sir,

If you give people four inch dredges and remove the sluice boxes and at the end of the Venturi and simply attach a long cloth tube made out of the material that does not allow oil out but yet allows water to pass through it you will find that it will separate in the bag through specific gravity. Allowing large amounts of oil to be retained in the bag. When the bag is full simply remove the bag from the machine and ziptie and send to collection and or processing. While this method is not applicable for deep water remediation. It would be much more effecient than any other method for areas having less than 5 feet of water depth and up to 10 feet being as dredges float and so can the people operating them with very simplistic gear. Note all of these things can be obtained with great speed and efficiency allowing a much faster remediation process than has been typically used in the past. For more information on this subject please feel free to contact me at Looking forward to your response.

Sincerely yours,
Douglas Wotton

felix dilone   May 27th, 2010 3:16 am ET

I strongly believe that on top of the fact that they will be using a mixture of clay and mudd to try to cover the leak in reagards to the oil spill there should also be another layer of liquid metal added. Liquid meatal will automatically turn into a solid metal once it hits the water therefore this will play the rhole of a seal which can substain more presure increasing the chances of stopping this leak. The clay and mud will now play the rhole of a filling. and the liquid metal would be a seal prevent furthur damage

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 27th, 2010 8:34 am ET

Is this the first of its magnitude happening in the world......... that's probably why everyone is standing around like stunned mullets.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 27th, 2010 8:36 am ET

Where do we go from here...........

john   May 27th, 2010 12:49 pm ET

I said this 3 weeks ago.

Wrote about it, and submitted it to CNN

It is 10 times worset than the reported size.

You have basically pleagerized my story.

How about some originality.

Smith in Oregon   May 27th, 2010 7:43 pm ET

Captain Keith Colburn states he won't be impacted? Sorry Keith but a large number of American consumers of your seafood WILL NOT BE EATING ANY AMERICAN SEAFOOD PERIOD.

That includes your catch doesn't it? Lawmakers are entirely unlikely to force commercial seafood providers in America to include a 'Place of Origin' sticker, so that seafood could have come from the Gulf Region that will remain toxic and poisoned for decades.

Sorry Keith, if I am not 100% certain of the origin of some seafood in a market, I won't buy it because the chances it is contaminated by the petrol-chemical stew in the Gulf of Mexico is to high to risk.

Cathy B   May 27th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

BP thinks they can get away with it (and they might) because Exxon got away with it. They have history on their side. The Oil multinationals think they are bigger than the US government, and politicians that take their money are proving them right.

nelda Mills   May 27th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

So when are we going to talk about the real responsibility? The citizens of which country are going to demand 25% of the world's oil tomorrow and each and every day? Let's grow up folks. We are behaving like spoiled brats and our demand has allowed this disaster.

Dixon   May 27th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

I am sorry that Boone Pickens compares this oil spill to that of an airline crash. Once the crash happens and the deathes are reported, essentially it is over. Those who grieve...grieve. This oil spill is not only a killer now, but will be in the future. Not only that, but there is destruction to the entire country and the food source as a result of what has been reported as negligence on the part of BP.
Shutting down the oil rigs in the gulf allows time to re-examine how things really work, since there is no evidence at this point that anyone really knows. I hate that a six month period is ordered, but something is really wrong with this entire sceniario. How are you assured that Boone Pickens is not part of BP or one of its many sub-contractors?

W. Lee   May 28th, 2010 12:31 am ET

Why Hasn't anybody looked at this from a terrorist attack point of view? I haven't Heard, Seen or Read anything from the media looking at it from that view.

Denise   May 28th, 2010 1:08 am ET

T Boone Pickens has made more sense on his interview with Larry King tonight than anyone else has in regard to the oil disaster. This was not a deliberate sabatoge on BP's part and they have stood up and said it was their fault. Having worked in the oilfield for 30 years I have learned that there are a lot of accidents which are not forseen until something happens, thus from the accidents we learn. BP has one of the strictest safety policies in the oilfield and they have for sometime. President Obama does not need to interfere in this matter. BP is doing their best and are more familiar with all the circumstances. They too are losing a great amount of money since this disaster started. People need to be reminded daily of the men who lost their life's in this explosion. They seem to be forgotten most of the time.

tony   May 28th, 2010 2:27 am ET

All I heard today was "blame it on Bush".
So what if cheney and Haliburton are close. So was Obama with Acorn. And they helped destory the housing market and helped the crash in banking...
It's been over a year.
If his cabinet and white house staff haven't gone through to look at
how things are being run. It isn't Bush's fault.

