Extraordinary Double Standard: The US Federal Government persecution of fishermen vs. kid-glove treatment of Big Oil (BP)

The hole truth, nothing but the truth on the 3rd hole.

– dedicated to Borehead, Fishwarrior and others fighting for the oppressed “small people” fishing businesses.

-BK Lim
15 Nov 2010

A crime is not a crime unless you are caught with your pants down. Yet you wonder why the “big people” don’t go to jail for perjury, for insider trading, murder and other crimes even when caught red-handed. On the other hand, the lesser people or “small people” as BP chairman referred to were punished disproportionally.  See the many articles highlighting the high-handed punishments meted out to poor fishermen for failing to observe NOAA’s stringent catch quota and NOAA/NMFS’s unfair treatment of fishermen and the Federal Government’s takeover and redistribution of marine resources at Bore-head007 and fishwarrior columns at Newsvine.com

Nowhere is the disparity in double standards more evident than in the regulators’ kid glove treatment of BP’s gross violations and repeated misconducts. See ex-EPA attorney’s 12 years wrestle to disqualify BP from receiving billions of dollars in government contracts and other benefits for repeated misconducts. Yet despite the high risk of offshore exploration drilling, especially in the delicate deep water shelf edge zone, MMS (Minerals Management Services, the federal agency previously in charge of regulating offshore drilling activities) gave permission to BP and dozens of other oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits from another agency that assesses threats to endangered species, and despite strong warnings from that agency about the impact the drilling was likely to have on the gulf. See US said to allow Drilling without needed permits.

One would have thought NOAA should be more concerned with BP’s gross negligence and misconduct as any disaster like the DeepWater Horizon blowout would have financial, environmental and social impacts far greater than any accidents involving the small fishing businesses. Drilling into a major strike-slip fault zone and an active mud volcano would be inviting trouble yet BP was never charged for gross negligence. Drilling into the worst possible high risk geohazardous location must be willful negligence of the highest order. Yet BP was never prosecuted or punished. On the other hand, “excessive fines are normal” said Gloucester-based fisheries attorney Stephen Ouellette. “Regulatory compliance is less important to NOAA than collecting money for their expenses.”  NOAA Attorney Charles Juliand’s cash demand draws ethic fire.

Would BP, a technological multi-national giant, admit to not knowing the existence of the NW-SE strike-slip fault and mud volcano it was drilling into? That would be an admission of gross incompetence since the broken geology, faults and mud volcanoes are clearly evident even on the basis of publicly available information. It is doubtful BP would publicly challenge the forensic and technical analyses given in bklim.newsvine.com.

BP has long denied ever drilling more than 1 well at the Macondo 252 prospect. That is a complete lie. Images of 2 different well-heads were published on 11 Nov 2010 to prove this. More images captured by BP’s ROVs are given here to provide the conclusive proof that the third and deepest well (S20BC) did exist. That well was the only well (out of the three) to have reached the oil reservoir at 18,300 ft bml. Images to prove that BP had not ceased chemical spraying despite public denials were published on 13 Nov 2010.

So when Tony Hayward swore to tell the whole truth, nothing but the truth before Congress, was he not guilty of perjury. If NOAA is toothless in prosecuting BP for their crimes of perjury and mass destruction, then NOAA should also lay off persecuting the “small people” fishing businesses.

The following video-footages and images, establish the fact that the third well (S20BC) exists. Further, if the dates on the ROVs’ video are correct then the relief wells must have intercepted the rogue well much earlier than 15 Sept. For BP to be working on the casing of the blown well, the gushing well needed to be bullheaded first by the relief wells. In all probability at least one of the 2 relief wells must have intercepted the rogue well in the first week of July. And while the relief well was bullheading and trying to kill the rogue well, BP was performing a “dog & pony show” on the shallowest well (Well A) which was drilled down to only 5,000ft bml. The whole truth of the 3rd well is reminiscent of “The Emperor Has No Clothes” story.

Businessweek – 2010-07-02 Bp’s Gulf Well Ahead Of Schedule To Intercept Leak

The target date for intercepting the leaking well and pumping in mud and cement to permanently seal it is still mid- August, U.S. National Incident Commander Thad Allen said today on a conference call with reporters. The well is within 600 feet (182 meters) of intercepting the leak, he said.

“They are ahead of schedule at this point,” Allen said. “I am reluctant to tell you that it will happen before the middle of August because I think that everything associated with this spill and response recovery suggests that we should under- promise and over-deliver.”

