BP- The "accidental disaster" in the Gulf, you can help fix it today!

It dawned on me last night that the "oil spill" in the gulf would be a great topic to get our industry's feedback. I believe we may be a little more understanding than most people, so to "kick it off," below are some opinions and some further questions.
 

Opinion: I am sympathetic to the people in the gulf region for yet another disaster they must endure. Of course, I am sympathetic to the environmental impact, now, and for the years to come. Don't you have to take a step back and realize that there has not been any evidence to prove BP caused this due to negligence? They certainly did not want this to happen and they would have blocked it off as quickly as it happened if they could. If they were the greedy corporate pigs some people would have you believe, wouldn't they shut that off as quickly as possible? After all, that oil leak is profits spewing from the ground! Not to mention the company has lost 2/3 of its market value since this happened. 


This is a disaster, albeit a tragic one and manmade, but ask yourself, for what reason.It is for YOU and for ME. We drive cars, boats, planes and use OIL every day for something. Yes, BP is a big company who has made a lot of money over the years, but if BP did not have customers to sell their product to, they would not exist. The irony is that the "water-men" who depend on the Gulf to make their living fishing and shrimping rely on BP equally to run their boats to the shrimping grounds! Have you ever seen one paddling out to the shrimping grounds? As a matter of fact, here in Georgia we have many "shrimpers" and they are always spewing some black noxious smoke from their diesel engines. 


This accidental disaster was bound to happen at some point and I believe it could have happened to any of the "Big Oil" companies at any time because statistically speaking it was bound to. I am also certain that there will be someone tarred and feathered for this event, but the real culprits are you and me.  I love animals as much
as the next person but using them as "victims" in the daily news is ludicrous. We are all victims and we are all to blame. Now we all need to fix it. I ask you Mr. Obama, quit playing politics, quit pointing the finger, and shut-up! Send in the US Navy and deploy the underwater robotics devices at your disposal and help BP! Help this country; the time for talking is over, take action. You have a chance to prove yourself as our leader. Do your job!

 

As for us, we need to live our lives in a more responsible manner and stop pointing the finger. Stop pretending you give a damn when you drive that gas guzzler and don't recycle.

 

Below are ten things you can do immediately to help:


HELP: Operating a green business is not only good for the environment but good for your business's bottom line because conserving resources and cutting down on waste saves money. The good news is that whether you run a home-based business or an off-site enterprise, there are simple things you can do to run an environmentally friendly business.


Recycling is the first thing that comes to mind when we think of being environmentally friendly. And recycling is important. But recycling is only one part of the environmentally friendly business equation. We can also take a large step towards being more environmentally friendly by reducing the amounts of waste in our offices and business operations.

Here are just ten easy-to-implement ideas for running a green business from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade's Greening Operations guides that you can put into practice right now to make your office a more environmentally friendly place:

1. Turn off equipment when it's not being used. This can reduce the energy used by 25 percent; turning off the computers at the end of the day can save an additional 50 percent.


2. Encourage communications by email, and read email messages onscreen to determine whether it's necessary to print them. If it's not, don't!


3. Reduce fax-related paper waste by using a fax-modem and by using a fax cover sheet only when necessary. Fax-modems allow documents to be sent directly from a computer, without requiring a printed hard copy.


4. Produce double-sided documents whenever possible.


5. Do not leave taps dripping; always close them tightly after use. (One drop wasted per second wastes 10,000 liters per year.)


6. Install displacement toilet dams in toilet reservoirs. Placing one or two plastic containers filled with stones [not bricks] in the toilet's reservoir will displace about 4 liters of water per flush - a huge reduction of water use over the course of a year.


7. Find a supply of paper with maximum available recycled content.


8. Choose suppliers who take back packaging for reuse.


9. Instigate an ongoing search for "greener" products and services in the local community. The further your supplies or service providers have to travel, the more energy will be used to get them to you.


10. Before deciding whether you need to purchase new office furniture, see if your existing office furniture can be refurbished. It's less expensive than buying new and better for the environment.


To find out more click here- 

http://sbinfocanada.about.com/cs/environmentbiz/a/sustaindevelop.htm


 

Further Questions: Are you angry due to the spill?  Who do you blame? What should they (BP/Government) do right now to stop it? What should the government do right now? What should the government do when the leak is fixed? What should the long term plan be for BP? Will BP be a viable entity afterwards? If you are a BP
dealer, is the impacting your business? Will this impact the c-store retail industry over the long term? What industry will benefit the most from this? Is this the end of Big Oil? In this age of government takeover of private industry is BP nest and do you agree with it? The questions go on and on, so how about some opinions? Do you think you are to blame? Are you being environmentally responsible?

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I am angry at the spill but understand that this could have happened to any of the big oil companies, and demand is driving off shore oil rigs not the oil companies. It is scary to think that there wasn't really a back-up plan to a situation like this. Interesting that the solution of building the second well wasn't an option in the beginning because it would take 2 months to build, but if they would have started at the beginning while working on other solutions we would be over half way done with that well. I feel for the people who live in the affected areas, and the economic impact it will have on the region.
A c-store retailer in Venice, LA--a town currently overrun with reporters-- says the BP oil spill will mean "total devastation to the [local] seafood industry." On the bright side, sales in his store have "probably increased about 50%. ... The news people are stepping on each other down around Venice."