When I took over a job from someone 1st thing I did was go over paperwork and jobsite.
So he dropped the ball and now won't take it and move on he has to play the blame game.
"This spill sucks"
Our Gov. is to blame no a party or person.
All our Senators and congressmen had something to do with it.
Even Obama was a part of the voting in our Senate.
Our focus needs to be on oil coming a shore period...
We spent billoins on the banks what's up with
that. Lets give a few humred billion to get BP going on "CLEAN_UP"
It's not like there going out of business or anything.

Rich Bemben   May 29th, 2010 1:32 pm ET

Yep yep yep, them silly Democrats are totally to blame – let's blame them for everything that's ever happened on this poor planet.

Why, all Gov. Billy-Bob-Mc'Jindle-Bob has the solution for it all – all he's got to do is wave his "Republican-fix-it-all" wand and all will be well again......

Let's face it – the blame lies solely in the lap of BP (the 3rd biggest oil co. on the planet), in this case, MONEY TALKS, BLARINGLY!

All Obama has to do is keep BP's feet in the fire and be sure that they make it right again! (That's all......)

Diane in Minneapolis   June 1st, 2010 10:20 am ET

Where are Sarah and her Drill-Baby-Drill Tea Party friends? I would think they would have had a scientific fix for BP since they are the advocates. I wonder why she hasn’t been down there with her pal Bobby fighting this thing. Concerned about funding for her next candidacy perhaps?

Rephrase: " Texas Tea" Party….as Jed Clampett would say.

EC   June 6th, 2010 11:38 pm ET

What people are not understanding is the Climate and Mindset of BP's senior executives. These people are arrogant and believe to be above having to answer to anyone, just go to thier country and see for yourself how arrogant they are. Do you remember the movie "Ghandi"? and "Lawrence of Arabia", I'm afraid that superiority mindset is what is really in charge of BP. It's funny because you go to thier country and they act so arrogant yet you need to ask them to lơok around at thier own living conditions, they are close t0 living like a third world counrty. But yet, they wan't to call the shots and think that theyr are putting a viel over the Gulf Oil spill, these "Pigs" assets should be ceased!!

linda   June 10th, 2010 12:59 am ET

For 30 yrs, beginning w/reagan thru every admnistration/congress, rules/regulations were deleted until BP and all energy, financial, lenders, military contracts, every type of corp & industry, have virtually no rules. where has gov. hindel been; he sure is visible on big screen now; he knew, or certainly should have, that men worked evey day on dangerous, potential environmental threatening rigs. Since reagan dismantled unions (forcing women to work away from families) and the congress/presidents have worked hard to help corps so that corps reciprocated by giving candidates big money, therefore electing and reelecting and on and on until after a couple of terms, congress knows special interest folks by first name. reagan promised to "get gov. off your back." I can't believe i'm one of few million who understood the implications of that slogan. people follwed reagan& bushes, not by their substance, but by their slogans. "Read my lips" Reagan was sayng corps would now police themselves. the oil spill is not the last catastrophe. no rules/regs for 30 yrs is not obama's fault although i'm a little disgruntled with his staying in wars. just as fishermen say they've dealt with disasters but never this. neither has obama. he's been felt a huge mess. no one can relieve it for yrs to come and the more ignorance trashes him, the worse everyone's lives in this country, will be.

Peggy from Starke,Florida   June 10th, 2010 2:14 am ET

For God's sake – what is WRONG with alot of you people on here?! STOP POINTING THE FINGER – WE ALL HAD A PART IN THIS!!! NOW... the MOST important things to do are STOP the leak and help CLEANUP this terrible mess! That is going to help everyone who is suffering from this. YES -I believe that SOMEBODY should have done research on how to remedy a situation like this BEFORE it happened but evidently that didn't happen.And YES I believe BP should be made to pay compensation to SO many people and hopefully that will happen. But for right NOW let's just STOP THE BLAMING and START HELPING in ANY WAY WE CAN!

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