BP, Halliburton, and the Coast Guard not allowing media in the Gulf

This is a copy of a CNN iReport ~ reprinted for reasons which will soon become clear (censorship is alive and well in the USA)…

go HERE for the original article and to see a slideshow of images you will not see on mainstream media

For a while now I have been wondering as I comb google and yahoo for photos of  the oils spill; Where are the photographs of dead animals? Where are the pictures of workers cleaning them? Why don’t we have photos of oil on the beach that aren’t taken from 100 yards away? Well I got my answer. We haven’t seen any of them, because the media is being denied access to the area. Cameras are being confiscated. Video that has been shot already is being banned from the airways. Video on youtube is being taken down at an alarmingly swift rate. The last time I checked I still lived in America, we still have freedom of the press, we still have every right to know what is going on in our country. Or do we? I found a clip last night of Fox reporters attempting to go out and see the oil damage they were stopped by a boat full of BP employees and two men employed by the coast guard. The men from the Coast Guard literally leaned out the window and said “this is BP’s policy not ours.” What!? Wait a second, who’s coast is this? Doesn’t OUR Coast Guard have the say as to who gets to go where on our coasts and when? Why are we letting BP call the shots? As far as I am concerned BP is currently a maid service out there  cleaning up a gigantic mess they and Halliburton have made. Last time I checked if you hire a maid, they do what you want. However what is happening is this company who caused all of this in the first place. Doesn’t know how to clean it up. Doesn’t want to clean it up. Instead of doing the right thing by compensating locals whose income they have completely taken, they wait for the government to make them. Now I don’t care if our government has this right or not. I assure you I will not be apologizing to BP for someone telling the spoiled child to clean up their mess. What should have happened is BP should have offered, not been told, offered. Simply because BP in combination with Halliburton are responsible for this they should have done the right thing. I never expected them to, I don’t think anyone did but instead of fighting with courts trying to find out if Obama can tell you to do this or not. BP should have said, “we have made this mess, we will assist those in need in whatever way we can” and then done so.

One ugly name I haven’t heard mentioned in quite some time on this spill, is Halliburton. The company famous for inept work and bilking our government with over priced contracts that were given to them no-bid. Why are we still giving these people American tax payers money? They have proved repeatedly that they are over charging us for everything, the work they do is not up to par, and the only reason they got these contracts to begin with is because Dick Cheny was a former chairmen and a large share holder in the company. Halliburton in case you missed it in the very few articles I’ve seen on this, was responsible for the concrete seal of the oil well currently spewing into the Gulf. I found this last night

” Natalie Roshto, whose husband Shane, a deck floor hand, was thrown overboard by the force of the explosion and whose body has not yet been located, Halliburton is culpable for its actions prior to the incident.

The suit claims that the company “prior to the explosion, was engaged in cementing operations of the well and well cap and, upon information and belief, improperly and negligently performed these duties, which was a cause of the explosion.”

And Congressman Henry Waxman, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sent a tough letter on Friday to Halliburton, asking for an explanation of its work on the rig, according to a spokesperson for the committee.

Last year, Halliburton was also implicated for its cementing work prior to a massive blowout off the coast of Australia, where a rig caught on fire and spewed hundreds of thousands of gallons into the sea for ten weeks.

In that incident, workers apparently failed to properly pump cement into the well, according to Elmer Danenberger, former head of regulatory affairs for the U.S. Minerals Management Service, who testified to an Australian commission probing that accident.

“The problem with the cementing job was one of the root causes in the Australian blowout,”
Why are people still paying this company? Why does our government still have contracts with them? I”m pretty sure it’s a breach of contract if the people who are working for you don’t do the work they are supposed to and cause environmental crisis.
On that note, in BP’s cleaning efforts they are literally burning sea turtles alive. Now BP is not an endangered species rescue and I understand that, but they are now not allowing the rescues to take place. A boat captain working to rescue sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico said he saw BP ships burning sea turtles and other wildlife alive. Ellis said he had to cut short his three-week trip rescuing the turtles because BP quit allowing him access to rescue turtles before they just lit them on fire. Dead dolphins are washing up on shore, many with oil found internally. Over 278 dead sea turtles have been counted so far. These numbers don’t account for animals that have died farther out and have just sank to the bottom of the ocean. It also doesn’t take into account the fact that BP is burning the animals and leaving behind little evidence while not allowing the media in the area to expose this disgusting practice.
I wasn’t mad at this administration, our government, for the oil spill. They didn’t cause it. I’m mad now. This is our country and this is just some corporation disallowing our media to document the reality of this situation. The company is now messing with our constitutional rights and we should not be bowing to them. Coast Guard announced that photographers cannot come within 65 feet of the oil damage. Violator’s are facing fines of 40k and felony charges. For every government official that okays another Halliburton contract and goes along with this media ban I will not be voting for you. I may be just one person with silent screams in text on the internet, but you’d be surprised how many turn into the audible screams of protest.
I am including links to banned video footage I found on youtube. They are getting taken down at an alarming rate though. If the link does not work I apologize I will post updated links in comments as I find them.

Pepsi Refresh Project is giving away an extra 1.3 million dollars this month to projects which ‘refresh the Gulf’ Submission deadline is June 12th at noon. Now yes this is when it says they are opening submissions and I assure you that they fill in 10 seconds or less every session. If you have a great idea to help out submit it!


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