UK Overboard, David Cameron is in charge of lifeboats. Speech full text

You might need this, the lifeboat has a big hole in it!

David Cameron: We must tackle Britain's massive deficit and growing debt FULL TEXT OF SPEECH The contents are so dire, I have no need to add

my thoughts.......but we are all going to Hell...

Over to The Rt Hon David Cameron, Monday, June 7 2010

I have now been in office for a month.
I have spent much of that time discussing with the Chancellor and government officials the most urgent issue facing Britain today: our massive deficit and growing debt. How we deal with these things will affect our economy, our society - indeed our whole way of life. The decisions we make will affect every single person in our country. And the effects of those decisions will stay with us for years, perhaps decades to come. It is precisely because these decisions are so momentous. Because they will have such enormous implications. And because we cannot afford either to duck them or to get them wrong...

...that I want to make sure we go about the urgent task of cutting our deficit in a way that is open, responsible and fair.

Obama puts draconian financial thumbscrews on BP

You may be forgiven, if you listen to the BBC, for thinking that BP have a plan for ending the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico but in reality as the Duckhouse has shown in an earlier post, the only solution BP is fully addressing is the capture of uncontaminated oil and gas and that is what the latest attempt is all about.

Tragically oil pipes have been cut and a modified well head plug has been lowered to an exceptionally deep level over the existing fractured well head. It's not very efficient and can only capture some of the spill and then under extreme pressure pump it up to a waiting tanker or two.

This process is scheduled to continue until alternative shafts can be drilled to take the oil. What happens when the hurricaine seasion starts in two weeks time and the tankers have to run for cover has not been addressed, the oil still under presure will simply pop or explode the latest lashed up BP gizmo and it's back to square one. In fact it's far worse than that as the new increased rate of oil spill flow now that the old pipes have been cut will present a whole new set of challenges.      

The truth is that when oil is contaminated the only way to recover it is to use a mechanical skimmer at surface level, there are various types of skimmers from small centrifuges to massive bucket wheel extractors, none of these are very efficient and the recovered product then has to be disposed of.

Small quantities can be further processed for commercial use,but it's a long, labour intensive and very expensive process. What oil companies liike to do in these corcumsytances is to aerial carpet bomb oil dispersants whcih over time break up the oil droplets and then nature does the rest . It is however not an option for the very deep Gulf of Mexico, nothing like this has ever been attempted before. 

Why BP is spinning not winning SNAFU!

Why BP is spinning not winning, read this from The Engineer Magazine some 4 years ago! The italics are those of the Duckhouse 

Cleaning up an Oil Slick

By Niall Firth The Engineer Magazine

The 2006 Israeli offensive in Lebanon led to an enormous oil slick, and prompted The Engineer to take a look at the role technology can play in cleaning up oil spills.

Although rightly overshadowed by the ensuing humanitarian crisis, one of the lesser-reported effects of the Israeli offensive in Lebanon earlier this year can only be fully appreciated by air. Lapping at the shore, an insidious black scar is creeping along this beautiful stretch of coastline which only a few months earlier had been packed with tourists.

An air strike on the Jiyyeh power station, just over 20km south of Beirut, destroyed its oil tanks resulting in an estimated 35,000 tonnes of viscous oil seeping into the Mediterranean, making it Lebanon’s worst-ever environmental disaster. Threatening local sea life, including turtles, and shattering the already fragile tourism industry, it is estimated that the slick — which has already reached the Syrian coast — may eventually cost more than $100m (£53m) to clean up.

While the legal repercussions of the disaster are ongoing — any funding towards the clean-up process will form part of post-war reparations — it will eventually fall to specialist oil spill engineers to begin reigning in the deadly black ‘gloop’.

As one of the world’s largest oil spill responders, Southampton’s Oil Spill Response (OSR) is likely to be involved in tackling the slick. OSR is a not-for-profit organisation owned by the oil industry, with its 32 members — including major oil companies such as BP and Shell — paying a subscription to be affiliated.

‘There are thousands of different oil types,’ said Dave Salt, OSR’s technical director who oversees the complicated and varied challenges of responding to the world’s worst oil spills. ‘Every one is different, and they all behave differently. We need to know what it is, where it is and where it’s going. Then we can decide what we can do about it. Something like gasoline is a safety problem, while some lighter ones evaporate and disperse quite readily, so that in the teeth of a Shetland gale it is difficult to find evidence of an 85,000-tonne spill. At the other end of the spectrum is a crude oil that is viscous and with a high wax content.’

Don't Do It BP. Leave the Pipes Alone....

'BP cutting into existing pipework of the damaged well head will not solve problem but release another massive deluge of contaminated oil' says media expert Julian Bray. 'They should immediately stop, think first and not listen to the bean counters ..'

