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BP Texas Refinery Had Huge Toxic Release Just Before Gulf Blowout

Two weeks before the Gulf blowout, a BP refinery in Texas spewed tons of toxic chemicals into the air.

The BP refinery in Texas City, one of the largest in the country, is nearly two square miles. (Lance Rosenfield)

This story is part of an ongoing collaboration between ProPublica and FRONTLINE (PBS).

TEXAS CITY, TEXAS -- Two weeks before the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the huge, trouble-plagued BP refinery in this coastal town spewed tens of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals into the skies.

The release from the BP facility here began April 6 and lasted 40 days. It stemmed from the company's decision to keep producing and selling gasoline while it attempted repairs on a key piece of equipment, according to BP officials and Texas regulators.

BP says it failed to detect the extent of the emissions for several weeks. It discovered the scope of the problem only after analyzing data from a monitor that measures emissions from a flare 300 feet above the ground that was supposed to incinerate the toxic chemicals.

The company now estimates that 538,000 pounds of chemicals escaped from the refinery while it was replacing the equipment. These included 17,000 pounds of benzene, a known carcinogen; 37,000 pounds of nitrogen oxides, which contribute to respiratory problems; and 186,000 pounds of carbon monoxide.

It is unclear whether the pollutants harmed the health of Texas City residents, but the amount of chemicals far exceeds the limits set by Texas and other states.

For years, the BP refinery in this town of 44,000 has been among the company's most dangerous and pollution-prone operations. A 2005 explosion killed 15 workers; four more workers have died in accidents since then. Last year, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the company $87 million for failing to address safety problems that caused the 2005 blast.

In the weeks since the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank in the Gulf, BP has insisted that the incident, the nation's worst environmental disaster, was a disastrous but unusual misstep for a company that has done much in recent years to change its ways.

But a look at BP's record in running the Texas City refinery adds to the mounting evidence that the company's corporate culture favors production and profit margins over safety and the environment. The 40-day release echoes in several notable ways the runaway spill in the Gulf. BP officials initially underestimated the problem and took steps in the days leading up to the incident to reduce costs and keep the refinery online.

Former workers and industry experts say BP's handling of the recent release of chemicals was typical of the plant's and company's operating practices.

The 40-day emissions were initially reported by the Daily News of Galveston, Texas, but received little national attention.

The unit was never completely shut down, and if it would have been, the event probably would have received more attention. Any reduction in production for even as little as 24 hours is considered sufficiently important to be reported in the financial press to investors and others.

Michael Marr, a BP spokesman, said the company had invested more than $1 billion since 2005 to improve the refinery.

Marr said BP initially monitored the emissions using a method approved by Texas regulators. It did not show any release in "excess of regulatory exposure limits to workers or the community during anytime." Using what Marr described as a method that "enables us to better understand the unit's emissions," BP found the much higher rate of release and notified Texas regulators on June 4.

Environmental experts say the amount of chemicals released was one of the largest in recent Texas history.

"This was a giant release over that 40-day period," said Neil Carman, who worked for the regulators for 12 years before joining the Sierra Club. "Even 50,000 pounds is big."

Carman said a study he performed showed the BP Texas City Refinery was already releasing more benzene into the atmosphere than any other place in the U.S. from 1997 to 2007.

BP spokesman Marr says the refinery's 2009 emissions dropped 20 percent from 2008, including a 50 percent drop in benzene emissions. BP had also invested in onsite chemical treatment to reduce emissions, Marr said.

"I would already argue that there's too much benzene in the air in Texas City," Carman said, "and then you add this release over 40 days, and it's just unconscionable that BP would do this."

Officials in Texas City, who were not informed of the scale of the release until after it was over, have asked BP to explain how this could have occurred. Marr said the company is now reviewing its procedures.

"I'm like, 'Oh goodness,'" Bruce Clawson, Texas City's coordinator for emergency management, recalls thinking when BP notified him about the release. "I had a lot of questions and they didn't have a lot of answers at that time."