Read more in exclusive CSP Daily News report: http://www.cspnet.com/ME2/Audiences/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&typ...
Great info! thanks Steve, as always my loyal MCW fan, you and CSP are the best!
There is always a ray of hope in everything. While the impact on fishing and the seafood industry as a whole have been impacted and will be impacted for the next few years, the overall industry will adapt and overcome and will emerge stronger than ever. I've spoken to multiple c-store operators in Lousiana the last couple of weeks and most say their sales are up 25% to 100% due to the clean-up crews and influx of workers. Unless the oil makes it to the Florida coast (beaches), the long-term effects on tourism will be short lived. There just ain't a huge tourist market in south Louisana or Mississipi. I for one would like to see more land production drilling and/or shallow water drilling. It's easier and less of a risk if something goes wrong. Drilling in 5,000 ft on water is crazy considering the difficulty of gained access in the event of a problem. If this well would of been in 900 ft of water, the containment would of been completed in less than 72 hrs. This comment comes direct from my neighbor who works for Exxon as a petro engineer.
Great info, as always you are the well informed one!
Wes, I can write a book expressing the dismay I feel for the oil spill. However. what disturbs me more is how the American public, in their understandable expressions of anger want to boycott BP. There are two reason why this is a poor choice.

1) If we cut off BP's cash flow they may not have the resources to fix the leak, or pay the reparations that are sure to be assessed from this disaster,
2) and most important, the outlets that sell the BP brand fuels are for the most part small American businesses that employ regular Americans. I tried locating the number of franchises and private operators the carry the BP brand but was unable. Perhaps your resources can make it known.

Reading the Washington Post today, it is reported that President Obama has directed Eric Holder, the Attorney General, to look into possible criminal charges. This entire gusherous anomaly is contrary to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 that was passed as a result of the Exxon Valdez spill. The OPA expressly requires that whenever such huge and potentially risky ventures are attempted that contingency plans in the event of mishaps must be part of respective projects.

I blame Tony Hayward for answering that very question before an official (Congressional or Senate) Inquiry as "nothing can happen"; and that the committee who authorized BP to proceed without having acquired the, required by Law, contingency plans be disciplined as well.

Of the above it is of great importance that boycotts be discouraged. Putting thousands of innocent Americans out of jobs during times of high unemployment and economic woes is the wrong path.
The priority needs to be on stopping the leak. Not sure what Attorney General Holder can do about that. It's hard to tell yet whether the retail boycotts are part of a genuine, growing movement or are relatively isolated and getting inflated by the local media. In their minds, any protest down at the corner station means the boycott "is taking hold." I've been surprised, though, by the number of reports that at least mention that local station boycotts might be misdirected and could hurt local small business. I guess that's progress. But I think most consumers would rather blame BP than themselves. The death of petroleum is a bit premature to predict until a obviously popular, commerically viable and affordable alternative energy source emerges (vs. government-subsidized sources).
Greg,
I was a store manager for Cumberland Farms in New Jersey. And believe me when I say I agree with you wholeheartedly. Now I live in Clearwater, FL where anxieties are running high about the potential of oil soaked beaches and devastated fish and wildlife. However, the biggest road blocks are the ones our partisan Capitol Hill legislators insist on maintaining. One side says don't spend; the other wants to "create regs. and oversight." You get what you pay for or no tickie/no shirtie. We can not have things both ways.

You, I, and everyone who joins us in this thread can debate outcomes and solutions exponentially. Until we permit, by vote, the spending it takes to meet alternative fuels reality, we will be forced with similar experimental risks in areas that in the end we want to diminish or eliminate.

I have not supported off-shore drilling. However, not for the reasons we are experiencing. If BP and other oil companies will invest the millions or perhaps billions they sink into off shore oil exploration into wind, solar, and other sources they are certain to come sooner.
This just in: RT @cnnbrk: U.S. launches criminal investigation into Gulf of Mexico oil spill http://on.cnn.com/amGlJ5 #cspnet
I just received the following letter from the CEO of BP:
BP Letter.pdf
Thanks for making Tony Hayward's letter available. Although its message is consistent with his press conferences, I am certain he and everyone at BP feels terrible about the spill. It is an act of neglect, not of intent. I am sure Mr Hayward and everyone at BP is dedicated to solving this immense disaster. In any case, as he has stated, the anger that is growing day to day is as much the fault of the oversight committee that cleared the building of this platform inspite of the fact the Mr. Hayward openly stated he had no contingency plans because he truly believed nothing could go wrong. Once again, our elected officials ignored their own Oil Pollution Act of 1990.

I hope Eric Holder looks in-house as well!
Eric Holder most likely will botch this, he is not qualified to hold his position. I lived in Washington when he was the Prince George County prosecutor, remember Former DC Mayor Marion Barry, they were good friends.I have no confidence he will do anything but stir things up. Either way the real focus needs to be on stopping the leak and worry about the other stuff later.

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