Huffingtonpost – 2010/06/28 BP relief well within 20 ft of Gusher, On schedule

HOUSTON — BP says the rig drilling the relief well that’s the best hope of stopping the Gulf oil spill has made it within about 20 feet horizontally of the blown-out well that’s gushing crude. BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells said Monday that the rig is going to drill an additional 900 feet down before crews cut in sideways and start pumping in heavy mud to try to stop the flow from the damaged well. It’s currently about 16,770 feet down.

Wells says BP is moving extremely cautiously to make sure everything is lined up correctly and the relief well is still on target to be finished by early August. A second well is being drilled as a backup. Wells says the company has a high degree of confidence in the relief wells.

~~~~~end of quote ~~~~~~

A normal well takes 3 to 4 weeks to drill. A relief well with an inclined trajectory will probably take 6 weeks. So Relief Well C should have reached the 3rd rogue well at 18,000ft bml by the first week of July as suspected. BP was just playing for time and was not sure if the relief wells could successfully kill the well from below even though publicly they still maintained that the Relief Wells were the surest and most reliable way of plugging the leaks. But BP soon found out the hard way what many independent geologists had been expecting of the broken geology; that it was impossible to put the Genie back into the bottle.

From the first week of July until mid-September, BP was lying to the anxious world that the Relief Well C was still waiting to intercept (even though it was less than 20 feet horizontally from the rogue well) when it already had and had been trying to bottom kill it without success. Did Thad Allen “lie” (knowingly or unknowingly) to the shocked world in early Sept that the Relief Well Intercept would not happen until mid-October. Then suddenly on 19 Sept BP released an official press statement that the Macondo 252 well “had been successfully cemented” which started unannounced on 15 Sept. All were taken by surprise including the BP’s goons at TOD who had spent months discussing and, at times, arguing intensely on the intricate details of intercepting the wild well. BP sure fooled the world. Was the 19 Sept press statement prompted by political consideration when nothing had changed with respect to permanent killing of the well, or rather the leaks from the reservoir? Now that the truth of the 3rd Well is blown open wide, NOAA should have no more excuses in prosecuting BP.  Not to do so will be an obvious dereliction of NOAA’s duty.

The following videos show the rare footage of the third well (courtesy of BeePeeOildisaster) and its vicinity:

Click on the photos to enlarge.

Figure 138-1 – Undated video with no ROV information at all. The video is inverted (shown upside down) to confuse.

10 July 2010 (date of video posting) http://www.youtube.com/user/BeePeeOilDisaster#p/u/282/Qq83rFsVzvc

Figure 138-2 – Shows a casing dipping about 10º into the seafloor, next to a turbulent gas column.

5 July 2010  http://www.youtube.com/user/BeePeeOilDisaster#p/u/266/iOE8SjWzP-A

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18 Responses to Extraordinary Double Standard: The US Federal Government persecution of fishermen vs. kid-glove treatment of Big Oil (BP)

  1. Robin says:

    Thanks for such indepth reporting.It’s a must,if we’re ever to know the truth!
    I know I’m just a “small people” but there is strength in numbers and there are alot of us “small people” who aren’t afraid of knowing!

    • BK Lim says:

      Thanks Robin. We “small people” have to stick together. We are far larger in numbers and the “big people” are at their wits end to keep us in isolation; from gathering into a critical mass.

  2. Howard T. Lewis III says:

    Thank you for the well-laid out description of this problem and CONGRATULATIONS on entering the first stage of realizing that you are being violently mugged (ie, What is happening to me?) And the second stage very strongly addressed by yourself having protected yourself followed by a regain of balance and poise with a high grade of presence of mind (ie., Why are you doing this to me?). The third stage is to implement what action YOU are going to take to neutralize the attack and terminate your attackers’ dangerousness to the community?
    Remember that compulsive violent retaliation is out of the question here.
    Again thank you for the article. I am humbled.

  3. ghana serapis says:

    Is there not one sheriff left on the GOM coast that will begin a criminal investigation? A sheriff in Nye County, Nevada has shown ALL sheriff’s HOW to do it! That sheriff merely needs the support of a D. A. or vice versa and the people of the county, damn it! Evidence exists to begin warrant development. If any violence erupts it should be between the sheriff’s dept. and any forces brought to bear by those being arrested. One community is all it will take.

    Who will take this evil enterprise by it’s filthy horns and bring it to the slaughter house of common decency and species survival? I believe the same sleeping lion that the schemers of WWII poked and prodded is wrestling to break through it’s chemical and propaganda fog and find a focused target to begin venting it’s anger and rightfully seek justice for treason, murder and racketeering. Where is the county and courage to begin this journey? Where is the leader for this battle?

  4. Howard T. Lewis III says:

    Now yer talking! Let’s go.

    Signed, Howard Terry Lewis III