' BP America are cutting into the damaged well head pipework knowing full well that many more thousand barrels of contaminated crude oil will be released daily into the Gulf of Mexico. BP have consistently ignored alternative low pressure oil capture technology which would safely contain the oil spill and bring it to the surface using the existing latent natural pressure from the breached well head but in the low/zero pressure process would require expensive processing to make the resultant collected oil spill viable for later commercial sale.

' Media expert Julian Bray said: "I worked with the oil industry and a specialist oil spill recovery firm and the construction industry as an adviser and for some time with the UK's Environment Agency.

' I have submiitted a briefing paper to BP, in a format as required by them, but they have consistently ignored the content. They have refused to tell me why they will not try this non invasive approach.

' In short the paper calls for a telescoping, nesting open ended 20 metre diameter jacket to be placed section by section around the whole well head structure and further lightweight sections fabricated form material similar to oil protective boom products. The technology is based on the simple premise that oil will naturally rise to the surface of water/saline, the jacket when completed would form a non pressurised guide path or tubular shaft for the crude to naturally rise to the surface where it can be easily skimmed off inside a sea level bund.

' BP financial people don't like the idea that a comparatively simple solution using existing non oil industry orginated technology will capture ( but not stop or stem) the oil spill but only after it has been contaminated/ mixed with sea water and organic debris.

' Although this would protect and save a massive ecosystem for as long as it takes to drill down alternative shafts to take off the oil in a traditional top pressure method, the low/zero pressure method will not provide a financial return to the oil company and if successful will show that oil does not have to be extracted then compressed under extreme pressure when low or zero pressure techniques can be employed but will dramatically increase the cost of processing once the oil water mixture has been landed.

' In times of extreme emergency, the finances involved in this operation should to my mind be a secondary consideration. A competent shipyard could start this work within days and deliver the sections as completed. Once the base open ended circular section is secured further sections are simply dropped down guide wires from the surface until the lightweight shaft is completed. Each section overlaps the section below and is not sealed'.


Contributor: Independent Media Expert Julian Bray Broadcast quality dialup ISDN 0044(0)1733 555 319 G722 & APT-X DualCodec Glensound GSGC5 Landline: 01733 345581

Obama Administration Sends $69 Million Bill To BP

President Obama has billed BP for $69 million in connection with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, currently the size of southern England, south of Birmingham I have reproduced the exact news release below and you can join in the fun, just dial up the telephone numbers below.

Just before we get too excited, the President shpould remember that the drilling contractor and the owner of ther rig was an American company and that BP sub-contracted the task to that American company. So is America simply having a pop at the old country and fighting the Battle of Independence all over again? If so we've have all our tea back... we might also bill America for all the wars Bush got us into??


DATE: June 03, 2010 13:46:16 CST

Obama Administration Sends $69 Million Bill To BP

Key contact numbers

Report oiled shoreline or request volunteer information: (866) 448-5816

Submit alternative response technology, services or products: (281) 366-5511

Submit your vessel for the Vessel of Opportunity Program: (281) 366-5511

Submit a claim for damages: (800) 440-0858

Report oiled wildlife: (866) 557-1401

Medical support hotline: (888) 623-0287

Deepwater Horizon Incident

Joint Information Center

Phone: (985) 902-5231

(985) 902-5240

WASHINGTON - The Obama Administration today sent a preliminary bill for $69.09 million to BP and other responsible parties for response and recovery operations relating to the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Administration will continue to bill BP regularly for all associated costs to ensure the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund is reimbursed on an ongoing basis.

As a responsible party, BP is financially responsible for all costs associated with the response to the spill, including efforts to stop the leak at its source, reduce the spread of oil, protect the shoreline and mitigate damages, as well as long term recovery efforts to ensure that all individuals and communities impacted by the spill are made whole.

To provide full transparency of the ongoing efforts and to ensure that the American public is not held accountable for the costs of response and recovery activities, the Federal Government will bill BP and the other responsible parties periodically for costs incurred by the Federal On-Scene Coordinator to support Federal, State, and local response efforts.

The Administration expects prompt payment and will take additional steps as necessary to ensure that BP and other responsible parties, not American taxpayers, pay all of the costs associated with the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

This invoice is based on specific Federal Government expenses that are subject to billing at this time, including expenses associated with the response of over two dozen Federal entities and agencies from three States, in accordance with the Federal On-Scene Coordinator request for assistance process. Federal response activities not subject to billing at this time, including future activities, will be billed to the responsible parties through subsequent invoices. In addition, these bills do not include any other costs for which BP and the other responsible parties are liable to any other party.

The United States Coast Guard is responsible for administering the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund to ensure that individuals and communities harmed by oil spills are made whole and that the costs of response and cleanup are borne by the responsible parties.

For information about the response effort, visit


Contributor: Independent Media Expert Julian Bray Broadcast quality dialup ISDN 0044(0)1733 555 319 G722 & APT-X DualCodec Glensound GSGC5 Landline: 01733 345581


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