How Much Damage Can Halliburton Do?

The spill – a slick more than 130 miles long and 70 miles wide – threatens hundreds of species of wildlife, including birds, dolphins, and the fish, shrimp, oysters and crabs that make the Gulf Coast one of the nation's most abundant sources of seafood.

Although the cause of the explosion was under investigation, many of the more than two dozen lawsuits filed in the wake of the explosion claim it was caused when workers for oil services contractor Halliburton Inc. improperly capped the well – a process known as cementing. Halliburton denied it.

They deny it how unusual ? How is it that Halliburton raises its ugly head whenever something really nefarious and damaging occurs? And, why would I not be surprised if I heard that Halliburton has opened a new division that will provide coastal cleanup services and then get a cost plus no bid contract from the government? Nah! That couldn't happen.

One expert also cautioned that if the spill continues growing unchecked, sea currents could suck the sheen down past the Florida Keys and then up the Eastern Seaboard.

Under pressure from Congress and an inquiring media, Halliburton began a controlled leak of information about its role in the big gulf oil spill today, but things could get quite explosive if they appear to be hiding something.


The WSJ (Russell Gold and Ben Castleman) reported earlier today

that Halliburton "didn't respond" to questions about its role in the spill. That's odd, given that, as the Journal reported, an independent expert noted that "the initial likely cause of gas coming to the surface had something to do with the cement," and the fact that Halliburton "was handling the cementing process on the rig."

Halliburton, Goldman - Sachs, Massey Energy, etc., when will our congresscritters admit that corporations such as these and their ilk are toxic assets in America's portfolio? They are toxic to our economy, to the health, welfare and lives of the citizens, to the environment and to the future of not just the US but of the world.

The SCOTUS has bequeath “person-hood” on these entities – an invisible person that is above the laws that govern mere meat persons, an immortal person....hmmm..that sounds suspiciously like …. uh... never mind.

There are more than teabaggers pissed at the government, there are some of us also pissed at the corporate criminals that Congress is dancing around in their Kabuki costumes.

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Comment by J.P.M. on May 3, 2010 at 3:28pm
Here is a link:
Apparently there are two parts.
Comment by Jim DePaulo on May 3, 2010 at 3:06pm
I imagine you have already seen the documentary "The Corporation"
I haven't seen it but I will look for it.
Comment by J.P.M. on May 3, 2010 at 12:01pm
Absolutely. That's pretty much what I meant. I imagine you have already seen the documentary "The Corporation" that was on Link TV for a while. If not, it's a must-see.
Comment by Jim DePaulo on May 3, 2010 at 11:49am
we would put them in jail for being sociopaths
I agree there are some individual sociopathic personalities on Wall St. but it is the corporate system itself that is, by its very nature, sociopathic. When the executives operate within the corporate structure under corporate rules their actions are sociopathic.
What has to change is the ability of the execs. to hide behind the skirts of their imaginary "person" - the corporate entity doesn't make the decisions the executives do.
Comment by J.P.M. on May 3, 2010 at 9:13am
I definitely agree about the rise of corporate influence, Jim. I corporations were really 'persons', we would put them in jail for being sociopaths. But I hadn't heard of the role of Haliburton in this. From what BP was saying, it looked like they were trying to shift blame onto mechanical failure of the blowout preventer - which would increase the responsibility of Transocean that owns the rig. It's hard to see how they are going to figure out what really happened all the way down there.



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