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On a serious note

by Tarun on June 10, 2010 · 14 comments

in Politics, World

Oil is gushing in the Gulf. Ocean life is massively devastated. Fishermen are going broke. Industries dependent on Gulf and Gulf oil are facing huge losses.

So, who is to blame?  Who is responsible for drilling? Who is responsible for the rig? Who buys oil from them? Rig owner is Transocean. Rig contractor is Halliburton. BP only buys oil from them. So now the question is, if I buy gas from a gas station, and it explodes, is it my fault? Because I did not make sure the station follows regulations? Because I buy a lot of gas and hence the owners doesn’t care? What’s the logic?

Why blame BP? Pure politics. BP is not an American company. So it is an easy target. BP has money so it is easy target. Government knows BP has a lot of interest in US, so it becomes the target. Why doesn’t anyone talk of prosecuting Halliburton or Transocean?
It seems like the US is ganging up on BP to pay. Either because Halliburton & Transocean doesn’t have the money to pay or perhaps shielded by some political propaganda.

This behavior is shocking to say the least. And no one in US seems to be complaining at this day & time by the robbery of a British company. I guess since Cameron wants his soldiers out of Afghanistan, Obama is repaying him by making sure BP goes belly up.
Time would tell how this all would turn out. I would suggest BP not to spend a single dime more than $75Million ceiling as per law. I don’t think US market for BP is bigger than its own existence. US may drag BP in different courts, but who knows, BP may win the case against US Govt for defamation, false implication and perhaps recoup some money spent in this tragedy, though it should not have had spent it in the first place when Halliburton and Transocean are free to roam.

And to bring more insanity to the discussion, no one knows why the rig blew up. Was there a gush of pressure from the well which blew up the entire structure? Was it not maintained properly? Was it not fit enough to be there at the first place? Did some one sabotaged it? Did the regulators had some interest? Who knows.

I don’t like the word “regulation” when there are apparent MISUSE of it by the so called “regulators“. Humph!

Image credit: HuffingtonPost


1 Kelvin Servigon June 12, 2010 at 10:48 AM

The only thing that I can say about this huge disaster is, I hope it will be resolved as soon as possible because many lives (including fishes and other marine lives) are really affected.

2 Kiran June 14, 2010 at 12:14 AM

Yeah, bad marine life is disastrous ecology and harsh impact in the fishing industry.

3 Sanjeeta kk June 14, 2010 at 7:58 AM

Repercussions of modernization I suppose. Depleting the natural resources and rolling back to live again in the stone age.
Good thought.

4 Kiran June 19, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Thanks Sanjeeta. The founding father’s must be crying from heaven. This is sad.

5 John Rife June 14, 2010 at 7:51 PM

We just installed a wireless camera at New Smyrna Beach to monitor the sea turtle hatchlings at night via the web. The thought of them leaving their nest and before they ever reach the sea being coated in this sludge is just heartbreaking. Hopefully the “loop current” models aren’t accurate. Regardless the Gulf Coasts ARE going to see their nesting turtles and hatchlings decimated. So Sad.

6 Kiran June 19, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Great effort with the camera John. I guess it would take more than Congress or White House to solve this disaster that caused many repercussions. Sadly.

7 Ram kumar June 14, 2010 at 10:20 PM

a good post 🙂 thanks

8 Kiran June 19, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Thanks Ram Kumar.

9 MusEdtitions June 21, 2010 at 1:14 PM

That’s an amazing picture. The story is sad. We must hope that this will be the catalyst for changing how we see energy usage; sometimes out of crisis comes change. 🙂

10 Kiran July 25, 2010 at 11:05 AM

You are right Muse. Technology has consumed nature and now it’s time to allow the nature to be at peace. Profiteering is self-loathing. The photo was “borrowed” from a different website 😀

11 Reema June 30, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Its such a sad thing ..imagine all the affected marine life 🙁

12 Kiran July 25, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Truly devastating. Such a sad example we are setting for our next generation.

13 joe July 10, 2010 at 4:27 AM

Don’t we wish that the stone age was better.
Modernisation and discoveries has its side effects too, and some times it goes out of hand.

14 Kiran July 25, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Welcome to Chatterbox, and thanks for your comment Joe 🙂 Our founding fathers are crying from the heaven. Look at what we’ve done with improved life-styles and technologies. Instead of improvising, we are ruining natural habitat, one species at a time 🙁

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