Clawson said he is not yet satisfied. "Obviously, we do not like anything to be released," he said. "We expect better from them."

Marr said the incident began on April 6 when a component of the refinery's ultracracker went offline. The ultracracker, an integral part of the plant's processing of crude oil into gasoline and other petroleum products, processes 65,000 barrels of oil per day. A financial analyst who follows the industry said that each barrel should earn BP $5 to $10 in profits.

The part that malfunctioned, a hydrogen compressor, traps noxious chemicals, which can then be reused for fuel in the plant and other purposes. When the compressor stopped working, BP decided to send the gases to a 300-foot high flare, whose high temperatures turn the dangerous material into carbon dioxide.

The company knew that the burning process was incomplete and that at least trace amounts would escape. Marr said BP believed the plant's existing monitors, which are placed just a few feet above the ground level and approved by Texas regulators, would detect any excess emissions.

According to Marr, BP immediately also received measurements from a separate monitor that took readings from the flare. It was not until June 4, he said, that the company understood that the emissions were far higher than was permitted.

Despite repeated requests for clarification, Marr declined to say how long the company spent analyzing the data from the flare.

Industry experts say BP had reason to believe from the outset that emissions from the flare would be substantial.

Widely circulated industry guidelines assume that at least 2 percent of what is sent to a flare goes unburned and passes into the atmosphere. Because such large quantities of gas move through a refinery, this can amount to tens of thousands of pounds.

Carman of the Sierra Club says that flares also may be substantially less efficient than the industry believes. He said studies have shown that as much as 20 percent of what is sent to flares is released into the atmosphere.

"A 20 percent release from the flare would equal 5 million pounds and the benzene would have been 170,000 pounds," said Carman.

California regulators said that couldn't happen there. In Contra Costa County, home to several refineries, flares are to be used to handle chemical releases only in emergency situations, not regular operations.

"Refineries aren't allowed to do that in the Bay Area," said Randy Sawyer, the director of the hazardous materials programs in Contra Costa County. "If you have an upset and you need to get rid of gases in a hurry, you can send it to a flare. But if you continue to operate and dump a lot of stuff to a flare, that's not what they were designed for and it adds to pollution." California requires refineries to keep backup hydrogen compressors on hand and it stations regulators at the plants who are alert for any unscheduled flaring.

Last year, the Texas Attorney General filed a civil lawsuit against BP for “poor operating and maintenance practices’’ that caused an “egregious amount of emissions.”

That case cited 53 separate incidents that, taken together, are roughly equal to the 538,000 pounds BP calculates it released over the 40 days this year.

If BP had shut down the ultracracker, it would have lacked a key component needed to create gasoline suitable for its customers, said Mark Demark, the department chair of process technology at Alvin Community College.

"It's a big deal to shut the ultracracker down," he said. "It's operating at two to three thousand pounds of pressure, 700 degrees Farenheit; so it would take you a week just to cool that place down."

Demark, who worked for Shell for 33 years, said if he had been faced with that choice, he would probably have halted operations.

"Just from a public relations standpoint, for 40 days to have a flare going, you have to be really inconsiderate to your community," he said.

Has anyone explored the possibility of sabotage.  Has the company experienced labor problems?  What about the timing.  Proximity to Earth Day?

Stuart R. Sneed

July 3, 2010, 2:03 a.m.

I can’t help but wonder if this “incident” is A significant piece of the agenda to scuttle the BP Ombudsmans office for reporting safety concerns outside of BP’s gestapo style upper management chain of command….

Good story.  My only quibble is with the headline as it exists in ProPublica’s email alert: “Exclusive: BP Texas Refinery Had Huge Toxic Release Just Before Gulf Blowout”

I’m puzzled by the use of “Exclusive.”  The author of the piece doesn’t play that card, and acknowledges that Galveston’s Daily News had the story first.  “The 40-day emissions were initially reported by the Daily News of Galveston, Texas, but received little national attention.”

http://galvestondailynews.com/story/157738

Don & Mary Faulkner

July 3, 2010, 7:36 a.m.

