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Gulf oil spill: BP to speed up claims processing

BP officials have promised to speed up their processing of business claims in the gulf oil disaster after complaints that lagging payments were leaving businesses in the lurch.

Federal officials also said Thursday that BP has agreed to provide the public with more information on the status of claims.

Almost 42,000 claims have been submitted and more than 20,000 payments totaling over $53 million have been made, according to BP.

In the meantime, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the national incident commander, said engineers were busy "crunching" numbers to update estimates of how much oil is bubbling from the blown-out BP wellhead.

As the volume of oil and gas captured by a containment cap grows, the debate over the leak rate has continued.

Allen said 15,800 barrels were collected Wednesday, while additional amounts are still escaping from the cap and the damaged well.

To position the cap, underwater robots had to cut the riser pipe connected to the well, a step that was expected to increase the flow, previously pegged at 12,000 to 19,000 barrels a day.  

Teams are using three approaches to arrive at a new flow estimate, Allen said. They are measuring the amount of oil on the surface, analyzing video feeds of the leak and employing underwater acoustic devices.

BP is bringing in more vessels to increase its storage and processing capacity, which Allen has said should reach 28,000 barrels a day by next week.

The cap is piping the captured oil to the processing ship Enterprise, which is now transferring its load to a barge for transport to shore.

-- Bettina Boxall

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Environmental groups take tax deductible donations from you and industry to operate global fear-mongering campaigns about the problems of pollution, species extinction and climate change. These eco-groups also lobby intensely for costly government regulations to fix environmental problems. Elite green groups have traded their green “seals of approval” for donations as marketing tools to industry – including to corporate oil companies. The green lobbies have grown to some $1.5 billion in annual tax-exempt assets with the advent of selling “green cred” to industry.

The Washington Post and The Economist have recently reported on the cozy relationships between eco-groups and corporate interests such as BP (British Petroleum). BP is responsible for one of the largest and most ecologically-destructive pollution incidents in history. Oil soaked ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico will be disrupted or dead for years to come. Some of the most politically-influential and wealthy eco-groups have taken tens of millions of dollars from BP, and formed “donor alliances” with other big oil operators to assure continuing corporate cash donations. At some point, these sales of green group endorsements to corporations become a clear conflict of environmental interests.

As a matter of good faith dealing and integrity, green groups should return the millions of dollars in donations from BP. And, BP should apply those millions to the cleanup and recovery in the Gulf of Mexico. Here are a few of the reported BP money and other corporate entanglements that directly benefitted big eco-groups:

· The Nature Conservancy has taken about $10 million in cash and land from BP;
· Conservation International took over $2 million from BP;
· The Environmental Defense Fund (Environmental Defense) campaigned with BP for government carbon cap-and-trade regulations through the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), an alliance of eco-groups and corporate carbon trading ventures;
· USCAP involvements include the Nature Conservancy, Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Resources Institute;
· BP had energy business relationships with the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society.

In addition, President Obama was the top recipient of BP campaign money during the 2008 presidential election. Obama collected $71,000, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. The Obama campaign should return all of its BP money.

wait a minute here... BP told us all that it was only 5000 barrels a day leaking BEFORE THEY PUT A CAP ON THE PIPE !!! So, now after a cap is in place they are collecting 3x the amount that was SUPPOSEDLY leaking before??? I don't get it. Actually I think I get it, but sadly I think that many people still and always will believe what is coming out of BP's mouth.


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