Politics

Candidate Forums in July

July 7, 2010

—These forums will be unlike any you’ve ever attended. I am the moderator. The forums will be fast-paced and the candidates will have to stay on their toes. “Canned” answers aren’t going to work. Press Release:…

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News: BP delayed decision for help

July 7, 2010

Bloomberg reports that Helix Energy Solutions Inc.’s offered in April its floating platform to help with BP oil recovery, but it took BP six weeks to accept the offer. BP notified Helix June 10 that it…

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Could BP default on loans?

July 7, 2010

Bondsquawk.com reports that investors believe there is a higher probability of BP defaulting within one year than in five. BP was spending $6 million a day when the spill began, but that cost has soared to…

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Escambia County Disaster Update: July 6

July 6, 2010

We’ve asked for six skimmers. Said we would settle for three and are getting one. Escambia Disaster Response – Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Tuesday, July 6, 4:00 p.m. – Update #62 (Day 78 of the oil…

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BP changes Vessels of Opportunity

July 6, 2010

Just got off a BP media conference call on the Vessels of Opportunity program. After eights weeks since the first VOO contract was signed, BP is reconfiguring the program. Judith Labanski (spelling?), who heads the VOO…

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BP says county boom contracts excessive

July 6, 2010

BP Incident Commander Bryant Chapman sent Florida DEP Secretary Mike Sole an email on June 30 regarding a request for reimbursement of $3.5 million of the operational costs incurred by Escambia County that were “above and…

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BP offers its own update

July 5, 2010

From BP Press Relations: UPDATE ON GULF OF MEXICO OIL SPILL BP today provided an update on developments in the response to the MC252 oil well incident in the Gulf of Mexico. Subsea Source Control and…

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$20B BP Claim fund isn’t what it seems

July 5, 2010

Remember my basic approach to any BP statement or ad is that it’s not ever completely true. The most recent BP ads tout the $20 billion claim fund that President Obama demanded that BP establish. The…

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Sometimes you have to laugh

July 5, 2010

Climate Progress has collected some of the best BP jokes: “Scientists say they have developed a car that can run on water. The only catch is, the water has to come from the Gulf of Mexico.”…

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15 Florida beaches impacted by BP oil on July 4

July 5, 2010

Gov. Crist’s office issues a daily BP oil disaster report. Actually it’s not called a “disaster” report, I think it’s probably, in Crist-ese, called “Florida’s Resilient Response Report.” Florida Beaches Under Oil Impact Notices: As of…

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Whale test results expected today

July 5, 2010

This past weekend the Coast Guard and BP tested the oil tanker, called “A Whale” and owned by Taiwan Maritime Transport Co. Ltd., that has been modified to skim oil. It was tested for safety and…