BP says tricky deep-sea oil plug plan on track

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1 of 26. A frame grab, taken from a BP live video feed, shows machinery being used in the 'top kill' procedure to stop the flow of oil from the Gulf of Mexico oil well May 26, 2010. Reuters/Handout

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HOUSTON (Reuters) - BP Plc said an ambitious deep-sea operation to choke off a gushing oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico was proceeding as planned on Wednesday, while President Barack Obama cautioned Americans there was no guarantee it would work.

BP is under intense pressure from Obama to bring a swift end to the five-week-old leak that threatens an environmental catastrophe and a blow to Obama's crisis-manager image.

Undersea robots were helping to inject heavy fluids and ultimately cement pumped down about a mile (1.6 km) to the sea-bed well, while BP chief executive Tony Hayward and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu monitored operations together in Houston.

"The operation is proceeding as we planned it," Hayward said in a media briefing four hours after launching the "top kill" strategy to stanch the leak.

"It will be another 24 hours before we know whether or not this has been successful," he added.

The embattled CEO stood by BP's 60-70 percent odds of success. But top kill, a routine procedure on the surface, has never been attempted at such depths, prompting one industry expert to put the odds of success at less than 50 percent.

"You have got some of the smartest guys in the business trying to figure this out, but it has never been done before," David Pursell, partner at Houston investment bank Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co, told Reuters Insider.

"I think the odds have to be 50 percent or less," he added.

Obama said that if successful, BP's plan to cap the well should greatly reduce or eliminate the flow of hundreds of thousands of gallons (litres) of crude billowing into the Gulf.

If it fails, "there are other approaches that may be viable," he said on a trip to California.

Obama , who has told aides to "plug the damn hole," will head to Louisiana on Friday for the second time since the April 20 rig blast that killed 11 and unleashed the oil.

BP says the next approach would be to install a containment device over the broken blowout preventer, a structure at the top of the well on the ocean floor, to try to stop the oil flow. It would attempt this in the next three or four days.

It is still unclear how much oil is flowing from the well, but it is already shaping up to be the worst oil spill in U.S. history and a long-term threat to a rich ecosystem.

The oil's destruction of critical habitats continued to spread, with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal saying that more than 100 miles (160 km) of the state's 400-mile (644 km) coastline were now affected.

A BP statement said the top kill action began at 1 p.m. CST after the U.S. Coast Guard approved the operation, the most ambitious effort to date to cap the well.


These days may be critical for the London-based energy giant and Obama.

BP's reputation and its big presence in the United States is at stake and investors, who have wiped $50 billion (34.7 billion pound) off BP's market value since the start of the spill, will watch closely to see whether the latest attempt to seal the well works.

BP shares seesawed in London trading, with investors boosting the share price about 2.6 percent at one point before it closed up 1.4 percent. BP's announcement that it had launched the new operation came after London markets had closed.

If the effort fails, Obama may have no choice but to take charge of the response. He has so far deflected calls for the government to take a more direct role and said BP has legal responsibility for fixing the mess.

What he can do is unclear because the government does not have its own deepwater tools and technology and will have to rely on BP.

But even with Obama applying constant pressure on the company, polls show that nearly half of Americans are unhappy with how he has handled it. That sentiment could play into the November elections that are widely expected to erode his Democratic Party's control of the U.S. Congress.

Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson said if BP failed to plug the leak this week, Obama must seize personal control of the effort immediately.

"If this thing doesn't work then the president ought to turn this over to the military. It has the command structure to bring in all the civilian agencies," said Nelson.


Residents of the Gulf region are particularly concerned about the impact of spreading oil on wildlife and area shorelines, home to a lucrative fishing and tourism business.

Billy Nungesser, president of Plaquemines Parish, one of the worst affected Louisiana coastal districts so far, sharply criticized BP executives and Coast Guard leaders, saying they had no comprehensive plan to defend the coast from the oil.

"We will lose more coastline from this catastrophe than from all four hurricanes -- Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike," said Nungesser.

Commercial fishing, shrimping and oyster harvests have been shut down for weeks along much of the Gulf coast, home to a $6.5 billion seafood industry.

BP said it had appointed an independent mediator to oversee damage claims. More than 26,000 claims have been submitted so far, resulting in payments of more than $36 million.

BP has estimated that about 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons/795,000 litres) have been leaking every day, although some scientists have given much higher numbers for the size of the leak -- up to 20 times more.

The head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Jane Lubchenco, told a congressional hearing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would provide a new estimate within two weeks on the amount of oil leaking from the well.

"It's only been in the last couple of days that we have gotten video that was high enough resolution, long enough length and fast enough shutter speed to really do credible calculations," Lubchenco said.