Thank you for your reporting…bringing the truth in depth to light. What a mess we all are in…so much greater than we recognize.Between irresponsible governance , corporate disregard of all save money; denial,ignorance,lack of awareness and action on the part of us citizens we are very near or past a tipping point as to the health of our Earth and all its inhabitants

Floridatexan

July 3, 2010, 8 a.m.

BP’s arrogance is astounding.  Their US operations should have been shut down years ago…but wait, we had an administration that couldn’t bend over far enough backwards to kiss the a**** of big business.  Too bad President Obama didn’t see fit to investigate and prosecute Bush/Cheney.

More of the same willful negligence from BP employees and executives. Anything to keep making profits and the public be damned. Of course, Texas City’s population largely consists of BP employees, so apparently they don’t mind poisoning their own people.

Donald Parker

July 3, 2010, 9:37 a.m.

I worked for a short time in the Deerpark / Baytown area, driving a cryogenic tanker delivering liquid nitrogen to refineries in that area. What I saw during that time made me wonder who was setting standards for release of toxins(solid, liguid and gaseous) into the environment. As I was driving through Deer Park about 3am one morning I passed through an invisible but acrid cloud of something that made me cough and made my eyes water for several minutes. I would be willing to say that while I believe bp may be the worst of the bunch, they are not alone in their pathological pursuit of profit. I believe if one were to study health and safety statistics on the petrochemical corps. the data would reflect long and ugly industry wide history wide disregard for the well being of this planet and anything that might diminish their income. 
That entire industry needs to be regulated like the banks and any other corporate activity that
takes so much profit from and has such a profound effect on the physical and economic health of this once great country.

Clearly, fines applied to truly wealthy companies such as British Petroleum have no effect. I would suggest that, in addition to large fines proportionate to corporate global revenue, mandatory minimums for the chair of the board, the board members, the CEO and other executives be levied.

These mandatory minimums are, of course, paid in prison time. Well, perhaps not all of them should go to jail. But certainly at least one of them, to be decided by a lottery. The jail lottery, so to speak.

Imagine the following, if you will ... The “candidates” are together in a very large and opulent corporate board room. A hat is being passed around, containing the appropriate number of whites balls ... and one black ball. The participants are somewhat stressed, eying the two inexplicably jolly police officers munching on some canapes from the buffet at the back.

The visuals are compelling! One can only hope.

Randolph Rogers

July 3, 2010, 6:03 p.m.

why haven’t they used electrodes attached to nulclear submarine outside hull and attach two robotic craft with a large electro magnetic plate to be lowered to top of pipe once electro magnet is in place on top of pipe use 2 robotic craft to weld it to pipe.Then cutting leads placing u shaped pipes over existing pipe weld it to pipe existing and stop this leak

Dear BP… please, just get the f*** out of our country. Really. Leave now.

Brian Beckenstein

July 4, 2010, 2:30 a.m.

I don’t know what’s worse, the disgusting amount of pollutants released by BP or the lack of press it received!

I wonder if the National Media is in the pockets of the Oil Companies?

At least there is PBS and ProPublica!  Thank you for bringing this story to light!

the head honchos should be sued and thrown in prison for years.

The only way to stop the big cartels of this world from raping the planet is to physically wrest market share away from them, person by person with Wind, Solar, Water hydrogen, magnets, compressed air ect…...we need these oil companies (as well as about 90% of poiticians) at the bottom of the ocean, but not to drill there.
ps: the reason they are against switching to renewables is because they can only make so much money if they have to compete with average individuals in the power market, the current set up only allows for a slim percentile of market"subversion”(as they think of it)
funny thing is alot of that slick oil PR about slant drilling under the ocean and how amazing that is, has gone away for now.  where has Faye dunaway gone to?