  5. Dixie says:

    This is the civil war all over again, You may not see it but if you research history you will. The South has been a thorn in the feds side for years! Do your research and then sit back and use your brain. Especially do your research of Lincoln. Now do not attack me until you do your RESEARCH! If you do your research come back and tell me I am wrong. God help the Gulf States! They have been SCREWED!

  6. Patton says:

    I know of one fisherman with a very tired old boat who was paid $100,k in ‘hush money’ shortly after the event, like back in May-June, since he and his family were among those who regularly worked near the blown well.

    Personally, I can’t live with the thought of being under ANY gag orders. I would move offshore, seek full political asylum, and use some of the money to ‘get even,’ no matter how long, or what form it eventually might take.

    Hayward should be immediately tried for murder, and his subordinates/(payees) should be required to answer to the WORLD’s toughest environmental lawyers.

  7. Dave says:

    The people down there have no reasoning,they ought to have left on Day one.
    I have been trying to tell them via you tube but they don’t listen to reasoning.
    your going to see them all in their graves within 10 years Bp will stall them out until they are gone.I feel a sad sorrow for them they have not the good sense to leave
    and hang on to a dream that is no more.
    they are being poisoned daily and it compiles in the body , it is a particular nasty poisoning.

  8. bernie says:

    ROBIN, yes there is strength in numbers….. Now if the Green party,
    the Libetarians and Taxpayers parties would unite as one party and
    the people support them things might possibly change for the better ?????

  9. ERIKTHERED says:




  10. dude1 says:

    I think the real issue is what happens when the Gulf jet stream breaks down? If that breaks down it is possible that we could be in an altered climate in the near future. That could lead to some harsh weather consequences as the Earth tries to naturally react to the abrupt changes. But if that oil well really is still leaking, and they keep spraying corexit on it, eventually the ocean will reach a critical tipping point that it may not be able to reverse. It will reach a saturation if you will. If you research on how warm and cold currents form and how chemicals can alter those currents, mass injections of chemicals could have a huge impact on far more than the Gulf region. It could quite literally impact the intire world. Ice age 2 comes to mind.

  11. mike says:

    i live down the bayou and it really saddens me how ignorant most of the people down here are. it is like they do not even have a clue to what is happening to their health. they are still shrimping and crabbing and fishing and when they see oil or corexit they just go somewhere els and do it again. i post these articles on facebook and they are ignored and i have had people take me off their facebook page. its like yeah so what but i am tireless on the subject among others and don’t stop trying to let people know what is going on. thanks to bk lim and deborah dupre for all the hard work they do to keep us informed.

  12. Howard T. Lewis III says:

    The problem with growing up without some sort of symbolic “danger” chew toy handy, folks never learn and realize some dangers are invisible until it is too late. As an adult I am glad that I believe ‘danger’ can be chomped down on and ripped to pieces (ASAP after an appropriate assessment, to be sure). No two offensive dangers are alike. But like the ball under the Chinese Foo dog’s paw at the front gates, danger must be overcome and conquered for the safety of the home.
    The scenes of crocodiles nailing 250 lb wildebeests (in the National Geographic movie “Nile Crocodiles: Here be Dragons’) are illustrative of the natural efficiency of predation. Predation, when inflicted on other humans, is generally thought of as a low class act. It is opportunistic, betrays trust, and leads to societal breakdown.
    For this instance, inability to read is the weakness being exploited to a vulnerability by our own criminal government. Notice the “Corexit is like icecream” statements by government officials to Gulf kids in school presentations. Our present and past federal administration is the same cabal. They have no class and they have no balls. And they are intentionally murdering us in the down-wind GOM region and Iraq-Afghanistan. And they won’t come out to play or take criticism. Or compete. I am grateful for other exceptional government officials who, by the way, need help with their loads. Turn off your TV set and set it on fire. The revolution II will not be televised. The top TV execs make damn sure no University lectures make airplay. Most of them evidently want to kill or enslave us too. Kinda makes those sit-coms seem a bit hollow. Ay?
    Congressional offices are affected by personal visits. If you campaign thusly they react. They seldom process e-mails and wordy letters. And they talk about visits in private. Avoid dumping personal baggage on them like divorce, bothersome neighbor or neighbor’s dog type junk at all costs. Stay focused. The DH blowout. Please tell them to let other experts in and out to report NOW without BP interference, including White House noise. Obama is a shill.

  13. Concrete man says:

    All roads lead to the Rothschilds.

  14. Thanks for the Voices of Reason here,
    This is my opinion only……We need to Stand Up to these Cretins. Who ever said they were a “small” person…buddy, there isn’t anything small about any of you.