(Additional reporting by Kristin Hays and Chris Baltimore in Houston, Pascal Fletcher in Miami, Susan Heavey and Tom Doggett in Washington; Jeff Mason in Fremont, California and Sarah Young in London, writing by Mary Milliken; editing by Philip Barbara)

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Tony Hayward CEO BP has changed 180 degrees
Now is he believable?
By Dwight Baker
May 24, 2010

Eagles Eye View Aiming at Issues for We the People Advocates

He said, “BP going to commit ½ billion for research to fix all the Gulfs problems that they caused”. Now who is going to get that money and when and how long is it that going to take?

I find no solace in what the man said, up till know most of his words have been far from the truth.

The ½ billion sounds like a scheme dreamed up by some propagandist to get the heat off for just a bit of time.

I believe the only cure short and long term for We the People is to Declare Criminal Corporate War against BP.

Declare Criminal Corporate War BP is the offender.
By Dwight Baker
May 24, 2010

BP is a felon. BP has practiced deception and changed policies and procedures defying the rules of our Federal Government. We the People have had our borders invaded by the oil from the sea floor caused by the Deep Horizon while drilling in the Deep Mississippi trench Gulf of Mexico.

BP as a company comprised of individuals that have lied about the facts. BP has caused a rift of discontent and shown in words and deeds a frail lack of good will in and around the Gulf bordering states affected.

Now what would a good man go about doing as our President today—- knowing all those facts as they are— simple, complete with no other matter hanging out that needs discovery?

Declare Criminal Corporate War against BP, seize all their money that can be found, take in custody to be tired by a Military Tribunal the top 25 BP executives, and then do the same with the BP drilling rig employee’s in charge of operations the day the rig went down. Take in custody the government employee that allowed the vital change in the cementing phase to be changed by BP. Seize all BP software and hardware tools and equipment that comprise assets that are in place and needed to STOP THE OIL AND GAS. Make a call out for All to enlist to aid in the Military effort and then those who will not come as volunteers use the Draft for service in our Special Home Land Security Military Oil and Gas troops. Many needed are employees from companies to do the work of STOPPING THE OIL AND GAS, swear them in and bestow on them ranks in the order of their experience and importance to get the job done NOW.


Declaration of War
By Dwight Baker
May 24, 2010

Eagles Eye View Aiming at Issues for We the People Advocates

Congress has the responsibility to Declare War. In the past several wars Bush did so without Congress approval or consent, he called those acts of violence some thing other.

Now, We the People set adrift without leadership that has yet to come forward in acts strong enough to propose that War be Declared against the multinational Corporate Criminal BP. Maybe this will jog some minds to do so.

We the People have the right and the moral responsibility to demand that our Congress and Senate get off their duff and do the job we elected them to do. Saying, who in America believes all the lies and postponements that have been allowed to be input as Truth by our Executive Branch for the benefit to protect BP?

Our Federal Court systems are a part of British rule, We will never get a fair shake in any Federal Court system, Yet we stand a far better chance in a Military Tribunal.



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From Dwight Baker BP CON MEN
May 26, 2010

Received this last night from an Oil Field Engineer that had submitted a plan for BP use — using their PDF submission form. I too turned in a plan but did not use their PDF submission form — mine went straight to the top to the top brass in England. They have finally adopted the ideas that I submitted weeks ago, but to my surprise the easy way to do it has been set back if the current plan does not work—My current thoughts is that the plan all along has been to stall and cause the great horror that exist today. Remember John D. Rockefeller said, “The best time to buy was when blood was running in the Streets”.

“Dwight, Check out the fine print on the requests for more information on workable ideas to counter the oil spill. These requests for more info come only 2 weeks after the general call for helpful ideas! 7800 submissions later they are looking at the promising ideas.

To keep the coordination at the central site going they only accept more details of suggestions on the official format forms (this far I understand the protocol) – Now read the fine print, you can give your “time, expertise” and effort freely to assist – fine when you consider generations of a way of life are likely to start vanishing with every oily tide that rolls in. Again no issue. Those people needed help a month ago if I have to take issue.

Where I do have a problem is finding the logic in signing away your rights to any submission of ideas, patentable or otherwise in favor of BP. Yes, in favor of BP. Can their lawyers really walk on oil? I am beginning to believe so – READ THE FINE PRINT AMERICA.

Regards, “

So from we who have had a good handle on the problem for some time and presented our views ideas cures on how to STOP THE OIL AND GAS, my friend has found out that BP CON was going on from the very onset.

Last We the People must wake up, stand up, shout out No more wars BP stop the oil and now. If not declare and easy war to win against BP.

May 26, 2010 5:01pm BST  --  Report as abuse
Let us connect the dots? BP EXXONMOBIL NWO
By Dwight Baker
May 25, 2010

Eagles Eye View Aiming at Issues for We the People Advocates

Before we begin please do not look for any saints to emerge for they are not any to be found. The crooked and perverse past haunts most in oil and gas particularly the first ones in the oil and gas energy industry.

The saga of the exploding burning down and sinking Tranocean drill ship over the well being drilled for BP called the Deep Horizon has for me and maybe you had an evil agenda and stench of death about it.

We must go to the root of the problem if we intend to begin to try to connect some dots.

The Prospect known as the Deep Horizon was owned 75% by BP and 25% by ExxonMobil in the industry BP generated the prospect and became operators and ExxonMobil put up their share of the drilling and cost to complete and cost to bring on production.

Now who is BP a spin off of British Petroleum NO it is just a re-branding?

British Petroleum has been around a long time. A study of their history is needed by those who do not know.
Exxon was once a part of Standard oil then became Exxon, same is true of Mobil but was a stand-alone entity marketing arm for Standard —-until Exxon and Mobil structured a deal once again to become one.
Mobil Oil—– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobil
Exxon —–http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExxonMobil

So Standard Oil or today ExxonMobil was and is the brain child of John D. Rockefeller

Likewise British Petroleum was the brainchild of the Rothschilds along with the blessings of the Queen of England.

Rockefeller and Rothschilds are cousins, both families originated from Georgia

We think about war in terms of missiles and tanks and bombs. But a far superior form of war is to disguise it as a natural disaster like Katrina or an accident like the BP oil spill.

This way we are not even aware of it, and cannot take countermeasures.

The parallels between the oil spill and Katrina are uncanny. In both cases, the American Gulf coast was attacked, and the Presidential response was deemed tardy and ineffective. In the case of Katrina, the levees were blown up 12 hours after the hurricane had passed.

The “tell” is the failure of the Obama Administration to declare a state of emergency and take immediate action to stop the gusher. It is hard to believe that an Administration facing a national election in six months would sit on its hands while oil poured onto America’s Gulf coast. Last week, Obama was announcing a commission to study the causes while failing to address the blow-out itself.

It is hard to believe that an industry which hosts hundreds of deep sea oil wells has not developed countermeasures for an underwater blow-out. Hard to believe that the richest and most technologically advanced country in the world is helpless in the face of this disaster.

The optics for Obama are terrible. Even the Huffington Post, which is an Murdoch-sponsored Obama cheering section could not hide its exasperation and impatience with the President’s tepid response.

But the Rothschilds treat Presidents like Kleenex – use and throw away. Every President in my lifetime has left office under a cloud of disgrace. The purpose is to demoralize Americans and make them lose faith in their government and democracy.

Who owns BP? The Rothschilds. Who owns Barack Obama? The Rothschilds. How hard would it be to stage this accident and then ensure a failed response?
The BP oil spill must be seen in the context of an ongoing covert war against America waged by the Illuminati, i.e. the Masonic Jewish central banking cartel led by the Rothschilds.

Concurrent with the BP blow-out, world financial markets are gyrating because European banks again are being bailed out by taxpayers. The loans are to Greece, Portugal etc. but the creditors are the German and French banks owned by the Rothschild etc. whose stocks are soaring again.

Just six month ago, we were in the throes of a man-made swine flue pandemic that required mass inoculation.

Just 12-16 months ago, we were wrestling with the world financial crisis caused by the banks deliberately giving inflated mortgages to insolvent people.

Lest we forget, on Sept. 11 2001, the Illuminati attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and blamed it on “Muslim terrorists.” How stupid do they think we are?

We are under constant attack by Illuminati bankers and their lackeys in government. The two world wars, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, are all forms of Illuminati attack on America.

They also attack our moral and social fabric by promoting sexual “liberation” (promiscuity), feminism, homosexuality, public obscenity, violence, pedophilia and porn in music and in the mass media.

So why do we look at an ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico as if it is occurring in isolation? Will we think the same way about an earthquake in LA?


The explanation can be found in a book that we have been trained Pavlov-style to reject. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is the work of a Jewish Masonic secret society. Caught red-handed, they attempted to confuse the issue of world domination with anti-Semitism. The vast majority of Jews is not aware, let alone in favor of this plot for world government by a small “Jewish” financial elite and their Masonic allies.

In the Protocols, the author, who I suspect was Lionel Rothschild, writes that their goal is: “To wear everyone out by dissensions, animosities, feuds, famine, inoculation of diseases, want, until the Gentiles sees no other way of escape except by appeal to our money and our power.” (Protocol 10)

“We will so wear out and exhaust the Gentiles by all this that they will be compelled to offer us an international authority, which by its position will enable us to absorb without disturbance all the governmental forces of the world and thus form a super-government.” (Protocol 5)

My take — the last dot is making money dot. BP has proved 2.5 billion barrels of oil reserve in the deep Mississippi trench , and that is probably a lie too, I predict it is more like 10 billion. Now multiply $50 per barrel and see how much money that represents.

The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets.
John D. Rockefeller

Now ExxonMobil has a lot of investors, so does BP for many of them right now blood is running in the streets. Rockefeller and Rothschilds have the money to buy up the stock that is too cheap.


May 26, 2010 5:02pm BST  --  Report as abuse
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