A New Name Surfaces in the Gulf Oil Spill

A New Name Surfaces in the Oil Spill





The Deepwater Horizon oil rig was working for BP when it caught fire and began spilling crude into the Gulf. This is destroying the energy company’s ecologically friendly image as well as the environment. Oil rig services were provided by the Halliburton Company. The oil platform itself, though, like 137 others around the world, is owned and operated by Transocean, a Swiss corporation.

BP, formerly British Petroleum, merged with Amoco in 1998 and ARCO in 2000. BP is familiar to Americans through its service stations and advertising (“Beyond Petroleum“). Halliburton, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s old company, is known for no-bid government contracts in Iraq, among other things. Transocean is an unfamiliar name to Americans who do not work offshore or on Wall Street.

Ecological disaster looms on the Gulf Coast and BP, Halliburton and Transocean, under intense financial and legal pressure, may end up blaming each other.


 Transocean — Gulf of Mexico – Deepwater Horizon Incident website.

 BP — Gulf of Mexico response website.

“Halliburton Provides Cementing Facts Regarding Rig Incident” (press release).

“Drilling Process Attracts Scrutiny in Rig Explosion,” Russell Gols and Ben Casselman, Wall Street Journal. 

“Gulf Oil Spill Puts Spotlight on Regulator With Mixed Record,” Marian Wang, ProPublica.

“BP spends millions lobbying as it drills ever deeper and the environment pays,” Antonia Juhasz, The Guardian.

“Rig had history of spills, fires before big one,” AP via San Jose Mercury News.

“BP Had Other Problems in Years Leading to Gulf Spill,” Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica.

 “Gulf oil spill: approaching size of Exxon Valdez, whistleblower group says,” Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times.

“10 animals most at risk from Gulf oil spill,” Julia Kumari Drapkin, GlobalPost.

 “Chemicals Meant To Break Up BP Oil Spill Present New Environmental Concerns,” Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica.

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7 Responses to “A New Name Surfaces in the Gulf Oil Spill”

  1. Tweet Outpost » Blog Archive » A New Name Surfaces in the Gulf Oil Spill « NotionsCapital Says:

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  2. Mike Licht Says:


    “Rig Owner Under Scrutiny,” Rebecca Smith and Ben Casselman, Wall Street Journal.

  3. isochroma Says:

    What a beautiful leak. I love the oily mass that bulges outwards from a bent pipe. A brown Rorschach blot of the automobile culture.

    My most fervent hope is that all efforts to stop and mitigate this masterwork are failures. The incontinent flow of hydrocarbons shall continue for the decay of all.

    I would love to see a sea of greasy oil, the Devil’s blood, flowing into the ocean forever more. The spew that flew right on through.

    Then the World can move on into its next phase, the Dark Phase of death, decline and destruction. Soon, all the works of humans will decay and so too will themselves be brought to the altar of slaughter, to account for their crimes of existence.

  4. See? We Told You So. « NotionsCapital Says:

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  5. The Destructionist Says:

    I have a sinking feeling that this oil disaster is being downplayed and may be much larger than we think. I wanted to know just how much oil was flowing into the ocean from that broken pipeline (in both barrels and in gallons) so I did some research on my own.

    Barrels vs. Gallons

    Most news articles claim that since April 21, 2010 roughly 4 million gallons of sweet crude have been leaked into the Gulf at a rate of 210,000 gallons per day. But according to an Associated Press article just posted today (What went wrong at oil rig? A lot), approximately 4,000,000 barrels have already spilled into the Gulf. When you convert those barrels into gallons, you end up with a whopping 168,000,000 gallons of oil: that’s a difference of 164,000,000 gallons from the previous estimate!

    (Don’t believe me? Read the articles and convert the measurements for yourself.)




  6. Mike Licht Says:


    “Rig owner holds closed-door meeting in Switzerland,” Frank Jordans, Associated Press via Salon.

  7. the pilatesbiz Says:

    Some of the alternate suggestions warm my cold, cold heart; a lot of great movies here. Glad that someone remembered SEE NO EVIL. My Junior High School decided to show that one on an assembly day, thinking it was just a thriller. Man! I can STILL hear the screams all these years later. A lot of traumatized 12 15 year olds!

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