Congress has to know about all of this and I would like to know what they plan to do with the oil industry’s myriad offenses against public health and the environment. I would like to see a study of how far that pollution travels in the wind and weather patterns and then study whether people in those places have increased incidence of disease such as leukemia and cancer. As inconvenient as it is in a down economy to pass new legislation that would put strong regulation on the oil industry and require costly safety measures to be used with frequent inspections of rigs and refineries to prove regulations are obeyed, the situation is certainly dire enough to do so. If we don’t do this we will pay with our health and with the destruction of our environment. Are we going to let the oil companies and shareholders win? Or are we going to wake up, take responsibility for our own use of oil and ask members of congress to pass a bill that will regulate the oil industry? Call or write your senators and representatives now! All of us can begin to curb our use of oil and choose to use alternatives where possible. If we could cut our consumption by 20% this would be already a strong message that we mean business and that we really do want change. If you need incentive then just keep a live-feed video of the leak spewing oil going 24/7 in your house and put pictures of dead and dying wildlife on your refrigerator and bathroom mirror and look everyday at reports of how the industries affected by the spill affects the overall economy and stock market. If you want BP to continue as a major pollutor of our air and now our water too, and be a pall on our economy, then don’t do anything.

Maggie Fowler

July 4, 2010, 11:52 a.m.

Sabotage? Earth Day? Conspiracy? Perhaps an invasion from outer space?
BP = Bitter Pill.
We are destroying our planet.
Remember Pogo?
” I have seen the enemy and he is us.”
The only conspiracy I see is the one each of us has bought into and continues to buy into at the gas pump.  We are so bummed out by the news from the Gulf that we are tuning it out. We see ourselves as helpless victims of circumstance. I am no better than anyone else.
We need to change.

I don’t understand why any BP employees are still walking around free anywhere in the USA.  They should all be in jail awaiting trial right now—every single one of them.  Furthermore, I am very surprised that they are all still alive.

Please learn to use proper grammar or at least hire an editor who can (e.g., me)

Look at this sentence: “The unit was never completely shut down, and if it WOULD HAVE BEEN, the event probably would have received more attention.”

It should read: “The unit was never completely shut down, and if it HAD BEEN, the event probably would have received more attention.”

Also acceptable: “...and if it WERE TO HAVE BEEN, the event…” But, although technically correct, this use of the subjunctive sounds stuffy or even confusing to modern minds.

And they continue to act with impunity…...apparently in collusion with our government.  The entire mess sickens me completely.  If we really had any concern about enforcing environmental regulations, we would close these plants when found to be offensive, including the offshore rigs——just shut them down.

This will force us to get off our collective asses and develop sustainable, clean energy——-

Helen A. Spalding

July 4, 2010, 5:36 p.m.

There is a financial incentive to capture the emissions from the wellhead in the gulf.  After all, BP can then ship these to refineries and the normal process of making crude into money would continue.  They have no incentive to skim the portion that has already escaped, as it is too degraded from weathering and dispersants to be processed.  So they will do cosmetic cleanup so long as public attention is on them.  When it wanes, they will stop what they consider an unnecessary expense.  They will deny as many claims as possible, and delay the rest as long as possible.  Again, they don’t want this expense on their balance sheet.  They know that they can outlast individual workers, and that the various governments of the places in which they operate will be more than willing to bail them out.  Your tax dollars at work.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds of poison released into the atmosphere, and the best a city official can say is, “We expect better of them.”

He might as well say, “Thank you very much, sir, may I have another?”

Yet another crime against humanity and the planet for which BP deserves to be hauled into court.  And they’re probably not alone in the petroleum industry…

Matt, that’s a rather high expectation for standards of writing anywhere. How about focusing on the image caption: “The BP refinery in Texas City, one of the largest in the country, is nearly two square miles and is one of the largest in the country.” ;-)

Sondra Morton

July 5, 2010, 11:33 a.m.

I wonder if BP corporate officials would have lived in Texas City, with their families, during those 40 days.  I am guessing, probably not!

