June 24th, 2010
07:06 AM ET
4 years ago

Coast Guard: BP delayed access to site for flow-rate estimates

 A document released by the U.S. Coast Guard this week shows a lack of cooperation from BP in providing accurate flow-rate estimates of the oil company's massive underwater gusher in the Gulf of Mexico.
A document released by the U.S. Coast Guard this week shows a lack of cooperation from BP in providing accurate flow-rate estimates of the oil company's massive underwater gusher in the Gulf of Mexico.

(CNN) – A document released by the U.S. Coast Guard this week shows a lack of cooperation from BP in providing accurate flow-rate estimates of the oil company's massive underwater gusher in the Gulf of Mexico.

The document is a sole-source contract seeking to secure the services of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, described by the Coast Guard as "well known" in the oil spill field and a company that "routinely operates at depths required" at the BP site.

Woods Hole submitted proposed technology to BP in May designed to provide an accurate flow-rate estimate from the ruptured undersea well after the oil company provided its own numbers inconsistent with those of scientific experts, the document shows.

The institution's technological capabilities at the site include sonar, optical, Doppler and mass spectrometer varieties of sensors, according to the Coast Guard.

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  1. shows a lack of cooperation

    ok, how does BP deny the government anything?

    if this is possible, and I am skeptical that BP can deny the govt. anything the govt. wants in terms of flying, then laws need to change

    it is our water way, land etc., if they think they can deny us observation rights then they need to give up their drilling contracts and we can bring in someone else (after they clean up their mess of course)

    June 24, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  2. DENNA

    Is anyone surprised at anything BP did? I think it was days before they actually realized what a mess they had made. And Joe Barton apologizes to them. The Republican party never ceases to amaze me.

    June 24, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  3. Angus McDugan

    How the heck can BP delay access by the U.S. Coast Guard? Did BP say not right now and the U.S. Coast Guard say OK? The Coast Guard is part of the military and this sounds weak.

    June 24, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. Carlos

    "Lack of cooperation" is a two-way street. Vote with your dollar – don't buy gas or groceries from your local BP station.

    June 24, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. Angus McDugan

    Also, Mr. Obama, You can help by removing the red-tape road blocks to the dredging operation in the gulf. If you can't lead then at least help get impediments our of the way for the people that can.

    Gesh! Why do I always have to think of everything for you Mr. Obama. Please put that big Harvard degree to work.

    June 24, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Barton and the GObPers probably authorized them to hide the numbers – protecting their big oil, big insurance, big wall street firms all the way. More money in their pockets.

    June 24, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. g

    the most corrupt buisness on the planet the oil company,s

    June 24, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. Everybody

    This requires cooperation form everyone, including the feds which don't seem to want to cooperate. Now they have stopped the dredging to build the sand barriers, so a so called study on the effects of dredging on the environment can be done. These people must be idiots, everything is getting covered in oil and they want to stop so they can do a study on the effects of digging up fricken sand. Typical government BS and red tape. They should name this department the MIC, morons in control.

    June 24, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. gary

    There will be a scandal here. BP gave big money to Obama and many of the effort to contain have been also to perserve the viability of this oil source. This is pathetic. It is no coincidence that so much money came to Obama from BP and from Goldman Sachs and both companies had major scandals that are being minimized. Corruption continues, business as usual. It's both parties and it is pathetic. We need real change!

    June 24, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. Dean

    And here I thought Obama was in charge of the situation since day one.

    June 24, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    BP is the perfect example of corporate arrogance; it should be put out of business.

    June 24, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. Frank in valparaiso indiana

    Lets add an obstruction of justice charge against Hayward and all of his management team that was involved. On top of all the causing the death of wildlife charges. Look you kill a few birds, you get Federal jail time. They have killed hundreds and thousands. That sounds to me like significant jail time. We start putting these corporate crooks in JAIL NOW and you won't have to worry about a moratorium. They'll start cleaning up on their own and going and modifying procedures. Heck, jail Tony as a FLIGHT RISK.

    June 24, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Ben in Texas

    Why is the media focusing solely on BP and not investigating the role of Halliburton?

    June 24, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Brian

    I'm done caring about BP. I hope this disaster ruins the company. They have no business left to do in the U.S. after they clean up the mess they created.

    June 24, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Dale

    Yeah, blame Obama for BP's mess. Don't let the facts stand in the way.

    June 24, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. Tony in Maine

    Whatever fine is levied against BP is supposed to be based on barrels of oil released into the water, they've been lowballing estimates with that in mind – why on earth would they want to allow an accurate measurement.

    It's all about money. It's always all about money.

    June 24, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Rush Limbaugh marries ambulance chaser,and were still laughing

    I wonder why?If they never stop this leak,will the rightwing nut jobs still be crying "drill,baby drill",you betcha.hahaha.

    June 24, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |