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09:25 AM on 05/05/2010
This ridiculous.

We should not be damning one corporation for being the unlucky ones. They all do the exact same fraud, lying, and reduction of safety. - Because - who wouldn't if the liability is capped at a 75 bucks - which is probably 15% of what they pay for internet connections each year.

The lawmakers are also at fault for capping damages at a volume so low the corporations ALL take the risk. And with deregulation and corruption in what's left of regulating offices the laws are so "nice" to corporations they don't have to do ANYTHING they wouldn't do anyway.

BP-bashing is, of course, an easy pastime.

A lot more necessary however is a look at the ROOT of the problem. And that is lawmakers letting corporations do anything as long as it makes profit, no matter how high the potential damage.
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09:40 AM on 05/05/2010
BP is responsible for their choices not to have safety equipment....we need to hammer them so the next corporation will consider %500,000 cheap to make sure they don't go through what BP did...keep in mind 11 men di ed as well now if this is because of poor safety then charge them with manslaughter.
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Patriot86
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09:41 AM on 05/05/2010
Greed...so we blame the government for not making sure BP was playing by the rules..? These companies will always che at and l ie...hold them accountable. I for one do not want to spend one dime on cleanup...I did not do this...BP did.
10:36 AM on 05/05/2010
Right. BP did this because the government LE THEM DO IT.

If You are robbed in the street You want the robber punished. But if the robber does it because the police lets him do it for a cut - then who IS to blame? - The robber who would NEVER ROB YOU if he could not get away with it or the f*ckers who let him do it for a cut?

Just think.
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05:49 AM on 05/05/2010
I thought of the Three Mile Island analogy too. This won't result in a decades-long ban on off-shore drilling, but it will put the safety devices and policies under intense public scrutiny - or at least it should. Except maybe the Tea Partisans on the warpath for "liberty".

There is a problem with companies being able to create risk beyond their means to repair.
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bbrecht
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09:16 AM on 05/06/2010
It will result in decades long bans. I predict holy hell will be coming from the Gulf coast when all this hits shore.
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rougebaisers
12:47 AM on 05/05/2010
Bankrupt the basterds but get it cleaned up. Freeze their assets.
11:16 PM on 05/04/2010
My prediction, BP will pay somewhere between 5 billion and 10 billion for clean-up costs.
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09:41 PM on 05/04/2010
Without telling us who wrote this law and who voted for it, you're not telling us much.
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03:47 AM on 05/05/2010
Oil Pollution Act of 1990

Sponsor: Rep Jones, Walter B. [NC-1] (introduced 3/16/1989) Cosponsors (79)

Senate Roll Call Votes 101st Congress - 2nd Session
YEAs 99 NAYs 0 Not Voting 1
House Roll call Votes
AYES 360 NOES 0 NOT VOTING 72 3-Aug-1990
8/18/1990 Signed by President.
8/18/1990 Became Public Law No: 101-380

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d101:HR01465:@@@R
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Patriot86
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09:42 AM on 05/05/2010
Back in 1990...this was perhaps not an unreasonable figure...this was twenty years ago.
09:22 PM on 05/04/2010
A Federal Government of a free society would ensure that all the citizen's who were damaged by the reckless actions of another would be restored completely, not put a cap on it.

Besides doesn't BP stand for British Petroleum? I say take em to the cleaners.
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Patriot86
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09:42 AM on 05/05/2010
Yeah, what about letting the market decide how much BP pays.
03:59 PM on 05/05/2010
If the government fulfilled it's role in seeing that the citizens who were harmed by BP and Haliburton's neglect, were compensated in a timely manner, the stock price of BP and Haliburton would most likely get hammered to the point of not bieng able to recover. It would also give pause to other companies considering risky deep water drilling activities.
08:23 PM on 05/04/2010
A 75 million dollar cap should be raised?

That will happen only after the residents of Gulf-Coast states kick out their Republican Representatives and Senators.

It is cheaper to pay-off the politicians than pay the residents if there is an accident.
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Patriot86
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09:47 AM on 05/05/2010
Not a problem then let the gulf states pay for it themselves...if they want to take risks then they can assume the risk and the cost if their risky behavior results in disaster.
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GerryS
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07:29 PM on 05/04/2010
how many years ago did that law get passed? 20-30 years??

A $75 million cap is a drop in the ocean-----------
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09:43 PM on 05/04/2010
Who wrote the law and who voted for it, who signed it into law, with party affiliation please.
11:12 PM on 05/04/2010
And 1.6 billion is not a drop in the ocean.
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Carl Caroli
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05:31 PM on 05/04/2010
This is nonsense. BP must cover the entire cost of clean-up and then some. Taxpayers should not have to clean up after reckless corporations.
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revonitz
40 of 70 years what????
07:24 PM on 05/04/2010
I too believe in the tooth fairy.
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05:22 PM on 05/04/2010
Although Federal Law Caps BP liabilities at $75M, this law can be bypass if and when BP is found negligent as a result of not performing adequate processes according to regulations. In a matter such as this one, there is a high percent that BP did not follow all the necessary procedures to avoid the Astronomical Disaster.
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06:20 PM on 05/04/2010
"But lawyers said the cap can be lifted if BP is found to have failed to meet federal safeguards or was otherwise grossly negligent"....... Again, it has to be proven. Make no mistake, BP is going to fight tooth and nail as to how far their negligence goes. I think their obligation to this should be unlimited or for a determined amount of years to come, but it won't happen.
11:14 PM on 05/04/2010
Go through it logically. BP is not going to be found grossly negligent. The safety device, according to most experts, actuated, but failed to make a perfect seal.
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farmilyman
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04:42 PM on 05/04/2010
It a drop in the bucket. They make over 5 billion dollars PROFIT every quarter.
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04:14 PM on 05/04/2010
i just stopped doing biz with bp
03:26 PM on 05/04/2010
Most comments have one thing in common; BP will not pay anything near the damages caused by their greed and negligence. And that is for a very good reason. Politicians, judges, media - anyone- is for sale.
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03:26 PM on 05/04/2010
Bp will follow the example of Exxon who knows that if its in the courts forever, you dont ever have to pay.
03:25 PM on 05/04/2010
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For some strange reason, Halliburton- maker of the faulty device that failed and resulted in this disaster-seems to largely avoid being held to account in terms of shared responsibility....

anyone think that there may be a reason for this lack of Halliburton accountability???

(where have I heard that name "Halliburton" before??)
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05:34 PM on 05/04/2010
I heard on the radio that Halliburton was 'fixing' the seal at the bottom one day before the blow out. Is this true? I'm the last to know, but that's what I heard.
But you are right about one thing: The name Halliburton is not being voiced much in the media reports I've seen, heard and read.
If you hired a contractor to fix your roof and the day after the job was done, the roof collapsed, wouldn't you suspect that contractor had something to do with it?
Me neither.