Topics: BP Demands Scientist Emails in Gulf Oil Spill Lawsuit, Science out of context - Opinion, Statement on the Need to Protect the Scientific Deliberative Process : Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, BP Oil Spill Emails Reveal High-Level Discord Over Flow Estimates, New Gulf oil spill claims administrator's message: We are not BP. We are here to help., BP Exploring Sale of Russian TNK-BP Stake, Gazprom: Not interested in BP's stake in TNK-BP as of now, BP is free to sell Russian TNK-BP stake: source, Siberian Court Orders BP Lawsuit Trial, Trial opens in actor Stephen Baldwin’s suit against Kevin Costner over BP deal
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A single idiot judge has guaranteed that in our country's next time of need when disaster strikes that the thunder we hear will be coming of from the feet of world class scientists running away for cover to protect the scientific process, their privacy and proprietary data.
I will confess to an enthusiastic fondness for Woods Hole and its amazing scientists long before BP turned the Gulf into their personal potty but anyone who cares about the contributions that science can make when we face disaster should be utterly horrified at this ugly legal turn of events.
June 4, 2012Please click through and read every word that Woods Hole scientists, Christopher Reddy and Richard Camilli have shared in this op-ed. Woods Hole came to the aid of the country and BP in a time of terrible crisis. Now they are being punished with invasion of their privacy, tampering with the scientific process and possible theft of Woods Hole proprietary data.
It is truly frightening that there are no laws to protect the scientists and science in such dire circumstances.
JUNE 03, 2012Drs. Avery and Madin speak for me. It is well worth remembering the dearth of scientists that were in the Gulf after the Macondo blew. Woods Hole was one of the first on the scene and they did highly commendable work. Think WHOI will be so quick to respond next time? Think scientific institutions of equal caliber will be willing to pitch in?
Statement on the Need to Protect the Scientific Deliberative Process
There is something deeply disturbing about the fact that members of Congress did not toss the BP execs who told them the Macondo was only leaking 5,000 barrels a day out on their ears with some swift kicks in their backsides for good measure. Anyone who saw the widely televised video of the Macondo spewing would have known that the execs' claims were insanely ridiculous.
As satisfying as would be to see BP execs behind bars it is shameful that no one from the government put serious pressure on BP to cough up the truth early on. While I doubt there were enough resources on the planet to deal with a spill of that magnitude having a realistic estimate of the problem might have led to some better solutions that would have prevented some of suffering in the Gulf. h/t Yasuragi
Posted: 05/31/2012 11:20 am Updated: 05/31/2012 11:57 am
It remains to be seen if the lawyers won't end up with the lion's share of money from the BP settlement with victims coming up, yet again, holding the short end of the stick. Choosing a charismatic mediator to run the claims process rather than an experienced claims administrator sure sounds like a public relations plan rather than one to address the needs of victims.
There was a reader comment saying that they knew of people with sketchy employment histories who were hired by the claims center without any check of references.
Published: Monday, June 04, 2012, 7:00 PM Updated: Monday, June 04, 2012, 7:07 PM
BP may want to sell but when doing business in Russia nothing is the slightest bit straightforward. It would be delightful to see BP and the Russian oligarchs permanently joined at the hip and feuding for all eternity. h/t Phil S 33
June 01, 2012BP's oligarch partners are threatening to block BP's sale of its share of TNK-BP to Rosneftegaz. Let's all hope that this leads to more of the lengthy feuding which will distract the whole sorry lot from wreaking more environmental havoc.
Tue Jun 5, 2012 12:54am EDTThis is a pretty good summary of the byzantine politics of the Russian oil business. I have an acquaintance in the oil business who has worked in Russia. He likened his experience there as being caught in the crossfire of warring mob families. With its typical arrogance born of ignorance BP waded right into the thick of the mess.
June 4, 2012Yet another round in the BP-Russian oligarch mud wrestling match.
June 4, 2012, 1:22 p.m. ET
Kevin Costner managed to use his star power to get a boatload of media coverage for a centrifuge gizmo that cleans up small amounts of oil. Congress even invited Costner to hearings. The device gummed up with heavy crude but BP ordered some and said they were satisfied with the purchase, whatever that may mean.
The news was everywhere that BP was interested before Costner bought out Baldwin so its a little difficult to understand how this whole mess got to trial. One wonders if the two actors refused to settle to garner the publicity a trial would bring.
Even though Costner's pricey gadget doesn't clean up much it is a safer option than the use of dispersants. Although there were some modest improvements made during the Deepwater Horizon/Macondo cleanup the technology to physically remove oil, the safest alternative, has not significantly improved in decades.