Can’t say this is a shocker:
Fromhttp://www.nytimes.com?emc=na”> the New York Times:
Firms Knew of Cement Flaws Before Spill, Panel Says
Halliburton and BP knew weeks before the fatal explosion of the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico that the cement mixture they planned to use to seal the bottom of the well was unstable but still went ahead with the job, the presidential commission investigating the accident said on Thursday.
In the first official finding of responsibility for the blowout, which killed 11 workers and led to the largest offshore oil spill in American history, the commission staff determined that Halliburton had conducted three laboratory tests that indicated that the cement mixture did not meet industry standards.
The result of at least one of those tests was given on March 8 to BP, which failed to act upon it, the panel’s lead investigator, Fred H. Bartlit Jr., said in a letter delivered to the commissioners on Thursday.
Beware proclamations trumpeting the official “end” of somethings. Unless it’s the end of a book, it’s hard to imagine. From the New York Times
Good morning. These are some of the stories we’ll be tracking today and in the days to come:
BP shares slide as oil spill bill climbs to $2.35bn: Shares in BP hit a 14-year low this morning after the oil giant revealed that its bill for containing and cleaning up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico had climbed to $2.35bn; The Guardian (UK)
It’s Raining Oil in Lousiana: Except, oil does evaporate–not at the same rate as water for instance, but oil does evaporate. Several sources confirm this. The Christian Science Monitor
Public Support for Offshore Drilling Plummets: Overwhelming majority support strong action to cut fossil fuel use, advance clean energy. Climate Progress
Not just oil: Methane gas may cause ‘dead zones’ in Gulf: Levels of methane in deep-ocean waters near the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are 10,000 to 100,000 times higher than normal, and in some very hot spots approaching 1 million times above what would be normal. USA Today
NOAA Gulf of Mexico oil spill trajectory forecasts: The Times-Picayune
And for a little levity:
BP Develops Technology to Convert Lies into Energy: In what is being called a game-changer for the embattled oil company, British Petroleum announced today that it has developed a new technology to convert lies into energy. The Borowitz Report
Here’s some of the latest coverage on the BP oil spill as we head into the weekend. Only 16 days remains to declare TRUE Independence for at least one day!
- It’s not just the fishing and tourism industries that are taking a hit, but also the thousands of workers who run the equipment or serve in support roles on deepwater oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. The New York Times
- With possibly upwards of 60,000 barrels of oil flowing into the Gulf waters each day and only a fraction of that being captured, why aren’t we seeing the urgency in response as BP officials have tried to illustrate? “BP needs to get a sense of urgency about containing the oil at its source until relief wells are completed later this summer. If the company has trouble understanding that urgency, federal officials must make sure it does.” Editorial, The Times-Picayune
- Forecast models show a mass of oil edging away from Louisiana and heading toward North Florida as health officials urged swimmers to stay out of the water. The Miami Herald
- Vice President Joe Biden: Rep. Joe Barton’s apology to BP was “incredibly insensitive” and “incredibly out of touch.” The $20 billion claims fund brokered by the White House isn’t a shakedown, Biden said, “it’s insisting on responsible conduct and a responsible response to something they caused.” Click here for video
- The crude gushing from the well contains vast amounts of natural gas that could pose a serious threat to the Gulf of Mexico’s fragile ecosystem. The Shreveport Times
More to come throughout the day. Please use the comment section to send any tips, suggestions, or if you’d like to contribute writings to TRUE Independence Day.