Has anyone bothered to check the health of the surrounding communities?  Regardless of whether there is toxic material in the air, land or water, there are people living in the area that need to be monitored for health problems.  I would imagine over the years there has been a higher rate of cancer, miscarriages, neurological problems, etc.  Unfortunately, if they are poorer communities, not much help will be forthcoming.

Stop the refining of gasoline and its pollution.
Stop it at the retail gas pump.
Demand and buy electric vehicles.
This is really the only way that the individual consumer can stop the drilling and the spilling, the refining and the pollution.  Remove the demand for their fuel product and Big Oil will shrink to a much, much smaller beast.

BP’s arrogance is astounding.  Their US operations should have been shut down years ago…but wait, we had an administration that couldn’t bend over far enough backwards to kiss the a**** of big business.  Too bad President Obama didn’t see fit to investigate and prosecute Bush/Cheney.
———————

Don’t be naive.  But, if you choose to stick your head in the sand, at least know that Obammy took the most money from BP during the last actual (not this ongoing campiang of his, mind you) Prez campaign.

It was sabotage.

All I can tell you is that oil companies talk a good talk in their PR campaigns on TV about renewables. They actually spend more on the commercials that tell you how progressive minded they are, than they do on actually developing wind and solar. They spend even more than that buying members of congress to block any alternative energy legislation or clean air legislation that would promote renewables.

I guess this explains Tony Blair’s willingness to back Bush in the Iraq war. They support us there in return for our oil.  Could this also explain why John McCain when to London immediately after he was nominated? It appears we got what we paid for.

Margie Kronewitter

July 6, 2010, 7:11 p.m.

If more people knew about the documented connection from petroleum to oil to leukemia, I feel they would respond more logically.  Most just think “cheap energy” and don’t picture suffering and death in the TRUE COST of oil.  The pictures of wildlife are tragic, but MOST do not know the CANCER CONNECTIONs.  We must truthfully play the FEAR CARD and educate citizens.  Toxins also cause obesity when the body attempts to dilute poisons.  Eating sulphur foods, folic acid, etc. assists detoxification.  One must live defensively on this polluted planet.  And: KISS = Keep It Simple, Stupid.

The NWO slimeballs have certainly demonstrated a dependence on the Gulf Region (and this refinery in particular) to advance their agenda.

It is a disaster of unimaginable proportions and citizens need to take both corrective and preventive actions today to prevent a recurrence. In this hour of grief and anger please also take a look at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bopal_disaster which is the worst industrial disaster ever. It killed more than 15,000, impaired or handicapped hundreds of thousands and affects people even today - 25 years after the incident. Hope US citizens can prevent this from repeating. Also, US citizens should question Dow just like they are questioning BP. Crime against humanity and environment is a crime against humanity and environment no matter where it happens and who does it!

It’s none of your business what BP or any other company chooses to put into the air.  Even asking questions is unamerican.  Whatever BP does must be good because the company is run by nice white men who wear ties and use good grammer.  So stop complaining and write out that check to the Republican Oil party, we desperately need your help to fight the gays or abortionists or whatever.  Pay no attention to the tar balls on your beach.  Big Oil brother knows best.

Amazing, the information that’s coming out now.

I just heard this morning (on NPR) about thousands of abandoned oil wells in the Gulf. No one (not the oil companies, nor the government) are checking on them. For all we know, they could be leaking non-stop.

Maybe we needed a tragedy of these proportions to wake up from our slumber!

http://graciouslivingdaybyday.com/

Jerry Lobdill

July 7, 2010, 7:36 a.m.

