I have been lucky. Having the opportunity to do something like this is fantastic. It is fair to say I wanted to recover some of my self-esteem.Tony Hayward, former CEO of BP • In a New York Times profile, examining the daily life of the former BP executive, just over two years after he famously lamented his loss of life. Hayward now finds himself at the helm of Genel Energy, a drastically smaller oil company (currently worth about $3 billion on London’s stock market), and he hopes to redeem his image globally. source (via • follow)
» But are the fines enough to teach BP a lesson? Some say no, including shrimp producer Dean Blanchard, who told The Guardian, “I want my day in court. If they can get off with just paying the money — well, they’ve got plenty of money, they are not really going to learn a lesson.” In addition to the settlement, BP announced that it would use the remainder of the $20 billion compensation fund it raised during the summer of 2010 to settle additional complaints from residents and businesses in the region. In a statement released late Friday night, BP chief executive Bob Dudley said, “the proposed settlement represents significant progress toward resolving issues from the Deepwater Horizon accident and contributing further to economic and environmental restoration efforts along the Gulf Coast.”
oldmanyellsatcloud asked: So, I’ve got a concern that I’m hoping you guys can address. I’ve been helpfully directed here, not just by your own reports, but a few fellow news groups. Heres the chunk of my concern, here. Now, I have actually found a nonblog/reblogging source, since posting that, but it wasn’t well cited or documented. I was hoping maybe you folks have done a bit more digging since then. Since money and donations are traveling about, it’d be nice to get some feedback, due to the rather confusingly low level of converage… -even- in a mentality that adopts ‘BP lawsuits’ or ‘government gags’.
» We say: First off, I’d like to point out a couple of things in your responses. Jennifer has kept pretty open about her whole situation and is also on Twitter and Tumblr, so if you had any questions, you could easily ask her questions. I’m sure she would answer them. Also, have you watched the videos — like, more than one of them? They’re not exactly the easiest things in the world to watch. In a few of them, she’s on the phone for a full half-hour. No edits. Raw as you can get. Why would a scammer go to that much trouble to show us an entire half-hour of phone calls in excruciating detail? By the way, in case you were wondering, the organization she mentions, P2S, is real and actually did help with the cleanup.
The first mention I’ve seen about Jennifer’s condition online was way back in December — in a comment on a local news site where she noted she didn’t want to show pictures of her situation because she was trying to get her situation settled. (It’s confirmed via her Facebook profile.) Beyond the al-Jazeera report, she recently linked to a news story from a German television network that actually reported out of Panama City. The footage shows Rexford with dozens of bottles of pills. She’s about two-thirds of the way through the video. (Note: It’s in German, though the interviews are in English with German dubbing.)
Ultimately, here’s our feeling: If you’re wondering why the local news hasn’t covered Jennifer’s plight, why don’t you ask them? Clearly, she’s trying to get some media attention for her story. We’ll even help. We spent a week screaming from the mountaintops about this story. And we want more people to know about it.
Hey, let’s not forget about this: A report compiled by risk management firm Det Norske Veritas on last year’s oil spill in the Gulf came out today. (They were hired by the federal government, not BP, by the way.) They claim that design flaws scuttled the blowout preventer; as the well lost control, the drill pipe bent and buckled, which blocked the shear rams. Shear rams are the means by which the blowout is supposed to be prevented, as they’d cut through the drill pipe to safeguard against the well’s pressure level. Sadly, these sort of industrial fail-safe systems don’t always work as well in reality as in theory. source