    No One, I mean no one, is any better than any person who is suffering and trying to do the right thing. There is not one Dr, PHd, RN, Scientist, President, Czar that is any better than the guy on the streets trying to do the right thing.

    I thought I would share my theme song with ya all,
    God Bless You,
    Trisha Springstead RN

  15. Howard T. Lewis III says:

    The GOM mess is part of the orchestrated efforts by an identified foreign entity to destroy its only stronger rival in the western world. They are going broke FAST. They no longer have China India or Japan to push around anymore. The foreign entity’s rival is the constitutional government and people of the United States of America. Their strategy is trite, cruel and stale and only works on the UNINITIATED with the assistance of corrupted government officials. Please read ‘Economic Hitmen’ for details. It is one brief and simple but vital testimony of a ranking American participant in these- take-overs world-wide. With the DH disaster, Halliburton was the mechanic who had ‘dad’ change the law and ‘hot-wired the car’ after disabling the brakes. BP drove until the ‘car’ crashed right where they wanted it to for maximum effect. Now they drive Pres. Dover, their accomplice after the fact.

    Like most of the U.S. Congress and White House personnel. Our military, for the most part, are still in their boxes awaiting orders. We need to be there preemptively. If you know personally any military personnel, talk with them. I grew up next to a military post and from PFC to full-bird Colonel, they were fun thoughtful, caring people. And 9 in 10 hate being abused by immoral leadership. It only takes one general to do a limited war. There are 41 active four star generals and over 800 active generals, admirals and flag officers in the U.S. Armed Forces. And they make our president…well…let’s just say that Pres. Dover thinks of them in a way that obviously makes the blood rush from his head. George W. had the same problem. Do a ‘George W. Bush + Brownsville, Texas + Henry Lee Lucas + 17 murdered’ if you still need the truth about what we have here. I won’t disappoint you.
    I think usually we need a U.S. Senator via a state Senator to successfully lobby for something like full undirected access to examine the DH site for the next 100 years. It should be a Senator that isn’t being black mailed. One of mine has been caught with under aged kids at least twice and the other one commonly rates 100 out of 100 in being ineffective. Neither wanders far from home.

    Being hostage to personal economic problems is part of the trap to enslave and overburden us. Europe has recolonized the U.S. ONLY THROUGH BANKING recently. Bernanke has the U.S. bailing out European gambling bankers through the Fed and The City of London, using our future labor as collateral. Don’t let anything wearing a big white powdery wig off the plane. Point the jet back out over the Atlantic, preferably without refueling, and wave good-bye.
    I believe they are intentionally killing off GOM citizens until a U.N. force will come swooping in to really seal this thing off in 2 or 10 years because of ‘colonial American arrogance’ and ‘failure’. All the U.N. busses, camps and prisoner train-cars have been in place for up to 20 years and more. Old VCR tapes and .com materials prove it.
    Historical records indicate that this is a realistic suspicion if not accurate. Successful colonizations require banks and promises these days. And most of America is hypnotized by CFR- TV and little plastic toys or their own criminal behavior. They are already casualties in any sense.
    We must replace their false belief of survival in such such madness.

    Note for webmaster, It would be good to see the Bush -Brownsville -Lucas ties mentioned above known and I DO understand a refusal to feature this, out of personal fear. But I am not normal in this regard. The weight may fall harder on you. We must succeed and live this out. Take it out if you think it prudent for the long haul. It may well be the better idea to remove it after copying the ties, which number in the thousands.

  16. Howard T. Lewis III says:

    I either forgot to add to, or was edited out on another 5 years old observation in my last listed comment. Acres of stacks of disposable coffins (Hundreds of thousands) have been stacked in areas around the southeast U.S. along train tracks for storage. Maybe I was not being paranoid in believing ties to this intentional well blow-out.

    In the GOM. J. Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory show interviews the GOM Relocation director (part of FEMA, armbands and all) who has been on the job, way before the DH blow-out with a $10+ billion budget with another $40+ billion appropriation on the way for enforced evacuation. And BP (Think Jolly Roger flag, children, Check out what BlackStone and BlackRock include on their things-to-do list and who their CEOS have been.) still controls the show from the White House. The little badge on Heinrich Himmler’s hat is found again HERE TODAY. YOU GUYS AWAKE OUT THERE?? ARE YOU DRUNK?? TV ON FULL BLAST?? PICKING YOUR NOSE??
    When your mamma told you that you were perfect and safe, she was lying.

  17. Section 1031 of the NDAA bill declares the whole of the United States as a “battlefield” and allows American citizens to be arrested on U.S. soil and incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay.

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