Halliburton Cut Costs and Corners with Well Cement they Provided to BP

There is further evidence that corporate greed is at the root of the Gulf oil disaster.  In particular, the president’s oil spill Commission recently charged the infamous corporation Halliburton with cutting corners and costs on the cement it provided for BP’s Deepwater Horizon well.  This is the same company that has paid millions to former vice-president Dick Cheney – even during his time in office.  Halliburton’s corporate culture of corruption and cronyism can clearly be implicated in causing the worst environmental disaster that America ever experienced.  It is important that the Oil Spill Commission receive subpoena power to get to the bottom of who knew and did what and when.   This article collects the latest press coverage of this new information.  At the end is an early (May 1) article that also implicated Halliburton for it’s faulty cement.  Click below to learn more.

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BP’s Self-serving Report Shifts Blame and Shirks Responsibility

New information is coming to light about the causes and consequences of the oily gulf disaster.  Despite the positive ads full of promises, BP’s own report about the causes of the Gulf oil disaster tells a tale of impatience and incompetence.   The company is positioning itself for a legal defense of it being only partly to blame – shifting the responsibility to other companies and the U.S. government.  These other parties clearly did play a role.   But this really is a symptom of a larger social and institutional pattern that make disasters like this one more likely in the future.    To help understand and anticipate disasters that will occur in the future, this BLOG post also reviews a very important book – The Next Catastrophe” by distinguished sociology professor, Charles Perrow.
Click Below for more on BP report and book.

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Spike Lee’s Latest Katrina Epic Contains Great Insights into BP Oil Spill

This week marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which ravaged New Orleans and much of the same gulf coast that has been damaged by the BP oil gusher.    With all the media coverage, no show will have the long-term impact as Spike Lee’s HBO documentary: ‘If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise.’ I am glad to have HBO but realize many others do not.  I also want to focus this article on what the film covered about the BP Oil Disaster.  This article highlights key lessons from the film about with how corporate greed and governmental ineptitude led to the BP Oil disaster that continues to seriously threaten our communities and ecosystems.  This film will be important for urging us to action now; as well as a historical record for the future of bad luck and trouble in the Gulf. 
Click for the film’s lessons, cool pix and interviews.

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Feinberg’s Policies Won’t Make Many Gulf Residents and Businesses Whole Again!!

The process of compensating victims of the BP oil spill is about to be turned over to the Oil Spill Czar, Ken Feinberg.  He has extensive experience, but comes off as arrogant and threatening – particularly for scared gulf residents who have had their lives torn apart.  It is of great concern that he seems unlikely to show much (if any) sympathy for the psychological and mental health damages that people have experienced and will continue to experience for many years to come.  He has stated that such claims would not be considered legitimate.  He is also likely to be quite stingy when it comes to paying any claims for lost tourism and other indirect costs of the BP oil spill.  All in all it does not appear that this claims process will be able to make the people of the gulf region whole again – as they have been promised.  Potential claimants clearly need to get legal advice before accepting what Feinberg has to offer.
Click below to learn about the flawed process.

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Many Gulf Businesses and Communities Won’t Fully Recover from Oil Spill’s Impacts

The news for gulf coast residents and businesses continues to get worse, as BP’s broken oil well continues to gush.  It is now becoming clear that many communities will face unprecedented damage to their social and economic fabrics. Some of the most direct and dramatic impacts will involve lost tourism and damage to the fishing industry.  The oily gulf will also permanently damage whole ways of life and leave many area residents drifting without a life jacket. 
Click below to learn about these significant impacts.

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Oil Spill Means Long-term Trouble for Mental Health and Community Well-being

The oil spill in the Gulf is directly threatening millions of people in terms of their mental health and ability to earn a living as they have for generations.   Lessons from other disasters (especially the Exxon Valdez oil spill and Hurricane Katrina) show dramatic increases in all types of social psychological problems (e.g., depression, violence, substance abuse.)  This BLOG post combines a number of articles about these important topics.  Particular attention is paid to the impacts on families from coastal fishing communities and their traditional way of life. 
Click below to learn what is happening to people.

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Oily Gulf is Legacy of Cheney’s Corrupt, Crony Capitalism

As we learn more about the causes of the BP oil spill in the gulf it becomes clear that the federal government failed in its responsibilities to oversee the safety of the gulf and the environment.  There has been a culture of corruption within the Minerals Management Service that promoted a hand’s off approach to the risky and powerful oil industry.  The origins of this lack of oversight can be laid directly at the door of former US vice president Dick Cheney.  In this BLOG post you will find some recent articles that document how Cheney abused his power and position to benefit himself and his cronies in the oil industry.
Click the link below to read all about it!!

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