“It is unclear whether the pollutants harmed the health of Texas City residents”

Short of a case where humans ended up immediately dead or injured, have you ever heard of a case where it was admittedly “clear” that a release harmed the health of anyone?  Please…stop using industry’s legal response when you write for people with common sense.

having worked for st. gov air quality (in another st) this issue goes some way as to explanation of statewide deficiencies w/in TX Env. Mgmt’s. AQ monitoring/permitting/legislative regulations and practices.

who is watching the watchers?  benzene vapor, a known carcinogen, is 833 times heavier than air - hazmat/incident response should have;  had alerts screaming from on-site and other local monitoring stations near by, yanked BP’s permits for non-compliance, and a shutdown called.

clearly, these monitors are insufficient in either their network array, detection/alert capabilities, are being tampered with, or resulting data ignored by hazmat response.  which is it?

in any case, apparently the quality of texASS air and the direct effects on the health of its citizens is of no direct concern to state or regional officials.

gee, you’d think gov. goodhair could use the income generated by fines applied and re-permitting costs…  but i guess tx receives more money to look the other way as its citizenry are poisoned.

How can any real American side with a foreign oil corporation like BP?  They are in the process of destroying the Gulf of Mexico and this article exposes their release of 250 tons of toxic chemicals into the aire we breathe.  Who knows how many deaths, birth defects, etc. will result from their stupidity and greed.  They are nothing more than gangsters preying on America’s addiction to oil.  Crack pipe?  Oil pipe?  There’s no difference.  Both bring death and destruction.

Carin Lindgren

July 7, 2010, 1:08 p.m.

It all fits in the elites agenda to kill most of humanity.

Agenda 21…
BP and this administration being the underpinnings for it.

please note that BP ceo dumped 1/3 of his bp stock just days before blow out; and goldman sacks did a huge short sale on bp just days before the april 20th event—and transocean is housed out of switzerland—home of Mark Rich-Clinton’s good friend and pardoned felon. How is all this relevant? Shows prior knowledge—-number one—who is the major share holder in BP?—that would be jpMorganChase BANK, then what does Goldman Sacks have to do with it—THIS BANK is the major shareholder of Halliburton—whose responsible for actually setting off the blow by criminally flawed concrete casing mess,other major shareholder of Haliburton—of course that would be the Cheney,Bush,Clinton crime family-all known Nazi’s—note the date of disaster—april 20th—that would be Adolf Hitler’s birthday—and note also that Germany never officially surrendered—they just moved into the Pharmaceutical business from Dr. Mengele’s MKultra clinic in “Daccau” and thru project paperclip, the rest moved to the us—OIL BUSINESS and aerospace business-ie—NASA—this is their triumph almost a hundred years in the making—to destory the unitied states.—-thankyou bankers, and thankyou Nazi’s—you have done a great job—are you happy?

I am as fed up as anyone about big corporations and their PAC money getting away with so many terrible things.  I can’t see the really changing anything though, because our elected officials only win if they have lots of big corporation PAC money. 

As unpopular as it is, we need to look at ourselves.  We are ultimately to blame, because we allow them to exist and thrive when we give them our money.  My point, put your money in a credit union instead of one of the bailout banks that are running the country.  Buy an alternative fuel vehicle, ride a bike, walk, carpool, take public transportation, etc. instead driving a vehicle that gets 15 MPG.  The more we spend on alternative fuel technology, the better and cheaper it will get.  If we want change, we need to look at where we spend our money.  Cooperative and privately owned small businesses are better than big corporations, and we are ultimately responsible for the types of products companies produce based on what we buy from them.

Non-Ideologue

July 7, 2010, 6:25 p.m.

For BP, Safety is Job Number 2.

Everyone should notice that we are witnessing self regulation in practice.  The self-regulated companies will hide problems and shortcuts as much as possible, and when their failings surface, they must face the consequences.

The theory of self-regulating is that the reputation of the company is at stake and that customers should *stop buying* from them if they are not happy with the company’s behavior.  Given BP’s incorrigible practices that make it an outlier when compared to other oil companies, BP should “voluntarily” (thanks, Obama) withdraw from the US by selling its contracts/leases.  They can use the funds raised to pay for damages caused by their recklessness.

This will save a tiny bit of their reputation, if anything is left, and it will motivate other oil companies to improve their safety records.

By contrast, if oil companies were micro-managed by strong regulators, it would make sense for punishments to be much lighter, as long as the company followed the rules. 

If the market does not punish BP, then there will be a slam-dunk case for heavy regulation and micro-managing of oil companies because self regulation failed.

In general, I think self-regulation is a fine assumption at the start of a new industry, but when it is known to fail because of excessive externalities like pollution (or financial crises) or killed workers, continuing with self-regulation is plain stupid.

Has anybody figure out that BP, Obama, the queen, Israel and large Corporations have converged as one big enemy out to distroy the general populace here and in Europe and make change to there power and dictatorship, structured in the “New World Order” they collectively are pushing for. They don;t care about us. They use us.
They make us finance our own demise. We are druged out fools, putty in there hands. Druged mostly by the boob-tub and main stream News.

PROSECUTE Bush/Cheney for their environmental crimes against the citizens of the U.S. and prosecute them for their crimes against humanity!!

Terry W. Brookman

July 8, 2010, 10:49 a.m.

What if they, the powers that be, thought the only problem was there are just too many people?

BP et al also get tax subsidies from the US govt. to abet their actions.

Illuminati.

The lack of Federal response and responsibility to save the gulf environment following the BP oil well disaster was reprehensible. Lethargy and finger pointing marked the Administration’s response and attitude; attempting to give the public the impression that this entire affair was a “liability” matter.  Whereas Bush could hide behind FEMA, however, with Katrina, Obama is fully exposed with only a different Media mindset standing in the way of his political demise.  Whereas Obama was putting on this tough guy “somebody” must pay veneer, the public ‘s focus was on a different level.  We assumed there would be law suits and somebody would pay.  That wasn’t the issue to the average citizen.  The issue was who is going to save the environment, stop the leakage, save the animals and the Gulf seafood and petroleum economy.  To their shock, the public had to ascertain that the battle would not be lead by President (plug the hole Daddy) Obama nor the Federal Government, Coast Guard or anyone but British Petroleum, with help of course.  So the public relearned the lesson of Katrina-never to really rely on the Federal Government. What the public expected to be seeing after the BP disaster was a government in action, a government working it’s plan.  What they got instead was press control, propaganda, bluster and chicanery;  all designed to move public focus away from Federal Government and Administration impotence!!!!              Picture if we can a fire, accidentally started by any one of us.  We call 911 to report the fire but instead of fire engines coming to save the day, insurance adjusters arrive to tally up the damages and Police arrive and arrest you for criminal negligence!  The entire block burns down before the inferno puts itself out. Welcolme to Obama’s new world order!!!

don’t get me started on Dow chem—they used to be a client of mine-and i can tell you—management is ALL PSYCHOPATHs—in fact-i think that at this point, you have to be on many drugs and/or be a psychopath to fit into american society today—that is, leave your conscience at the door when you go to work or get your pink slip soon or later.  No wonder the real unemployment statistics are closer to 50%-that may actually show something positive-that almost 50% of the population are too honest to work for the corportist/bankster slimballs running our lives.

SAW IT COMING. 

WATCH WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. 

GET YOUR NEWS FROM THE ALTERNATIVES,
OR BE DUMBFOUNDED WHEN it HAPPENS.

We all use this product everyday. It’s every were from what we put into our tanks to the petroleum that is used in cloths, paper products and just about every product produced to the power we run our homes and offices with. Unless you use no power from the power companies to run your home, walk, bike or ride a horse everywere make your own clothes and products, then each one of us somehow contributes to the problem. We may not directly be responsible for the abusive choices of these compaines but we contribute to the proliferation of the companies and the obusers. To pretend that if we do away with B.P then we do away with abuse is just denial. There will just be some other company that takes over who could be worse than B.P. It’s easy to point fingers and to hiss and boo at big companies pinning all the evil of the world on them. Ask yourself am I ready to give up the luxury of modern life because that is truly the only way to get free from a toxic enviroment.  YOU can not be part of the problem in ANYWAY and demand change. Are you ready to total change Your life style?

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